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2017 Video Collection 

I’m back in California for the winter and I already miss Buzzards Bay. It’s in the eighties out here, so it feels like July and time to go boating.  I have already found myself looking back at some of the stories from last season and thought you might feel the same.  As the season went…

A Prayer For The Cove

When I’m not busy skippering Vigilant or telling stories on My Buzzards Bay, I also dabble in music. For years it been covering popular songs. I learned a while back that people love to hear me perform songs they know. They can sing along and I also find that they subconsciously “hear” the other instruments…

Final Cruise of 2017 – Fisherman’s View Restaurant 

All good things must come to an end and so it goes for our 2017 season on our new Back Cove 41 Vigilant.  She was Christened on April 24 which means she’s been in the water almost 6 months.  We put 125 hours on her this summer and somewhere around 2,000 miles.   Final Friday …

The Final Weekend Tradition…

The time is near to close up the beach house and head to our winter home in the desert of Southern California. We had planned to get in one more cruise over the weekend, stay at Bowens in Newport, and attend the Seafood Festival with our dear old friends Peter and Mary Lee. Once again,…

Benjamin’s – Newport Rhode Island

I admit it, Mrs. Horne and I have been working hard to make up for lost time on Vigilant due to the wave of hurricanes that messed up the second half of September. Last week we ended up spending 3 days in Vineyard Haven thanks to some pea soup fog. This week we threw together…

The Copper Wok Saves Breakfast 

Mrs. Horne’s sister Paula and 5 of her girlfriends came to visit this weekend to celebrate her birthday on Buzzards Bay.  Many of them had never been to Martha’s Vineyard so we were planning on taking them to Edgartown on Saturday.  Unfortunately, it was another one of those weekends with a rainy Saturday! Sunday looked…

Fogged In On Martha’s Vineyard 

Our quick overnight trip to Oak Bluffs became an adventure when we woke up Wednesday morning to near zero visibility in the fog.  I was hoping it would burn off like it did on Tuesday but it looked darker. Still, it was a little erie and beautiful at the same time.  Dock Building in the…

Oak Bluffs – An Ideal Autumn Destination

After cancelling a couple of trips early this month due to nearby hurricanes, Mrs. Horne and I decided to take a spur of the moment overnight cruise on Tuesday.  She was arriving that morning after caring for her dear mother Doris and I had no idea exactly where we were going until she arrived.  I…

Ernie’s Block Island Breakfast

Today I’ll be continuing my series of reviews on the various attractions on Block Island with my review of Ernie’s restaurant. Like Ballard’s Inn, Ernie’s is a mere 1,000 feet from Ballard’s Marina. And much as ending our days listening to John Brazile at Ballard’s Inn became a daily routine, breakfast at Ernie’s was our…

Waiting for Jose

I’m just sitting here today waiting for Mrs. Horne to return from San Diego and waiting for Jose.  We were planning to visit Nantucket starting Wednesday, but that idea is just a distant memory.  I spent Monday morning bringing in all the outside furniture.  If anything truly interesting happens I’ll head out around Mattapoisett and…

My Newport Boat Show Report

My father started taking me to the Boston boat show when I was 10 years old. It’s total eye candy for anyone and particularly for those of us who are blessed enough to own their own watercraft. I started going to The Newport Boat Show in the 1970’s with my good friend Peter. We were…

Boys Day Out

Mrs. Horne is in San Diego celebrating our grandson’s 3rd birthday so I invited my favorite crew members Rudy and Peter down for a boys weekend on Buzzards Bay.  The forecast was good, but we woke up to pea soup fog. My weather app said it would burn off by 8:00 so we stayed with…

Ballard’s Marina – Block Island

This summer we made our second trip to Block Island. Last year we took Tenacity and based on numerous recommendations, we stayed in New Harbor at the Block Island Boat Basin. We chose the BIBB because of all the reports saying they were the only marina on the island with slips on a floating dock….

September At Fisherman’s View

As you know, I’m a huge fan of F/V (that’s how the Fisherman’s View refers to themselves). I love the ride up the canal, I love the indoor water view, and I love the food. Speaking of food, here’s a review I did a while back. Saturday I took Mrs. Horne and six of her…

Ballard’s Resort Restaurant – Block Island

As you may recall, Vigilant and her crew spent 6 days at Block Island in early August. I posted a mini “travelogue” each day that mentioned where we ate, but I deferred the restaurant reviews until later –  well, later is now! I have quite a backlog from that trip as well as the Maine…

Why is boating full of drama?

If you have a boat of any size, you know what I’m talking about. You’re Living the Dream, the wind is in your hair as you bask in the shimmering sun dancing on the waves, the smell of sea air fills your nostrils, and suddenly, the Sh*t hits the fan and you’re immersed in a…

Mrs. Horne Sees Maine!

Monday was a beautiful day. Since we canceled the trip to Boothbay, the next leg of our journey was just 20 miles down the coast to Newburyport, which meant we’d finally have a liesurely day.  We went out for breakfast back at Salt and enjoyed some outstanding food.    Tour of Portsmouth Harbor After adding…

The District Restaurant and Portsmouth NH

Sunday called for a 65 mile run around Rockport with a 30 mile leg across open ocean. This was to be the farthest I’ve ever taken Vigilant in a single day and the first open Ocean run in the North Atlantic, so we departed Boston around 8:30 AM which was early for Gail. ​ ​…

Dick’s Last Resort – Yep…

We visited Boston for the first time in Vigilant Saturday and actually got here from Plymouth around 11:30. It was a very smooth ride and we really enjoyed the views of Boston from the waterfront. Like all good tourists, we herded into Fanuiel Hall Marketplace with the crowd looking for lunch. I pulled up yelp…

What are we doing in Plymouth?

Truth be told, it occurred to me a few weeks ago that our 5 night trip to Boothbay Maine was fraught with risk.  It involved three 80 mile legs. No problem with mimimal waves, but how often do we see 6 days of minimal waves along the northeast coast of New England? The funny thing…