Join Date: May 2004
Location: Rhode Island
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A couple years ago we stayed at a few of the Brewer's marinas on our way back to RI from NYC, including those in Stamford, Stratford and Branford. We happen to be customers of Brewer's in RI and so had some reciprocal privileges at other Brewer marinas which made it convenient. I'm sure there are many other marinas that would make nice options. As for the Stamford location specifically, you're right that there appears to be a good amount of construction in the area between the marina and the train station. It just happens to be very convenient to the train station.
What I recall of the Stratford location, the marinas are located along a river and depending on the tide there is a current to deal with, though it wasn't bad. Across the river from the marina is a marshy wildlife area and it's a pleasant location. I just looked at a map again, and this facility is also within walking distance of the train station. (less than a mile) I don't think Amtrak services this train station, but you're still close enough that you can use the Metro-North Commuter service.
Branford was very nice. It's close to the Thimble Islands area, and the marinas are well protected. We stayed here for several days waiting out a storm and within the marina area it was hard to tell the weather was bad at all. It's a pleasant town, though a bit of a walk. It's also east of New Haven so I think the rail options to NYC are a bit more limited.
Have you looked at the MapTech Embassy Cruising Guide books? They have good descriptions of marinas with pictures and listings of marinas along with their services, etc. I found these to be very helpful.
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