Why Boaters Love Falmouth


Photo: Chris Rycroft

It’s easy to fall in love with, especially if you’re a boater. After all, it’s fairly simple to get out and explore the waters off Cape Cod when you start your journey in Falmouth.

Because of Falmouth’s location on the extreme southwestern edge of Cape Cod, it’s a great base for heading to one of the islands, plus it doesn’t hurt that it’s calm and well protected from Mother Nature. You can reach the Elizabeth Islands by private boat, or you can always catch a ferry back and forth to Martha’s Vineyard from Falmouth Harbor, too.

It’s also not far from by boat to reach several other Cape Cod towns. Fishing is also a draw, as several charter boats are known to go in and out of the harbor each morning. Some commercial marinas in Falmouth do offer overnight, transient slips.

Falmouth Marine is one such marina that has both transient and seasonal slips and moorings, repair services, and fuel. North Marine has repairs, services, and storage, while Pier 37 has a fuel dock, a shop with mechanics, valet rack services, and an on-site restaurant.

Falmouth Town Marina has transient slips and restrooms. East Marine, meanwhile, has been around since the 1950s. It has inside and outside storage, plus fuel and other marine services.

From Falmouth Harbor, its usually only a short walk to reach Downtown Falmouth. It’s also worth it to check out some area beaches while you’re out exploring the town, too. Several restaurants are within walking distance, including spots that play live music and have fresh seafood on the menu.

The private Falmouth Yacht Club was founded generations ago, and it still serves the local boating community today. The club hosts an annual regatta and has hosted several other big-name events and championships over the years and decades.

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