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I needed a way to transport my kayaks when I lived in an apartment here in CA (and drove a convertible.) The way I solved the problem was to buy a Yakima Rack and Roll trailer. The wheels and tongue come off and the frame can be either rolled or carried if you are reasonably strong. If you have an inflatable dinghy, you are all set.

In Maine I have an 8' Avon inflatable. Some summers I don't feel like paying the $300 fee the town where I keep my boat charges to tie up your dinghy for the season. I just throw it in the back of the Subaru and spend five minutes inflating it when I need to get out to my mooring.

You could, of course, just move to Maine and sail there, which is an order of magnitude more interesting than sailing on Long Island Sound!;^)
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.....You could, of course, just move to Maine and sail there, which is an order of magnitude more interesting than sailing on Long Island Sound!;^)
It most certainly is, for about 8 weeks per year.
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A possible Northport Option because there is no dinghy dock for non residents except for transient use.

I am considering a very inexpensive inflatable that I can fit in my small trunk... and row to get to a small mooring where my RIB could be left when we're not on the mother ship... close to the town dinghy launch ramp/location. Our mooring is almost a mile out so rowing to the boat is not an option... If it's windy a cheapie dink would be a wet ride and capacity is small as well. .... row to the close in moored RIB... tow it to the dock, load up the RIB then tow the cheapie to the RIB's mooring and leave it there until we return and head home. I can put in a small mooring near the town launching ramp... parking it not an issue.

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As long as you see it as a consumable, may need frequent replacement.
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You could, of course, just move to Maine and sail there, which is an order of magnitude more interesting than sailing on Long Island Sound!;^)
The eastern end of Long Island Sound (Fishers Island Sound) isnít so bad and neither is the rest of the coastal SE New England area. You can actually swim in this area for an order of magnitude longer than in Maine without suffering hypothermia. A MOB actually has a chance of being rescued alive if not in a wet suit.

You can actually cruise to areas with sandy beaches, like Long Island, Napatree Point, Block Island, Third Beach, Cape Cod and ďthe islandsĒ(Cutthyhunk, Marthas Vineyard, Nantucket). And you wonít be lonely in any of the harbors in this venue.

P.S. You can actually enjoy the scenery instead of concentrating on dodging lobster gear. (Well, maybe there is the occasional fishing trawler or barge under tow.)
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Southern NE is lovely cruising grounds... but getting crowded and spendy...

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I could possibly leave a beached row boat and not deal with cheapie inflatables.

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Well once you get past car-portability, have another look at Portabote.

Often used as the only dink, and would fit slid along the wall of a friendly garage, takes up what six inches width.
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My boat was on the dock at Old Man's Boatyard in Mt. Sinai when I bought it and I spend a couple of months there working on it, before I brought it north. There was a dingy dock behind the main dock for people on moorings - that was in2014 but from the satellite image, it looks like it's still there. Not sure what their relationship is to the moorings but I found them super helpful, so it might be worth a call.
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I forgot to add - when looking at the satellite image, it looks like Mt. Sinai Marina and Mt. Sinai Yacht Club also have dinghy docks. Good luck.
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I forgot to add - when looking at the satellite image, it looks like Mt. Sinai Marina and Mt. Sinai Yacht Club also have dinghy docks. Good luck.
The problem is getting permission to store/tie up typically. NPT is for Town of Huntington Residents only... and there's a long wait list.

I will try my 2 mooring approach with a cheapie inflatatable and see how that works... not optimal but "legal".

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