Welcome to the Seventh Edition of the Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guide to Long Island
Sound Marinas. This volume covers 232 Long Island Sound region marinas from Block
Island, RI to Cape May, NJ. It is one of six regional volumes covering the U.S.
East and Gulf Coasts and two volumes covering the U.S. West Coast that will be published
over the next year. Together they will describe about 1,800 "big boat" transient
marinas. The other East Coast volumes cover New England (Maine to Rhode Island),
the Chesapeake Bay, the Mid-Atlantic (including the ICW, Carolina Sounds and Bermuda),
Florida’s East Coast (including the Keys) and the Gulf Coast (Florida to Texas).
The West Coast volumes cover the Pacific Northwest and the California Coast. Most
of the research for these volumes is complete, and they’ll be published as quickly
as is practical.
- A Little Background: To us, cruising is one part fun, one part
character building, one part enlightenment, one part food, one part adventure, and
one part reading — with a little bit of stress thrown in just to keep us on our
toes. So, at the end of the day, we often want to just tie up, kick back and relax
in a slip or on a mooring. That usually means we need to find a marina. Easier said
than done. A marina stay can be expensive — sometimes as expensive as a nice hotel
room — and a lot harder to leave when it’s not what you expected. After years of
trying to guesstimate what we’d find, based on the cruising guides’ summary grids
and marina ads or by quizzing dockmasters over the phone, we discovered a handy
little loose-leaf Marina Guide covering about 250 East Coast marinas that was published
by the Atlantic Cruising Club. The information was invaluable — it was objective,
specific and even included rates along with the ACC Reviews and Ratings. The Guide
provided details that weren’t available anywhere else and all marinas included had
been personally visited by ACC. We acquired the Atlantic Cruising Club in 1996,
took it digital, added over a hundred Marina Reports and, a year and a half later,
published the first publicly available Atlantic Cruising Club’s Guide to East Coat
Marinas — Book and CD-ROM. Since then, with the help of the ACC reviewers, we’ve
visited more than 2,000 marinas (most of them several times), revised the original
Marina Reports, and added more than 1,500 new ones. We’ve also built a library of
well over 20,000 photographs and compiled more than 300 items of information on
every significant transient facility along the East, Gulf and West Coasts.
- Which Marinas Are Included? The Guides attempt to include all facilities
that can accommodate cruising boats 30 feet or longer and offer overnight transient
dockage or moorings. Yacht Clubs which extend courtesies to all boaters without
requiring reciprocity are also included. Transient accommodations do not need to
be dedicated; many of the included dockage or mooring facilities welcome transients
on a space-available basis. We have given priority in this edition to those facilities
in the major cruising grounds or on the most frequented passage routes. Over time,
ACC’s reviewers will head farther up the rivers and expand into less visited — but
potentially more interesting — areas.
- Geographic Organization: The ACC’s Guide to Long Island Sound Marinas
is organized into fourteen "sub-regions." Each sub-region corresponds to the gray
tabs on the edge of the Guide’s pages, to the graphic maps at the beginning of each
section, and to the Geographic Marina List that follows this introduction. Within
each sub-region, marinas are ordered, generally, from North to South or, for rivers
or harbors, from mouth to source. We have attempted to arrange the Reports in the
order a boater would encounter the marinas in a cruise from Block Island to Cape
- The Enclosed CD-ROM: The CD-ROM contains all the Marina Reports
included in the print edition plus up to nine full-color photographs of each facility.
Users can search on over 100 of the information items in the Marina Report, which
makes it easy to cull through the roughly 70,000 pieces of data in each volume to
find exactly the right marina. Installation is easy — just insert the CD into your
computer’s CD-ROM drive and the installation program will begin.
- The Atlantic Cruising Club’s Website: The Atlantic Cruising Club’s
new, greatly expanded, website (www.AtlanticCruisingClub.com) will house all the
Marina Reports, report updates, a forum for readers to communicate with ACC and
with each other, boating and cruising links and other items of interest to our fellow
cruisers. Please check it often for the most current information regarding marinas
included in the Guide.
Preparing this Guide has really been a lot of fun. We’ve learned a great deal and
we’re looking forward to expanding ACC’s marina coverage with additional volumes.
On the drawing board, after the East, Gulf, and West Coasts, are: the Bahamas &
the Caribbean and the Great Lakes. We hope that the newly expanded format, the extensive
use of photos and more detailed Marina Reports and Ratings will point you to the
right facility with the most appropriate services and surroundings for your cruising
needs. We also hope that you will log-on to the ACC WebSite (or email us) with any
changes, inaccuracies, new services or facilities you discover. Finally, we hope
that you will share your marina impressions and general experiences with us and
with your fellow cruisers
Fair winds and happy cruising,
Beth and Richard Smith