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Old 10-20-2021, 12:31 PM   #1
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New England Moorage?

How much are you paying for moorage in New England? We are getting closer to buying a boat and I am looking at different options for marinas and pricing and what you think the waitlist is at. Thanks for your help!
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By moorage do you mean a Mooring Ball? or a slip? It is going to vary by location. Fixed docks, vs floating and how well protected the marina is.

I would start with this:

1) Where do you live?

2) How often will you be going to the boat?

3) How long are you willing to drive?


If I tell you about a great spot on the Ct shore, to then have you tell me you live in Bethel Maine.....well, you get the point.
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We are in southern Vermont. Quickest we can get to the coast is about 3hr roughly at Boston. Not really interested in city moorage. We would prefer a slip/ finger pier. Would be weekenders and summers. We considered the upper Hudson or Erie/Champlain canals. Waterford NY is about an hour by road from us, but we'd really like to be on the coast.
Maybe Connecticut to Southern Maine.
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Old 10-20-2021, 05:26 PM   #4
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Boston - $140/ft summer, $80/ft winter.
Many marinas have price online so search whatever is in commuting range.
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Old 10-21-2021, 06:56 AM   #5
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Boston - $140/ft summer, $80/ft winter.
Many marinas have price online so search whatever is in commuting range.
Our commuting range would be anywhere from CT to Southern ME. I've scrolled, searched google maps, and all the various aspects of online pricing, just looking for maybe something I may have missed. Location desired will also depend on where we purchase the boat.
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Our commuting range would be anywhere from CT to Southern ME. I've scrolled, searched google maps, and all the various aspects of online pricing, just looking for maybe something I may have missed. Location desired will also depend on where we purchase the boat.
Thanks.
Price will vary quite a bit depending on location. Moving a boat within the area you mention is not too difficult, so I wouldn't make boat location a deciding factor. I live in CT and have bought boats in ME and VT. You can save quite a bit of money if you join a private yacht club. Some have slips some have moorings with launch service. Most also have winter storage but it is DIY or hire someone if you need any service, winterization, covering, etc. Some clubs are hard to get into and have long wait line, mine does not and saves me about 50% vs. a marina. There is also a social benefit to belonging to a club and participating in events, trips etc. Many also have a bar/restaurant for members. If I lived in VT, I would keep it on Lake Champlain. Plenty of great boating there and access to almost anywhere you want to go if you plan some longer trips.
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If it were me, I’d likely be looking around Warwick, RI area. I expect prices are rising because RI doesn’t tax boats while everywhere else does and corporations are snapping up marinas. However, it’s a relatively easily accessible, central location for access to all of New England cruising.
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Price will vary quite a bit depending on location. Moving a boat within the area you mention is not too difficult, so I wouldn't make boat location a deciding factor. I live in CT and have bought boats in ME and VT. You can save quite a bit of money if you join a private yacht club. Some have slips some have moorings with launch service. Most also have winter storage but it is DIY or hire someone if you need any service, winterization, covering, etc. Some clubs are hard to get into and have long wait line, mine does not and saves me about 50% vs. a marina. There is also a social benefit to belonging to a club and participating in events, trips etc. Many also have a bar/restaurant for members. If I lived in VT, I would keep it on Lake Champlain. Plenty of great boating there and access to almost anywhere you want to go if you plan some longer trips.
I have considered Lake Champlain for a variety of reasons, We do love the ocean though and I have family that boats Cape Cod. We have looked into yacht clubs for the reasons you have mentioned. I am mostly a DIY guy anyway, I've been Looking at boats located from Delaware to Maine on the coast and Lake Erie/Champlain. I just don't want to get into too long of a first voyage initially after purchase.
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If it were me, Id likely be looking around Warwick, RI area. I expect prices are rising because RI doesnt tax boats while everywhere else does and corporations are snapping up marinas. However, its a relatively easily accessible, central location for access to all of New England cruising.
We have been leaning towards Rhode Island as a few of the boats we are interested in are located around Providence. I also don't mind somewhere that has an active commercial fleet as far as moorage.
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We have been leaning towards Rhode Island as a few of the boats we are interested in are located around Providence. I also don't mind somewhere that has an active commercial fleet as far as moorage.
What type of boat are you looking for? age/size/price/style/motor type/etc
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RI rates will be between $100-$150ft+ for a finger slip for the season. Winter storage is approx 50% of summer costs. Obviously amenities, location will impact price. Moorings are much less.
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Sorry for stating the obvious, but driving to/from the coast on any summer weekend is a traffic nightmare. Some people tolerate that better than others, but it would drive me crazy and I would not want that to be my normal plan for boating. Just something to consider.
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Old 10-21-2021, 12:30 PM   #13
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Sorry for stating the obvious, but driving to/from the coast on any summer weekend is a traffic nightmare. Some people tolerate that better than others, but it would drive me crazy and I would not want that to be my normal plan for boating. Just something to consider.
Not usually on issue for us. My day starts by waking up around 4am. Usually we are at the water before other people are leaving their homes. Ideally we'd live closer to the coast but aren't going to do that right now.
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You might consider keeping the boat where it is when you buy it even if its not your first choice longer term. A couple benefits are as you mentioned, gives you time to work out any bugs, get comfortable operating and a chance to make it your own. If slips are tight thevseller can sometimes get their slip " grand fathered" and transfer to a buyer. That gives you time to make final decisions and you get to explore an area for a season or two before moving.
I too really like Lk Champlain and think it has a lot to offer. If its closer & convenient it could make initial projects a little easier vs remote. Nothing says you have to stay where ever you start... in fact moving every few years let's you explore areas while keeping cruising distances shorter.
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You might consider keeping the boat where it is when you buy it even if its not your first choice longer term. A couple benefits are as you mentioned, gives you time to work out any bugs, get comfortable operating and a chance to make it your own. If slips are tight the seller can sometimes get their slip " grand fathered" and transfer to a buyer. That gives you time to make final decisions and you get to explore an area for a season or two before moving.
Yes, I've been keeping that in consideration as far as keeping the boat where we buy it. It may be easier to try to assume the slip rather than find a new one elsewhere. For us to travel to Burlington on Lake Champlain takes us around 2 1/2 hours, I wouldn't want too be much farther south on the lake than that. We are really looking for a 34' double cabin trawler style with a diesel, but are entertaining other boats too.
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If you are thinking weekends, then the location should reflect where you to cruise.
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Boston - $140/ft summer, $80/ft winter.
Many marinas have price online so search whatever is in commuting range.

Just wondering are you talking per month? That would be $6400 per month for me.
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Per season. Approx May-Oct, then Nov-Apr.
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Old 10-25-2021, 01:29 PM   #19
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Advantage of Rhode Island

For someone commuting from Vermont on weekends, it would be nice to be sure that the weather will be conducive to boating when you arrive. One advantage of Rhode Island is that Narragansett Bay is well protected from ocean swells so even in relatively poor weather that would keep you in harbor along the unprotected NE coast, you can still boat in Narragansett Bay. No need to worry about Nantucket sleigh rides or fighting the currents of Woods Hole. Lots of interesting harbors and, in fair weather, it's well located as a starting point to visit the Cape or Long Island.
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I realize I'm not answering your question but just wanted to put another plug in for Lake Champlain: I just returned to Lake Champlain/Vermont this year after being off the lake/out of state for 7 years. My first "larger" boat (38') was purchased in Buffalo - my wife and I brought it to Lake Champlain via Erie/Champlain Canal - really enjoyed it (history/towns along the Canal etc.). After being on the lake for 6 years, we took the same boat down down south, first to Hilton Head for a few years and then to Niceville (Destin, FL) for about a year before selling it and purchasing our current boat (48' Chris Craft), which we kept in Niceville and then to San Diego for 2 years (live aboard) and back to FL (on a ship) and finally moved it back up to Lake Champlain in June 2021. I'm DONE with salt water...Done with tides/currents/hurricanes/salt water maintenance/corrosion/expensive Florida-coastal insurance/monthly bottom cleanings/anodes maintenance - DONE... While I have many hours of boating experience, I am a fair weather boater (made a bad weather mistake - Gulf of Mexico - schedule/timetable etc.). This may sound strange to some but I like having a boating "Season" forced on me - roughly May-Oct. There are SO many options being on Lake Champlain: NY City (yes, I know - saltwater), Erie Canal, Canada, Great Lakes - all the places in between and on the Lake. We live in northern Vermont, keep my boat in Colchester. Plenty marina's in southern VT or NY, on the lake.
Glad to hear you are getting closer to a purchase. I think our 48' is on the large size for Lake C. - I like the 31' Ranger Tugs - has some of features you mentioned.

Be sure and post what you purchase and where you decided to keep your boat - think it's clear about my preference!
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