Quissett Harbor, Mass (North of Woods Hole)

Quissett Harbor Boatyard

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Quissett Harbor Boatyard, 36 Quissett Harbor Rd., Quissett Harbor, Falmouth (508) 548-0506
(86) moorings, water, electric, ice, and repairs

Quissett is as picturesque a sailing destination as one might imagine along the New England coast. The inner harbor is loaded with sailboats, mainly classic and some perhaps not so classic. It's a lovely place to visit, but the inner harbor is tight, loaded with moorings, and the only really well-protected spot. We had the pleasure of visiting on a calm day when that wasn't much of an issue. We anchored between the rocks close to the entrance of the harbor and had a lovely night. We wouldn't have wanted to be there in a blow.

There are no restaurants in Quissett, so you may have to be creative in your own galley. Otherwise, the nearest restaurants are one mile away in Woods Hole. Another mile or so will take you to plenty more restaurants and provisioning opportunities in Falmouth. Drop your postcards about a mile or so south of the West Falmouth dock at the post office in West Falmouth Square, and chow down at the Chapaquoit Grill (508-540-7794), which opens at 5 p.m.

The entrance to Quissett Harbor is marked by two (substantial) rocks that look like sand dunes upon your approach just to the south of the two cupolas. Look for the red lighted sea buoy at the entrance. It's a winding channel, so hug the red side first, then cut across on a line from the first nun to the second can. Then swing a wide right at the second can. There's an anchorage to the right of the channel after you pass the second nun. This is where we dropped our hook. It's a good spot in a southwesterly. Navigation can be tricky so be sure you have a good set of charts (Charts #13230, #13235).

The harbor opens up after the marked channel. Moorings are available for $24.00 (?) a night. We've heard that the moorings are lines shackled to several cable runs on the bottom. For this reason, do not anchor in the mooring area unless you'd like to lose your anchor. The inner harbor is all private moorings - 240 of them!. There is a privately maintained nun and can at the entrance to the inner harbor which you must respect, at the end of which is a pier with fresh water. If you need water after hours, the shutoff valve is underneath the hut at the head of the pier. There is at least 6 ft of depth all the way into the pier. Once inside, you can work your way towards the head of the harbor where the Quissett Harbor Boat Yard (508-548-0506) maintains a dock for short visits, as well as a dinghy tie-up area. You can radio ahead to the boat yard on Channel 9 to obtain permission to tie up at the dock (six feet MLW at the dock) or get an overnight mooring. The dinghy dock is to the left of the main pier at Quisset Harbor Boatyard, at the Northeast end of the harbor.

The Quissett Yacht Club maintains a building in the northeast corner of the inner harbor, but they offer little in the way of amenities. They sponsor many of the small boat races that take place inside and outside the harbor on busy summer weekends.

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