Originally Posted by kptmorgan04
Aug 1: Arrive Vineyard in the afternoon. Spend weekend around Vineyard, cruising local islands etc.
Aug 5 or 6th: leave for Nantucket, stay in nantucket the 6th.
Aug 7th: Depart for cruise to Boston. Any major reason or what should go into my deciscion making on either going around the Cape to going through the Cape Cod Canal?
Aug 10: Arrive Boston or wherever we have picked for the Marabelle to stay.
Boy, this is my sweet spot! I meant to answer your PM a while ago, I'll do so now. Here's something to chew on meanwhile.
For all travel you want to know the currents and plan your departure times accordingly. Your travel can be twice as long or half as short depending on whether the 2-3-4 knot current is with you or agin you. Get an Elderidge's - figure out how to use the current tables.
The Cape trip you want to make, and the stops in order are:
Newport to CuttyHunk - 3-4 hours, pick up a mooring in the inner harbor and spend a night, walk the island, buy an ice cream on the dock, and some fresh seafood from the kids in the Whaler.
CuttyHunk to Vineyard Haven - 3-4 hours, call/look for the Harbormaster behind the breakwater for a inner harbor mooring when you arrive. Spend two days minimum in Vineyard Haven, beaches, sightseeing, ride a tour bus to Gay Head, see a movie, walk the town, visit Bunch of Grapes bookstore and of course breakfast at the Black Dog (and chocolate chip cookies). Very low key town.
VH to Edgartown - 2-3 hours. Pick up a rental mooring in Edgartown Harbor, they are painted yellow and blue I believe. Ask any other boater. Very high brow town. Must visit South Beach and otherwise the same agenda as VH. Spend two days minimum in Edgartown, see how the whaling captains spent their riches...
Edgartown to Nantucket - 4-5 hours. Don't go to Nantucket for less than two days, its too far coming back. Spend at least three if possible. A very, very high brow island. All the same stuff as MV but different, more expensive, but unique and wonderful, which is why the crowds are so great.
I guess you can go outside the Cape to Boston. I have to say I don't know one boater in new England who has ever done that...something about the east side of the Cape being know as the "Graveyard of the Atlantic"...I gotta give you this link Chatham, Cape Cod Shipwrecks and Maritime Disasters :: Chatham, MA
...I guess they stopped counting after the first few thousand wrecks...but YOU can...Not!
Nantucket to Woods Hole (or alternative to Hadley Harbor). 6-7 hours . Try Welcome to Woods Hole Marine
and see if you can get a mooring or dock space in Ell Pond, I think the drawbridge goes up every 30 minutes. Watch the current and opposing boats, once you start in you are committed. Visit the Oceanographic Istitute. Walk around, do laundry.
Woods Hole to Hadley Harbor- the most treacherous 20 minutes on the East Coast. Pass through Woods Hole channel very, very carefully. Two weeks ago, a friend of mine who has been boating on the Cape for over 30 years, got out of the channel and bent up the running gear on his 50 footer - $10,000 mistake, so far. See Round the Cape Trip
Go through at slack current if possible, it makes it easier. Have lunch and swim in Hadley, observe Naushon Island (no landing for us peons), see how the top .0001% live, watch for John Kerry.
Hadley harbor to Cataumet - 2 hours. Get a mooring from Kingman Yacht Center -- Marina, Boatyard, Cruising Center on Cape Cod
or Home Page
or anchor out behind Bassetts island. Enjoy dinner at the Chart Room.
Cataumet to Plymouth 4 hours (alternative if pressed for time is Scituate, 8 hours) If you have never been to Plymouth, stop there. Check with the Plymouth YC Vistor
. Go see Plymouth Rock. thios trip takes you through the Cape Cod Canal, plan your trip to have a fair current.
Plymouth to Boston - 8 hours and you're there.
As to short term Boston moorings there are two places I can think of, Salem next to Marblehead Moorings and Slips in Salem Harbor
and a boat yard in my South Shore town Hingham HEWITTS COVE MARINA
marblehead and Salem are great areas to visit, Hingham isn't shabby,. Both have good public transit to Boston. You can also check with some YCs and see if they'll take in a transient Yacht Clubs @ Bostonboating.com
. I'll ask at Hingham and Hull.
If you have the $$$ you could try slip space right in Boston at Welcome to Constitution Marina on Boston Harbor
plus a few others that they could point you at.
Give us a call when you get to town.