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What do you consider inexpensive? There is currently a waiting list in Famlouth Foreside which is the largest anchorage.
Although Handy Boat rents a few each year in Falmouth they can be a little pricey. If I remember correctly the price with one parking spot is about $1700.00 per season. They have no dinghy dock but launch service is included. Most just leave the dinghy tied to the stern of their boat. I pay $900.00 to Handy Boat (parking and launch service) plus $200.00 (edit that! I just looked at my renewal bill Falmouth is now $250.00 per year just for a permit) to the town of Falmouth for the honor of having a mooring there in that town so that's a minimum of $1100.00 to own your own mooring in Falmouth per year.
You can try using the Falmouth Town Landing but there is almost ZERO parking and the dinghy dock is chuck full and also has a waiting list. You'll need your own mooring at using town landing so that involves the waiting list.
It is illegal, in many Maine harbors and anchorages, and Falmouth strictly enforces this, to rent a mooring you own to another boat owner.
Private mooring rentals, in general, are actually quite dangerous! Most folks who no longer keep a boat on their mooring also DO NOT maintain the mooring and the liability is on you to ensure the chain and tackle will hold your boat. Mooring chain should be replaced every three to four years and pendants every two to three or depending upon condition after a mooring inspection by a qualified mooring service company or diver.
South Freeport has a VERY long waiting list and even if Brewers does rent it would be astronomically priced to to demand.
Dolphin Marine in Harpswell rents moorings but be very careful as they use mostly cement blocks and they have a horrendous reputation of boats dragging and or breaking free. The Dolphin is also very exposed to the weather and over 50 minutes from Portland.
Paul's Marina on Mere Point I believe is full as is Great Island Boat Yard but it's worth checking on.
My advice would be to get on the waiting list for Falmouth NOW and when the time comes buy your own mooring...
There are plenty of places East of Casco Bay with moorings but you gain drive time..
When you say Portland I'm guessing you mean the Eastern Prom area? This anchorage is very, very exposed to the North East and looses a few boats with every decent blow!
How big is your boat??
-Maine Sail / CS-36T
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Last edited by Maine Sail; 02-07-2008 at 09:50 AM.