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Old 01-11-2017, 11:10 AM   #1
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Default Boat in Huntington NY, heart at Watch Hill - Fire Island. What to do?

For the last two years I've been keeping our boat on the North Shore of Long Island. We live < 5 minute from the marina in Huntington so it just works perfectly with a busy family trying to get in as much boating as possible around school, activities, work, etc. It's been wonderful, no complaints at all.....except,

We all, Me the wife, 2 kids (9,4), & the dog miss spending long weekends at Watch Hill on the South Shore...we used to keep our boat in Lindenhurst NY and run over their several times a year.

Has anyone made the journey from the Huntington area to Watch Hill? How many hours are we talking? I almost think it would be easier to put my boat (Sea Ray 320) on a truck and drive across the island. With the kids, just dealing with it and going hour after hour is not really an option as I am never comfortable with them down below while the boat is running and I don't want this to be a forced death march!

Any thoughts? Perhaps Block Island is an alternative? Any little Marina and beach across in CT that a family would find fun staying at for a long weekend?

Just spinning my wheels in the middle of the winter, dreaming about the spring!

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Old 01-11-2017, 12:44 PM   #2
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Shoot out to Champlins on Block...used to be a dock boy there back in the day. Norwalk cove too...kind of straight shot for you.
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Shoot out to Champlins on Block...used to be a dock boy there back in the day. Norwalk cove too...kind of straight shot for you.
How long of a trip would you say Block is? My 320 isn't a speedster, lol
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Shoot out to Champlins on Block...used to be a dock boy there back in the day. Norwalk cove too...kind of straight shot for you.
I just took a look at Norwalk cove on the map, looks like a short trip for us. We will definitely check it out come Spring, Do you happen to know if any of the smaller islands around there have a tiny marina?
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I do Block on my sea ray 330. cruise at 26mph and takes about 3.5-4 hours from Norwalk area depending on tides/sea conditions.

If you are going to do the Norwalk Islands, I'd dock at the Norwalk or Westport town dock or one of the yacht clubs.
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I cruise at a similar speed. My in-laws live in port Jefferson. Perhaps my wife and daughter will drive out there while me and my son bring the boat. Leave it in a transient spot for the night, and we can all do the rest of the trip from there.

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I cruise at a similar speed. My in-laws live in port Jefferson. Perhaps my wife and daughter will drive out there while me and my son bring the boat. Leave it in a transient spot for the night, and we can all do the rest of the trip from there.

Thanks!!
Why can't you boat directly from Huntington to Block? Montauk is another idea.
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get a slip on the pawcatuck
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It's easier to drive the car to the boat, then the boat to a distant location. You might go to Block 1 or 2 times. If you put your boat back on the south shore, you can make short trips,every weekend no,matter what the weather is. Then head to block or Greenport a few times
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didnt realize there were two watch hills,my bad
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didnt realize there were two watch hills,my bad
Watch hill on fire island is a Federal park. Docking for over 100 boats with electric, water and food. The boardwalks and beach are very nice. There is also camping and ferry service.
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You don't have to worry about trying to go to Watch Hill this summer... Under construction...
https://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/watchhill.htm
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Why can't you boat directly from Huntington to Block? Montauk is another idea.
I know lots of people who do not feel as I do, but for me, putting a 4 and 9 year old on a power boat for 4.5 hours is not a fun experience. Just too long of a trip. That's why I was looking to break it up.

One of these days I am going to learn to sail.....
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You don't have to worry about trying to go to Watch Hill this summer... Under construction...
https://www.nps.gov/fiis/planyourvisit/watchhill.htm
Well that does solve one issue. Thanks for the heads up Steve!
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I use Svenssons transport twice a year to take my boat from Commack to the ramp in Bayshore - fairly reasonable. Certainly would be a lot cheaper than the fuel bill going from Huntinton to the GSB
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If your going to make the trip to Block. Which is a fantastic trip. Take the boat from Huntington to PJ (anchor in Pirates Cove), Day two drive out to Watch Hill, RI (amazing town lots to do for the kids- Wooden Carousel, nice restaurants *refuel in Stonington ). Then drive to Block from WH, RI should be about 2 hours (pick your weather windows closely- FOG- Sea Conditions).
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