Your chance to tell me where to go - departing Montauk
..sailing that is.
I've been working my butt off all summer and as a result have a ton of vacation to use. Even if i carry over 5 days like last year... even if I take every day my kids have off that I don't... I still have 5 extra days. I'm using 1 day to take my wife into the city on her birthday. That leaves 4 days for sailing, with perhaps any connecting weekend held in reserve (to prevent sailing back on a schedule).
Should I go solo or invite others? Or should I do a "supervised solo" with DavidPM like a couple weeks ago. (That's a flying term where the instructor watches you from the ground.) David sits around and make comments about sail trim. Yes, the "DM3000" also make a good autopilot, except for that sail-trim comment feature that other autopilots don't have. He'll jump up only if I need help with something. I got the spinnaker up and tried out the Gale Sail on that trip. )
I also have 4 free nights at Brewers marinas, thanks to spending the winter with them. (Those free night expire this year.) Maybe a trip to the canyon with some fishing gear? How about a trip to the gulf stream if the weather is good. I could escort my friend who is heading to the Virgin Islands later this month. I could go back to Cuttyhunk (I really liked it there.) I could go direct to Nantucket. Whatever I do, I could vary the start date and the destination. This is a real opportunity that I usually don't have, and may never have again.
No guarantee that I'll actually follow any particular suggestion. And not really looking for a BFS this time -- more like relaxation, cruising, taking it easy -- looking for a Big Fun Sail.
If there's something out there that I'm missing, I'd like to hear it.
Cuttyhunk - Cause you like it.
Newport - Cause its a cool place.
Block Island - Cause you gotta pass it on the way back to Montauk.
I sailed solo for years, but have come to enjoy having company. Seeing an awesome Bahamas sunset all by yourself, sucks. Last time that happened, when I picked up my girlfriend in Nassau to go cruising, I proposed. She accepted.
P.S. My original thought was Nantucket (cause I love it), but I wouldn't want to visit there on a tight schedule.
I would never presume to tell you where to go Bene505!
One thought comes to mind if you want a relaxing trip: circumnavigate Shelter Island in a leisurely fashion. It is close to home, the crowds of summer have diminished and the marina rates have gone down from their summer highs. Plenty of parks with sandy beaches to dinghy to if that is your thing. Sag Harbor and Greenport come to mind as port towns that might be fun for the wife and kids and a few harbors on Shelter Island itself. The Peconic Bays are pretty bodies of water too and there is decent fishing there and in Gardiner's Bay. This could be challenging from the perspective that there will always be some sand bank or beach you could run up on.
A slightly more challenging idea would be to sail the Atlantic down to NY Harbor. You would need at least another watch keeping 'machine' other then the DM3000 as it is over 100 nm. which you should be able to do in a 24 hour period if the wind was from the north. Few areas to duck into so night sailing is normally a must. There are Shinnecock, Fire Island and Jones Inlets which can be interesting to enter or leave on an ebb tide.
Another option, sail up to DavidPM's area and visit some of the harbors up there.
Whatever you choose, have fun.
Dude - just pop on over to Galveston. I'll bring you some beers. Easy breezy.
The DM3000 has been upgraded to the DM3500. It still has the annoying audio "sail-trim commentary" feature but it now includes the digital "solo" sailor picture and movie taking feature that most of our solo sailors have been requesting.:) You have the ordering information.
Did you get your steering loosened up?
There are several nice marinas on this side of the sound. Westbrook is very nice and you have a free pass. Also I was recently at Bridgeport and while the town is not fancy the marina is first rate.
I have visited Bristol RI to see the Herreshoff Museum by land and I think it would be a nice trip by boat too.
They have their own dock and their boats are a short walk away in an enclosed building.
Herreshoff Marine Museum & America's Cup Hall of Fame
Entering unfamiliar harbors and getting into slips with a 50' boat is obviously doable but just as obvious you are significantly reducing your margin of safety. If you choose to do it or not depends on your definition of fun.
Day 1-Westbrooke: on our trip to the Sound this summer and would stop there again (Good restauirant in the Brewer Marina there), or stop at Essex
Day 2- Northport : Another quiet laid back town with a nice harbor and great people. We also stopped there
Day 3- Greenport- alfready been commented on by Caleb
Day 4- Sag Harbor
We are already planning our trip from next July from the Chesapeake. It looks like the probable ports of call once we hit the Sound and beyond are:
On the way..
Northport- one Day
Marthas Vineyard-two days
On the way back...
Block Island-two days
Clinton- one day
Huntington or Greenwich- one day
I forgot about the (waterproof) photo capability of the DM3500! It seems everything has an embedded camera these days, how could I forget? THE DM3500 IS WELCOME ON OUR BOAT ANYTIME.
I should probably list the places I've been. I'd like to do something new, I think:
Sag HarborThat's it! Looking at this list, I should really get out more.
I'm a bit fearful of a long ocean trip, evne though I know (with proper precautions) it is safe, so maybe I should do something that requires sailing at night or should go out XX miles and come back.
I do like beautiful places and this could serve as a scouting expedition for when my family can join me.
Generally, some easy skill building would be good.
Block Island is pretty great this time of year. Locals and sailors only it seems. Also, moorings are only $20!
Westbrook is nice but seems pretty dead right now. NY harbor will require a lot of motoring.
Why not go up to Southern MA. Buzzards bay/woods hole and of course hit up Newport and the Vineyard!
and take me with you! :D
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