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Old 06-13-2019, 08:32 AM
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I was wondering who might be able to provide insights into the best way to visit by boat Nantucket and the Vineyard for the day without paying expensive dock fees. Was looking to take the family to each place this summer with our boat. Appreciate any tips you can provide.

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No such thing as Inexpensive and Nantucket all in one sentence. Slips get cheap in the fall though.
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Old 06-13-2019, 08:45 AM
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No such thing as Inexpensive and Nantucket all in one sentence. Slips get cheap in the fall though.
So I hear, your not the only person to tell me that, thanks for the reply!
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42 hydrasport and you're worried? In all seriousness, maybe Nantucket moorings will have something available for the day (call them the day before). You're too big for the town dock...so the only other option is the Nantucket Boat Basin.
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Originally Posted by mtsolutions View Post
I was wondering who might be able to provide insights into the best way to visit by boat Nantucket and the Vineyard for the day without paying expensive dock fees. Was looking to take the family to each place this summer with our boat. Appreciate any tips you can provide.

Thanks!
So it sounds like you've heard the answer and don't like it

You might be able to get a better answer by being more specific about where and when - saying you want to go to Edgartown for 4 hours on July 24th is a very different thing than asking if anyone knows some secret to get around the fees that universally works.
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Madaket Marine | Contact Out on the western end of the island but if your 42 foot then water may be too skinny
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:13 AM
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
So it sounds like you've heard the answer and don't like it

You might be able to get a better answer by being more specific about where and when - saying you want to go to Edgartown for 4 hours on July 24th is a very different thing than asking if anyone knows some secret to get around the fees that universally works.
Nothing secret here. I have heard hearsay from others with no or little experience. Having knowledge from direct experience is what I am looking for, many on this forum have such knowledge others pretend to have it. I do not have specific dates or locations as I have not been to either place in over 20 years thus the post. But if someone has gone recently and can say, "I like taking my family to this place and I bring the boat over and dock at this place" That is what I was looking for.
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Originally Posted by Tbrodes View Post
42 hydrasport and you're worried? In all seriousness, maybe Nantucket moorings will have something available for the day (call them the day before). You're too big for the town dock...so the only other option is the Nantucket Boat Basin.
I was looking into Nantucket Boat Basin thanks...
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Old 06-13-2019, 11:33 AM
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It’s really nice and worth the trip. Again, go before June 26 or after Labor Day boat basin becomes cheapest slips anywhere.
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Originally Posted by mtsolutions View Post
Nothing secret here. I have heard hearsay from others with no or little experience. Having knowledge from direct experience is what I am looking for, many on this forum have such knowledge others pretend to have it. I do not have specific dates or locations as I have not been to either place in over 20 years thus the post. But if someone has gone recently and can say, "I like taking my family to this place and I bring the boat over and dock at this place" That is what I was looking for.
Fair enough - your original post really looks like the cost is what you care about, probably why you aren't getting much response.

What are you looking to do? Day trip over for lunch, stay a night or two? I can't speak to Nantucket, but I know MVY pretty well.
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Originally Posted by MattGoose View Post
Fair enough - your original post really looks like the cost is what you care about, probably why you aren't getting much response.

What are you looking to do? Day trip over for lunch, stay a night or two? I can't speak to Nantucket, but I know MVY pretty well.
I would love to do a day trip have lunch check out the island and head back early evening and see how the family does. If all goes well maybe an overnight trip this summer. MVY would be great as well, neither of my 3 girls have been and its been about 20years for my wife as well. With the 42 I am hoping to take the family on further boat trips rather then stay in the bay. Appreciate the info!
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I update my initial post so it doesn't seem like dock fees are the important thing here. Thanks!
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a day isn't much time to get there, visit, and get home. not saying you can't do it (clearly people do it all the time), just pointing out that you will not get to 'check out the island' in a few hours. you'll be able to walk around near the harbor, grab lunch, etc.

where are you leaving from?
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Old 06-13-2019, 12:29 PM
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I would love to do a day trip have lunch check out the island and head back early evening and see how the family does. If all goes well maybe an overnight trip this summer. MVY would be great as well, neither of my 3 girls have been and its been about 20years for my wife as well. With the 42 I am hoping to take the family on further boat trips rather then stay in the bay. Appreciate the info!
One of the best parts for visiting MVY is the ease of getting around - there's a bus system that runs all over the island and is cheap, or you can rent bikes to go between Edgartown/OB/VH.

Not sure where your interests lie or how old your kids are, or how long your day would be there (looks like you're coming in from RI?). But, as a start I'd get into Edgartown and rent bikes to head up State Road to the jumping bridge. There are some great lunch spots in OB, then you could swing up East Chop and see the Brody house, then take the interior roads back by Morning Glory farm to Edgartown and South Beach.

Bunch of half day-ish trips you could do from Edg/OB or you could land Aquinah or Menemsha and have lunch on that side of the Island.

Some more info about what you like to do (eat/beach/site see) and how old your kids are can help narrow down your options.
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Originally Posted by chainsaw42 View Post
a day isn't much time to get there, visit, and get home. not saying you can't do it (clearly people do it all the time), just pointing out that you will not get to 'check out the island' in a few hours. you'll be able to walk around near the harbor, grab lunch, etc.

where are you leaving from?
Leaving from Barrington RI, thanks
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One of the best parts for visiting MVY is the ease of getting around - there's a bus system that runs all over the island and is cheap, or you can rent bikes to go between Edgartown/OB/VH.

Not sure where your interests lie or how old your kids are, or how long your day would be there (looks like you're coming in from RI?). But, as a start I'd get into Edgartown and rent bikes to head up State Road to the jumping bridge. There are some great lunch spots in OB, then you could swing up East Chop and see the Brody house, then take the interior roads back by Morning Glory farm to Edgartown and South Beach.

Bunch of half day-ish trips you could do from Edg/OB or you could land Aquinah or Menemsha and have lunch on that side of the Island.

Some more info about what you like to do (eat/beach/site see) and how old your kids are can help narrow down your options.
Good Info, first trip would be nice to eat, site see and a walk on the beach trip. Subsequent trips we can stay longer and plan the days. Where is the best place to dock? I have download the Dockwa app anyway like using it ?
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For Nantucket:

You can anchor for free in the general anchorage. I think for a 42 you may need to ask the Harbor Master where to anchor. Holding is pretty good as long as you don't land on a ton of eelgrass. Or you can get a mooring from Nantucket Moorings (on Dockwa).

The harbor launch is on channel 68 and will pick you up for $5 person. Once ashore, the entire town is right in front of you.

Remember to wear salmon colored shorts and buy your wife one of those $5,000 lightship baskets
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Originally Posted by jtcwhaler View Post
For Nantucket:

You can anchor for free in the general anchorage. I think for a 42 you may need to ask the Harbor Master where to anchor. Holding is pretty good as long as you don't land on a ton of eelgrass. Or you can get a mooring from Nantucket Moorings (on Dockwa).

The harbor launch is on channel 68 and will pick you up for $5 person. Once ashore, the entire town is right in front of you.

Remember to wear salmon colored shorts and buy your wife one of those $5,000 lightship baskets
You had me until the last line....LOL got the wrong guy for the salmon colored shirts...If only I knew what the lightship baskets were??? Ill check the other info...thanks
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Good Info, first trip would be nice to eat, site see and a walk on the beach trip. Subsequent trips we can stay longer and plan the days. Where is the best place to dock? I have download the Dockwa app anyway like using it ?
I know Edgartown better, but you could do something very similar in OB just as easily.

Here's some good general information: https://www.edgartownharbor.com/info

The Harbor Side Inn and Mad Max Marina also offer rentals. I think you can drop anchor in the outer anchorage for free and take the launch in, but you'd need to double check that.

Food for views: Seafood Shanty on the upstairs deck, if not there then the Atlantic.

Food for food's sake: The Covington, Isola, L'Etoile

Food to Go (walk out to the beach): Rosewater Market

Fuller St beach is pretty good, but not great. South Beach is the "real" beach, but that's about a 3 mile walk from down town. Uber and taxi's all over island.

I'd stop off and have a drink/app on the deck at the Harborside, walk down to see the lighthouse and then hit the road.
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The billionaires kicked all the millionaires off of Nantucket years ago, so it's expensive, I'm sure you realize that. That being said, it's a great place for a boat trip. If you're coming from CC Bay, it would be a long day trip, but doable I suppose. We usually use Nantucket moorings. Reservations are a must in the July and August. You can use the app, Dockwa, or just call them directly. The mooring field is big, numbered, well organized and they have a couple of launches that service the moorings until pretty late at night. If they don't have a mooring for you, there is a general anchorage area just beyond the mooring field. It's free and the launch will come get you there too, but it can be a little nerve-racking, especially if you choose to spend the night. It's got good bottom, and your anchor usually holds nicely, but everyone is using different scope and when they start to swing with the tide...it can get interesting. But for a few hours, the anchorage area might be fine for you.

We love going to MV too. Usually go to Oak Bluffs and get a slip. I think they require you use Dockwa for your reservation, if I'm not mistaken. There are no finger floats. With your boat, I think you'd stern to a bulkhead and tie off to pilings. No big deal. I have twin outboards, so usually go bow to the bulkhead there.

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