It's time to leave Brewer's

Discussion in 'Northeast' started by cwiert, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. cwiert

    cwiert Member SILVER Sponsor

    388
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    For the last 3 years, I've been at Brewer's Pilot's Point Marina in Westbrook, CT. Beautiful marina. We loved it there and made great friends. However their prices are constantly going up. Last year I paid 7800 for my 50' slip. This year it was 8300. Just got the price for next season and it's 8900. Enough is enough. I'm out. I can move to a smaller slip (44'), in a less desirable section of the marina for 7200, but I still think that's high, so I think it's time to leave.

    My leading candidate is Mystic River Marina. Any one have any experience with this marina? I visited it over the weekend and it looks nice. Fixed docks which I don't love, but that's really my only gripe. Views are great, nice pool for the kids and the price is right too - I'll save thousands!

    Any other recommendations are welcome. A pool is a must with my 9 & 10 yr old kids.
     
  2. Ididntdoit

    Ididntdoit Active Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    East Coast Florida
    300 Sundancer
    5.0MPI Bravo III
    Just talked to a buddy in greenwich bay.....since the sale/merger with clean harbors prices have been going up and service down......I was at mystic river marina for a few seasons - Jeff and his crew are great....they are a "well funded" family operation and they don't lie, cheat or neglect their property....There has been talk over the years of converting to floating docks - its a touchy issue as several slips were sold a docaminiums years ago and some see this as a way of "forcing" owners to sell back or shoulder part of the cost......There is not a ton of tidal variance in the river so fixed docks are not that big of a deal......again, the docks are well kept and all slips have poles between the two slips in each well and most have short finger piers. The pool and bathroom/showers are always clean. There are often small weddings (see several ceremonies over the summer) and parties at the "yacht club" building on site but parking is never a problem.....really short dinghy ride (or longish walk) to town....I can't recommend this place enough - and as you know Mystic is closer to Block, Newport, Napa Tree, MV, etc than you are now......PM me if you want more info....
     
  3. cwiert

    cwiert Member SILVER Sponsor

    388
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    Thanks. PM sent. Yeah, we noticed that things started to go downhill once Safe Harbor bought out Brewers. Less service. Less activities. More cost.
     
  4. kap2

    kap2 Member SILVER Sponsor

    121
    Oct 28, 2013
    Rhode Island
    370 Sundancer 1998
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser V-drive
    Prices at Brewers Sakonnet (now Safe Harbor) in RI have gone up this year too. 10% on winter storage and 7% summer docks. Time to start looking at other marinas.
     
  5. hottoddie

    hottoddie Member

    812
    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    Don't know how anyone can justify paying these outrageous rates. My yacht club costs for my 390 Express total less than $3400 including dues, assessments, slip fees and winter hauling and land storage. I can shrink wrap and bottom paint my own boat for next to nothing. If I had to pay those outrageous rates I'd own a sunfish. We have a 7000sg ft. clubhouse, plenty of on sight parking and huge inground pool with full time lifeguard.
     
  6. RubberDuckeeToo2

    RubberDuckeeToo2 Member

    409
    Oct 21, 2006
    Connecticut
    '98 370 Sundancer
    '97 SeaDoo Speedster 14'
    9.5' Caribe RIB
    7.4 Mercuisers
    I'm also at Pirate's Point - South Yard in a 44' slip. We received our contract for winter and next year yesterday, but haven't opened the envelope and now you've got me afraid to do so. FWIW, I didn't notice an increase from last year to this year. However, a quick survey of the slips revealed that they do have about 30-35% vacant rate so an increase was sort of expected.

    I hope mine isn't as big as yours. I can take a little, but...

    When we first got there 10 years ago, there were only two slips open in the whole of 850+ slips in the marina. We landed on a great dock, but lately attrition is taking its toll. Loss of good friends is even worse than the increases.

    Gene
     
  7. gtfireftr

    gtfireftr Member

    266
    Oct 9, 2014
    Westport MA
    1997 Sea Ray Sundancer 290
    Twin 4.3 liter w/Alpha Drives
    What "Yacht club" do you belong to... sounds very nice...
     
  8. hottoddie

    hottoddie Member

    812
    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    gtfireftr PM sent.
     
  9. cwiert

    cwiert Member SILVER Sponsor

    388
    May 7, 2008
    Westbrook, CT
    1998 400 Sedan Bridge
    CAT 3116 - 350HP
    Hey Gene. Yeah, you went up to about 7200. Winter went up too. I'm on D Dock, listed as a 50' slip. We were the only ones that went up last year. The smaller slips didn't go up. So my slip went up 1100 from last year to next year. Ridiculous.
     
  10. swaterhouse

    swaterhouse Member GOLD Sponsor

    246
    Jan 7, 2015
    Mattapoisett, MA
    2007 Sundancer 44
    Cummins QSC 8.3

    I am guessing the yacht club you speak of is in Boston, not the cape. The cape marinas I know of start at 150/ft summer only.
     
  11. hottoddie

    hottoddie Member

    812
    Jan 11, 2012
    Boston/Cape Cod
    1986 Sea Ray 390 Express
    Garmin 4212 Chartplotter
    Garmin 24 HD Radar
    Garmin GSD 22 Sounder
    Garm
    454 Crusaders
    My yacht club is on the South side of Boston Harbor. While the Cape is nice and the water a little warmer the location gives you an unlimited choice of destinations even if it's rough on the outside. Over the years I've traveled as far as Block Island to the South and Portsmouth, NH to the North.
     

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