Topics: Boating

Selectmen Approve Winter Boat Storage Policy

By: William F. Galvin

HARWICH — With limited interest by boat yards in leasing sections of landside area at Saquatucket Harbor for winter boat storage, Harbormaster John Rendon has put forward a plan for the town to take on the rental of the space. Selectmen on Monday night held a public hearing on an amendment to the harbor management plan allowing the town to conduct winter boat storage at the site. Rendon told selectmen he di...

Hearing Slated On New Waterways User Fees

By: Tim Wood

CHATHAM – A public hearing on a proposal to institute new waterways user fees will be held by the waterways advisory committee next Thursday, Oct. 27, at 4 p.m. at the community center. Under the proposal, all vessels moored or berthed in Chatham, using rack storage or launching from public boat ramps would be required to pay the waterways user fee. Under the proposal, the fee for resident and non-resident tax...

Accidents Highlight Bar Danger

By: Tim Wood

Officials Worry Shoaling May Be Closing Inlet CHATHAM – Following a number of recent incidents, town officials are once again warning that the Chatham Bar is a dangerous place to be this time of year, for both experienced and casual boaters. The deterioration of the channel leading into Chatham Harbor is also raising concerns that it may be filling in. Last Thursday, two Orleans men were thrown from ...

Teen Lifeguard Helps Campaign For Tubing Safety

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — For 17-year-old Caroline Verrilli, a Chatham lifeguard who sometimes works at the Oyster Pond, it's fun to gaze out on people waterskiing or tubing far beyond the swim area. “But when they fall off, I worry,” she said. And Verrilli, whose family summers on Cape Cod each year, has good reason to worry. Not only could she be pressed into service for such an emergency, but she knows what it feels l...

CHATHAM – Town officials will be reviewing plans to renovate and upgrade facilities at Old Mill Boatyard after bids for the project came in over budget. The low bid for the work was $1,694,950, according to Coastal Resources Director Ted Keon. The cost of the project had been estimated at about $1.55 million. “We obviously have to review where we go from here,” said Keon. Last week, Lt. Governor Karyn Po...

CHATHAM — Harbormaster Stuart Smith was not showing preferential treatment when he allowed his brother's boat mooring in Ryder's Cove to be used by Selectman Seth Taylor. That's the opinion of Town Counsel Douglas Louison, who investigated the matter at the request of resident George Myers. Louison said Smith was following established practice last May in issuing the third party permit to Taylor, allowing...

Lucky Boaters Safe After Going Overboard

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Two boaters are lucky to be alive after a fishing trip off Allen Harbor went badly awry last Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a man aboard a 28-foot center console boat radioed the Chatham harbormaster to report an empty inflatable motorized boat south of Allen Harbor. Chatham's 21-foot patrol boat, which was patrolling off Harding's Beach, diverted to the scene. Assistant Harbormas...

Team ReeLax'N Takes 2016 Harwich Headhunt

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH ─ Team Jackal was so close to winning their first Harwich Headhunt since its inception 13 seasons ago, but the team of tourney creators once again missed the mark as a bigger fish once again took the top prize. For Ryan Burke, co-creator of the Headhunt with brother Sean, not winning (again) just means they'll have to keep the tournament around another year, which suits its participants just fine. Th...

Lucky Boaters Safe After Going Overboard

By: Alan Pollock

HARWICH PORT — Two boaters are lucky to be alive after a fishing trip off Allen Harbor went badly awry Wednesday afternoon. Shortly after 3:30 p.m., a man aboard a 28-foot center console boat radioed the Chatham harbormaster to report an empty inflatable motorized boat south of Allen Harbor. Chatham's 21-foot patrol boat, which was patrolling off Harding's Beach, diverted to the scene. Assistant Harbormaster B...

HARWICH — Charlie Sumner has traded in spreadsheets for mainsheets. The former Brewster Town Administrator of 29 years—Cape Cod’s longest serving town administrator—is the first executive director of Pleasant Bay Community Boating (PBCB). Founded in 2003, PBCB is dedicated to making boating, marine education, and environmental stewardship affordable and accessible to all—including residents and visitors to...

New Mitchell River Drawbridge Is Dedicated

By: Alan Pollock

CHATHAM — Spanning more than the banks of the Mitchell River, the town's new drawbridge – opened with a ceremonial snip of a ribbon Monday – bridged the more daunting gulf between highway engineers and preservationists. The new Mitchell River bridge won't be complete until the fall, but was scheduled to open to auto traffic this Wednesday. Its hybrid design features a modern steel and concrete substructure ...

CHATHAM – It's being billed as “A walk back to the future – Chatham’s newest oldest wooden drawbridge.” On Monday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m., a ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at the new Mitchell River Drawbridge. Underway for the past two years, the $14 million project was done under the direction of the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) with funding through the Federal Accelerated Bridge P...

Youngsters Enjoy 'First Sail' With PBCB

By: Alan Pollock

EAST HARWICH — Increasingly, it's possible for youngsters to grow up on Cape Cod without spending any time on the water. It's a trend that Pleasant Bay Community Boating is hoping to reverse. Last week, third graders from Chatham and Harwich clamored aboard PBCB's Flying Scots and took spins around Pleasant Bay, as part of the organization's “First Sail” outreach program. The goal, Executive Director Charlie S...

Watchword For Summer Boating Season: Caution

By: Elizabeth Van Wye

Whether on the water for business or fun, boaters in and around Chatham know one thing for sure – nothing about these beautiful salty waterways stays the same for long. Hoping to learn more about the current condition of local waters and harbors as the boating season begins, more than 150 people turned out for Saturday’s Harbor Updates at the Chatham Community Center. The event, sponsored by the Monomoy Yacht ...

HARWICH — The Coast Guard is considering removing two aids-to-navigation in the federal channel leading into Saquatucket Harbor as a cost savings measure. The cost of maintaining the buoys exceeds navigational safety benefits, Coast Guard officials say. But Harbormaster John Rendon said the buoys have great value in protecting boaters as they enter the inside channel at Saquatucket Harbor, marking a shoal and ...