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Sailing From Montaulk to Block Island and Fog

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I am setting off from Montaulk to Block Island next week and was wondering if anyone has a perfered time of day to set sail. Of course we will take into account the tides and wind but I was wondering is there any time of departure that is better to avoid fog? And can one still expect fog in July/August?



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It is only 18 miles to Block so you can leave after any morning fog has burned off and before any evening fog sets in. Yes...fog can be quite dense and last for a long time at this time of year as well.

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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Coast Guard Cutter hits Ferry
NEW LONDON, Conn. - A Coast Guard cutter collided with a Block Island Ferry carrying more than 250 passengers in dense fog Wednesday, but no serious injuries were reported, authorities said.
The ferry was on an hour-long run to Block Island, and the cutter, a buoy tender named Morro Bay, was returning to its home base in New London, Conn., when the collision occurred about 12:15 p.m., the Coast Guard said.
"At this point, the circumstance as to how the crash occurred is part of the investigation. It is not available this early," Chief Petty Officer Amy Thomas said. "We regret any inconvenience or distress this might have caused anybody on the ferry."
Visibility at the time of the collision was about 200 yards, the Coast Guard said."

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Hi,

I am setting off from Montaulk to Block Island next week and was wondering if anyone has a perfered time of day to set sail. Of course we will take into account the tides and wind but I was wondering is there any time of departure that is better to avoid fog? And can one still expect fog in July/August?



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Well, get it right, it's Montauk, no L..I served in the Montauk Light Staion from 6/71 to 3/73. Fog can be espected at anytime.
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I was just at the light house yesterday in Montauk and there was some pretty heavy fog from early morning till about 3 or 4 in the afternoon. It was weird because if you looked north west toward Orient Point or Gardiners Bay, it was a clear sunny day but if you looked east toward Block there was a huge wall of fog. I think you will be fine though if you check the weather forcast frequently before you go and if you wait till after any morning fog burns off. I made the trip last year and it was a great one. Have fun!
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