Jamestown and Newport, Rhode Island
Nautical Information

One of the major boating centers in the United States, the Narragansett Bay area offers excellent sailing conditions, beautiful sights and numerous facilities and resources for sailors.

Current Wind Direction and Speed Tide Tables for Narragansett Bay and RI Coast

New England and other Marine Weather Forecasts - NOAA weather warnings, obsevations and forecasts.

NOAA Interactive Nautical Chart for Jamestown RI. Initial view is an overview of Narragansett Bay area. You can zoom in on areas of interest. More details appear as the field of view narrows.


Jamestown provides an ideal base for cruising Narragansett Bay, Block Island Sound and the Elizabeth Islands with three full-service marinas and boat yards.

The Conanicut Marina, 1 Ferry Wharf, (401) 423-1556, is located near Jamestown's commercial center around the old East Ferry Landing. The marina has 100 floating and fixed pier spaces, 205 seasonal & transient embedment moorings. A well-stocked ship's store offers 7000 square feet of engine parts, marine accessories, electronics, hardware, clothing, gifts, boating shoes & boots, sportswear and foul weather gear.  Waterside and inland repair and storage facilities provide full service for all size vessels. Operator of The Jamestown Newport Ferry.

The Jamestown Boat Yard, Racquet Road, (401) 423-0600, is located near the Dumplings and Fort Wetherill, just south of the Village Center, offers docking, mooring and facilities for repairs and upgrades.

Transient and seasonal moorings, hauling, storage and other services are also available on the west side of the island at the Dutch Harbor Boat Yard, 252 Narragansett Avenue (former West Ferry area) (401) 423-0630. Stay the night and catch the spectacular sunsets across West Passage.

Share your interest in yachting by checking out activities of the Jamestown Yacht Club and Conanicut Yacht Club.

General Information and Resources:

The Newport Harbor Guide provides extensive information on Narragansett Bay - including weather forecasts, maps and sources for goods and services needed by mariners - with the emphasis on Newport. The site contains a number of photos.  Here are some samples of the photos:

Another useful site is Rhode Island Nautical Links. It's goal is to provide the most complete list of all marine-related sites in Rhode Island. Check it out for extensive lists of, and links to, area boat builders and sources of supplies, charters, lighthouse links, marinas and brokers, yacht clubs, museums, publications, resources and marine link libraries.

Sightseeing on the Bay:

You want to see the Bay but don't own a boat? No problem. Take a tour boat or ferry, or rent a sailing craft and enjoy the sun, wind, spray and views.

Newport Harbor cruises are offered by several operators. You can see yachts, racing sailboats, warships, commercial fishing vessels and cargo ships from around the world as you cruise by historic buildings along Newport's waterfront, Goat Island, the Newport Bridge, Rose Island, Jamestown, the Clingstone, Hammersmith Farm, Fort Adams, John Nicholas Brown's Estate and Ida Lewis Yacht Club. All of the cruises last approximately one hour.

Your choice of vessel and departure point includes the sailing yacht Madeleine, or the motor yacht Rum Runner II  from Classic Cruises of Newport, ; and the Spirit of Newport tours, boarded at Bowen's Wharf Each tour covers the Newport Harbor area and a portion of Narragansett Bay.

Another way to see the area from the Bay is from a passenger ferry. The Jamestown & Newport Ferry, (401-423-9900) operates between Newport and Jamestown, leaving every 90 minutes in the summer.  

Yachting Museum:

If you are interested in yachting history, you may want to visit the Museum of Yachting, located in Fort Adams State Park, Newport. The 10,000 square foot museum is home to the Courageous, two-time America's Cup winner.

Islands in the Bay:

Did you know that there are over 30 islands in Narragansett Bay? Click on this link to learn a little about Dutch Island, Goat Island, Whale Island and more.


At least eight lighthouses can be seen from various parts of Conanicut Island. Active lights are Beavertail, Point Judith, Castle Hill, Rose Island and Goat Island. Decommissioned lights are Dutch Island, Plum Beach and Conanicut (North Point). Follow this link to learn more about all of these nearby lighthouses.

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