>> >I will be in the Providence, RI area mid July and would like to charter a
>> >sailboat for a three day weekend July 21-23. My father and brother will be
>> >with me, so I'm looking for at least a 30 foot boat. All three of us have
>> >many years of experience sailing on the Chesapeake Bay in boats from 14 to
>> >36 feet.
>Try Standish Boatyard in Tiverton, RI. About half way between Providence and
>Newport. Ask for Ken Hilton. Most excellent fellow, nice yard, and fine place
>to start a long weekend. He charters Cape Dories. Perhaps others as well, but
>Cape Dories is the thing.
> Call 401-624-4075.
>Cheers- Michael Csenger
You could do worse than to start in Tiverton. It is, as Michael points out,
about at the halfway point, which is a bit annoying for starting out, but on
the good side you'll be starting from a nice place rather than a mess
like Providence harbor or a crowded tourist spot like Newport. On the
down side, you'll be in the Sakonnet river, so getting to Newport either
means sailing down and "around", and that last stretch is likely to be
into a brisk SW breeze, or else up into Mt. Hope Bay and around the corner,
and if the SW breeze is blowing against the Ebb under the bridge, that
can be a bit of a dicey spot. Still, if you take that route, and it's not
a weekend, you should skip across to Potter Cove at the N. End of Prudence
Island. A lovely quiet spot (by Narr. Bay standards) most weekday evenings.
Bristol may look tempting, but remember that the prevailing wind is
from the SW, and that makes it a rotten place to spend a night. You
can probably slip in there in the early AM, ask the Bristol YC to lend you
a mooring for a few hours while you go ashore, and then visit the Herreschoff
museum, which is a treasure. Then get back aboard and go to a *reasonable*
harbor for the evening :-).
While you're there, identify all the islands in the old rhyme "Prudence,
Patience, Hope and Despair, and littel Fox Island right over there." Fox
Island was for sale last year...if you had the right bundle of money. Very