Spicer's Marina in Noank, CT ---- The easy way to visit Mystic---but don't forget the historic village of Noank. 
Spicer's Marina, located just west of Mystic, CT, uses as it's slogan "The place to come when you need something fixed."  But from the look of the large, well maintained facility, it's much more than that.  Yes, the owners pride themselves on the on-site services that include electronics, rigging, fiberglass expertise, wood shops, and emergency engine and hull repair.  But their concrete floating docks, deep-water moorings, launch service, and amenities right in the marina add up to an excellent choice for a cruising stop.  One of the great beauties of Spicer's is its proximity to Mystic.  Just five minutes down the historic coastline lies the famous seaport--a cruising destination if there ever was one.  Choosing Noank as your port, however gives you the wonderful option of not having to deal with the very busy, and often crowded, Mystic Harbor.  Tie up for a couple of nights, plan a day or two at the Seaport Museum and the excellent aquarium, tour the shops, and then go back to your peaceful home afloat.  Have dinner at one of the three restaurants within walking distance; one, The Seahorse, is adjacent to the marina.  Shop at Spicer's world-class marine store ("It rivals any catalog store," says Bill Spicer,) or maybe take a cool dip off the nearby sandy beach.  Within walking distance you'll find the town of Noank a quaint, New England seaside village.  Here you'll find friendly people, art galleries, exhibits at the historical society, and purveyors of all you'll need in your boat's galley.
Navigating into Spicer's is easy; there are no bridges or rivers to deal with so you gain instant access directly from Fisher's Island Sound.  Flanked to the east by the Noank peninsula and the west by Groton Long Point, the marina enjoys protected waters for the most part.  To complete this protection, a 680-foot breakwater was recently completed (so new it's not even on the charts yet) to break the motion of the ocean from the south.  An innovative design leaves 200 feet of open water between the rock jetty and land, allowing free circulation to keep the water in the cove clean.  Spicer, whose grandfather and father started this facility in the 1950's thinks that "This is probably Connecticut's most picturesque facility."  You'll have to decide that for yourself, but beyond the scenery Spicer's still offers more than most.  Shower buildings were recently completed with well thought out design elements.  Positioned against an embankment and under a large tree, the building stays cool.  The Ladies has lots of electrical outlets, well placed mirrors, and great ventilation.  The floors are designed to drain off water unlike some that often appear to do just the opposite.  With amenities like this the picturesque surroundings are just an extra.       Published in SAILING LIFE Jan/ Feb 1997
SPICER'S AMENITIES

FULL SERVICE MARINA

5 RESTAURANTS, GROCERY STORE, AND PACKAGE STORE ALL WITHIN WALKING DISTANCE

COIN WASHER AND DRYER

3 BATH HOUSES

ICE AND TACKLE SHOP ON THE MARINA

MECHANICAL DEPARTMENT

YARD CREW

FULL MARINE STORE

LAUNCH SERVICE ( VHF CHANNEL 68)
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