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  • Annual Tug trip, with the Whaler, now w/vid

    I posted these trips in the past and there seemed to be interest, so here's year 10 of the annual tug trip.

    Every year for the past 10 we take a family trip to the Cape and Islands from Marblehead and meet up with 5 - 10 other boats. The trip is rather special to me since I did this with my parents, as a kid, in the late 70s though mid 80s, so I get to relive this from a different perspective and watch my kids as if watching myself back then. We try to explore as much as we can in the RIB inflatables, but this year I wanted more range and the ability to take more people, so I decided we would take the Whaler, but dreaded the first leg since it would be a 95 mile tow, so my son trailered it south of the Cape and I met them there and towed the Whaler to the other stops.

    I got an early start to catch favorable canal currents.





    Typical position of the first mate underway. Best part is no shedding or doggie smell when she gets wet. She loves the boat and jumps in/out of the RIB or Whaler onto the platform with no hesitation.



    Connor met up with us and ran the 18 miles to Cutty.



    The trip in total (first leg).



    Trip plan.



    First stop Cuttyhunk. Island is 580 acres and had 52 residents based on the last census. Deer roam the island and it's not uncommon to see them walking down the streets in the early mornings.



    Great little island that has ATVs and golf carts for transportation. There's a small marina and it's a great place to walk around and also have a beach fire.



    My daugher takes the dog paddle boarding in the harbor since it's well protected and always calm.



    Here's the power station for the island, it's a Kohler diesel engine that powers the island.





    The seal community all around the Cape is exploding and drawing many great whites. We explored one of the many areas they hang out.





    Pic taken of us at the seal spot.



    Next stop Hadley Harbor and the Whaler tows nice at 10 - 12 knots.





    Hadley is a peaceful harbor with lots of natural beauty and some fun tidal flumes. The island is private and owned by the Forbes Family Trust. Deer roam the island with no known predators.









    Across from Hadley is Woods Hole Oceanographic and other interesting things. This ship is the ship that launches the Alvin submersible that Robert Ballard explored the Titanic with.



    Across the harbor is houseboat hangout.







    Current in Woods Hole pass can run up to 5 - 6kts depending on tides and the buoys do get pushed under by the current. I have vid of this one disappearing under the water, but could not get the vid link to work. I'll try later this week when I return from business.



    Onward to Edgartown Martha's Vineyard.



    Scissor ferry that runs over to Chappaquiddick, you may remember this from Jaws 2 when Chief Brodie drives his Blazer onto the ferry.







    Day at Cape Poge, it's a 2 mile ride to the entrance, but this area opens up to a big bay and is only accessible by boat or 4WD vehicle after you pay hundreds of dollars for a over the sand permit. Needless to say, you usually have the place to yourself.









    Next stop Oak Bluffs.



    Always a fun place and the harbor packs in tight with 4 boats to a mooring. The Jaws bridge and many other fun things to do a short ride away.



    The Whaler counts as a dingy and should have been off the stern, but it would have bumped the boat behind us, the harbormaster didn't hassle me keeping is alongside.



    Great swimming harbor with temps in the low 80s.





    Jaws bridge pond area - In the original Jaws, this is where the guy in the red rowboat becomes an appetizer. Kids jump off this bridge all summer and it's fun.





    Following day a 15 mile round trip to Lake Tashmoo on the other side of the island. It's all salt water, but looks like a lake in NH and probably why it's referred to as a "lake", large 3.5' sandbars and warm temps make it great for wading around.







    Had 4 vid short clips (10 - 30 sec) to share, could not embed them. I'll try to add a YouTube or other link when I return from my business travel.

    Water temps varied all over, but the best we saw was inside an inner harbor.



    Connor got some drone vid that he will condense into a video and I'll post a link when he's done.

    Vid of tidal flume.

    https://youtu.be/2ltrsHV2o5M

    https://youtu.be/pORUXoB51Ms

    https://youtu.be/JHyr23-uMI4

    Buoy dragged under by current

    https://youtu.be/la9n9DWA4qs

    Jaws bridge jumping

    https://youtu.be/Z-PNxhE3Qto

    D-
    Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

  • #2
    That looks like another great trip. You guys have some great places for gunkholing. Sure would be fun to come up once summer and bareboat that area.
    1978 Mako 25 - Blind Hog
    1985 Mako 20c - sold
    Fort Walton Beach, FL
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    • #3
      Looks like an awesome trip. Thanks for sharing.

      Is the dog a type of doodle?
      \'93 241 https://forum.classicmako.com/forum/...etting-started
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      • #4
        Sneaking around my hood eh? []

        Looks like you guys had a great trip. I'd suggest do a single stop on the vineyard next time and use the bus to get around.
        1975 Mako 26 Inboard[br]1976 Mako 23 Inboard[br]1984 Rhodes 19[br]Padanaram, MA

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        • #5
          Nice trip and pics! Have always wanted to explore that area, but never been past Fisher's. "Going to need a bigger boat" as they say in the movie.
          NYC & L.I. - 1974 \"Classic\" Mako 20\' - Suzuki 2006 DF150 - Fly & Light Tackle, C&R[br]My boat: http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=23444#159594[br]Personal website: http://www.georgemcauliffe.com/

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          • #6
            Great pics and story Dave. Always look forward to ths annual trip report...
            Working for a livin\' is HIGHLY Over-Rated...[][br]

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            • #7
              Awesome shots Dave. Did the guy with the engine issues get his going in time for the trip? Glad the weather was OK for you guys, this past week would have been tough with the wind.

              -John
              Weir Mako 21[br]1985 21B[br]Project 21B [br] http://www.classicmako.com/forum/top...TOPIC_ID=32089[br]Project 25 Contender [br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?whichpage=1&TOPIC_ID=55759 [br][br]

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              • #8
                Thanks for sharing! Really cool.
                1984 Mako 238 WA [br]2015 Suzuki 250 APX[br]Central PA/OCMD[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35081[br]

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                • #9
                  I always enjoy your trip #128521;
                  Nick Dodge[br]Maysville, GA[br]1990 Mako 261 Broken Arrow[br][br]Project Thread- http://classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=56182&whichpage=1

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                  • #10
                    Thanks for posting. My old stomping grounds, although I remember Chappaquiddick for another reason. It has to do with a 1969 Oldsmobile.
                    Bungo Pete[br]Portland Maine[br]1970 Mako 22, 200 HP Mariner

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                    • #11
                      quote:


                      Originally posted by Bungo Pete


                      Thanks for posting. My old stomping grounds, although I remember Chappaquiddick for another reason. It has to do with a 1969 Oldsmobile.



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                      1984 Mako 238 WA [br]2015 Suzuki 250 APX[br]Central PA/OCMD[br]http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=35081[br]

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                      • #12
                        quote:


                        Originally posted by Bungo Pete


                        Thanks for posting. My old stomping grounds, although I remember Chappaquiddick for another reason. It has to do with a 1969 Oldsmobile.



                        You must remember Chappy for the 1969 Kennedy Triathlon.



                        D-
                        Current Mqko - 1990 Mako 211 w/2006 250 E-TEC. http://www.classicmako.com/forum/topic.asp?TOPIC_ID=6226. [br]- Previous Makos 1987 20C, 1979 23\' IB, 1970s 17 Angler

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