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08-20-2004 07:51 AM
Cruising Long Island Sound

Greenport, If you have the time and good charts definitely go to Greenport. It is inside the fluke of the whale. Watch your tidal currents on the sound they are accountable for the difference of traveling at 10 knots or 1.5 knots over land. Also be aware of Plum Gut (the pass betweem Plum Island and Long Island) it can get mighty rough ou there. Local say to stay close to Plum. The town of Greenport is very picturesque and has marine stores and good restaurants. We did Mystic to Montauk and Sag harbor to Greenport. Sag Harbor was nice but to ritzy for us. From Greenport to Port Jefferson approximately 80 NM we did it in 12 hours with a rising tide. As we were getting there the tide turned and we we did the final couple of miles motor sailing at two knots. Mystic is definitely the crown Jewel for its facilities in the Museum. The bridge schedule must be followed to get in or out and reservations are a must. sail on.
07-13-2004 06:28 AM
Cruising Long Island Sound

If you want to stay in Port Washington the town has moorings that you can use for free for 2 days on a first come first served basis. Call Port Washington Water Taxi on Channel 9 for allocation.
06-23-2004 09:39 AM
Cruising Long Island Sound

this is a test
06-19-2004 06:40 PM
Cruising Long Island Sound

I have been to most ports already mentioned, and for the most part all are fine. I did a very similar cruise a few years ago with a 9 yr old on a small boat (23''), actually stayed 2 nights at Mystic for 7/4, but continued on to Block Is. on that trip. One thing I would suggest that I havent seen posted here is deff keep your options open. Personally, I would not formulate a tight day by day plan. I''m sure you have reservations for Mystic and gotta get there for that, but otherwise I would leave options open. Weather can change everything and you may like a certain place and decide to stay longer. Be aware that the LI side of the sound runs out of ports to get too once you get so far East, you''ll need to be on the Con side, that''s not so obvious, so take a close look at that. Most of the YC''s have pools ects for kids, that is shown in the guide book, and any of those places are very nice to spend a day, eat, and get a real shower
05-27-2004 03:03 PM
Cruising Long Island Sound


I second Port Jeff as a very kid friendly place. There is a very nice playground that will allow your kids to run around and burn off some energy. There are also good restaurants to eat at, and places to buy supplies.

Enjoy your trip!

05-26-2004 10:34 AM
Cruising Long Island Sound

I wud consider getting a little more creative with your plan. Personally, I would hump it, with or without your kids, to get out of the western sound where, in the summer, the winds can be quite light. If you are willing to extend your range, Newport is a great destination as is Block Island and even Shelter Island. Maybe consider an early morning start or an overnight to keep the kids happy. Brewer Marinas are typically excellent in terms of being kid-friendly and amenitities. I have kept my boat at Pilot''s Point in the Past.
05-21-2004 03:17 PM
Cruising Long Island Sound

If you''re planning to hit Black Rock, the Black Rock Yacht Club has a pool (and tennis courts) that might be entertaining. Their restaurant is respectable as well. It''s a short walk (10-12 min along tree-lined streets) to the main drag, with shops, delis, restaurants, and two 9-screen movie houses. Captains Cove offers MUCH better weather protection and has slips instead of moorings. The "Clam Shack"? there is mostly fried stuff. The Cove often has bands at the upstairs bar on weekends. There are a few shops along their docks, but to get anywhere else (if you want to) would require a taxi. Both places are very friendly. The weather may be the determining factor for you.
05-21-2004 08:31 AM
Cruising Long Island Sound

Thanks for all the suggestions. Here is the working draft plan as it is evolved at the moment.

Day 1- Haverstraw to Liberty Landing
Day 2 - Liberty Landing to either Port Wash or Glen Cove
Day 3 - PW/GC to Northport
Day 4 - Northport to Port Jeff
Day 5 - Port Jeff to Blackrock (Capt''s Cove Searport??) (take kids to a Bridgeport Bluefish game)
Day 6 - Blackrock to Norwalk (visit aquarium)Day 7 - Norwalk to Stamford
Day 8 - Stamford to City Island
Day 9 - CI to Liberty Landing
Day 10 - return to homeport of Haverstraw

The goal is to limit sailing to only a few hours each day so I don''t wear out my children (4 & 6 yrs old) on any single day. So i have kept the hops short.

Any additional suggestions about where to stay or stop.

Stuyvesant at City Island and Northport sound great. Anchoring at PJ also sound pretty appealing.

Does anyone have any experience with Brewer? They seem to have well-equipped facilities (ie, pool for the kids) at Port Wash, Glen Cove and Stamford.

05-21-2004 07:28 AM
Cruising Long Island Sound

I suggest Port Washington after coming out the East River. There are free morings, just call the harbor master also good room to anchor if you choose. We have been in Oyster Bay and most of the stops along the Conn shore, not a bad spot anywhere. I am not a big fan of Port Jeff, the power plant kinda spoils the spot. We are from the Chesapeake and have sailed up your way the past two summers going to Nantucket. There are great stops a half day away from everything.
05-20-2004 01:59 PM
Cruising Long Island Sound

Would also suggest Port Jefferson, NY. It offers two nice options. The first is a generally quiet, calm anchorage with good holding (sand) in a large bay off to the right as you enter the harbor (There may be other boats, but there''s lots of room.) The second is taking a mooring or anchoring further in, on the left side of the harbor close to town. Launch service from the Setauket Yacht Club or the commercial service deposit you about a five-minute walk from a wide array of shops and restaurants. There is a puppy store that you may want to avoid unless you want to bring one home with you (on a boat??) Also beware of the ferry wake. It comes in pretty fast and tosses our 36 footer around a bit. Going East, Port Jeff is about the last place on the LI shore deep enough to get into before Plum Gut, since Mt. Sinai is a lot shallower. Have fun & don''t rush!
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