Harbor Index

Cape Ann

Blynman Canal

The entire passage, generally referred to as the Annisquam, is frequently an attractive alternative to the trip out around Thatcher’s Island.

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Cape Ann

Brace Cove

The cove offers adequate protection for most summer conditions, good swimming, and a view of the Atlantic over Brace Rock that can be striking.

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Boston Harbor

Bumpkin Island

With flowers that line its walking trails and beautiful slate and shell beaches, Bumpkin Island is the ideal place to relax in nature.

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Cape Cod

Cape Cod Canal

With its impressive engineering, its succession of bridges, the concentration of traffic, even the streetlights lining its banks, the Canal possesses a quirky industrial charm.

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Buzzards Bay

Cuttyhunk

Visiting Cuttyhunk presents the classic paradox of travel to all remote and uncommercial places: how to appreciate them without undermining the very qualities you came to admire.

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Buzzards Bay

Fairhaven

Fairhaven has at least two distinct faces, each of which contributes to its appeal as a cruising destination.

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Cape Ann

Folly Cove

With its location halfway between Annisquam and Rockport, Folly Cove is a convenient stop on most Cape Ann itineraries.

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Boston Harbor

Georges Island

The graceful granite archways of historic Fort Warren will greet you as you arrive for your visit to Georges Island. This Civil War-era fort is the main attraction of Georges Island and it is sure to bring out your inner history enthusiast.

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Cape Ann

Gloucester

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.

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Buzzards Bay

Hadley Harbor

This perfect little gem of a harbor sits near the Buzzards Bay entrance to Woods Hole – at the nautical crossroads of southern New England.

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Ipswich Bay

Isles of Shoals

What’s perhaps most remarkable about the Isles of Shoals today is how easy it still is to get that sense of being ‘apart from the main’ here.

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Ipswich Bay

Kittery

The Piscataqua River is a force of Nature as imposing as anything on the coast from Pollock Rip to the Kennebec.

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Cape Ann

Magnolia

The dramatic shorelines near Magnolia are only a short diversion from the routes along Cape Ann.

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Cape Ann

Manchester

Inside the slim well-protected harbor may be the prettiest shoreline attached to a full-sized town in all New England. The yacht club, private boat houses, boat yards, town docks and thickly placed moorings make an unambiguous impression.

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Cape Ann

Marblehead

From its beginning as a fishing outpost, through its years as America’s premier yachting harbor, to what is now the North Shore’s least accessible commuter town, Marblehead has evolved with its face to the sea and its back to the land,

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Buzzards Bay

Marion

Marion offers a lovely, well-protected harbor and streets that are uniquely attractive among Massachusetts’ old coastal towns.

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Cape & Islands

Menemsha

With just one street of small shops, surrounded by beach, dunes, grass, mixed forest and vast saltwater ponds, Menemsha feels seductively like the edge of the world.

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Cape Ann

Misery Islands

The Misery Islands supposedly got their name after a local shipbuilder, harvesting timber, spent three days stranded by a December storm in the 1620s. We’ve never visited the islands in December, but from May through October, we’ve found them unanimously pleasant.

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Cape & Islands

Nantucket

Nantucket’s gentle island landscapes, seafaring traditions, cobblestone streets and comfortable sense of wealth make it the Grail of regional cruising.

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Cape & Islands

Oak Bluffs

Oak Bluffs has unabashedly welcomed summer visitors for over 150 years. It’s hard to visit without getting swept up in the resort-town energy.

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Buzzards Bay

Onset

The channel into Onset doesn’t feel as tight as the chart suggests, though, and at the end is a quiet, Victorian-inflected seaside resort.

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Buzzards Bay

Padanaram

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.

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Boston Harbor

Peddocks Island

Both serene and historic, Peddocks Island is known for its rich biodiversity and is home to Fort Andrews.

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Cape Cod

Plymouth

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

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Cape & Islands

Pollack Rip

Running almost 9 miles from the elbow of the Cape at Monomoy to the northern tip of Nantucket, the Rip is a ridge of shifting sand, cut through with a handful of shifting channels.

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Cape Cod

Provincetown

After Thoreau visited in 1850, he declared Provincetown “the most completely maritime town that we were ever in.”

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Buzzards Bay

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.

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Buzzards Bay

Quissett

This legacy of slow development, punctuated by a significant grant of open space, leaves Quissett’s waterfront pleasantly sparse and unhurried.

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Buzzards Bay

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.

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Cape Ann

Rockport

Rockport seems to exist just this side of magic realism. A narrow cut between rocky headlands provides the setting; a man-made breakwater forms the harbor.

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Cape Ann

Salem

The most famous voyage into Salem harbor is that of Nathaniel Bowditch, commanding a three-master homeward bound from Sumatra. Crossing the rock-strewn waters of Salem Sound, even in clear weather, should inspire appreciation for the navigators of Bowditch’s era.

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Cape Cod

Sandwich

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.

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Cape Cod

Scituate

Its central location in Cape Cod Bay – an easy day from Plymouth or the Canal, from Provincetown, or from Boston Harbor – makes Scituate a nearly automatic stop on any regional itinerary.

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Boston Harbor

Spectacle Island

With panoramic views of the Boston Harbor and an accessible lifeguarded beach, Spectacle Island is ideal for outdoor adventures or a relaxing day by the sea.

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Buzzards Bay

Tarpaulin Cove

Nowadays the cove, like the rest of the island, is largely uninhabited, the lighthouse is automated and the (relatively) few boats transiting the Sound rarely need a sheltered anchorage to wait for wind or tide. Tarpaulin Cove is left mostly to daytime visitors.

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Cape Ann

Thatcher Island

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

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Cape & Islands

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.

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Buzzards Bay

Weepecket Islands

If you’re passing by with time for lunch and a swim, or you need to get the kids ashore, stopping here can be the perfect answer.

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Cape & Islands

Woods Hole

Woods Hole is the Jekyll & Hyde of Massachusetts waterways — sometimes a placid and well-marked maritime thoroughfare, sometimes the most dramatic and dangerous mile of water on the coast.

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Boston Harbor

World’s End

The way into Worlds End is narrow and a bit twisty, but the channel intuitively follows midway between the two shores and it’s well marked, though unlit.

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