Northeast - Suggestions on where to slip a boat on the west side of Narragansett Bay

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02-17-2010, 08:34 PM
We're looking for a marina on the west side of Narragansett Bay to slip our 28' flybridge. I say the west side because we live in Worcester and would prefer something within an hour or so. I say the Bay because we'd prefer protected waters (but we're open to other locations).

Our interests are pleasure/destination boating so we'd like to have some nice beaches close by where we can toss out the anchor and hang out for an afternoon. Also interested in weekend trips to the Vineyard, Nantucket and Block Island.

Not looking to break the bank, but we'd like a marina that's relaxed and fairly social with facilities (even though we have facilities onboard) and dining close by. $85 or so per foot would be in our price range but we'd spend a bit more for the right location.

I imagine there are a million marinas in this area and I have no idea where to start as I'm not familiar with the area.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated! :)


02-18-2010, 03:53 AM
You may want to look toward East Greenwich or the North Kingstown area for what your looking for. There are some nice Marinas in these areas. The prices may be a little higher than $85.00 per ft. though. From here you will have easy access to the mouth of the bay and will be mostly centralized for what the area has to offer. Try a Google search and maybe take a ride down to check them out.
Good Luck,

02-18-2010, 05:36 AM
There are several marinas in Greenwich bay on the west side. Brewer is one that comes to mind in Warwick, RI. There are also a couple in wickford, also in the bay. Greenwich bay is just south of Warwick neck if you have a chart. Google the area and you will get the listings.

A little more north is Allens Harbor. It is in the Quonset area. It is probably the cheapest. i slipped there for a short while 2 years ago. Relatively secure, but the immigrants regularly fish off a wall right near there and there have been occasional items stolen. i guess this can happen anywhere.

There are also marinas further North towards providence, in Cranston i believe. Again, google it and you will get the listings. Some of the searches will also provide birds eye views from a plane.

If I was going to spend time at a beach it would be south of warwick neck. North of the neck gets a bit nasty in the summer (look at google earth and you will see what I mean in the water color) Many boaters throw a hook at Prudence island. If you explore the bay you will find several places to throw a hook and go to shore. Not really much in the way of dockage. You either swim or have a raft, unless the boat is on the smaller side and you can get in tight.

If I was slipping and planning to spend time at the Marina i would lean towards those I first referred to. The Marinas in Wickford are also convenient to downtown shops, coffee, etc. The ones in Warwick (Brewers I believe) has a Chelos within walking distance that is actually pretty nice.

02-18-2010, 07:49 AM
Port Edgewood in Cranston for your travel time from Worcester is the best bet for the $$,,,my uncle keeps his boat there also,,no hassles or theft BS to deal with.
Or going a little further south to Warwick near Oakland beach there are several,,,saves about 20 minutes on the water to get out of the bay to block island or whatever.

02-18-2010, 10:00 AM
I used to be in Portsmouth on the east side, and for many reasons including distance from my house (douglas) I have moved to the West side @ Wickford Marina. I know Brewers in Wickford has slips available. I looked at the ones in the greenwich warwick areas and ended up preferring the wickford area for many reasons...PM me if you want any more info on my search...

02-18-2010, 03:06 PM
Thank you all for the replies, it certainly gives a good place to start. Seems like the Wickford area would be ideal, but Cranston would save us a ton of dough. I will start calling around.

02-18-2010, 05:18 PM
Stevenp check out Pope's Island in New bedford. Good rates straight run to islands Elizabeths and MV 1 1/2 hr down 495 worth a look. Inside harbor and seawall. The fleet aint there fo nuttin!

02-18-2010, 05:36 PM
wickford is nice, but east greenwich/warwick is much closer.

brewer greenwich bay is a real nice place, on site restaurant/bar with frequent live entertainment and pool for the kids. very close to the highway so you'd be on the boat quickly.

biggest issue is that it is way up the bay so in order to get to open water/block etc it is a hike. but, i'd rather be spending the extra time on the boat in the bay than in beach traffic myself!

02-22-2010, 12:51 PM
Cranston is way the hell up the bay. You are looking at an hour of travel time to get to the mouth of the bay on busy days. It would be cheaper, but whats your tradeoff?? If you are looking to do the islands, Newport, Block and the like, you would be much better served from a fuel/time perspective in South Kingstown, Wickford, or the Pt. Judith area. If its mostly cruising, that is more akin to Wickford and Greenwich. If you want to fish, Pt. Judith is a better area.

$85 or so is going to be tough. Im @ $130. Average is around $110 or so.

02-22-2010, 07:58 PM
With twin 305 gassers, travel time on the water is definitely a concern. Spending the extra dough on a slip in a more desirable area (Wickford or Greenwich) does seem to make more sense from a logistical and financial standpoint. After calling around I've accepted that we'll likely have to pay well over $100/ft and that's ok as long as we're going to be happy with the location.

We'll pretty much be cruising the bay for beaches etc (with the exception of a few weekends per year to the islands) so the mouth probably isn't worth the drive.

We're also going to check out the Portsmouth/Bristol area on the east side. Looks like some nice waters over that way, just not sure about the traffic and how well protected that area would be from winds etc.

Again, thanks for the information everyone. Your feedback has helped me narrow down my search.

02-24-2010, 03:51 AM
If you don't mind the little extra drive Fairhaven/New Bedford is in your price range with a very short boat ride to Buzzards Bay. Protected by the hurricane barrier there are few beaches close by and restaurants as well. We have friends in our marina from the Worcester area. The waters of Buzzards Bay can be rough but the water much cleaner then Narragansett Bay. With many options for cruising like Oak Bluffs,Cuttyhunk, Falmouth,Edgartown,etc
Might be something to think about something to think about?

Good luck with your search.

02-24-2010, 12:49 PM
brewers in east greenwich has avail slips probably 125 a ft but great ammenities pool nice restaraunt with live music on weekends. all new docks well worth the money compared to other marinas especially if you gonna spend time at the marina.i have a 24' slip there this year.

02-25-2010, 05:46 AM
New Beffa' doesn't look like that bad of a drive. Worth checking out.

We're going to check out a few of the Brewers yards, Greenwich included. Does look like they have some pretty plush amenities.

02-25-2010, 06:51 PM
How about Borden Light in Fall River? Its right off the highway and like 15 miles to Sakonnet. Plenty to do in the area and has full amenities. I believe its within your price range. Plus some sweet bay fishing up and down the river from there.

02-25-2010, 08:25 PM
How about Borden Light in Fall River? Its right off the highway and like 15 miles to Sakonnet. Plenty to do in the area and has full amenities. I believe its within your price range. Plus some sweet bay fishing up and down the river from there.

Thanks, I added it to the list. Does look like it's right off the highway which is nice.

02-25-2010, 08:37 PM
A friend of mine keeps his 32' Sea Ray at Brewer Greenwich Bay Marina. It's a huge place and expensive but seems like a top shelf facility with lots of amenities. He lives in East Greenwich so it's super convenient for him.

That said, however, if I lived in Worcester I would probably look further East like Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, Marion or Onset. Nothing against Narragansett Bay, I just think the Buzzards Bay area and Cape Cod has more to offer.

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