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Old 05-14-2018, 07:02 AM
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Default Buzzards Bay launch

Looking for recommendations for a public ramp for Buzzards Bay access this weekend.
Something on the mainland side that’s easy to get to.

28 ft Grady. I would prefer something with docks and don’t mind paying to launch.

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Old 05-14-2018, 07:12 AM
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Taylors Point in Buzzards Bay by the Maritime.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:18 AM
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taylor pt or wareham (tempest knob). probably taylor with that size rig. There are a couple of good ramps down towards new bedford, and the westport river ramp is nice too. Depends on where you are coming from and where you want to go.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:22 AM
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Mattapoisett is nice spot but you will have to park you trailer 1/2 mile down the street if its busy. Hoppy's landing on West Island causeway is good and lots of parking (pretty area too). Both will get you close to the good Sea Bass fishing if that what you're into. Hope that helps.
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Old 05-14-2018, 07:59 AM
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Another vote for Taylor Point. They have an awesome ramp, parking lot and docks on both sides.

I've seen guys launch big boats there too. No issues with tides either.
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Old 05-14-2018, 08:54 AM
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Originally Posted by davescarp View Post
taylor pt or wareham (tempest knob). probably taylor with that size rig. There are a couple of good ramps down towards new bedford, and the westport river ramp is nice too. Depends on where you are coming from and where you want to go.
Taylor point is your best option.
Don't use Tempest Knob with that size boat. Low tide there is real tough for me in a 23ft seacraft. Also the parking spaces won't fit a rig that size unless you backup the trailer and bump up over the curb.
Mattapoisett is an awesome ramp, but bring a bicycle to ride to and from the parking lot.

Last year Tempest Knob was full at 5:30am for the rec opener.

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Fairhaven has a public ramp with a fee for parking but plenty of parking
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I regularly use three ramps for buzzards bay depending on where I plan to go...

As others said, Taylor Point is great and located at the entrance to canal

If you are heading to mid-bay / Elizabeth island area, Dartmouth or Westport ramps are my go-to options - good at all tides (Dartmouth can be tough on exceptionally high tides). Dartmouth has a bridge to contend with - I get under bridge in a 21CC with T-TOP at all tides except full-moon high tides.

Good intel on ramps around BB & Cape Cod: http://newenglandboating.com/top-10-...-launch-ramps/
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Old 05-15-2018, 04:41 PM
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Looks like I will be hitting Taylor Point on Sunday.

The Parking spots look short. 37 ft measured on Google Earth. Is it common for someone to unhitch and take two spots there?
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Good luck, that place will be a zoo Saturday. They’re will be parking all over. That’s why I would launch at Fairhaven, won’t be nearly as crowded. Same fishing grounds are only 7-8 miles away.
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Originally Posted by Reming870 View Post
Looks like I will be hitting Taylor Point on Sunday.

The Parking spots look short. 37 ft measured on Google Earth. Is it common for someone to unhitch and take two spots there?
You'll be fine. I've seen big dually trucks hauling long tri-axle trailers and parking in one spot. No need to unhitch and take 2 spots (they may allow you to do it if you pay twice but no need for it IMO).

As Stickbo said, it will be busy though. I would try and arrive early.
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Whats early? is 6:00 too late? Kind of a long drive for me.

I thought I'd be smart and Sunday to skip the opening day madness.
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I've been to Taylor's point on BSB opening day the last several years. Yes, it is a zoo.
First year there they told us they were full and couldn't let us launch,then one of the old guys that Run the place says "hold on a minute"and zips off in a golf cart. He returns a few minutes later and says go ahead launch and follow me. WAY on the back of their property is a club of some sort, he put us on their lawn. When I was walking back,there was a line of trucks and trailers looking to launch. I think a lot of people didn't fish there that day
This was around 5:30 am!
with the weather forecast, I don't expect to see that kind of traffic this Saturday. I may not even go myself.
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I've been to Taylor's point on BSB opening day the last several years. Yes, it is a zoo.
First year there they told us they were full and couldn't let us launch,then one of the old guys that Run the place says "hold on a minute"and zips off in a golf cart. He returns a few minutes later and says go ahead launch and follow me. WAY on the back of their property is a club of some sort, he put us on their lawn. When I was walking back,there was a line of trucks and trailers looking to launch. I think a lot of people didn't fish there that day
This was around 5:30 am!
with the weather forecast, I don't expect to see that kind of traffic this Saturday. I may not even go myself.
Thats not too comforting. Think Sunday would be a better day for parking?
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Originally Posted by Stickbo View Post
Good luck, that place will be a zoo Saturday. They’re will be parking all over. That’s why I would launch at Fairhaven, won’t be nearly as crowded. Same fishing grounds are only 7-8 miles away.
Fairhaven has limited parking for larger rigs (triple axle trailers and 24'-plus boats). Padanaram has the best parking at this end of the bay but you might have to deal w/the bridge. This weekend shouldn't be a problem at Fairhaven as there hasn't been any ramp traffic at all yet.
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Originally Posted by Reming870 View Post
Thats not too comforting. Think Sunday would be a better day for parking?
no idea what to expect really.
The weather forecast, so far,looks like crap.
if you got there early my guess is that you would have no problems.
With that,after my first experience there, I don't drive down there without a backup plan in mind.
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Originally Posted by north coast View Post
no idea what to expect really.
The weather forecast, so far,looks like crap.

Good luck
This ^^^ might be your saving grace bc the weather won't attract the family boaters for at least a couple more weeks. Maybe try Tempest Knob w/Taylor's as your backup.
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Originally Posted by Hunky Dory View Post
Fairhaven has a public ramp with a fee for parking but plenty of parking

Yes, and two ramps! Also a ramp in New Bedford next to Bayline Marine at the hurricane barrier with hugh parking.
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The ramp in New Bedford near the dike requires a Port Authority pass I was told when I tried to launch there a couple years ago.
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