Watch Hill (Fire Island)

Discussion in 'Northeast' started by Shaps, Aug 24, 2021.

  1. Shaps

    Shaps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    2015 Brig Falcon 330T
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    Heading to Watch Hill on Fire Island this weekend and am hearing the entrance is even more shallow than last year.
    Can anyone confirm/deny?
    Is one side of then entrance better than the other? (not that its wide anyway)

    Thank you!
     
  2. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Stay between the buoys in the channel on the way in from the bay.
    Once you make the right turn onto the entrance, incoming traffic uses the center of the channel. Outgoing traffic should Stay to the east side on the way out as they pass the pump out station.

    there was a red marker earlier in the season to show the shallow area on the west side of the entrance just before the pump out station but I haven’t seen it in a while.
     
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  3. Shaps

    Shaps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    2015 Brig Falcon 330T
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    Thank you!
     
  4. Shaps

    Shaps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    2015 Brig Falcon 330T
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    Ive got a 3'9" draft... Am I going to hit bottom? I didn't last year, but there was 'pucker factor'
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  5. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    If I remember correctly, usually 5-6 feet minimum in the channel at low tide.

    the ferry uses the same channel so I assume you’d be good.

    Immediately outside the buoys is very shallow so stay on track!
     
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  6. Spark600

    Spark600 Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    387
    Dec 28, 2013
    South Shore Long Island NY
    2015 Sundancer 410
    Onan Generator
    Mercury dinghy
    Cummins QSB HO 380 HP
    Zeus Pods
    Shaps with is the name of your boat, I will be at Davis this weekend an usually walk over to Watch Hill.
     
  7. Shaps

    Shaps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    2015 Brig Falcon 330T
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    Well... We literally just cancelled..
    We were staying just one day as we have Atlantique on Sunday. Received a message from the dockmaster that there is a 2 night minimum so we would be paying 340 for one night... I like watch hill.. but not that much...
     
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  8. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    Here’s the fall weekend special rates. Just took this picture today.
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  9. bmac

    bmac Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2008
    Holbrook, NY
    2006 58 Sedan Bridge, Walker Bay Generation 390 RIB w/40hp Yamaha, 2014 Wellcraft 232 CC w/Yamaha
    MAN 900 CRM
    The ferry has a 3' draft and has run aground in the channel more times than I can remember. At low tide there's more like 3-4 foot depth in a few spots. I've been in and out of Watch Hill hundreds of times over the past twenty years. The channel and, in particular, the entrance have needed a dredging since reopening in 2019. The draft on my 58 was 4'6". Arriving and departing required timing with tides and wind. Not pleasant but deep draft boats can do it with planning and care.
     
  10. Shaps

    Shaps Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2019
    Long Island,NY
    2010 Sundancer 500
    2015 Brig Falcon 330T
    Twin Cummins QSC550 DTS w Zeus
    This just posted on the friends of Watch Hill fbook page:
    The approach channel to Watchhill has been completely dredged and the spoils were used to backfill both A and E land!


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  11. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    We are planning on going to Watch Hill this summer. We have only been there by dingy while staying at Mystic. We would like to get a mooring there but I can’t find them on Dockwa. Who manages the moorings there?
     
  12. Espos4

    Espos4 Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2017
    Long Island NY
    2007 240 Sundeck
    350 MAG Bravo 3 W/DTS
    This topic is about Watch Hill Fire Island NY.
     
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  13. Irie308

    Irie308 Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    May 28, 2013
    CT
    2004 420 DB, GHS Hydraulic Lift
    Garmin 8600/Garmin 1222 plus
    AB Mares 10 VSX with 30 hp Tohatsu
    Cummins 450C 8.3 L Turbocharged
    B8E4D6AA-C5E9-4538-8E53-BCC53C928587.jpeg
    Jeremy if you hit Watch Hill RI best bet is to anchor. There is a small marina but not worth staying there in my opinion. We are staying in mystic now and Watch Hill is our go to spot. Let us know when you’re heading down our way. We are planning to do 4 weeks in MV this summer (vacay/working remotely).
     
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  14. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    Oh, sorry. I have to pay attention to the details.
     
  15. Jeremygavin

    Jeremygavin Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Mar 6, 2012
    Cape Cod, MA
    2011 520 Sedan Bridge
    2016 Sea Ray 19 SPX OB
    2019 Walker Bay Generation 340
    Cummins QSM11s
    Mercury 150 Fourstroke
    Honda 40hp
    Thanks Dean, I appreciate the info. I’ll let you know when we’re coming down that way. Do the same when you’re up in MV.
     
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  16. Tripsdad

    Tripsdad Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    442
    Sep 27, 2019
    Long Island, NY
    2006 360 Sundancer
    T 8.1L Horizons
    Has anyone been to Watch Hill yet this year? I couldn't tell from the website whether the restaurant was open or just the food truck and tent.
    Also, what are your preferences in terms of which dock you request and why.
    Thanks in advance for your input.
     
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  17. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Restaurant was torn down, entrance channel was dredged and A land was rebuilt from the dredged sand.

    Still have the tent and the food truck along with entertainment. Problem right now is that the last ferry leaves at 4:30 so anyone staying later needs to go to Davis to return. This affects the later crowd and entertainment.

    -Kevin
     
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  18. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Oh and for your boat you probably want to be in A, B or D. A and B are nice but a little more exposed to a north wind. On the A/B pier you can get a nice breeze when it is warm. B land used to be great with the restaurant right behind it but now it's an empty deck. I feel C land and pier a little tight with my 340 but doable. D has more room and accommodates bigger beams. D land is nice but can be a little buggy because of the dunes in the evening but is the choice for many boats.

    -Kevin
     
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  19. Tripsdad

    Tripsdad Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    442
    Sep 27, 2019
    Long Island, NY
    2006 360 Sundancer
    T 8.1L Horizons
    Thanks Kevin.
     
  20. Gary B

    Gary B Active Member

    306
    May 20, 2015
    Long Island
    2007 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM 11
    Is the $6 a foot for Watch Hill?
     

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