Discover the Maritime Charm of Quissett Harbor


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Home to a private yacht club, a boatyard, and more, you’ll find no shortage of maritime charm at Falmouth’s Quissett Harbor. Overlooking Buzzards Bay, owning property in Quissett Harbor presents the opportunity to not only get out on the Bay, but also the Cape Cod Canal.

The private and members-only Quissett Yacht Club has been in operation for more than a century. The club provides dozens of moorings and a private parking lot.

Membership also means the option of joining one of the club’s racing teams or taking part in one of its instructional programs. Because there’s no clubhouse at Quissett Yacht Club, social activities are oftentimes spent out on the water.

There’s also the Quissett Harbor Boatyard. This full-service marina has space for dozens of boats, plus it offers repairs and boat sales. Along with mooring rentals and boat services, you’ll find winter storage, a dinghy dock, and more at the boatyard.

Deep-water, Quissett Harbor is surrounded by homes and conservation land, too. It’s a good place to catch a sunset, soak in some views, or for boaters to simply hang out in a calm setting.

Thanks to the large shoreline rocks on a spit of land called The Knob, Quissett Harbor is relatively protected. The hiking area on Quissett Harbor stretches from the mouth of the harbor to the yacht club. Along the way, the trail leads past the shoreline and through some woods.

Little Sandy Beach is a good place for kids to swim or look for hermit crabs. At Fisherman’s Beach, on the other hand, its common to find oyster shells during low tide. Crescent Beach is on the trail’s Bay side.

You can also try heading to nearby Trunk River Beach or Falmouth Beach on Vineyard Sound. Overlooking Quissett Harbor, the Woods Hole Golf Club offers some of the best views, as does its clubhouse. In addition, the club offers clay tennis courts.

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