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Our first time into Westport River which has easy access, plenty deep water channel (>12') and ends up in a beautiful spot. The yacht club pointed out our mooring directly off their dock and the next door marina provides an attentive launch whose driver will drop and pick up at the Back Eddy restaurant until 10pm. The YC served breakfast starting at 8:30, has decent showers and bathrooms and is located a short walk to West Beach which is the town's end of Horseneck Beach. Access is free and the beach is in great condition and offers endless walking east to Horseneck or west toward the river. The BE restaurant has really stepped up since our last visit 20 years ago - much larger, expanded high quality menu, raw bar on the dock among other improvements. Reservations only accepted for parties of 6 or more. So our visit was terrific except for terrible aspect which was the mooring. Due to someone's misjudgment (my guess the harbormaster), a mid-sized "No Wake" buoy was located too closely to our mooring (#37). Due to the flood/ebb rotation of the river current, our mooring tackle somehow became wrapped around the mooring of the No Wake buoy some time before 2am. This caused the buoy to bump against our hull all night long. Sleep was difficult and no matter how many fenders we put out the buoy found unprotected hull to bang against. Luckily it was a relatively light, white plastic buoy that didn't damage our hull but it was a sleepless night. The next morning the harbormaster and the club representatives were indifferent to me when I pointed out the problem with this buoy. Didn't seem like a 1st occurrence. No action was taken by either one. Luckily neither mooring line was wrapped around our rudder so we were able to release the mooring tether and sail home on a beautiful clear day. So, unless that buoy has been relocated, avoid mooring #37!

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