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This is the NOAA marine weather forecast..for the weekend..

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You don't say what you're trying to go to Nantucket in, against the wind, in the rain. Unless you've got an 80' ketch this weekend, it does not sound like fun for a 4 year-old. Or for his (or her) mom. Or for you. A short hop (during a dry patch) over to Marion might be good. Woods Hole is fun once you're there, but getting the tide right can be a hassle, and getting through the passage can be a real headache. Just when you think you're doing fine, the high-speed ferry zips out from behind the tug & barge you've been following, and the current starts to pull you sideways into its path. Cuttyhunk might be a nice trip downwind from Cataumet if it's not raining too hard, but remember that if you reach or run down, you're going to have to beat back. In the rain, against the tide, into that lovely 5' chop that develops when the wind funnels along the bay there. Even a TV won't keep a 4 year-old happy then. Of course, maybe the wind will shift and the rainclouds will break up. If that's the case, New Bedford might be a viable option. The waterfront has been vastly improved, and they seem eager for visitors. A 4 year-old might enjoy the whaling museum's 1/3 scale model whaleship. This is a situation where Orwell is probably right: Less is more.
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If there are any new sailors on board, it's best to stay where the waves are smaller and avoid pounding into weather. (Downwind is soo much easier.) That's more of a philosophical statement than specific for you or this trip.

We loved Cuttyhunk. Great place and you can hike to the top in an easy 1/2 hour. Just do it after you explore the island a bit. The kids wanted to stay a week, but once they saw just how small the island really was, they lost all interest in staying there at all!

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Could you help me out with exactly where you are starting from? Where I think you are at the eastern end of buzzards bay is not a tough day sail to Nantucket, sea conditions aside. It also isn't 72 miles, so think I am mistaken.

We did Provincetown to Vineyard Haven this summer in one leg through the canal and then Woods Hole. Not too bad.


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Could you help me out with exactly where you are starting from? Where I think you are at the eastern end of buzzards bay is not a tough day sail to Nantucket, sea conditions aside. It also isn't 72 miles, so think I am mistaken.

We did Provincetown to Vineyard Haven this summer in one leg through the canal and then Woods Hole. Not too bad.
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That's where I thought. How are you getting 72 miles to Nantucket? I would say its more like 40 to 45. Are you avoiding Woods Hole? No need, just hit it within an hour or so on either side of slack tide. I've done it in 4 knot current and could give a few pointers if you like.

All good suggestions above, but if the weather permits, Nantucket is my fav of all of these by far. It's also the absolute nicest time of year out there.


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If you do the Vineyard, DO NOT moor or anchor outside the breakwater at Vineyard Haven with any predicted northerly component winds. It will be miserable. It isn't likely they will let you moor inside, so just don't go in northerlies. Edgartown is better, but with Katama bay breached, it can also get rolly with easterlies.


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yes...good catch...I come up with 40 to 45, as well...

Still, if you can't leave until 11 am then it's close to an evening arrival. ( dark) Might want to stop @ MV.
timing depends on when the fair tide is at the Hole

Looks like slack, before the ebb is around 12:30 pm...? but check me on that...

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Well, it's 4:30 AM and I am packing up the last bits to put in the car. The rain is coming down (but, hopefully not for long). Thanks everyone for the advice. I see that my calculations for distance were off due to using regular mile measurements in google maps, not nautical miles. Why that makes such a difference, I will need to worry about another time. So, weather permitting, the "guys" will try for Nantucket. Barring that, we'll go for the 'round MV and elizabeth islands idea. Now, the winds are predicted to be more southerly over the next few days.

Assuming we dont get sunk by moby dick, I'll report back later......

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I would agree, and add one more spot, Menemsha.

We spent a couple nights in there less than 2 weeks ago. You'll likely find the 2 moorings inside empty. You can call the harbormaster ahead and he'll keep a space for you. It's well protected, kids would love it inside watching the busy little harbor, and there's fresh seafood to eat right on shore. Great beach too.

Cutty is our favorite in that area and you'll have that to yourselves as well. Tashmoo is a favorite too. I wouldn't pressure yourselves to go any further.
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