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Old 15-07-2011, 14:57   #1
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From Brooklyn to Hyannis

We are planing to sail on our 30ft O'day from the Gateway Marina in Brooklyn to Hyannis, along the Ocean shore. We are looking for advice of people who made the passage. Our plan is to make it in about 6 days and we are curious to hear what your experience was.
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Old 15-07-2011, 15:17   #2
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Re: From Brooklyn to Hyannis

I went on the inside, very nice, lots of places to stop. Play the tides and just glide along.
If you are on the outside, the inlets can be tricky and far between, so you may just have to keep going. May be more thrills then you want.
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Re: From Brooklyn to Hyannis

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I went on the inside, very nice, lots of places to stop. Play the tides and just glide along.
If you are on the outside, the inlets can be tricky and far between, so you may just have to keep going. May be more thrills then you want.
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Main thing to watch going up LI Sound instead of along the shore is to time the tide going through Hell Gate on the east end and The Race or Plum Gut on the west end.
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Re: From Brooklyn to Hyannis

If you go the outside route, you'll be there in well under 6 days. Maybe 2. Prevailing winds are usually steady at your back, and it's usually a nice easy ride. Not so much coming back.

However... if the weather turns or your boat breaks, what the others above write is very true. The inlets on south LI are few and far between, and they are all lousy. The best is probably Fire Island Inlet, IF you hit it at high tide, on a calm day.

I'd probably plan to go eastward downwind the ocean route from Brooklyn to Hyannis, then go home westward via the Sound, port hopping.
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Re: From Brooklyn to Hyannis

I've gone outside many times, it can be a piece a cake, until the weather changes.

Fire Island is possible but tricky, best to hang out and try ask for the current best route in.

Moriches shouldn't be considered.

Shinnicock is also tricky the last time thru it was best to stay to the east side but that was years ago.

You can loop around Montauk point and pull into Lake Montauk.

But I really wouldn't go that way coming or going, just not worth the variables.

Take LIS it's 100 times better easier.
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LIS is easier. I won't attempt Fire Island Inlet in anything other than light conditions at high tide, so it is useless as a duck in. Rollers follow you right up to the beach which you then have to skim with a hard eastward turn. Not fun... and that's the good inlet.

Still... With a good 36-48 hour weather window, the ocean route is a nice ride. Plus, it has the feel of a bluewater passage, which is pretty cool, IMO.

The rough conditions are likely to be between Montauk and Block, whether you go ocean or LIS. Sometimes its like sailing in a washing machine.
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You can blue water feelings on the east end of the sound and the run along RI coast. Just did hellsgate. Had low tide at ward island for 1807 hit the east river at 1710. Rode the current up just power for steering. Hit hellgate at 1807. Ride the tide back out. This is weird water. Long island sound could be a nicer trip depends on what you are in fir
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