Archive for the ‘Gunkholing’ Category

Sailing over to Onset

Monday, August 17th, 2009


We spent last weekend in Onset. Sailing over in a moderate southwest breeze on Saturday morning with patchy fog. By the term patchy I mean being hit with varying degrees of fog density / variable visibility. We’d be in light fog with 1/2 mile visibility followed by denser fog with 150 yard visibility and so on back and forth. Luckily by the time we reached the entrance to the Cape Cod canal we had enough visibility to see a couple of bouys ahead of us. Enough to get us through the canal safely. I was nervous during the approach. I did not want to enter the canal if we had dense fog. I could plot a course easy enough. My worry was shipping, especially barges coming out of the fog and heading for us. Luckily, as I mentioned, the fog lightened up enough for us to make the trip and no big ships passed us by.

Overall, it took 2 and a half hours to sail from Mattapoisett to Onset. The picture above is Wicket’s Island that we anchored behind. (more…)

Bassett’s Island

Tuesday, August 11th, 2009


We sailed over to Red Brook Harbor last weekend and spent the night anchored behind Bassett’s Island. It’s a great anchoring spot, well protected,  good holding ground with a mud bottom, and good swimming. The island is always crowded during summer weekends with all the power boats lined up along the shore. But it’s really not that bad. In the anchorage behind Basset’s where we stayed there was plenty of room to set an anchor. And plenty of room to bring our dinghy to shore for a swim. Overall, it was really quite pleasant in Red Brook Harbor behind Bassett’s Island. On Saturday, by six o’clock in the evening most of  the powerboats had cleared out leaving only the sailboats behind for a tranquil evening afloat…. as you can see above. (more…)

West Falmouth Harbor

Sunday, June 14th, 2009

Yesterday we explored the entrance to West Falmouth Harbor. From Mattapoisett it’s almost due east. ESE to be precise. It’s an easy day sail and easy to find if you just keep a course for the two water towers. The picture above is the bell buoy marking the harbor’s entrance with the grand old mansions along the shore. (more…)

Lake Tashmoo encore

Sunday, August 10th, 2008


   In my earlier blog entries I wrote that Janet and I spend the last few days of our vacation on Martha’s Vineyard. So, of course, we went to our favorite harbor on the Island: Lake Tashmoo.

 The picture above was taken on Friday after we anchored on the far side of the harbor across from the town docks. As you can see, there were no other boats near us at anchor. By Saturday mid-day we were surrounded by other crusing sailboats. (more…)

Molly’s Cove

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

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    Molly’s Cove is the best anchorage in Mattapoisett Harbor. It’s located across the harbor from the Boatyard mooring’s. In the picture above of the  Harbor it’s at the far left.

    It doesn’t really look like a cove. Actually, it appears to be just the western section of the harbor. But the beauty of the cove is that the holding ground is good, it’s in the lee of the prevailing winds, and it’s quiet. Any cruising sailor heading up or down the Massachusetts coast or local sailors gunkholing in the area would do well to spend a night at Molly’s Cove. (more…)

Hadley’s Harbor

Thursday, September 13th, 2007


Hadley’s Harbor is located on the western entrance to Woods Hole in Buzzards Bay. It is regarded as one of the nicest, most serene, and well protected harbors in southern New England. Many cruising sailors make a point to stop for the night at Hadley’s (it’s that nice). It’s also a place where sailors can stop for a few hours while they wait for favorable currents in the channel for Woods Hole. Power boats don’t need to worry about the currents. But most sailboats can’t buck a four and a half knot current flowing against them. (more…)

Back To Tashmoo

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

Labor Day Weekend 2007, Janet and I sailed over to Lake Tashmoo on Martha’s Vineyard.. I told her what an unbelievably gorgeous harbor I had “discovered” on my previous voyage. Janet was curious and wanted to see it for herself. The three day weekend was the perfect time for us to go. We were both stressed out from work and life in general and needed all the time we could get to just relax.

We set sail from Mattapoisett on Saturday at 6:30am. It was a beautiful, ideal, end of summer day with a nice breeze from the northwest. Nothing remarkable about the sail over except to say again how beautiful it was. During the trip, Janet and I talked about how lucky were to experience sailing the waters of Buzzards Bay and Vineyard Sound. We talked about how there are over five million people who live in Massachusetts and that only a few thousand will ever see and experience what we were doing that day. When that conversation ended, I think we both looked out at the islands before us and thought to ourselves how truly fortunate we were. (more…)

Lake Tashmoo

Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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Continuing from the blog “A Lucky Boat”: after getting past the entrance to Lake Tashmoo I decided to anchor further down in the harbor. As I’ve mentioned. I’ve never been to Lake Tashmoo so it was really a matter of discovering the best place to go. Getting past the narrow channel, I motored along the eastern side of the harbor just a few feet away from the moored boats. I didn’t know how deep any part of the harbor was and I didn’t have a chart. Staying close to moored boats is always a smart strategy. I continued motoring until I saw the public landing / dinghy docks on the eastern shore. From there I turned to starboard and picked a spot along the opposite side of the lake. The area in front of the public landing is a mooring field so my only choice was the opposite shoreline. Lake Tashmoo is long and narrow so even picking the other side of the harbor to anchor was really not very far away from where we’d have to motor to with the dinghy. (more…)