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 Day Marker that you must stay to the right of … Continue reading The Northwest Buzzards Bay Secret Dock and Dine – Onset

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 at the fog, I knew I needed a plan B!

I must have watched a dozen local weather broadcasts and all were predicting clearing; some at noon, some at 3:00 PM, and some even later.

Gary and Amy arrived at noon, amid the lingering fog, so we kicked into Plan B – lunch at the Shipyard Inn and a walk around the Mattapoisett Town Pier.

As we enjoyed the Clam Fritters, Chowder, and a Lagunitas IPA we kept seeing glimpses of sun reflecting off the cars passing by on Water Street.

Mattapoisett Ice Cream Stand
Mattapoisett Town Pier Ice Cream Stand
After lunch, Amy and Sue needed an ice cream cone, so we headed down to the town pier and checked out the weather. We could see across Mattapoisett Harbor, but there was a wall of fog blocking everything beyond Ned’s Point.

Thinking I might be able to salvage what’s left of Plan A, I suggest “why don’t we pack a cooler and go for tour of the harbor on Vigilant”.

Gary screamed “YES, get me on a boat” and we’re off to the races with a renewed Plan A. Continue reading “My Secret Gunkhole – Kittanset Cove”

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 and Portuguese Flatbread (chorizo and carmelized onions) along with a … Continue reading Live Music from The Sail Loft Padanaram

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 Bay in our 26′ Whaler and back then, we had … Continue reading Wareham – Buzzards Bay’s Bargain Dock and Dine Destination

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, it’s almost always calm, and the 10 MPH speed limit … Continue reading A Secret Everyone Should Know – The Old Canal

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 I sleep and although the master stateroom on Vigilant is … Continue reading Meg’s Aussie Milk Bar – Newport

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 liked Yellowfins and Regulators. I did too, but they were … Continue reading The Mean Kitty Hyrdrasports 3300CC – Twin 300 HP ETECs

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 at their wedding and she told me she thought she … Continue reading The Inn on Shipyard Park Mattapoisett (508-758-4922)

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 a mooring and take you to their boatyard or either … Continue reading Turks Sushi and Seafood – Mattapoisett

Does Anyone Know Where The Love Of God Goes When the Waves Turn The Minutes to Hours?

The 26′ Boston Whaler Outrage Twin 200 HP Mercury Optimax (My First Boat) Susan, Kitten, and me at Kingman Marine. 2000 was a very good year for the Horne Family. We were living in The Bay Area, I was doing very well in my job, and able to take a 6 week sabbatical in Mattapoisett for the Summer. With a few stock option bucks burning a … Continue reading Does Anyone Know Where The Love Of God Goes When the Waves Turn The Minutes to Hours?

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 Boat Yard and headed to The Chartroom for a relaxing … Continue reading An Interesting Weather Weekend and A Black Dog Tavern Review…

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 a great location. Midtown is straight off of 41 North … Continue reading The Midtown Oyster Bar – Newport

(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 P35’s were rigged differently and Aquarius sported a very large … Continue reading (The Dawn of) Aquarius – Clyde’s Pearson 35

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 time we even brought our Westie Daisy. It’s just very … Continue reading The Newport Yachting Center (401-846-1600 Ch. 9)