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03-16-2009 09:21 PM
SOUNDBOUNDER The one thing I will add to Twinsdad's comment:

Oak Bluffs has limited docking space.
We stayed in Vineyard Haven on a mooring last summer. Marthas Vineyard has a bus service that works very well and is priced very reasonably. We bought a day pass and went all over the island one day.
Vineyard Haven and Oaks Bluff are fairly close to each other, so you could stay in VH and visit OB very easily. The buses can be caught right near the ferry docks.

here is the website:
Martha's Vineyard Transit Authority
03-16-2009 09:08 PM
Some of my favorite kids' spots

I have to agree with some of the others that you don't need to go all the way to Boston to have a terrific cruise. Among the many fine choices pointed out by others (and maybe a couple of add-ons), I think some of the following locations would be kid friendly.

Branford, Essex (but you have to deal with a lot of traffic on the CT river), Mystic (aquarium and maritime museum). In fact you might make a reservation to stay at the maritime museum - would be a lot of fun for the kids. Port Jefferson, Dering Harbor and Cochles Harbor on Shelter Island, Sag Harbor (try to reserve a mooring, slips are expensive). Sag is a really neat town, you can see if the whaling museum is open. Eat at the back of Concha D'oro - good peasant italian food at reasonable price or you can buy food at the IGA and Barbeque at marine Park right off the water.

Three Mile Harbor has very good anchoring for swimming. A couple of restaurants along the shore, otherwise not much else there - though very scenic. They do fireworks for Bastille Day (July 14) if that works for you.

I am a big fan of Montauk. There are a number of choices of how to stay there. Check out guides and pick your poison. Duryea's is a little known treat for having shellfish (Lobster, steamers, clams, etc) on a deck with picnic tables facing a beautiful sunset. A little distance from where you will keep your boat, but worth arranging.

Stonington is another nice choice which would be a very short sail from Mystic (maybe trade a very short sail for a longer sail another day????). Take a walk to the point and go up on the lighthouse.

Newport is a great location, but where to dock the boat is the problem. Newport Yachting Center would be one choice. Avoid Christies like the plague, unless you want wall to wall bar crowd for your kids! You can rent bikes, go to the kite section of (I believe it is Brenton Reef park), take a tour of one of the mansions (the Breakers is the most common choice for first mansion tour). Lots of choices to eat, check guides for what you want. I was there pre-kids and loved Scales, but may not be in your budget and I'm not sure how kid-friendly.

Agree with SailingDog about Cuttyhunk. Great for kids. There is swimming in the channel that you enter in. Nice walks to the top of the hill for great sunset viewing. Really nice small fishing town -- very New Englandy!

Tourists or not, I think Oak Bluffs is very kid-friendly. Beaches available, rollerblades and bikes to rent, check out the candyland style houses (I forget the correct nomenclature). Any guide book will describe it for you. There is also a carousel there. Plenty of places to eat, and among the better equipped for things like showers, etc.

My top three of the above for kids would be Mystic, Newport and Oak Bluffs. Simple reason is lots of things to do with the kids. With 8 year old twins, I know how important that is.

Most of all, have a great time!
01-20-2009 09:16 PM
genieskip In case you do get as far as the Canal, I recommend Onset harbor, just before the entrance to the Canal on the buzzard's Bay side. A great, sheltered harbor with good anchoring and numerous marinas if that's your pleasure.
01-20-2009 09:01 PM
SOUNDBOUNDER I am going to try to work up the Sound in short increments on the CT side

Norwalk to Southport, or Black Rock.
Milford CT
Branford or Thimble islands
New London
Noank, Mystic, Stonington, Fishers Island, or Watch Hill
After that, there is a long stretch to either Block Island or Pt Judith.
01-20-2009 08:35 PM
And your really going to have to watch the WEATHER trends as 2008 set and all time thunder storm record it was a summer of once in a lifetime events about once a week
You can say that again! Have only been sailing 4 years but never in my 24 yeasr growing up on Long Island have I ever whitnessed so many extreme thunderstorms or water spouts for that matter.

Also SD and Ranaweigh....thanks for the heads up on the book, "The Coast of Summer." Just ordered it off of Amazon. Can't wait till it gets here.
01-20-2009 02:35 PM
tommays From my sailing on the LI sound you would really have to be moving to go from Northport harbor to Oyster Bay in 2 to 3 hours unless the current was perfect and that has to be the shortest trip you could make

Being compleatly serious most of the harbors on the LI side take 1 hour to leave or enter which will use up 2 hours a day before you even start sailing

Trust me on this as MY wife is a 3 hour sailor which pretty much means the boat does NOT leave the Northport area with her onboard

Northport to (Port Jefferson / Rocky Point / Mount Sinai Area) is 16 miles once your outside the harbor which would be again real hard to make happen in under 3 hours

And your really going to have to watch the WEATHER trends as 2008 set and all time thunder storm record it was a summer of once in a lifetime events about once a week
01-20-2009 01:04 PM
RanAweigh You might want to re-think this voyage, or at least, the itinerary. If you sail only 2~3 hours per day after day one you will be just east of Bridgeport, perhaps Stratford. At the end of day 2 you will be between Madison and Clinton. Day three gets you to Niantic Bay, short of New London. This means you will make Mystic toward the end of your first week.

I too heartily recommend Bailey's book "The Coast of Summer". It will make you want to get under way and let the wind take you where it will. But he and his wife wandered about in three month increments. Every spot the others have mentioned are worth the voyage. But as Marshall Dodge said "You can't get there from here". At least not in the time frame you have laid out AND limited transit times.

Perhaps planning longer days or less optimistic distances may be in order.
01-20-2009 12:16 PM
Brezzin After rereading the original post. I think you should cross off Boston and the cape. You simply can't do all that with just 2-3 hours sailing per day. There are plenty of ways you can fill 4 weeks just in LI and BI sound and the cape Islands. Plenty to do and see Dog's suggestions are very good and you can hit all of them. Mystic, Watch hill, Newport are places you can spend a couple of days each.
01-20-2009 12:05 PM
Brezzin Your 26 will be fine for the trip as most of it is in sheltered waters. Your hop to block and to buzzards through the canal will be your challenge but very doable.

I appreciate the need for short hops do to the kids. Forget Faulkner island in Guilford. It a restricted and no landing allowed. Consider stops on the CT river like Essex You then from there you can shoot across the sound to Greenport. (has a carousel for the kids) You can pick up a mooring at Jacks on shelter Island and take the ferry over to greenport. Spend the day swimming at Orient point harbor too. Leave greenport and swing over to sag harbor (bring your wallet). Plenty of anchoring and fairly well protected. Other choice would be three mile harbor. From there you can hit BI and from BI to Buzzards and on to the canal. Save Narragansett for the and Mystic for the trip back

I'll be heading up to Boston myself in July. My son lives there.
01-20-2009 11:30 AM
sailingdog LOL..thanks for filling in the RI gap... I don't know RI don't comment on them.
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