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Newport/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket--your feedbacked needed!

I got a copy of 2013 Eldeidge and am starting to study currents in New England. If I am in Cuttyhunk and want to go to Vineyard Haven how do I time the departure and where do you make the cut into Vineyard Sound?
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Re: Newport/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket--your feedbacked needed!

Easiest thing to do is to look at the Tidal chart (ie map) for Buzzards Bay, Vineyard and Nantucket Sound. I don't have the 2013 version yet, but it starts on pg 66 in the 2012. Suspect its close.

Each chart shows the direction of the current and its speed and references a tide table for Pollack Rip Channel at the bottom of the page. For example, the first map is what will be going on when Flood starts at Pollack Rip. Just turn back a few pages and find the columns that say Flood starts for the day in question. There you go. The following chart pages are 1 hr later, then 2 hrs, etc.

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Yes I've got all that but where do you make the cut south? Woods hole or between Nashaweena and Pasque? I imagine you want to leave Cuttyhunk Harbour at slack tide? How does that work with the tidal current charts? I would think slack low tide would correspond to the flood starting in Buzzard Bay but at that time the current is ebbing out of Vineyard Sound.
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Actually it looks like leaving Cuttyhunk at slack high tide puts you into Buzzard Bay at the very end of the ebb. If you cross into Vineyard Sound Soon you can catch the flood there for a good 3 hours. Hopefully I'm reading this right. I used June 20 as a test case. So what's the best safest cut into vineyard sound?
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Re: Newport/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket--your feedbacked needed!

Broke, it looks l if you leave Cuttyhunk about 2 -3 hours after the flood starts at Pollock Rip Channel and make your cut over via Quicks hole you'll pick up a nice ride up and you'll have, like you said, a good 3 hours of favorable current. So on june 20th, that would be around 3 in the afternoon.

I'm looking at this pretty quickly,so double check my figuring..
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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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Re: Newport/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket--your feedbacked needed!

So using your test date of June 20th... the turn at pollock rip is @ 12:30 in the morning.
3 hours after the turn would put you at a 3:30 am departure or so..
4 hours = 4:30 am. Sunrise on the 20th is 5 am- ish..

The 20th is a Thursday... and timing improves for a daylight departure each day after thursday..
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Re: Newport/Martha's Vineyard/Nantucket--your feedbacked needed!

Woods Hole is a tough place....major cuurents. Broke...do you haev an I Pad or Navionics program?

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Minnewaka: Great summary. I understand the concept now.
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