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I'm looking for information to sail the boat from Narragansett sound east passage to the Sakonnet River, taking the northern route under the Mt. Hope Bridge then under the sakonnet river bridge. It seems I have only the two bridges which I should fit under with my 60'5" mast at high water. Are there any other bridges or information I should be aware of? Thanks in advance...
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Re: Narragansett sound to Sakonnet River

It’s referred to as Narragansett Bay, not Sound, but you’ll be welcome either way.

There’s the Newport bridge, as well, but it’s almost 200ft clearance. The highway bridge at the northern part of the Sakonnet was lowered several years back. I know I can’t get under, so I don’t pay close attention. Just make sure you’re checking current charting. Not uncommon for the Bay to be +/- as much as a foot from standard tides too, due to wind, neap, spring, etc. Your mast might be a bit taller than published too, with antennas and the windex.

Just a lap around Aquidneck Island on the bucket list or are you making a stop or need some recommendations?


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Itís a totally lovely sail. Often get good wind and no wave so you can really blast. You should have a great time. If you have time go into Bristol. The museum is a kick as is the ice cream shops in that town. Thereís an island near entrance but you can go around either side so itís not much of a detour.

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I'm looking for information to sail the boat from Narragansett sound east passage to the Sakonnet River, taking the northern route under the Mt. Hope Bridge then under the sakonnet river bridge. It seems I have only the two bridges which I should fit under with my 60'5" mast at high water. Are there any other bridges or information I should be aware of? Thanks in advance...
NO Problems with up to 65'. The lowest of the bridges is the Route 24 bridge on the Sakonnet River, which has 65-feet of clearance at MHHW. Watch for BR "DGI" (Danger Gould Island) which is northwest of Gould (aka "Guano") Island. My boat's keel hit the rock which lies about 20 yards the west of the mark, when this mark was G "13". Back in the day, the channel ran between the island and what is now BR "DGI".

There can be a 3kt current going south as you pass through the remnants of the Old Stone Bridge. The current is stronger at ebb than flood.

ETA - If you have the chance to be there after dark, the view of the Mount Hope Bay Bridge at night is wonderful. There is a well known cove (I'll let others tell you the name) where you can enjoy the sunset over Prudence, and then the bridge lit up at night.


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Appreciate the correction Thank you.

At some point, Moving the boat from NEB over to Safe Harbor Island Marina and onto a mooring. I really like NEB but a mooring, this summer, is a little more affordable... Moreover, if I have bad weather I would take the northern route or may just go to check it out, sounds nice...
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......There is a well known cove (I'll let others tell you the name) where you can enjoy the sunset over Prudence, and then the bridge lit up at night.
Guessing you mean Potters Cove off the northeast side of Prudence Island. Could anchor about 1000 boats on the outside of the harbor, if needed. Great layover spot. Good holding, lots of room, protected from prevailing winds. Not a good spot in strong northerlies, which are rare in the summer.
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Store on the top of potters has very good meat.
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Re: Narragansett sound to Sakonnet River

Interesting - it appears that Safe Harbor is splitting the marinas that Brewer combined into separate marinas. Brewer's Sakonnett River North & South have become Safe Harbor Portsmouth and Island Park.


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