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Re: Reviews of some places on the Long Island Sound

Some places to add...
Northport LI: Northport Yacht Club is very friendly & accommodating. Though a bit of a walk to town, it's a lovely walk past pretty victorian houses with lovely gardens. Centerport YC is across the water from Northport, and the launch will take you to the town dock. Barry already spoke about Seymour's privately operated marina, above.

Guilford: A narrow entry channel through marshland leads to an immaculate marina at the Guilford Yacht Club. Slips are pricey, since they have no moorings. Bicycles are available to ride to town, where several excellent restaurants around the town green compete for hungry gourmets.

Sachem's Head: Put in here en route to Stonington, in a blow. Cute, tiny, rocky inlet, a lot like Maine, with summer houses. The launch attendant at the Sachem's Head YC couldn't have been nicer, as he bounced up & down in his whaler on the 4' waves inside the harbor and led us to the most protected guest mooring, where we continued bouncing until the wind shifted away from the SW the next morning and lessened.

Milford: Charles Island We've been to Milford several times, usualy anchoring off Charles Island Bird Sanctuary. It is amazing to watch the egrets flying to their nests high in the trees there. (Landing is discouraged, though I believe you can walk around the intertidal zone.) The crowd of outboards & runabouts ups anchor around sundown, resulting in a quiet spot with two or three sailboats anchored overnight. Milford itself is a bustling recreational harbor, with what must be thousands of boats filling almost every square inch of available space. The harbor goes from the Yacht Club to Port, near the entrance, all the way to town, where you can tie up and walk to numerous restaurants and stores. Marinas, private sips, and well regarded boatyards line the channel on the way up. Since we've always anchored outside, can't suggest who'd have the best slips or moorings inside.

Duck Island Roads, off Clinton/Westbrook, is another reasonably well-protected anchorage much of the time. Moving sand has caused it to shoal over the years, so deeper-draft boats may have to hunt around a bit to find a spot that suits them. You can also head in to Westbrook harbor, where Brewer's Pilot's Point yard (off both East and West branches of the channel -- go East first.) offers soup-to-nuts service at their slips. You can also slide all the way up the harbor to Duck Island marina/Yacht Club, where there might be some slips too. Stay in the channel!

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