Newport, Rhode Island hosts the largest group of private yachts available for charter in New England during the summer. Newport is the perfect place to start a private charter outfit, since outside Newport, on a one-week cruise, you can easily visit all the islands in southern New England, including the Martha and Nantucket vines. While both are splendid, brilliant in the quaint atmosphere and architecture of New England, complemented by cobblestone roads, there are other islands to visit nearby, such as Block Island, Cuttichunk and the Elizabeth Islands. Try a one-week charter from Newport, Rhode Island to explore the islands in southern New England.
Newport, Rhode Island is one of the largest deep water ports on the east coast of the United States, with a large number of docks available, making it a natural New England summer home for yachting. As the heat builds up on land, avoid the sea with the cooling heat winds.
When traveling through Newport, the perfect first stop is Block Island. Unlike other islands in the area that are part of Massachusetts, Block Island is part of Rhode Island and only 22 nautical miles away.
One unique aspect of Block Island is the large Inner Bay or Salt Lake, as it is called locally. This is the perfect anchorage for visiting yachts with well-protected waters. There is plenty of anchorage in the salt pond and several ports if mooring is your preference. Block Island has been around residents for several years, but in summer the population swells with visitors. The center where the ferry arrives is a busy few blocks away, anchored by several large summer hotels that previously served visitors at the end of the century. Come in and you'll still find the rocking chairs on the long front porches of these old hotels, a great place to sit and view the ocean. There are several block shops and small shops to visit. Rent a bike and ride around the rest of the island, which is still pretty uninhabited and covered with wild roses.
Not far from Block Island is Cuttyhunk. This island is much smaller than Block Island and is one of the smallest of this group. There is a central inland port with a small jetty. Be careful with the size of the yacht that enters this port as there may be no place to turn. A very small settlement exists on one road, running away from the main dock. Explore the area or picnic at one of the beaches. Mooring balls are available, depending on the size of your boat, just outside the main port.
The Elizabeth Islands are nearby. Although privately owned, it has several anchorages, including Canvas Bay, a suitable place for anchor for lunch, depending on which direction the wind may blow. Because the islands are privately owned, one can anchor in the anchor, but a visit to the coast is not encouraged.
Southeast of Cuttyhunk is Martha's vine. This island has several ports and anchorages, but probably the most famous is the port for the city of Edgartown. Access to the port of Edgartown requires a cross-section cruise with fairly fast current. Once inside, the dock offers many mooring balls, but only up to a certain size boat. If the boat is at the greater end, mooring outside the port is a better bet. Edgartown is surrounded by the harbor and is a beautiful New England town full of tin-plated houses and stone slate, with rose envelopes, secret gardens and cobblestone streets. Edgartown is well known in certain circles for higher level shops and restaurants and is a haven for any number of celebrities around the world.
Only 22 nautical miles from Edgartown is Nantucket Island. Nantucket has only one major city, which bypasses one port. Enter this port by a well-marked channel leading straight into the anchor. There is also a night anchorage area served by the local water taxi service, but there are also a number of docks, although this island is a very popular summer destination; docking reservations must be made in advance. Around this port are typical New England homes and slabs, many of which were built over the last few centuries when Nantucket was a thriving whaling port. Take a look at the roof tops of the numerous widow walks where the wives of maritime captains sought the return of their sailor from the sea. The cobblestone roads still lead off the harbor, but the streets and quaint downtown buildings are now home to a wide variety of high-quality shops serving many visitors. There are various beaches along the edges of the island and very wide open spaces for biking or sightseeing. This is another island well known for restaurants and you need to stop by Club Car, a bar and restaurant on the edge of the harbor, which is an unhindered anchorage in the city center. This restaurant is housed in one of the trains used at the beginning of the century in Nantucket to travel from one side of the island to the other. When the train service was terminated, the wagon of the wagon sitting at the train terminal, where it is still sitting, was turned into a restaurant.
Nantucket is 68 nautical miles from Newport. Start traveling back to Newport, but stop overnight at the Hadley harbor in the northern end of the Elizabeth Islands. A beautiful quiet harbor, far removed from all this, Hadley's harbor is a great place for one last quiet night at anchor. The next stop is in Newport, about 35 nautical miles. If the time is not spent in Newport before the charter, the time must definitely be spent in Newport at the end of the charter.
This charter route is a convenient cruise with power or a sailing yacht with multiple islands within reasonable proximity to one another. There are many anchorages and they all await only a short cruise from Newport.