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03-28-2013 04:33 PM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay

sailed out Plymouth,MA ( America's home Town) for close to 30 yrs. Pleasure is channel very well marked and you can SAIL out ( don't need to power once past the breakwater). Respect Bug light ( rocks behind it) Stay to port side on channel from there ( Brown's Bank on the right). Wait until you get to the last red before turning to starboard to miss any shoals. Watch out for Marianne's rocks about 1/2 way down to canal. Keep them far to starboard. Get standing waves right by Mass Maritime and just past on occasion but only briefly so don't get scared. Easy place to pull in is Marion ( kept my boat there last two years) and when timing the canal a reasonable day's sail from Plymouth on a boat your size. Don't tow your dinghy if you can. You will lose about a kt. making for a much longer trip. Think about getting a personal beacon which will be helpful later on or an EPRIB. Have good foulies and combo pdf/harness. You'll be fine. This year will be in Barrington. So maybe we will see each other. Welcome to sailnet. Reachout by PM if any questions
03-28-2013 12:27 PM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay

Originally Posted by eherlihy View Post
.....I could care less that Block Island, and Cutty Hunk are a full day away, Narragansett Bay, the East Passage and West Passage, and Mount Hope Bay are great for sailing when the conditions suck in Block Island Sound......
While this is completely true, I might also suggest it is like lake sailing. \ We love it and sail the Bay at least 50% of the time we are off the dock. Pressing on to the islands is more adventurous and feels more like one has gotten away. We like having both as an option and will make good use of both.

p.s. With any luck, we will splash by Monday!!
03-28-2013 10:43 AM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay


Welcome! Has the YC been rebuilt? I belonged there as a teen and was sick when it burned. If you run into Jeff Lamphear give him my regards.
03-28-2013 10:00 AM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay

Welcome marktun and JIvories!

The trip from Plymouth to Providence should be a good shake-down cruise, and it could be done in a (long) day. However, IMHO, you would be better served to do it in two.

Getting out of Plymouth will likely take more than an hour. It is a long slog to G "1" Q G BELL, which is where you will finally be out of Plymouth Bay. Be careful, and stay in as there is always shoaling outside the channel. From there it is a short hop to the Sandwich entrance to the canal. If the tide is with you, go through. If not, spend some time at the Sandwich Marina, waiting for the tide to change, and making adjustments to the boat. If needed, you can get repairs here too. If you spend the night, in Scituate, get up, and head through the canal EARLY. If you go straight through the canal, plan to stay overnight at Onset, or Red Brook Harbor.

My advise is that you NOT attempt to transit Buzzards Bay with a new to you boat in the afternoon. Also, be sure that your motor is working well, because you will likely want it to help here. The wind in Buzzards Bay usually kicks up large swell in the afternoon. If there is a steady breeze from the southwest (and there usually is), you could easily be heading through at 10' swells, and will be doing the "Buzzards Bay Bash." It makes for a long and uncomfortable day. Fortunately, there are lots of places to bail out if conditions get fugly.

I suggest that you forget about Westport, as it is at least an hour to get in, and another hour to get back out. Gooseberry neck (and Hen and Chickens) will seem to take an eternity to pass. Also, unless the sailing is great, I would skip Newport, and head up the Sakonnet River. Once you get past Sakonnet point, the river is wide, and you can usually sail either a beam reach, or a run right up the river.

I keep my boat in Barrington, just a little further down the Providence river than Providence. I could care less that Block Island, and Cutty Hunk are a full day away, Narragansett Bay, the East Passage and West Passage, and Mount Hope Bay are great for sailing when the conditions suck in Block Island Sound.

PM me if you would like more info. or assistance.
03-28-2013 08:27 AM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay

Greetings all!

Like Jivories, my wife and I bought our first boat ever in Nov. 2012, a 2005 Hunter 41DS which we keep in Barrington. We've taken some ASA classes for education since first getting out on the water in 2006 (I know....newbies.), enjoyed vacation charters in the BVI, SVI, Penobscot Bay & Acadia, Maine, and of course the Vineyard.

Like many, the last few years were also spent learning local waters on a friend's Hunter 376. We are in the midst of researching and visiting local yacht clubs to see which might be the best fit for us in terms of location and culture.

Having said all that...we can't wait to get out there!! Looking forward to hearing from others...

Best wishes,

01-21-2013 01:14 PM
GMC 5087594431 ext. 500 is/was canal control. They can give you an idea on train schedule.
01-21-2013 12:50 PM
GMC I guess a life raft would be nice on every trip, but certainly not nec for this trip. Tow diNGHY and you are are fine. RR bridge seldom down.
01-21-2013 11:26 AM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay

Minnewaska brings forth a very good sugestion in a rental for the delivery.
You can check canal control web site or phone to check if a bridge schedule.
The time I transited the canal, when the bridge was down, canal control boats were
on hand to keep traffic a safe distance from the bridge. Do not know if this is
standard operating procedure but suspect it is as they seem to be pretty much on top
of things. Maybe more familiar sailnetters will comment.
Beware of towing dink, as is a very possible way to foul prop. Well aware of the space
contraints of a 30 fter., if you can't keep inflated aboard use floats or floating line
and bring in very close to transom if manuvering boat in tight quarters.
01-21-2013 10:47 AM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay

Water is very cold in May. Probably 55 degs. Many don't have rafts, but I would want one. The dinghy will only work in relatively calm seas.

You can rent liferafts from LRSE in Newport, if you prefer.
01-21-2013 10:19 AM
Re: New in Narragansett Bay

Ok, so I'm glad I asked this question (about sailing Plymouth to Providence, the
CC Canal, etc). Dinghy or liferaft? Well I will need a little tender, but wasn't planning on a life raft. Should I? Not going to be cruising a lot,more daysailing, but a trip to the islands, Block, Cuttyhunk, MV, once or twice a season.

For Plymouth to Providence, was planning on towing a small inflatable dinghy.
That safe enough for an emergency in early May?

Also, sounds like I really need to avoid the railroad bridge coming down while en route: only have a Yanmar 13 hp on this boat (S2 30), which is not enough power to go against the Canal's current.

Can you find out on web if bridge will be down? Or just radio canal manager?

I do not have much experience, but will be sailing with a very experienced sailor.
Definitely need him on this first trip...

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