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Old 03-13-2013, 07:36 AM   #1
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Hey everyone!

I'm planning to do a week long boating adventure with my girlfriend sometime in July all over the Long Island Sound, New York, and I'm trying to put together a list of nice places to stop by along the way.
My marina is right near the Throgs Neck Bridge and I've never been out past Hempstead Harbor so I'm not sure where all the good coves to swim/fish/sightsee/dock/villages are past my typical area.

I have 2 options for my trip:

Option 1: Venture out East along the Northern Long Island coast and then at the tip of long island, turn around and head back West along the Southern Connecticut coast.
Option 2: Venture out East along the Nothern Long Island coast and wrap around long island and come back West along the Southern coast of long island, finally up the East River.

Based on those who know the area, which option would you recommend?
I realize by being in the estuary, I'm sheltered from the other side of long island so I'm concerned about the water conditions on the southern side, any insight?

I've only been able to dig up this online in regards to some good locations:
http://blog.ctnews.com/kantor/2011/0...-this-weekend/

If anyone has done something like this, any advice/insight would be greatly appreciated.

Hopefully we can all pool together some good spots and I can map out a chart.


Thanks,

- Joe

P.S. - If you have any pictures of any of these sights please post them!
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Old 03-13-2013, 03:52 PM   #2
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Hi 94 Maxum! You'll be in my neck of the woods during that trip.

1) Inside of Long Island Sound will be better than outside the Southern Long Island.

2) If you so take the southern long island route, look at running on the inside, however it is shallow through there.


As for destinations do you plan on anchoring, mooring, or are you looking for transient marina space? That really makes a difference. I could be sending you to a place like Watch Hill that really only has anchorage, or Greenport, which really only has transient slips. Other places like Block Island, Montauk, or Sag Harbor have both, though in some places, like Sag and Montauk you need to know where to go and how to get there in order to anchor.
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Hey Shrew,

I think I'm going to take your advice and do Option #1.

Either anchorages or slips for a night would be fine, maybe break it up like half the nights anchored off and half the nights at a slip where I can run shore power or something. Do you know the average cost for a 1 night slip with power?

Are there any places to dock for a few hours and go on land to sight-see/spend time in a park/lighthouses/Restaurants, etc...?

Thanks,

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Greenport is a great place for shopping, eating, etc. carousel...
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if you stay at green port the first night, then go into the piconic bay, its beautiful and flat water.

The south shore still has a lot of uncharted Sandy sand bars, and who know whats floating in the channels..... will let you know in May.

plus to have to run in the ocean to get to fire island.

a trip to mystic CT or watch hill RI is a nice venture also.
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Here's a bunch of places that will definitely please.

Northport - has many restaurants/bars in a really nice village. There is a fixed dock right in town that is free till 8pm then it's $3/ft. (crappy electric) First come first serve but is not a problem at all midweek. If it's full you can get a mooring nest door at Seymours boatyard
Port Jefferson - has town moorings and a cheap tender service into town. Again a nice village with many restaurants/bars
Norwalk Ct. - Floating town dock with a variable pricing $2.50/ft for 24 hours (great electric and water)
Millford Landing Ct. - Really nice town marina nice restaurants/bars
Essex Ct - Expensive but really nice town (Can pickup town mooring up river at Hamburg Cove)
Mystic Ct - visit the Seaport or casinos
Newport RI - Expensive but really cool
Block Island RI - The Best!

Good Luck, Have a great trip
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a lot of the south shore and docks are knocked out from sandy, so better to call ahead to make sure.
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You'll definitely have to call ahead if you want to stop at a Transient slip for few hours. The public docks in greenport will let you tie up for a few hours.
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Joe,
try to make it to block island, I was there a couple of years ago, it was great, we rented scooters to go around the island, the marina has a swimming pool, beautiful views, and a lot of things to do or not to do and just relax!
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Joe,
try to make it to block island, I was there a couple of years ago, it was great, we rented scooters to go around the island, the marina has a swimming pool, beautiful views, and a lot of things to do or not to do and just relax!
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There are several Marina's at Block Island. You'd be looking to stay in New Harbor (The Great Salt Pond). You can pick up a transient mooring if you're both lucky and/or patient, you can anchor or get a transient slip at a number of Marina's. Scooter rentals and lots of bike rentals too. The walk from new harbor to old harbor is nice though.
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