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Holy Cow posted 07-29-2003 01:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for Holy Cow   Send Email to Holy Cow  
Originally posted 07-27-2003 08:31 PM ET (US)

How long does it take to go from Menemsha, Martha's Vineyard or Eagertown to the Nantucket Island??? Planning on doing it! I have gone from Montauk to Block Island. It is 20 miles from the Montauk Marina and 15 miles from the Montauk Point!
Thanks Dan and Bet. Kim's Revenge

BillB posted 07-29-2003 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for BillB  Send Email to BillB     
Holy Cow,

I think a good set of NOAA charts and an Eldridge Pilot Book would be a wise investment given your past posts to this site and the nature of the passages that you are making.I know those waters well and it's just not smart to be out there without them.

A copy of navigational rules wouldn't hurt either (referencing the post in which you surprise another Whaler while overtaking him,at speed, in the opening of an inlet). On the water proper etiquette can save lives.


jaccoserv posted 07-29-2003 02:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for jaccoserv  Send Email to jaccoserv     
I took my Montauk from Falmouth to Nantucket earlier this month, it didn't take 2 hours, and was a lot of fun. By the way, the last 1/3 of the trip it was pouring out. Way back when I was a tyke, I drove a 13 over from Falmouth. I would think that it would be a little less time from Menemsha.
aubv posted 07-29-2003 04:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     
Holy Cow,

My GPS indicates from my driveway in Vineyard Haven to the center of the channel at the #1 buoy into Nantucket Harbor is 28.4 miles. Leaving from Edgartown would be less but Menemsha would add 13+/- miles to the trip if you take the Vineyard Sound route and 25 miles(?)if you take the Atlantic Ocean route.

Would you come to MV by Whaler or Ferry-Car w/trailer?

When are you thinking about taking this trip?

Holy Cow posted 07-29-2003 05:51 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     

I will be coming from New Bedford to Marthas which I believe is 22 miles... Now I do have a Lowrance GPS but it is 100 away so I value the information here! I imagine the Eagertown near the Gut and out around to Wasque shoals is say 23 to 25 miles to NANTUCKET? I am giving/allowing about 4 miles from Vineyard Haven! I realize the best time is now to go to Nantucket and in the early morning... I will have to pick and choose my time at the later part of Summer and the beginning of Fall... I know winds can pick up... SO I do have to ask... Is it the hard wind from the Nor~East that we as 170 Whalerman have to pay attention to??? I do have to say the trip from Montauk up the Long Island Sound to the open water on 6-29-2003 did not phase the Montauk 170. The 1 to a seldom 4 foot rollers didn't allow any spray over the bow! I was impressed... Open water safety is everything... and the Whaler Full Floatation and Hull Design makes sure of it! I have also learned from this site that the Ferry tag~along will help too! Just need to call the Noaa weather and call the Ferry schedule out of Woods Hole to make the Safe trip possible. Thanks everyone! HC

aubv posted 07-29-2003 07:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

From Edgartown you would not go through Muskeget Channel passed Wasque unless you where planning on circumnavigating Nantucket(ACK). You would not even need to be south of Cape Poque. The figures from Menemsha are in addition to the approximate 28 miles from VH. Considering the prevailing winds(SW) Vineyard Sound is the route I'd take.

Edgartown to ACK Via Nantucket Sound 22+/- miles
Menemsha-ACK via Vineyard & Nantucket Sounds 41+/- miles
Menemsha to ACK via Atlantic Ocean/Muskeget Channel/Nantucket Sound- 47+/-miles
Vineyard Haven to ACK via Nantucket sound 28+/- miles


Barney posted 07-29-2003 07:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Holy Cow, On a couple of side issues would you update us on your kicker and backup prop, how the bracket worked out... Curious on those items. Thanks. B...
Holy Cow posted 07-29-2003 08:15 PM ET (US)     Profile for Holy Cow  Send Email to Holy Cow     

I did put a 5 Horse Four Stroke on the swim Plat form side of transom... It has not fallen off the thru bolted 3 inch plus transom while trailering it around for several hundred miles. I have not used it yet! I didn't have it on when I went to Block Island... Block Island is when I decided to finally purchase the s.s. bracket. The one I purchased (Maybe called Garlock) are "C" shaped 1.5" X maybe 5-6 " S.S. Brackets with a thick 1 to 1.5 inch plastic mount for the Outboard. The bracket swings a bit from left to right. I plan on using it when Island fishing and do plan on using the 4-6 foot throttle extension while at the helm.

I picked up a Prop at Boaters World and it is in the front boat Anchor locker whcich is freed up because I put the #13 anchor at the bow in a cleat. The old #8 is in the garage. I think the Prop I purchased is a 16 X 21 Pitch, which as I was told will get out of the hole quicker. It is a two piece Prop.

Still wondering if a TEE TOP or a Tower is worth the while. There are No weed lines to spot Daulphin or Bone fish where I fish. I am a striped Bass Man. Montauk and related area all the way. Well Portsmouth and Hatteras is a possiblity.

Would love to go to ACK since my girlfriend is there though fishing EEL Point with another Governors Cup Bass Man. Her Uncle. I would have to put in at New Bedford and either head south of MV or north of MV depending on wind and scoot across.


Barney posted 07-29-2003 08:35 PM ET (US)     Profile for Barney  Send Email to Barney     
Holy Cow, Thanks for the update. I think a kicker would be a good idea for mine. Down here in a 17 footer we have to head out early and come back early to stay away for thunderstorms. Although... I have yet to test out the Montauk very far from shore. I think it will do well. B...

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