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btw is there a good course out there for navigation, tides, chart reading and planning? would love to take it
You need to look into either the Coast Guard Auxillary or the U.S. Sail and Power Squadron. They both offer a number of classes you should be taking.
Seamanship, Piloting, Navigation, Engine repair-maintenance, Electronics, etc.
I highly recommend either.
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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound

Well Everyone, This weekend we corssed Hells Gate and Sailed into the sound (and back).

Was a wonderful experience.

Thank you all for your support and good advice.

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Well Everyone, This weekend we corssed Hells Gate and Sailed into the sound (and back).

Was a wonderful experience.

Thank you all for your support and good advice.

Andreas

Excellent! So, how about some details. Did you leave last night? ...where did you end up spending the night? Do you feel that you hit the currents right?
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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound

Initially we planned on leaving Friday around 5pm motoring to a spot past hells gate and then leaving on Saturday morning into the sound.

Alas the rain persisted into Friday evening to so we postponed to Saturday morning.

We planned on leaving Saturday morning 6:30 am but various delays meant we did not actually leave the mooring ball from Pier 25 until 730.

Traffic on the river was quiet. The only interesting moment occured when the Staten Island Ferry, the Governors Island Ferry AND the Statue of Libery boat all decided to pull out right at the same time. We got passed without any trouble though. The ride up to hell's gate was beautiful, such an amazing city view.

We hit Hell's Gate around 2 hours (sorry don't have exact time) after departure. The current was definitively strong but not unmanageable def. a little trickier to keep the boat going straight. Our top speed ended up being 11 knots which felt FAST...

Past hells gate we motored past the final bridge. There we encountered 15 knot EASTERLY winds. Most of the other sailboats where motoring toward the sound, but we where brave and spent the rest of the day beating into the sound. We had a wonderful time, our boat loves 15-20 knot winds.
We even sailed through the various narrow passages before you get into the sound proper.
Around 3 pm we pulled into a Marina in Glenn Cove. Went for a walk had dinner etc. Then we spent the night on the boat.
The next day we left around 11 am and headed toward Hell's gate. The voyage back was much shorter as there was no wind and we motored in a straight line. We hit the Gate around 14-1430. The current was slower than last time, we peaked around 8-9 knots. The crossing was otherwise uneventful.

Was a wonderful weekend.

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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound

Andreas, Perfect!! Sounds like a great trip! Thanks for the after action report.

I forget who pointed it out, maybe Rich H, if you do time it to hit the gate at slack, expect more commercial traffic in there with you. Last time I came down, I caught up to a barge that was slowly turning in the gate. The good news is at slack you can simply slow down and let them get through before proceeding.

The good thing about riding the currents is that the 15 mile trip..gets done in two hours or less @ 8- 10 kt over ground.
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Nice work! What's the next adventure?
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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound

More trips deeper into the Sound.

Would love some good Marina recommendations with good facilities, pool. Fun people etc.

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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound

Excellent!

Use the interactive cruising guide on this resource. www.activecaptain.com Brewers marinas often have pools. There are a dozen or more on the Sound.

You may even want to join and post your own reviews.

Some destination ideas: Huntington Bay, Port Jefferson, Gardiner Bay, Montauk, Mystic, Fishers Island, Block Island. The later of this list being quite a haul away.
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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound

how many days do you think I should budget for a trip to Montauk and back?
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Re: Best Route from Mahattan to LI Sound

Andreas,
Glad to hear that your trip to the Sound went well.
I grew up in Sea Cliff on Hempstead Harbor and I know the Brewer's yard there in Glen Cove. If you had taken a transient mooring with the Sea Cliff YC you could have used their pool. Huntington YC in Huntington Harbor also has a pool.

As for Montauk, unless you are planning on sailing through the night I'd say 5 - 6 days which includes at least 1 day for staying put in case of uncooperative weather. It is about 110 nm with Port Jefferson being roughly the half way point.
Montauk (MTK) Harbor is mostly a commercial port although there is at least one marina in there. Another member (Bene505) keeps his boat, which also has 6' of draft, at the south end of Lake MTK (aka MTK Harbor).
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