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?
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
We have some special VIP guests this weekend who would like to remain incognito – so no MBB stories. But since I love all my followers, and I don’t want to leave you empty handed, I’m publishing the final MBB Video from Vigilant’s Southern New England Island Tour.,, Enjoy! Continue reading The Southern New England Island Tour Video
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)
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!
After 4 great days on Block Island, we headed south for Vigilant’s first visit to New York and Montauk on Long Island. We stayed at The Montauk Marine Basin which is just south of Gosman’s as you enter the harbor. Once we tied up on their straight wharf, we headed over to The Clam and Chowder House at Salivars Dock (4 stars on Yelp). One … Continue reading Wrapping Up The Vigilant Southern NE Tour
We’re in Montauk New York and heading to Watch Hill Rhode Island today. Rather than give you a Ships Log report on our trip here, (I’ll roll it into tomorrow), I’ll just give you the highlight. Lynn’s Hula Hut We’re at The Montauk Marine Basin and right there in the parking lot is a great little Tiki Bar. The sign said live music and a … Continue reading Lynn’s Hula Hut and The Deep C Revival
Into each life some rain must fall… After two days at the beach, I was ready for a cloudy day. I got that and more. Mrs. Horne and I got our morning power walk in while it was still dry. It was crazy over in New Harbor thanks to a bicycle road race that closed down the only major intersection in that end of the … Continue reading Rainy Day in Paradise – SE NE Tour Day Three
Day Two of the Southern New England Tour was totally laid back. Mrs. Horne and I took a brisk walk to New Harbor and then we all enjoyed breakfast at a new spot – the Tap and Grille at the National Hotel. Everything was great and of particular note was Mrs. Horne’s Banana Almond French Toast, which was more like a dessert than a breakfast. … Continue reading Block Island Friday
As we were plowing through the occasional 10 foot rolling wave several miles off the Rhode Island coast yesterday morning, I said to Rudy… “Back in the Mean Kitty days, I’d ask myself if the seas were going to be calm enough to go out today.” “Now I ask myself if there is anything that’s too much for Vigilant to handle.” Our destination was Block … Continue reading Southern New England Tour – Day One
Our longest adventure of the season begins tomorrow – Thursday August 2nd. Our plan is as follows: Thursday – Sunday AM: Block Island RI Sunday – Monday: Montauk NY Monday – Tuesday: Watch Hill RI Tuesday – Wednesday: East Greenwich RI If you’re going to be in any of these ports on these days and want to connect, let me know… Continue reading The Vigilant Southern NE Tour…