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ACC's Guide to Long Island Sound Marinas - Preface
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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 May.
  • 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 ( 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