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


Plymouth has a working waterfront in the modern sense: whale watching, charter fishing, restaurants, motels and shops all cater to the town’s visitors.


The harbor’s size, its quick access to Buzzards Bay, and the century-old tradition of the New Bedford Yacht Club station have made it a popular destination since yachting took hold here at the end of the 19th century.


Gloucester has a vibrant shoreside community whose cultural origins span the maritime world. It’s a particular favorite of ours when the weather turns dismal.

Thatcher Island

Thacher Island gets its name from one of the earliest and still more poignant shipwrecks on the Massachusetts coast.