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04-09-2014 03:15 PM
hellosailor
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

Haven't been down there in a while, and I have no idea if you can get a mooring except through the various clubs. But where else can you get to a mooring by public transportation and have such a wide range of restaurants to visit before heading home. (G)

There's also the Gateway Marina, across the road from Floyd Bennett Field, lots of fairly shallow and protected water, and that's also a short bus ride form the subway or an easy car trip, although it is more in the middle of nowhere for any other purpose.
04-09-2014 12:04 PM
tripl
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

Thanks again guys. Any thoughts about Sheepshead Bay mooring fields? This way maybe I could keep it in water for the season if the cost works out etc. does anyone use the place?
04-06-2014 10:51 AM
Tempest
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

I would think that there are better options than worlds fair to put in, if you are trailering that will allow you to sail sooner without having to motor out and worry about strong currents. Something on Manhasset bay Perhaps?
04-06-2014 10:06 AM
paulk
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

Long Island Sound has lots of interesting places to visit within range of a weekend cruise for you. You will want to work with the current to get in and out of the World's Fair Marina, or you will spend a lot of time not getting much of anywhere. Buy a copy of Eldridge's Tide & Current book and make sure your motor is in good shape with plenty of fuel. Fair winds!
04-05-2014 02:48 PM
hellosailor
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

Getting in and out of the Bayside Marina, accessing the map there and figuring out how to hike out to where you can park the car, can be a real RFPITA but you may find the water better than at the airport.

Also bear in mind that if you sail in the harbor and cross that faint blue line into NJ waters, you DO need a formal operator's certificate to operate any type of motor(ized) boat in NJ waters.
04-05-2014 01:37 PM
tripl
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

Thank you all for your thoughtful responses.

I will take heed and make sure I stay away from the lion's den, at least until
I've gained a lot more experience in safer waters. I appreciate your experience and guidance.

I am in Queens so launching from the World's Fair Marina is where I will be starting to gain said experience. I would then head east to stay in the LI Sound where it will be less likely to end up on the six O'Clock news!

I am so thankful for this great site and the responses from you guys.

Tripl
04-05-2014 09:52 AM
lillia28
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

Tripl,
Where in the NYC area are you? As mentioned, traffic is a bigger challange that currents. A 15' boat with a small outboard may not be the best thing to dodge super tankers in. That being said, there are lots of great spots to sail small boats in in the NYC area, Sandy hook bay and the Navesink being two. Drop me a PM.

Lou
Mariner 28
04-05-2014 09:46 AM
paulk
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

The "NYC area" is a pretty vague term. It sort of goes from perhaps Nyack, on the Hudson, down to Sandy Hook, and from Brooklyn through Hell Gate up and out to Long Island Sound. The WW 15 is a fine boat, but probably isn't well suited to the conditions you'd find in most of that territory most of the summer sailing season. Typical southwest breezes that might be nice and strong in Sandy Hook or even in NY harbor itself get diverted by the city's thermal updraft and don't come down again until they get to Connecticut - often the other side of New Haven. The Hudson might fare somewhat better, but generally wind is light in much of this area. The WW15 has a relatively small sail area for such conditions. It will sail, but might not perform as well as another boat with bigger sails. Powerboat wakes can make sailing an undercanvassed boat very frustrating. If that's the boat you have and you need trailerability, you can make it happen. There might be other boats better suited to the conditions you're likely to come across, however.
04-04-2014 08:04 PM
MarkSF
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

i'd say the WW15 is a great beginner's boat, but you need to stay away from demanding conditions until you have some experience. Conversely, a 45-footer might be ideal for Hell's Gate but it's a poor choice if you're just starting learning to sail.

I'd also strongly suggest some ASA or similar lessons, perhaps 101, then get a little experience sailing the WW15, then do 103 - for me this meant getting the best out of the 103.
04-04-2014 03:34 PM
killarney_sailor
Re: Is a WW Potter 15 Good To Sail NYC Area?

It would not be choice of vessel. There can be an incredible amount of traffic through NY harbour including (but not limited to) ferries, excursion boats, tugs, barges, cruise ships). Many make no effort to get out of your way when you are sailing. We sailed there in a 45 footer with AIS, good speed under sail, and a good engine. Also the winds tend to be a bit flukey and there are significant tides. I think you should say away from the harbour in that boat or get a different boat if you want to be in the harbour.
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