West Falmouth Harbor

Yesterday we explored the entrance to West Falmouth Harbor. From Mattapoisett it’s almost due east. ESE to be precise. It’s an easy day sail and easy to find if you just keep a course for the two water towers. The picture above is the bell buoy marking the harbor’s entrance with the grand old mansions along the shore.

West Falmouth Harbor is the next harbor north of Quisset on Cape Cod.  And like Quisset, the harbor looks to be a very small, quaint, and beautiful little cove. It appears to be another great place to stay in June or September. But I’m sure you can forget about trying to find a spot in the busy season.

The entrance to West Falmouth Harbor is narrow with a jetty on either side. The chart shows a lot of rocks and shallow water on either side of the entrance. Approaching the harbor from the west, while sailing across Buzzards Bay,  isn’t  a problem. But sailing north or south along the coast of Cape Cod I’d recommend sailing well offshore to clear the rocks. If you’re exiting the western entrance of Woods Hole, I’d suggest to sail straight for Cleveland Ledge, then change your course once you’re due east of the harbors entrance.

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