Where to put a hole to sink money into in Boston?
July 27, 2012 7:29 AM Subscribe
I'm considering buying a 27' cruising sailboat and keeping it in the greater Boston area. I'd like some advice about storage, mooring/docking and costs.
posted by sully75 to travel & transportation around Boston, MA (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The boat I have in mind is a classic heavy displacement fiberglass cruiser. It appears to have been fully restored with new rigging, rebuilt atomic 4, etc. So, hopefully a minimal amount of work would be needed at this point. Which, knowing boats, would end up being a significant amount of work, but it still looks to be in good shape.
I live in Somerville. I'm not sure what the good options are as far as storage go. I'd be up for dockspace or a mooring. Cost would be very important. I'm open to docking or mooring it somewhere up the coast (or down the coast a bit but that is less preferable). I'm trying to get a ballpark idea what mooring or docking might cost. Dock space right in the city seems pretty expensive ($99 a foot, seems to be) but I'm not sure further up the coast if it will be significantly cheaper.
As far as winter storage goes, I'm wondering whether it would be cheaper to haul and store at a boatyard north of Boston, or to have the boat pulled and trailered to somewhere off site and put up on stands. The owner said that he has had the boat hauled and trailered to his house on Cape Cod for $600.
Any thoughts/suggestions as far as good yards, good moorings or dock space and probably costs would be greatly appreciated. If it helps, this is a 27' full keel sloop generally in the Carl Alberg/Cape Dory vein although not one of those boats. Draws approx 3'. I used to work in boatyards and have done a lot of fiberglass work, so I would likely be doing all maintenance myself other than engine work.