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Help me plan my cruise North!

16932 Views 165 Replies 27 Participants Last post by  T37Chef
We are planning on venturing out of the Chesapeake (for the first time) with the intent to head north, hopefully to Marthas Vineyard, then stop a few places in between on the way back.

We don't have a long time, 16/17 days total leaving July 4th and returning to Rock Creek/Patapsco River by July 19th or 20th.

I am finishing up a few last projects and should be ready to cast off in time.

Any thoughts and suggestions on places to stay(like should I make reservations asap), must see, things to know, etc...

I need/want to get an EPIRB, should I rent a liferaft? The furthest from shore we'll be looks about 50 miles or so during our straight shot from Cape May to the Vineyard...otherwise the rest will be inside LIS or along the Jersey coast on the way back.

Thanks...I look forward to hearing what you experienced folks have to say.
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Port. Wash. town moorings are available free for 1st 48 hours...they are the yellow
ones lining the channel...always one available. Manhasset Bay very protected
good depth, plenty of room to anchor with good holding. Louies very good seafood,
$ can add up also other restaurants very short walk from dock. When provisioning,
dinghy into sheets Creek (nice little landing there) north from Louies and town dock
and you will be literally across the street from a large Stop n Shop plus other stores
a 3 minute walk to a West marine and some goood brick oven pizza at Salvadors.
Will post more when time allows.
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Chef, If you would consider leaving boat in western most LI Sound
(Like xort says close to LIRR and LaGuardia airport)
I can put you in touch with a good friend, our dockmaster, thinking
he would set you up with a mooring for a few weeks at extremely reasonable
$. or at a very protected slip in Manhasset Bay for more $, but still reasonable.
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Hopefully by now your mainsail is repaired and your good to go.
If any further/ongoing sail repair needed, have friend on City Island who
has made sails for national loft, will make your repairs overnight if needed for
extremely reasonable cost.
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Interest for children/family if fits into your plans and timing...
Fireworks: Rye Playland on LI sound every Wednesday and Friday at 9:15 p.m. all summer long.
Rye is on north side of LIS , approx 9 miles east of City Is.

Cross Sound Ferry fireworks in New London harbor ...Saturday July 12th

Wonderful Carousel in Watch Hill / Westerly R.I. close to the beach
Is just east of Fishers Island.
Also Carousel in Oak Bluffs, Marthas Vineyard if you make it up there.

Up Connecticut River... town Deep River has Fife and Drum Muster
July 18th and 19th largest gathering in the of all ages love.
about 8 miles up very scenic river, 2 miles up from Essex another
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Was that you Shawn?
Possible unofficial sighting ?? of Windgeist and crew... smartly making way
east bound under headsail alone.
Approx 5 p.m. today...north of Steppingstone light/south of City Island
in western most LIS.
Was walking dock to launch when sighted possible Tarten 37
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Amazing sail to Huntington...wonderful!
Huntington inner harbor good but crowded, Northport short distance to
east wonderful town, during week should be able to leave boat at
town dock for a few hours. Enjoy, maybe catch you on way back.
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Real time weather conditions...5-6 buoys along LI sound...
search... University of Connecticut Marine Sciences - MYSound
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Already thinking about next year's trip...North again for sure...this time we'll shoot right for MV from Cape May!
Very special place,
Cuttyhunk, Elizabeth Islands, SW end of Vineyard Sound/Buzzards Bay
near Gay Head light, MV
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