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Can anyone tell me the direction of the incoming tide in long Island Sound between the Riker island and Block island? I am planning a trip and want to run with the tides. Thank s

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Get a copy of the Eldridge Tide & Pilot Manual and study the current charts and tide tables.
Tide causes the water level to go up and down. Current is water moving one way or another (SE or NW in LI Sound). They are related but not the same thing. The current runs one direction for around 6 hours and then the other way for about the same. High tide is about 1 hour later at any given point each successive day.
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Thanks for that information,,,But do you know the direction of the incoming tide in the sound,,,I figure that it come in from Block islansd, TOWARDS MANHATTEN , iS THAT RIGHT ? GOING nORTH TO SOUTH
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buy yourself a copy of Eldridge ASAP. the actual direction will depend on where you in the sound, basically it runs E-W. As stated before Eldridge tables and charts will give you the info you need.
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JM, the short answer is that the tidal current floods the Sound from both ends. West of Hempstead Hbr the rising tide comes from the East River, flowing east. The rest of the Sound is filled from the other end. It is possible to have a favorable current much of the way, depending on the state of tides and your boat speed. My most memorable cruises have found foul tides most of the way!
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