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Old 08-15-2010, 06:51 AM
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Does anyone know which of the Chatham public ramps has the least activity? My launching skills need some practice. I hear Ryders Cove is crazy this summer, I figured one of you guys may know which ramp has the least activity. Id image this has a lot to due with day/time as well.

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In the next few weeks Ryders is going to be shutdown to the public (unless you are a chatham resident). You will have to use Harwichport or Nauset ramp (very little parking) to access the waters off chatham.
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In the next few weeks Ryders is going to be shutdown to the public (unless you are a chatham resident). You will have to use Harwichport or Nauset ramp (very little parking) to access the waters off chatham.
I know this has been discussed but as far as I knew the shutdown was not a forgone conclusion. The owner of Ryders cove is a little frustrated with the traffic I'm sure but the ramp is public.

What gets me is, This is Chatham ! Its a flippin fishing town and the best ramp is a single lane with no real dock or decent parking. Cars were parked a mile up the road. And thats the problem. By the time you park your car and schlep back 6 other guys had to do the same and theres a mess of boats all cued up.
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The Stage Harbor ramp, right next to the harbor master office is pretty good, and it's less busy than the Ryder's Cove ramp because it's a 20 mile ride from there to where the bass fleet is right now. You do need a town sticker to park a rig in the town lot. Some out of towners park on the street just north of the town lot, but there isn't much room.
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Thanks for the quick replies, sounds like Stage Harbor may be best. The town map shows a ramp down near Ridgeville beach, which is close, but I couldn’t seem to find it when I was there last weekend, perhaps the maps are old.

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There's a terrible ramp on Bridge Street, just west of the bridge, with no viable parking, and a ramp to Oyster River at the bottom of Barn Hill Road, but as I said before if I were going to practice I'd do the one beside the harbor master during hours it isn't as busy. By the way, even Ryder's Cove is okay in the last few hours of daylight.
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If your boat is under 21 feet and you have a roller trailer you can use Round Cove but it's a shallow ramp and the trees are low going down the driveway.
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I know this has been discussed but as far as I knew the shutdown was not a forgone conclusion. The owner of Ryders cove is a little frustrated with the traffic I'm sure but the ramp is public.

What gets me is, This is Chatham ! Its a flippin fishing town and the best ramp is a single lane with no real dock or decent parking. Cars were parked a mile up the road. And thats the problem. By the time you park your car and schlep back 6 other guys had to do the same and theres a mess of boats all cued up.
dude, sorry to break the news to you but chatham hasnt been a fishing town in a loooong time. im 41 and i can barely remember the days when it was a fishing town. all i have to say about that is DIE YUPPIE SCUM!
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I know this has been discussed but as far as I knew the shutdown was not a forgone conclusion. The owner of Ryders cove is a little frustrated with the traffic I'm sure but the ramp is public.
The town is up in arms about the traffic and the ramp was turned over to the town years ago after bond was paid off. The town is voting on the issue in the next few weeks and they are overwhelmingly in favor of restricting ryder's access to chatham resident's only.
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In the next few weeks Ryders is going to be shutdown to the public (unless you are a chatham resident). You will have to use Harwichport or Nauset ramp (very little parking) to access the waters off chatham.

NOT.......this has been going on therefor decades. The town meeting made no decisions last week and probably won't result in anything.
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All the local papers say the Chatham Selectmen are voting in September. They are supposedly having public forums to discuss this. My hope is that someone smarter tham the Chathamites comes up with a viable solution other than closing the ramp.
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All the local papers say the Chatham Selectmen are voting in September. They are supposedly having public forums to discuss this. My hope is that someone smarter tham the Chathamites comes up with a viable solution other than closing the ramp.

I couldn't agree more. Just sell permits and make money. I already pay a ton for my mooring and my slip permit in there. What's one more to shorten the lines at the ramp.
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I couldn't agree more. Just sell permits and make money.

The town is run by a bunch of morons and always did things half ass'd! If anything they will make it tougher for out of towners to launch anywhere and restrict the road side parking.

Is the new Orleans Yacht Club ramp open to anyone?
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What am I missing on the Ryder's cove and traffic discussion? There's parking for maybe 1/2 dozen out of town vehicles. How much traffic does that generate? Is there street parking I am not aware of?

If the pricks from Chatham had their way they would close off town waters and town roads to non-residents as well.
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Boy, did this thread get hijacked? At the very high risk of being flamed for saying so I’d offer that the problem is not the town, nor its officials, who can be officious at times. The problem is two fold: the Ryder’s Cove ramp is not designed to handle high demand, and that problem is grossly increased by the gold rush mentality of the commercial bass hot spot off the new north cut. The ramp is small and narrow with little room for turn around and very limited parking. It is also dangerous since leaving it requires entering or crossing Route 28 which has blind approaches from both the south and the north. It can be a heart in throat experience even at slow times. It is a small miracle that there haven’t been pileups there already. Today there are trailer rigs parked up to a mile away from the ramp on Old Comers Road in a residential neighborhood. A lot of these guys arrive before sunrise, and they probably aren’t too quiet about it. I didn’t count the rigs, but there is no way this many users can reasonably use a low volume ramp.

The ramp did just fine until the commercial bass season started and the mother load of bass showed up east of the new cut. When the commercial bass guys showed up (a fleet that is often in the neighborhood of 100 boats on the commercial days) they effectively squeezed the local users. The local users include marinas, Chatham commercial guys, Chatham shell fishermen, marine service guys, tourist operators (seal watch boats) and local residents. These people pay property taxes, excise taxes for Chatham based boats, mooring fees, slip fees and provide jobs for locals in a town without a lot of employment opportunities. In essence they already pay pretty high prices for the use of the ramp whether they get to use it or not.

So, if you were a selectman what would you do? Take care of your constituents, or worry about providing a free service to out of town commercial bass fisherman who bring little more than problems to your town?
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So I guess it’s safe to say that I won’t be doing much practicing down at Ryders Cove, the town map also shows a landing at the end of Barn Hill Road (just East of Hardings Beach). Has anyone tried it?
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Barn Hill Road ramp, is much like the Ryder's Cove Ramp. Small, with limited parking. You will most likely need to park on the street. At times, I've seen the line of parked cars on the street a mile long.
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I have used most of the ramps over the years. Ryders cove is a great ramp to launch at, but youy can see its a little unfriendly right now. The Barn Hill landing is as bad or worse than Ryders. I would suggest you trailer to Saquatucket Harbor in Harwichport. Pay the $10.00 and enjoy a ramp that is less stressful.
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The town is run by a bunch of morons and always did things half ass'd! If anything they will make it tougher for out of towners to launch anywhere and restrict the road side parking.

Is the new Orleans Yacht Club ramp open to anyone?
the ramp beside the Orleans Yacht club is a town ramp (double) and open to the public but has limited parking that fills up fast. Down the street is the public ramp beside Goose humock, not as nice and also a small parking lot but you can park down on the Old Kings highway ( straight behind the Cape Cone and parallel to the rotary) a dead end street with plenty of room and a short walk.
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the ramp beside the Orleans Yacht club is a town ramp (double) and open to the public but has limited parking that fills up fast. Down the street is the public ramp beside Goose humock, not as nice and also a small parking lot but you can park down on the Old Kings highway ( straight behind the Cape Cone and parallel to the rotary) a dead end street with plenty of room and a short walk.


I had friends that lived behind the old DQ and they didn't like people parking in their front yards, park in the in the parking lot across the street at S&S and TJ Maxx. Unless it's posted for no trailers then go there!
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