What to do with a sailboat that you cannot sell? Turn it into a floating bed and breakfast, of course! That’s exactly what Susan Brooks Stephenson and her husband, John, did with their 40 foot island cutter – creating “A Bed and Breakfast Afloat” on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Perhaps some back story is in order… Seven years ago John, a very successful but burned out professional photographer, wanted to “chuck it all” and pursue his passion for sailing. He convinced Susan to give up her successful corporate job to join him in a sailing charter business – Sea Witch Sailing Charters which operates from Martha’s Vineyard during the summer and St. Thomas when the weather turns cold. This left them with the problem of what to do with his old sailboat the MS Resolute. When they could not sell it Susan came up with the idea of a floating bed and breakfast.
The boat, or should I say B&B, is berthed on the quiet eastern side of Oak Bluffs Harbor in a section that is away from the hustle of the roadside harbor front but still a very short walk to everything. It is also a very short walk from the Steamship Authority’s Oak Bluffs ferry dock.
The MS Resolute is perfect for two people but can accommodate up to 4. It sports a galley (kitchen), salon (living room) with amenities such as a flat screen TV, a bathroom with a shower, a cockpit (outdoor area of the boat) for alfresco dining and relaxing, and a V-berth (bedroom) with a queen size bed.
A Bed and Breakfast Afloat, which is the island’s only floating B&B, makes for a very different, and for many, very enjoyable lodging experience. As Susan points out, it makes for a great way for someone thinking of getting into sailing to “test out” on-board living. For some she says it is a little too cramped, but for most it makes for a unique and enjoyable vacation experience – and the views of Oak Bluffs Harbor cannot be beat!
2012 will be the 4th season for the MS Resolute as a lodging venue. The season runs from mid-June through the end of September. Susan expects to be open June 15 or the week after for this season.
So if you are looking for a different and unique way to experience Martha’s Vineyard, check out the Bed and Breakfast Afloat.