Happy Buzzards Bay 4th of July!

As we all know, the summer officially begins on the 4th of July Weekend. That is unless you’re on a boat on Buzzards Bay! How many 4th of July boat plans were spoiled by the Southwester blowing 25 knots? For some meteorological reason, we always seem to get wind, waves, and some fog in late…

The Northwest Buzzards Bay Secret Dock and Dine – Onset

Last week I talked about the best bargain Dock and Dine is Buzzards Bay – Wareham. Right around the corner is one of the best kept secret Dock and Dine’s – Onset. To get to Onset, head down the Cape Cod Canal and take a left just after Hog Island. There is a large green…

Tenacity (2015 Back Cove Downeast 37)

In the immortal words of Roy Scheider in Jaws – “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat”… By 2014, Mean Kitty was getting a little long in the tooth. She was still pretty and very fast, but the warranty on the ETEC’s had run out and like I said elsewhere, we were ready for…

My Secret Gunkhole – Kittanset Cove

Tuesday was a funny day… I woke up to the third day of pea soup fog with the Point Connett moorings drifting in and out of the 1/4 mile visibility. Our dear old friends Gary and Amy were coming to visit for brief one night stay and hopefully a maiden voyage on Vigilant. Looking out…

Jim Barrett Cabinet Maker

A few weeks ago Mrs, Horne commented that Vigilant is kind of like a Tiny House. I think she’s right. Even though she’s 46′ long, 14′ wide and weighs just under 15 tons, space is a premium. If you ever watch any of the Tiny House TV shows (and there are many), you see people…

Live Music from The Sail Loft Padanaram

​​Sunday was Fathers Day. Our big plans to visit Newport with Mrs. Horne’s sister Paula and our dog Daisy got tanked by fog and generally lousy weather. The weekend was salvaged by the Sail Loft. We headed over at 3:00 just as Neal McCarthy and Barry Gross were starting their set. Had the Truffle Fries…

Wareham – Buzzards Bay’s Bargain Dock and Dine Destination

Our two Back Coves – Tenacity (37) and Vigilant (41) have spoiled us when it comes to selecting a destination. Both can plow through 4-5 foot chop and Vigilant has a hard back door and a heater, making even a 50 degree day a cruise day. It wasn’t that long ago when when cruised Buzzards…

A Secret Everyone Should Know – The Old Canal

There are a number of great destinations that require a trip up the Cape Cod Canal; Onset, Sandwich, Plymouth, Barnstable, and Provincetown. In fact, I find the canal itself to be a destination on certain days. My Garmin Autoroute does an excellent job of steering a perfect course around the graceful bends approaching the bridges,…

Meg’s Aussie Milk Bar – Newport

As I’ve mentioned a few times, Newport had become my favorite “One Night Cruise” destination from Buzzards Bay. It’s a comfortable 2+ hour cruise and since the majority of the travel occurs outside of Buzzards Bay, there’s not a lot of chop once we clear New Bedford Harbor. I’m an early riser no matter where…

The Mean Kitty Hyrdrasports 3300CC – Twin 300 HP ETECs

We moved into our new house in Mattapoisett in June of 2007. We were enjoying the post 9/11 stock market boom and as I said, the Whaler was becoming highly unreliable. I had become a regular on thehulltruth.com and had literally spent the last 2 years picking out the next Horne boat. All the offshore boys…

The Inn on Shipyard Park Mattapoisett (508-758-4922)

The Inn at Shipyard Park 13 Water Street Mattapoisett, MA 508 758 4922 There is something very special about dining at the Ole Inn. Not only do I remember going there for special nights as a kid, but it’s also a few houses down from my son-in-law Brian’s ancestral grandfather. I met Brian’s grandmother Luce…

Turks Sushi and Seafood – Mattapoisett

Having grown up in Mattapoisett, I admit that I never think of it as a Dock and Dine venue, but it’s actually quite good, especially if you’re looking to get off the typical Buzzards Bay beaten path. Visiting by boat is easy, just call the Mattapoisett Launch (508-758-4791 Ch. 68) and they’ll put you on…

An Interesting Weather Weekend and A Black Dog Tavern Review…

We just concluded a highly enjoyable weekend hosting three of our favorite couples. It was an interesting weekend from the boating perspective. Each day looked like a “Perfect 10” around 9:00 AM and each turned into days you wouldn’t dare go boating on by afternoon. Friday, we met Peter and Mary Lee at the Mattapoisett…

Entering Edgartown 

One of my favorite sights, entering Edgartown, passing the lighthouse, and seeing The Seafood Shanty in the distance!

The Midtown Oyster Bar – Newport

After a half a dozen cruises to Newport, I have developed a short list of four great restaurants and may never try another! The Fluke (our first) The Mooring (best location) Meg’s Aussie Milk Bar (great breakfast) The Midtown Oyster Bar Obviously, that brings me to today’s review! To get on my list, you need…

(The Dawn of) Aquarius – Clyde’s Pearson 35

In 1982, my father Clyde retired and bought his last boat and this time he really got it right. It was a 10 year old Pearson 35. If you know anything about Pearson, you know that they have always made very solid boats; boats ideally suited for Buzzards Bay’s wind and sea. I think different…

The Newport Yachting Center (401-846-1600 Ch. 9)

As overnight cruising venues go, this spot is clearly my #1 favorite. Since staying her for the first time last June, we’ve returned 3 other times. I’d also say it’s our preferred destination for showing our friends Newport. We’ve been here with Gail & Rudy, Peter & Mary Lee, and Gary & Amy. The last…