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Old 04-23-2007, 08:31 AM
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We have a group of about six boats that'll be cruising to Newport RI in August. After Newport, we'd like to cruise up into Narragansett Bay to explore for a few days. We've never been up past Newport, and I'm looking for recommendations for marinas and ports-of-call. Our group is considering Fall River, Providence, East Greenwich and Wickford, but we're open to anything interesting. Anyone care to share any local knowledge?
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Old 04-23-2007, 08:37 AM
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wickford is very nice. i had a slip at greenwich bay marina for last couople of years and it is a nice area. we cruised back and forth to newport all the time. you would need a vehicle if u go to greenwich bay, but not in wickford. hoped this helped u a little bit. have a good time.
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I suggest you contact the Herreshoff Museum in Bristol. They have dockage and/or moorings and are happy to host groups I have been told. The museum is quite interesting and close to downtown Bristol which is an attractive, historic village.

Dutch Harbor on the west side of Jamestown (Conancut Island) is a great place to anchor and the Dutch Harbor boatyard has moorings and launch service. You can walk to several quite good restaurants from the boatyard. I live in Jamestown and think it's a great little island and village.

Fall River is a possible, although I'm not sure you could anchor anywhere convenient and the marinas are so-so. There is a submarine and navy ship exhibit on the waterfront that is interesting.

I concur with prior suggestion that Wickford is worth a visit. Very pretty little village and there are several good marinas that may be able to find space for your group.

If your group wants to anchor in a more secluded spot, there is a great anchorage behind Fogland Point on the Sakonnet River south of Tiverton. Open to the North, but in the summer the wind is almost always from the southwest.

Narragansett Bay has some terrific places to visit. Have Fun!



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Google "Rhode Island Marinas" - there is a website that has a ton of the type of info you are looking for.
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lillarry, If you want a great place to throw the hook , you have to stop at Potter's cove. Its right down the East Passage from Newport, approx 15 -20 minutes. It can only be reached by boat. If you want to kick back and relax, this is the place to go. You can raft up and the water is clean and theres a great beach for cooking out on.- Cooker
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lillarry, If you want a great place to throw the hook , you have to stop at Potter's cove. Its right down the East Passage from Newport, approx 15 -20 minutes. It can only be reached by boat. If you want to kick back and relax, this is the place to go. You can raft up and the water is clean and theres a great beach for cooking out on.- Cooker
What he said. Potters Cove is a great place, nothing there but a great place to anchor out and chill. Up the bay, Brewer Cowesset, Nortons Shipyard, the East Greenwich YC. Brewer Sakonnett Marina, Bristol YC, Fall River at Battleship Cove, I think ( check the cruising guides, some MA State Moorings and a short walk to lots of good Portuguese food stores). The Bay is a great place to spend a couple of days for sure...oops, I shouldn't have let that secret out :-)

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Or you can run right up to Providence and have some fine dining and party hearty.
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If you grab a slip at Nortons Marina or East Greenwhich YC, There are alot of bars and restaurants in walking distance. Some have outside entertainment in the evenings.
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