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 June and early July on Buzzards Bay. For this reason, … Continue reading Happy Buzzards Bay 4th of July!
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
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 a more adult boat. I knew my next boat had … Continue reading Tenacity (2015 Back Cove Downeast 37)
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.
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”
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 getting very creative finding ways to store their stuff in … Continue reading Jim Barrett Cabinet Maker
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
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
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
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
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 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)
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
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?
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…
Great day today with Gail and Rudy. Back to The Black Dog Tavern for an outstanding meal (Seaside Eatery Review to follow…) Continue reading The “Island Home” leaving Vineyard Haven
One of my favorite sights, entering Edgartown, passing the lighthouse, and seeing The Seafood Shanty in the distance! Continue reading Entering Edgartown
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
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
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)