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Our Honeymoon Cruise

Susan and I were married on August 16, 1980. Neither of us (or our parents) had a lot of money for a fancy wedding, let alone a honeymoon, so we had a modest wedding in my parents back yard and went on a low-budget honeymoon cruise in the Banana Split. We left on a Monday…

Destination – Cuttyhunk

After a great early dinner on Friday at The Chartroom and a surprisingly pleasant gray day cruise to Edgartown, we wrapped up our annual weekend with the McGrath family with a visit to Cuttyhunk. I haven’t been there is a while mostly because the food options are pretty sketchy. If you’re in the same boat,…

The Ocean eats another iPhone!

It started on Block Island when my cousin Sharon’s iPhone slipped through her fingers as she was listening to me play The Weight on Vigilant. After an incredible day on Cuttyhunk yesterday, Gary’s spanking new iPhone 7 slipped into Davey Jones Locker too. Like a lot of my friends, Gary carries his iPhone “naked” –…

The Chartroom Mudslide!

Yet another weekend with a weather forecast for a lousy Saturday and a good Sunday. I think this is the 4th or 5th in a row.  To make matters worse, this is our big annual visit by the McGrath family (less Tracy who moved to Nashville).  As we looked at the Saturday forecast on Thursday…

The “Ocean Bay Club” Discovers the Weepecket Islands

When I’m not on Vigilant, I’m usually at The Bay Club Golf Course. It’s a really special club; it’s a great course, great people, incredible staff, and for some reason, it’s almost never crowded. If you like playing golf with nothing but birds chirping in the background, you’ll love the Bay Club. But if you’re…

Leaving Block Island

All good things come to an end! Our fabulous 6 day vacation on Block Island ended Wednesday. We awoke to “Sabre corner” with a beautiful 54 in the prime spot at Ballards Marina and a 42 tugged up next to Vigilant. We returned to Ernies for our last breakfast on the Island and everyone but…

Back to the Beach on Block Island

Day 5 began with a Mexican breakfast at Caleveras. I now have enough pictures of their food to do a review sometime in the future.  Mrs. Horne and I went for a power walk and then hung out on Vigilant reading. I finally got into the book my son in law Brian loaned me.  I…

Circumnavigating Block Island by Scooter!

Day 4 turned out to be scooter day. Mrs. Horne says “they’re not scooters, they’re mopeds”. But I pointed out that they don’t have any pedals! Although Ballards Marina doesn’t have any of the typical marina facilities, they do have a car, scooter, and bike rental center. Breezy set us up and told me to…

A Day At Ballards Beach Block Island

Day 3 on Block Island began completely differently with brilliant sunshine.  The near Gale winds from Saturday were fading and turning southeast.  Before the ladies woke up, I grabbed the crew some blueberry muffins from Rebecca’s Take Out.  For folks staying in Old Harbor on a boat, Rebecca’s is great. They offer breakfast, lunch, and…

Block Island in a Northeaster!

As I reported yesterday, we woke up Saturday morning to a full blown Northeaster. To make matters worse, we were sitting just a few miles north of a Tropical storm packing Gale force winds. The WJAR weather lady couldn’t predict if we’d be safe or not. The good news was that the wind was blowing…

Block Island – Getting Here

I’m on Day 2 of our Block Island vacation. It should have been Day 1, but we left a day early to avoid an incoming tropical storm.  The trip on Friday was interesting to say the very least. When I got up, it was perfect, ​​ Unfortunately, we weren’t leaving then. Mrs. Horne, Gail, and…

Menemsha and the Jimmy Buffett State of Mind!

Saturday was an odd day. It was very sunny when I woke up, but quickly grayed to a thin haze. Mrs. Horne was coming home around 11:00 and our dear old friends Peter and Mary Lee were arriving at 1:00. Since this was their only visit this summer, I wanted to make it memorable. I…

Brew Fish – Marion

Friday night I took a group of friends to Brew Fish in Marion for my first dinner experience (I have enjoyed several lunches there, but this was my first dinner). Let me start by saying this is great spot to bring a crowd! They don’t take reservations for parties smaller than six and it’s so…

Destination – Mattapoisett

I’ve written a few stories about dining in Mattapoisett and The Mattapoisett Boatyard and decided it was time to tie them all together with a Destination Report. Why Mattapoisett? I’ve boated and lived in Mattapoisett since I was a kid, so it was never a destination to me. The truth is, it’s not really a…

Rescue at Sea

This is a post from a few years back that I originally reported on my Peases Point website. It reminds us all just how serious boating on Buzzards Bay can be! I was heading over to the town pier to pick up Sue and 6 friends for a short boat trip and lunch at The…

Our Dream Boat Comes In; Vigilant (2017 Back Cove 41)

In June of 2016, we were enjoying our first overnight weekend with Gail and Rudy. We were at the Newport Yachting Center (also for the first time), and out to breakfast at The Corner Cafe when I got this text from Joyce at BYS telling me about an incredible listing she just got for a…

The #1 Gunkhole in Buzzards Bay – Bassetts Island Cataumet

I was just trolling The Hull Truth and noticed a guy was looking for a nice beach where he could anchor his boat for his kids to swim. I guess there are some people left who still don’t know about this little slice of heaven! I mentioned it in my Chartroom or Kingman Marine Dock…

The Mattapoisett General Store

NOTE: The following post first appeared in my other Lifestyle Blog – peasespoint.com. A few weeks ago I finally stopped by the General Store on Shipyard Park near the Town Pier. I think it opened last year, but I didn’t want to rush over and visit it in case it didn’t make it (does anyone…

Big Day With The Little Prince

My grandson Jack will be 3 in September. Although he’d been out on Tenacity at 9 months and 21 months, he never really got into boating until yesterday. Yep, I’m Papi; you gotta have a special name for your grandkids. Anyway, as soon as Jack figured out that he wasn’t going to be driving the…