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Old 02-04-2017, 14:13   #16
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Re: Bahamas to Maine Routeing

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Going up to NYC and through the East River cannot be beat!
Charleston, Annapolis, Cape May, Newport. If you want a 'big' city, Baltimore, Boston
agree except drop Baltimore and Cape May!
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Re: Bahamas to Maine Routeing

Long Island Sound is full of wonderful places. The Thimble Islands are very cool:



Essex, a short ways up the Connecticut River, is gorgeous in summer, and is home to a sailors' shrine, the Griswold Inn (The Gris), the oldest continuously operating tavern in the US. I always stop in and it has not changed one iota since I was first there 50 years ago. It has arguably the largest private collection of maritime paintings in the country and live music pretty much every night in the tap room.



I'm fond of Cuttyhunk but it's not everyone's cup of tea:



Block Island is not to be missed. It's kinda trapped in time and is what Martha's Vineyard and Nantucket were like decades ago.



Naushon Island is the most magical of the bunch, as it's virtually uninhabited except by sheep and ponies. It's owned by the Forbes family and you're not allowed to go ashore but go ahead and if the caretaker happens on you just plead ignorance.

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Naushon Island is the most magical of the bunch, as it's virtually uninhabited except by sheep and ponies. It's owned by the Forbes family and you're not allowed to go ashore but go ahead and if the caretaker happens on you just plead ignorance.
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I believe the lighthouse trail on naushon is open to the public with the family's best wishes. Straying beyond that point though, you may come in contact with a mounted caretaker.

Anchored in tarpaulin cove, you may also find yourself sharing the space with some very large super yachts. Be sure to pour yourself a G&T and watch the fun as smaller boats come in towards evening and anchor within the super yachts' swing!
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And you're allowed to go on the beach at Tarpaulin Cove, just not up beyond that. We've had some fine days with our kids playing on that beach. Nice anchorage.
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Provincetown, not providence town. I'll add, Martha's Vineyard, Hadley Harbor off of Woods Hole. Second Scituate, easy harbor to get into. Rockport on the other side of Cape Ann in MA. In Maine, York Harbor is a great stop. Small harbor but very quint. Boothbay, Robinhood Cove, any place in Penopscot bay like Rockland, Camden, Castine. Finally, highly recommend Deer Island Acadia. So many good places. We will be spending the whole month of August in Maine this year. Maybe we will run into you.
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Wow, can't thank you all enough. This is great stuff.

Draft is not an issue really as we are sailing on a Cat. Draws 4.5 feet
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Wow, can't thank you all enough. This is great stuff.

Draft is not an issue really as we are sailing on a Cat. Draws 4.5 feet
Cape May is not that shallow. I go in there all the time, drawing 6' and never thought twice about it. There are two entrances, the convenient one on the Delaware river, if you're coming up from the Chesapeake through the canal and down the Delaware, but it's air draft limited and you won't fit. You'll have to go all the way out into the ocean and around to the inlet. You need to go out and around a fair bit of shoaling; there is a shortcut much closer to shore but I've never had the balls to take it given the shifting sands around there. It's not marked but you can figure it out looking at the chart. Not a place you want to run out of water, but with your draft you would probably be fine.

Cape May is a good stop by virtue of it being the perfect staging spot for a weather window to run up the coast or go straight to Block Island and points east. There are only a couple of good inlets along the Jersey shore and none of them are very interesting places either. And even those in the wrong weather would be dicey, so it's a good idea to go straight to Sandy Hook if you're going through NYC or on up to Block.
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General update. We are now up in Maine. The trip has been fantastic and we have enjoyed many of the suggestions posted on here so Thank You

Maine is stunning
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Cool! Glad you made it to Maine, which is a truly extraordinary place.

So which of the many above suggestions did you visit on your way north?
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So far.

- Charleston, SC
- Beaufort, NC
- Ocracoke, NC
- Cape May
- Sandy Hook, NJ
- Huntington, LI
- Port Washington, LI
- Block Island
- Cuttyhunk
- Onset, MA
- Provincetown, MA
- Rockport, MA
- York River
- Isle Of Shoals
- Dimond Island, ME
- Boothbay (Linekin)
- Seal Cove, Damariscotta River

So far all great. Just anchored in Seal Cove which is glorious.
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Nice! If you're still in the Boothbay area, sail out to Damariscove Island and hike around for the day. It's an amazing island with a lot of history, pretty much all wild now.

I also recommend Seguin Island for the same reasons. . . .
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Nice! If you're still in the Boothbay area, sail out to Damariscove Island and hike around for the day. It's an amazing island with a lot of history, pretty much all wild now.

I also recommend Seguin Island for the same reasons. . . .
We are up in Seal Cove now, and I must say that last night as the sun was setting and seals were honking and we were eating our fresh lobster from Boothbay Lobster Wharf cooked on the boat, was one of the most magical experiences of my life
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