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Re: New boat owner: advice on mooring location
I'm very familiar with both locations and you've summed them up pretty well. The fetch into Jamestown from an easterly (usually storm related) can be dramatic, but it's ideal ocean access. If they were my only two choices, I would take Bristol. If you're refitting, you might enjoy sailing on the Bay to shakedown more often anyway.
If you want to be closer to open water, take a look at Dutch Harbor, on the immediate opposite side of Connanicut Island (Jamestown). It's exactly a 1 mile walk into town, if you want access to a some grub or the chandlery.
Splitting the difference would be something in Wickford. There are three or four marinas in there and I don't know who controls which moorings. You definitely want to be inside the breakwater, some are outside.
Bristol is a great little town. Harbor patrol can be a bit intrusive. I think they work to make their presence known, so folks behave on drunken weekends. If being that far up the Bay works, or nothing is available, you might also look into East Greenwich, to the West of Bristol, or Portsmouth on the Sakonnet River.
Much probably depends on where you live too. Happy to answer any further questions, either on the thread or via PM.
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