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Old 19-07-2016, 15:01   #16
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Re: NYC to Montauk outside next week

The East River has lot's of neat things to see and Hell Gate is fun but timing it can be a pain. If you've done LIS before, well you've been there and done that. Go outside. Might see some whales and if the sky is clear will see much better stars at night. Have a fun trip!

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Old 19-07-2016, 23:34   #17
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Re: NYC to Montauk outside next week

This is a milk run. We much prefer the outside passage as there is nothing along the coast to impede your passage - no tugs/tows, no freighters, no lobster pots, as in the Sound. Only a few fishing vessels that can easily be seen at night.

Stay 1 to 5 miles offshore in good weather. Sea swell will depend on weather patterns proceeding your passage. You will have to monitor that, and determine whether there will be anything significant. Having sailed in many Around Long Island Regattas, I can tell you that you're prone to see every kind of weather but snow. Unless there is long period of unsettled weather forecast, I would go. Isolated afternoon/evening coastal T-storms are always possible, are gusty but usually short lived. Since they blow hard and move fast, swell direction can be variable, and choppy. Montauk is often foggy. Inlets along the southern shore of Long Island are not good ports of refuge for deep drafted sailboats especially in lee shore conditions. Consider standing off if heavy weather materializes.

Depending on the size of your boat and conditions, laying Montauk point will be +20 hours. Try tucking into Lake Montauk, about 2 miles around the point, to rest up after your passage. Very laid back, about 10 ft. average depth and good holding in mud.

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Old 15-08-2016, 15:14   #18
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Re: NYC to Montauk outside next week

Great trip in the end. Went outside overnight. Good winds leaving NYC, then started diyng off. Ran with spinnaker for a couple hours, then had to motor. Pretty clam, swells not bad, spectacular sunset, stars, moonrise and sunrise. No traffic. Despite the motoring I'm glad we wen this way. Very memorable with good friends.

Thanks again for all the advice.

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