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scottmori
03-15-2010, 06:15 PM
hi i have heard you can anchor in great salt pond without any problems is this true?i worked with a guy this week and he said he stays overnight quite a bit?i would be bringing my wife and 4 yr old daughter when not fishing.if you can is it ok too leave the boat to go on island for food and fun?
thanks scott


PtJudeRI
03-15-2010, 06:20 PM
Sure, no problem. There is an old tug or navy boat in the pond, anchorages are East of that tug (closer to the pond entrance) no charge, and at your own risk.

gerg
03-15-2010, 07:16 PM
Just be aware that the bottom is kinda hard and anchors have been known to slip. You can get a launch to the docks for a reasonable fee and pumpouts are free.


scottmori
03-15-2010, 07:49 PM
cool thanks guys

JJC
03-15-2010, 10:28 PM
Yep, we like to anchor out there but it can get very crowded so sometimes takes some poking around to find a spot with some swinging room. Some of the anchorage area is fairly deep also so have enough line and chain. It can get interesting if the wind picks up, I spent a couple sleepless nights there watching boats and sometimes whole raftups drag anchor and start drifting by.

There's also a town mooring field but I've never been able to get one. Don't remember what they charge for that.

John

gerg
03-16-2010, 11:37 AM
I think the public mooring balls go for $40/night. They are the lime green colored ones and are first come, first serve. If you see one, grab it first and ask questions later. the harbor master won't reserve them for you. But you will have to contact them and pay the piper.

If you want to be at a dock, the going rate is about $4/foot, and expect to be rafted up, especially on holiday weekends or any time in July.

JJC
03-16-2010, 01:23 PM
You can avoiding rafting at Block Island Boat Basin (they have floating docks and individual slips) but most likely need to reserve ahead of time.

PtJudeRI
03-16-2010, 02:15 PM
What ever happened to the rafting regulations?? I heard there was a brawl or something at Champlins on a holiday weekend, and rumors about a new ordinance only allowing rafting up to 2 or 3 boats deep, anyone else hear about that??

striper97
03-16-2010, 06:28 PM
did have an anchored sail boat drift into us one night while we were on a mooring. Made for an interesting wake up call, I still remember the startled look on their faces.

KeithS
03-16-2010, 08:19 PM
The harbor master also rents out private moorings with permission from the owners if they are available. We did that for the first time last year and it was $50/night. We lucked out because a real blower came in that night and what a show it was. All you heard above the wind was horns blowing and people yelling.

gerg
03-17-2010, 06:54 AM
What ever happened to the rafting regulations?? I heard there was a brawl or something at Champlins on a holiday weekend, and rumors about a new ordinance only allowing rafting up to 2 or 3 boats deep, anyone else hear about that??

I hadn't heard that, but it wouldn't surprise me one bit if the town tried to limit them. There has been a streetfight going on for over 10 years over champlains attempts to expand. They almost succeeded last year but an appeal shut them down.

4kings
03-21-2010, 06:48 AM
I haven't been there in 10 years but the kid at the dock let me tie up for the day for $20. We spent the day on the island then had a fun ride back to Gardiners Bay in the dark.

Soundbounder
03-23-2010, 03:40 PM
The $40 town moorings are only $20 after Labor Day, but the launch service stops around then also so you need to have your own dingy.
It is $20 in the spring too, but I don't know when the summer rates kick in. Probably Memorial Day weekend.

September is my favorite time out there.

mjmason1
04-09-2010, 07:17 AM
We go to Paines dock every July for one weekend. Because we don't have facilities on the boat we get a slip. The rafting begins. I've had as many a 4 boats rafted to me. It gets intrusive during the night and as you know boaters are partyers. So not much rest. This year we are considering anchoring.

thunnus
04-09-2010, 07:36 AM
Go anywhere other than Paine's. That guy is a clown.

Venture34
08-05-2010, 07:27 AM
Go anywhere other than Paine's. That guy is a clown.

Whats with that island? Nothing seems to run very well. Champlins is a colossal shthole.... and is operated worse than it looks. Food at their restaurant(s) is horrible and the heads are filthier than a NYC subway... Had to lug a 60lb cooler up the damn hill because the taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers down below.

The other places don't seem nicer either.

There were multiple moped accidents on my short ride to the ferry yesterday... The Disney crowd that seems does not seem to know much common sense it seems.


All that being said, it is a very beautiful place, if you can avoid dealing with these third rate marinas and restaurants.

On a brighter note Went to Winfields on tuesday night for a great meal....... it was excellent.

bms1939
08-06-2010, 05:04 AM
Whats with that island? Nothing seems to run very well. Champlins is a colossal shthole.... and is operated worse than it looks. Food at their restaurant(s) is horrible and the heads are filthier than a NYC subway... Had to lug a 60lb cooler up the damn hill because the taxis are not allowed to pick up passengers down below.

The other places don't seem nicer either.

There were multiple moped accidents on my short ride to the ferry yesterday... The Disney crowd that seems does not seem to know much common sense it seems.


All that being said, it is a very beautiful place, if you can avoid dealing with these third rate marinas and restaurants.

On a brighter note Went to Winfields on tuesday night for a great meal....... it was excellent.

Its like that for all those third rate boaters that hang out there.

matt_unique
08-06-2010, 06:13 AM
Block Island is great but it's a complete mob of punks near the boats for most of the summer. If you want to party, you'll love it. They are howling at the moon until 4am. If you want a different sort of experience go in the Spring or Fall.

Narragansett Outrage
08-06-2010, 06:56 AM
Was out there last memorial day weekend when the wind picked up at about 2am. Quite the sight to see everyone dragging, especially those that rafted. So, if you're going to anchor in that area, make sure you're using lots of chain in addition to the anchor, and don't raft.

mintregila
08-06-2010, 07:02 AM
Used to go every year. Boat Basin does not raft. If you have kids Champlins has alot to do but loud partyers at night. Poorly run since the son left a few years ago with horror stories about power issues.

Best time there was on a mooring. Get there early during the week and they can be had.

Venture34
08-06-2010, 12:33 PM
Its like that for all those third rate boaters that hang out there.



I fished the Tri State tournament, Smartass. If the Tri State was based out of Montauk I would happily, and much rather, be there.


I suppose you think its reasonable when the dock master at Champlins rams a boat with the launch causing several thousand in damage because the dockmaster mistakenly thought that boat had not paid.

Or how about the folks leaning on the gas pumps with a cigarette in their mouth. There is going to be a tragedy there someday.



But you have a good time... dkhd.

matt_unique
08-06-2010, 07:34 PM
I fished the Tri State tournament, Smartass. If the Tri State was based out of Montauk I would happily, and much rather, be there.


I suppose you think its reasonable when the dock master at Champlins rams a boat with the launch causing several thousand in damage because the dockmaster mistakenly thought that boat had not paid.

Or how about the folks leaning on the gas pumps with a cigarette in their mouth. There is going to be a tragedy there someday.



But you have a good time... dkhd.

How do you know he was referring to you?

Classic THT class....

Soundbounder
08-07-2010, 04:02 AM
I think the public mooring balls go for $40/night. They are the lime green colored ones and are first come, first serve. If you see one, grab it first and ask questions later. the harbor master won't reserve them for you. But you will have to contact them and pay the piper.

If you want to be at a dock, the going rate is about $4/foot, and expect to be rafted up, especially on holiday weekends or any time in July.Yup!!!!

And the moorings are only $20 after Labor Day. Plus the crowds are gone.

Joe Mc 44
08-07-2010, 05:08 AM
"the ferry"??????:rofl::rofl::rofl:

bms1939
08-08-2010, 08:29 PM
I fished the Tri State tournament, Smartass. If the Tri State was based out of Montauk I would happily, and much rather, be there.


I suppose you think its reasonable when the dock master at Champlins rams a boat with the launch causing several thousand in damage because the dockmaster mistakenly thought that boat had not paid.

Or how about the folks leaning on the gas pumps with a cigarette in their mouth. There is going to be a tragedy there someday.



But you have a good time... dkhd.

Easy now, I was being sarcastic!!!

Joe Mc 44
08-09-2010, 05:06 AM
.... the dock master at Champlins rams a boat with the launch causing several thousand in damage because the dockmaster mistakenly thought that boat had not paid.





When did that happen?;?

Venture34
08-09-2010, 10:39 AM
"the ferry"??????:rofl::rofl::rofl:


Travel day to block for me (Sunday) was east wind 15kts.... 80 miles in a head sea I just was not up for..... Made the right call.

Return day was SW 15-20 on the nose again. Glad I took the ferry.

Venture34
08-09-2010, 10:42 AM
When did that happen?;?


aug 2009 I did not witness it.

Birdman
08-09-2010, 01:45 PM
Venture, I was in winfields on Tuesday. ;)

I dingy'd over to watch some of the weigh in of the Tri state, must have been TERRIBLE fishing!! Biggest fish was a 61lb yf. Yikes!!

Anyone know the boat "Fish Pig"? It's a Canadien made boat, I'm looking for the Make of it?


Regarding Champlins: I find they have GREAT power, with 30, 50 and 100 amp service all up and down their docks. I find other than always taking forever (ussually more than a 1 hour wait to get in), the dock kids are great. They have a bar, food, snacks, coffee shop, bakery, movie theater, pool, hotel rooms. If you slip there, you WILL BE RAFTED, and there will be some partying on the dock. Knowing all that ahead of time, I really don't understand how/why people complain about the place??? Do I always stay there? No, I hate the rafting. Did I stay there this past week for a few days? Yep. Did we enjoy? Yep. Were we rafted? Yep (but with 2 other boats we came with so no biggie).

If you want peace and quiet, anchor or moor, if you want to party and raft up, go to champlins. Pretty simpe really.

Wish they woould expand though, and put in regular slips and floatign docks, would make the place 1000 times better to stay at. They wold book solid for 5 years if they did.

Joe Mc 44
08-10-2010, 02:38 AM
If I can't stay at the Boat Basin I don't go. Swinging on a mooring is boring and anchoring can become chaotic i.e. when the wind comes up, dragging during the night and those on the moorings become a stationary target.:o

Venture34
08-10-2010, 12:19 PM
Venture, I was in winfields on Tuesday. ;)

I dingy'd over to watch some of the weigh in of the Tri state, must have been TERRIBLE fishing!! Biggest fish was a 61lb yf. Yikes!!

Anyone know the boat "Fish Pig"? It's a Canadien made boat, I'm looking for the Make of it?


Regarding Champlins: I find they have GREAT power, with 30, 50 and 100 amp service all up and down their docks. I find other than always taking forever (ussually more than a 1 hour wait to get in), the dock kids are great. They have a bar, food, snacks, coffee shop, bakery, movie theater, pool, hotel rooms. If you slip there, you WILL BE RAFTED, and there will be some partying on the dock. Knowing all that ahead of time, I really don't understand how/why people complain about the place??? Do I always stay there? No, I hate the rafting. Did I stay there this past week for a few days? Yep. Did we enjoy? Yep. Were we rafted? Yep (but with 2 other boats we came with so no biggie).

If you want peace and quiet, anchor or moor, if you want to party and raft up, go to champlins. Pretty simpe really.

Wish they woould expand though, and put in regular slips and floatign docks, would make the place 1000 times better to stay at. They wold book solid for 5 years if they did.


Fishing was good, we LANDED 24 yellowfin to 58 lbs, 4 longfin to 35lbs, 4 Dink Mahi, and 4 white marlin out of 10 plus white bites....

So not so terrible (ps we kept 9 tuna total) but no bigeyes...

Snack bar burger was the worst burger I have ever had and took 20 minutes to cook. Place is a dump, I guess I am used to nicer places in CT....

I dragged anchor last year and agree that is not the best choice there either....

gerg
08-11-2010, 07:38 AM
We normally stay at either the boat basin (when we think ahead and get a reservation) or paynes.

Yes, rafting is a pita. Yes, the place is clown city. But, the people are generally nice and it's always a good time.

I'm just laid back and let stuff roll off my back more than others I guess. I've also never had a terrible experience.

Birdman
08-11-2010, 09:13 AM
Venture, you ate at the snack bar at Champlins??? YUK!!! No wonder you don't like it. ;)

amchevy
08-11-2010, 05:07 PM
I just stay in the Block for five nights. I anchored in the pond for two and did Paynes for three. We got there on a Monday night ,so anchoring wasnt two bad. We had two boats rafted the entire time. My friend has an inflatable which is nice for taking the dogs to shore. I like Paynes. Pretty laid back place for the most part.

mintregila
08-12-2010, 08:04 AM
I know the guy who had boat damage and Champlins made good on it.

I've had a few bad experiences there and would not go back. Between arguing with the dockmaster that the pulpit of the boat behind me should not be over my cockpit and the drunk partyers singing at the top of their lungs until 4am, last time there left a bad taste.

chefrish
08-12-2010, 06:19 PM
I went to Champlins this year for the first time on a Sunday night instead of a Friday night. Sunday through Wednesday was an absolute pleasure. I had my 4 year old twins, the 3 year old, the wife and the nanny and nobody woke us up during the night. Maybe that's the trick. Go on a Sunday.



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