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West Island MarinaSep 03, 2020

We came to West Island from Cuttyhunk as part of our 'tour de Buzzard Bay'. The channel into the marina is narrow but well marked. There is a large mooring field once out of the channel. We didn't get a response on the radio so I reached Mary on the phone after 2 calls. She directed me to mooring #1 which is well protected to the south by the causeway but not especially scenic. We took advantage of their restaurant which was tasty and fun as they had live music. Be aware that the fuel dock has only about 5 ft. of water at low tide.

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I'm giving a 4 rating because, while the reservation process was straight forward, the actual execution of picking up the mooring was a nightmare as others have said. I called on the radio as I was coming up the river. I got an immediate response from the launch driver who directed me to pick up any of their transient moorings that have a yellow ball attached to the mooring. With the current, maintaining position alongside the mooring and pulling up the very short mooring line was almost impossible. I barely made it on the third try but would have left if I hadn't. We did take on fuel and water at their dock which went smoothly. Being a Sunday afternoon there was a lot of traffic coming and going but it quieted down significantly after about 6 pm.

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Our first attempt via radio to reach the WYC went unanswered but we got a quick response with a cell call. We were given clear directions to find our mooring. Chuck from the club came out to greet us and provided a map and answered our questions. We dinked into town. The town dinghy dock is clearly marked but could use an upgrade as there was rotten wood and rusty nails making tying up hazardous.

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Having never been to Bristol harbor before, we called the harbor master when we were close. Unfortunately, we were given incorrect directions to our transient mooring. several radio and cell calls later, 30 minutes worth, we finally found the right ball. We did not take advantage of their facilities but, beyond the initial mixup, everyone was helpful.

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I got a quick response via Ch. 68 when I came into the harbor that I could pick up any of their open mooring balls. The launch service was responsive and stayed open till 11 pm. The wi-fi was inoperable on the water but I expected that. I'm not sure if I had access to the club house for drinks. we didn't use their bathrooms. The PJ town moorings are $10 cheaper and the walk into town is about the same.

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Nice and quiet at the marina in September, just the way we like it! I appreciated the fact that they obliged my request for a T head spot on the dock. There was plenty of help tying up and they lent me an extra electrical cable when mine wouldn't fit into the enclosure.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the kind words @cbleuher. Anything we can do to help make your stay with us as great as can be. Hope to see you again in the coming seasons!
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A beautiful, quiet spot to spend a night. We got easy directions to our mooring and the launch driver gave us the scoop on wi-fi, schedule and local sites. All good!

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Lisa and the team at WHBY sent me a confirmation email and another with two attachments, one showing the location of the channel and navigation hazards and another with a map of the mooring field. Very helpful! Their transient moorings are adjacent to the channel into the marina so that means some wave action and noise. Otherwise, the location is beautiful with views to the west of Watch Hill and undeveloped land across the Pawcatuck river.

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Booking was easy through Dockwa. We radioed in as we approached the marina and got a quick response. We received detailed instructions about the location of our slip and two dock hands we waiting to help. The floating concrete finger docks are very stable. We checked in at the office and got our info packet with details about the town, etc. My only issue was with their pump out boat which was not working at the time. We could have used their self-serve pump out station on the outside dock.

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