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I have looked at the cove before and wondered if we could anchor there. It looks small. We draw 4.5 so it is a possiblity I guess. The only other anchoring is out by Noank or Stonington.

Thanks for the heads up on the pizza. We dont actually eat there though my wife just like visiting it We go to a lobster place which is at the beginning of the winding channel back to the bridge ( the name escapes me).
The Seaport could use your money. Despite some self-serving altruism, it is a worthy cause and deserves support. The bottom is generally muddy in the area north of the Seaport, FWIW, so you may not have a problem--should you settle into it at low tide.

There is a marked transient anchorage just across the channel from Mystic Shipyard and just south of Brewers. This is on your right as you pass Masons Island on the way to the RR bridge. Your draft is OK, but more than 5 ft and you might bump a soft bottom. This anchorage is about a mile from the Seaport. You don't have to resort to Noank or Stonington.

I can't tell from your description which "lobster house" you refer to--perhaps it's one of the local restaurants, like S&P Oyster House, nest to the Rt 1 bascule bridge. The classic lobster place along the Mystic River is Abbotts Lobster-in-the-Rough, with the striped red and white awning, right along the river just north of Noank Shipyard. You can tie up there while you are enjoying your lobster.
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The Seaport could use your money. Despite some self-serving altruism, it is a worthy cause and deserves support. The bottom is generally muddy in the area north of the Seaport, FWIW, so you may not have a problem--should you settle into it at low tide.

There is a marked transient anchorage just across the channel from Mystic Shipyard and just south of Brewers. This is on your right as you pass Masons Island on the way to the RR bridge. Your draft is OK, but more than 5 ft and you might bump a soft bottom. This anchorage is about a mile from the Seaport. You don't have to resort to Noank or Stonington.

I can't tell from your description which "lobster house" you refer to--perhaps it's one of the local restaurants, like S&P Oyster House, nest to the Rt 1 bascule bridge. The classic lobster place along the Mystic River is Abbotts Lobster-in-the-Rough, with the striped red and white awning, right along the river just north of Noank Shipyard. You can tie up there while you are enjoying your lobster.

Thanks on the anchorage advice...Yep thats it Abbotts
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Quick, remind me why people shop at West Marine? Oh thats right, because they are rich or just enjoy paying double for parts.
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Quick, remind me why people shop at West Marine? Oh thats right, because they are rich or just enjoy paying double for parts.
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Not always true...you can always compare prices
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You caught me. When the discount places and sailors exchange and internet does not meet muster, I drive a 1/4 mile to WM. WM is ALWAYS a LAST RESORT however. They way overcharge.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

A friend bought 2 gallons of Interlux Ultra yesterday with me at Fisheries:
* West Marine: $220/gallon
* Fisheries Supply retail: $190/gallon
* Defender: $177/gallon
* Fisheries Supply sailing club account: $165/gallon

This is typical of what I see and why I rarely go to WM in Seattle. Defender is rarely worth it either (except for electronics and during the upcoming sale). It's unfortunate that kellysails has had bad customer service at Fisheries, but that hasn't been my experience or the experience of most of my friends.

West Marine won't match Fisheries account pricing, only Fisheries retail pricing. Anyone in Seattle can get a sailing club account quite easily by belonging to a local sailing organization such as CWB or a racing club.
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FWIW, Many of those packing peanuts these days are made from a biodegradable starch product.....................
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

I shop at WM primarily for convenience, the occasional good sale or a few WM-branded products manufactured by name-brand manufacturers; e.g Pettit makes their PCA Gold bottom paint -- good stuff in my area and better than paints costing $50 more per gallon.

I like Jamestown, Defender, Hamilton Marine, Cajun Rope, and a several guys on Amazon. Some items are a lot cheaper elsewhere but hazardous materials shipping charges get pretty ridiculous for something like a gallon of MaryKate On/Off. Often, my local hardware store can get things in a day and beats WM everytime. I like supporting the small local guys, too. Everybody wins.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

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A friend bought 2 gallons of Interlux Ultra yesterday with me at Fisheries:
* West Marine: $220/gallon
* Fisheries Supply retail: $190/gallon
* Defender: $177/gallon
* Fisheries Supply sailing club account: $165/gallon

This is typical of what I see and why I rarely go to WM in Seattle. Defender is rarely worth it either (except for electronics and during the upcoming sale). It's unfortunate that kellysails has had bad customer service at Fisheries, but that hasn't been my experience or the experience of most of my friends.

West Marine won't match Fisheries account pricing, only Fisheries retail pricing. Anyone in Seattle can get a sailing club account quite easily by belonging to a local sailing organization such as CWB or a racing club.
I agree with Alex on the prices, very much what I see.
I have a fisheries account through my yacht broker, I get crazy prices like the sailing club discount. Nice to know if my broker gets tired of me on their account. Impossible to beat their prices, as previously stated, but not a fan of their service. If you know what you need, they are fantastic. And they are good with returns. I know Alex has a higher opinion of their service, just my experience.
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Re: West Marine no longer matching prices...

I've spent countless dollars at the local West Marine, primarily through price-matching. When I discovered that this policy would, for all intents an purposes, end on March 1, I asked the manager what he thought about this new policy. He gave me the company line, saying that less than 3 percent of all retail sails nationally were through price-matching, but that because of this less than 3 percent group of people over $13 million dollars had been lost last year. I hastened to point out to him that WM didn't really lose $13 million in sales. They simply had $13 million in sales at competitors' prices. He muttered something about price points and then went on to say that after March 1 their retail prices would be coming down. This comeback really didn't make sense to me. Why would WM drop their retails prices for the oblivious 70percent, when they were worried about the 3 percent who were price matching? I told him that I liked spending my money locally at this WM, because it supported his job and the jobs of others in the store. I said, though, that unless the retail prices did in fact drop, then I would be sending my money northward to Defender. Have the prices dropped since March 1 . . . .? Nah. They've gone up.
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