NBYC launch
Geoff Rand
A large harbor of moderate depth, a quiet attractive town, and the sprawling, active New Bedford Yacht Club all draw sailors to Padanaram.

"Arise, go to Padan-aram. . . and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother's brother. And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee. . ."
Genesis 28, 2&3

The stock explanation for the name of Padanaram attributes it to the prominence of a citizen at the turn of the 19th century named Laban. Variants of the story are repeated more often than they're substantiated (guilty) but it's not the only slippery name in town. The village belongs to the town of Dartmouth, although the name on the chart is South Dartmouth. The body of water which comprises the harbor is Apponagansett Bay.

Ashore, the most prominent facility for sailors is the New Bedford Yacht Club, which moved its headquarters from the neighboring harbor in 1941 but kept the old name.

The Concordia yard, highly regarded in New England yachting since the 1920's, spread along the waterfront until moving inland in 2007. Their iconic yawls were actually built in Germany and then shipped here for fitting out in. . . Padanaram.

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