Boating With the Betts: Sunset Cruising With Barton & Gray


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Barton & Gray Mariners Club offers members unlimited access to a fleet of crewed Hinckley yachts in the most desirable ports and destinations throughout the Eastern seaboard year round, including the Hamptons. This year marks the 10th anniversary of Barton & Gray, which was co-founded by marine industry veterans Tim Barton (CEO) and Douglas Gray (CMO) and operates in 16 harbors including: New York, the Hamptons, Palm Beach, Miami, Newport, Boston, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket. Enjoy all the joys of yachting without any of the hassle — all you need is your swimsuit!

Kate Betts and Kelli Delaney
Kate Betts and Kelli Delaney

KDHamptons recently hopped on board with award-winning magazine editor and author Kate Betts and her clan for a sunset cruise out of Sag Harbor. “I grew up going to my grandparent’s house on Shelter Island and my grandfather would take us out sailing almost everyday,” shares Kate. “To me, Sag Harbor and Shelter Island and Gardiner’s Bay are all about boating life. My favorite thing is to take a sunset cruise with family and friends and to noodle around in the bay and peek at real estate, swim, picnic − this is the great luxury of this area.”

Oliver and India Brown, Brady Hopkins, and Chip Brown
From left: Kate’s children Oliver and India, my nephew Brady Hopkins, and Kate’s husband, Chip Brown

Kate adds, “My dad moved to Sag Harbor in the early 1980’s because it has a deep water marina and he loved boats. He was very proud of the fact that he had the best slip at the Sag Harbor Yacht Club!” We spent a few hours cruising from Sag Harbor to Shelter Island on a beautiful Hinckley Picnic Boat, sipping rosé, snacking on seasonal summer bites, and diving off the bow into the warm water.

Oliver Brown
Oliver Brown

 5 Popular Barton & Gray Outings from Sag Harbor:

The Sunset Beach Hotel: Located on Shelter Island, Sunset Beach Hotel needs no introduction if you’ve spent time in the Hamptons. On any given weekend you’ll find a crowd of world-class boats enjoying the shallow beach and famous drinkery. Skip the water taxi, your Hinckley will drop you off on the sand.

Montauk Harbor: Travel West from the Sag Harbor Cove Yacht Club and enjoy fresh seafood at the Harbor Raw Bar. Explore from the lighthouse and shopping to the Hither Hills state park and Gin Beach.

Maidstone Park: Discover the stunning hidden beach that stretches 400 feet along Gardiners bay. Stop by for a picnic and swim and don’t forget your snorkeling gear. This is a famous stop for explorers of the deep.

Circle Shelter Island: A great way to spend a summer evening. Delight in dinner and cocktails and watch the ferries play the current as they shuttle soon-to-be vacationers to the mainland.

Mashomack Preserve: Paddleboard or swim your way through bass creek as you take in the beauty of this pristine peninsula with 12 miles of coastline.

Brady Hopkins and India Brown
Brady and India eager to swim

To book your own sunset cruise, or for more information please go to Barton and Gray 

Captain Greg set out a fresh seafood platter, along with an artisanal cheese plate. The Barton & Gray team can organize dinner parties on board as well.
Kim and Brady Hopkins chat with Chip

Brady Hopkins

Oliver Betts

William Betts
Kate’s brother, contemporary Miami painter William Betts

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