“Not everyone has a boat,” said Jane Gol, president of Continental Ventures and co-president of Continental Pinewood, the developer. “We have afforded our homeowners an opportunity to easily enjoy the beautiful water surrounding the Hamptons.”
For those who want to soak up the St. Barts atmosphere at Sunset Beach on Shelter Island for lunch, or cruise to Duryea’s or Navy Beach in Montauk, Ms. Gold partnered with Bruce Tait, of Tait Yachts in Sag Harbor.
“It gives us access to additional high-end clientele, and they can get the access to boats that they might not have,” Mr. Tait said. Tait Yachts offers a half-day charter on a 44-foot sailing catamaran for about $2,900, including captain and crew; a 115-foot yacht costs $17,000 for an eight-hour day, plus food and tips.
Howard Deutsch has owned a house in North Haven for 37 years, and he knows it wasn’t the five bedrooms, the private beach or the waterside heated pool that convinced renters to lease the house two summers ago. The 245-foot dock beckoned.
The tenants also rented a 40-foot boat and hired a captain to take them out regularly. “They said they spent the entire summer at the end of the dock,” said Mr. Deutsch, a TV producer who rents out the house when it is convenient. (He is renting it this summer for between $175,000 and $195,000 a month.)
When Blaze Makoid, an architect, built his own house on Morris Cove in Sag Harbor 10 years ago, he included a 100-foot ramp and a 20-foot dock, although he grew up in Philadelphia and knew nothing about boating.
Bill Collage, a screenwriter and friend who lived in Sag Harbor, gave him a 10-minute boating lesson. “We bartered sharing his boat for my dock for three years,” said Mr. Makoid, 59, who subsequently designed his own 26-foot dual console outboard, collaborating with Vanquish Boats, in Newport, R.I. Mr. Makoid named the boat It’s Just Lunch, after the dating service where he met his wife, Tracy Mitchell, 55, executive director of Bay Street Theater, in Sag Harbor.