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Old 03-19-2013, 09:20 PM   #11
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If you are traveling with kids to Block you will want to stay at Champlin's Marina, they have the most facilities. Be prepared to be rafted to other boats. The Boat Basin has individual slips though you need to reserve way in advance. Payne's dock packs the boats in but it's all part of being on Block. Payne's and the Basin are less expensive than Champlin's though Champlin's has a bar at the end of the dock with bands on Friday & Saturday nights. Most members of my boat club stay at Champlin's every summer. I think August 5 - 10 is the Tuna Tournament which is more crowded but fun
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Old 03-20-2013, 03:42 AM   #12
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Thanks guys, so far everyone has given me some good spots that I'm looking into and mapping out a chart.
I'm probably going to do block island for a day and rent a scooter to zip around for a couple hours.

dbricerno, no kids, just me and my girlfriend (both mid 20s)

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Shrew, we stayed at Champlin's marina, had a great time there!
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You'll want to stay at Block for more than a day. I try to stay the entire week
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You'll want to stay at Block for more than a day. I try to stay the entire week
Agreed, one day is too short. We usually stay a minimum of three nights. Though the OP says he has a week. Actually, this might be an agressive cruise for one week. You'll be pushing yourself to make the distance and time. I'd avoid cruisng to a tight schedule as it tends to lead to a bit to much 'optimism' as you try to cruise against the weather.
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Yea your probably right Shrew, I know its a long trip. how long do you estimate it will take to get from the throgs neck bridge to block island in a straight run?
I have 9 days total vacation, then I gotta go back to work. Wish I could take more but you know how it is.
Also, my girlfriend coincidentally went on a family vacation to block island last year so she already seen it all. I on the other hand have never been there but I'm easy going so zipping around on a scooter and getting an ice cream cone is all I need lol.
We'll stay a night or maybe 2 nights at block island to start unless it really lures us in.

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Old 03-21-2013, 11:01 PM   #17
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Block Island is probably about 120 miles from the Throgs Neck Bridge. You want to be sure the seas are cooperating. Traveling through Plum Gut or the Race can get hairy at times. Also prepare for fog in the morning at Block. If you run to Essex Ct first Block should be 30-40 miles. The Griswald Inn in Essex has a cool pre Revolutionary War that is worth checking out. Just a short walk from Essex Island Marina.
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