Join Date: Jun 2000
Location: CT/ Long Island Sound
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We stayed at Noank Shipyard when Brewer's in Stonington wasn't interested in our business, and had a great visit there. Friendly and cheerful. There's also a very good seafood restaurant right next to the marina. Other marinas going on up the river towards Mystic (am not familiar with them) would make the taxi ride to the museum shorter, but heading up the river means having to come down again to set out the next day, so, you pays your money and makes your choice. Note that if you're not a Mystic Seaport Member, the entry fee makes short visits of a couple of hours pretty pricey.
The same "what goes up must come down" rule applies for Essex - it's an hour up from the breakwater at Saybrook, again with bridge opening issues. Westbrook is quicker to get in and out of, but the restaurant at the marina there (Brewer's Pilot Point) though excellent, is expensive. Also, other than the marina, the only thing to do there is to hit the Westbrook Outlet Mall. The taxi ride will be the cheap part of THAT adventure. Anchoring in Duck Island Roads is the less-expensive alternative to Pilot's Point. The holding is good but it can be bouncy, and, depending upon your draft, shallow. At any of these ports, watch for sufficient depth. We draw 6'9", and Noank Shipyard had to put us at a specific mooring because of general shoaling in the river there. (That's why New Bedford overtook Mystic as a whaling port.) We've had trouble leaving slips in the CT River at low water as well.