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Old 03-01-2013, 10:53 PM   #21
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Eric-- The monthly slip fee for a 30' slip in Squalicum Marina in Bellingham is $207.60 which is $6.92 per foot. Whether they have a 30' slip available is another matter.

Bellingham does not offer covered moorage, however. There are boathouses in the marina but they are all privately owned.
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Old 03-01-2013, 11:04 PM   #22
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Wow this is so interesting to read. My marina has only a few empty slips and most all boats are in regular use. We have a few live aboards though technically they aren't allowed. Our next door neighbor is one and they say the marina owner looks the other way because they have a permanent address elsewhere. Maybe this marina has more boats in use bc it is somewhat expensive for the area? I think 50' slips on the "new" side with concrete docks (covered slips) and valet pump out are regularly $660 a month. We have a discounted slip because we are the first slip on the finger with a sharp turn to get in and we are in the river current where we don't like to come and go during the ebb. It works for us though and we love our marina.
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Re LaConnor's rates our 30' covered slip ran us $253 a month..
That's on par with rates for same here in the California Delta Eric.
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It works for us though and we love our marina.
We are still considering a move to your marina later this year. The social life there seems second to none.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:00 AM   #25
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Since we are mostly an "active seniors" community (translation: retired) we have had a number of slips put up for sale due to owners heading to that marina in the sky.
This photo was taken about five years ago, in our marina, after an afternoon of "round the buoys" sailing. . Three of the five guys in the photo are gone, their boats sold and gone, a fourth has sold his boat, and I'm the only one that still has a boat slip, and it's a trawler, not a sailboat. Life goes on...
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Eric-- The monthly slip fee for a 30' slip in Squalicum Marina in Bellingham is $207.60 which is $6.92 per foot. .
You guys will get no sympathy from this quarter. We do, however, have slips available.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:26 AM   #27
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Marin is right in that there is a long wait for any slip more tha 30' at Squalicum Harbor with the exception of some 33' slips on the new G dock. But those slips are a LONG ways from the gate and are exposed to the prevailing weather. It surprises me that there are slips available at Anacortes and La Conner.
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Old 03-02-2013, 11:27 AM   #28
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Is that Shelter Bay Walt? Thank's for posting those awful rates. Mine don't seem so bad now.

I used to walk the docks there in 1962. Had a sailboat in Mission Bay. Lots of fun sailing in the bay and we'd go out on occasion. Was a plywood 16' sloop.

Scout have you been to LaConner? Lots of covered moorage available. I want to stay covered for at least a year to do lots of maintenance like replace windows and again redo the cap rail ect.

Marin if you were at LaConner you could leave your brightwork open all the time.
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I do not know how prevalent "ownership" plans are in other marinas, but we "buy" a 99 year lease, typically for $500 - $800/foot; the lease is actually recorded with the county. We then pay an annual maintenance fee (full-time dockmasters, electricity, insurance) of about $750 for a 34' slip. If you assign a 10% "opportunity cost" to the slip investment, I figure my monthly cost, all in, is about $200/month.
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Is that Shelter Bay Walt?
Eric: I think you are thinking of Shelter Island. No, my boat is on Harbor Island, closer to the city and closest to escaping the 5 mph zones at all San Diego marinas.
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The marinas in our area (Tri Cities, WA) are full and most have a waiting list. There aren't any dry stack or dry storage areas around here so if you don't keep your boat in the water you keep it on a trailer at home.

Our marina is only 5 years old and is a nice facility. I pay $225 a month for a 60'x20' slip that is covered and that price includes water. We have 50A and 30A power and there's a building on shore with showers and rest rooms.

Like most marinas, the majority of boats don't ever leave the dock. We go out a lot (165 hours last year) and there are a few boats that go out 3-4 times a summer, but many don't ever leave the slip.
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Our mooring costs us $150/yr plus $60 for a mandatory annual inspection. But, for access to the water, we belong to the local, very low key, Yacht club. That costs us $600/year plus $150/yr dinghy dock fee. Free water, parking, garbage hopper and stewards to help with the constant schlepping of stuff. $960/yr total.

On the other hand, our boating season is only 5 +/- months long.
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David,
Reminds me of Thorne Bay w $570 a year for a 37' slip. BOY do I miss that!

By the way that fish boat owner next to us removed the fly bridge and says he has less effect from windage. I think he removed it because he thought it made his fish boat look too much like a trawler yacht.
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Old 03-02-2013, 01:43 PM   #34
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There are so many openings in the Delta and Bay marinas that I'm seriously looking at becoming a marina nomad to take advantage of the seasonal changes in fishing and cruising opportunities. Napa River sturgeon, Angel Island halibut, Pittsburg/Antioch/Rio Vista striped bass, California Delta summer cruising, Sacramento salmon, even Bodega Bay crabbing...all within reach now in retirement.

As an added bonus, many of the marinas are now offering slips at prices below my current $420 per month for a covered 40' slip. So not only would I save fuel and time while exploring new waters, I'd also save slip money.
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Old 03-02-2013, 05:14 PM   #35
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Marin if you were at LaConner you could leave your brightwork open all the time.
Our boat won't fit in La Conner's sheds. Also we use the boat year round as a weekend getaway cabin even if we don't go out. Not much fun staying on a boat inside a shed.

La Conner is too far away from the places we like to go so it was never an option when we first started looking for a marina in 1998.

But the main reason La Conner is not an option for us is that our boat refuses to go south of Anacortes. If we try both engines quit and won't restart until we can get the bow headed north again. We think it's because if we try to go south of Anacortes the boat thinks we're going to return it to San Francisco Bay so it digs in its heels and stops.

You're right about the brightwork, though.
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There are so many openings in the Delta and Bay marinas that I'm seriously looking at becoming a marina nomad to take advantage of the seasonal changes in fishing and cruising opportunities.
I think that's a real advantage to boating in the Delta. If I was in an environment similar to the Delta, I'd be in hog heaven. Covered slip and fresh water to boot!
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Old 03-03-2013, 07:13 AM   #37
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A mooring on the CT river ,5 min from our house, 20 miles from LI Sound , $100 a month .

Closer to the Sound costs a bit more , drive the car? drive the boat?

We chose close to home as the boat is great to BE ON , even when not underway.

Cruising a couple of weeks is not a hassle with an extra 20 miles to get away.
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I just organized a 10m (33ft) berth @ $220/month in Glenelg, South Australia; 15 minutes from home. Includes power, water, showers & parking. Nicely protected with no tidal changes due to a lock isolating the bay. Marina residents receive a remote control to operate the lock, giving access 24/7.
Prices have dropped due to a couple new marinas flooding the market recently.
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Marina residents receive a remote control to operate the lock, giving access 24/7.
Now that is something I never heard of! Pretty damn neat!
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I'm seriously looking at becoming a marina nomad .
I like that. It would change our homeless boat people status.
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