Northeast - Port Recommendations

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conjuror
03-02-2010, 07:41 AM
I am looking for recommendations for a good place to put in on Long Island Sound. Making a run this summer again from Maryland to NE for fishing. I have a long leg north from Cape May and last year stopped at Oyster Bay (I'm going inside through the East River). Oyster Bay is about the right distance and a beautiful port, but the town was a little lmited from the marina. Two questions:

1. Can anyone provide thoughts on ports to consider about halfway up either side? I've stayed at a number of places much further up, but don't want to bit off too big a run.

2. Are there any good options in New York Harbor, like Chelsea Pier, that folks would recommend.


Ethan
03-04-2010, 03:28 PM
I did the same trip and I came out of the East River at night and pulled into Mamaroneck. Tied up to the dock next to Direcktor's Yacht Yard and there was a really nice 24hr Diner at the top of the ramp.
Pretty sweet find.

jaobrien
03-04-2010, 04:25 PM
While there are a number of nice ports on both sides of the Sound in the western end, I'd stay away from the Hudson river for an overnight stop. Both the Jersey side and Chelsea Piers are subject to really heavy swells into the slips 24/7 from all the commercial traffic and ferries. If you want the very westernmost end, look into City Island. Lots of transient slips, and you can walk to a large selection of restaurants in a salty little town. Other good ones would be Stamford on the CT side and Port Washington or Glen Cove on the NY side. All have restaurants and attractions within walking distance.


conjuror
03-05-2010, 03:35 AM
While there are a number of nice ports on both sides of the Sound in the western end, I'd stay away from the Hudson river for an overnight stop. Both the Jersey side and Chelsea Piers are subject to really heavy swells into the slips 24/7 from all the commercial traffic and ferries. If you want the very westernmost end, look into City Island. Lots of transient slips, and you can walk to a large selection of restaurants in a salty little town. Other good ones would be Stamford on the CT side and Port Washington or Glen Cove on the NY side. All have restaurants and attractions within walking distance.

Thanks for the tip on NY harbor. I've thought about it several times as a shorter option from Cape May and thought it might be kind of cool to stay there, but always wondered about the traffic. I apreciate the info.

jaobrien
03-05-2010, 08:17 AM
You're Welcome.

Since you've made the trip before, you know that the Hell Gate can be tough. Be sure to catch the flood or slack going up the river to the Sound.
If you're in a pinch for fuel, check and see if the World's Fair Marina in Flushing Bay (behind LaGuardia Airport) still has a fuel dock...used to. If not, you can easily fuel at City Island.

I reread your post and noticed you mentioned halfway Re the Sound. In that case, I'd recommend Port Jefferson on the NY side, or Branford in CT, just east of New Haven.

Have a great trip.



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