Final update. We did it!
Thanks to all of you for the suggestions and comments which helped make this a fun and enjoyable trip. We (my wife and and I and Richard who was much more experienced than us and owns an identical boat as ours) did sail to Nantucket
from Hayes and back again. 1000 miles, 25 days total. It took 4 days of constant sailing/motoring to get to Block Island from Hayes. Thunderstorms chased us nearly every evening making us go sometimes opposite of where we wanted to go. Max wind
44 knots. We did 2 hour shifts during the night. We spent several days in Block Island (Boat Basin), Martha's Vineyard
(Vineyard Haven Tinsbury warf) before getting to Nantucket
. Spent 11 days in Nantucket at the Boat Basin before heading back to Hayes. Another 4 days at sea. I have attached the SPOT updates we sent to family
and friends so you can see at a glance some of the way points. As you can see coming back we headed nearly due south because of a nice WSW wind
and ended up some 200 miles out at one point. We loved the whole thing. Experiencing night on the ocean, sunrise, sunset the whole rhythm of the day at sea. And goofing off in Block Island, Martha's Vineyard
and Nantucket was a dream...biking around the whole island of Nantucket. Cool nights warm days. Really that is a nice part of this planet. Of course there were the breakdowns and repairs
which always seem to be happening. But now we feel more comfortable with the boat and this whole cruising thing. Next trip we hope to go to the Annapolis boat show
in October and then take the boat south to the Bahamas
in December for a month there. Stay tuned!