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02-25-2012 04:13 PM
travlin-easy Denise,

You can still find some good prices in the upper reaches of the North East River and lower Susquehanna River. There are a few good places along the Elk, Bohemia and Sassafras rivers too. Lots of options, some may even be in your price range.

Good Luck,

02-25-2012 03:19 PM
gershel I don't know if you considered Worton Creek, But Green Point marina is a cozy, no frills place, with moorings. When I stayed there about 3 years ago, moorings were about $200/mo. Really nice A/C showers.
Chestertown is about 5 mi. by car. The drive down is about 1 1/2 hours from Langhorne, Pa. Worton Cr. marina is nearby with a well stocked chandlery.
02-23-2012 09:19 PM
T37Chef Denise,

Check private docks, the local "penny saver" type paper may have something, or craigslist, eBay, etc...

You will be hard pressed to find anything on the bay for $600 though, (I'm sure you already know that) unless you find that private dock thats someones willing to rent.

Its also legal to drop a mooring, but access to the water would likely be the obstacle? More about moorings on the bay;

Its a long shot, but there is a community marina back Swan Creek, if you could find out if anyone there was willing and able to rent you their slip you would be all set. Check it out on google maps or active captain, its on the western side of the Northern Branch of Swan Creek, approx 39-09.50'N and 76-15.413'W

There is another option that could be in your price range located on the Magothy, maybe thats too far for you and the 95 commute? Send me a PM if you want more info.
02-23-2012 05:40 PM
deniseO30 hanks for the Information Leslie!
02-23-2012 05:26 PM
Lankford Bay Marina also has moorings...

Denise, you may want to check out Lankford Bay Marina. It is the boat facility at the end of the road down from Rock Hall YC and it also has fuel. The YC is a nice facility at a nice price but the moorings seem exposed to a pretty long fetch to me.

If you are down in the area, do look into Lankford Bay. I think the cost is pretty much the same as Swan Creek. All the moorings are out at this time of year but they sit in the little turn of the creek that does offer some protection on all but the opening to come into the marina. The dinghy racks are easy to load from and it is a quiet spot. Rock Hall is a 7-9 minute car ride if you want to enjoy the businesses Rock Hall offers or be in the crowds for all the annual functions. We do need about four hours to get to the Bay by boat but if it is blowing like stink, we can still get a decent day's sail on the Chester without it kicking up too much. Coming from that location, one can hit all the Bay Bridge area attractions for a weekend excursion.

Feel free to call Doug, Barbara or John at Lankford Bay and give my name. I would certainly ask for monthly a customer, you can ask for what you want or need. You may not get it but that is why there is freedom of choice and you can chose to use your dollars elsewhere.

Good luck and let us know where you wind up. Maybe we can get together this year by water?

with kind regards,


s/v Tango,
Cabo Rico 34
on the hard, Lankford Bay Marina
Chester River, MD
02-22-2012 11:42 AM
Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
I was checking out Rockhall YC. But I'm sure its for locals.
It's not just for locals. They have members who live in Pennsylvania and other states. It's one of the YCs I looked into joining. I look at it every year but 1) it's a little far away from the Bay and 2) no fuel anywhere near.

Originally Posted by deniseO30 View Post
Donna, NOW that you have an engine? Do tell! gotta hear that story!
Nothing exciting. We were underpowered, old engine went kaput (spent 9 hours limping back from Annapolis), having new engine installed now by our marina. Looking forward to sailing the heck out of it this year.

Another reason why we're wary about being away from a working yard.
02-22-2012 10:28 AM
deniseO30 We can work on our boats here where I'm at and it's less then $600 a yr with 24 hr work commitment, easy to do, I was checking out Rockhall YC. But I'm sure its for locals. I know manyt YC's are very welcoming to Members of other YCs too but I've not tried to connect with any on the Bay.

Donna, NOW that you have an engine? Do tell! gotta hear that story!
02-22-2012 10:07 AM
Donna_F Nothing wrong with that. We also re-evaluate our options every other year or so. A few months ago we looked into joining a yacht club as the slip rental is considerably less expensive. But once we weighed that against having no yard services, having to move the boat to get it worked on, having to locate a yard to haul out in a hurricane (and having to move the boat to that yard instead of just sending an email to our marina), having to locate a yard for winter storage, and all the other things we take for granted, we decided to stay put. Perhaps if we weren't two hours away it would be different.

We did decide that next winter, now that we have an engine that will get us through the canal, we are moving the boat to Delaware City for winter storage so it's closer to work on. We'll return to Rock Hall in the spring.
02-22-2012 09:51 AM
deniseO30 I do this self punishment every year when I know full well I can't even afford a mooring for a month much less a season on the Bay, Oh well at least I have the boat here and it's close by.
02-22-2012 07:02 AM
Gladrags1 Swan Creek Marina is a nice Mom and Pop type marina. I can't answer the question about mooring ball rental but a quick call should do it. I know they rent them out for transients so I imagine there are options. I agree with others that Swan Creek is a good base for sailing the Bay; lots of places to go!

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