Last winter I was talking to Becky at Dockwa about everything under the sun and sea. At one point we got to the topic of Marina WiFi. I mentioned that I have yet to find one that comes anywhere close to basic cellular throughput and nothing that would enable video streaming. Becky said she had come across a guy in NY who had. She said … Continue reading A Marina WiFi That Really Works!
A little bird (Joyce Richards) just shared some exciting news from Back Cove. Much like Hinckley and MJM, Back Cove will be introducing an Outboard version of their Downeast Designs this summer and at a much more affordable price. This is big news in that Back Cove has never offered anything other than single diesel configurations. My guess is that this design will be as … Continue reading Exciting New Back Cove 34O Coming Soon!
It’s a fair question to ask! Tenacity was our first overnight cruiser. Our maiden cruise was to Sakonnet Point where we stayed at the Brewers Marina and dined at the Sakonnet Point Club. One of Mrs. Horne’s favorite ways to spend an evening is watching a good movie with her G&T. While the Back Cove Downeast 37 did have a TV, it was in the … Continue reading Who watches TV on a boat?
There are plenty of ports all over the world with crazy weather, but I can state categorically that Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound represent a unique climate challenge that one seldom finds anywhere else in New England. Growing up on Buzzards Bay and boating in our 12′ dory or the 15′ Thunderbird, we simply “toughed it up” and slogged through whatever the bay threw our … Continue reading You Don’t Need a Weatherman to Know Which Way The Wind Blows!
Every fan of gunkholing wants to know as much as possible about the depth of the water under their boat. And although Buzzards Bay is generally deep, there are a few spots where you really want to see what lurks below just to be on the safe side. When I ran twin outboards, it was pretty easy. I’d simply trim them up until the skegs … Continue reading Forward Looking Sonar – The Garmin PANOPTIX
Mother, mother ocean, I have heard you call Wanted to sail upon your waters since I was three feet tall You’ve seen it all, you’ve seen it all Watched the men who rode you Switch from sails to steam In your belly you hold the treasures few have ever seen Most of them dream, most of them dreams A Pirate Looks At Forty Jimmy Buffett … Continue reading The Sound of Music… at Sea!
Welcome to My Buzzards Bay 2018! Although I’m enjoying a steady dose of 80 degree days here in the desert of Southern California, my mind is regularly drifting toward the 2018 Boating season, which is scheduled to begin on Vigilant in late April. Our last trip was October 20th and although I’ve begged the boys at Mattapoisett Boat Yard to share their stories of late … Continue reading Dockwa The Disrupter!
My father started taking me to the Boston boat show when I was 10 years old. It’s total eye candy for anyone and particularly for those of us who are blessed enough to own their own watercraft. I started going to The Newport Boat Show in the 1970’s with my good friend Peter. We were taking home $200/week, but dreaming was free! We were also … Continue reading My Newport Boat Show Report
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
I never had an autopilot before Tenacity. In fact, I almost didn’t spend the $5,000 or so bucks it cost, but man am I happy I did. As autopilots go, I guess it’s as good as any, but what sets it apart (and makes it Cool Gear) is it’s Autoroute capability; let me explain… Unlike a typical autopilot that simply holds the boat on a … Continue reading Garmin Autoroute
Boston Yacht Sales Joyce Richards and Mike Myers I think I first encountered BYS in 2008 when I was shopping for The Mean Kitty. I had exchanged a few emails with some guy I met at a boat show, but I he eventually lost interest in me smelling a dreaded “tire kicker.” I met Joyce Richards at BYS’s Boat Show at Kingman Marine in May … Continue reading Boston Yacht Sales