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Westport Boat Owners Wait for Dock Slip

Spring is almost here. For boaters, that means it's almost time to launch. But if you're a first-time boat owner in Westport, don't expect to get an in-water space at either town marina anytime soon. Depending on the size of your vessel, you may wait four to 15 years for a marina slip.

Rick Giunta, administrative manager of the Westport Parks and Recreation Department , said there are a total of 597 in-water slip assignments, or dock spaces, at the Ned Dimes Marina at Compo Beach and E.R. Strait Marina at Longshore. And as of Monday, he said 1,774 people are on the waiting list for a slip.

"There are a couple open slips, in what categories, I haven't really done the analysis yet," Giunta told members of the Boating Advisory Committee on Monday night. "So within the next week or so, we'll start hitting the wait list and filling those open slips."

The waiting time for a marina slip depends on the size of your boat. Giunta said the approximate wait times are as follows: Four to five years for vessels in the 12- to 18-foot category; six to seven years in the 19- to 21-foot category; 10 years for between 22- and 26-feet; nine to 10 years for 27 footers; 12 years for between 28- and 34 feet; and 15 years for the 35- to 40-foot range.

Wait times are not only based upon the number of slips available per category but also upon trends. Currently, the 22- to 26-foot category is the most popular in town, which is why, with 561 people, it's the most-populated wait list.

This is why Giunta urges first-time boat owners and new residents to apply for slips as soon as possible. "You have to get on the list fast," he said. "Even if you think you might want a boat someday, you should apply."

For more information about marina assignments, visit the Parks and Recreation website .

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