First trip to the Vineyard

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We picked a great day, almost no wind but it was a bit foggy on our way over, left at about 8:30AM. We left from Osterville used Navionics automatic route, worked out well. It did seem to send us around some shoals but I see most boats just take a direct route. We got a mooring at Oak Bluffs and took the launch in. No charge for the mooring, $8 a head roundtrip for the launch. All real easy. I am still learning but this was a lot of fun.
 

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Who did you get the mooring from for free? Glad you had a good time.
 

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Oak Bluffs Marina. Moorings are first come first served no reservations. Hailed them on CH. 71 They said just grab a mooring marked "TOWN". If they are all full you have to raft with someone else. Like I said $8 a head round trip for launch so for family of 5 "Free mooring" is relative.
 

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Yeah, it is a nice option, and convenient launch. Actually that was the "mistake" I made last year that started the wheels going on getting into the 330. We had gone over in my Mako 23, did the day trip thing, and my wife and daughter were so impressed that you could stay on the boat overnight. "Why can't we do that?" Not feasible in a 23, but a 33 is no prob!

Revisited Oak Bluffs over the 4th of July with a boatfull of people. Great time. Not as sure about coming from Osterville, but from Waquoit, there is not really anything to worry about shoalwise between there and MV. I recall some rocks near Osterville from years ago, though.
 

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I make the trip frequently (from Popponesset) in my dual console 192. It's a great trip on decent weather days. As a matter of fact I'm heading down tomorrow morning and will be staying until Saturday (a friend of mine rented a house in OB). You could go right over the shoals in my (shallow draft) boat, but I generally hug the coast and then make the cut (southwesterly) toward Oak Bluffs as I pass the red marker at the western end of Succonnesset Shoals (I think it's #12). Heading back to Popponesset (or Waquoit or Osterville) in the afternoon with the generally trailing seas and a SW breeze like we usually have in the summer is a nice ride back.

Keep in mind that it's up to 4 boats a mooring on the town moorings in OB. In another few weeks moorings will get easier to find!
 

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Awesome! Is there someone that manages or organizes events for GW owners in Southern New England. Would be cool to have a get together next summer in Block Island.
 

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Great Info! Maybe that's a "someday" trip to visit my wife's college friend in Vineyard Haven. Only 200 miles from Manasquan inlet! When is the best Striper fishing????;)
 

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Great Info! Maybe that's a "someday" trip to visit my wife's college friend in Vineyard Haven. Only 200 miles from Manasquan inlet! When is the best Striper fishing????;)
The Striper fishing has been great this year since April (and still going strong... will heat up again even more in the Fall).
 

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Yeah I come out of Waquoit and go to the vineyard all the time (rarely moor just fish) There really shouldn't be any shoals between oystervill and the vineyard you should need to worry about other than in oysterville bay or just outside depending on your boat. Most likely cause is the boat settings you have setup with the depth being too deep in the app/plotter for your boat. if I recall correct it defaults to something crazy like 33ft draft probably to be safe. But given your profile says freedom 275 your draft should not be much different than mine on the seafarer. Thanks for the post, my wife is always asking to go to the vineyard but it always seemed daunting to figure out the mooring and launch at oak bluffs, vineyard haven is easier. Usually I just drop her and her friends off and fish off the coast while they enjoy the island with oak bluffs, but this opens up another, option especially for a day trip. Or even an overnight now that I just got all my cabin cushions recovered. BTW if you're looking for someone to do that cheap I have a guy in Woonsocket RI who did a great job for cheap and I"m going to have him do the bolsters, and seat cushions probably over the winter.
 
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Yeah I come out of Waquoit and go to the vineyard all the time (rarely moor just fish) There really shouldn't be any shoals between oystervill and the vineyard you should need to worry about other than in oysterville bay or just outside depending on your boat. Most likely cause is the boat settings you have setup with the depth being too deep in the app/plotter for your boat. if I recall correct it defaults to something crazy like 33ft draft probably to be safe. But given your profile says freedom 275 your draft should not be much different than mine on the seafarer. Thanks for the post, my wife is always asking to go to the vineyard but it always seemed daunting to figure out the mooring and launch at oak bluffs, vineyard haven is easier. Usually I just drop her and her friends off and fish off the coast while they enjoy the island with oak bluffs, but this opens up another, option especially for a day trip. Or even an overnight now that I just got all my cabin cushions recovered. BTW if you're looking for someone to do that cheap I have a guy in Woonsocket RI who did a great job for cheap and I"m going to have him do the bolsters, and seat cushions probably over the winter.
If you could send me your guy's info - I have a Tournament 225 that I would like to have reupholstered (all cushions) this winter. Thank you.
Joe