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10-13-2010 07:32 AM
Bene505 Jason,

Excellent follow-up. Do you have any pictures?

I anchored at Block on Saturday night. It was almost deserted, especially compared to summer. It was a luxury putting out plenty of chain with no boats nearby to worry about.

Some places close for the season on Columbus Day, so there was one more day after Sunday morning to get coffee and bagels at the Champlain's dock.

One benefit of it being deserted was this: I bought $80 of diesel and filled all 1000 liters of water. Filling the water tanks took about 30 minutes using their little white hose. There were no worries that some powerboat was waiting on me to buy $5000 of diesel. I even straightened up the foredeck before casting off.

Of course it may have been deserted in part because the wind was really blowing on the sound. Started out double reefed then shook out a reef.

The few times I've been there, I usually anchor to the north. You can find 30 foot depth and get your anchor to hold on the first or second try.

10-13-2010 04:09 AM
jasonr575 i have been back fore a while now and am caught up so i have time to let you know about my trip. first thanks everyone for the tips. Went to niantic river and anchored at keeney cove for 1 night. sailed to watch hill , stayed on mooring as it was very windy for a few days. Got steamers, had a great few days. surf on ocean side was rough from off shore hurricane. Sailed to block island. Made lots of friends, Biked. fished for bonito. Quiet this time of year though. mostly locals but they are great fun also.
Stayed at BI for a few days. Left late going to montague so skipped it. Went straight to greenport. 10 hours on water, two broken panter lines. My portaboat dinghy kept filling with spray and swamping. BY the way sea tow will not help you in this case unless they charge $325 and hour, it is not covered under your plan. Spent 4 days in sterling harbor for maretime fest. Had great time. Smooth steam home to the ct river. Cant wait till next year to do it again.
09-20-2010 09:41 AM
tweitz Sorry I did not get on before. For night life Sag harbor is good. You can also try Sunset Beach on Shelter Island. Cedar Island light house is somewhat exposed for anchoring, if you come down that far I would suggest going to either Coecles harbor in Shelter Island (beautiful but quiet) or Three Mile Harbor in East Hampton, both far better protected. Lots of anchorage in Three Mile Harbor. Good restaurants as well. East Hampton Point seems mostly closed past Labor Day, but the Boat House (on Harbor Marina) has a pretty lively scene.
09-20-2010 08:10 AM
jasonr575 Thanks. Been to block several times. Dragged before. Will get a mooring there.
09-20-2010 07:48 AM
Bene505 Wish I were Jason. Have a great time. Block hasn't the best holding, suggest powering in reverse to make sure your anchor is set.

Block is beautiful and certainly not crowded - both off season and midweek.

09-20-2010 02:06 AM
jasonr575 Anyone else out here. I am in watch hill now. Going to block on ties
09-15-2010 03:07 PM
CalebD Cedar Point and Northwest Harbor are pretty places to visit. There is a lot of parkland along the shores of Northwest Harbor and Cedar Point is a State Park. Soundbounder is correct that if you anchor off of Cedar Point you will likely have the whole place to yourself with a few miles of nice swimming beach on the Gardiner's Bay side. You could anchor on either side (N or S) of the Cedar Point peninsula depending on the wind conditions. Another consideration here is the tidal currents that flow around Shelter Island and in to the Peconic Bays. The current will not be as strong as say Hell Gate but could be a few knots at peak flow. The tidal range there is only about 3' unlike portions of the Sound.
Another spot to consider anchoring in Northwest Harbor is called Smith Cove just south of Shelter Island. Mashomac Preserve is the shoreline you would see from here.
If you can, check out Northwest Creek which is a beautiful little body of water with park land on both sides. I would not bring a keel boat in there as it is shallow but a dink or kayak would be perfect for exploring.
Sag Harbor is nearby for supplies and whatnot.
If you do go ashore around here check yourself for Deer Ticks afterward.
09-15-2010 02:10 PM
Originally Posted by jasonr575 View Post
if i am comming from the ct river through pum gut, take a right till i hit the light house , is that cedar point light house?
No, I think you are thinking of Bug Light (aka Long Bar Light). But behind there is Orient Harbor as well as the Orient yc. That is another possibility. Not much to do, but a very nice spot.

SOUNDBOUNDER: Long Beach Bar Lighthouse

cedar point is EAST of Shelter Island.

SOUNDBOUNDER: Cedar Point Lighthouse

Just look on the chart
09-15-2010 11:28 AM
jasonr575 if i am comming from the ct river through pum gut, take a right till i hit the light house , is that cedar point light house?
09-15-2010 05:25 AM
Originally Posted by jasonr575 View Post
Nothing more?? It is getting close to departure time, hopefully weather will cooperate,
Any other questions?

I think if you visit Stonington, Watch Hill, Block, Dering Harbor/Greenport, plus another night anchored in or around Shelter Island, .....that is a good trip.

Stonington, Block, and Greenport will have restaurants/nightlife, while Watch Hill and coecles will be nice anchorages.
Another place to anchor if it is calm is south of cedar point lighthouse, east of Shelter Island. Row ashore, and you will have the entire sandy penninsula to yourself. The charts refer to it as Northwest Harbor. Not a good spot if the winds are strong out of the south and west
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