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Anyone have experience docking overnight at the State Park (Oak Point) in Put In Bay? I was planning a trip there for the 4th...never been...starting to realize that it is near impossible to find a place to tie up overnight. The State Park slips are first come first serve. Any decent anchorages around there? Other advice would be great. Might not be worth it for the 4th weekend...is what Im starting to think.
 

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ok who has the PIB picture map I made a while back? porno?

A, B, and C docks should have room if you get there early enough there also fox's and duggans and the state park of course. and millers, some of the yachts clubs will rent if there not full, the boardwalk has a few docks too. there's anchorage area in front of the monument but if your to close to shore the water taxi will ignore you, bring a dingy. there are mooring bouys in the bay for blow boats and a water taxi to come get you.
 

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Cadmonkey - Thanks for the tips. I wasnt sure about anchoring in front of the monument. It looks like the logical place...not having been there I wasnt sure. I have a small sailboat (16'), so, I like to stay away from rafting situations at the dock. Anchoring is probably going to be the easiest. Now I just have to hope for some wind to get me there and back!

QUOTE(Cadmonkey @ Jun 24 2009, 03:37 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>ok who has the PIB picture map I made a while back? porno?

A, B, and C docks should have room if you get there early enough there also fox's and duggans and the state park of course. and millers, some of the yachts clubs will rent if there not full, the boardwalk has a few docks too. there's anchorage area in front of the monument but if your to close to shore the water taxi will ignore you, bring a dingy. there are mooring bouys in the bay for blow boats and a water taxi to come get you.
 

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A 16' Sailboat? ...That's what you're going to PIB in?
I would hope you're launching near Catawba to keep the crossing minimal if that's your plan.. or better yet, trailer/ferry it to PIB and launch on the island. ...Better keep close tabs on the weather! The anchorage just off the monument can get real nasty... not much protection there from weather/waves. That's why so few people use it.
 

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I sail out of Monroe. My boat is a Com-Pac 16. It has a reputation of being a very capable pocket cruiser, so, I wanted to see how well it handled a trip across Erie. Ive had it out in 4ft waves and 15-20mph winds in the bay this spring. Wouldnt want that all day long, but, the weather is looking good for the days leading up to the 4th. So, I thought I might as well give it a shot.

I was able to get dock space at the state park on middle bass. Ill dock there and take the ferry over to PIB rather than deal with anchoring or trying to find dock space in PIB.

QUOTE(Capn Ken @ Jun 25 2009, 10:45 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>A 16' Sailboat? ...That's what you're going to PIB in?
I would hope you're launching near Catawba to keep the crossing minimal if that's your plan.. or better yet, trailer/ferry it to PIB and launch on the island. ...Better keep close tabs on the weather! The anchorage just off the monument can get real nasty... not much protection there from weather/waves. That's why so few people use it.
 

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The Middle Bass park docks are NICE (and brand new, if I remember right). Easy access to PIB via ferry. You can get a cheap taxi to ferry from your dock with phone call if needed.

Weather on Erie can change fast, as I'm sure you're aware. If it changes, be ready to spend several extra days if need be. Be sure to have a 25 watt radio on board (not just a hand-held), just in case.. and be able to pinpoint your position to the USCG if need be (GPS). The Erie islands are NOT forgiving... lots'a rock! Have you got another boat in your float plan? ...
 

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Hey Capn Ken,
Thanks for all of the tips. Yes, the state park docks are new...just this summer. I have allowed for a couple of extra days just in case the weather turns nasty or the wind doesnt blow. I carry a handheld GPS and handheld VHF. I dont have power, just a portable battery pack (jumper cable type) that I use to recharge the VHF and GPS units. I'll be singlehanding it...no other boats in the float plan. It would be nice to see some other boats heading that way. Hoping for fair weather and steady winds.

QUOTE(Capn Ken @ Jun 25 2009, 01:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>The Middle Bass park docks are NICE (and brand new, if I remember right). Easy access to PIB via ferry. You can get a cheap taxi to ferry from your dock with phone call if needed.

Weather on Erie can change fast, as I'm sure you're aware. If it changes, be ready to spend several extra days if need be. Be sure to have a 25 watt radio on board (not just a hand-held), just in case.. and be able to pinpoint your position to the USCG if need be (GPS). The Erie islands are NOT forgiving... lots'a rock! Have you got another boat in your float plan? ...
 

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Well...I'm NOT calling you crazy... but judging on what I've got from your posts, I'd have to say I wouldn't recommend making the trip. I can't spout off stories from years of sailing, but I did quite a bit of single-handed small-boat sailing over 40 years ago as a teen on Great Peconic and Shinnecock Bays (LI, NY) on 16-22' wooden sailboats. Your plans call for going alone, with questionable emergency gear (a Handheld VHF), no power other than sail, and no other boats accompanying you invite trouble to come visiting...

There was a post here a week or so ago about a slightly larger sized power boat (19') and crossing to PIB from LSC... with 25W VHF, GPS, etc... I didn't think that was a good idea either.
 
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