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This thread is about finding a mooring in the LIS area. I have been sailing these waters up to Maine for decades... with a hiatus in the Caribbean for 4 yrs. When I began sailing I lived in lower Manahattan and drove a few hrs to the East end... and had moorings in Shelter Island (Dering Harbor), Greenport (Stirling Basin), Sag Harbor... and more recently in Northport which is a much shorter drive from home.

As I almost always spend the weekend or more on board I like to have a lovely place to call home. No slips in marinas...too ghetto for me.

What appealed to me about the locations I had moorings is that they had a feel of being removed from most signs of urbanism... no trains, no highways, few planes... and lovely destinations reachable in a day of sailing.

But there are problems in finding a mooring. Among them is getting to the moored boat. The dink needs a parking spot.. tie up to some dock where it is left for the week when we are away from the boat. People who rent moorings don't offer such amenities.

Northport offers rental moorings but the launch to get you to the boat for the season is something like $1,400 in addition to the mooring rental. The town offers no overnight tie ups for dinks. So though you can put in a mooring, you have no place for your dink... and no per trip launch available. And this means your coming and going is limited to the hours of service. The town and the harbor are wonderful!

I believe I can do Dering Harbor again... but the ride is quite long and so I am wondering if there is some place else... toward the east end which rents moorings with a dinghy tie up. It seems most harbors favor local residents and it makes it hard for others to keep their boats there.

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Little trailer for the dink?

Or search / advertise for someone lives on the water to let you moor off their dock at a reasonable price, or in exchange for rides, sailing lessons?
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Little trailer for the dink?

Or search / advertise for someone lives on the water to let you moor off their dock at a reasonable price, or in exchange for rides, sailing lessons?
to trailer one needs a place to park the trailer and boat. We live in an apartment and that is not possible.

Finding a person who has waterfront property and a dock to keep the dink has occurred to me. I would have to go door to door asking... and of course the people would have to tolerate me coming and going over their property. Most wouldn't want this.

I can get a mooring at several harbors... but the dink is a problem.

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Storage places are not outrageous, certainly compared to slip rentals.

Plenty of rundown industrial areas along the LIS shoreline. Do you need to be on the LI North shore?

Also, no need to go door to door, but if you want to, never know who you might meet 8-)

Try events at local yacht clubs, ask around the bars,

Craig's or local classifieds, advertising even mail drops to targeted neighborhoods.

If you want it bad enough you find a way.
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Re: Summer Mooring Blues

Hey,

Sorry if you've checked these already, but some options that I can think of. From west to east

Oyster Bay and Oyster Bay Marine
https://www.obmc.com/slips-storage

Moorings in Huntington
serviced by Willis Marine.
https://www.willismarine.com/marina/

or by Coneys
Coneys Marine Moorings


Port Jefferson
Murphies Marine Service
https://portjefflaunch.com/moorings/
The web site is a little flaky but the launch is decent. The boat I race on is on a mooring in Port Jeff. The owner used Port Jeff Launch for years but got tired of it and joined the Port Jeff Yacht Club

Or join the Porf Jeff Yacht Club
https://portjefflaunch.com/moorings/
For what you were paying in launch service you can practically join the PJYC!

Mt. Sinai Harbor
You can use Ralph's Fishing station for mooring and launch service
Ralph's Fishing Station

The Town of Brookhaven has mooring permits. I don't know if there are any left for 2019 but it's worth a try
https://www.brookhavenny.gov/230/Moorings
If you have a mooring you can store your dinghy in a rack at the beach.

And that's all I know about mooring on the north shore of Long Island. Sorry but I don'k know much about Peconic bay moorings.

good luck.

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Re: Summer Mooring Blues

Keep an inflatable in the trunk, with an electric air pump that runs off the car battery?
You've probably already considered that idea. Where do you park to go on a week's trip? Surprising they don't include a dinghy float.
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Keep an inflatable in the trunk, with an electric air pump that runs off the car battery?
You've probably already considered that idea. Where do you park to go on a week's trip? Surprising they don't include a dinghy float.
Parking for long term IS another problem...
But a dinghy dock is the main one.... it's there but for transient use... not overnight.
I had an inflatable but it took up too much of the trunk space and there was no place for it at home... AND way too much inconvenience.. lugging and having a wet dink in the trunk.

I tried a dink on a mooring with clothes line retrieval at the town launch dock/ramp... not bad really and parking over there is not an issue.

The clothes line system needs to drop to the bottom with a line tied to the dock to pull up the line and then retrieve the dink. Can be muddy.... but workable. The dink mooring needs to be reasonably close to the dock for this to make sense.

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Re: Summer Mooring Blues

Sander, I'm afraid to mention it but there's that "origami" kayak company...and another one IIRC that also makes a kayak, similar to a PortaBote in that it folds up flat with a carrying handle. You can throw it in your trunk and take it home with you. Maybe not the best way to move four people and groceries, but certainly good enough to get out to your boat, and then get something better off the boat?

www.orukayak.com

No Uber Water Taxi service out there yet? I understand they've actually been pushing into the "launch" market in some areas.
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Re: Summer Mooring Blues

Our club in Glen Cove (Hempstead Harbour Club) has launch service and a dinghy storage dock. Moorings are privately owned (you buy it and own it). Cheap by LI North Shore yacht club standards because we have no restaurant or bar (no monthly minimum). Dues plus launch and dinghy storage fees would be a bit below $2000.

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Great I gotta make some calls and some visits! Thank to all!

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