I'll blow my own horn here.
I recently started a website that answers your question. I'm posting
new destinations almost daily for anchoring
, docks and moorings that offer either free or discounted. Anchoring
of course is always free, but the places I list also have shore facilities for anchored yachts.
Either of these would be a bit of a sail for you, but I would recommend either Wickford Harbor or Greenwich Cove / Goddard Park. I have reviews
on both on the website.
Wickford Harbor has free moorings for 24 hours and a free town dock
for shorter stopover. Goddard park is a GREAT place to anchor
if you have kids
. Great place to anchor
even if you don't.
Harbor has extensive anchorage areas and all yachts are serviced by Old Port Launch service
. Seamen's Church Institute has heads, showers and other goodies for anchored seamen. The Ann Street Wharf has a touch and go dock
for short term free dockage for yachts less than 40'.
I love Block Island. You can read an article I recently wrote on the Block on New England
Magazine New England Magazine - Vacations, Travel, Trips, Sports, News, Art, and more!
and of course on my website Sailing the bay and Islands with a cruising sailor
One word of caution here, do not go to Old Harbor to anchor, stay with New Harbor. There's not much room in Old Harbor whereas New Harbor has plenty. Contact the harbormaster on entry for advice on where to anchor.
If you need help on "how to" anchor, I'm about three weeks away from finishing my newest book "Anchoring with Style, Plain and Simple." Contact me and I'll be happy to send you an advance copy in ebook format before it goes to the publisher for printing for free.
Later this summer, my last book, "The Guide to the Marinas" (New England
Edition) will be out in bookstores and ships stores. Sorry, I can't give those away since there's another author involved in the MA marinas
. I do have a couple of copies though I can comp a few people with. You can also find it on DVD
on the Atlantic Cruising Club
website. The book comes with a copy of the DVD
is also a GREAT source of information on anchorage harbors. I use them often myself. Jeff provides an incredible resource for boaters.
Fair Winds and Happy Sailing!