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Old 02-03-2013, 05:38 AM   #1
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Default Where to take my family/boat from the CT or RI shoreline?

I just got a 21' boston whaler, so i figure in good weather i can now go lots of places. I am thinking block island, marthas vineyard and newport are all within my capabilities. I would really love to hear some places to go and activities. Not really concerned about activities on land beyond beaches. I.e. the whole point of my trips would be to fish, swim, enjoy beaches and maybe some tubing.

I am very interested in places accesable by boat.....
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Napatree sounds like a good one for you.
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Old 02-03-2013, 05:55 AM   #3
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Block is always a fun destination. It's only about 12nm from point judith to old harbor, where you can tie up right on the beach and walk the town/island.

MV and montauk are a bit further at 25-30 nm, but on a nice day it isn't a bad ride. There are also some nice beaches you can pull up to over by watch hill on the sound side (napatree). Easy to get to from ct or ri and you never have to go outside to get there.
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Lightbulb One of many!

I could suggest quite a few as I had a 27 foot sailboat (Dufour 27) from 1976 until last year...she was kept in Rowayton, CT and a true joy for sure.

So for us at 6 knots, even a trip to Port Jefferson was a bit of an adventure. I never hesitated to power up the Volvo-Penta diesel to keep us moving. I imagine a 3 hour leg for us would equate to less than an hour for you. BUT, I burned less than 1/2 GPH running 6 or 7 knots at 2350 rpm!

She slept 5 and we took lots of trips with sometimes 3 or 4 kids and 2 Corgis! But, gotta admit it was a bit close at times...thing is we were young and it all worked out fine somehow.

The VERY BEST times for all were visiting the Mystic Seaport Museum from the water side and staying there a day or so at the guest docks - which were quite reasonably priced. If you aren't members already, you should be!

Quite a different experience from going by car as a tourist. When the gates closed, the boaters had the place all to themselves and it was quite magical.

Good shore toilets, showers, a laundry facility and plenty of room to just enjoy the place after hours. Good places to eat too and a short walk to town.

I recall a broad reach out of Milford (I think) with a trolling rod out coming across Long Sand shoals on the way to Block, catching a big bluefish when I was not really expecting anything and not set up for it! Was wild. Had to kill the fish with a winch handle on the transom and consigned him to the ice chest and cooked him on the charcoal BBQ on the fantail when we got to the great salt pond and anchored out.

We were never beach lovers mostly because we hate sand in everything. But swimming off the boat was always available and enjoyed.

there were (and probably are still) several pretty good guidebooks to the area published. PM me if you can't find any these days and I might still have some material around that I would be happy to give you.

Do not know what arrangement you have on your whaler as far as toilet, cuddy cabin or just what - suggest you post pics of her and folks would be able to give better answers and suggestions.

Smooth seas to you!

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What's your boating experience?
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:05 AM   #6
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I just got a 21' boston whaler, so i figure in good weather i can now go lots of places. I am thinking block island, marthas vineyard and newport are all within my capabilities. I would really love to hear some places to go and activities. Not really concerned about activities on land beyond beaches. I.e. the whole point of my trips would be to fish, swim, enjoy beaches and maybe some tubing.

I am very interested in places accesable by boat.....
Just and FYI that 21 looks big on the trailor wait till its in the water it will look tiny.

I would start up the ct river hamburg cove.

Essex island

Then maybe Claudio's
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Old 02-03-2013, 11:30 AM   #7
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Are you trailering?? A good drop off point would be the state boat launch in Old Saybrook... Head over to Westbrook ( duck Island ), the Thimble islands in Branford.. I don't know if I would hit Block Island unless it was really calm, a 21 may look big on a trailer but if you hit the race in some rough stuff, it will get hairy.
There is always Groton, long point... Mystic area, Stonington and Napatree Point ( Watch Hill, RI )..
Orient Point, and Greenport is another nice destination... Again you have watch the changing of the tides, when cross through Plum Gut, it can look like a washing machine!! Confused seas in an open bow can always be pretty interesting...
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I've gone to BI from Galillee before in a 19'CC and know others who've done it in smaller vessels. Pick your day though.
The ramp at Gailillee is great and you can leave your tow vehicle and trailer there overnights. (I've done a week before).
Newport is doable from there, as is the Sakonnet River, which is overlooked.
As to Napatree Point, mariner's shoould be aware that hurricane Sandy deposited an awful lot of sand on the inland side of the point and it is extremely shallow there right now. I am sure that it will be an interesting summer for strandings there!
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Bassman the fact that you can tow your boat your options are many I sometimes miss having a trailerable boat. If your looking for some wheel time the CT river will give you some nice options and sheltered water. Dump in at Old Saybrook and go explore up river and check out Shelden Creek, Nott Island and Hamburg Cove. Head south out the river and head across the sound to Greenport, Ny or west along the shore to Duck Island, Westbrook and the Thimble islands.

If you drop in at Stonington,CT you can shoot over to Watch HIll and Naptree Point or run west to Mystic or over to Fishers Island there is a nice sand bar out there to anchor and go for a swim. Also from there you could get to Block Island but I think I would recommend you drop in at Point Judith,RI to do a Block trip.

If you want to do MV there is a ramp near Mass Maritime Academy from there you can explore the Elisabeth Islands on your way to MV.

You'll find with a boat you can trailer your options are endless if you look on the CT DEP web site they have a boat ramp locator .
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1. There's a nice public ramp in downtown westerly across from McQuades. If you launch there, you can go down the river to Napatree on even the windiest days with no open-water exposure. The run from Barn Island in Stonington is just as easy.
2. We just sold our 21'cc we had since 1993. It is an EASY run to Block most summer mornings from Westerly, but closer from Point Judith. Just remember most of those calm mornings will end with a 15kt SW wind. Not bad running back to PJ, but potentially a VERY wet ride back to Westerly, especially off the Watch Hill Reefs. I like the NE corner of block for anchoring/swimming/snorkeling. Well protected from prevailing W or SW winds.
3. For Newport, launch from PJ. If you've never been, Rose Island is a nice stop in the harbor just S of the bridge, and you can get a tour of the lighthouse. My kids loved it there. You can't beat lunch at the Mooring in Newport. Great chowder and calamari. Trailering to PJ and going to Newport is an ALL DAY trip.

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MV and montauk are a bit further at 25-30 nm, but on a nice day it isn't a bad ride.
Didnt even think about montauk...... Whats it like over there? I guess i always envisioned it being very long islandy
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Do not know what arrangement you have on your whaler as far as toilet, cuddy cabin or just what - suggest you post pics of her and folks would be able to give better answers and suggestions.
Mike
I have a ventura 210........... It has a potty but i would say that it is only for emergency use.
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What's your boating experience?
Id say im more competent than most less than others. Ive been in the water for about 15 years.
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Are you trailering??
Should have mentioned that...... Yes, absolutely, so good launches are also appreciated.
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Id say im more competent than most less than others. Ive been in the water for about 15 years.
So you have been on boats in saltwater/ocean for 15 years and have some experience in FI/BI/LI Sound waters? Have you captained boats before or new to this?
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So you have been on boats in saltwater/ocean for 15 years and have some experience in FI/BI/LI Sound waters? Have you captained boats before or new to this?
No did not mean to imply anything like that. I started out with a bass boat while in louisiana, i had that for about 3 years...... Relocated to new england and have been running various lake boats for the past 10 years. About 3 years ago i got into tooling around long island sound, mystic area, greenwich bay and cape cod bay. My boat was not suitable at all for some of the trips i made but i find if you pay attention you can get through a lot. I was out a week after sandy in the sound during a small craft advisory warning with no issues.

All that being said i want a safer more suitable boat than i had so i upgraded to the whaler. Id rather not say what i had as i dont want the fallout
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I have a ventura 210........... It has a potty but i would say that it is only for emergency use.
Good pick up... great boat for the LIS.
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Didnt even think about montauk...... Whats it like over there? I guess i always envisioned it being very long islandy
Montauk has been described as a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem, but it's a lot of fun to wander around. The beaches are clean an not crowded, the food is good, and there are restaurants that will cook your catch.
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Montauk has been described as a quaint little drinking village with a fishing problem, but it's a lot of fun to wander around. The beaches are clean an not crowded, the food is good, and there are restaurants that will cook your catch.
Oh man we may have a winner...... I used to go to key west ALL the time. If i could find something even close to that up here accesible by boat i would be in heaven!!!!!
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