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Old 01-09-2017, 07:35 PM   #1
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Default Boat vacation in West Dennis MA - any ideas?

Family likes to rent a house on the beach in West Dennis... I've got a 30ft cabin cruiser...looks to be about a 6 hour cruise there (starting near Stamford, CT) , could make it fun and take two days to get there... looks like an easy cruise up the sound.

I see a marina called the "Bass River Marina" with transient slips.

My main question: Is there anything up there that having a boat for a week with us would be worth while?

We don't fish. Just like to go hang on the boat, have drinks, swim, etc... would be cool to pull up to a deserted beach, etc.. I would be staying on the boat while they stay in the house.. any recommendations are appreciated!!

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Lots to do with you boat. You could cruse over to ACK or MV. Could also hit the beaches over in stage or Monomoy Island or you could go check out the GW Sharks and seals.
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Lots to do with you boat. You could cruse over to ACK or MV. Could also hit the beaches over in stage or Monomoy Island or you could go check out the GW Sharks and seals.
Was just looking at Monomoy - looks like it would be fun to go pull up to a beach, spend an afternoon there swimming/eat/drink/relax... have been to ACK a few times... don't think I'd really venture over there if there's nice beaches and water close to whatever Marina..
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FYI there's a bridge you gotta go under at Bass River Marina. 15 feet clearance at low tide I think. So might be 12 at high tide. Relatively shallow in there too. Do a search here "bass river" northeast section,you will find a lot of info.
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Thanks, that's exactly the kind of info I'm looking for. 15/12 should be manageable. Any better marina's around there in your opinion. ?
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"FYI there's a bridge you gotta go under at Bass River Marina. 15 feet clearance at low tide I think. So might be 12 at high tide. Relatively shallow in there too. Do a search here "bass river" northeast section, you will find a lot of info."

Pretty sure it's more than a 3' tide....

http://marinas.com/
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"FYI there's a bridge you gotta go under at Bass River Marina. 15 feet clearance at low tide I think. So might be 12 at high tide. Relatively shallow in there too. Do a search here "bass river" northeast section, you will find a lot of info."

Pretty sure it's more than a 3' tide....

http://marinas.com/
You're thinking of the bay, the river has about a 3' tide.
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:36 AM   #8
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Whats ur clearance? What kind of boat?I am on north side of bridge most probably have to lower antennas going thru bridge. I have a wellcraft coastal 33 i just need to lower outriggers and antennas with no clearnce issues.
River is shallow over by bass river marina but once again as long as ur in the channel should be fine
Theres also boaters beach at end of bass river during nice weather everyone rafts up etc
Can run to hyannis for lunch or harwich as well
If ur concerned on height ship shops has very limited transients.
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Old 01-10-2017, 06:39 AM   #9
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Oh and great bar resturant at bass river marina called summer shanty and just a few steps away sundancers as well
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you should be fine at BRM assuming you dont mind lowering your antennas. River is shallow, so stay in the channel. My boat doesnt fit under the bridge, but its a hard turn to starboard to jump into the BRM channel, but its pretty deep.

Run the boat to the river! Monomoy, Egg Island in Hyannis, Edgartown, Nantucket. its all a quick run! And fuel prices at Ship Shops are hard to beat.
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the bridge clearance is 15' at mhhw (high tide). you likely will not have to lower anything unless you have outriggers.

bass river marina was getting kind of run down but changed ownership last year and they have been pouring money into it with mostly new floats, etc. there is a decent restaurant/bar at the marina.

there are several spots on the river where people just hang out and drink/relax. as mentioned there are also plenty of day trips available from the river including monomoy...go see the seals and hopefully a great white and really hopefully together. as said, Hyannis is a short run and fun for lunch. also can do longer day trips to the islands, falmouth, etc. whale watching if the weather is nice isn't too far. lots to do.

the only caveat is that making that long of a run in a 30' cabin cruiser, you definitely would be wise to have some flexibility in your timing. would not be uncommon at all to have the wind kick up for a few days in a way that would make going home uncomfortable.
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[QUOTE=chainsaw42;9846059
the only caveat is that making that long of a run in a 30' cabin cruiser, you definitely would be wise to have some flexibility in your timing. would not be uncommon at all to have the wind kick up for a few days in a way that would make going home uncomfortable.[/QUOTE]

This ^^ If the forecast has prolonged periods of SW winds, several portions of your ride home will be less than pleasant. Hope it works out for you.
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Also if you're fully self-contained don't need very much amenities The town of Yarmouth as one transient slip that you could probably get to at packets landig before the bridge. Check with the Yarmouth harbormaster but it's just dockage they have power and water no bathroom showers or anything of that nature obviously much cheaper than staying at a marina
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Oak Bluffs is fun. Slips are a bit tricky with a 20 month old, but he's already started climbing ladders since August
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don't forget to put the cowcatcher on the bow of your boat before you head over. The kayak/paddleboard scene on the Bass River is....how should I put this.....completely and totally out of control.
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As others have said, you will fit under the bridge no sweat. My parents house faces bass river marina. It's right across the marsh. They use to dock much bigger than 30'ers. As many have also said, they have been pouring money into fixing it up. Sundancers is a good time. Monomoy was always one of my favorite places to go to on our center console. Depending on the time of year you go? July through August has some great fishing there. North and south sides. Great fluke,striper,Bonita and now bluefin tuna also. Lots of wildlife too. If you decide to bring a kayak too? There is some great freshwater fishing too. Trout,bass,Pickeral and etc.
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Block might make a nice mid point...
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don't forget to put the cowcatcher on the bow of your boat before you head over. The kayak/paddleboard scene on the Bass River is....how should I put this.....completely and totally out of control.
We call them speedbumps in Boston Harbor.They're out there for fun so I give them some.
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Wow, thanks so much for all the responses! I've got 14 days to play with, naturally 7 of them would be with the fam. in Capecod, the other 7 days are free to go or do anything... with that in mind and thinking about it more, it might be more fun to make this a slow trip up and back. The boat (rinker 270 fiesta vee) seems happy at 32mph.. Vessel view estimates at that speed 1 mile per gallon (no idea if it's true, haven't tested it), 100 gallon tank.

Sounds like the bridge height wont be a problem, no radar arch and a bimini that can come down is what I've got. One easy to drop antenna and we're good. It also doesn't require a ton of water under the boat... just a couple feet (with the drive raised)

In thinking about where to stay overnight... could be as simple as just dropping an anchor in a cove/protected area somewhere.. I am thinking of doing 1.5 hour legs...

Leave around 9am stop somewhere around 1030am at the thimble islands to explore for a bit, then anchor for lunch and swimming, depart around 3, head another 1.5hrs East and get to Fishers Island around 530 find somewhere to anchor, cook dinner, swim some more, just relax... shower and bed.

That would put me at 78 gallons burned out of my 100 gal tank, so assuming there's somewhere on fishers to refill (haven't checked) that would be the task of the morning and if it looks like a nice day, maybe we (whoever ends up on the boat) would just stay at fishers all day, not sure...

Doesn't matter what day, leave fishers island in the morning again, around 9am and shoot for Newport RI, again, fine somewhere to swim/eat/explore and leave new port around 2pm , which leaves the longest part of the journey as the last..pulling into the mouth of the bass river around 4pm.

Total moving time shows to be about 6 hours and 22 min, 191 gallons of fuel and 172 miles.

Another reason to do this is I have seen a few reports of Bravo III's having trouble running hot after 2 hours of continuous use.. you tell me what you think, I'm a new BIII owner and the furthest I take it is across to long island and back.. (20 mins one way)..

The boat has a NEW 383 in it, the drive is old though, so I'll be sure to be doing the regular maintenance on it and looking for any problems.

Here's what navonics and it's "auto route" feature says to do... put the starting point off norwalk because I may stay there for a couple days first, just hanging around the islands..

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sounds like a fun trip and you can kill a lot of cold days having fun planning it. 1.5 hr legs seems like way too many stops but it's your party, so if you want to make a lot of stops, more power to you. If your drive 'overheats' after 2 hrs then this is definitely a problem and I would definitely get it fixed before departing on any trip, long or short. A 27' cabin boat like that will get beaten up pretty good on a lot of afternoon days in the summer heading into the sw winds in vineyard sound and buzzards bay. I would plan on leaving early in the morning on the way home and spending the afternoons & evenings some place nice w/a drink in my hand. Of course watch the weather...but with 14 days to play with I would definitely go for it. there are so many places along that route to see and stay at that you could get a lot of input on from this site and make it a fun trip to plan and execute.

and you will not have to drop the bimini and no matter what anyone tells you, there's plenty of water in the river at any tide...honoring the channel markers (of course). If you go to the area and decide not to take the boat it will kill you looking out on the water & in the river and seeing all the boats out & about having fun.
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