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07-23-2013 10:27 AM
Dharmabum
Re: Trip to Block Island...

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Originally Posted by Minnewaska View Post
Another local trick. The public mooring field can remain full all weekend, with boats that arrived during the week.

Drop the hook and hail the Harbormaster, who are extremely nice and helpful. They will put you on a list for a private mooring. If one is available at 3pm, they will come escort you to it. Same price as public mooring.

Me, I avoid the place in July and Aug. Was there in both May and June and will return in Sep. Just be wary of BI race week in June, but still doable then.
Years ago we used to go to Block every Columbus Day weekend. There were very few other boats around with the exception of the small Newport Yacht Club race. Several times we were able to tie to the dock and enjoy electric.
As all good things, this to ended. Word got out that it was nice that time of year, and now it seems to be a last destination for the sailing season. There are still plenty of moorings, but no more dock space.
07-23-2013 10:10 AM
cranki
Re: Trip to Block Island...

I anchored there last August and found a nice spot with enough room near the eastern shore in about 10' of water. Not much room to drag there though as I was fairly close to shore and would have been nervous in a blow.

I am heading back in about a month from now and while it is still busy in late August it is not as bad as July. avoid the weekends and you should be fine.

I would bring a dink so you can dink into the beach. The launch service is great but sometimes it will come within 10 minutes of calling and sometimes it can take about an hour to be picked up.
07-23-2013 09:39 AM
blutoyz
Re: Trip to Block Island...

Thanks all

I won't be anchoring in 50' of water so this trip may be out during the season anyway. I haven't checked a chart yet and had no idea the pond was that deep.
07-23-2013 09:15 AM
JimsCAL
Re: Trip to Block Island...

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Originally Posted by tweitz View Post
Is there tender or water taxi service at Block, so I can avoid bringing my dinghy?
Oldport Launch serves the moorings and anchorage. Hail on Ch.68.
07-23-2013 07:17 AM
Minnewaska
Re: Trip to Block Island...

Another local trick. The public mooring field can remain full all weekend, with boats that arrived during the week.

Drop the hook and hail the Harbormaster, who are extremely nice and helpful. They will put you on a list for a private mooring. If one is available at 3pm, they will come escort you to it. Same price as public mooring.

Me, I avoid the place in July and Aug. Was there in both May and June and will return in Sep. Just be wary of BI race week in June, but still doable then.
07-23-2013 05:11 AM
chef2sail
Re: Trip to Block Island...

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Originally Posted by tweitz View Post
Is there tender or water taxi service at Block, so I can avoid bringing my dinghy?
Yes
07-23-2013 02:02 AM
tweitz
Trip to Block Island...

Is there tender or water taxi service at Block, so I can avoid bringing my dinghy?
07-23-2013 01:32 AM
Tempest
Re: Trip to Block Island...

Hi Brad, Just a personal preference. Not everyone does as you do.. let out sufficient scope for the deeper water and check your neighbors set/swing.

So, one thought is someone sees 15 ft water doesn't look around and sets their scope. if I'm in 23 ft ..we will likely end up with a different swing radius. The other reason
( my thinking) is what side of the slope of that mound is someone setting on? if the downslope toward the bow are they getting the right angle to the bottom? If the anchor drags, will it reset?

Last summer a guy and his GF/Wife? sets on that 12 ft mound...very little scope, but all chain, gets in his dinghy and leaves. Most of us were in 20 ft + . He starts to drag, and drags right off the mound, he didn't even have enough chain out to hit the bottom once he was off the mound. I called the harbormaster as he drifted by me headed for a very expensive powerboat. They towed him to a mooring and left him there. The towboat came by to have me sign a witness statement, and told me the guy's anchor was just hanging there. When I left for the race early the next morning, they hadn't returned to their boat yet ( no dinghy).

Then, As I pulled up my anchor, someone else had come in, in the night and had their boat sitting right over my anchor, luckily the wind shifted just in time for me to raise it clear of him, as I waved. It's really a crap shoot there in the summer. We do the best we can. I try to get a mooring whenever I can.
07-23-2013 12:48 AM
jackdale
A cautionary tale

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Block Island Anchor Drag/Tow $$$ - Cruisers & Sailing Forums
07-23-2013 12:20 AM
chef2sail
Re: Trip to Block Island...

I suggest you get there early and pick up a mooring. If its not a weekend re are a few hundred of them and we've never ad a problem. Since you. Don't have a lot of exproience anchoring yet I would say Block is a challenge to an experienced anchored ad not where I would pick to learn

We have anchored and moored both t here.. We have a Rocna and 90 ft of chain. I remember putting all my chain and 180 ft or rope rode out in 30 ft of water. I didn't sleep well on he anchor as I was watching others as I was secure.

For peace of mind..get a mooring.
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