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Re: Cape May to Block Island advice needed
If you have any chance to get a spot it would certainly be early in the week. If you can time your arrival for early morning in daylight, you might catch someone departing a town mooring. Otherwise, you can find a spot to anchor, get some sleep and then give the Harbormaster a call in the Afternoon to see if he has a private mooring to rent for a night, then you can move to that. ( Harbormaster is on ch.12)
You can always choose to Raft up at Champlin's marina. They always seem to find room for one more boat. $$ .
Solo, is tricky. You'll see people cruising the mooring field in dinghy's with radios, or phone. They'll circle around in the morning waiting for someone to leave a mooring and then tie up the dinghy and call the mother ship over ;-)
If all else fails, you can always sail over to Pt. Judith and find a spot.
As a complete alternative to Block I Sticking around and Sailing Sandy hook bay, New York harbor for a few days can also be fun. Sail up to see the Statue of Liberty.
Great Kills Harbor on Staten Island is a neat spot IMHO. you can anchor in there or obtain a guest mooring, they have a great outdoor Tiki Bar restaurant. Hike up to the Twin Lights in the Atlantic Highlands etc. The Fireworks in the Atlantic Highlands are on the 5th.
That said, if you've never been to Block Island, it's nice to do. It's still a long overnight sail, and you need to stay alert the whole time. And when you arrive, you still have some work to do to find a spot to anchor or moor. Last time there, I found a nice spot up near the north corner near the prohibited zone, in about 23 ft of water. Watch out for those mounds ( 12 ft. etc) I saw a boat drag it's anchor off that mound and when Boat US got to it, the anchor was just hanging in the water ( no scope). Make sure you set your hook well. Good Luck.
Last edited by tempest; 06-29-2019 at 12:39 AM.