I admit it, Mrs. Horne and I have been working hard to make up for lost time on Vigilant due to the wave of hurricanes that messed up the second half of September. Last week we ended up spending 3 days in Vineyard Haven thanks to some pea soup fog. This week we threw together a last minute overnight cruise to Newport with our #1 … Continue reading Benjamin’s – Newport Rhode Island
Mrs. Horne’s sister Paula and 5 of her girlfriends came to visit this weekend to celebrate her birthday on Buzzards Bay. Many of them had never been to Martha’s Vineyard so we were planning on taking them to Edgartown on Saturday. Unfortunately, it was another one of those weekends with a rainy Saturday! Sunday looked like it would be a much nicer day so I … Continue reading The Copper Wok Saves Breakfast
Our quick overnight trip to Oak Bluffs became an adventure when we woke up Wednesday morning to near zero visibility in the fog. I was hoping it would burn off like it did on Tuesday but it looked darker. Still, it was a little erie and beautiful at the same time. Dock Building in the Fog Oak Bluffs seems to have become a major recipient … Continue reading Fogged In On Martha’s Vineyard
After cancelling a couple of trips early this month due to nearby hurricanes, Mrs. Horne and I decided to take a spur of the moment overnight cruise on Tuesday. She was arriving that morning after caring for her dear mother Doris and I had no idea exactly where we were going until she arrived. I was determined to go somewhere we hadn’t visited this summer … Continue reading Oak Bluffs – An Ideal Autumn Destination
Today I’ll be continuing my series of reviews on the various attractions on Block Island with my review of Ernie’s restaurant. Like Ballard’s Inn, Ernie’s is a mere 1,000 feet from Ballard’s Marina. And much as ending our days listening to John Brazile at Ballard’s Inn became a daily routine, breakfast at Ernie’s was our go-to breakfast spot. As you may know, I love going … Continue reading Ernie’s Block Island Breakfast
I’m just sitting here today waiting for Mrs. Horne to return from San Diego and waiting for Jose. We were planning to visit Nantucket starting Wednesday, but that idea is just a distant memory. I spent Monday morning bringing in all the outside furniture. If anything truly interesting happens I’ll head out around Mattapoisett and grab some photos or video. Meanwhile it’s hard to believe … Continue reading Waiting for Jose
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
Mrs. Horne is in San Diego celebrating our grandson’s 3rd birthday so I invited my favorite crew members Rudy and Peter down for a boys weekend on Buzzards Bay. The forecast was good, but we woke up to pea soup fog. My weather app said it would burn off by 8:00 so we stayed with the plan to go to Martha’s Vineyard. MBY owner Dave … Continue reading Boys Day Out
This summer we made our second trip to Block Island. Last year we took Tenacity and based on numerous recommendations, we stayed in New Harbor at the Block Island Boat Basin. We chose the BIBB because of all the reports saying they were the only marina on the island with slips on a floating dock. It was nice, but it was kind of isolated from … Continue reading Ballard’s Marina – Block Island
As you know, I’m a huge fan of F/V (that’s how the Fisherman’s View refers to themselves). I love the ride up the canal, I love the indoor water view, and I love the food. Speaking of food, here’s a review I did a while back. Saturday I took Mrs. Horne and six of her childhood friends out for the day and lunch at the … Continue reading September At Fisherman’s View
As you may recall, Vigilant and her crew spent 6 days at Block Island in early August. I posted a mini “travelogue” each day that mentioned where we ate, but I deferred the restaurant reviews until later – well, later is now! I have quite a backlog from that trip as well as the Maine trip and I’ll just get to them in chronological order. … Continue reading Ballard’s Resort Restaurant – Block Island
If you have a boat of any size, you know what I’m talking about. You’re Living the Dream, the wind is in your hair as you bask in the shimmering sun dancing on the waves, the smell of sea air fills your nostrils, and suddenly, the Sh*t hits the fan and you’re immersed in a high stress drama. Most often it occurs during departures and … Continue reading Why is boating full of drama?
Monday was a beautiful day. Since we canceled the trip to Boothbay, the next leg of our journey was just 20 miles down the coast to Newburyport, which meant we’d finally have a liesurely day. We went out for breakfast back at Salt and enjoyed some outstanding food. Tour of Portsmouth Harbor After adding 100 gallons of diesel at Wentworth, we headed up the … Continue reading Mrs. Horne Sees Maine!
Sunday called for a 65 mile run around Rockport with a 30 mile leg across open ocean. This was to be the farthest I’ve ever taken Vigilant in a single day and the first open Ocean run in the North Atlantic, so we departed Boston around 8:30 AM which was early for Gail. The first leg up the Massachusetts coast was about as … Continue reading The District Restaurant and Portsmouth NH
We visited Boston for the first time in Vigilant Saturday and actually got here from Plymouth around 11:30. It was a very smooth ride and we really enjoyed the views of Boston from the waterfront. Like all good tourists, we herded into Fanuiel Hall Marketplace with the crowd looking for lunch. I pulled up yelp looking for a decent place to eat, but found none. … Continue reading Dick’s Last Resort – Yep…
Truth be told, it occurred to me a few weeks ago that our 5 night trip to Boothbay Maine was fraught with risk. It involved three 80 mile legs. No problem with mimimal waves, but how often do we see 6 days of minimal waves along the northeast coast of New England? The funny thing is that the marine forecast was showing just that up … Continue reading What are we doing in Plymouth?
I first met Rebecca Correia while performing at Turks in 2011. Even back then I knew she had a special sound that was rare among local performers. I snapped a photo of her performing, shared it on her Facebook wall, and we’ve been “friends” ever since. Last night I had the good fortune of participating in a workshop Rebecca hosted for a half a dozen … Continue reading A Perfect Song for Buzzards Bay – Solid Ground by Rebecca Correia
Last Sunday we headed out again with Kay and Steve on their final day visiting Buzzards Bay. For years we vacationed in Maui with the Kings and my plan was to rekindle that tropical vibe by making everyone lunch off the Weepecket Islands. We got there in 30 short minutes, dropped anchor, and started taking in the beautiful day. I was about to start grilling … Continue reading Sunday at Hadleys
One of the reason’s I started My Buzzards Bay was provided fellow boaters along the New England coast with the kind of information I was always struggling to find before I headed out. About a month ago, Rhonda from Boston Yacht Sales turned me on to US Harbors, which is a very useful website that is a great place to start your research on a … Continue reading Start Your Trip with a visit to US Harbors
This is a video clip that I shot for Paul and Karl on Thursday afternoon in Newport. You can read all about the rest of the trip here: A Newport Thursday Continue reading The Rum Liners Live at the Landing Newport!