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gimcrack225 posted 08-30-2004 12:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for gimcrack225  
For no other reason that its there and I have a boat that can do it. Following in the spirit of AUBV's thousand mile marathon, Menemsha on the Vineyard seems like a nice place to visit.
Leaving NYC on Friday morning in my 21 footer. Will fly signal flags "C" "W" from antenna.
aubv posted 08-31-2004 07:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Hi Karl,

Is this just a weekend trip?

Are you traveling the north shore of LI or the south shore of CT?

Let me know if you want any help with ideas for places to get fuel (LI sound or MV area) eat, moor, fish, etc.

I also have my route way points if your interested.

Unfortunately, I don't think I can be on island this weekend, otherwise I would plan to meet you.

Have a safe trip.

gimcrack225 posted 08-31-2004 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for gimcrack225    
Martha's Vineyard

Yes unfortunately its only a weekend trip. I was on the the Vineyard recently with my birding friends to see the Red-Footed Falcon at Katama Airport.

I will probably take the CT shore - Watch Hill - Pt Judith - Vineyard. On the Long Island side after Pt Jeff, and Mattatuck, I don't know any place to pull in.

I have stopped before at Duck Island Roads in Westbrook, Stonington and Gallilee, Cuttyhunk and Naushon. I have a cruising guide. Do you have any recommendations concerning food fuel harbors?

What I don't know is what to expect at Menemsha, its a tiny place with not much town except for Pooles Fish Market. A 21' foot powerboat can often drop the hook and blend in easily. I guess I should call ahead and make some alternate plans. Like anchoring out or continuing to Vineyard Haven. I am going to try to make the Vineyard in one day so I don't know what time I will arrive.

Can you tell me about Vineyard Haven? Do they have public docks or launch service to the mooring areas? Can you pick up a mooring from the Harbor Master? I might want to walk around town.


half shell posted 08-31-2004 07:18 PM ET (US)     Profile for half shell  Send Email to half shell     
Leave early!How many hours total do you figure and what types of breaks do you plan.Cuttyhunk now has a fuel dock.
I am not sure what the hours of operation are.
Lodging anywhere may be tight are you in a cabin boat?
If so I believe menemsha and oak bluffs have restrooms and showers a short stroll from the docks.
Best of luck and keep us updated.
Regards Bob
aubv posted 08-31-2004 10:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

I stopped in Groton, CT on the trip up. Located just south of the I-95 bridge on the eastern shore is, Groton Oil. It was recommended to me by friends who work/boat in the area. Although, a little out of the way I'm always up for a trip past EB.

Knapp's Landing in Stratford, Ct. on the Housatonic river was recommended as a place to get lunch. They may have fuel also, no first hand info.

On the return trip I stopped in Port Jefferson(per Mustang7nh) easy enough to get in and out but the most expensive gas of the trip at $2.99/Gallon. They where very accommodating as I had to stay at the dock for better than an hour to have a mechanical item looked at. Port Jefferson looked like a neat place to stay for a night and I hope to do so on next years trip to Lake Champlain.

Menemsha has gas and a number of places to eat including The Galley(Hamburgers, Crab cakes, shakes, etc.) and The Bite(great fried clams, shrimp, etc.)

I may be able to help with a mooring on Lake Tashmoo but it would require you to take a taxi to town($5.00) Town dinghies are available.

Vineyard Haven and Oak Bluffs have moorings and you may be able to get a slip in both but this is Labor Day Weekend, so who knows. Both have gas, restaurants and grocery stores within walking distance. Both have launch services

On the main land, Falmouth Harbor is a good place to get fuel(3-5 fuel docks?) and the supermarket next to West Marine makes a great bacon, egg and cheese on a roll for breakfast.

The Spuyten Duyvil Bridge to Tashmoo is about 190 miles, easily done in a day, with one stop for fuel. Western end of Fishers Island to Tashmoo is about 70 miles.

For the first time this trip, I used a Sopac cushion to stand on, while I did trip on it a couple of times I think it helps reduce fatigue on a trip like this.

Hope this helps.

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