Friday, July 25, 2014

Mattituck - At anchor

Mattituck Anchorage - Three more boats anchored after this picture 
We are getting grandkids on Saturday for the next week. That requires a little preparation so today was "getting ready day". Mattituck is unique among the anchorages in Long Island Sound in having a real supermarket (Waldbaums), a large laundromat and a first rate hardware store all within walking distance (less than a mile). No other anchorage in Long Island Sound can make such a boast. The marina next door is also handy for picking up ice and other boating incidentals. So it was cleaning, laundry and loading up on groceries for today's activities.

Nice, free dock is provided by the town
In addition to the above, the town also has a large complement of restaurants, wine shops, cheese shops and book stores - something for everybody. You can see why we make it a point to always stop in Mattituck while in the Sound. On the other hand, the anchorage can get very crowded Fridays and Saturday nights. It seems that many of them have never anchored before. When I asked the captain next door (a few feet away) how much anchor line he had out, he replied, "I don't know". The winds are predicted to be around 5 kts so we should be okay, not like in Maine where all the boats in an anchorage will go around in circles as the 12 ft tides come and go. Here we seem to point pretty well in one direction all the time.

We'll head out to Branford on Saturday morning to pick up three of our grandkids: Matthew, Sarah and Natalie. We'll head west, stopping at Port Jefferson, Northport, Manhasset and then hone to the Poughkeepsie YC by Thursday. What an adventure, for them and for us.