ANOTHER BOAT ADVENTURE- BY ELLIN CURLEY

Traveling to Martha’s Vineyard By Boat

Our friend, Deb, takes her boat to Martha’s Vineyard every year and lives on a mooring there for at least a month. This is her happy place. She can telecommute – so she’s very lucky, too.

Recently divorced, she can’t make the 140 mile trip on her 40-foot power boat by herself. So we volunteered to go with her and get her there safely. It’s great to see friends living their dreams.

This is Deb’s boat, Reverie
DAY 1

Deb’s radar tower was damaged. It was supposed to be fixed weeks ago. It wasn’t. We couldn’t make the trip without radar. Endless delays left her with a promise to get it fixed by 8 AM this morning – two hours before we wanted to leave! Miraculously, the marine repair crew came through this time and we were ready to roll on time.

Deb and Tom at the helm

We headed out in beautiful, sunny weather and enjoyed glossy seas the whole way. We drove for 8-½ hours, with Tom and Deb taking turns driving the boat.

Underway, leaving CT

We picked up a mooring at Block Island and watched an awesome sunset over the water. Then we cooked a late dinner. The only mishap of the day was some spilled butter in the oven from the peach cobbler. The cabin filled with smoke and we had to open the doors and windows to keep the smoke alarm from going off.

Sunset at Block Island
DAY 2

This morning, Deb took her dog to the shore in the dinghy for a walk.

Deb and Rosie in the dinghy

She came back with award-winning, amazingly light and airy donuts from a well-known local donut shop. We were looking forward to these donuts since the last time we had them! These donuts made the 8-½ hours on the water worthwhile. That’s how good they are!

We enjoyed a quiet morning on the water with our coffee and donuts.

We stopped to get gas before we headed out so we got a glimpse of the Block Island waterfront. The rest of the day was as beautiful and calm as the day before.

leaving Block Island

While we are underway, I love lying down on the sofa and feeling the vibrations of the engine. I also get to enjoy the gentle rocking of the boat as she moves through the water. The sounds are wonderful too. — the hum of the engine and the lapping of the waves against the hull.

The lapping of the waves is even more pronounced and soothing when we’re on a mooring. They lull me to sleep at night.

Sailboat we passed en route to Martha’s Vineyard

We get to Martha’s Vineyard and search for our mooring in the mooring field. It’s beautiful to see all the boats dotting the water. The houses on shore all around us are beautiful too. Taking lots of photos!

We decide to go to town for dinner. There’s a water taxi that takes you to shore if you don’t want to use your dinghy. The taxi drivers are very skilled. They maneuver their boat sideways next to yours and line up the boats so you can get on and off the taxi without falling in the water. The drivers are also super friendly. You always seem to end up in a conversation with other riders as well, so the whole experience is quite engaging.

Deb getting off water taxi

We end up at an atmospheric crab shack right next to the water in the harbor of Edgartown. Our view is a ‘parking lot’ for all the dinghies that people drive to shore from their boats in the mooring field.

We have a fun dinner and watch some TV when we get back to the boat. Lovely, but uneventful.

Tom and me at dinner
DAY 3 – Travel Day

After a relaxing morning, today is all about getting home without a boat.

Our trip will involve many different modes of transportation and close to six hours. First, we take the water taxi to shore where we get a land taxi to the ferry depot on the other end of Martha’s Vineyard, in Oak Bluffs.

After close to two hours on the high-speed ferry, we pick up our rental car and drive the two plus hours home. We stop at our marina to pick up my car, which we left there when we boarded Deb’s boat.

High-speed Ferry

And we’re home! Great, frenzied greeting by the dogs after two days away. Now we’re back to normal after a successful trip.

And I can go through all the pictures I took and sit down and post my blog!

6 thoughts on “ANOTHER BOAT ADVENTURE- BY ELLIN CURLEY”

  1. The house we stayed for a long time on the Vineyard was owned a bunch of doctors who worked both on the mainland and at the hospital in Oak Bluffs. The kept the house so they had a place to moor their boat — and we were right across from the hospital. The crossed the channel in SEVEN MINUTES. Y’think they drove a bit fast? I took that ride with them twice. After that, I took the regular ferry. That was terrifying. But really fast.

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    1. We’ve never stayed on land in Martha’s Vineyard, only on a boat. We did take a drive around Edgerton and Oak Bluffs on one of our visits. ANd of course, we’ve walked through the streets of the town and enjoyed the shops and restaurants. But mostly, we stay on the water, which is beyond beautiful and peaceful. So our experiences of Martha’s Vineyard are different from many people’s.

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    1. I really wanted to convey how truly awesome that donut is. It is the highlight of any trip to Block Island. The donut shop often has lines around the block. And you often have to wait for a new batch to come out of the oven (or fryer). This place has quite a reputation, well deserved. They only make plain and cinnamon, no gimmicks, no fillings, nothing. Just pure deliciousness and the most amazing texture!

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  2. It looks beautiful, and nothing is better than sailing/boating. Life away from the everyday. I see two people (your husband and friend I presume) doing the typical habit, “looking at the cell phone” it is a shame, even on the water, surrounded by the beauty, and with friends, eyes/attention goes to the cell phone…..a true vacation would be leaving those items behind. Man has lived without cell phones before invention, and sailing/boating, any type of outdoor adventure they survived without them, often the pleasure of the trip is the freedom from the everyday noise of life, phones being one of the worst everyday distractions/noise.

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