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The itinerary was generated by a 10 year old. Crew will consist of Captain, Admiral and Gilligan (not sure where I fit in there). Yes, I am a bit bored this morning, I suppose I should be on the tread mill.

Depart from Mystic June 24
Essex/Hamburg Cove, CT 25, 26, depart 27th
Milford CT 27, 28, depart 29th
Norwalk 29, depart 30th
Manhassett Bay NY 30, July 1, depart July 2
Liberty Park NJ, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 depart 7
City Island NY 7, depart 8
Oyster Bay NY 8, depart 9
Port Jefferson NY 9, 10, depart 11
Clinton, CT 11, 12, depart 13
Arrive Mystic 13

The objective is to spend a solid day in most places with plenty of wiggle room for weather or the unexpected. NYC we will do everything touristy with plenty of time to lounge. We tried to break up the longer and shorter days on the water.

Liberty Landing is a must, I prepaid and there are no refunds for the 3rd ,4th ,5th. Other than that, would you change? A must see port? Sell the boat and invest in a liquor store?

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I would consider a stop either over night or lunch... in Thimbles...

Anchor in Cold Springs Harbor rather than Oyster Bay...

Northport has some good stuff.... great restaurants, bakery/cafe, ice creams stores, old time candy stores... old time soda fountain, toy stores... farmers market on sat am... anchor is far from town... town dock is free overnight dockage w/ water and electricity... reserve a mooring from Seymours.

Norwalk SoNo has good eats and the Seaport Museum.., anchor off in the islands

Port Jeff... one night... town is boring... bakery is good. Setauket is a nice dink trip and cute store.
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I would consider North Cove Old Saybrooke now that it’s dredged. Stayed there last year. Hamburg Cove a long way up the Connecticut plus the RR bridge and current.

Milford nice place. From there I would cross over and either do Northport 25 miles ( moor at Seymour’s) nice restaurants and quaint city or if you can go Port Washington ( Manhasset Bay ) 40 miles.

Port Washington has a slew of free moorings. Great store to reprovision. Also perfect landing across the street for dinghies. Good restaurants. Best deli I have been to....ever.

Even the way back I’d stay on LI side. Port Jeff anchorage a long way to town though nice and protected. Very unfriendly town to dinghies. We’ve stayed there a couple times and the town is unimpressive though the anchorage is great.
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That sounds like a great plan to me.

FYI, when you 1st posted, I contacted the Brooklyn Marina re: the 4th, They had already gone to a wait list. Per the manager, " They have limited transient slips, most slips are occupied for the season, and they had to wait to see what opened up." I threw my name on the list, to date haven't heard a peep. ( not interested anyway) He did say, that they were just installing a floating restroom/shower ( probably a barge) as we spoke.

Liberty Science museum is probably worth a look see, if you get all your NYC sightseeing done.

Just a quick look at the East River Currents for July 2nd, looks like you can catch a fair current to JC in the morning through the East River from Manhasset Bay
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I typically don't anchor @ Port Jeff, The moorings are $50, or $55 night with launch service. The showers and laundry facility are very nice. There's a decent bakery. Ice cream spot, etc. Town is very walkable.

This fall on a delivery, we stayed at Danford's ( not my dime) and ate and drank there, crew was very happy!
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I typically don't anchor @ Port Jeff, The moorings are $50, or $55 night with launch service. The showers and laundry facility are very nice. There's a decent bakery. Ice cream spot, etc. Town is very walkable.

This fall on a delivery, we stayed at Danford's ( not my dime) and ate and drank there, crew was very happy!
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First time we went years ago we took a mooring at Seatauket Yacht Club. We had YC privledges so it was only $10.

We usually anchor if we go in Port Jeff in the anchorage off to starboard after entering through the jetties. Advantage of Port Jeff is its a quick in and out ( 15 minutes) as opposed to many other bays if you were trying to make time transmitting the whole LI Sound
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Setauket YC has changed its name to Port Jefferson YC. Somewhat less confusing. Still as welcoming as before. Norwalk is a LONG way in. Especially if you want to get to anywhere near the Maritime Aquarium/IMAX and restaurants of SoNo. Draft may also be an issue that far up the river. From Milford it might make for a very long day.
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Sounds like fun!

I agree with the previous suggestions re: Northport. We stopped there for the first time last year and really enjoyed it.

We also liked Mattituck but it’s a bit of a motor up the creek.
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Sounds like fun!

I agree with the previous suggestions re: Northport. We stopped there for the first time last year and really enjoyed it.

We also liked Mattituck but it’s a bit of a motor up the creek.
Been up Mattituck a few times and anchored in the federal anchorage at the end. Spent a couple days there once and dinghied walked into town. Neat place. Great vineyards and farms nearby.

It is a definite white knuckle entrance and first mile with the narrow shallow channel...but is a great stopover if traveling along the LI north shore to get to the north fork. Makes it a couple of days vrs really long day from Port Jeff to Oriental/ Greenport.
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Been up Mattituck a few times and anchored in the federal anchorage at the end. Spent a couple days there once and dinghied walked into town. Neat place. Great vineyards and farms nearby.

It is a definite white knuckle entrance and first mile with the narrow shallow channel...but is a great stopover if traveling along the LI north shore to get to the north fork. Makes it a couple of days vrs really long day from Port Jeff to Oriental/ Greenport.
It is a long sail from Pt Jef to inside the forks. And this does requires some tide planning. But why shun long sails? They can be fun, or interesting and challenging... more like passage making that short hop cruising, You can also do a couple of 30 mile sails by stopping on the CT side a the lovely Thimble Islands.
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