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Cruising to Cuttyhunk

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A short cruise from Cape Cod, the island of Cuttyhunk is a favorite among boaters for its beautiful scenery, gorgeous beaches, protected harbor and wonderful fishing.

Located at the southern end of the Elizabeth Islands, Cuttyhunk offers exceptional views of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay. The island has a long history, as it was first visited by English explorers as early as 1602, and prior to that was used as seasonal hunting and fishing grounds by Wampanoags.

Boaters approaching from the north should enter Cuttyhunk Harbor from the east. From the east or southeast, enter Buzzards Bay via Quicks Hole, then head west until you see the red/white “CH” buoy southeast of Penikese Island and follow the buoys leading to the inner harbor. While some boaters may be tempted to enter the harbor using the Canapitsit Channel, anyone unfamiliar with it should avoid this dangerous, rocky inlet.

In the harbor, boaters can find slips, moorings and fuel at Cuttyhunk Marina (508-990-7578). Also, Jenkins Moorings (508-996-9294) has moorings in the inner and outer harbor, while Frog Pond Marine (508-992-7530) has moorings in the outer harbor.

Cuttyhunk is not the kind of destination one goes to looking to find attractions and excitement. Its appeal is its scenic beaches and quite village. But visiting boaters should stop by the Cuttyhunk Historical Society’s Museum of the Elizabeth Islands (508 984-4611), with its exhibits on the island’s history and ecology. For dinner, check out the Cuttyhunk Fishing Club (508-992-5585). The club, established in 1864, is now a restaurant and bed and breakfast overlooking Vineyard Sound. Bart’s Cart offers breakfast and lunch at the town docks, weather permitting. And Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms (508-971-1120) is a floating raw bar that will deliver to your boat.

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