Trip Start Jun 22, 2007
Trip End Sep 25, 2007

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Monday, September 3, 2007

After a quiet night's sleep, we take a goodly long time to enjoy the morning.  Since it was a holiday weekend, the area is full of small speedboats.  Soon all these boats will be on the hard and put to sleep for the long New England winter.  For now, the make noise and dart everywhere.  Many seem enamoured with our boat and feel it necessary to come by at 30mph and 30 feet away....

We decide to leave around 1100 for Cutty Hunk Mass.  CH is a small island just west of Martha's Vineyard.  We have been struggling with our schedule.  We had wanted to stop at Martha's Vineyard or even Nantucket.  These places are offshore and could be hard to get into.   Because the weather forecast was 'iffy' for the next day, we opted to head to Cutty Hunk to keep our options open. 

Since this was still Labor Day weekend, I had not expected to find an easy mooring ball, so we figured that CH would be a possible anchorage. 

We had a pretty easy passage down Buzzards.  The wind was with us and by 1500, we were seeing some of the island east of CH and soon we could see CH itself.  CH has an interior harbor with what is called in the cruising guide "very tight moorings".   To get to the pond inside the island, we would need to transverse a quarter mile 60' wide dredged channel with rocks on their side.  When we arrived at dead low tide (5' here), I opted not to go into the harbor.  This seemed reasonable as there was ample anchoring room in a protected outer harbor.  While there were a good many mooring balls for rent there (for a $40 dollar a night charge), there was also plenty of room to anchor.  I wanted too swing room to put out 100' of chain or so as we expected the winds to build from the SW up to 25kts or more. It took us two sets of the anchor to get a good placement and to make sure we had a good set down.   I was happy to get the 100' down and good spacking in 20' of high water.   This would give me a 4x scope assuming we had a 5' freeboard.

We dropped the dink in the 15kt issue and before you know it, we were going down the narrow channel between two high piles of rock and rubble.  Once inside, I could see how small the "pond" is.  Way to small for my taste.  I could not see any reason someone would want to pay $40 dollars to moor here in such a tight location.  We did, however, tie up to the dinghy dock.  This was actually the most crowded dinghy dock we had seen.  There must have been 40 dinks tied onto a 50' dock..  This meant that we had to climb over two other dinks to even get a chance to jump up the the dock.  Its hard and to some degree dangerous.  But we made it and had a nice chance to walk around this small, charming island.

We found CH to be a really nice place...only 20 small cottages or so plus a handful of stores, one room schoolhouse, pizza shop and not much else.  We could see Martha's Vineyard about 10 miles away and we could also see how big Martha's Vineyard really it.  This is what I might consider the ideal "summer place" island.  I had hoped we could walk around the whole island, but we found that it was largely private and we could only get around certain parts.  Still it was a very nice, but short stop.

As I returned to First Forty, we heard the weather forecast...small Craft advisory...winds 20-25 with gusts to 30.  Big day tomorrow.
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cwstev on

Hi Gary & Sue,

Glad to hear that all is going well for you and that you made it into Cuttyhunk, one of our favorite ports.

It was small and tight even seventeen years ago when we were last there. Do they still have the 'Harbor Raw Bar', the boat that cruised through the anchorage selling Belon(sp?) oysters and shrimp. That was great after a long day of sailing and with a cold martini.

Have you heard the legend of the murder on the island?

Glad that all goes well. Thanks for the vicarious cruise.

Chuck & Nancy

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