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Just bought a C&C 25 with a 4-ft draft. I have until Nov. 1 to find a slip of my own. I would like to dock the boat somewhere in Anne Arundel County (preferably in West, Rhode, South, Severn or Magothy rivers), but keep costs as low as possible.

Any suggestions?
 

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Congrats!! I have a 35/3. Best bet is a private dock. There are lots on Mill Creek/Whitehall area. Also check out Orchard Beach Marina. More than a private dock, less than any other marina. Check out candcphotoalbum.com for everything CC and get on the listserve!
 

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We're on the Eastern Shore so I have no specific suggestions. While you're waiting for answers from forum members you might want to Google and/or use Active Captain and see what's near you. Most marinas on the bay list their rates online.
 

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Hello!
Just bought a C&C 25 with a 4-ft draft. I have until Nov. 1 to find a slip of my own. I would like to dock the boat somewhere in Anne Arundel County (preferably in West, Rhode, South, Severn or Magothy rivers), but keep costs as low as possible.

Any suggestions?
For no frills fun and beautiful setting, try Holiday Hills Marina in Mayo, MD, off Rte. 214. $1,000/yr. or $100/mo.
 

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Wow, that is impressively cheap. Now why are all these guys complaining that sailing is too expensive?
Oh gosh. Let's not have that discussion again and not in this thread, anyway.
 

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First you have to have realistic expectations.
On the Magothy River Ferry Point and Fair winds and Cypress creek marina's all have what are reasonable costs, but will run you from 1.8k to 2.2k a year depending on power and water stuff.

If that is way over what you consider in your budget you can look for private slips in craigslist, and last chance is a mooring ball, either your own or rented.
Mooring balls have their own issue in Anne Arundel country - there are very few places with public access to launch a dinghy and get to your mooring.
I know one guy who literally has his wife drop him off, walks out on a marina pier and then dives in and swims to his boat, then takes it to a fuel dock at another marina where he picks up folks.
 

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Oh gosh. Let's not have that discussion again and not in this thread, anyway.
No let's not, sorry, didn't mean to suggest it.

But it is good to spread the word that things don't have to be cost-prohibitive, even when the demand is waterfront convenient to a major metropolitan area.

When I first thought of getting a boat, I checked out the cost to join one of the yacht clubs on the Toronto islands. Oh boy, forget that, we're not old money. Then I checked out commercial marinas on Lake Ontario - much more reasonable, but at $3k a year I couldn't have done it.

I paid $700 for this summer (for 17' - the old boat at 25' was a little more) and it was totally worth it even though I was only around thru mid-July.
 

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Thanks for the quick responses, all! Called Holiday Hills and they quoted me $2,400/yr for a deeper slip; have a call into Orchard Beach; mooring is tempting, but lots of unknowns; have been watching Craigslist for a private slip, but very little there. Any other places to look for private slips?
Thanks again!
 

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We looked at many marinas earlier this Spring as we wanted to move. First suggestion is to use Marinas.com and contact as many as you can, you can search by city and the site gives good aerial photos.

The least expensive I know of is Bodkin Marina (not to be confused with Bodkin YC) located on Back Creek off the Bodkin at the mouth of the Patapsco. I know its further North than you said but not by much. Charlie is the owner, its a no frills place and not much going on. Your 4 ft draft will work fine there. I paid $1200 a year for our 37' boat back in 2005. Bodkin Marina in Pasadena, Maryland, United States

On the Rhode I found Bluewater Marina to be the cheapest, and they just put in brand new docks, other than that its pretty slim. Blue Water Marina in Edgewater, Maryland, United States

Contrary to what Jameswilson posted, I didn't find Holiday to inexpensive, perhaps I was just quoted a high price for some reason. Great spot, I would have enjoyed keeping the boat there, Holiday Hill Marina in Edgewater, Maryland, United States

Holiday Point is to exposed IMO, hence the lower prices. Holiday Point Marina in Edgewater, Maryland, United States

There was a place near Galesville that had some moorings, but I cannot find or recall what the name was, they were very inexpensive.

Get on the phone and start making some calls, good luck.
 

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Thanks very much! Yes, Holiday Hills was surprisingly expensive. Have tried to call Blue Water, but no always get a recording and they haven't returned calls. Will look at Bodkin and White Rocks in Pasadena. Have done some searching via marinas.com, will keep working on it. Thanks again.
 

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Oak Harbor is a great place, well protected and great owners. Kept my boat there for several years. No frills place but great for DIY and many race in the RCRA. White Rocks owner is a A Hole, and the marina is not well protected from the North.
 

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Thanks for the quick responses, all! Called Holiday Hills and they quoted me $2,400/yr for a deeper slip; have a call into Orchard Beach; mooring is tempting, but lots of unknowns; have been watching Craigslist for a private slip, but very little there. Any other places to look for private slips?
Thanks again!
Holiday Hill wanted to put you in a deeper slip, when your draft is only 4'?
What about their mooring ball rentals? I'll bet those are very cheap. I second Holiday Hill as a great place to keep a boat.
 

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I had called them last month about another boat I was looking at but didn't buy that was 26 feet long with a 3.5-foot draft. They quoted $2,400/yr.
 

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Thanks again, all! I am putting her up on blocks for the winter at Old Bay Marina near Sparrows Point. Bottom needed cleaning and painting. Will start looking for a a slip or mooring for the spring.

Anyone know who owns the mooring field between Pirates Cove and Thursdays on the West River?
 

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