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08-26-2008 03:25 PM
josrulz Thanks again everyone for all the info! We'll eventually have a slip in our community, and when we do, we won't be any closer to the Bay than Hartge, so we're not too concerned about that part--we need to get used to it! I'm familiar with the Rhode and West rivers, and I don't mind the trip to the Bay from there. I wouldn't want to be any further, but it's OK, and I agree about the protection.

I called Hartge yesterday and they were very nice/helpful. Once we have the boat, we'll see what specific slips/morrings are actually available (from Hartge and from others) and make our decision on the best option to take.

As always, you all have been very helpful, and I thank you very much!
08-26-2008 02:42 PM
JohnRPollard
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I am not sure Hartge is low cost. I've checked them out and prices were on a high side, considering the long slog to the bay (a lot more than 45 minutes on a 30+ footer), very tight docking quarters and average docks. They are an interesting and historic place, for sure.

Cost, of course, is relative. We started at Hartges back when it was $600 for our annual mooring. Prices (and our boat size) have gone up since then, but they're still pretty reasonable compared to slips in the area. Hartge's has the advantage of being one of if not the closest Bay marina to Metro DC.

As for the "long slog" to the Bay, I would not characterize it that way. There are a few choke points, but by and large there is abundant depth and breadth for good sailing. From our perspective, we are happy to have the option of sailing entirely in protected water (West/Rhode Rivers) when it's blowing snot out on the Bay. There are many locales (Deale/Herrington Harbor, for instance) where the only option is to sail the Bay -- which can limit choices if the weather is bad.

It's been a while since I was down by Solomons, but I recall that it does take a while to wend the creeks, around the flats, and then continue out the mouth of the Patuxent river to the Bay proper. But that was one of the things I always liked about the area.
08-26-2008 10:47 AM
brak I am not sure Hartge is low cost. I've checked them out and prices were on a high side, considering the long slog to the bay (a lot more than 45 minutes on a 30+ footer), very tight docking quarters and average docks. They are an interesting and historic place, for sure.
08-26-2008 09:44 AM
eryka Another vote for Hartge's - we had some friends who did the mooring/winter slip liveaboard there for a year and liked it a lot. The downside, and the reason for the low cost, is the isolation. By land, Galesville is a pretty small town. By water, you have to go down the river a good 30-45 min to get to the bay for serious sailing. On the upside it's well sheltered from storms.

They're a working yard, and our friends were satisfied with whatever they had done.
08-25-2008 05:09 PM
josrulz
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Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
Yes, they have dinghy storage racks, included with the price of the mooring. Also included is a winter slip (Dec-March).
Thanks a bunch!
08-25-2008 04:27 PM
JohnRPollard
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Thanks--I'll check them out! Do you happen to know--if you're boat is on a mooring, do they give you a spot to keep your dinghy to get to/from? I'm not sure how that works for annual moorings.
Yes, they have dinghy storage racks, included with the price of the mooring. Also included is a winter slip (Dec-March).
08-25-2008 04:17 PM
josrulz
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Originally Posted by JohnRPollard View Post
If you are looking for a less expansive option (+/-$2K) in that area, you might consider inquiring about a mooring at Hartge Yacht Yard in Galesville (West River). They also might have slips in the <$3K range for boats your size.
Thanks--I'll check them out! Do you happen to know--if you're boat is on a mooring, do they give you a spot to keep your dinghy to get to/from? I'm not sure how that works for annual moorings.
08-25-2008 02:39 PM
JohnRPollard If you are looking for a less expansive option (+/-$2K) in that area, you might consider inquiring about a mooring at Hartge Yacht Yard in Galesville (West River). They also might have slips in the <$3K range for boats your size.
08-23-2008 04:20 PM
brak $2400 is probably about as cheap as you can get for a 30-ish foot slip. May be $2000 in someone's private yard, though I've never seen that.
08-23-2008 04:18 PM
josrulz
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I think the word "reasonable" does not go very often together with slip prices in those areas

FWIW I did not like having my boat on Rhode river - it took us a very long time to get out into the bay (once you are out of the actual river there is still that giant minefield of crab pots, which are thrown all over with total disregard to presumably float free marked channel). It was about an hour before any sailing could start, and also (imho) water there is some of the least pleasant in the bay - brown and muddy.

Casa Rio and Holiday Hill marinas are in that area, as well as Harge and a few others.
I hear you about the Rhode. It's just that we were planning to buy with the knowledge that we'd have a much less expensive slip in our community--they're not fancy by any stretch, but don't cost much. We're now thinking it might be a year or two before we get a slip here, so we're just trying to find something that is on the less expensive side (of course there's no such thing as "cheap" for a slip. I've done some calling around, and slips can range from $2400 to $5000 per year from one marina to the next for the same size boat, and that's outside of Annapolis. I'm not expecting something really cheap, but just want to make sure I explore all the options and find what works best for us. Also want to make sure we factor in the cost of the slip in our plans, assuming we don't get one in our community.
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