Charts: NOAA 13270
Cohasset boasts a wonderfully protected harbor, but one that’s fairly tricky to access. The approaches comprise a minefield of reefs and boulders, while the narrow channel leading to Cohasset Cove is bordered by shallow mud flats. In other words, pay close attention to your instruments and electronics as you enter and leave thisharbor. Also, unless an accomplished boater and familiar with the local waters, it’s probably best to avoid the area in strong easterly winds and swells.
When approaching from points west in boats drawing 6’ or less, it’s safest to follow the Western Channel (marked on charts). Pick up RN “2W” marking Black Ledge and proceed east to RN “4”, then onto RN “6W”, which marks Sutton Rocks. Be careful not to stray too far off course here, as there are nasty reefs and rocks to either side. You can pass on either side of G “5” marking Barrel Rock. Once you clear RN “6W” you can turn south and pick up R “10” marking the narrow channel to the inner harbor, or Cohasset Cove. Again, follow the channel markers closely, as mud flats lie to either side.
When approaching from the east, head for the G “1DL” fl G 2.5s Gong and head toward Minot’s Ledge Lighthouse, keeping north of the light. After rounding the light, turn southwest and head for GC “1S” off East Shag Rock. This approach gives you plenty of depth (8’ MLW). From GC “15” head for RN “6” and then to R “10” marking the channel to Cohasset Cove. Again, follow the channel markers closely, as shallow mudflats lie to either side.
Once you pass the Cohasset Yacht Club (to starboard) the harbor widens a bit, although it’s filled with private moorings. To reach Cohasset Harbor Marina, steer to port as you pass the southern tip of Bassings Island. The marina’s docks line the shore to starboard. The Atlantica and the Old Salt House restaurants are near the head of the harbor. You can sometimes dock here for lunch or dinner if space is available. Best to call ahead.
There is a 5 mph speed limit in the harbor.
There is no fuel in Cohasset Harbor. Nearest fuel is in Scituate Harbor.
- The town maintains at least 4 transient moorings at a cost of $35 per night. Contact the harbormaster. Free tie-up at the town landing.
- Cohasset Harbor Marina (781-337-1964): Sometimes has transient slips available if customers are away; call for availability. Offers electric, water and bathrooms. Can accommodate boats to 42 feet.
- Cohasset Yacht Club (781-383-9633)
- Bayside Boatworks (781-383-8777)
- Mill River Marine Railway (781-383-1207): Haulout and repair.
- Pumpout: The town provides free pumpout service. Contact the harbormaster on VHF 10 or (781-383-0863).
Boaters can drop anchor in the outer harbor in 5 to 11 feet of water west of Strawberry Point and east of the channel when winds are from the south or west. There is no charge for dinghy tie-up at the town landing.
- Lorri Gibbons
- VHF 10
- Town of Cohasset Harbormaster
A town ramp is located at Mariner’s Park at the end of Parker Ave. You must have town sticker to park.
- Cohasset is a great place to kayak and canoe. Non-residents may have trouble finding non-sticker parking along the street, especially on weekends.
- Billington Sea Kayak (508-746-5644): Rentals and sales in Plymouth.
- Boating in Boston (617-299-3392)
Cohasset kayaking information:
- Kayak Online
- Wild Turkey Paddlers: WTP is a great source of paddling information for the South Shore of Massachusetts.
The following is from the Wild Turkey Paddlers website (above):
- Cohasset harbor itself is a safe area for flatwater kayakers. Keep clear of the main channel and keep an eye out for powerboaters. You can go around the perimeter and see some of the boats, properties and restaurants that line the harbor.
- The Gulf River is a tidal estuary that feeds from the harbor. This can be a very dangerous area, because with the exception of short periods of time during the tide schedule, the current is very fast and is flowing over boulders. This area is quite popular with the whitewater set.
- One hour past high tide, the water under Atlantic Ave. comes to a dead stop and slowly reverses. Half an hour later, the flow is swift again, and I wouldn’t recommend waiting longer than this to exit.
- There is free public parking on the harbor side of the street.
- The more well-known and popular launch point is further down Border Street. You will cross over the Gulf River, and take and take your first left. You should see the harbormaster shack in front of you.
- A short stroll up Elm Street from the harbor will bring you to the “downtown” area, where you’ll find a variety of shops, galleries and good restaurants.
- South Shore Art Center (781-383-2787): Located on 119 Ripley Road about a mile from the harbor, the SSAC is a non-profit organization. The facility features galleries and teaching studios. Also offers exhibitions and gallery programs, sales of fine arts and studio crafts, courses and workshops, outreach to schools and special events.
- Atlantica (781-383-0900): Large restaurant located on the harbor. Call ahead for dock n’ dine availability.
- Ava Cucina (781-383-8300)
- Old Salt House (781-383-0900): Smaller, pub-like restaurant with outdoor patio adjacent to Atlantica. Call for dock n’ dine availability.
- DiNeros (781-383-2339)
- Red Lion Inn (781-383-1704)
- Feng Shui (781-383-3328)
- Bia Bistro (781-383-0464)
- Atlantic Bagel (781) 383-8700)
- French Memories (781-383-2216): Fresh baked goods and coffees.