Saturday, August 06, 2011

Nantucket - Not our favorite...

Coming from Edgartown (which we both liked), I was expecting to find Nantucket a bit less crowded and commercialized.  What we found was exactly the opposite.

When we arrived, we found that all the transient moorings were taken (yes, I should have made a reservation.)  We also found that what little area in the harbor left for anchoring was also crowded, shallow, and exposed to some pretty significant currents.

It was pretty late in the day, so rather than move along to somewhere else, we spent about an hour trying to get ourselves anchored in a spot where we felt marginally comfortable.  As we worked on this we got to enjoy watching somebody sail too close to an anchored boat, get tangled in that boats anchor line, crash into the anchored boat, and drag through part of the anchorage while others around pulled up their anchors as fast as they could and got out of the way!

In the end, it was a long night of waking up every hour to make sure that we were keeping a safe distance from our neighbors.  Oh, and I almost forgot we got to enjoy a 35 knot squall that blasted through the anchorage that night as well!

I didn't make it into town until the next afternoon, and when I did I found preppy paradise.  Holy cow, how do they convince those people that it's acceptable to wear red, green or plaid pants.  And, then they cover them in whales or lobsters???  Unreal.  It seemed like one big fraternity/sorority gathering.  Nantucket is obviously not going for diversity!!

If we get a chance, perhaps we'll go back and give it another try, but at this point I think Edgartown wins hands down!