Boating to Montauk, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, Sag Harbor

This is mainly a reference to times from port to port. I was running my 37 Searay Sundancer at an average speed of 23mph. This can help when planning a trip to one of these ports as you can figure what you run and then do the math. I know that on my PWC I can go 70 mph, but I also know that, at least when I am riding my ski, I wander, explore, swim, and stop more often than when cruising on my boat, and although I may go fast at times, I know that most often my actual cruising time turns out to be about 30 mph. I can think of the perfect example: we were cruising to Quebec City a few years ago and we passed a giant ship. I can’t tell you how many times we passed that ship! We would stop for fuel or swim or explore a small river and come back to the St. Lawrence Seaway only to pass that ship again. Yes, when we needed to make time and we just hammer down then time comparisons mean nothing, but for most cruises that is not the case. At any rate, here are the approx. times I logged.

July 1 2011

Timber Point Marina East (Great River, East Islip) to Westhampton Beach 1st Bridge (West Bay Bridge) – 1hr 30mins

West Bay Bridge (WHB), Quogue Canal to Green 3 Can Tiana Bay – 30 mins

Green 3 Can Tiana Bay to 5mph marker for Shinnecock Canal – 30 mins

The Shinnecock Canal and Shinnecock Locks will take 15-45 mins depending on traffic and whether or not you have to actually lock through. We locked and it took 25 mins

Great Peconic Bay to Sag Harbor Entrance buoy – 50 mins

Sag Harbor to Lake Montauk entrance buoy – 1hr 15min

July 3 2011

Lake Montauk entrance Buoy to Block Island 55 mins

Block Island to Vineyard Sound entrance 2hrs 15mins

Vineyard Sound entrance to Oak Bluffs Marina (MV) entrance buoy – 1hr 5mins

July 5 2011

Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard to Block Island entrance – 3hrs 30mins

July 7 2011

Block Island Entrance buoy to Lake Montauk – 1hr

Lake Montauk to Sag Harbor – 1hr 15mins

July 8 2011

Sag Harbor to Shinnecock Canal entrance – 1hr

Canal and Locks – 25mins

Shinnecock Canal to Quogue Canal – 25 mins

Quogue Canal to WHB West Bay Bridge – 30 mins

WHB West Bay Bridge to Timber Point Marina – 1hr 40mins