Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Northport, NY
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Summer Mooring Blues
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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