Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Greenport Maritime Festival: Come By Land...Or By Sea!

Greenport Maritime Festival 

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Greenport Maritime Festival. If you've been meaning to come to the Festival, this is your opportunity! 

The Maritime Festival takes place September 19 - 21 in Greenport Village. Attendees will enjoy a parade, demonstrations, tastings, artisan crafts, fishing contests, entertainment, refreshments, tour boats, a film screening, museum exhibits and much more. 

Greenport Village is accessible by land or by sea. 
The Festival is organized by the East End Seaport Museum and Marine Foundation, and this year the Festival features a fundraiser for the preservation of the Long Beach Bar "Bug" Lighthouse. Built in 1871, the lighthouse sustained a good deal of damage during Hurricane Sandy, and while some repairs have been done, the work is far from over. 

The Seaport Festival pays tribute to all of those seafarers who draw their living or their enjoyment from the sea. It also introduces new generations to the importance of the waters surrounding Long Island, from both a contemporary and a historic perspective. 

The Maritime weekend is a great time to take a boat ride over to Greenport and to enjoy early Fall weather. But come early! The Festival promises to be a popular venue, and hosts thousands of visitors during its short weekend.  

Modern Yachts will be in attendance with great end-of-season opportunities for weekend boaters, fishing fans, and family boaters. We hope to see you there! 

For complete information, visit the Festival website:  http://www.eastendseaport.org/Maritime_Festival.html

Friday, September 12, 2014

East End Boating Series: Montauk

Montauk: The End 
At the very tip of Long Island, jutting out into the Atlantic, lies the hamlet of Montauk. Located on Long Island’s southeastern fork, Montauk is one of the east coast’s most popular tourist beaches and commercial fishing locations. Montauk also has, at different times in its history, been occupied as a strategic military base for the army, navy, coast guard and air force.  
Montauk is a popular destination for fishing, whale watching, cruising, and a wide range of water sports. Visitors also can tour the renowned Montauk Lighthouse (the first established lighthouse in New York and fourth oldest active lighthouse in the U.S.), and can visit any of six state parks. Other things to do on land include shopping (Gosman’s Dock is a popular shopping area with quaint shops), dining, bicycle rentals, sight-seeing, and other recreational activities.
Montauk Lighthouse, the quintessential symbol of Montauk,
is the nation's fourth oldest lighthouse still in use today. 
Getting There By Boat
Montauk Harbor is a good waypoint for boaters with a Block Island destination. Block Island is just 12 miles from Montauk Harbor and boaters should consult weather forecasts and tidal charts prior to departure.
Montauk Harbor is one of the busiest harbors on Long Island. It accommodates the largest commercial and recreational fishing fleet in New York. Much of the boat traffic comes from the east, when larger fishing vessels travel inland. Small boaters should steer clear to avoid collisions with large wakes.
The deepest part of the channel will be on starboard side when entering the harbor. The first landmark visible is the US Coast Guard station immediately ahead. The Station is located on Star Island, which separates the west harbor from the entrance to Lake Montauk.  
Gosman’s Dock is on the starboard side. Here, visitors on land can enjoy hours of shopping, people watching and dining.
The western shore is home to the town dock, which is used exclusively for fishing vessels. The west basin has slips for many commercial, recreational and fishing vessels. As you depart this area, the waterway becomes more congested. West Lake and Snug Harbor are at the bottom of the channel and Star Island Marina, a large marina, is on the east side.
The channel headed toward Lake Montauk becomes very narrow in parts, but is clearly marked. Shoals and shallow depths are present around Lake Montauk. Take care when passing buoys 5 and 7 behind Star Island.
There are ample marinas with transient slips and marine services in Montauk Harbor.
Montauk Harbor also offers good protection for seasonal or transient boaters. Anchorages include the southwest corner of Star Island, close to many marinas and with access to nearby shops; and deep inside Montauk in the southern portion of the harbor. Here, the water is about 8 feet deep, and boaters have access to nearby beaches on foot. 
Montauk, known affectionately as “The End” among many, rewards thousands of summer visitors by providing breathtaking sunrises, alluring beaches, legendary fishing, beautiful scenery and memorable summer fun.   

Friday, September 5, 2014

East End Boating Series: Greenport

Greenport: North Fork Favorite 

The Village of Greenport has seen many roles during its recorded history of more than 300 years. It served as a long term reservation for Native Americans, an early home to whaling fleets and the ship building industry, a site of rum running, an established “navy” boasting volunteer boat patrols seeking Nazi submarines, and most recently, as a summer destination for tourists.

Large vessels are a common sight in Greenport. 
Located on the north fork of Long Island, Greenport is one of the area’s oldest villages, having been settled in 1682. The folksy town, overlooking Shelter Island, is a favorite among boaters, with its access to a number of local harbors and marinas. 

The three harbors around Greenport include Greenport Village, Stirling Harbor and Gull Pond.  While there are not designated anchorage opportunities, Greenport is a wonderful destination for boaters seeking to enjoy a pleasant ride, or enjoy some land borne activities.

Greenport Village
For daily visitors, the harbor at Greenport Village offers dock space through the town or at a local marina. The water is deep and open, and many larger vessels can be seen transiting. Greenport has one of the east coast’s busiest seaports, so boaters should schedule in-season trips accordingly.

The village marine area is directly across from Dering Harbor on Shelter Island.  The water in front of the village is very deep and can accommodate some very large commercial and private vessels. Smaller boats should be cautioned: while there are no real sand or obstacle hazards in the village entry, larger vessels can create large wakes, and the boat traffic can be intimidating. All boats are urged to adhere to the posted speed limit of 5 mph. 

This is the heart of the village, where transient boaters can tie up and visit Greenport’s friendly streets and purchase provisions or just soak up the engaging maritime atmosphere.  Visitors can enjoy recreational activities, shopping, sailboat tours, museums, and more.

Visitors seeking a meal can choose from more than a dozen eateries, including the historic restaurant Claudio’s, which was established in 1870.

Greenport offers beachgoers tranquil surrounds. 
Stirling Harbor
Stirling Harbor is located just east of the village docks and inside Young’s Point, at the base of the Greenport's Jetty. Unlike the village entry, the Harbor provides greater protection from boat traffic and prevailing winds. Visitors can tie up and walk the short distance into the village.

Upon entry into the Harbor, boaters will note there is ample water. Its entry also displays a memorial to remember those lost at sea.

Visitors will note access to three marinas within the harbor.  The western shoreline is the home of several other local marinas and fishing boats.  On the east shoreline are Stirling Harbor’s largest marinas.  Eastern Long Island Hospital is visible along the northern shoreline.

Many of the smaller marinas don’t allow transients on a regular basis.  Stirling Harbor Marina, Brewers Yacht Yard and Townsend Manor Marina are the only marinas that accept transient boats.

Gull Pond
Gull Pond is located just to the east of the Greenport Jetty and is the home of many local boats. 

There are no marinas or designated anchorages in the pond, but the area is a fun place to visit. Peaceful and serene, Gull Pond is ideal for exploring by dinghy. The pond is home to large vessels and a number of beautiful residences.   

One of the best times to visit Greenport is in the early fall, during the Annual Maritime Festival – September 19-21 this year. It’s a terrific opportunity to visit Greenport’s historic sites, enjoy live music, observe the Festival parade, check out craft vendors and artisans, watch live maritime demonstrations, and sample some of the best food around the area. Modern Yachts will be on hand to display also! Mark your calendars and see the best of what Greenport offers. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

East End Boating Series: Sag Harbor

Land of Whales, Sails and....Sales 

The Village of Sag Harbor boasts a proud history as a former thriving whaling port, as well as the first official port of entry in New York State for large vessels. The village’s strategic maritime importance is well-documented throughout its 300-year history.

A two-square mile village with two harbors, Sag Harbor is a beautiful and popular destination for boaters. The village is a popular destination for celebrities, and upscale shopping, fine dining and cultural activities abound. Boaters should expect to see large vessels and yachts in port throughout the season.

Boaters approaching Sag Harbor should take care as the currents can run swiftly, and rocks are just 2 – 3 feet, only marked by lobster buoys. Shallows are off Mashomack Point; also note there are fishing nets around Majors Harbor near Shelter Island.

Village of Sag Harbor
The charming Village of Sag Harbor is the most popular local destination for boaters. The harbor is usually calm with little wake throughout, since the adjacent jetty protects the harbor from boats that cruise past in Gardiners Bay and Shelter Island Sound. 

You can expect a fairly busy and tight channel at Sag Harbor. Transient dockage is available on a
Sag Harbor beaches and harbors offer lovely views. 
first come, first served basis. There are marinas, transient dockage with pilings and a town boat ramp within the harbor limits. After docking, visitors can enjoy the town’s many amenities, conveniences and activities on land, including shopping, dining, theaters and museums. The windmill on land houses the tourist office, where visitors can ask for maps and town event schedules.

Northwest Harbor
The Northwest Harbor's anchorage is tranquil and offers fantastic views.  Peaceful and lovely, Northwest is fairly well protected, and offers an anchorage in the northeast corner of the harbor. With limited disturbances, and about eight feet of water throughout the entire anchorage, the area is wonderful for a quiet excursion, but Cedar Point County Park limits access to commercial amenities. It's a tranquil destination and for many, a welcome contrast to the busier part of Sag Harbor waters. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

East End Boating Series: Shelter Island

Shelter Island Cruising 

Beautifully preserved and wonderfully welcoming, Shelter Island offers ample dockage and moorings for boaters. The island is only accessible by boat or by ferry, and much of the 8,000-acre island is protected.

Lovely private homes dot the island and a number of historic sites offer a glimpse into the island’s nearly 400-year documented history.

Shelter Island offers an escape from life’s rapid pace, but still offers recreational opportunities like kayaking, biking, shopping or exploring local surrounds. The island also features about a dozen eateries.
Shelter Island's laidback beaches and water-only access makes it
a popular destination for boaters. 

In particular we are fans of the restaurants Salt and the Pridwin Hotel. Salt is fantastic for traditional dishes with a contemporary twist. Its laidback atmosphere, fresh menu choices, crafty cocktails and live music are great reasons to go.

The Pridwin is a fabulous choice for fresh seafood catches (courtesy of the hotel proprietor’s ambitious fishing endeavors!). The Pridwin also offers an array of traditional dining choices, and has a “young diners” menu that will please youthful palates. Wednesday nights are celebrated with cookouts on the lawn, and live music abounds. Hurry – only through Labor Day!

Boaters heading to Shelter Island may enjoy a basic primer on the island's harbors: 

Coecles - Eastern section
Buoys on inside and outside harbor are privately maintained; locations can shift and navigation can be tricky, especially for boats with deep drafts. We would advise caution around the mooring near Reel Point, where a sand bar can wreak havoc. 

The southern shoreline is undeveloped and protected as part of Mashomack Nature Preserve. The northern shoreline is developed, and features beautiful homes.

Mashomack – Southeast section
Almost the entire coast of Machomack is dedicated as a preserve. Here, boaters can enjoy the sights of ospreys and various other types of wildlife. While there is no access to commercial amenities, two harbors offer boaters access to beautiful beaches. 

Majors Cove, located on the southeast point of Shelter Island, is a quiet harbor and offers a good holding ground for favorable anchorage. Majors Cove overlooks Sag Harbor, but is well protected from passing boats.

Major Cove is just east of Smith's Cove, another harbor that provides good anchorage opportunities. Smith's Cove is more exposed to boating traffic but it is protected from prevailing southwesterly breezes. Anchoring here on summer afternoons can be a challenge because of the heavy traffic to and from Sag Harbor. The Cove does offer plenty of depth and provides a lovely view of Mashomack Preserve. Anchoring along the western Shoreline offers quite good protection. 

Along the eastern shore of Smith's is Split Rock, a wonderful place to swim and walk the beach.

Dering Harbor – Northwest section
The most popular harbor on Shelter Island, Dering Harbor is located directly across from Greenport.  It offers boaters convenient and easy access and is populated by several restaurants, stores, stately private homes, mansions, and of course, marinas. Overnight visitors can request accommodations at a local hotel or B and B – well in advance of a stay, since they are often booked.
Dering Harbor is the most popular harbor for commercial activity,
including shopping, dining and sightseeing on the island. 

West Neck Harbor – Southwest section
On the southwest corner of Shelter Island is West Neck Harbor. While the harbor is well protected, it has several shallow areas that boaters should watch for. On the harbor’s south side, there are good opportunities for swimming and relaxing at Shell Beach. Wades Beach is across from Shell Beach and also offers a relaxing beach day. Not to be forgotten, many boaters also enjoy exploring by dinghy around West Neck Harbor.