just wondering if anyone has any maps of where we are talking about. Wondering what the ride will be like
I was just plotting a possible route on Mapsource (if you don't have charting software, Maptech has free downloads online). Looks like about 40nm round trip. 24nm out past Gloucester and around Rockport. 4+ nm through the river at 5 knots. Then another 11nm home. We're probably never more than 0.5nm offshore, but out past Manchester and around Rockport you are facing the Atlantic directly. Would be roughest there.
Here's my thoughts on weather from limited experience driving into Boston as well as sailing in this area. If it's blowing less than 10 knots, likely to be just 1 to 1.5 footers, we should be able to cruise 25+ knots. Wife, kid and dog friendly. If it's blowing 10-15, probably limits our speed to 20 knots and would be bouncy but fun. Over 15 knots would make for an uncomfortable ride that I would not want to take my wife and young children through, until they were more seasoned. My kids are toddlers though. 13 year olds live for adventure.
With no stopping, maybe it's an hour out, an hour through the Annisquam and 30 minutes back. Perhaps sightseeing, pictures, stopping somewhere for chow doubles that to 5 hours. That might make sense with the tides too, as the window wouldn't reopen until mid-afternoon.
This is the buoy closest to our route. It's a bit rough out tonight. Hopefully much calmer in a couple weeks.