Ports Of Call...

Sail North East Map

      Ports of Call offer some diversion ashore and an opportunity to reprovision. After a couple of days and nights aboard captain and crew are usually ready for a little exercise. The contrast between anchoring out and putting into a port provides variety and I have to admit that I'd rather be in a port during extended bad weather. Here are a few of my favorites, from south to north.

Pungo Ferry, VA
Great Bridge, VA
Hampton, VA
Solomons, MD
Annapolis, MD
Cape May, NJ
Atlantic City, NJ
Manasquan, NJ
New York, NY
Port Washington, NY
Westbrook, CT
Greenport, NY
Newport, RI
Bristol, RI
Provincetown, MA
Boston, MA
Gloucester, MA

      These are some of my favorites. Please add a few of your own and let me know if I've left any out or if conditions have changed in any of these places since my last visit.

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From Joe Manavola on Tuesday, November 5, 2002 at 11:27:18

Looking for a place for a 42 ft catamaran with a 23 ft beam. along the Conn. coast. Any info would be greatly appreciated.

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From Editor on Thursday, March 28, 2002 at 07:49:46

We used to list Port Jefferson, NY, here but when we stopped there last fall we found it much less hospitable than it had been in the past. They even wanted $6 per hour for dinghy tie up. Since there are no longer any grocery stores near the water and the wake from the ferry, which was always a problem, continues to be a problem it is no longer on our list of favorite ports. It remains on our list of Roadsteads because its location makes it a convenient, if uncomfortable, place to anchor overnight if you don't care to go ashore.

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