Long Island, New York
One hundred miles long, 20 miles wide and surrounded by water — that’s a recipe for great boating. Add settings from calm bays and inlets to challenging open ocean, and proximity to the never-ending excitement of New York City, and Long Island is a boating natural.
Marinas public and private serve the many port towns on the island.
The South Shore is known for ocean beaches and maritime history. On the North Shore, along Long Island Sound, mansions and even castles are seen perched high on bluffs. The island’s South Fork, or “The Hamptons,” is known as “Hollywood East” for its celebrity full-time and seasonal residents. At Fire Island, you can dock in the protected bay and stroll a few hundred feet to the Atlantic.
On Long Island you’re at the gateway to New England, minutes away from Connecticut and Rhode Island from some Long Island ports, and it’s less than an hour to Massachusetts from Greenport or Montauk. Pass beneath one bridge and you’re in the Big Apple. Why not circumnavigate Manhattan by boat? It’s a great cruise, requiring attention to tides, currents and boat traffic, but the rewards are a view of the city — from Lady Liberty to Yankee Stadium — that only boaters can experience.
Need to Know
Dream Boat: Grady-White Freedom 307 — Cruising, partying or fishing, this boat lets you do it all.
Fun Fact: Want to visit a castle? Some Long Island castles, such as Sand’s Point and Vanderbilt Mansion, are open to the public for tours.
Did you ever feel that you were born at the wrong place and time, that you were meant to be among those making their living on the water? Newport, Oregon, residents say you can set things right by sharing Yaquina Bay with its sailboats and working fishing fleets.
Newport’s top industries are commercial and sport fishing, fish processing, shipping, tourism, recreation, and lumber and wood processing. Visitors explore aquariums, historical museums and lighthouses, in addition to heading out for boating, beachcombing and whale-watching.
Boating here can be technically challenging, thanks to tides and currents — it’s the kind of setting that makes one feel like a real boater.
Port of Newport Marina and RV Park (aka South Beach Marina) has a paved launch ramp, a fuel dock and boat-trailer parking. There are 450 moorage slips for boats to 48 feet. Charter one of the marina’s boats for five to 12 hours of deep-sea fishing, fishing/crabbing or whale-watching.
Don’t like harsh heat or bitter cold? Newport’s summer temperatures usually run 60 to 72 degrees; in winter they’re about 20 degrees lower. Average annual rainfall is 68 inches.
Newport is billed as “an authentic working waterfront that invites you to come and play.” No wonder it’s been drawing vacationers since the late 1800s.
Need to Know
Dream Boat: Hydra-Sports 2500VX — Its deep- V hull and its cabin provide comfort when running the river bars.
Fun Fact: Yaquina Bay is open to Dungeness crabbing year-round, even though the ocean proper is closed for much of fall. Crab pots and other gear can be rented at local tackle shops.