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The  achorages on the above chart fall in two categories
All weather
&
Fair weather

All Weather Anchorages & Harbors

  • EAST GREENWICH:  This is Capt Gene's origional home port.  I know it like the back of my hand.  On your port as you approach is a state park.  If you want to be 'out of town' but not toooo far, great anchorage 200' off the beach.  Great hiking trails in the park.  Clean beach. Nice people, need I say more?   As you move closer to town you'll find a nice anchorage to your starboard in amongst all of the moorings.  A little farther on you come in to town, tuff anchoring unless you go waaaaaayyyy up inside, near the old sewar plant.  Very safe up there from the weather in all conditions
  • NEWPORT:  What, you need info on Newport?  I think not!  The harbor is crowded, the anchorage is small, the moorings and dockage are expensive, sooooooooooo, hell, you need to spend a week in this town.  Pay the price for a mooring folks, or, anchor.  The town is, in fact, one of the few places on the water that is everything you always though it was.  Also a very good anchorage/hiding spot in foul weather
  • THE INNER PORTION OF WICKFORD Harbor:  The inner harbor is crowded but in a real blow it's very safe.  The locals will hate you but, as the old saying goes, any Port in a storm
  • THE INNER POTION OF WARWICK COVE:  Again, if you can find a spot for your anchor you're as safe here as any where in the North East

    These four harbors have plenty of protection in foul weather but, if, and when a surge occurs there are no safe havens in the world.  I, Capt. Gene, have wheathered more storms over my 30 years of sailing in R.I. than I sometimes can believe.  Ground tackle is the key and I suggest anyone that 'cruises' carry what is reccomended plus anything you can carry...... You can not be too safe.

    Fair Weather Anchorages & Harbors

  • Apponaug: Great so longs as it's not blowing hard from the South, a little bumpy out of the West but not dangerously so
  • Patience & Prudence:  there is a small cut between these two islands.  Pretty good holding ground but it does shoal up as you get close to shore.  Follow your depth finder in and pay attention to your swing.  If you go through the cut between the two islands there is plenty of water on the North sides just on the other side of that channel.  Not good for fowl weather however.
  • Bristol:  Depends on whom you talk to here.  I, personnally, wouldn't want to be there in a bad blow but if you get stuck in a Blow you can tuck in proberly on one or the other side of the harbor {depending on the wind direction} and can wheather a pretty fair storm.  Be ready to move though when the storm ends and the wind shifts.
  • Touisset:  Never, in 30 years on Narragannsett Bay, have been there.  Many friends have and swear by it as one of the great achorages in RI.   I'ts land locked when you get in there and I can't imagine it's not ok.  I am not familiar and therefore won't give a recomendation!  Sorry
  • Hope Island: Spent many a fair weather night there.  Small island and open to any seriour weather.  Run if the weather is supposed to be bad!
  • Potters Cove on Prudence Island--East side, :  This harbor is well protected because of it's location.  It is a short reach to Aquidneck Island to the East.  Protected perfectly from the South West and North.  A little open from the S.E. however.  Very popular summer anchorage fro Rhode Islanders and you'll probably make some freinds on a weekend.
  • Jamestown:  The main harbor is a poplular fair weather anchorage.  You can get to Newport in a fast dink in 10-15 minutes but you'll probably regret it at night on the return.  Check locally for "ferry" service and you'll probably feel happier coming home after supper in Newport.
  • The "Other Potters Cove"  This harbor is just North of the Newport Bridge on the East side of Jamestown.  Therefore not far from Jamestown Harbor.  Not a bad place to wait for good sailing weather to leave RI from.  Nothing there but pretty well protected.  Carefull, holding, as in much of the Bay, needs to be watched
  • Newport:  What, you need info on Newport?  I think not!  The harbor is crowded, the anchorage is small, the moorings and dockage are expensive, sooooooooooo, hell, you need to spend a week in this town.  Pay the price for a mooring folks, or, anchor.  The town is, in fact, one of the few places on the water that is everything you always though it was.  Also a very good anchorage/hiding spot in foul weather
  • Mackerol Cove:  Just south of Jamestown proper and wide open to Easterly's.  Again, fine if the wind holds properly but terrible place to get caught in a Blow.  Pay attention and get out early!
  • Dutch Island:  Jamestown, the town, has a road that goes from Jamestown Harbor to Dutch harbor.  Short walk and well worth the stop at Dutch Island Harbor if you don't mind the walk.  This harbor is safe in most weather.  Again, I hate any expousure in foul weather.  The fort there is supe for the kids and one of my favorite locatins in the whole world.
  • Newport Third Beach:  Wide open to a SowEaster.  Tons of big boat wakes.  Not bad for a one night stop if that's how far you got today and you need to drop a hook.  Enough said about this side of Newport.  Toooooo far from Town to walk and not worry about your boat
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