September 2011

Sailing Area: Buzzards Bay

Float Plan: - Float Plan: Arrive at the ramp either Friday PM or early Saturday morning. You will have no problem rigging and launching Friday night. It's a good ramp with a dock, however if you wait to Saturday there is a chance the ramp could be busy as a lot of fishermen use the ramp. The anchoring area is very limited near the ramp and the water very thin. I suggest that those arriving Friday night, motor or sail to Red Brook Harbor, behind Bassetts Island (East side of the island) and anchor. Its about 7 miles to Bassett Island and the channel is well marked. Take the channel on the South side of Bassetts Island. Make sure you follow the chart and buoys. After you pass Green 11, you can head North West and find a spot to anchor. One of the Cruise Captains will lead the group to Red Brook in the late afternoon and will be monitoring 9/16/72 VHF.

Quissett has a dinghy dock, a nature trail and a large park/botanical garden which is also an anchor museum. There are no shops or restaurants nearby.

Up until Labor Day, there is scheduled bus service to Woods Hole (http://capecodrta.org/whoosh-route.htm). Unfortunately, there is no scheduled service after that. However, you can schedule a bus ride for Saturday by making an advanced reservation (800-352-7155). They will pick us up anytime from 9am to 5pm. The fare is $3.00 or $1.50 for seniors (60 and older) (exact change)(each way). Reservations must be made by 5pm Friday afternoon. I will make reservations for the group if there is any interest. There is also taxi service: Woods Hole Taxi, (508) 540-4600

The walk to Woods Hole is about 1.9 miles. Follow Quissett Ave SW to the end, then fork left onto School St. headed South. Follow School St. to where it ends at Water St.

Quissett has an inner harbor and an outer harbor. There is no possibility of anchoring in the inner harbor. There is anchoring in the outer harbor, but it is a somewhat long dinghy ride to the dock from there. Normal mooring ball rental rates are $30 for the outer harbor and $40 for the inner harbor. However, the marina offered to make us a package deal depending on the number of boats involved. Once I have a feel for the number of boats wanting a mooring, I will contact the marina. Please let me know if you are interested in a mooring.
Quissett Harbor Boatyard: 508-548-0506, VHF ch 9.

There are a lot of mooring balls and only some are for rent. Rental balls must meet ALL of the following:
1. Must have "Q.B.Y." written on it.
2. Must NOT have a name written on the ball.
3. Must NOT have a pick-up pennant attached to the ball.

On Saturday the group will meet up in Quissett Harbor. The distance from Bassetts Island to Quissett is 11 nm. If you are traveling straight from the Wareham Ramp to Quissett, the distance will be about 15 nm from the point where you exit the Wareham River.

On Sunday, most boats will head back to Wareham, but some may wish to continue to other destinations in the area. If you are interested in extending the cruise beyond Sunday, talk to Ken.

You will need charts of Buzzards Bay.
There is gas and ice available on Main Street (Route 6) in Wareham, Northwest from the ramp.

There are many restaurants and stores on US-6/SR-28 in East Wareham (Walmart, Stop & Shop, 99 Restaurant, and many fast food). The best restaurant is Lindsay's near the very East end of Wareham. The closest restaurant to the ramp is The Narrows near the corner of US-6 (Sandwich Road) and Narrows Road. The closest fast food to the ramp is the Pizza shop across the street from the Post Office on Main Street. Contact the Cruise Captain for additional Wareham eating information. There is also the Chart Room at Kingman's in Red Brook Harbor.

Ramp Details and Parking: The Tempest Knob Ramp is on Oak Street, Wareham. It is a very good double ramp with a large dock on the north side. The ramp is well protected and there is a $5 fee per day (not per 24 hours) (2010 rate, not confirmed for 2011) for using it or parking there and is payable at the ramp. (Bring exact change)

Driving Directions: From the north take I-495 South (towards Cape Cod). Take the I-195 West exit to get to Route 28 (first exit on I-195 and less than 1 mile from 495). Once on 28 follow the signs to Main St., Wareham Center. Main Street becomes Rt-6 at the stop sign. Follow Main St (Route 6) through town and at the traffic light just over the Wareham River, bear right on Narrow's road. Take your next right on Oak Street and the ramp is a short distance on the right.

From the West use I-195 And take the Route 28 exit just before the end of I-195 and follow the above directions.

Other information Road map showing the ramp - big picture,MAP1
Road map showing the ramp - detailed picture,MAP2
Chart of Wareham Riverchart