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The fee on the weekdays is really inexpensive. On weekends it pops up in price. New London Harbor may not be for everyone. We enjoy it because it is a vital harbor with lots (maybe too many for some) of sights & sounds. The moorings are fine. I wish they would activate a couple of moorings away from shore to reduce the wash coming back from the vertical shoreline, and maybe a little further from the noise. They have the moorings, they just need a float and hawser. The mooring field is well protected from most wind directions. Maybe more movement from a strong East or Northeast direction. After 9:00PM the ferries to Orient Point and Fishers Island stop and the many Amtrak trains during the day are few. At about 12:30 AM a freight train rolls through; this time with 68 cars & 4 engines. It really is a train watcher's paradise, as this is the main line between New York & Boston. A three car state commuter train runs frequently between New Haven & New London. You frequently see a submarine coming or going from the Groton Sub Base. We did not use the shore shower facilities, but the "Welcome Message" by email had all the codes for the gate and shower facility and lots of information. There are many good walks along the harbor, and lots of eating places, and several places to dock your dinghy. We take the dinghy under the rail bridge to Shaw's Cove and at Captain Scott's they have s designated tie up float and great seafood to take back to the boat or eat there. No Maritime Festival this year with COVID, but we have in years past stayed overnight and took the dinghy to Fort Trumbull & NL Pier to be early to see Navy & Coast Guard ships, and other museum vessels. In July the Sailfest is their major event. COVID also cancelled that this year, but it is another reason to get an overnight mooring and then stay safely for the fireworks, and overnight to avoid the crazy exit of many boats from the show. The wake from the ferries is not really a problem, they are thoughtful. However, the many other quick passing boats way out cause some movement. Especially the Navy escort boats for the subs have one speed: full ahead, and plenty of wake! The lights from Electric Boat are pretty bright, and right now new building construction is noisy during the day. It is a novelty stop, but one we enjoy.

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