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Set sail this summer on a relaxing Cape Cod cruise

Catboat Rides

Anchors Aweigh, July 2017 Cape Cod LIFE |

Catboat Rides

Cruisers on a Catboat Ride can let their worries drift away on the serene waters of Hyannis Harbor. “We’re here to give people a relaxing, comfortable ride,” says captain Marcus Sherman. “Generally we don’t give a canned speech or a formal travelogue. It’s nice to be able to just enjoy talking to the person next to you and hear the birds and the waves without the sound of an engine or loudspeakers.”

Since 1989, Sherman—who grew up sailing in Hyannis—has been offering Cape residents and visitors a traditional Cape Cod sailing experience from Memorial Day weekend through Columbus Day on his 34-foot catboat, the Eventide. Catboats, which feature a single mast, were developed in the early 1800s and used extensively around the Cape for various coastal fishing and local transportation. During the daily 90-minute excursions, Sherman takes passengers out to one of three destinations, depending on the weather: Lewis Bay and the Pine Cove Wildlife Sanctuary, where it’s “smooth water” sailing and “the osprey are the stars”; the Kennedy Compound in Hyannis Port Harbor, which the Eventide gets quite close to, since it sails swimmingly in waters as shallow as 30 inches; and the “ocean adventure” into Nantucket Sound, where passengers will see Point Gammon Light at the end of Great Island. Bonus: All Catboat Ride passengers receive a $5 coupon toward a future ride.

Learn more at

Catboat Rides • 164 Ocean Street, Hyannis

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