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03-23-2002 03:07 PM
sailorjim
BLOCK ISLAND

Block Island is Bermuda North. Salt Pond (New harbour) is great. A pump out boat, launch service and town supplied mooring (but 1st come.) The Island population explodes in the summer.

There is good anchorage but be careful, the ground is mud so make sure you set the anchor.

BI is one of those places where you get fog and wind so expect it. As you enter the Salt Pond expect some good puffs, especially after you clear the Coast Guard Station, pervail, they die down.

Resturant, Ballards by Old Port is a ledgend. But, the power boat navy tie up, anchor or just drift in old harbour. Cabs are availlable, as are MoPeds, Bikes etc for rent. Lots of good beaches.

Some freaky weather happens now. On shore 70, at BI 90. And then just the opposite.

All in all BI is a great place. From BI to Cuttyhunk is about 6 hrs (sailing.) To Edgartown another 3 or 4. Don''t fail to sail into Narragansett Bay. Newport, Dutch Isaland, Prudence Isalabd (farther up the bay) at Potters Cove is great.

If you want more info send an email
Jim
03-11-2002 05:28 AM
RobGallagher
BLOCK ISLAND

What is the best type of anchor to use in Great Salt Pond?
03-10-2002 12:47 PM
Jerrysails
BLOCK ISLAND

Go to Block and enjoy it. I visit Block at lease once each summer and sstay a few days or a week sometimes. Anchoring out is OK, the holding ground is less than great in some areas of the salt pond. Its deep and thick grass grows in some places making it difficult to set an anchor. Many people pick up a mooring, including me. Although its not easy to get one, as the town manages the mooring field and there are about 200 or so. You might anchor the night you arrive and then start combing the mooring field at around 7 or 8 am as you see people heading out of the pond. I have always gotten a mooring this way. You may find yourself racing with another skipper towards an available mooring. Block is one of the most beautiful Islands, rolling hills, natural flowers blooming, 100''s of ponds, beautiful ocean views, clean, bracing Atlantic water, good visability. Block is an easy sail from Long Island, Newport, Watch Hill, Marthas, etc.
Go and enjoy.
Jerry
ps. you got a lot of messages about marinas from others, I recommend moorings, its the nicest way to go.
03-01-2002 04:21 PM
Rampager
BLOCK ISLAND

A Block Island destination is a great idea. You will want to say in the "New Harbor" a/k/a the Great Salt Pond. The holding ground is generally very good but leave plenty of scope because the wind can blow quite impressively each afternoon. Alternatively, consider picking up one of the hundred or so town moorings, which are about one nautical mile inside the harbor. The cost is $30 per night (at least it was during my last visit in 2000). You should have no problem finding an empty mooring from about noon on sunday through Wednesday. After that it gets a little tight.
Launch service ($2) is convenient and runs late. Free pumpout is very convenient.
Each morning Aldo''s bakery runs a floating danish/coffee/dessert service. It''s not bad - simply stand on your foredeck and waive or hail by radio oncy your hear the owner yelling something in Italian.
Old Harbor is small, busy, noisy (both from the ferry and the surrounding bars - if however you selected Block Island for its nightlife, you may wish to reconsider.)
Once anchored or moored make your way to Paynes dock and rent a bike - pass on the mopeds as they are an unnecessary expense and the locals hate them; moreover, the island is small and you''ll be cheating yourself by not seeing it by bike. Down town is no more than 1.5 miles from Great Salt Pond. An adaquate grocery store may be found there. You''ll have no problem biking groceries back to the harbor.
The ideal day is as follows - rise leisurely; bacon and eggs; loaf for a while; morning swim; loaf; ding ashore to your bikes (bring small cooler, water(lots), fruit, ects.); ride bikes through town along coastline to the Southeast Lighthouse (take pictures enjoy the view and sit on the big rock); return to bikes and continue down the road for about 100 yards until you come to a small parking lot on your left - you are now at Mohegian Bluffs; walk down the long wooden staircase and walk West for about one mile (the long walk is worth the effort because that you''ll be the only people there - even during the most crowded weekend); loaf for the day; return to the stairs which now have at least trippled in height; bike back to town but stop at the Atlantic Inn (large white hotel) for cocktails on the front lawn while lounging in Adirondack chairs; once duly lubricated bike to the harbor and dine at Dead Eye Dicks - it is located almost at Payne''s dock (get there early enough to grab a seat outside; eat and enjoy (don''t skip the Calamari - enjoy the sunset and hopefully a lonesome bagpiper); walk/bike/stagger to wherever you left the dinghy; make your way home for the evening and enjoy the dark harbor that is decorated by hundreds of anchor lights; finally, consider repeating the same sojurn, tomorrow.

While my wife and I love the island and its loafing opportunities, after four or five full days, you may have had your fill. The downtown is meager and the shopping opportunites (which for reasons that escape me seem to attract my wife) are essentially nonexistant.
It has often been said the Block Island is what Martha''s Vineyard was 50 years ago.
02-12-2002 04:14 PM
bporter
BLOCK ISLAND

My most recent post was in Re: Old harbor, the smallish harbor near the center of town where the ferry lets you off.

I''ve never stayed in Old Harbor, it doesn''t look terribly comfortable or accessible. Of course the last couple of times I''ve seen it have been with a prevailing N/NE wind, which is less common around here. With a S/SW wind it would appear to be very protected.

We''ve stayed in New Harbor, both at Champlin''s and at anchor. In spite of a longish dinghy ride and a neighbor with a lot less scope out than us, we much preferred being at anchor.
02-11-2002 06:54 PM
kimberlite
BLOCK ISLAND

which harbor are you talking about?

eric
02-11-2002 04:21 PM
bporter
BLOCK ISLAND

Not confused - just didn''t read the post carefully. Duh.

I don''t know if anchoring is allowed there or not - but it seems pretty packed with moorings. Doesn''t look a pleasant place to stay.
02-11-2002 06:24 AM
hamiam
BLOCK ISLAND

I think bporter got confused between New Harbor and Old Harbor. Old Harbor is a fraction of the size of New Harbor/Great Salt Pond. It has little depth and little room to anchor as one needs to leave alot of space for the ferries coming in and out.
02-10-2002 06:19 PM
bporter
BLOCK ISLAND

Yes - you can anchor there. The holding ground was OK last time we anchored, but it is a pretty deep anchorage. The north end of the Salt Pond is closed to anchoring, and is fairly shallow. But just south of that is an anchorage area. If you look at a chart you''ll see it''s 26-32 feet; that''s pretty accurate so you need a long rode. We put out pretty much all of a 200'' rode with 20'' of chain on it, shooting for 7:1 with all of our tackle down and being nervous about making it.

The guy anchored nearest to us, in the exact same boat as ours, probably had 4 or 5 to one out, as we discovered when the wind died then shift 180 degrees.

In re: another post when comparing Champlins vs. the Boat Basin. We never stayed at the Boat Basin, I chickened out on trying to get my boat into the slip they were offering me. However, the last time we did Block Island we anchored, and found it to be much more peaceful than being in a slip there. I suspect that will be our plan there from now one.
02-10-2002 04:27 PM
evecircleM
BLOCK ISLAND

Thanks everyone for all the information on Block Island. Everyone was very helpful to me. Eve
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