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Old 01-22-2018, 11:48 AM
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Default Waquoit Bay anchorage

The warm weather over the weekend got me day dreaming.

How deep is Waquoit bay? I have a 32 Luhrs and need 4ish feet to clutch, but prefer 6+. Is there enough water to anchor on the inside of Washburn & spend the weekend? I’m looking for new low key tashmoo type spots.
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Old 01-22-2018, 12:25 PM
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It's pretty shallow in most places other than the channel, in my experience.
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Old 01-22-2018, 01:44 PM
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Yes, you should have no problem as long as you know where to go. I have to draft pretty close to what you do. I'll never power up on the bay as I see others do but you can anchor in a few places no problem. As we get closer send me a PM and I'll show you where and where you can't go on a chart. I grew up on Waquoit Bay and know it well.
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Old 01-22-2018, 05:26 PM
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Originally Posted by riprunner View Post
Yes, you should have no problem as long as you know where to go. I have to draft pretty close to what you do. I'll never power up on the bay as I see others do but you can anchor in a few places no problem. As we get closer send me a PM and I'll show you where and where you can't go on a chart. I grew up on Waquoit Bay and know it well.
Fantastic, I’ll take you up on that! Just looking for new places to drop the Hook an enjoy a peaceful evening
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Default Waquoit is a nice place for a quiet night.

Agree. I draw a full 4 feel and anchor in Waquoit all the time. It is a nice quiet place to spend a night, well protected from the prevailing south westerlies. Pretty sandy or muddy bottom. On the attached diagram, I would say area 1 is the most common spot. Note you need to follow the blue line all the way in and "button hook" back otherwise you will certainly run aground (if you try and take immediate left). This has nice views of the Vineyard, a nice breeze, a nice beach and a cool little backwater to explore.

Area labeled 3, is also nice, a bit less risky to get to.

And you might also see folks in area 2. At the back (north side) is a large mooring field but I'm not aware of any commercial operations there. The other places are nicer anyway.

It is a commonly used water ski/tubing area so be prepared. Also, area 3 can be very calm so there may be some folks sneaking in there for some flat water runs.

Best wishes, if you get there let me know. My home dock is on Childs River, just the other side of Washburns Island.

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otherwise you will certainly run aground (if you try and take immediate left). [/IMG]
I wish you had told me this last year! I wouldn't have to repaint both my skegs!
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Agree. I draw a full 4 feel and anchor in Waquoit all the time. It is a nice quiet place to spend a night, well protected from the prevailing south westerlies. Pretty sandy or muddy bottom. On the attached diagram, I would say area 1 is the most common spot. Note you need to follow the blue line all the way in and "button hook" back otherwise you will certainly run aground (if you try and take immediate left). This has nice views of the Vineyard, a nice breeze, a nice beach and a cool little backwater to explore.

Area labeled 3, is also nice, a bit less risky to get to.

And you might also see folks in area 2. At the back (north side) is a large mooring field but I'm not aware of any commercial operations there. The other places are nicer anyway.

It is a commonly used water ski/tubing area so be prepared. Also, area 3 can be very calm so there may be some folks sneaking in there for some flat water runs.

Best wishes, if you get there let me know. My home dock is on Childs River, just the other side of Washburns Island.

This is great!! Thanks so much.
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Originally Posted by Paul T View Post
Agree. I draw a full 4 feel and anchor in Waquoit all the time. It is a nice quiet place to spend a night, well protected from the prevailing south westerlies. Pretty sandy or muddy bottom. On the attached diagram, I would say area 1 is the most common spot. Note you need to follow the blue line all the way in and "button hook" back otherwise you will certainly run aground (if you try and take immediate left). This has nice views of the Vineyard, a nice breeze, a nice beach and a cool little backwater to explore.

Area labeled 3, is also nice, a bit less risky to get to.

And you might also see folks in area 2. At the back (north side) is a large mooring field but I'm not aware of any commercial operations there. The other places are nicer anyway.

It is a commonly used water ski/tubing area so be prepared. Also, area 3 can be very calm so there may be some folks sneaking in there for some flat water runs.

Best wishes, if you get there let me know. My home dock is on Childs River, just the other side of Washburns Island.

This is great!. I'm docking for two weeks on Monomoscoy island and I don't know anything about the area yet. Was looking for ideas on where to take my grandchildren and found this. thanks!
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Came across this post while researching Waquoit Bay. I have a Maxum 3100 and the draft is 3.5'. We go to OB from Bass River as much as we can. I want to visit Waquoit Bay and was thinking it would be a good place to stop on the way or way back from Oak Bluffs. Any chance you can share where we would be most safe for depth in there?
Thanks!
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Stirus.. This is exactly what I was looking for. Thx.
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Originally Posted by Bmab View Post
Came across this post while researching Waquoit Bay. I have a Maxum 3100 and the draft is 3.5'. We go to OB from Bass River as much as we can. I want to visit Waquoit Bay and was thinking it would be a good place to stop on the way or way back from Oak Bluffs. Any chance you can share where we would be most safe for depth in there?
Thanks!
I'm also running from Bass River- see you out there
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Old 06-19-2019, 11:47 AM
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Default Great info.

Going out to get a paper chart of the bay to study, and like to overnight off Washburn Island.
Green heads are a real buzz kill for me and I have an open center console. I've seen hammocks for sale that use the anchor bit and t-top for tie offs but if there are green heads out and about I'd need some sort of screen barrier. Any one here overnight on deck under the stars? If so, what is available for a ready made screen tent or screen canopy?
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Map Paul T provided worked well for me (24 ft dual console). Sandy bottom. As for green head flies Avon skin-so-soft bug spray came recommended and it seemed to work.
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