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Marina life

Posted By: Dave R

Marina life - 07/08/19 01:03 PM

We've been in our marina for a month now and are really enjoying it. The marina is in a small, shallow bay on the protected side of a peninsula that forms one bank of the Hampton River inlet here in New Hampshire. The other side of the peninsula, which is only a couple of blocks wide, is Hampton Beach, an exceedingly "touristy" strip that we would normally avoid like the plague this time of year. Despite being only a couple of blocks away and incredibly busy and crowded, we have discovered that the noise from the crowd and traffic does not make it to our boat. It's like a whole different world. We have also discovered that when you don't have to deal with driving, parking, and all the other hassles of a day trip to the beach, "living" in a beach resort town is really fun.

We have the only boat in the marina with a big, covered aft deck and it's become the "porch" that neighbors like to sit and chat on. That's exactly when we envisioned when we decided on this make/model boat and we are glad it has worked out as expected. One unexpected aspect of marina life was the fact that everyone in our marina that has a "big boat" (the biggest boat is a 49 footer, so we are grouped with the "big boats") are DIY people. I thought I'd be unique as a DIY specialist with a ridiculous collection of tools on a small yacht, but it turns out I'm not at all exceptional there.

We have made a ton of friends and really like our marina neighbors a lot, except for one couple that are not very considerate (everyone can immediately tell when they arrive and leave, and know exactly how long they are there, without looking...) They also speak to their kids in a manner that we find unnecessarily mean-spirited. They seem to be well-known in the marina and people stop to chat with them often so we assumed we were unique in our feelings toward them, but we are slowly finding out that our opinion of them is shared by most. They are not horrible by any means, but just not our kind of people. As it turns out, we get "revenge" on them all the time: we like to cook somewhat fancy and flavorful meals on the aft deck and we accidentally overheard them complaining about how the grill aromas from our boat drive them nuts with hunger. They seem to subsist on just alcohol and snacks.

The couple in the boat directly behind ours have a 300 HP Sea Doo that they encourage us to use. Man is that thing quick. It has a GPS speedometer and gets to 70 MPH in just a few seconds. It's really fun to cruise around on. We also have a lot of fun exploring all the tributaries off our bay in our 10' Zodiac dinghy. We typically deal with a 9 foot tidal swing and it makes things interesting. We saw a 18ish foot bowrider go around the wrong side of a channel marker on Saturday night at low tide and literally drive onto the exposed beach. They had to wait about an hour and were able to get the boat floating again, but not without lots of angry yelling and blamestorming between the boat occupants. They were even yelling at people at the marina for not helping them, not that we could really do anything and everyone knew the tide would help them eventually.
Posted By: WayWeGo

Re: Marina life - 07/08/19 09:01 PM

Sounds like you are living the good life!

This has not been a good year for us with our own boat. Either the weather or family commitments seems to be conspiring against us spending time on the boat. I may have to start going by myself during the week!
Posted By: captkevin

Re: Marina life - 07/08/19 11:51 PM

Glad to hear things are working out.
Posted By: GoFirstClass

Re: Marina life - 07/14/19 09:53 PM

I think our marina has that kind of life, albeit at a smaller level. I'm not sure because when we head down to the boat we saddle up and head out. It's not that we're snobbish or anything like that, but it seems we don't get a LOT of time to spend on board so when we find the time we spend it on the boat.
Posted By: Dave R

Re: Marina life - 07/15/19 03:31 PM

Originally Posted by GoFirstClass
I think our marina has that kind of life, albeit at a smaller level. I'm not sure because when we head down to the boat we saddle up and head out. It's not that we're snobbish or anything like that, but it seems we don't get a LOT of time to spend on board so when we find the time we spend it on the boat.


We go out in the boat often, but since we have been to the boat every weekend (except for one weekend backpacking trip in the Catskills) since we took possession of it in May; and many weekdays as well, we are in the marina an awful lot too. It's a fun mix of activities.

I have had the chance to learn a ton of things about maintaining my boat from the DIY folks around me, which is always welcome. It seems like there's never a dull moment for a grease monkey like me and someone is always doing some work where they need a hand or to borrow a tool. It's pretty much heaven for a grease monkey like me.

One other great aspect of staying at a marina in a beach resort town is the Rio de Janeiro-inspired women's beachwear that is all the rage this Summer. I have to say though, that once you get over the initial delight of it, it just stays delightful :-)
Posted By: captkevin

Re: Marina life - 07/15/19 03:42 PM

So where are all the pictures??
Posted By: Dave R

Re: Marina life - 07/15/19 07:46 PM

Originally Posted by captkevin
So where are all the pictures??


I have no pics of the beach attire, that's best enjoyed in person. That said, I have not been able to post pics to this forum for years, not sure why...
Posted By: WayWeGo

Re: Marina life - 07/18/19 08:56 PM

Originally Posted by Dave R
I have no pics of the beach attire, that's best enjoyed in person. That said, I have not been able to post pics to this forum for years, not sure why...


You can email them to me and I will be happy to post them for you...
Posted By: GoFirstClass

Re: Marina life - 07/18/19 11:50 PM

Photos? Ya mean like this one of my first mate in training?
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or this one who is tutoring me in world navigation? I seem to keep getting stuck in South Central Africa for some reason.
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It's like I'm stuck in a rut!
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