Es­sex, CT

Power & Motor Yacht - - EXPOSURE -

I was lucky enough to keep my boat in Es­sex in the late ’90s at Brew­ers Daunt­less Ship­yard & Ma­rina, where I had an un­ob­structed view up the river to­ward Ham­burg Cove and Gil­lette Cas­tle. I’m a south­erner and this was the first time I lived above the Mason-Dixon line, yet I felt that I had died and gone to heaven boat­ing in New Eng­land. Great place, good peo­ple, and fan­tas­tic times at the Pearl and the Gris­wold Inn. Some of my best friends are still in Es­sex and I will al­ways look at my time there as among the best mo­ments in my life. I live in North Carolina now and I have to tell you about a town that re­minds me a lit­tle of Es­sex. It’s South­port, where I plan to re­tire, a quaint fish­ing vil­lage with a his­tory that goes back to the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary War. It is a town listed on the Na­tional Reg­is­ter of His­toric Places and was a safe haven for pi­rates in the 1700s. It sits on the con­flu­ence of the Cape Fear River, At­lantic Ocean, and the In­tra­coastal Wa­ter­way. With four mari­nas and ex­cel­lent, all-weather ocean ac­cess, it has be­come a pop­u­lar stopover for those snow­birds “do­ing the ditch” or go­ing off­shore. While I will never be able to re­place my mem­o­ries of Es­sex, South­port is now my fa­vorite home­port. Check it out and I think you will agree.

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