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Old 03-22-2015, 11:26 AM
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I've been searching for a summer home in the following towns, Falmouth, Sandwich, Mashpee, Barnstable and Bourne. Would like to know the benefits of each town as it relates to boating.

I fish a third, cruise a third and like to anchor and swim a third or the time. I lived full time in Sandwich and had a slip at Sesuit and also Bass River. Loved the bay but am looking for new scenery. Coming out of Bass river was not ideal due to the chop and lack of swimming.

Guess I am interested in the south side close to MV. Any suggestions?
Old 03-22-2015, 11:35 AM
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Chatham. But I am biased.

For the towns you named Falmouth seems to have the most attractions and best overall situation
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Originally Posted by agoldie7 View Post

For the towns you named Falmouth seems to have the most attractions and best overall situation
^^^ x2

or possibly Mashpee if you will be waterfront.
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I've been in Falmouth for 10 years and love it. We keep are boat in Great Pond or on the trailer 5-10 mins of no wake and I'm in the sound. Once in the sound there are tons of opportunities. with in half hour run or less: MV, Elizabeth Islands, BBay, Woods Hole, Waquoit,

Plenty of inshore fishing within a short run. Bass, Tog, S bass, fluke, Bonita..etc lots of private beach's and salt ponds with Boat only access. plenty of day cruises ( Nantucket, CC Canal, Block Island..etc). You will get the chop of the Sound and B Bay on most afternoons but I've had very few afternoons that we couldn't get to at least waquiot, on those days I just stay in great pond and the kids still have a blast.

If you want to run offshore there is ample opportunities, south of the Vineyard out to the Canyons, west out off Chatham. or run through the canal to the Bay.

For us Falmouth offers the most versatility but after 10 happy years I'm very bias. However having spent 4 years living at the end of the canal that area would be a close second.

Certainly not a bad problem to have, good luck.

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Old 03-22-2015, 12:25 PM
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I boat out of Falmouth as well. It is a big place. You need to decide if you want to spend more time in Buzzard's Bay or Vineyard sound or Nantucket sound. You also need to decide how much $ you want to spend. Wood's Hole is very expensive followed by West Falmouth which is more expensive than North Falmouth and Falmouth Heights, which are more expensive than East Falmouth (which is where I am).
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Falmouth is full of expensive places but man it is awesome. I was there from 1992-2002. Sadly, I hated coming in on a Sunday and not having anything open to shop at to get things done to the boat hence why I moved to Hyannis, that that isnt the same. I could be wrong but I think Boaters World used to be open until like 10PM at one time, that was crazy. Spent many nights in there, after catching bluefin, going to Sam Diego's and being like wow, they are open SPEND!

I liked Bass River, saves coming around Hyannis for the chop and really close to Monomoy.

Grew up summers in Poppy and that can't be beat, but I'll never afford to live in there again... Great community center, the Spit, market place, etc... Ahh the good times... miss that, why I moved here.
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Wait, maybe if my bluefin start selling for prices on WICKED TUNA, I can move back into Poppy!!!
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Falmouth all the way. It's a boating community with east access to Elizabeth Islands, MV, ACK etc
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If those are your target areas . . . consider Westport, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, south dartmouth, or Marion, there are even some nice places in Wareham. You don't have the congestion and traffic of the cape and you can access the same fishing areas (the islands and vineyard sound are only about 8 -10 mile run from ramps from marion to south dartmouth). Your $$$ goes a lot further without the hassle of the bridges/traffic.

If you are dead set on cape cod . . . There is crap for trailer access cape side from bourne to woods hole on the buzzards bay side. They are all dinky ramps in bad shape with a handful of parking spaces. Mooring waiting lists can be decades. Falmouth is nicer during the weekdays, but can still get crowded.

I work on the cape and I live off cape on purpose. I have a mooring in chatham and will have my other boat out there. There's no traffic at 3am even on weekends, so it works out well (most of the time).
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I agree with MartyMM, we've been in Falmouth for more than 15 years and have thoroughly enjoyed boating in the sound and beyond. Beaches, fishing, cruising, all with in a short run or more distant locations, like Block and Nantucket within 2 hours or so. Best part is you don't have to deal with the Buzards Bay afternoon chop.
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Really depends on the budget for your place, and what sort of "feeling" you're looking to have. Size of boat and type of fishing makes a difference too. If your budget is unlimited and you want access to the sound and the Atlantic side it's Chatham. If you're looking for affordable it's not. I think the Falmouth consensus is a good idea, particularly if access to MV is a high priority, but the summer density in Falmouth can be an issue.
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Great guys, thanks for the responses. You got me pumped up to get this done. "MV sound" is the word I was searching for that's the area that's most intriguing to me.

Great Pond and Waquoit bay, what are they like? Can u swim there? How about MV? visited but never taken the boat.
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Originally Posted by mcsea47 View Post
Really depends on the budget for your place, and what sort of "feeling" you're looking to have. Size of boat and type of fishing makes a difference too. If your budget is unlimited and you want access to the sound and the Atlantic side it's Chatham. If you're looking for affordable it's not. I think the Falmouth consensus is a good idea, particularly if access to MV is a high priority, but the summer density in Falmouth can be an issue.
Good points. I am looking for something very modest. A small 3bdrm ranch would suit me fine with enough driveway space to put a 25' cc. I definitely don't like the hustle and bustle so I worry about overcrowding. I would prefer (I think) to be a little further inland than live on a tiny lot.

Chatham is a beautiful place but definitely not something that would interest me on my budget.
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Swimming and hanging out in Tashmoo on MV is hard to beat. Easy trip from Falmouth area, too.

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Originally Posted by Cobalt 25 View Post
Swimming and hanging out in Tashmoo on MV is hard to beat. Easy trip from Falmouth area, too.

Peter


Exactly right. Spot on. Tashmoo, tarpaulin cove, quicks hole beach....all incredible places.
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Originally Posted by Cobalt 25 View Post
Swimming and hanging out in Tashmoo on MV is hard to beat. Easy trip from Falmouth area, too.

Peter
Tashmoo is overrated. Go someplace else.

Hadley Harbor is pretty cool.
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I travel all over the world (on my way to Australia right now) and Falmouth in the summer is the only place I would want to be! We have great beaches and diversity of water (since we sit between the sound and bay) options with as the group said easy access to the Vineyard and lots of fishing options. As you can also see THT is well represented in our town;-)

Lots of great housing options as well depending upon what you are looking for. I even know a great realtor in town (no relation just used her a few times) if you need someone shoot me a PM....
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If your looking at houses in Falmouth, Mashpee, South Yarmouth or Dennisport make sure you have a trusted neighbor and security monitoring system installed. Those homes get broken into a lot! I am already watching over 2 homes over this Winter.

Chatham start's at $450,000.
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Originally Posted by BigShrimpin View Post
If those are your target areas . . . consider Westport, Fairhaven, Mattapoisett, south dartmouth, or Marion, there are even some nice places in Wareham. You don't have the congestion and traffic of the cape and you can access the same fishing areas (the islands and vineyard sound are only about 8 -10 mile run from ramps from marion to south dartmouth). Your $$$ goes a lot further without the hassle of the bridges/traffic.

If you are dead set on cape cod . . . There is crap for trailer access cape side from bourne to woods hole on the buzzards bay side. They are all dinky ramps in bad shape with a handful of parking spaces. Mooring waiting lists can be decades. Falmouth is nicer during the weekdays, but can still get crowded.

I work on the cape and I live off cape on purpose. I have a mooring in chatham and will have my other boat out there. There's no traffic at 3am even on weekends, so it works out well (most of the time).
I'll second this, I can get to Mattapoisett in an hour and 15 minutes from home, if I had to go to the cape it would take at least another 30 min just to get to the bridge in light traffic, in heavy Friday traffic add at least another 30-45 to that - just to get on the cape.

That gives me the option of commuting during the week if my wife takes more time off than me and wants to stay down, something I would never consider with another 30-45 minutes drive each way.
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Originally Posted by mhff34 View Post
I've been searching for a summer home in the following towns, Falmouth, Sandwich, Mashpee, Barnstable and Bourne. Would like to know the benefits of each town as it relates to boating.

I fish a third, cruise a third and like to anchor and swim a third or the time. I lived full time in Sandwich and had a slip at Sesuit and also Bass River. Loved the bay but am looking for new scenery. Coming out of Bass river was not ideal due to the chop and lack of swimming.

Guess I am interested in the south side close to MV. Any suggestions?
My brother owns a house in Hen Cove-Bourne.Great spot ,I drop in and visit him by boat,right behind Bassetts Island.I rib it to his house and leave my boat at the mooring at Kingman Marine.

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