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bbyrnes 05-18-2004 02:36 PM

Cruising Long Island Sound
In July, my wife and I intend to spend about 10 days cruising from Haverstraw NY on the Hudson River to the Long Island Sound and back. Our ultimate destination is going to be Mystic, CT. We will be cruising with 2 small children, ages 4 & 6. This will be our first "extended" cruise.

Any suggestions concerning good places to stop and explore in the Sound? Any places that are particularly child friendly? Any places to avoid.

Our intial plan is to travel from Haverstraw to Liberty Landing in NY Harbor on the first day. On the second day, we intend to transit Hell''s Gate and get into the Sound. We are thinking of stopping at City Island or Port Washington that afternoon. From there, we have no specific destinations other than Mystic, but figure it will take about 3 days of 5 hour sails to reach Mystic depending on where we stop each night.


paulk 05-18-2004 03:00 PM

Cruising Long Island Sound
Port Washington is a good spot to pull in after Hell Gate, though it can be a busy place. Northport is a bit further, but very pretty and well-protected. Northport YC is quite friendly for visiting yachts when we''ve been there, and is a pleasant walk to a small town with shops/stores/restaurants/galleries/ ice cream, etc. Huntington is a long way down a rather narrow channel lined with powerboats. We got eaten by bugs there as well.

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cat30 05-20-2004 07:16 AM

Cruising Long Island Sound
We sail from Stony Point, Ny around the corner from you- a long day gets us to new rochelle but of course it depends on the tides. next night we like milford then westbrook then mystic. the seaport is a great place to stay- it pays to become a member and get a discount at the dock. we like a couple days in newport before heading to block island. we comfortably make the trip in 2 weeks allowing for a few days of bad weather.

HHJ 05-20-2004 11:05 AM

Cruising Long Island Sound
For a trip like that, you really owe it to yourself to pick up the Embassy Guide to Long Island Sound. There are plenty of good tips on shore-side facilities and things to do with the kids.

Meanwhile, if you find yourself short on daylight as you come out of the East River, pick up a guest mooring at Stuyvesant Yacht Club on the western shore of City Island (40 50''42"N, 73 47''28"W). Everything on City Island is within walking distance or you can use our showers, bar & restaurant. Hail the launch on Channel 72.

Have a great trip, wherever you end up.

bjbyrnes 05-20-2004 01:27 PM

Cruising Long Island Sound
Thanks. I do have the Embassy Cruising Guide and the New England Guide. I was just interested in other people''s experience, especially with children.

paulk 05-20-2004 02:59 PM

Cruising Long Island Sound
Would also suggest Port Jefferson, NY. It offers two nice options. The first is a generally quiet, calm anchorage with good holding (sand) in a large bay off to the right as you enter the harbor (There may be other boats, but there''s lots of room.) The second is taking a mooring or anchoring further in, on the left side of the harbor close to town. Launch service from the Setauket Yacht Club or the commercial service deposit you about a five-minute walk from a wide array of shops and restaurants. There is a puppy store that you may want to avoid unless you want to bring one home with you (on a boat??) Also beware of the ferry wake. It comes in pretty fast and tosses our 36 footer around a bit. Going East, Port Jeff is about the last place on the LI shore deep enough to get into before Plum Gut, since Mt. Sinai is a lot shallower. Have fun & don''t rush!

devildad 05-21-2004 08:28 AM

Cruising Long Island Sound
I suggest Port Washington after coming out the East River. There are free morings, just call the harbor master also good room to anchor if you choose. We have been in Oyster Bay and most of the stops along the Conn shore, not a bad spot anywhere. I am not a big fan of Port Jeff, the power plant kinda spoils the spot. We are from the Chesapeake and have sailed up your way the past two summers going to Nantucket. There are great stops a half day away from everything.

bbyrnes 05-21-2004 09:31 AM

Cruising Long Island Sound
Thanks for all the suggestions. Here is the working draft plan as it is evolved at the moment.

Day 1- Haverstraw to Liberty Landing
Day 2 - Liberty Landing to either Port Wash or Glen Cove
Day 3 - PW/GC to Northport
Day 4 - Northport to Port Jeff
Day 5 - Port Jeff to Blackrock (Capt''s Cove Searport??) (take kids to a Bridgeport Bluefish game)
Day 6 - Blackrock to Norwalk (visit aquarium)Day 7 - Norwalk to Stamford
Day 8 - Stamford to City Island
Day 9 - CI to Liberty Landing
Day 10 - return to homeport of Haverstraw

The goal is to limit sailing to only a few hours each day so I don''t wear out my children (4 & 6 yrs old) on any single day. So i have kept the hops short.

Any additional suggestions about where to stay or stop.

Stuyvesant at City Island and Northport sound great. Anchoring at PJ also sound pretty appealing.

Does anyone have any experience with Brewer? They seem to have well-equipped facilities (ie, pool for the kids) at Port Wash, Glen Cove and Stamford.


paulk 05-21-2004 04:17 PM

Cruising Long Island Sound
If you''re planning to hit Black Rock, the Black Rock Yacht Club has a pool (and tennis courts) that might be entertaining. Their restaurant is respectable as well. It''s a short walk (10-12 min along tree-lined streets) to the main drag, with shops, delis, restaurants, and two 9-screen movie houses. Captains Cove offers MUCH better weather protection and has slips instead of moorings. The "Clam Shack"? there is mostly fried stuff. The Cove often has bands at the upstairs bar on weekends. There are a few shops along their docks, but to get anywhere else (if you want to) would require a taxi. Both places are very friendly. The weather may be the determining factor for you.

hamiam 05-26-2004 11:34 AM

Cruising Long Island Sound
I wud consider getting a little more creative with your plan. Personally, I would hump it, with or without your kids, to get out of the western sound where, in the summer, the winds can be quite light. If you are willing to extend your range, Newport is a great destination as is Block Island and even Shelter Island. Maybe consider an early morning start or an overnight to keep the kids happy. Brewer Marinas are typically excellent in terms of being kid-friendly and amenitities. I have kept my boat at Pilot''s Point in the Past.

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