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Shellfishing 101

Recreational shellfishing is an easy Cape Cod pleasure: even for raw rookies who don’t know a cherrystone from a little neck.

There is something so simple, yet deep-down satisfying about shellfishing. Read more…

Out to Sea

Sea Tow Cape and Islands provides crucial support to mariners in distress.

The sea has no memory. Mariners from time immemorial have taken their chances when venturing upon her broad apron. Read more…

Allure of the Figawi

Our writer recalls his favorite moments from 18 Figawi races across Nantucket Sound

“WE ARE GONNA HIT THAT BOAT!” The man yelling those words over the wind, out in the middle of Nantucket Sound, was my first Figawi captain. Read more…

Seeking Something Long Forgotten

In building a schooner, an island boatbuilder rediscovers his past.

There is a hand-hewn knowledge of the shipbuilding that has been intrinsic to a particular way of life in New England. For Ted Box, a renowned environmental artist, waterman, and master boatbuilder who has called Vineyard Haven home for more than 30 years, that way of life once proved at odds with who he wanted to be. But after abandoning his craft for years, he recently decided to turn his focus back to the water by building Seeker, a Gulf Coast scow schooner whose construction has attracted a community’s worth of attention. Read more…

Feeling Blue

Despite their capricious behavior on the line—and on the grill if you don’t cook fast enough—bluefish remain one of the most fun species to catch.

Here’s the thing about bluefish: they’re not quite blue. Their coloring is really more sea green to a silver belly fade. Here’s the other thing about bluefish: they’re mean. They have sharp teeth. They’re aggressive, and they bite everything in sight. They’ll destroy your tackle and, if you’re not careful, your fingers. So why are they among the most popular gamefish in New England? Read more…

A Happy Haul

A surging seal population take up residence off Truro

The line of hulking creatures along the J-shaped sandbar just off High Head Beach in Truro is at first deceiving: Their round, shiny bodies are reminiscent of large, dark rocks, giving the peninsula the look of Maine’s rugged coast rather than Cape Cod’s sandy shore. But when the wind dies down, the rocks can be heard moaning. Those rocks, it turns out, are gray seals.

A Happy Haul

“It’s just fascinating to sit and listen,” says Sue Moynihan, chief of interpretation and cultural resources management for the Cape Cod National Seashore. “There are all these vocalizations they are making, and we really don’t know what they mean.” When visitors step closer to the shore, the seals swimming by themselves stop their acrobatics to stare. Their heads are the size of a horse’s, their eyes black.

A Happy Haul

This is at least the fifth year that seals have congregated off Truro. Jeremy Point off Wellfleet, Chatham Harbor, South Monomoy Island, and Muskeget Island off Nantucket are also home to gray seal haul-outs, but for humans, the Truro gathering spot is probably the least remote, making it a popular place to observe seals in their element. Read more…

Saving Grace

A Nantucket lightship is narrowly saved from destruction and reborn as a luxury charter vessel.

Saving Grace

It was not your typical eBay purchase. Back in 2000, Bill and Kristen Golden had been following a local news story about a Nantucket lightship that was to be sold on the popular auction website. “She was owned by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and was being operated as a museum,” explains Bill. “The Commonwealth couldn’t upkeep her anymore and decided to scrap her. There was public outcry, so instead they decided to sell her on eBay and, unfortunately, mostly scrappers were bidding. “We came in and outbid them.” Read more…

Paddle Up!

Riding The Cape's Paddleboard Wave

Paddle Up

Bob Babock stood up on a stand-up paddleboard because sometimes it was tough to stand up anywhere else.

In late 2003, Babcock was diagnosed with a benign brain tumor. The subsequent treatment literally left him out of balance. “I was having a hard time even walking sometimes, or driving a car,” says the Carver resident, now 54. “Normal things became very difficult for a while.” Years of doctor-prescribed exercises produced little improvement. Then one autumn day in 2007, Babcock’s older brother, a former windsurfer, arrived with a gift: a stand-up paddleboard. Babcock was a “typical suburban dad,” he says. He had never surfed, but he had a lifelong love of the ocean. And the ocean seemed a better place for rehabilitation than a doctor’s office. Read more…

Catching the Big One

A true fish story that hooked a rookie. . . and helped raise funds for a good cause.

What is it about fishing that seems to inspire famous sayings, many of which have become part of our language? Why does fishing turn rational men (and women!) into obsessed individuals who will sit motionless for hours waiting for that perfect catch?

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A Perfect Day That's Worth the Cost

Where can we find the Cape and Islands at their essence? Step outside, inhale deeply, and look around. It’s right in front of us.

A Perfect Day That's Worth the Cost

Getting outdoors in the summer is what we wait all year for. In the spring, we fork over paychecks for a Thule rack and fix the dings on the gear in our basement. We cut back on carbs and hit the gym to get the looks and the stamina to enjoy the warmest months. We book the cottage and give thanks for so few snow days piled on to our kids’ school calendar. We count ourselves among the lucky because we found a mooring. Read more…

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