Father’s Day 2018

Summer finally arrived on Father’s Day. We wrapped up our 4 day trip to Nantucket with egg sandwiches on board. It was a Perfect 10 day for boating all across New England. We left at 11:00 and dropped anchor off Weepecket Island just before 1:00. There we savored Father’s Day afternoon. We returned to MBY around 4:00 and it’s was still perfect weather. My First … Continue reading Father’s Day 2018

Things To Do In Nantucket

I woke up to our third day in Nantucket with absolutely no agenda. Sure, we’d kicked around a few ideas but nothing concrete. There was almost no wind so Vigilant rested perfectly still on the Straight Wharf and the girls slept in. A Fog Island Breakfast Isn’t San Francisco supposed to be Fog City? Who knows? But I do know the top rated breakfast on … Continue reading Things To Do In Nantucket

All Weather Day in Nantucket

Day Two in Nantucket didn’t quite start like the weatherman promised. Not only did the 70 degree forecast vanish in thin air (revised forecast high was now 59), but it was raining! I brewed my morning coffee and turned on the heat. Nantucket Tide Mrs. Horne didn’t sleep well because the boat and dock creaked most of the night. NBB is all fixed piers and … Continue reading All Weather Day in Nantucket

Getting to Nantucket

The list of destinations Vigilant has yet to visit got shorter yesterday with our Father’s Day 4-day weekend trip to Nantucket. All week long the local weather reporters were promising the best weather in years and when we woke up, it looked to be true. By the time I got on Mattapoisett Boat Yard launch to head out to bring Vigilant in for loading, the … Continue reading Getting to Nantucket

West Island Marina – Buzzards Bay’s Newest Dock and Dine

You know what they say about waterfront property? They aren’t making any more of it! And this is even more true in New England with all the zoning restrictions on every inch of our seacoast. As I’ve pointed out in the past, many oceanfront restaurants eventually fail and end up as private residences – never to serve the public again! Here in Mattapoisett, the Silver … Continue reading West Island Marina – Buzzards Bay’s Newest Dock and Dine

Quick Trip to the Chartroom

Our #1 crew Gail and Rudy are down for a few days. Last week featured spectacular weather, but the forecast for the weekend was sketchy and generally wet followed by nice weather on Monday and Tuesday. Based on this, we planned to shift our weekend to Sunday and Monday. Of course that was the forecast three days ago. By Saturday morning, Saturday was clearing and … Continue reading Quick Trip to the Chartroom

Our Preseason Mini Vacation in Newport

Last week Mrs. Horne decided we needed a getaway and with that our mid May mini vacation began. I think this is the first time we ever left home without a destination. In fact, we weren’t even sure how long we were going to be gone! Since the odds were that we’d be out at least one night, we dragged our little Westie Daisy along … Continue reading Our Preseason Mini Vacation in Newport

Fluke – Newport (2018 Update)

Last week we enjoyed a mini vacation in Newport. Monday and Wednesday were gorgeous. Tuesday started out nice, but turned to spotty rain showers by cocktail hour. Mrs. Horne and I keep foul weather gear on the boat and thus we were ready to venture our for dinner. That said, since Vigilant was docked at Bowen’s and we were sticking to home on this wet … Continue reading Fluke – Newport (2018 Update)

The Wharf Pub – Newport

Monday morning Mrs. Horne decided that we’d take advantage of a beautiful 75 degree day and head to Newport for a mini vacation (full story to follow). Although we mostly enjoyed our favorite restaurants, we did find time to try a new one – The Wharf Pub located right off Bowens Wharf. I admit having walked by The Wharf Pub dozens of times and never … Continue reading The Wharf Pub – Newport

Falmouth Friday

Our quest for preseason seaside eating and free Dock and Dine continued Friday when we visited Falmouth for a little late Cinco De Mayo with our favorite yacht broker – Joyce Richards of Boston Yacht Sales. Falmouth was one of the first Dock and Dine reports I ever did, but Friday was the first visit in our largest boat – Vigilant. The free dockage is … Continue reading Falmouth Friday

Destination – Martha’s Vineyard

Growing up in Mattapoisett, Martha’s Vineyard was always the island we saw off in the distance just outside of Buzzards Bay. But when it came to boating, it was always “so close, and yet so far.” Those of us who boat on Buzzards Bay are quite fortunate to have such an exotic venue so close. People all over the world know about the Vineyard. It … Continue reading Destination – Martha’s Vineyard

Linda Jeans – Breakfast on Oak Bluffs

Thanks to the fog, our day trip to Oak Bluffs last September turned into a 3 day mini vacation. I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do on vacation is to go to breakfast and that’s how we discovered Linda Jeans — one of the best breakfast spots on Martha’s Vineyard. Although it looked and felt new, Linda Jeans is … Continue reading Linda Jeans – Breakfast on Oak Bluffs

A Sneak Peak of Summer at The Lookout Tavern

Yesterday was a big day for partying. Not only was it Cinco De Mayo, but it was also Kentucky Derby Day. It turned out to be a nice day to take our first cruise to Martha’s Vineyard. It was a weird weather day. Friday night the wind howled and it was still blowing close to 20 when I went over to clean the windows for … Continue reading A Sneak Peak of Summer at The Lookout Tavern

The Offshore Ale House – Oak Bluffs

Last Autumn, Mrs. Horne, Daisy (our Westie), and I snuck away for a midweek getaway to Oak Bluffs – click here for the full report. We arrived around noon and decided to take Daisy to the only place in Oak Bluffs that served both beer and dogs. It turns out dogs are only allowed at two tables that are closer to the street than they … Continue reading The Offshore Ale House – Oak Bluffs

The Harborside Inn – Edgartown

In 2017, Edgartown eliminated their free blue town moorings and put all their moorings on Dockwa for $40 for 11:00 AM through 10:00 AM regardless of how long you stay. Want to stay over night for 23 hours? It’s $40. Want to stay for 2 hours and go to lunch? Its still $40! On top of that, those cool Vineyard Vines launches are $4/head each way. … Continue reading The Harborside Inn – Edgartown

First Cruise of 2018 – Back to the F/V

The season began today as Mrs. Horne, her sister Paula and I kicked things off with a little Dock and Dine. Considering that it snowed here 3 weeks ago, the temperature forecast was unbelievable – mid 70’s. Of course it’s May 2nd so the wind forecast was more typical for Buzzards Bay – light winds in the morning followed by a steady 20+ knot southwest … Continue reading First Cruise of 2018 – Back to the F/V

Red Cat Kitchen – Oak Bluffs

After a relaxing autumn afternoon on Vigilant reading and listening to Spanish Guitar on Pandora, we ventured out to Red Cat Kitchen for dinner on Oaks Bluff. Oak Bluffs is a funny place. It’s totally crazy during the summer as a major ferry port, but seemed closed for the season when we visited in late September. We hit up yelp and discovered Down Island was … Continue reading Red Cat Kitchen – Oak Bluffs

First Night Back At Turks!

Mrs. Horne and I returned to Mattapoisett very late Sunday night and spent the week getting the house in order. Mrs. Horne did a great job touching up some of damage done by the four major northeaster’s and deserved a night out, so we hit up our favorite local spot. It turned out to be a promotional night for some new vodka (Ice Pik) and … Continue reading First Night Back At Turks!

Destination – Newport Rhode Island

I was never a huge fan of Newport by car. Sure, the harbor’s beautiful and filled with massive yachts. And yes, they have all the major shops along with plenty of local one-offs. Of course, Newport also features tons of great restaurants and bars. The problem with visiting Newport by car was always that never ending stream of stop lights on 114 and then when … Continue reading Destination – Newport Rhode Island

The Moorings – Newport

We’ve stayed at The Newport Yachting Center more than anywhere else in Newport. It’s a great marina, centrally located, and just a few steps from the #1 rated restaurant in Newport – The Moorings. Unlike most of the better restaurants on America’s Cup Way, the Moorings has a large parking lot. This is good is you’re driving here, but it may also account for the … Continue reading The Moorings – Newport