Re: Newport/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket--your feedbacked needed!
Yes, Quick's hole is the best way to get from Cuttyhunk to Vineyard Haven. It's deep and plenty wide enough for opposing traffic and the current does not get crazy. If you want a trip someday, you haven't lived until you've run Woods Hole. A story for another time.
To properly time the current in Vineyard Sound you need to define what you're looking for. Maximum fair current, slack current, or not so bad????
You're only going to be about 20 to 30 minutes from Quick's Hole and the current turns favorable around 2 to 3 hours after flood at Pollocks. If you left 2 hours after flood at Pollocks, you would get an inconsequential favorable current through Buzzards and slack to favorable in the Sound. You may have noticed that tidal current can be opposite in Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sounds. Ignore Buzzards. You won't be in it for long and you'll hug the island and not notice it much anyway. Plan for Vineyard Sound. If you want to maximize favorable current in Vineyard Sound, leave Cutty around 3 to 4 hours after flood starts at Pollock. You'll get there in a blink.
If we are stopping at Cutty on our way to the Vineyard or Nantucket, we are going to leave sometime in the morning, no matter what. We just try to plan for the most favorable, whether that be the best fair current or the least on the nose.
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