Friday, October 19, 2012

Sailing Nantucket Sound

 This is a new book written by Bobbi McPeak about  the Endeavor,  a Nantucket town tourist boat.

The Endeavor is a friendship sloop that  provides short cruises  out of Nantucket Harbor, every few hours during summer days.

It's route  is actually quite short and simple. The book compares it to a bus ride. The sloop sails  out of Nantucket  harbor, and  makes a short trip out into the Sound.  No more than two hours and your back on the dock.

Despite it's simplicity, Captain  Jim Genthner makes the ride a  special one.  The boat  he built himself  is small but beautiful, you sit right on top of  water, and will often get wet.  Genthner just laughs when that happens in a infectious manner.  If anybody wants to help with the sails their welcome to help out the first mate. Genthner will give short impromptu lectures on sailing or whaling, or Nantucket history while piloting the boat .  

Thirty five  years ago, my Aunt and Uncle took me for the first time to visit the Massachusetts  island of Nantucket. It's a place  with a  special character.  The island is a place without a stoplight or a McDonald's. Tourists often get around on scooters, bike or bus.  The island is shaped  like the slingshot curve of a skater about  to make a jump. All roads spiral out from the main town and spiral out to the beach side villages of Madaket, Surfside, and Sconset. The main street in town is paved with cobblestones.

It was a simple place, but over the past quarter century has become exclusive. In the past couple of decades it has become a popular locale for the super-rich to own property.  So that's what it had become by the time my brother and I visited it a few years ago.  It is expensive to stay there or eat there.  But on occasion, you feel like it is worth it for  a cruise on the Endeavor is a  revelatory experience.

The Endeavor's

On the Endeavor by Jim S. Bernhardt


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