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Old 19-06-2017, 06:16   #1
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First post here and new to Long Island sound but trying to find good places to anchor or raft up with friend. I have my 33 cruiser out of Norwalk Cove marina. Anyone have an suggestions.? Would love up also have a small beach shore that could be swam to or take a dinghy up to for the kids. Let me know. Thank you!
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Old 19-06-2017, 07:05   #2
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G'Day Coco

I'm sailing out of Huntington across the sound from you. There are a couple of nice local beaches in Huntington Bay, Eatons Neck I think one is called. Not sure they would be ok with a dinghy visitor. Do you have a place one could dinghy ashore in Norwalk?

I'd be interested in a Norwalk restaurant with dock for a 30 ft sailboat if you know of one.

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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, cocopuffs.
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Old 20-06-2017, 04:14   #4
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I believe a couple of the Norwalk island are pretty popular wth anchorage and Sheffield island having a lighthouse and walking paths allow for shore visitors with either a dinghy or guest drop off at their pier. As for restaurants we used to take a smaller boat to sono seaport with limited spaces. You can check out Rex marine are their town marine a short walk across the bridge from downtown. Still trying to learn the local areas myself.
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Re: Western Long Island Sound

Heading east on the CT shore, you run into the Thimbles. Interesting anchoring - no beach, but swim off the boat. Further down is Charles Island at Milford - a long sand bar exposed at low tide. Further still Duck Island.

Huntington Harbor was mentioned. You might try up heading west up into the Sagamore area of Oyster Bay, way up in. Cold Spring Harbor at the opposite end might provide some options too. Heading east, try the Sandpit just inside, and on the east side of Port Jefferson harbor.

Further afield is Hamburg Cove, up the Connecticut River, about a 1/2 mile north of Essex, and on the east side. Charming cove, anchoring or pick up a private mooring during the week in the summer. Mostly fresh water and good for swimming off the boat.

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First post here and new to Long Island sound but trying to find good places to anchor or raft up with friend. I have my 33 cruiser out of Norwalk Cove marina. Anyone have an suggestions.? Would love up also have a small beach shore that could be swam to or take a dinghy up to for the kids. Let me know. Thank you!
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Port Jefferson on the Long Island side would be one of my top choices. It makes a good weekend destination. Closer by there is Zieglers Cove and Scott Cove east of Noroton Neck. Check Active Captain for more information.
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Ziegler Cove.
Second the motion.
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We stopped at Mt Sinai on our way back from Block Island last weekend (which was terrible due to the invasion of people due to 7/4) and enjoyed a night there. We stayed at Ralph's in a slip so we could get water, but looked to be a good mooring and anchoring field too. Long Island side, "first stop" coming back from Montauk.
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Re: Western Long Island Sound

Cocopuffs-
You might want to get some charts and look them over. At least on the NY side, you will find there are some places you can access, and others where you may get in trouble. For instance, no boats, including dinghies, are allowed within 1000' of any NYS swimming beach, so any state park with a beach is forbidden unless you SWIM in. County and town parks may have the same rule. Now, there are also county lands that are not formal parks (i.e. no lifeguards, no formal swimming beach) that would allow you to land a dinghy, but a number have rocks offshore that might bite your boat.
And of course, private landowners tend to look askance at boaters. The dockmaster at your marina, or other boaters, or even the guys at the local chandlery, might be good sources of information for you. There are some places like Rineheart's (sp?) in Bayville that actually have their own private beaches. If they are still there, they used to welcome anyone who came ashore (boats and even seaplanes) to have a meal, visit the bar, or hang out on the beach. (Haven't been there in a while but it was a nice place.) Move down a couple of hundred yards to the private town beach, and the story changes.
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We stopped at Mt Sinai on our way back from Block Island last weekend (which was terrible due to the invasion of people due to 7/4) and enjoyed a night there. We stayed at Ralph's in a slip so we could get water, but looked to be a good mooring and anchoring field too. Long Island side, "first stop" coming back from Montauk.


Actually Matituck is the first stop. It's very doable.
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