We're Locked In!
The TONE special tour at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA) has been set to start at 10:30 AM on Saturday, March 7, 2015. Attendees will be divided into two groups, with one section going to the ship simulator for its program and the other section taking a guided tour of the training ship Kennedy. After each session is done the two groups will swap with the sim folks getting the Kennedy tour and the ship group going into the simulator.
This should be a something for everybody kind of event. There will be the opportunity to experience the ship's full-scope simulator and get to tour an actual large commercial grade ocean going ship.
If you have registered for the TONE Winter Dinner you will be contacted directly by e-mail to determine whether or not you wish to attend the MMA tour.
If you ever saw the movie Captain Phillips, you know what the bridge of a huge ship looks like. This event is your chance to actually stand a watch on the bridge and manipulate the controls! Unless you plan to get your master's papers and ship out, this is as close as you'll come to conning a large ship. In fact, our host told his TONE contact that if people tend to get seasick on the ocean, they should take their anti-seasick pills before stepping into the simulator. You want real? We've got real.
This year's TONE Winter Dinner will take place at Salerno's in scenic Onset, Mass. on Saturday night, March 7, 2015. We're planning a delicious catered buffet dinner preceded by a cocktail and hors d'oeuvres hour. Salerno's is a function facility located in a historic 1800's building in the heart of the Onset harborfront district. It features a wonderful old-time dark wood bar in the cocktail area and a lovely main dining room for our buffet dinner. The dinner cost has been set at $50.00 per person.
Click this URL to see the Salerno's website:
Onset throbs with life during the summer and is often a stop for the Long Island TONE contingent as they journey to Maine. It will be cold and quiet when we arrive, but we should have the place to ourselves and the winter water views are often as uniquely spectacular as their summer counterparts. Onset sits on the northern edge of the Cape Cod Canal and is easy to reach by car. It's basically at the end of the I-495/MA Rt. 25 multi-lane highway that leads to the Bourne Bridge and Cape Cod: a snap to drive to.
TONE has also reserved a block of 15 rooms at the nearby Inn on Onset Bay. This charming old Victorian era house has been transformed into a modern day inn with all the amenities that TONE members would expect. The rooms have been recently refurbished and all feature comfortable queen and king beds, modern baths, and in some cases spectacular harbor views. The Inn on Onset Bay is the perfect counterpart to our selection of Salerno's for this winter's gathering.
The Inn is only a short distance from Salerno's so dinner guests can park at the inn and walk up to dinner. March 7 is only one day later than the full moon so if it's a clear night expect a gorgeous view of the harbor (which we walk right past).
Click on this URL to see their website:
This is the first TONE event of the 2015 season and we look forward to a great night meeting up with old friends, making new ones, and generally making the best of things until we can get back on our boats. Based on the success of our past dinners in Winthrop, Bristol, and Mystic, we expect this evening to be a great season starter!
Please Do Come.
TONE Winter Gathering: It's Not Just Technical
Besides the Massachusetts Maritime Academy simulator tour detailed below, TONE has arranged for a special opportunity at wellness spa Ebb & Flow for gathering attendees.
The MMA Simulator Tour will take place during the late morning and into the early afternoon. Anyone who wishes to take advantage of the Ebb & Flow offer can book directly with Beth and pick a time convenient for them. (The dinner itself will begin with a social hour at 5:30 PM and the full buffet will begin at 7:00 PM.)
During the day you'll have lots of time to take advantage of any of these delightful wellness and spa offerings.
This screen shot gives you an idea of the services that Ebb & Flow is offering. Any Winter Gathering attendee will also receive a substantial special discount rate for any service they book.
Click below for a more detailed list of services that Ebb & Flow provides and their regular prices. And remember, TONE members will receive a discount off those printed prices.
Winter 2015 Nor'Easter
Ready for Your Reading Pleasure Now!
It's finally cold here in Southern New England, but we have ways to warm up and deal with our boatless winters. Case in point: the latest issue of Nor'Easter, the TONE newsletter.
We've got another whopper for you. This puppy features 26 pages of great TONE and Tartan content.
Featured in this edition:
The President's Letter - Our quarterly message from Alan Benet, TONE President
Educational John Allen outlines numerous ways we can get smarter about our sailing.
for TONE Members
Safety Corner - Sam Swoyer edits this section with a lead article on choosing and using life jackets.
Guest contributor Robin G. Coles presents a terrific piece on being left unexpectedly in command of your boat.
Tartan Tech - Richard Jerauld provides an overview of installing davits on your Tartan.
Lee Andrews discusses his very favorable experience with a boom furler.
And Alan Benet gives us some insight on the Mantus anchor bridle.
Places We Sail - PWS describes a harrowing night on a pitching dock as TONE members weather a summer nor'easter
in Castine, Maine.
Tartan Factory - Tauri Duer of Tartan fills us in on the benefits of carbon fiber masts and
News provides a short photo essay on the new Legacy powerboats rolling out of the factory.
Tim Jackett - Makes us a half-hull offer we may not be able to refuse
Galley Notes - It's winter. It's cold. We need Cheeseburger Soup!
Curl up with your favorite computer or tablet, click through and enjoy!
TONE is thankful to our “Friends of TONE” for their kind and generous support. When considering a marine purchase we urge TONE members to consider our friends first. “Friends of TONE” include the following companies:
|Tartan Yachts - |
New England Yacht Partners -
Defender Industries -
Hamilton Marine -
Click on any of the sponsor logos to go to their web site in a new window.
East Coast Yacht Sales -
Points East Magazine -
Kingman Marine -
Johnson Marine Hardware -
|North Sails - |
Evolution Sails -
Doyle Sails -
The Mystic Seaport 2014 Winter Dinner:
Outside at the Seaport and Inside at the Dinner
Winter 2015 Newsletter Here!
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Feature articles include:
- President's Letter
- Educational Opportunities for TONE Members
- Safety Corner - Life Jackets & Suddenly in Command
- Tartan Tech - Installing Davits and In-Boom Furling
- Places We Sail - A Real Nor'Easter in Castine
- Tartan Factory News
- Galley Notes - Cheeseburger Soup