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Summer in the Hamptons …and Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island continues… in 3 parts

 Because I have not posted for such a long time, I am breaking this down into 3 posts.   This is the first.  The other two will follow in  next couple of days.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017  

Wait!! What?!? Summer is almost over?!?!  When did that happen?  What month is this?  Did I miss the Minnesota State Fair?  Ok…I haven’t lost complete track of time, but the days do tend to blend into each other.

You thought you had heard the last from me, but ‘NOooo’… we’ve been puttering around Long Island, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket Island and, frankly, thoroughly enjoying the adventure.  I’ve come to realize that I would not have visited as many places in this area if I wasn’t on Minnehaha.  Traditionally, I would have selected one location, such as Martha’s Vineyard, and probably never visited Long Island.  And if I was travelling by automobile, I would have missed so much of the atmosphere of what happens in the marinas and harbors of this very ‘ocean centric’ part of the country.  As a resident of ‘fly over’ land in the middle of the U.S. I find this all terribly interesting.

A quick summary of what we have been up to and where we have been, since the last posting on August 6:

Capt. Chris and Lauren returning after taking photos of Minnehaha from the water

Photo by Lauren

Lauren on the main sail trying to free the down haul line. This lady is stronger than she looks..


More work than play on Minnehaha



Katherine and Arlo

Went from being a bit tentative about walking on the trampoline to jumping right out on the front.

Late concert and quiet, relaxing sail…perfect for a nap

















Rainy day in Sag Harbor

Foggy morning at Cuddyhunk








We continue to have the ‘new boat woes’ otherwise known as breakdowns in systems such as pumps, electronics, generator, etc.  As first- time owners of a new boat, this is not what we expected… quite naively we have been told by virtually everyone from other boat owners to captains to the manufacturer.   In fact, we have been advised that our boat has had fewer issues than most other boats of this size and type.  It has been pointed out that this is not like buying a new car.  Essentially, we have purchased a new ‘home’ with all the systems of an electronically controlled ‘smart’ home and then some, that lives 24/7 in salt water and it is not uncommon for our ‘home’ to get bounced around on 2-6 foot waves on a regular basis.  When you put it that way, it seems like a miracle we haven’t sunk yet.  Fortunately, these are warranty issues and HH has been responsive in getting them addressed (part of the reason Chris came onboard).

Doug cooking on the grill on the aft deck

Dinner for 4

Deb’s too lazy to paddle to shore

Walking the beach and I found Nemo in the surf.

Martha’s Vineyard bike map. Rode from Edgerttown to Oak Bluffs to Vineyard Haven and back to Edgertown. .

Not sure what he’s reading but must be somewhat stressful judging from the hair.

Deb taking picture of Nala . A lot of time is spent taking and editing pictures.

Some pictures don’t always turn out well. (Emily calls these ‘parent selfies’)

Never know where you might need a bowline – like on the helm wheel.



Reading and dozing as we sail along














Deb at the helm

Looking up at the main sail through the sunroof

Looking down through the sunroof at Doug and the inside helm.

Main sail folded and covered in the cradle /boom above the sunroof.



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