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Old 03-15-2010, 06:15 PM
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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?
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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.
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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.
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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.

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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.
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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.
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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??
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Go anywhere other than Paine's. That guy is a clown.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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