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Hello all ,

I am planning a trip to Marthas Vinyard , we are figuring to pick up a mooring in Oak Bluffs we figure 2 mabe 3 nights ..
during 4 of july week .

but we would rather anchor out with more privacy ..
Cape Page Bay ? Katama Bay ?
would either work for a 25` sail 3 1/2 depth ?

thanks to any thoughts
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Re: Marthas Vinyard

You will find Oak Bluffs very crowded and noisy, I am not sure there's any anchoring room, if there is, its not any and even less privacy even on mooring.

You might consider Vineyard Haven it has all the things that make the boating life special in spades, including a lot of swing room. The anchorage area can get unbearable in an eastern blow, so you should consider going into the Vineyard lagoon for the period, the lagoon is quiet, safe and generally empty, and if you want, you can skinny-dip.
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Re: Marthas Vinyard

Thanks thats a great tip ..
I wasnt thinking about the lagoon ,
Hows the bridge opening ? is it back to relyable openings ?
i saw on activecaptain the bridge was replaced .

and were always up for keeping the laundry down !!!

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o and are you alowed to go in those other bays ?
i heard on Nantucket you cant anchor in the inner bay .
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Thanks thats a great tip ..
I wasnt thinking about the lagoon ,
Hows the bridge opening ? is it back to relyable openings ?
i saw on activecaptain the bridge was replaced .

and were always up for keeping the laundry down !!!

thanks again
o and are you allowed to go in those other bays ?
i heard on Nantucket you cant anchor in the inner bay .
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Here what they say:
Advance arrangements for bridge openings can be made
by contacting the harbormaster or drawtender (telephone:
617-693-1212).

I believe there is a lockdown on the bridge for 30 minutes or so following a ferry arrival, for the car traffic to clear.

Nantucket harbor has plenty of anchoring area, only the distant eastern bays are restricted. You'll find good swing room because no one wants to anchor in Nantucket due to all the kelp. Be sure to use a plow and back real hard.
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Re: Marthas Vinyard

Thanks again ..yes we have a 22# delta with 55` of chain .

were coming from ct so were figuring Block , marthas , newport , maybe watch hill .
theres never enough time
we have 10 days
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Re: Marthas Vinyard

I had a friend who anchored out for the entire summer last year near katama bay, but on the other side. in Google Maps, type in Harbor View Hotel & Resort, Edgartown, MA. He achored right near there. Plenty of privacy if you go far enough out, and you shouldn't have any trouble achoring.

Edgartown is very nice, good food and scenary. Close to the beaches, they also have nice lodging if you want a few nights off of the boat (most likely you will have to wait till after the holiday to get a room).

The only thing about Katama Bay is that its a little far away from Edgartown for when you want to get off the boat and hop on shore.
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OP, what part of CT are you in?
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Re: Marthas Vinyard

I'm on a pretty similar mission that week. We have friends that want us to show them around and I am reluctant. The 4th of July week is always the busiest of the summer. The Harbormaster at Block Island told me they had 2500 boats in Great Salt Pond last year for the 4th. From having started some calls for reservations on the Vineyard and Nantucket, those are mostly full too. Not at all surprising.

To amend a point made above, the outer harbor of Vineyard Haven does have a lot of room, but the fetch is horrible in North or Northeasterly winds. As in, get no sleep at all. Be warned.

Good luck and try to have fun. Flexibility and patience are going to be key to make that week work. Given the 4th is on a Wed, I suspect Mon and Tue will be okay, then it will become an invasion through the weekend.


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I'm on a pretty similar mission that week. We have friends that want us to show them around and I am reluctant. The 4th of July week is always the busiest of the summer. The Harbormaster at Block Island told me they had 2500 boats in Great Salt Pond last year for the 4th. From having started some calls for reservations on the Vineyard and Nantucket, those are mostly full too. Not at all surprising.

To amend a point made above, the outer harbor of Vineyard Haven does have a lot of room, but the fetch is horrible in North or Northeasterly winds. As in, get no sleep at all. Be warned.

Good luck and try to have fun. Flexibility and patience are going to be key to make that week work. Given the 4th is on a Wed, I suspect Mon and Tue will be okay, then it will become an invasion through the weekend.
You won't fit in Katama Bay assuming your boat is the Jenneau 54. Look at what I was talking about before, and you would be in prime location for the fireworks!
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Re: Marthas Vinyard

Hey Sunday Driver, how long do you think it will take for you to get to the island?
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