SeaHorse II wrote:
That sounds good to me! Here in San Diego slips go for a lot more that that and they are not covered.
The farther north one gets from the Seattle area (and perhaps south, too) the less moorage costs.* The reasons we decided to keep our boat in Bellingham is that moorage is less than half of the cost of a slip in the Seattle area (just over $200 a month for a 40-foot slip), there are excellent marine services (diesel, electronics, electric, etc.) and we now have a great boatyard with 35 and 150 ton Travelifts that is about 200 yards from our slip.*
But the main reason is that with a slow boat like ours, were we to keep it in the Seattle area a cruise to the San Juan or Gulf Islands would be a once or twice a year sort of thing given that I am still working.* But in Bellingham, we are only 2-1/2 to 3 hours from the three US destinations we visit the most--- Sucia, West Sound, and our property on a small private island--- so the San Juans are someplace we can go virtually every weekend, work and winds permitting.*
While we live just east of Seattle, we can drive to Bellingham in an hour and a half.* Where in a boat the speed of ours, it's pretty much a full day's cruise from Seattle just to get to the southern end of the islands, at which point on a weekend you have to turn around and start home.* So whether we take the boat out or not, we use it like a getaway cabin and have been going up to it almost every weekend year round for the last twelve years.
-- Edited by Marin on Monday 24th of May 2010 11:10:18 AM