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We've never had such a bad experience as nantucket.

Coming into the inlet we get a 40' powerboat on half plane splitting us and a small sailboat with 10' on each side creating a 4' wake. Wake seems to be the norm here. We anchored just outside the mooring field and we get a non stop parade of mid size power boats on half plane within 20' of us. Wake constantly, all day long. Launching the dink was dangerous, as was boarding.

We get to town and my wife gets the oprah in switzerland treatment at several shops. We do not dress like bums but we don't look like millionaires either. The shop was empty, I wonder why?

Dockage is $6/ft, if you can get it. Moorings are $65/nite or anchor in the mandatory wake zone.
Food and beverages are quite expensive too.
The harbor is no discharge of GREY water. Of course they don't enforce this just like they don't enforce no wake law. But its on the books. Trash MUST be disposed in CLEAR trashbags. I happened to see a garbage truck in action, the guys did not look in any of the bags before compacting them in the truck, another law not enforced.

We dinghied east to top of the harbor to walk the beach; swarmed by the worst cloud of mosquitoes ever.

In the time it took me to write this we took 4 hits from large wakes. We've cruised Bahamas to here for 2 years and never have seen so much excessive wake. Everywhere you go there's always some but this far exceeds anything we've seen. Especially the size of the wakes.

My wife has voted this the first place on our cruise she does not like.
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We stopped in Nantucket last summer. Fortunately, we did not have the problem with wakes as you decribed, but we did not enjoy the expense or the crowds. The maritime museum was nice, but that's all. Everything else was overcrowded and overpriced. We're are not cruisers who keep a "been there, done that" list. We return to many ports that we enjoy, but we will not be back to Nantucket!


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Probably why the Kennedy's stuck to Hyannisport & Martha's Vineyard.
Nantucket is the playground of all the Boston Brahmin's (eg., rich and egotistical).

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I can live with all the fluff and crowds but seriously, this was the worst harbor for wakes amongst anchored boats we've seen in our cruising from here to Bahamas
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Ed....didnt you get the message on the charts that said "Sailboat Target Area". I know I saw it on our Charplotter

We had a similar experience a few years ago and left after one day. $6 a foot for a marina was nuts.....for what? And the mooring seemed like a bargain after that....but being in the middle of the "Wake Expressway" was not a bargain either. Go back to the Vineyard or Cuttyhunk


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The Nantucket Boat Basin is not only expensive, it becomes a walking museum for all the tourists. We stay on a mooring, just for some sense of privacy.

I've never had difficulty with wakes in the mooring field. While a bit pricey, I would say they are the best maintained moorings I've been on, with excellent chafe protection. They also escort everyone directly to their mooring and provide a good briefing once you're settled and will place a 'reserved' sign on your mooring, if you leave for a day sail. You may not want all of this, but I think you get what you pay for. Very responsive and free pump out too.

The grey water restriction was explained to us to only apply to dishwashers and washing machines. Not hard to comply with. I agree, however, the written local ordinance suggests all grey water.

Boats do stay on plane right up to the Brant Point lighthouse inside the harbor and I don't understand it. That wake must get into the anchorage, but I would have thought it would subside, if you anchor far enough to the East.

The island can be expensive, but there are local joints that are better deals. I think the Lobster Pot is one of the best restaurant lobster deals I know. We love many of the restaurants and beaches. Having a grocery store within walking distance of the dinghy dock is also pretty useful. We did the "ghost walk" last month. A bit cheesy, but was fun to walk the neighborhood of downtown after dark and hear the stories.

Why anyone would go "shopping" at any tourist destination is beyond me, so I couldn't care less what those prices are or how I may be treated. I'll never know.


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We've never had such a bad experience as nantucket.

Coming into the inlet we get a 40' powerboat on half plane splitting us and a small sailboat with 10' on each side creating a 4' wake. Wake seems to be the norm here. We anchored just outside the mooring field and we get a non stop parade of mid size power boats on half plane within 20' of us. Wake constantly, all day long. Launching the dink was dangerous, as was boarding.

We get to town and my wife gets the oprah in switzerland treatment at several shops. We do not dress like bums but we don't look like millionaires either. The shop was empty, I wonder why?

Dockage is $6/ft, if you can get it. Moorings are $65/nite or anchor in the mandatory wake zone.
Food and beverages are quite expensive too.
The harbor is no discharge of GREY water. Of course they don't enforce this just like they don't enforce no wake law. But its on the books. Trash MUST be disposed in CLEAR trashbags. I happened to see a garbage truck in action, the guys did not look in any of the bags before compacting them in the truck, another law not enforced.

We dinghied east to top of the harbor to walk the beach; swarmed by the worst cloud of mosquitoes ever.

In the time it took me to write this we took 4 hits from large wakes. We've cruised Bahamas to here for 2 years and never have seen so much excessive wake. Everywhere you go there's always some but this far exceeds anything we've seen. Especially the size of the wakes.

My wife has voted this the first place on our cruise she does not like.
Go back in October, when it is only the locals, and it will feel like another planet. You could not pay me enough to set foot on Nantucket in June, July or August.. That said September is pretty bad too, until later in the month..

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I agree entirely; visit in late Sept. / early Oct. and it's a very different scene. Prices at the Boat Basin cool off a bit too -- from absolutely brutal ($5.75 / ft. during high season) to not-quite-an-arm-and-a-leg.

I confess I haven't experienced the kinds of wake troubles inside Brant Point that you describe, but I've always moored pretty far south in the harbor.

Bottom line is that Nantucket is pretty much a scene, esp. during summer. If you're more inclined towards the tranquil and secluded, the Vineyard, the Elizabeths, and Buzzards Bay will probably be more appealing. Think of Nantucket as sort of a Monte Carlo as northeast cruising destinations go -- bustling, insanely overpriced, and fun if you find amusement in the ridiculousness of it all.

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I really don't mind the crowds and having an anchorage with free dinghy dock makes it affordable. But the worst wakes on the east coast, all day long, really made it difficult.

October? WAY too far north for my blood!!! Maybe I'll fly my jet in to visit if the weather is nice!
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Xort, you're not a leaf peeper? We get serious crowds in New England as the leaves turn in Oct. Have you ever been? On the right day, its quite spectacular. Gone within days, however. A few nights in ACK would be a nice respite. Even better, the ACK Christmas stroll on the first weekend after Thanksgiving is fun. Everything reopens, everything is on sale, carolers on platforms in the streets.


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