OWNERS’ CRUISES ABOARD TRUE LOVE
TRUE LOVE is a Fortier 26 owned by Dudley and Peggy Patteson, the owners of the Hope and Glory Inn and Vineyard. TRUE LOVE was built by Fortier Boats, a third-generation boat builder located in Somerset, a southern Massachusetts waterfront town. TRUE LOVE is a Downeast style boat with hard chine and a full keel hull which makes it quite seaworthy. “Downeast” refers to parts of eastern coastalNew England. The phrase apparently is derived from sailing terminology: sailors from western ports sailed downwind toward the east to reach the area.
The Pattesons fell in love with its style (as they did each other). Peggy had lived in Marblehead, MA; and, Dudley traveled to New England when a New York banker. True love struck again with this boat.
The hull is a “mystic” gray with “cloud” white boot and cove stripes. The bottom is painted black which highlights the hull colors at their best. The cabin and cockpit are colorfully full of splashes of black and white – pillows, china ware, cushions …
The boat has more than enough room to carry 6 passengers. Dudley holds a 100 ton US Coast Guard Masters License and serves as your Captain while Peggy serves as the consumate hostess.
Though nothing about staying at the Hope and Glory suggests a schedule; except, we do have cruise times on seasonal Saturdays. There are two scheduled Owners’ Cruises: 4 pm and 5:15 pm each Saturday. Each one hour; as one explores the many coves of Carter’s Creek with a short time on the Rappahannock River. Refreshments for two will be provided in a collectable Hope and Glory bag. The souvenir bag will include wine with assorted cheeses and crackers at a modest charge of $60 per passenger, Scheduled cruises require a minimum of 4 passengers or a minimum $240 fare. Charters can be arranged with 24 hour notice and a charter fare of $400.
The value of a cruise is clearly understood as one finally gets to see the lovely waterfront homes and wildlife. The water is our town’s “main street”.