The kids have had questions about where the boat would be “parked”, so we took some of them down to see the marina were we will liveaboard. There are several marinas in our area, but only about 3 of them will allow liveaboards. We will need to liveaboard at the marina until I learn how to operate the boat.
There are several factors that were considered when choosing this particular marina.
- Location – Located in the heart of Boston you can’t get any better. The marina is walking distance to following:
- North End – Similar to “Little Italy”. Authentic Italian restaurants, cafes and shops.
- Faneuil Hall Marketplace – An outdoor shopping center, filled with shops, restaurants, an amazing food court and street performances.
- Haymarket – Open air market, similar to a farmer’s market, except with many vendors competing. You can get fresh produce here on Friday and Saturday at rock bottom prices.
- New England Aquarium
- Boston children’s Museum
- Chinatown – Authentic Chinese food
- Christopher Columbus Park – Fantastic waterfront park that we visit frequently. The park overlooks the marina, has plenty of green field, gardens, kids sprinkler, playground, and an oversized sandbox filled with toys. Perfect.
- Rose Kennedy Greenway – Grassy path through the center of Boston. Great for walks. Large sprinkler with lights, water movement and a Carousel.
- Amenities – This marina is the only one in the area with an Inn, so the amenities are better than others:
- Laundry facilities – The boat will have laundry, but always helps to have back-up
- Fitness room – The kids can burn some energy 🙂
- Clubhouse – Pool table, sofas, tv and a computer. Great for anyone who needs quiet time away from the boat (that would be me).
- Slip-side pump-outs – The marina is re-doing the docks to include pump-out at every slip. Ideal for someone learning to operate. I won’t have to worry about constant travel to the pump.
- Parking – Available. The lot is at the marina. Expensive, but at least it’s there. Parking in Downtown Boston can be a real hassle.
We frequent the waterfront area where the marina is located often, but we hadn’t shown the kids the actual marina yet. They have seen the boats from the park and walking around, but we havn’t walked them on the marina grounds and said “This is it”, until yesterday. We wanted to be sure that this was the final decision before we solidified images in their minds.
We took a stroll through the clubhouse, showed them the outdoor sitting area overlooking the Harbor and the general location of our slip (we knew this from when we met with the Dockmaster).
They were most impressed with the Clubhouse. We had lemonade, as I explained, that in the winter, they put out cookies and hot chocolate. That sealed the deal. Aiden said that he was, “starting to get excited”, Wooohooo, Home Run!!!
When we met with the Dockmaster a couple of months ago he promised that the docks would be rebuilt. The project would include the installation of in-slip pump outs. It was nice to verify that this was being done. The new docks should be ready by the time we arrive.
Just as we were heading out, a massive 185′ sailing yacht was pulling in. We stopped to gawk and drool.
It was a very productive day. Showing the marina to the kids was a great idea. They loved it, and they are excited to move. Yaayyyy!!!!