Northeast - Advice Needed - Just moved to Narragansett Bay

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02-26-2010, 08:18 PM
I am looking for some advice on type of boat I should be looking for in my situation.

I am new to RI, and I have recently purchase a place which will allow me to have a mooring. Restrictions on depth and size aren't really an issue from what I understand, but I am not looking for anything too big. I am just looking for boat to cruise around on, fish, and stay within Narragansett Bay. Like I said, I am new to the area and I am looking for something to start with, learn the area, and get a feel for the bay before I would upgrade to something larger. I am definitely looking used, under 10K. Any suggestions?

Is there a type of boat that would be better for being tied to a mooring?

I know this is an overly simple question, and I will be taking some of the local seamanship classes and safety classes in the next couple months.

Thank you for your advice in advance.

02-26-2010, 08:55 PM
I have never had a boat on a mooring but I would think self bailing would be a must. A center console would be easy to find in your price range but a walkaround or pilot house type boat would be a better choice. Those type of boats will give you a lot more protection from the elements.

02-27-2010, 04:56 AM
I have fished the bay for most of my life and would be remiss not to lean you towards something that will also ride well. Although you say you will stay in the Bay don't think that it doesn't get rough there. Sure there are days you can run around in just about anything but there are many days you will wish for something substantial. Recommending a boat based on the info you provided is impossible, narrow it down to size, number of people on board typically, kids (y/n), head requirement, fishing/cruising etc. As for the mooring part, yes a good self bailer is a must but also carefully consider your mooring locations, many morrings in the bay are quite exposed. Just about all types of boats can be put on a mooring and as bms mentions a CC is probably the easiest especially if single handing but any boat is actually prety easy to bring to a mooring sailboaters do it all the time under sail......

02-27-2010, 08:00 AM
I would concentrate on boats that ride best in chop and are on the drier side. We get chop pretty much every afternoon. If you have kids and a significant other you probably want to make sure you get a boat with a real head.

02-27-2010, 08:40 AM
as stated self bailing,,and I would not get anything under 18' with less than a 125 hp.
It is the bay and can get snotty quick,,,My CC is very heavy and has a good flare for the chop.

Whatever you de4cide have it checked out first.
Need any help let me know,,,I am around the corner.
best of luck,

02-27-2010, 02:03 PM
I owned a 1980 Mako 25 for many years in Narragansett bay and found it to be a terrific boat for this area. It was big enough to power trough the chop that builds up many afternoons and through substantial boat wakes you encounter every weekend. With a single 250 hop outboard it cruised at about 25 knots and was sprightly enough to be fun to drive.

It had comfortable seats in the bow to relax if you anchor out for a swim and the seats could hold a group for a day outing in the bay. I liked the minimum maintenance it required -- a quick wipe down was all it needed during the summer, after a good wax before the season.

You can find pretty good buys on older center console boats, although buying an older outboard motor is a roll of the dice -- a used outboard can be trouble free for years or can be a mechanical nightmare. I think a center console can be a good boat for casual summer boating, and you should be able to find a fairly decent 21' - 25' older center console in the price range you mention. If you go smaller than 21'-22' you will bounce around a lot.

Good luck!

02-27-2010, 02:34 PM
A 23-25 foot boat with a cabin is pretty much the perfect sound/bay boat up here.

It has enough heft to handle the rougher days and you will appreciate the cabin on chilly days or if you want to overnight on the boat somewhere like BI or newport.

Plus, on the nicer days you can race the open ocean looking for bottom fish or bft's.

You can do smaller, you can do cc, but you limit your days up here.

02-27-2010, 03:46 PM
look up in bristol RI oceanscout had one bad top sides but can fix that easy they had good hulls and self bailing 22-25' out boards and in your price range.

03-01-2010, 05:26 PM
Thank you everyone for your advice.

I was thinking about getting a CC before this post, and your reponses definitely helped....especially with the size and HP recommendations.

03-02-2010, 06:21 AM
RImason -

I sent you a PM about a 23' center console that I will likely be selling in Rhode Island, in the event it is of any interest to you. Perfect set-up for Bay and beyond (when you're ready).

Legal Bill
03-02-2010, 08:06 AM
Self bailing is nice, but not a requiremnt by any means. And I've seen self bailers get their scuppers clogged and fill with water on the mooring. For 10 years I moored boats that were not self bailing and got by fine with the bilge pump. Of course, those boats were covered so that rain water would not fill the bilges on a regular basis.

03-02-2010, 08:18 AM
Good buddy is selling this in Narragansett

May want to take a peek if you're in the area.....

03-02-2010, 12:35 PM
Whatever boat you buy, make sure you have a GPS chartplotter. I transplanted from Florida, and found it invaluable for learning the waterways, and avoiding potential submerged hazards, like rock piles. Radar is also something you may want to look into getting. The fog rolls in quick and thick around these parts.

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