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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

If you get down to Menemsha, have a bite at Larsen's Fish Market. They have great seafood that you can order and sit out next to the harbor. Menemsha is probably the closest you can get to what MV used to be all about before it became the focus of the rich and famous. A trip up to Gay Head for breakfast is also nice and has the best views on the Island.
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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

If I were you, and if you have the time, I suggest a detour up Narragansett Bay to visit the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol, RI. You can pick up a mooring for $35 right out front, and explore Bristol (a quaint little town) and the museum for a day. The museum is well worth the trip.
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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Ehrlily,

Thanks for the info. We visited Bristol a few years ago in a C&C raftup. Our boat was one of the few which were made in Bristol before the fire destroyed the plant. Most we made in Niagra by the Lake. Next year when we re up we will try your suggestion.

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

We motorsailed 52 miles out of the hot Chesapeake, through the C&D Canal and are anchored behind Reedy Island waiting for the tide change to get to Cape May. Our last experience here was an keel wrap from our anchor rode. Current runs 3+ at peak ebb and flood. Upon one of your suggestions we rigged a Kellet on our 60 foot nylon anchor rode plus 60 feet of chain. It consists of an 8 lb mushroom anchor on a double Swivel lowered 15 ft below the water surface with the rode running through on of he swivels.

Current was amazing as we ate grilled NY strips, grilled adapragus and fresh buffalo mozzarella and tomatoes and saw all sorts of flotsam and jetsom rushing past us. including a bobbing beer keg.

Tomorrow fresh seafood in Cape May. Looks like we may be able to SA il most of this leg which is unusual fr the Delaware River. Just glad to escape the August heat of the Chessie to the cool confines of the LI Sound and further north.

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

We are on a slip in my old friend of 30 years who owns a marina in Cape May called Utches. In my 50+ trips down the Delaware River I have never had a better ride than today.

Up at 5 AM with the Salem nuke plant blinking at us I checked our homemade Kellet out and it the job perfectly. The tide turned twice after anchoring, with no keel wrap. Weighed anchor immediately, had a 2 knott current for one hour, then against us for 3.5 hours as we motorsailed south to meet the next ebb tide beginning. At that point the Delaware River opens up to Delaware Bay and it's famous earned reputation of the 6second interval square wave. This caused by the shallowness and long fetch can make for some of the nastiest place to be on opposing tide wind or any storm. We hit this area as the winds built to 20 kknotts steady from the SW (210 degrees). Heading at thatoint put us on a beam reach to the Cape May Canal and we took off as we unfurled our 150 at speeds averaging 8+ knots. (10+ SOG) We made record time to Cape May from Reedy Island (52 miles) in less than 7 hours total. Was a spray filled ride,but not rough as our angle cutting across the chop was perfect albet the spray.

We fit under the Canal bridge (55 feet) as our mast height with VHF is 54' so we docked and went to dinner with our friends. Nice sesame crusted tuna with Asian slaw. Big T storms
Forecasted for later on. Picked up some fresh swordfish steaks for tomorrow nights grill hopefully in Barnegt next to the lighthouse. 62 mile jaunt with winds on the nose forecast, with bailout in Atlantic City where I worked or 20 years if necessary.

Time for a movie and some good Pinot

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Ok Dave.
I'll follow your progress and with some luck we can meet up on your way back down to the Chessy.
Nice report of your progress down Delaware Bay.
I was on a boat in Utches in June. The no-seeums or whatever were terrible around 0600 so we left for NYC. It took all day and night to get to NY Harbor. It was also exhausting, but fun. I'd rather break the trip up as you seem planning on doing.

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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Dave,
Following your progress last few days...if your looking to p.u.
a mooring in western LIS (less than 2 miles east of Throgs Neck Bridge, south of the Steppingstone light house) either when going or returning...let me know. Real handy if waiting for the East River current...or if time allows just stop by for a cold one.
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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Dave: Can you provide GPS coordinates for the places you stop at? Starting with Barnegat Bay? I am tracking your trip on my charts and I am not very familiar with the areas.
It would be the next best thing to actually being with you.
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Re: Marthas Vineyard, Greenport, Block Island, Port Jeff, Matiuk, Stonington, New Lo

Dave,

If you stop by Montauk, please let me know. We are at the south end of the lake.

I was going to see if I could leave a car out there to offer for your use, but some conflicts arose.

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