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east coast provisioning stops

Lots of guidebooks and online resources that tell you what a particular port might offer. You have to pick a spot and find out if it has what you need. I'd like to reverse that and start a list of specific ports that have good provisioning access.

Please make each post contain specific info on a specific port, mainly focused on provisioning for food, drugs, hardware, marine supplies, propane fills etc

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So far, this is our favorite. Lots of room to anchor free in Sunset Lake or between the causeways. Then free tie up at the police dock and a 3 block walk to Publix or 4 blocks to Fresh Market. Restaurants, drugstores, hardware are within a half mile. Laundry is just over a half mile which is a bit far without a bike. Marine supplies are far away.
Bonus is the water spigot at the dock for cleaning fish!

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Great town with great atmosphere but only sort of good for provisioning. The grocery store is over a mile walk from the nearest dinghy dock near the end of Back Creek. That's a long hike to me. There is a trolley that will take you to the grocery but I've yet to figure it out, we just use our bikes instead. There are dink docks at the end of every street on Spa Creek and Back Creek, not sure where to pick up the trolley. Need to explore that further. Banks, drugs, hardware, marine supplies are available, tho again not a short walk. Best to figure out the trolley!
Free anchoring space is somewhat limited.
There is a bus that will take you to a mall.

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Another great town but very limited for provisioning.
First, moorings are the only real option in a field that can get very rough. Too rough at times for the dink so you might need the launch that has a very limited schedule. Dink dock is at the muni marina which runs the field and operates the launch.
Grocery store is well over 1 mile away as is west marine and hardware store.
Banks, restaurants, drugs are close by
Propane refills are about a half mile

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Re: east coast provisioning stops

Aren't there taxis anywhere?
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Re: east coast provisioning stops

St Michael's MD

- Acme grocery store in town, 5 minute walk
- Several marinas in the town or within good proximity
Fuel Service, ice available
-Anchorage outside has room for a 100 boats, well protected except Northern winds.
- Non weekend/holidays you can find a spot inside with great protection all around
- Maritime Museum has discounted dockage for memebers
- Good restaurants and a couple of pubs in town

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Lots of guidebooks and online resources that tell you what a particular port might offer. You have to pick a spot and find out if it has what you need. I'd like to reverse that and start a list of specific ports that have good provisioning access.

Please make each post contain specific info on a specific port, mainly focused on provisioning for food, drugs, hardware, marine supplies, propane fills etc
Good idea. We've sailed into many harbors on the East Coast of the US from Canada to the Exumas over a few decades, and the really handy ones-to provision, ease of shore access, etc., are not that easy to find. We've sailed for a couple decades with kids of all ages, and know what a find a good provisioning stop is, especially for a family.

On the coast of Maine in Penobscot Bay in particular, Camden Harbor gets my best rating for all of the above. All the regulars like Diesel, gas, LPG(filling all sized tanks), CNG exchange(both small and large bottles), ice(even 50 pound blocks!), are all available from dinghy docks around the harbor.

Chandlery(medium sized but ample for 90% of what a transiting boat would need) at Wayfarer, on the water.

Provisioning; steps off the public dinghy dock, French and Brawn is a full service grocery, with butcher shop, fish monger. Not the big box grocery store but a real find for a boat with a hungry crew. The kids will roll your cart to the dock, unload and take you back(or call the water taxi).

Full drug store, restaurants, book stores(marine/chart heavy), second to none public library on the harbor(free wifi), Vespa rentals, you name it. It's a busy harbor with a lot of tourist traffic onshore in summer.

The biggest drawback is, the anchorage is exposed to the south and at times, choppy but there's usually plenty of space to drop the hook. Moorings are almost always available with showers, laundry, taxi etc.

Dockspace in the inner harbor is available but usually taken and expensive. The best find is an inner harbor float(check for an overnight rental). Private, dead calm protection, easy dinghy row and quieter than the town or marina docks.

The town docks are reasonable if you can find an overnight space, and they'll let you tie up for free for a couple hours to provision. Great anchorages(like Pulpit Harbor, Fox Island Thoroughfare) are just an hour or so away.

Next best I think(only second because of location up the bay), is Belfast for ease of all the above.

For full chandlery, Rockland has a Hamilton Marine right on the public pier. Everything is available in Rockland, but you have a schlep to a big grocery store.

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Aren't there taxis anywhere?
If I want to go to the store to buy some fresh groceries and spend maybe $40, adding $20 round trip for a cab is not in MY budget. Picking up a small part at the hardware store for $10 is then tripled by cabfare. Might work for you but not for most cruising budgets.
The point of this thread is to share those locations that have good access. Thank you
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Re: east coast provisioning stops

I try to synch my marina stops (laundry, fuel, a real shower) with marina's that offer a courtesy car.

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Drop me a PM for a ride if youre in Southport, NC.

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