In my first month of learning about sailing...
I've been emailing/calling boatyards in CT and RI for seasonal mooring pricing/storage. average is about $3200 per season for a mooring and about $1800 for hauling, bottom wash, unstepping, and spring launch. If you tac on insurance, 1700, and another 2000 for maintenance, we're looking at expenses totaling around $8,700 per year.
I've pretty much got my heart set on a Catalina 30. I feel as though that's a great weekender boat for my needs. I compare the kind of money spent on the boat to the money you spend on a cell phone. Its not the item your really buy, its the service every year that you pay that big bux for, and that's fine with me.
I'd like to cut that yearly service cost down a little. It would be nice to be by the beaches, but it just may be out of my price range. I could afford 8700 a year, but I dont want to live off ramen noodles until my next pay raise.
I know that I can contact coastal towns and inquire about mooring permits, which I have not done yet (besides stonington, ct.) Maybe some of you can recommend muncipalities that I could reach out to. Another concern is where do I park the dinghy within reasonable distance?
I invision sunrise sailing, and beach in the afternoon. And having a place to rest my head in between. Also a nice place to take off from for a few 3-4 day cruises when I can get the time off. Is this realistic?
Thanks for all your help and support in advance.