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08-10-2008 07:57 PM
hellosailor Dan-
That's good to know, that they haven't leased it all out to parking lot operators. Yet. I know some of the "Special Anchorage"s are still useable, but it seems like most of the are mooring fields, or have no shore access.
08-10-2008 04:45 PM
danielgoldberg HS, the spot I mentioned in Stonington still is open to anchoring (unless something's changed in the last month or so). You still have the issue of making your way from Stonington to Mystic by land, but you seem prepared to brave that voyage!
08-10-2008 01:11 AM
hellosailor Dan-
I wouldn't suggest the pursuit of a free anchorage is paramount, I only mentioned New london because that's the closest "general anchorage" I saw on the charts. On 12372_1 all I see in stonington are "Special Anchorage" which means someone's mooring field and fees pretty much inevitably. (Unless you've got club reciprocity.)

A lot of the coastwise towns have some sort of bus services connecting them. First time I went out of Newport RI, the only was I could get in was Amtrack to Providence RI and then, sure enough, a local 1/2 hour bus ride. The meander a bit but you can't beat the price.

Maybe there are better places to just drop a hook, not in an anchorage, closer in to Mystic proper.
08-09-2008 08:29 PM
danielgoldberg
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Originally Posted by hellosailor View Post
"There is an anchorage east of Mason Island and west of Andrews Island."
That's charted as a "Special Anchorage" which usually means controlled mooring field, showing 3-7 feet of water (deeper at the SE corner) but with as little as 1' of water heading north into Mystic, which could stop some dinks.
Would it be feasible to anchor 10 miles to the west in the general anchorages at New London, and then take the dink over to a local bus ride?
I don't really know if there are such buses, as I've never tried doing what you suggest. If you are dead set on anchoring and "commuting" to Mystic, I probably would opt for Stongington as the anchorage; just north of the breakwater you avoid the swell from Fisher's Island Sound.

If you'd be willing to settle for a mooring and a little bit less of a trip to Mystic by land, I would consider Spicer's in Noank, which is at the base of the Mystic River.
08-09-2008 01:39 AM
hellosailor "There is an anchorage east of Mason Island and west of Andrews Island."
That's charted as a "Special Anchorage" which usually means controlled mooring field, showing 3-7 feet of water (deeper at the SE corner) but with as little as 1' of water heading north into Mystic, which could stop some dinks.
Would it be feasible to anchor 10 miles to the west in the general anchorages at New London, and then take the dink over to a local bus ride?
08-09-2008 12:12 AM
jnsailing Just did an overnight in Mystic and stayed at the Brewer marina. It's just below the railroad bridge so it is walkable to downtown (15 mins) and the benefit of not having to do the bridges which means you can leave early in the morning before the bridge operators start. Facilities were nice and clean and the swimming pool stays open to 11pm.

John N.
08-08-2008 10:27 PM
denby Sorry to say I've never pulled into Mystic from the sea, The only anchorage in the area is the one I stated. Might be better off at a marina.
08-08-2008 10:25 AM
SollaSollewSails I don't have depths for the pond north of the Seaport handy nor a chart to show distances from the Mason's Island anchorage to the village (charts are on the boat). We draw 5.5. We're comfortable covering two miles in the dinghy if its reasonably flat water, less in a lot of chop... wait a minute, found an online viewer for the NOAA charts:

ww.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/13214.shtml

Looks like the bridge connecting Mason's Island with the mainland has 3 feet of vertical clearance. That's rather tight. Also looks like there is 9 feet of depth north of the Seaport. As I said, we've been there before and I do seem to recall noticing boats at anchor but it's been a few years.

Eric
08-07-2008 11:39 PM
denby Eric,

What size dinghy do you have and what size outboard?
08-07-2008 11:36 PM
denby
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Originally Posted by danielgoldberg View Post
Do you think that's dinghyable to downtown Mystic? (I'm just going to call that a word, and if anyone asks questions I'll just say that it's a nautical thing.) Obviously you could choose to cross the Sound in a dink if you wanted to give it a go, but I don't think I would drop a hook in the bight east of Mason's Isle if I were needing to have access to downtown with a small dink.
Dan,

It's a haul but that is the only anchorage in the area. It will have to be dinghyable ( if any one ask I learned it from you. ) if he doesn't want to pay for a slip or mooring.
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