Boston sailing Center

Welcome to the BSC Cruising Guide.

An ongoing, collaborative project by Boston Sailing Center staff and members. Over time, we expect that it will grow into the most comprehensive and up-to-date guide for sailors on the coast of Massachusetts. The quality of the Guide depends on your contributions. If you have photos, good advice, local knowledge, or corrections, please use the comment form found at the bottom of each harbor page.


The Cruising Guide covers six popular cruising regions: Ipswich Bay, Cape Ann, Boston Harbor, Cape Cod Bay, Cape + Islands, and Buzzards Bay. 

New England


Ipswich Bay
Cape Ann
Boston Harbor
Cape Cod Bay
Cape + Islands
Buzzards Bay
To find one's way to lands already discovered is a good thing. . .
Joshua Slocum
American seaman
Navigate your way

Discover your new favorite harbor


Sandwich is two distinct places: the Boat Basin at the east end of the Cape Cod Canal, and the town itself, a mile or so away along the coast towards Provincetown.

Quicks Hole

For a cruising sailor, Quicks is rarely on the way to anyplace except Menemsha, but it is a lovely and remote little stretch of water.

Vineyard Haven

In the age of sail, Vineyard Sound was among the world’s busiest sea lanes. When those vessels needed shelter from hard weather or a foul current, it was an obvious choice – easy to enter and close to their route.

Red Brook

The harbor’s placid shorelines and quirky, down-the-rabbit-hole entrance make it worth a visit, especially if your schedule allows for time to get off the boat and explore the area by dinghy or on foot.