5 Tips for Successful Catch & Release

May 19th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine
Photo by New England Boating/Tom Richardson

Photo by New England Boating/Tom Richardson

For any fisherman, knowing good catch and release practices is as important as knowing how to find hungry fish and what bait to use. In New England, almost every fish species has rules and regulations regarding the size and number of fish you can catch. But catching and releasing fish is also important for conservation and helps preserve and improve fisheries populations. After catching a fish, you always want to release it quickly and unharmed. Here are five tips on how to do that.

1. Use Appropriate Tackle – You want to land your catch fast, as the longer a fish fights the more exhausted it gets, dramatically decreasing its chance of survival. If your tackle is too light, it will prolong the battle. Make sure it’s strong enough to bring in your fish fast.

2. Use Circle Hooks with Bait – Circle hooks, when used with natural bait, help reduce fish deaths because the design allows the hook to slide out of the fish’s throat and lock around the jaw hinge as the line tightens. Other styles of hooks often lodge in a fish’s stomach or gills.

3. Use Single Hooks with Lures – Using a single hook on an artificial lure generally does much less damage to a fish than a plug with two or three treble hooks. A single hook also makes it easier to release your catch.

4. Keep Them in the Water – Keeping your fish in the water allows its skin to stay moist and provides oxygen to its gills. It also prevents injuries it might sustain from being hoisted aboard or dropped on deck. If you must remove it from the water, do it as quickly as possible. Also, make sure your hands are wet, as dry hands can remove a fish’s protective mucous coating.

5. Don’t Use a Net – Just like dry hands, a stiff, scratchy fishing net can remove the fish’s protective mucous coating, as well as scales. A net also increases the chances your fish will get tangled, which could injure your catch or lengthen the time it is out of the water. If you must use one, stay away from nylon nets. Use a shallow net specifically designed for catch and release. Also, rubber mesh nets are increasingly popular.

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Assembling a Tiara 50 Flybridge

May 12th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine



Everyone takes pride in a job well done. That’s especially true when it’s a big and delicate job like successfully installing a massive flybridge atop a gorgeous, luxurious yacht.

Our crew recently had the challenging task of assembling a flybridge atop a new Tiara 50 Flybridge in our yard. The Tiara 50 Flybridge is a majestic, beautiful vessel. But, with the flybridge, it would be too tall to ship on roadways. So, we assemble the flybridge here.

The job takes several hours. Our crew is highly experienced, as we do this fairly regularly. But we always have to be on top of our game, as it’s always a challenge to coordinate hoisting anything that big and heavy through the air.

Check out the photos of the assembly process below. Also come check out the finished product of the Tiara 50 Flybridge in our yard in Osterville. With its modern design and intelligent, luxurious layout, it is truly an impressive vessel.


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10 Great Dock and Dine Restaurants on Cape Cod

May 7th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine
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One of the advantages to being surrounded by water is Cape Cod has no shortage of fantastic waterfront restaurants. And at many places you can tie up your boat right at the restaurant’s doorstep, making getting there half the fun of eating out.

Here’s a list of some of the best dock and dine options on Cape Cod.

Pearl Restaurant and Bar, Wellfleet Harbor http://www.wellfleetpearl.com/

Just steps from the Wellfleet town dock, Pearl features fresh local seafood, a wide selection of craft beer, and gorgeous, panoramic views of Wellfleet Harbor.

Baxter’s Boathouse, Hyannis http://baxterscapecod.com/

One of the oldest restaurants on Cape Cod, you can dock your boat right at Baxter’s to enjoy their famous fish n’ chips.

Summer Shanty, West Dennis http://www.summershanty.com/

Located at Bass River Marina, the popular Summer Shanty is a casual waterfront bar and restaurant boasting an extensive menu, the Cape’s largest music library and beautiful sunsets.

9 Ryder Seaside Dining, Provincetown http://www.9ryder.com/

Provincetown has an amazing collection of great restaurants. But stay on MacMillan Wharf after you tie up your boat to enjoy 9 Ryder’s imaginative and delicious menu.

The Flying Bridge Restaurant, Falmouth Harbor http://www.flyingbridgerestaurant.com/

Tie up in Falmouth Harbor to enjoy The Flying Bridge’s delicious fresh seafood and beautiful views of the harbor and Martha’s Vineyard.

Mattakeese Wharf, Barnstable Harbor http://www.mattakeese.com/

Located on Barnstable Harbor, Mattakeese Wharf is one of the most scenic restaurants on Cape Cod, featuring stunning sunsets and excellent food.

Chart Room, Cataumet http://www.chartroomcataumet.com/

A Cape Cod favorite known for their delicious food, the Chart Room is inside Kingman Yacht Center in Red Brook Harbor. If you’re headed there for dinner, be sure to make a reservation at this popular restaurant.

Trader Ed’s, Hyannis http://www.tradereds.com/

A family favorite, Trader Ed’s is located at Hyannis Marina. They feature a fun atmosphere and are renowned for their lobster rolls.

Brant Point Grill, Nantucket http://www.whiteelephanthotel.com/dining.aspx

Located at the historic White Elephant Hotel on the Nantucket waterfront, Brant Point Grill offers a menu of fresh seafood, flavorful steaks and artfully prepared dishes.

Landfall Restaurant, Woods Hole http://www.woodshole.com/landfall/index.html

Built with wood from ship wrecks and the boards of old buildings, Woods Hole’s Landfall Restaurant has a unique, seaside feel. Tie up at their dock to enjoy their extensive seafood menu.

Join us to See the 2015 Regulator Fleet

May 6th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine


Join Regulator Marine and Oyster Harbors to see the 2015 23, 25, and 28 will be on display – plus catch a whole new set of options for 2015 including white painted Yamaha engines, new Raymarine Electronics Package, Flexiteek bracket mat, additional rod holders, new gelcoat colors and more. Attendance to the event is completely FREE, plus food and refreshments will be served.

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A Guide to Cape Cod Pumpout Services

May 5th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine


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As boaters, we all like to know where to find the best ports to explore, the best beaches to anchor at and the best restaurants to cruise to. That’s all good, but the fact is what we really NEED to know is where to dump our . . . well, our sewage.

When you have to go, you have to go. And when your boat needs to be pumped out, it can’t be put off. Luckily, we have lots of pumpout facilities on Cape Cod, from onshore facilities to pumpout boats that will come to you. Here’s a guide to where to find pumpout services on the Cape and Islands.



Barnstable Pumpout Boats – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-790-6273

Barnstable Town Dock – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-790-6273

Crosby Yacht Yard – VHF Channel 9; 508-428-6900

Hyannis Marine – VHF Channel 9 & 72; 508-790-4000, x566

Oyster Harbors Marine – VHF Channel 9 & 79; 508-428-2017


Bourne Pumpout Boats – VHF Channel 9; 508-759-3105

Kingman Yacht Center – VHF Channel 9 & 71; 508-563-7136

Parker’s Boat Yard – VHF Channel 69; 508-563-9366

Taylor Point Marina – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-759-2512


Old Mill Boat Yard and Stage Harbor – VHF Channel 16 & 66; 508-945-5186


Bass River Marina – VHF Channel 71; 508-394-8341

Commercial Pier – VHF Channel 66; 508-385-5555

Northside Marina – 508-385-3936


Falmouth Town Dock & Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-457-2550

MacDougall’s Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-548-3146

Quisset Harbor Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 9; 508-548-0506

Brewer Fiddler’s Cove – VHF Channel 9; 508-564-6327

Bosun’s Marine – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-548-2216

Falmouth Marine – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-548-4600

Green Pond Marina – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-457-9283


Harwichport Pumpout Boat & Saquatucket Marina – VHF Channel 68; 508-430-7532


Menemsha Harbor – VHF Channel 9; 508-645-2846

Edgartown Pumpout Boat & Station – VHF Channel 9, 16 & 74; 508-627-4746

Oak Bluffs Harbor Marina – VHF Channel 71; 508-693-4355

Tisbury Harbor Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 9; 508-696-4249

Tisbury Wharf – VHF Channel 9; 508-693-9300


Waquoit & Popponesset Pumpout Boats – VHF Channel 9; 508-539-1450


Nantucket Pumpout Boat & Town Pier – VHF Channel 9 & 14; 508-228-7261

Nantucket Boat Basin – VHF Channel 9 & 11; 508-325-1350


Town Pier & Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 16 & 66; 508-240-3755

Nauset Marina – VHF Channel 6, 9 & 16; 508-255-3045


Provincetown Harbor – VHF Channel 9, 12 & 16; 508-487-7030


Sandwich Marina Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 9 & 16; 508-833-0808


Wellfleet Town Pier & Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 9; 508-349-0320


Yarmouth Pumpout Boat – VHF Channel 66; 508-760-480


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Tiara and “Elegance in Evolution”

April 23rd, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine



When boat companies wish to tell customers about their boats, they often have a lot to say without much time or space in which to say it. They may want to talk about their boats’ beautiful lines, their style, performance, engineering, luxurious amenities and much more. It’s often enough to write a short novel, but they’re tasked with boiling it down to just a few words.

For Tiara Yachts, their boats’ engineering, performance, style and layout is perfectly captured by the phrase “Elegance in Evolution.” It’s only a few simple words, yet it says everything.

While they’ve produced luxury boats for more than 60 years, Tiara Yachts has never been one to rest on its laurels. Just as high-end luxury home designs, car designs and even appliance designs have evolved rapidly in recent years, the folks at Tiara have made sure their high-end vessels also evolve. Designers have transformed boats from their classic styling to a incorporate a more modern aesthetic, with fresh interior colors, distinct architectural features as well as a blend of traditional appointments, while still encompassing Tiara’s heritage of building high-quality and high-performance crafts. That modern elegance is embodied in Tiara’s latest models, the 50 Coupe, 44 Coupe and 50 Flybridge.

“We looked at everything we were delivering to consumers and made a concerted effort from planning to engineering and through production to deliver more modern elegant designs,” says Tiara’s marketing director David Glenn. “The material choices, the exterior colors and paint choices and finishes all are purposely chosen to elevate the new products’ luxury and performance.”

The folks at Tiara Yachts can move so seamlessly toward the future because of their experience in doing so in the past. Throughout their history, Tiara has constantly been at the forefront of cutting edge design and technology. Glenn says that’s due in large part to founder Leon Slikkers, who is still involved in the company, and his son (and Tiara CEO) Tom, who has worked closely with his father in the development of all-new product and future planning. For more than 6 decades, Tiara has had an eye on the future. They continue that today.

To experience “Elegance in Evolution” for yourself, come to Osterville and check out our inventory of new and pre-owned Tiara Yachts.

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The New Tiara 44 Coupe Grabs Headlines

April 9th, 2015 by Oyster Harbors Marine


44LandingImage3There’s a saying that any press is good press. That may or may not be true, but one thing that is true is great press is . . .well, great. So it was exciting to see that one of our favorite boats, the new Tiara 44 Coupe, recently received some great press when it got star treatment in Power & Motoryacht magazine.

In a large spread in the middle of the magazine, the article praised the Tiara 44 Coupe’s combination of high-tech and high-style. And, for those of us familiar with Tiara Yachts, it’s no surprise they loved it.

The Tiara 44 Coupe features cutting edge technology best exemplified by its Garmin Glass Cockpit command system that allows the captain to use a joystick while at speed rather than only for slow maneuvering. The author even goes so far as to describe the at-speed control of the joystick as a sort of “tipping point” for boating technology that makes more sense than a wheel.

It’s that kind of forward thinking that has made the Tiara 44 Coupe a hit not just for its technology and handling, but also for its layout. “This boat has a lot to recommend it for cruising,” states the article. The luxurious accommodations include a two-stateroom, two-head layout. Tiara’s designers also place all the social areas on one level, connecting the helm, saloon-galley and cockpit. The result is a boat that is ideal for socializing with friends and family, and the perfect cruising vessel for a weekend trip to Nantucket or a visit to the Boston waterfront.

To read the Power & Motoryacht article on the Tiara 44 Coupe, CLICK HERE

And if you want to learn more about the Tiara 44 Coupe, or any other vessels from Tiara Yachts, come visit us in Osterville.