I just joined this board after a Google Search for Boston Harbor Docking.
I am a member and Dockmaster of the Winthrop Yacht Club, where members of other yacht clubs can get moorings for free, and tie up (space available) during the day tor get water etc. We also offer a free launch service frm the moorings, and find a space for your dinghy. That is our mandate.
Having said that, I have 2 personal moorings in Winthrop harbor, and friends from MassBaySailors Mailing list and other internet connections have contacted me and used my mooring independently, because they were not members of any yacht club. (btw, some yacht clubs are paper only and require a $75/year membership fee)
The commercial marina next to us offers monthly dinghy space for $50/month.
Me and my wife live aboard our Irwin 43 CC. In the winters we are in Constitution Marina in Boston.
There is public docking available in Boston Harbor
. It is not well advertised, but is between the fireboats and the coast guard station. There are 2 floating docks that can be used. At least that is what we have been using for a while now.
We like to take our dinghy, or our little 13 ft whaler to go to Haymarket for shopping and would use that dock.
Now, anchoring is another issue. I have seen boats anchored in Boston Harbor, but the space is tight, and the waters deep.
There are mooring rentals all around the Islands, and also in the inner harbor.
Yes, it is a metropolitan area, and not designed to be Cruiser-Friendly. THe number of world curisers on a budget visiting Boston is probably less than a few dozen a year. When I am cruising I usually don't visit big metropolitan areas, but if I do, I am fully prepared to spend money to keep my boat in relative safety.
I would recommend, if you would like to stay longer, and not pay, to anchor either outside of Winthrop Harbor or around Spectacle or Rainsforth Islands, and take your dinghy to the 3-4 mile ride public dock I described above.
Boston Harbor Islands Moorings Link
Link to mooring rental in the harbor
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