The End of Summer 2018

It’s official. As the photo above shows, Vigilant was nestled snugly to bed yesterday under the watchful eye of her winter guardian – Ned Kaiser (Mattapoisett Boat Yard). Sadly, the time flew by, but it was a most incredible season that included first time trips to Nantucket, Montauk, Watch Hill, The West End of Newport, and our first overnights at Edgartown and Sandwich. As always, … Continue reading The End of Summer 2018

Watching The Season Fade “Vineyard Style…”

A few weeks ago, I was getting a little sad thinking about the 2018 boating season coming to an end. But as Mrs. Horne and I ventured over to Oak Bluffs Sunday I realized that my sadness was gone. At this point in the season, every second on the water feels like bonus time! We were originally planning on one last cruise – maybe even … Continue reading Watching The Season Fade “Vineyard Style…”

What’s the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon on Buzzards Bay?

The Sox don’t play til 7:00 and Pats don’t play til 8:20, so what’re you gonna do this afternoon? We have one or two days left on Buzzards Bay In 2018. Mrs. Horne and I are going to start clearing stuff out of Vigilant before she’s hauled for the season. Then we’re heading to Oaks Bluff for lunch. If your boat’s already been hauled, or … Continue reading What’s the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon on Buzzards Bay?

Seeking Pilgrims – Columbus Day Weekend…

It’s not quite the end of the 2018 season, but I can see the end in sight! In honor of Columbus Day, we decided to visit Plymouth – the home of the American Pilgrim! This past weekend we hosted our dear old friends from our Harvard days – Peter and Mary Lee, for an overnight holiday weekend cruise. Thanks to the northeast wind and 60 … Continue reading Seeking Pilgrims – Columbus Day Weekend…

Boating Rules of The Road and Buzzards Bay…

Having spent a lot of time on the water this summer, it’s come to my attention that about 25% of boaters either don’t know or don’t respect the Boating Rules Of The Road. I’m not talking about a couple of yahoo’s in a 20′ center console; I’m talking about 50′ Sportfisherman, Commercial Fishing Boats, and Island Ferries. While a good knowledge of the Rules of … Continue reading Boating Rules of The Road and Buzzards Bay…

Monica Rizzio, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder, and The Cardboard Box

As you may know, we ended up staying in Oak Bluffs for a second night due to the truly crappy weather! We started the day watching the Ryder Cup while I made my killer egg Sammie’s for breakfast… Martha’s Vineyard Chowder Around 1:00 we headed out to try a new lunch venue – The Martha’s Vineyard Chowder House… As you might guess, clam chowder is … Continue reading Monica Rizzio, Martha’s Vineyard Chowder, and The Cardboard Box

Labor Day Tragedy on Block Island!

Like many of you, I freaking love Block Island! Last night I got an email from Captain Breezy Grenier (Dockmaster at Ballard’s Marina) informing me of a tragedy that occurred over Labor Day Weekend. In short, a fine young man and long time Block Island resident needs our help. If you love the island and can help and/or attend any of the fundraising events below, … Continue reading Labor Day Tragedy on Block Island!

Labor Day Weekend in Newport

For the past few years, we’ve spent Labor Day with Mrs. Horne’s family. Her brother Paul hosts a party and a “Washer’s” Tournament. Rudy and I don’t play Washers, but we do perform live music. In May, Mrs. Horne informed me that she wanted to try something different so I forked over $915 and booked Bowen’s Wharf in Newport for 4 days/3 nights. Our Initial … Continue reading Labor Day Weekend in Newport

The Royal Furs – Live at The Deck

I’m slowly getting out from under all the great live music videos I shot last weekend in Newport. I have already published videos on ANAMCARA and Justin Pomfret. Last Sunday The Deck was closed for a private party at lunch, but we went at 1:30 and caught a great new duet named The Royal Furs. I also shot a short clip of Sean shredding a sweet … Continue reading The Royal Furs – Live at The Deck

The Cliff Walk – Newport Rhode Island

We’re in Newport celebrating Labor Day. Rudy suggested we complete The Cliff Walk Saturday morning and since we were planning on eating well, the 5+ mile hike sounded like an excellent idea! We took uber to the entrance at Easton’s Beach (175 Memorial Boulevard if you want to the same). It was just 7 bucks. It was the Saturday of Labor Day weekend so it … Continue reading The Cliff Walk – Newport Rhode Island

ANAMCARA – Live at The Deck

This morning we hiked the entire 5 mile Cliff Walk around the Mansions of Newport (report to follow). We also walked back to downtown for a total of 7-8 miles and when the clock struck “5:00 Somewhere”, we stopped at The Deck for some Middletown Oysters and a couple of Boat Drinks. Much to our delight, the live entertainment was a group named ANAMCARA. They’re … Continue reading ANAMCARA – Live at The Deck

What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?

Pessimists call this weekend the “unofficial end of summer.” I call it the beginning of “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” – Autumn boating! The marinas are suddenly less crowded, rates go down, and you can finally get a table in a nice restaurant without having to make a reservation a month in advance. To celebrate this wonderful season, we’ll be taking our #1 … Continue reading What are you doing this Labor Day weekend?

My Brother Mark’s Birthday Cruise

Someone once said “the only thing better than having a boat is having a friend who has a boat.” I’m not sure that’s really true, but when you consider all the money we spend fixing every little thing, the thousands of dollars we burn in fuel, and the hundreds of hours expended cleaning (cleaning the head), you have to admit boat ownership is a labor … Continue reading My Brother Mark’s Birthday Cruise

Understanding Cape Cod Canal Tidal Currents (with Daily Charts)

Dave Kaiser (owner – Mattapoisett Boat Yard) texted me Tuesday and asked me how to estimate the tidal currents in the Cape Cod Canal. I haven’t a clue, so I decided to research it and put it on My Buzzards Bay for anyone else looking for answers. An unfavorable tidal current isn’t a big deal for Vigilant. With our 715 HP Cummins, the only impact … Continue reading Understanding Cape Cod Canal Tidal Currents (with Daily Charts)

A Full Buzzards Bay Weekend!

Our winter home is on the PGA WEST Golf Course in La Quinta California. La Quinta is about 25 miles south of Palm Springs and not that easy to get to out of Boston Logan Airport. For that reason, we have very few neighbors in La Quinta from the Northeast. That said, the few we have are wonderful folks and this past weekend we all … Continue reading A Full Buzzards Bay Weekend!