Spent the final leg (one night) of a week’s vacation on the Vineyard on Tandemeer. A fun, and very different experience to end our stay! The only glitches involved communication. When I booked in late June, the boat location was in Vineyard Haven. Realizing we had our car on island, and there is no overnight parking at the harbor, I messaged Sequoia asking about parking. He instructed us to park in the Tisbury Park and Ride and take the free shuttle to the harbor. Friday, the night before our booking, I messaged him again, to ask about the parking pass we needed, supposedly paid for at Tisbury Town Hall (being the weekend, I doubted town hall would be open). It was then that he told us the boat was now in Edgartown, not Vineyard Haven, moved there in early July. While we were thrilled to be anchored in Edgartown rather than VH, (lots more to do, see, dining options, etc.), if I hadn’t messaged about parking, we would have paid for parking in Tisbury, shuttled to the VH harbor, requested a launch to a boat that was no longer there (panic would have ensued, I’m sure!) We messaged back and forth about where to park in Edgartown, where the launch service was located and that Tandemeer was in the anchorage, not the harbor mooring (important to also know, as there are different launches (and prices) for the anchorage, I told Sequoia we’d be arriving somewhere between 3 and 3:30pm, and he said “see you after 3!.” We had smooth sailing (no pun intended) in finding the park and ride grabbing the shuttle, and hopping on the launch out to Tandemeer ($5 pp each way). We got on board about 3:45, but no one was there. We poked around and then settled up top to enjoy the view. About 20 minutes later, Sequoia arrived via dinghy with bundles of laundry. We introduced ourselves, but before even getting out of the dinghy, he said “you should have messaged me what time you were arriving.” Taken a bit off guard by this welcome aboard, I reminded him we had been texting the previous night, the parking/boat location change and that we had, in fact told him 3-3:30 as our arrival and his response had been “see you after 3!” An awkward start, but things soon improved. As mentioned by many others—be prepared, this is not a luxury vessel, but a Caribbean winter, working boat, almost 40 years old. While it shows her age, the bones of the boat are wonderful. We had the “captain’s quarters” which was 2 to 3 times the size of the bunk rooms, with a queen sized, comfy bed. If you want more room, avoid the small bunk rooms- I highly recommend paying the extra price. All the quarters have private “heads”, but the main living quarters (kitchen, dining and couch area) are shared with whomever else is staying on board. We are long time tent campers, and used...
It's an Adventure! We loved our stay on Sequioa's boat but we knew what we wanted. This is for people who don't mind tight quarters and a rustic atmosphere. You "roughing it" on the water. We loved it. Met other great social people on the boat. With hotels you spend tons of money for a view of the water and if you stay on this boat you get the best water view available and for a better price... but water taxi does get expensive if you're coming and going a lot.
This is a pretty cool experience especially if you have never done something like this before! I had a long day with a long bike ride and this boat rocked me like a baby to sleep on the upper deck for an afternoon nap with sounds of the ocean all around. We had a really pretty spot on a mooring right by the lighthouse in Edgartown. My favorite part had to be that there was not a single mosquito just like Sequoia said! The water taxi between 5-6:30 pm can take a while to pick you up but other than that it was always pretty accessible. Just call ahead 30-40 minutes when you want them to show up around that time otherwise they take about 10-15 mins.