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All Hands on Deck!

For those that aren’t interested in everything boat ownership has to offer, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the local waterways while someone else is responsible for the maintenance and everything else that comes with ownership. Fractional ownership companies like Freedom Boat Club, with Cape locations in Cataumet, Falmouth and West Dennis, offer the joy of owning a boat with fewer headaches. Fractional ownership is akin to membership in any other type of club—members are able to reserve and use the facilities and equipment, in this case boats, fully fueled and tied up at a dock, ready to go. The added benefit? Reciprocal privileges at other Freedom Boat Clubs as well as a roster of other clubs around the country.

The ease of getting out and enjoying our waterfront landscape can also become a delightful reality at a much slower pace. The world of kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding slows things down to a manageable and restorative pace that appeal to paddlers of all ages. Kim Fernandes of Cape Cod Kayak says they have been extremely busy from last summer right through this spring. The Bourne-based business sells new kayaks and accessories as well as provides rentals for a few hours or several days depending upon the clients’ needs. Kayaks can be delivered to local waterways and their kayak tours will introduce customers to local waterways, flora and fauna for a few hours with a knowledgeable guide.

Mike MacAskill, owner of North Chatham Outfitters in Chatham says his customers get the benefit of his knowledgeable staff that are passionate about the adventures his opertaion supports. The expansive retail operation has most anything anglers, paddlers and SUP enthusiasts are looking for. “We offer classes for people wanting to transition from spin reel fishing to fly fishing,” MacAskill explains. “Our guides will take you to a shore location where you are almost guaranteed success. But if you want to fly fish from a boat, we also offer excursion trips that run the gamut from out on the Monomoy flats to something more adventourous in the Nauset rips.” MacAskill says this summer they will also offer Stand Up Paddle Board lessons, tours and early morning yoga.

Adventure Chatham, a division of Cape Cod Beach Chair in Harwich, sells and rents Stand Up Paddle Boards, as well as offering SUP tours. One of their most popular tours involves a night paddle, around the monthly full moons. Their fully-stocked retail operation on Old Queen Anne Road has all the gear you need as well as countless other fun stuff you never imagined you were coveting.

Local cruise options can also provide a bit of adventure, an opportunity to learn about the region and of course the photo opportunities are endless. Falmouth’s Liberté, a classically built schooner that sails out of Falmouth Harbor does several daily trips in Vineyard Sound with glimpses of the Vineyard and Falmouth coastline while enjoying the quiet peace found while under sail. Insider’s tip: in August the sunset sail captures a “pocket-sunset” as the sun sets perfectly in Woods Hole Passage.

Provincetown’s Moment Sailing Charters also offers a serene adventure aboard a Sparkman Stevens designed sloop named Moment. Owner and captain Chris Bartic offers two-three hour daytime cruises, a sunset cruise and are available for chartered events like weddings or other special occasions.

Whatever the summer holds for visitors and residents of the Cape and Islands, there is no excuse to miss out on the adventures on the water.

Julie Craven Wagner is the editor of Cape Cod LIFE. 

Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than those you did. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from safe harbor. Catch the wind in your sails. 

Explore. Dream. Discover.
~Mark Twain



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