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Old 01-10-2017, 05:25 PM   #21
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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.
I actually haven't gone on a family vacation in a few years because it was going to be a week of just hanging on the beach, while my smaller boat just sat at home (was too big to tow comfortably and too old/non-reliable to make the trip by water).. so instead I went elsewhere. Totally agree on not being able to go to Capecod and sit on land watching all the boats go by while this one sits at home at the dock.

1.5 hour legs does sound like a LOT of stops and on the way home I may just do it all in one day.. not sure, just trying to do what sounds most fun. Have always wanted to see the thimble islands and fishers seems like a fun place to explore as well. on the way there maybe wont stop at newport, who knows

I dont know if MY outdrive overheats at 2 hrs in... I just know I've read reports that people buy drive showers/etc.. because of that issue with this boat.. maybe it's super heavy for a single screw or something, it's 27.8 (30 with swim) ft overall and 9 feet wide...
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Old 01-10-2017, 05:46 PM   #22
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just a food for thought dont run a 100gal tank down to 78gals without a contingency. You do have the luxury of running close to shore but have a list of geas locations or keep track of that. Just be safe then sorry. With 14 days u should have a hoot of a time and be able to do and see what u want to. Another option would be is to run from newport to oak bluffs to bass river. Oak bluffs is about half way on thag leg of the trip and worth the stop in my opinion.
Are you making thia trip solo?
And i have heard of the bravos getting warm but if its overheating definitely a problem. Check into that first.
Also doesnt look like ur boat has radar which is fine but u will have a few open water crossings so keep eye on that as fog does roll in quick on the cape area. As well as have a good feel of where u can run into for protection if needed if weather kicks or fog kicks. U dont want to be making that decision based on the fly if needed.
Whats ur plan from crossing from ri sound to vineyard sound? Woods hole? Or up past cuttyhunk?
Depending on when ur coming let us know us bass river boys will show u around and have a beer for sure
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Old 01-10-2017, 08:51 PM   #23
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Bring your wallet if you stop a Fishers for gas, I'd plan on hitting the Ct side for fuel then tuck inside Napatree for your layover
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Old 01-11-2017, 05:26 AM   #24
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Bring your wallet if you stop a Fishers for gas, I'd plan on hitting the Ct side for fuel then tuck inside Napatree for your layover
Cool - that was one thing I was wondering..just the advice I'm looking for!
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Old 01-11-2017, 10:36 AM   #25
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I also would not plan your Newport to bass river for an afternoon. You want that run in either direction as early in the day as possible.

I would also suggest Cuttyhunk as a stopover.

Other than the "marina" at fishers island there is no access to land, and as mentioned my guess is gas is very expensive.

I also ditto the fuel usage, never plan on using 80% of your fuel for a run. 60% should be the number your after.

You also need to learn your fuel burn rates, guessing is not a good option.

Lastly, I suggest you use 80% of your "normal" cruise speed for timing planning, that covers the slow bits before and after and accounts for some slow down due to chop. If it becomes rough, cut that number in at least half.
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Old 01-11-2017, 02:05 PM   #26
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great area to spend a week
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Old 01-17-2017, 07:56 AM   #27
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I am actually looking at a similar trip in June. I just talked to the manager of Bass River and said they took so many seasonal slips this year they can't reserve anything. The best he said he could do was call a week ahead of the trip and see if anything is available....

Anyone have any other recommendations for a marina close to this?
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Old 01-17-2017, 08:41 AM   #28
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Check Saquatucket Marina in Chatham. Sesuit is another one; but it is on the Bay side. There is another in Hyannis too.
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Check Saquatucket Marina in Chatham. Sesuit is another one; but it is on the Bay side. There is another in Hyannis too.
I am coming from Point Judith, RI so I am trying to avoid a trip through the canal, I'm thinking Hyannis might be the best option.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:17 AM   #30
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There is a marina all the way up Bass River. You would have to cross through the "gates" at slack tide. The saltwater pond up there is unbelievable, IMO.
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There is a marina all the way up Bass River. You would have to cross through the "gates" at slack tide. The saltwater pond up there is unbelievable, IMO.
Can you get through the gates with a 26 Regulator? Not familiar with that area at all.
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Old 01-17-2017, 09:46 AM   #32
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I don't see why not...I would not do it when the currents coming in though (I barely got through with a fat novi and fixed trim tabs that acted like a drogue almost)...if you can "punch it" hard like those folks in that marina as I suspect do..you should be good. The pond really is really is cool - real flat and about 10' deep consistently if not more.
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Old 01-17-2017, 11:16 AM   #33
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If you are talking about Mayfair Boat Yard in the saltwater pond area (at the end of the Bass River) I'm not sure you would be all that happy with the depth. I have an IO and draw maybe a foot and a half or so but past the Route 6 bridge it is VERY shallow, even at mid tide. At full tide Follins Pond and the bay at the marina is great, otherwise, even with an outboard it's skinny water.

That said, the guys at Mayfair Boat Yard are great and if they have a slip available they will treat you right. Be advised it's maybe 45 minutes to get back out to the Sound.

As others have said, it's a great area to be on vaycay for a week.
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I am going to be staying at the Lighthouse Inn in Dennis, so I am really just looking for a place to keep the boat for a few days while we stay at the Inn. Something within a few miles would be ideal. I probably wouldn't want to head that far up the Bass River in skinny water I'm unfamiliar with.
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I am going to be staying at the Lighthouse Inn in Dennis, so I am really just looking for a place to keep the boat for a few days while we stay at the Inn. Something within a few miles would be ideal. I probably wouldn't want to head that far up the Bass River in skinny water I'm unfamiliar with.
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The Lighthouse Inn has a little man-made harbor in front of the restaurant where they keep rental JetSkis. Although a 25' Regulator might be a bit big, it wouldn't hurt to ask them if you could put your boat there.
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Might try Ship Shops in Yarmouth - on Bass River just before the bridge. They have a few slips and their web site has info.
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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.
I come through the canal every summer -- just want to emphasize this point.

The prevailing wind is from the SW and usually blows straight up buzzards bay. If it's blowing more than 12 knots you'll have a good 2-3ft chop on your beam. If it gets up towards 15 it will be downright uncomfortable. If it gets to 20 which is pretty common in the afternoon it can be really unpleasant / dangerous. Something about the shape of Buzzards Bay makes the seas more confused esp. when the tide is running out and you have wind against tide, but "washing machine" definitely applies to the waters when the wind kicks up.

I find that the wind prediction from NOAA doesn't seem to take the afternoon increase into account, but the model on fishweather is more accurate in that region.

I've never been on a Rinker 27, but I see it has an 18 degree deadrise, modified V... I'd think you'd have to pick your day, weatherwise to get across without pounding your fillings out or slogging it through at 10mph.
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Bass River Marina is close to the Light house Inn.
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If you are talking about Mayfair Boat Yard in the saltwater pond area (at the end of the Bass River) I'm not sure you would be all that happy with the depth. I have an IO and draw maybe a foot and a half or so but past the Route 6 bridge it is VERY shallow, even at mid tide. At full tide Follins Pond and the bay at the marina is great, otherwise, even with an outboard it's skinny water.

That said, the guys at Mayfair Boat Yard are great and if they have a slip available they will treat you right. Be advised it's maybe 45 minutes to get back out to the Sound.

As others have said, it's a great area to be on vaycay for a week.

The River is well marked all the way to Mayfair. Past Mayfair into Follins Pond is tough at low tide. I have a place on Follins and use the Wilbur ramp a lot which is a stones throw from Mayfair and no issues. Also, since they took the train bridge out a couple of years ago, there are more bigger boats going down river.
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