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Hingham is roughly 15 nautical miles southeast of Boston. The inner harbor is well protected on the east by the World’s End peninsula and to the northwest by Crow Point. The harbor and Hingham Bay contain several islands that are part of the Boston Harbor Islands National Park and can be visited by small boat or kayak. From points east and north, boaters can approach the bay and harbor through Hull Gut, off Nantasket Roads, by turning to port at Fl G “11” and picking up the shipping channel that guides commercial shipping toward the Fore River. At G “5” you can turn southeast toward Hingham Harbor or continue through the shipping channel to the GR “BR” buoy and the entrance to the Weymouth/Back River and Hewitts Cove, home of Hingham Shipyard Marinas.
If heading into Hingham Harbor, you’ll pass Bumpkin Island close to port, then pick up red nun “6” and GR “HH” south of the island. At this point you can head east to World’s End and the anchorage on its east side, or proceed south toward the inner harbor.
The inner harbor is subject to shoaling but is routinely dredged. From R “8” and G “7” are cluster of small islands that mark the entrance to inner Hingham Harbor. Follow the meandering marked channel past Crow Point and the Hingham Yacht Club mooring field, then between the islands before snaking around the shoal area surrounding Button Island. At the end of the channel is a dinghy dock, a tie-off area and public boat ramp with parking at the town landing on Otis Street (Route 3A).
Note: The only place to buy fuel in Hingham Harbor is the Hingham Yacht Club off Crow Point. Fuel is also available at Hingham Shipyard Marina on nearby Hewitts Cove.
- Hingham Town Landing (781-741-1450; VHF 16): Offers short-term dockage (free for 15 minutes, $15 per hour after that if space is available) and moorings ($35 per night) in the inner harbor and off World’s End. A dinghy dock is also located here and launch service is available. Contact harbormaster’s office (located next to the landing) for pumpout service and mooring information.
- Bare Cove Marina (781-733-0068; VHF 10): Conveniently located next to the Town Landing and close to the downtown shops and restaurants. Offers 10 transient slips ($50/night) with water and electricity, and 2 mooring ($35/night), plus a shower and restroom. Can also arrange for haulout and service.
- Steamboat Wharf Marina (781-925-0044): Located behind World’s End on the Weir River, Steamboat is technically in the neighboring town of Hull, but offers plenty of dockage for transients interested in visiting Hingham.
- Hingham Shipyard Marinas (781-749-6647). The former Hewitts Cove and Landfall Marinas have been consolidated to become the Hingham Shipyard Marinas, a large, full-service facility offering more 500 slips and 100 moorings and a wide range of services, including transient dockage and moorings, fuel, haulout, engine repair, ice, water, WiFi, electric and much more. Boaters can dock on the western side of the marina for up to 4 hours and access the Village’s shops and restaurants. Contact HSM via VHF 9 or call the office.
Anchoring room is tight inside the inner harbor, but shallow-draft boats may be able to find room and depth enough outside the mooring fields.
- Boaters may also be able to find room to anchor outside the channel in the designated mooring areas “A” off Crow Point and north of Ragged and Sarah Islands.
- In the Weymouth Back River, a small anchorage is available along Eastern Neck, opposite Stodder Neck, and just east of the Rte. 3A bridge.
- A free public boat ramp with room for 32 rigs is located adjacent to the town landing on Otis Street (Route 3A), directly on Hingham Harbor. The ramp is unusable at low tide, and the parking lot fills fast on weekends. There is also no dock or float.
- A second public launch ramp with floats is located off Neck Street (off Rte 3A) in Weymouth, on the Back River. This ramp offers excellent parking and a $7 fee, and is usable on all tide stages. An attendant is on duty during the day to control traffic flow.
Eastern Mountain Sports (781-741-8808): Rents kayak and kayak gear. Located inside the Shipyard Marina complex.
- Town Taxi (781-337-5662)
- Yellow Cab (617-773-6262)
You can stock up at the Fruit Center Market Place (781-749-7332) on Water Street. It carries everything from fresh produce to a fish market and shares space with a wine store. There is also a Super Stop & Shop on Rte. 3A, opposite the Hingham Shipyard Marinas.
A market is also available within Hingham Shipyard Village and convenient to boaters staying at Hingham Shipyard Village.
- The Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area (617-223-8666) comprises more than 2 dozen islands spread throughout the harbor—including 4 in Hingham Harbor and 6 more in Hingham Bay—offering a range of recreational activities, from fishing and boating to camping and educational events. Reservations are required for camping on the islands. Bumpkin, Grape and Peddocks Islands have docks where boaters can drop off passengers and then anchor or grab a mooring. The Park Service also provides a dinghy for public use. Call (857-452-7221) for more information.
- Lincoln Maritime Center (781-741-5225) is a great community boating resource right on the harbor. It is open to the public, and offers sailing and rowing lessons for ages 7 up from May through October. A variety of sailboats and rowing shells are available.
- World’s End is a 251-acre peninsula owned by The Trustees of Reservations (781-740-7233). Town moorings are available here via the harbormaster.
- The Hewitts Cove Conservation Area features hiking trails and views of the harbor. Stodders Neck Park and Bare Cove Park are wildlife and conservation sanctuaries on the Back River, which is also bordered on the west bank by the Back River Wildlife Sanctuary.
- The Hingham Bathing Beach (a.k.a. Otis Beach) is open to the public and has restrooms and picnic tables.
- Barnes and Steamboat Wharves are historic granite wharves with sweeping views of the harbor.
- The Old Ship Church (781-749-1679) at 107 Main Street dates to 1681 and is considered the oldest continuous religious meetinghouse in the nation. The interior suggests an inverted hull.
- The Old Ordinary, a former tavern built in 1702, and the Old Derby Academy on Main Street, are both owned by the Hingham Historical Society (781-749-7721), which is headquartered at the academy.
- Stars (781-749-3200): A popular family eatery near the harbor serving breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- Wahlburgers (800-WHAL2GO): In Hingham Shipyard, serves tasty burgers.
- Hingham Beer Works (781-749-2337): Hingham Shipyard. Beer. Nuff sed.
- Tosca (781-740-0080) and Caffe Tosca (781-740-9400): Both located just across Route 3A from Hingham Harbor.
- The Snug (781-749-9774): A classic Irish pub with imported beers and live music.
- Square Café (781-740-4060): Offers continental choices with an Asian flare.
- Nona’s Homemade (781-749-3999): Great smoothies, ice cream and more!
- Hingham Lobster Pound (781-749-1984): A takeout clam shack that has beach goers swerving off 3A for their breaded fried clams.
- Clarion Nantasket Beach Hotel and Spa (781-925-4500)
- Nantasket Beach Inn (781-925-4100)
- Bare Cove B&B (781-740-1422)