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JTC posted 08-21-2007 01:19 PM ET (US)   Profile for JTC   Send Email to JTC  

[posted this to THT too - will report back w/ any info from there]

Making my first trip to Nantucket this weekend in my new-to-me 28' Boston Whaler Conquest. Marine forecast is 2-4 on Thursday when I'm heading out at more like 3-5 on the way back on Saturday. I'll be coming down the Canal through Woods Hole and then to Nantucket.

Would greatly appreciate any informed opinions on how uncomfortable this trip will be (esp. for my 10 & 11 year old boys), and what sort of speed I should expect to be able to manage. This will be my first trip outside of Cape Cod Bay, but I have a fully enclosed helm modern electronics w/ radar, etc.

I've been boating 3 years so not a complete novice, but by no means a very experienced boater either.

Many Thanks!


ps. hoping to catch some bonito like we did off a charter boat last August... talk about fantastic fishing & eating!

aubv posted 08-21-2007 11:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for aubv  Send Email to aubv     

You might want to try trolling Hedge Fence for Bonito with a Yozuri Dorado, Rebel Fastrac, etc.

If you have not been through Woods Hole, you really need to pay attention to the bouys, there are so many bouys it can be confusing.

Otherwise, with that boat it should be a great trip.


Ranjr13 posted 08-22-2007 09:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ranjr13  Send Email to Ranjr13     
Aubv is right about Woods Hole. Make sure you have a plan in advance, before the current gets a hold of you and you forget which set of buoys you're aiming for. Use a chart plotter with the zoom all the way in so it shows you going through like following a road. I have seen several very large beautiful boats sitting on the rock piles that are just below the surface - between the two channels!

Nantucket Sound is especially bad when the wind is going opposite the current - exactly the same as entering or exiting the canal when that occurs. If the wind is out of the East or Southeast, try to plan your trip from the Vineyard to Nantucket on an incoming tide - otherwise you will pound a lot.

Your boat will be able to take much more than your crew - don't be scared, just go slow to minimize the pounding.

I'd also go earlier in the day if possible.

JTC posted 08-30-2007 05:50 PM ET (US)     Profile for JTC  Send Email to JTC     

Thanks for the advice! Trip went extremely well helped by the fact that the actual conditions were much milder than predicted. Here's a link to the thread on THT which has a more detailed report and some other people's input on the trip.

Thanks again!


ps. Where is the "Hedge Fence"?

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