An hour or two by powerboat from the Cape Cod Bay end of the Canal sits picturesque Cohasset Harbor. This port is as New England as a movie set – in fact many scenes from The Witches of Eastwick were filmed here – with rocky outcroppings and massive mansions dotting the rugged coastline.
Once you pass Cohasset Yacht Club, the narrow channel opens to Cohasset Cove. The Cohasset Harbor Marina (781-337-1964) offers transient slips if you want to stay overnight.
If you’d rather, the town also maintains transient moorings. You can arrange a mooring with the harbormaster (VHF 10; 781-383-0863).
For dockside dining, there are three choices on the harbor: Old Salt House (781-383-2203); Brisas (781-383-6650), and Atlantica (781-383-0900). All are on the northwest side of the cove, and there are floating docks for visiting boaters to use.
The town landing and dinghy dock are next to the restaurants as you near the head of the harbor. Once ashore, a half-mile walk up Elm Street brings you to Cohasset’s downtown area—a quaint collection of shops, restaurants and businesses. The flavor of the town is quite different from our local, Cape Cod villages, so it seems like this short day trip has brought you far away from home.
Also worth noting is, with the prevailing summer Southwest wind, your cruise up and down Cape Cod Bay is off of a lee shore, so calmer sea conditions should prevail.