Originally Posted by Joe500
Has anyone taken a sailboat into the bay at Fire Island? Can someone recommend a place to dock or anchor
there where it is fairly deep? I once went to Atlantique and found a municipal dock there that allows non-residents when it's not busy. But it took me two nervous hours of motoring to get there and at least one grounding in sand. I also saw an anchorage right off the left side of the channel after passing through fire island inlet but being anchored so close to the channel on a busy day didn't seem too pleasant. Are there any marinas
closer to Fire Island inlet that are deep enough for a sailboat? My boat has about a 5 foot draft
and I don't want it bouncing up and down and hitting the bottom on every wave that comes around.
Ah, this is my backyard. A five-foot draft is plenty shoal enough to enjoy the bay.
Atlantique is a pretty good marina, and it's free to dock there after labor day, though the bathrooms and snack bar will be closed. No need to try and contact them, just find a slip and park. Very informal. There is also an excellent (free year round) anchorage just to the east of the marina. It's fifteen feet deep, and only a few yards from a beach you can land a dinghy
. The "trick" is that you have to enter the anchorage from the northeast, don't come in parallel to the Atlantique marina buoys (make your turn southwest at the red#12 buoy). On your way in to the anchorage, it'll shoal to about six feet before you reach the deep hole. The town of Islip does spray, so mosquitoes aren't much of a problem here. From the marina, you can call a water-taxi to take you to Ocean Beach (town) or wherever. There's no dinghy
landing at OB.
Also, you can dock at Watch Hill. This is a nicer marina, and includes a campground. Not sure what, if anything, is open after labor day. The way in is about two miles of narrow channel that is 8+ft deep. Watch Hill is open to all, and I think it was $50/night during the summer. Not sure about off-season. Just pull in anywhere and see the dockmaster to pay. If you can't find a dockmaster, you don't have to pay. As I say, it's all very informal.
Closer to the Fire Island Inlet, you can dock at Saltaire, but to be honest, I'd ride the extra 15-20 minutes and park at Atlantique.