cruising is amongst the safest anywhere. Nobody locks their dinghies up or hauls them onboard at night, and a lot of locals leave their boats in the water
all summer long with the motors, gas tanks
, etc. Dinghy theft is a non-issue in New England
. Most harbors you don't have to lock your big boat up if you go ashore. There is still plenty of room to anchor in most harbors. Block Island does get crowded in the summer and the water
outside the moorings tends to be deep and weedy; however, I always manage to find a spot. Moorings are expensive most places. I suspect they average around $40-50 per night, but I always anchor just as I have done for more than 30 years. Nice anchorages
are Cuttyhunk, Quicks Hole, Tarpaulin Cove, Hadley Harbor, Lake Tashmoo, Lagoon
Pond, north of Chappy Beach at Edgartown, etc. The sailing is still great, lots of people still tow their dinghies everywhere, and there are plenty of places to anchor. Have fun!