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07-10-2014 06:42 AM
Re: looking for marina

How did the search end up?

I am looking with similar criteria, not need a fancy stuff.
Need to put the boat on hard and prepare it for some longer cruising.
03-22-2014 06:42 AM
Re: looking for marina

I know you say your not a yacht Club kinda guy but I would suggest checking out Maryland Yacht Club. Several live a boards there. I have been a member there for a year and just renewed. Great group of sailors there. Your commute to Columbia would be about 30 minutes depending. There plenty of shopping and marine stores around and you're not paying premium prices for Annapolis zip codes.

It can't hurt to look, nearby is Oak Harbor marina, they also have some live aboards. Well protected and great family owned place.

Good luck, if you want more info about either feel free to send me a pm.
03-21-2014 01:40 PM
Re: looking for marina

I went yesterday and checked out a few marinas. Ferry point I liked, but it was a little isolated. I checked out Port Annapolis, but thought that that side of Back Creek was a bit isolated as well. I did like Eastport Yacht center the most. The slips available are pretty exposed though. I do like that side of Back Creek better. I'm probably going to check a few places out again next week.
03-21-2014 12:25 PM
Re: looking for marina

Annapolis landing is a good liveaboard marina . I do think Ferry point marina on the Magathy might be worth a look.
03-19-2014 01:18 PM
Re: looking for marina


We've been at HHN for 2 seasons now. Lots of boats - I think there are 1200 slips at North if I remember correctly. Facilities are resort level. Pool, showers, exercise room, TV rooms, on-prem West marine, lots of contractors, etc. Staff is also very nice and helpful. Of course that comes with a price. Not Annapolis (where we live now) prices, but still higher than others.

The reason we've really enjoyed it is the people. Lots of cruisers, past and wanna-bes. We've been able to learn a lot from those around us as we've been doing our refit.

As miata said - go there in person. Stop in the office. And then walk the docks and look at the boats and meet the people. Just like picking a neighborhood - since it will be.
03-19-2014 01:11 PM
Re: looking for marina

I don't have any specific options for you, just some general suggestions. One note too is to actually visit the marina. Many will say no over the phone. Also photos of a well maintained boat to show the marina manager can help. (assuming it looks good to start with) Many marinas are tired of having to deal with derelict boats, so the easy thing to do is just say no. If you show up in person and appear to be well groomed, and well employed they often take a different view. One marina I went to had said no over the phone, but when I was there in person the girl said, "Oh lots of folks live aboard, no problem." Another one said they did not allow it, but I could call it staying on the boat a lot as he smiled. I could tell he did not care at all, but I would not want to be a "sneak aboard" (one who lives aboard without permission from marina that does not allow it) as you could loose your slip with no return of paid slip rent.

Another thing to look out for when living aboard, is the quality of facilities. If the electric goes out all the time for a day sailor it means showing up to warm beer and soda, but for you it could be spoiled food! Also poor electric can cause a lot of maintenance issues. Other facilities are really up to you as to how much you want. Personally I could live with pretty primitive facilities, but laundry would be nice, clean bathrooms a necessity.
03-19-2014 12:55 PM
Re: looking for marina

thanks Paperbird
It sounds like you know Harrington pretty well then? I am going out the next few days to visit marinas. So far I have Magothy and Port Annapolis on my list to visit. I'll check out the map to see if Harrington is close enough to squeeze in too.
Thanks again
03-19-2014 12:36 PM
Re: looking for marina

A little farther commute (I also work in Columbia) but a nice place for live-aboards, is Herrington Harbor North. Pretty decent community of liveaboards there. We are planning to move aboard this summer and will be doing the Columbia trip from there.
03-19-2014 12:26 PM
Re: looking for marina

My boat is on the hard at Liberty. It is not fancy, but seems to be well maintained. There is a pool.
03-19-2014 11:42 AM
Re: looking for marina

Originally Posted by slipslidingaway View Post
Hey all
This is my first time posting here. I just bought a large enough sailboat to live on and I'm looking for a marina on Chesapeake bay and I'm hoping to get some suggestions of which marinas have good laid back communities. I work in the Columbia area so Annapolis, or Baltimore would work, and anywhere in between. I don't see myself as the Yacht club kind of guy though so that's where the laid back part comes in. So if anyone can weigh in on which places are friendly and easy going places for a new live aboard to live, I'd appreciate the input.
Welcome aboard, congrats on the new boat, welcome to the life.
Edit your post title and include your area. I was about to suggest something in Puget Sound for you.
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