This is where we file our stories about cruising New England waters. With the exception of Rhode Island, New England affords few “inside passages.” The distance between ports is not great, however, and the variety is astounding. Massachusetts has sandy Nantucket and Martha’s Vineyard, and Maine with its bold, rocky shores and thousands of pine islands is a world unto itself. The upside is the seafood—a region famed for lobster, clams and codfish. On the other hand, summers can be foggy, and maybe a story or two will help northbound cruisers cope with this challenge.