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The Baron posted 06-26-2006 01:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for The Baron   Send Email to The Baron  
Greetings all. Looking to finally float the boat this weekend from my home port of Westport, CT. This will be out second season on the sound.

So far, we've done minimal exploring of our local waters. We've transited the Sound to Northport a couple of times and run up and down our coast from Southport to Greenwich.

For those familiar with our waters, I'd love some suggestions on places to go that are easily reached from Westport. As the season is short and our time on the water shorter still, any help in finding great spots to visit will be greatly appreciated.

Many thanks,

gvisko posted 06-26-2006 02:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for gvisko  Send Email to gvisko     
The sand hole in Loyds harbor everyone hangs out there

George Viskovich

Speedo66 posted 06-26-2006 03:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
Port Jefferson is a cute town with lots of restaurants and artsy-craftsy stores you or your spouse might enjoy.


Peter posted 06-26-2006 04:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
You have one nice place right in your back yard -- Cockenoe Island.

I would have no hesitation on the right day in venturing over to Port Jefferson, about a 15 mile ride from Westport.

Years ago I took my 18 Outrage from Darien to the Statue of Liberty and back through the East River (~65 miles round trip). It would be a bit longer from Westport but still doable. If you leave early in the morning, you'd be back by mid-afternoon.

A run up the Housatonic River in Stratford can be fun.

Captain's Cove in Black Rock Harbor with their live bands on Sundays can be a good time too.

The Baron posted 06-26-2006 06:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Baron  Send Email to The Baron     
Thanks for the suggestions...More are always welcome.

We're at Cockenee often. Great spot, especially during the week when the masses are working.

Have zipped to Northport...45 minutes in a good chop (3' +). An athletic adventure.

Definately want to do an NYC run...Had even thought of trailering down to a closer point and launching to save time/$. The beauty of a trailer boat.

Speedo66 posted 06-26-2006 06:30 PM ET (US)     Profile for Speedo66  Send Email to Speedo66     
If you want to put in on the Hudson, and circle Manhattan, I believe it's just $10 to use the municipal ramp in Yonkers. Puts you in just above the GW Bridge.


Peter posted 06-26-2006 09:39 PM ET (US)     Profile for Peter  Send Email to Peter     
If you're willing to throw it on the trailer, take it up to the state ramp in Old Saybrook (under the highway bridge spanning the Connecticut River) and then take a ride up the River to Middletown or there about, then turn around and come back down. Good time to do that is in the Fall when the leaves are turning. I would avoid the River during weekends in the Summer.
MyOutrage posted 06-27-2006 08:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for MyOutrage  Send Email to MyOutrage     
I've done the NYC run from Mamaroneck and highly recommend it. It's quite the experience...

o Past Executioner's Island (just off Sands Point)
o Under the Throgs Neck Bridge
o Under the Whitestone Bridge
o to the right appears Hunts Point with the floating prison
o to the left is Riker's Island along with LaGuardia Airport
o now you're on to "Hell's Gate" (and damn glad you own a whaler)
o You'll pass under a number of bridges the last of which is the Brooklyn Bridge
o then you're in the middle of New York Harbor with the Battery on your right, Govenor's Island on your left and Statue of Liberty directly ahead

PS... I took this trip solo in a 1989 Outrage.

MyOutrage posted 06-27-2006 08:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for MyOutrage  Send Email to MyOutrage     
PSS That was a solo trip in a 1989 18' Outrage
jimh posted 06-27-2006 08:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
The Baron posted 07-04-2006 11:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Baron  Send Email to The Baron     
Finally launched today after an aborted attempt on Saturday. Got the boat back from a serious tuning and commissioning, at no small expense. Turned the key and sputter and cough. Then nothing. Battery dead. Jumped it. Finally, it turned over. Then, the oil alarms were wailing. Yanked the boat and dragged it to the shop and left it. Fortunately, the FIT wasn't using his boat so we were able to get out on the sound. Zipped up the Saugatuck and over to Southport as well as out to Cockenee. Good stuff, all. But what a drag. The good news is that the BW OR 18 fired right up today. Drove her from the ramp to a slip. All was good. Looking forward to tomorrow.

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