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Re: Moorings Put Where There Weren't Moorings
I bought this boat in City Island, NT and planned a leisurely sail up LI Sound to RI, where I would spend the winter preparing the boat for long term cruising. Each and every harbor that looked interesting and a fun place to visit and explore on the chart, was chock full of permanent, assigned moorings, to the point that in most, there was just no place to anchor at all. Absolutely the only place I found to anchor was Stonington Ct, where they have an anchorage for visitors.
In Essex, Ct. they do not allow vessels over 50' on any mooring, period! If you anchor, you are only allowed a week's stay. Absolute madness. Certainly THE most (un)friendly little town you'd (n)ever want to visit.
On the other hand, Bristol, RI (the home of the Herrishoff Museum, for crying out loud!) has plenty of anchoring space, but you'd better not spend more than 45 minutes at the public dinghy dock (well signed, by the way), or you might find your dink chained up, and the ransom to free it, pretty darned steep.
All in all, LI Sound was a total disappointment for this visitor and I certainly did not feel welcome anywhere but Stonington.
"Any idiot can make a boat go; it takes a sailor to stop one." Spike Africa aboard the schooner Wanderer in Sausalito, Ca. 1964.
“Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.” ― Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
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