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Re: Best embarkation point for my wife and son

Figure out how far east you want to take them, in days.

Now go back west that many days and see what town in CT is near that. Stamford? Mystic? whatever, as long as there is an Amtrak station there.

That way you pick them up, they take the train back to the van, and keep heading SW and home again.

Between Amtrak and busses there's good transportation in CT but Amtrak is by far the easiest way to travel.

There's no good way to drive onto LI from the mainland, between traffic and construction there are enough bottlenecks so she's better off driving into CT instead.
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Re: Best embarkation point for my wife and son

Sailed out of Three Mile Harbor for several years and would also suggest it as a good jump off point. In six days you could hit Block, the Vineyard, Newport and possibly Mystic. Someone earlier mentioned the parking lot at the Town's commercial dock which is close to the break water. The Harbor Master's office is located there and it may be one of the few places in East Hampton where public parking is not restricted - would check with Harbor Master. The east Hampton LIRR stop is about four miles from there and the Town has moorings - don't know what they charge. Have a safe trip . When we did the Vineyard we moored in Oak Bluff - great spot
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Re: Best embarkation point for my wife and son

You know what would be nice if you make Block Island in good time? Instead of picking them up back down in CT, sail over to Cuttyhunk. Have them take the little Cuttyhunk ferry out from New Bedford (plenty of parking) and meet you at Cuttyhunk. Spend some family time in Cuttyhunk, get up one morning and go through Quick's Hole to Menemsha, allowing you to access all of MV that you might desire by the great bus system. If they are enjoying the sailing, skip over to Tarpaulin Cove on Naushon. When time for family to head back, head back to Cuttyhunk, they ferry back to NB, and you leave Cuttyhunk for Block or bypass it and head home. Might be a nice way to get a taste of the islands without having to sail up and into Vineyard Haven. You might get 5-6 days of sailing, or less sailing and more beach/island time, whatever weather and family dictate. You will have good sailing. Just an idea if things work out well.
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Re: Best embarkation point for my wife and son

Gonna throw another $0.02 into the mix. I often pick people up at Dodson's boat yard in Stonington, CT. You can park there for free and it is a quick and easy sail to Block and even closer to Mystic and even better than that is Watch Hill, RI which I highly recommend for an overnight. Not sure if they can easily park at Mystic for a long period of time? I echo Chef2sail's love of the town dock at Greenport. Good docks, reasonably priced and right in town, a block to the grocery store, plenty of places to eat, etc.

Old Saybrook would be my second choose, there is a marina just to the sound side of the Inn that will let you park. I often sail circles around the eastern, LI, CT, Western RI area picking up crew for a few days and dropping them off at either Stonington or Old Saybrook.

Check your Eldridge, there are some pretty strong tides in the area.
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