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07-17-2009 02:44 PM
chef2sail Well we have arrived in Mystic and are staying at the Mystic Seaport for two nights. We joined and are sustaining memebers for $200 and You can get discounts on everything with that as well as helping a good cause. In additon once a year you get a free evenings dockage and $2.75 a foot the first night. Its a pretty good deal all in all.

So far our trip has been near perfect from the Patapsco. First stop was 1AM last Saturday morning at Reedy Island on the Delaware. We took advantage of the tide through the C&D canal and blew through at 10 PM at 9+ knots. The entrance behind Reeedy was tricky in the dark, but the chartplotter (C-80) put is in the correct spot to see it in the pitch black even though I have been there 10 times before. nyone who anchored there knows what a narrow enrance between two rockpiles it is. has I have never been one to rely on electrontics, but those who dont beleive in them at all are missing the p[oint as to what a great safety feture they could be also.

Next day afetr a 5 hour nap we rode the tide down the Delaware to Cape May in 7 hours arriving around 2 in the afternoon. We actually sailed most of it as there was great WSW wind at 20 which was building up the infamous Delaware Bay square waves when we enetered the canal at 1:30. Stayed at Utsch's (friends of mine for 20 years), and got tskr put st thr Lobster house and fresh tuna to grill the next day from their Seafood Market.

Newt day up at 4:30 AM flat seas and a long ass motor to Barnegat Lighthouse where we arrived at 5. Never my favorite inlet it was very calm except for one of the channel hogs (long line/ net fishing boats who refused to raise his arms all the way hrough the inlet behind us blowing his horn for me to move out of his way in a 100 ft wide channel. NO WAY. I held my couse and he finally pulled up hais wings and barreled by us rocking us to and fro. Nice anchorage withbfresh grilled ahi tuna and grilled vegggies for dinner with a California Pinot

Nexr day up at 7 AM and a 6 knot sail up the coast to Sandy Hook (7 hours), a left turn into Sandy Point Bay with 30 knot headwinds. We stayed in Atlantic Highlands Municipal Marina with 8 foot tide changes tied to a bulkhead (lots of adjusting) and had a great dinner at a dockside restaurant of blackened swordfish with the NY skyline and Verrazano Bridge in the backround.

Tuesday caught the inocomming tide through Hell Gate (awsome pictures I will post when we return) and flew thrugh to the Throgs Neck Bridge like a wet bar of soap squeezed at 11+ knots. Stayed in Northport Harbor a quaint Long Island Village on a mooring.

Wed- took a short sail across and up the bay to branford Harbor where we anchored next to the "Big Mermaid" suppposedly out of the SW swell..NOT. Rocked and rolled all night and slept with one eye open despite 100 ft of chain and 60 ft of rope in 12 ft of water.

Thursday- Short hop to Westbrooke another nice quaint little town on the Conn side where we holed up in a Brewers Marina throrugh a hellacios thunder and hail storm. Took the cpourtesy shuttle to Old Saybroooke and the wide shopped for trinkets while I went food shopping.

Today-- little jaunt to Mystic where it is beautiful. Wife is in town looking to excecise her leggs and find expensive shops. Me I am just chilling enjoying one of the best ever vacactions I have had.

After another day here we are off to Block Island for two days. Back across to Essex for a day, Hemsptead Bay for a Day, down the East River and ending wherever the tide allows us (Atlantci Highlands or Manesquan) and then Cape May for 2 days , Bohemia River and then home port.

Thanks for all the great recommendations you all have made they have been spot on and helpfull.

07-10-2009 05:40 PM
Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
Keep us posted.... don't poison Frank this year...
If Frank gets sick this year I'll give him a life jacket and send him over board.

Not necessarily in that order.
07-10-2009 03:16 PM
Originally Posted by denby View Post
I leave on Saturday, I'll stick with Chef2.
Keep us posted.... don't poison Frank this year...
07-09-2009 10:04 PM
Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Well the day is tomorrow and we are off. Thank all of you for your recommendations. We will try and stay in touch on the trip with pictures if we can.

Denby..... ( Hal-aye-ak-ewww-la)....**:**)
I leave on Saturday, I'll stick with Chef2.
07-09-2009 08:41 PM
chef2sail Well the day is tomorrow and we are off. Thank all of you for your recommendations. We will try and stay in touch on the trip with pictures if we can.

Denby..... ( Hal-aye-ak-ewww-la)....**:**)
07-03-2009 08:07 PM
chef2sail Barry,

I do use Active Captain it is a great site for the most part. I also have the Mapteck Embassy Guide of the LI Sound. There is nothing like the locals perceptions and feelings though. I would enjoy your recommendations of Port Jeff restaurants. Any kind.

07-03-2009 11:08 AM
Active Captain


Have you ever visited this web site:
ActiveCaptain - The free, interactive cruising guidebook
You need to register, but it's very worthwhile. Select an area and find good local information.

Anyway, in Port Jefferson, I do not recommend Danfords Marina. It is very expensive. The restaurant is not good either. The Town has a marina, sometimes they have transient slips available. If not, you can anchor or take a mooring from Silver Bay marine. There are lots of good restaurants in town, some expensive, some cheap. Let me know if you want any specific recommendations (I live 10 minutes away). There is also a West Marine close by (too far to walk though).

07-02-2009 11:25 PM
chef2sail Bubba,

I havent seen dolphins for years in the Lower Sound. Thats a great sign. We had them follow our boat up the Jersey Coast last year. One pod of 40-50 stayed alongside for 3 hours from Atlantic City to Stone Harbor. Made the whole trip for my wife,,,she still dreams about it

Captain..thanks for the North hempstead info. Do you need to hail anyone or just grab the mooorings.

07-02-2009 11:21 PM
chef2sail FDEfran,

Thanks for your information on the Highlands. It will be our stop on the way up to the LI Sound and back. Semms like a good place to take in.

07-01-2009 08:18 PM
Greenport Suggestion


Sterling Basin is the best spot in Greenport for mooring. No room to anchor but a mooring is around $1 a foot (at least it was last year). It is the calmest mooring field you will ever find.

Try this number for the harbormaster (631-477-0392). Not sure if it is still up to date. If it doesn't work, try the brewers yard there. they should have his number.

Have a good trip.
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