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…
Despite the forecast of clouds and occasional rain, we woke up to sun and warmth on Block Island. Peter and I enjoyed our morning coffee al fresco while the ladies slept in. Last Sunday at the Church In The Pines, Pastor Joel asked me about “the old Church on the hill” on Block Island so we headed out to snap some photos. It’s called The … Continue reading Rhody Trip – Day Two
I’ll have a story about today and probably a review of the West Wind Marina and The Deck Restaurant soon. But we just witnessed a great talent – James Grande, perform live at The Deck and I wanted to share it ASAP! Great voice, great guitar, and a totally eclectic mix! Continue reading James Grande Live at The Deck in Newport
Our original plan was to leave Thursday for Block Island with Peter and Mary Lee. They had never been to BI and I was anxious to show it to them. But alas, NOAA was forecasting 30 knot winds and tropical downpours, so we postponed our departure until Friday. By 3:00 Thursday it had cleared up enough that we could have gone, but alas… Friday Morning … Continue reading Quick Trip to Rhody – Day One
After Friday’s big gunkhole with about 35 of our closest friends from the Bay Club rafting at Lake Tashmoo, Mrs. Horne and I needed a quiet day on Vigilant to just chill. With little deliberation, we concluded Steamers at The Chartroom and a few hours on the hook inside Basset’s was just what the doctor ordered! Wanting to avoid having to go to a mooring … Continue reading Gunkholes, Rafting and the MBY Crew..
This is a quickie! I have been increasingly running into you all on our cruises. So I’ve decided to post our destinations. If you’re around say hi! Friday – Block Island Saturday – Newport Continue reading This Week – Block Island and Newport
Last week we finally took the 3 day cruise I’ve been talking about for years. It turned out to be a bit of a trip back to simpler times as we visited Cuttyhunk and Menemsha for a little Island Tour. Cuttyhunk will always be a special place for me since it was the scene of our Honeymoon a few years back. The funny thing is … Continue reading The Vigilant Island Tour
Mrs. Horne and I returned to Cuttyhunk for an overnight stay last week. It was very special since it’s just a few weeks short of 38th wedding anniversary when we spent our Honeymoon there on my father’s 25′ C&C Sailboat – The Banana Split. A lot has changed and mostly for the better! Back then there were no slips, it was all straight wharfs, but … Continue reading Cuttyhunk Marina With Slip Numbers and Map
Yesterday Vigilant and 4 other boats from The Bay Club traveled to Lake Tashmoo on Martha’s Vineyard for our annual outing. We started doing this in 2015 and last year I reported on our trip to Weepecket Island. With 5 boats, we ended up with about 35 friends. We ran into trouble right off the bat as the Vineyard Haven Harbor Master showed up right … Continue reading Ocean Bay Club 2018
The story of our 3 day trip to the Elizabethan Islands and beyond will follow… Continue reading The Island Tour Video
The Seafood Shanty has always offered just about everything you could want in a Seaside Eatery – Ocean Views, Great Food, and Super Friendly Service. But I was always a little disappointed when sat at a table on the outside deck. During the off-season they completed a major renovation that dramatically improved the second floor dining experience and for that reason I decided to update … Continue reading The Seafood Shanty – Edgartown (2018 Update)
Last weekend we had big plans for a 4 day trip visiting Green Harbor, Marblehead, and Provincetown. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t cooperate so we had to change our plans. We cancelled Saturday (our first leg) and based on rain forecasts north, we decided to change everything and go as far south as possible instead. The new plan was Martha’s Vineyard for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. … Continue reading Edgartown in June
A week ago we stayed in Edgartown for the first time. I’m still working on that report, but I thought I’d interrupt that one for one about the highlight activity of the trip. In fact it could be the best daytime activity on Martha’s Vineyard! Biking in Edgartown Last year we enjoyed a scooter trip around Block Island. It worked because there aren’t a lot … Continue reading Biking To Chappaquiddick!
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!
We’re in Edgartown at the Town Wharf for a mini vacation (story to follow). I will tell you that we only decided to stay here at the last minute. The Edgartown Harbormaster only offers 2 spots for big boats and they tend to sell out in February. We were scheduled for a trip to Green Harbor, Marblehead, and Provincetown, but the weather turned for the … Continue reading Boats, Boards, and Babies and The Bingham’s
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
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
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
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