Daytripping: Cuttyhunk Island

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The name alone evokes mystery! Like some fog-shrouded Brigadoon, Cuttyhunk seems like another world, but in reality this tiny outpost at the end of the Elizabeth Islands chain is within easy reach of many South Cape and Buzzards Bay daytrippers (distance from Falmouth Harbor is 16 nm). If new to the island, the safest and easiest approach is via the Buzzards Bay side, as the route through Canapitsit Channel can be tricky to navigate, especially if a swell is running.
Once you reach the harbor, call Cuttyhunk Marina, (508) 990-7578, for short-term dockage. For moorings, contact Jenkins Moorings, (508) 996-9294, or Frog Pond Marine, (508) 992-7530. Keep in mind that Cuttyhunk can be a popular spot during summer weekends, so you may have to moor or anchor in the outer harbor.

With your boat secured, go ashore and wander the hilly streets for sweeping views of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay, play in the surf at Barges Beach, grab a hot dog at Bart’s Cart or cast for stripers or bluefish in one of the greatest surfcasting venues in the world. There are a few shops worth checking out as well.

If you choose to spend the night on your boat, be sure to hail Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, (508) 971-1120, which will deliver ocean-fresh oysters and other raw-bar items direct to your boat.

Tom Richardson
New England Boating

Cuttyhunk Harbor in the fall_large

Cuttyhunkers are friendly folk_large