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Re: North Cove Moorings are available (Old Saybrook, CT)

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Hi Chef,
Greetings from Ye Olde Saybrooke! Here are my responses, in the same order as your questions:

As of last Saturday evening (5/11), all of the moorings were in and three sailboats were on their moorings. Dredging was completed in 2018 in the mooring field and the channel from the river into the cove.

You can pick up any mooring with a yellow ribbon, but I would guess that most mooring holders (including me) haven’t been out to their mooring ball to tie on the ribbon yet. There are a couple of free (72 hours) town moorings set close to town dock (west end of mooring field).

Not much room to anchor in the mooring field. You’d either be swinging into the shallow areas or into another mooring. Better to just grab a mooring. I’m hoping to be on my mooring by next weekend, but feel free to grab it in the meantime. Marked “Sullivan 300#”, about 2/3rds of the way in on the south side.

They haven’t done anything to the town dock as far as I can tell. It’s still a fixed main dock and there is a shallow spot near the face of the dock. The dinghy dock behind the main dock floats.

I’m guessing you’re asking how far it is from town dock to the center of town? It’s about a half mile to Main Street. There are plenty of restaurants within walking distance and even more a short cab ride away. I’ll leave the restaurant reviews to you though!



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Re: North Cove Moorings are available (Old Saybrook, CT)

You're welcome Chef! And allow me to extend the same offer to you - if you're going to be in the area, let me know!

SanderO - I hope to be in the cove this coming weekend. If so, I'll go by the town moorings with my lead line and let you know what I find for depths.
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Re: North Cove Moorings are available (Old Saybrook, CT)

Hi SanderO,

Re: depths in North Cove. I sounded around the guest moorings (there are two of them off the town dock) and found an average of 8.75 feet. Right off the town dock itself, I found 4.5 feet. This was at 2000 tonight (two hours past low), so with a 4.3 foot tidal range near the full moon, that would mean you can expect between 7.5 and 11.8 feet at the guest moorings and between 3.3 and 7.5 feet alongside the town dock itself.

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Hi SanderO,

Re: depths in North Cove. I sounded around the guest moorings (there are two of them off the town dock) and found an average of 8.75 feet. Right off the town dock itself, I found 4.5 feet. This was at 2000 tonight (two hours past low), so with a 4.3 foot tidal range near the full moon, that would mean you can expect between 7.5 and 11.8 feet at the guest moorings and between 3.3 and 7.5 feet alongside the town dock itself.

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Thanks! I am not interested in using the town dock for Shiva which draws 6'-3"... We might want / need a place to bring the RIB along side. So your depth data tells me that we could use one of their moorings as I presume there is no anchoring in there and at safe depths for us. I know they require a depth of less than 6-0" for a seasonal mooring.

I would like to stop in there next trip east!

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Re: North Cove Moorings are available (Old Saybrook, CT)

We are anchored in North Cove 3 hours after high tide. Saw 12 foot depths kin the narrow channel in and no less tha10 in the basin the first half . As you get closer to the town dock it shallots to8 ish.


Very rural setting....reminds me mom Mattituck. Lots of sonbirds .


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I kind of enjoyed the English Pub in town. I haven't been to that side of the sound in a few years, is it true that the Dock and Dine is no more?
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Hi Chef, sorry I wasn't able to provide a proper North Cove welcome committee upon your arrival, but someone has to man the cubicles in the windowless office buildings while you are out enjoying life for the rest of us! I'm glad to hear that the local birds only serenaded you and didn't leave the "presents" on deck that I expect to see when I get back to the boat. Damn Cormorants!

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... is it true that the Dock and Dine is no more?
Tempest - 'tis true, the Dock and Dine has been closed since 2013. The original building sustained a lot of damage in Irene and Sandy back to back in 2011 and 2012. The owners tore it down in 2014 with the intention of putting a new elevated structure in place, but since then all we have is a vacant construction zone in one of the most picturesque spots in town and excuses for the delay in starting to rebuild.

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Re: North Cove Moorings are available (Old Saybrook, CT)

Looks like I have to put North Cove back on my list of possible stops. I first put in there over 30 years ago, but started avoiding it when shoaling and other issues made it less than reliable. Not quite as easy in-and-out as Duck Island a bit to the west, but the anchoring there with the strong current can be messy.

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