New England offers a plethora of ways to explore its waters, lakes and mountains during the summer. No matter where you travel, you will find plenty to enjoy as you cruise, fly or travel via rail through the region.
One of the best ways to explore the southern New England coast and islands is with Hy-Line Cruises. Operating out of Hyannis, Mass., Hy-Line has a fleet of boats offering voyages to the islands of Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, exploring Vineyard Sound and the Cape Cod Canal, and deep-sea fishing.
The company was founded in 1962 by brothers Richard and Robert Scudder, both graduates of Massachusetts Maritime Academy, along with Raymond Taylor, founder of an oil company along with the brothers’ father. The Scudder brothers owned and operated a nearby gas station and took turns captaining the boat they purchased while the other ran the gas station. The marine sightseeing business started with Hyannis Harbor Tours, where a main attraction was cruising to Hyannisport to view the Kennedy compound. In 1966, the business expanded to include deep-sea fishing with full- and half-day excursions.
In 1970, they contracted for a boat to be built in order to serve Martha’s Vineyard. One year later, daily trips to the island began.