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Milford CT is blessed with a fine harbor, a New England town green and a small barrier island about 1 mile offshore. We have a salt pond nearby that floods and drains with the tides where clammers and anglers can always spend a few hours.
The mouth of the harbor has two breakwaters to protect the boats in the inner harbor from the waves and weather of the Gulf. Between the two is a ~200 ft wide channel at the mouth.
A few years ago, a good friend who was on the Harbor Commission managed to convince the town, the state Dept of Environmental Protection and the Army Corp that the mouth of the harbor and the channel out to the deeper LISound needed to be dredged. He has since passed on.
The dredging process is not simple since they need to check the sand for contaminants and need a suitable place to restore an eroded beach nearby with the dredged tailings sand. He pulled it off and following the 2017 dredge, the harbor depth was now at 12 ft at LLW and the mouth and channel weíre cleared out to about.75 miles offshore to 12 ft waters.
Last year the city did a pond restoration project upstream of the harbor. While I cannot say that one thing caused another, now the silt is building up again right in the channel at the mouth.
One side of the channel that gets the current is still 12 ft, but the other side in the eddy (RED RIGHT RETURNING) and it measures less than 6 ft.
Many sailors with larger boats and 6ft drafts use Milford harbor for an overnight, a lunch spot or the fuel docks. We hear reports of groundings several times a week, and this weekend will be very busy.
Iíve written the Harbor Commission and theyíre aware as well as the CT DEEP boating unit, but without my friend to make it happen, the harbor will probably worsen Iíve let the USCG know so they can include a warning on their daily VHF Reports to Mariners.
Iíd volunteer for a position on the Commission however I donít meet the residency requirement. I live one town over.
My boat with a 4ft draft is still fine but Iím concerned about the many visitors who will bottom out. Luckily itís mud and not stone but that can really ruin your day. Maybe next season itíll get even worse.
You know Scott, many Milfordís visitors hale from Pt Jeff, Mt Sinai, St. James and Northport/Huntington (Long Island). Milford is a five-six hour sail from most of these places while itís a 20 minute run for stinkpotters. This weekend the Milford City marina was PACKED (32 slips), with a huge waiting list. Low tide was at 5:15PM today with low water running at -0.5 ft. Ouch!
The Navionics on-line chart I'm looking at shows only 5' for most of the channel going in, changing to 4' before you get to the town marina. At least it looks like the on-line chart is pretty up-to-date, but a lot of people's Garmins might still show 12'.
I also see a day-mark "10" that appears to be in the middle of about 2' of water just inside the entrance. (RRR) Really?? Might that be a source of many of the groundings? ("Just stay left of the red mark... Wait a minute--what's that red nun over there?? Why are we stopping??")
Dave Bristle Association "Port Captain" for Mystic, CT PO of 1985 C-25 SR/FK #5032 Passage, ex-USCG-OUPV Now on Eastern 27 Sarge (but still sailing when I can). Passage, Mystic, and Sarge--click to enlarge.
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