The waters of Chatham are filled with boats of all kinds.
Even in the dead of winter there are boats to be seen. Most of
these are fishing vessels in Chatham and Stage Harbors. Commercial
fishermen go out whether it is cold or not. Only high winds keep
them in port. Come spring, the waters blossom with power and
sailboats of all sizes and kinds. Small boats have become so
numerous that many are kept in dry-stacks and are launched only
when they are going to be used. Rowboats, canoes and kayaks are
regularly seen on some of the quieter waters. Surf- and sailboarders
enjoy the wind and waves.
If you bring your boat with you there is a list of town
landings from which to launch. If you don't have your own, you
can rent powerboats, sailboats, Sunfish, surf- and sailboards
as well as fishing gear in Chatham.
Commercial shuttles will ferry you to Monomoy or South
Beach for bathing, birding or surf fishing.
There are also guided excursions to view birds and seals
and to visit Monomoy National Wildlife Refuge. Charter boats
will take you to catch bass, bluefish and other species in Pleasant
Bay, Nantucket Sound and the Atlantic.
Shellfishing for soft-shelled clams is popular. Razor clams
and quahogs are also delicious. Shellfish licenses are available
from the Permit Department, George Ryder Road.