2. Call Ahead
Spontaneity is great, but it can thin your wallet pretty fast when applied to overnighting. Block Island is one of the most popular cruising destinations in the Northeast, and the rates are pretty typical. The 2010 rate for a 31- to 45-foot boat is $4.50 per foot per night at Champlin’s Marina. But if you make the reservation early enough to mail in a deposit for two nights or more, you get a discounted rate of $4.25 per foot per night. So, for a 45-foot boat for two nights, you’d save $22.50. Over four weekends a season, that’s a savings of $90. Also consider overnighting during off-peak times. We’ve seen rates as low as $1.50 per foot per night in October. If you get a stretch of good boating weather, that’s a steal. Estimated Savings: Up to $270
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