are open every day this season until Monday October 14th.
Plan now to
Join us for a relaxing sailboat ride with your family, friends or
business associates aboard the Catboat "Eventide" as one of the many
Fun things to do on Cape Cod in 2013.
I am a year-round native Cape Codder and
have been sailing in Hyannis Harbor since 1960. Since 1988, my crew
and I have been having a great time operating public sailboat
excursions in Hyannis Harbor for over 125,000 satisfied passengers
from around the world. Whether landlubber or old salts, many of our
guests return again and again.
Atmosphere aboard the boat is friendly,
informal and relaxing. We'll be glad to explain some of the unique
local history of areas we see along the trip, and I love to trade
anecdotes with our guests.
The Eventide is a Catboat class of sailboat, an authentic
traditional local design. She is 34 feet long, has a wide 10 foot
beam and a sloop rigged mast 38 feet tall, assuring a steady,
smooth, and comfortable ride. With our centerboard up, we can sail
in only 30 inches of water, allowing us to get much closer to
coastal attractions than other Hyannis excursion boats.
The Eventide can operate in water as shallow as 30" allowing our
sailboat to get closer to the
Kennedy compound and other attractions than the tour boats
The boat is in excellent condition with beautiful hand varnished
teak and mahogany furnishings and secure nonskid painted decks.
Passengers are welcome to move about the boat from cabin-top to
cockpit or into the cabin.
All seating areas are comfortably padded and excellent back
support is available in most seats. Handicapped passengers are
readily accommodated in safety and comfort, however a wheelchair
cannot be used on board. The clean and practical toilet and
washbasin in the “head” may be used in complete comfort and privacy.
Catboats were so named because they behave like a cat: quick,
agile, well-balanced, and quiet. They were developed in the early
1800’s and used extensively around Cape Cod for all types of coastal
fishing and local transport. Working catboats saw their peak use
about a century ago. Catboats are now very popular for cruising and
The Eventide was built in Kingston, Massachusetts, in 1933—the
last and largest of several big cats built by
George W. Shiverick. George learned catboat building between
1890 to 1895 while working for the well known catboat builder C. C.
Hanley of Monument Beach. The Mystic Seaport Museum collection
includes the half model of Eventide and three Shiverick boats,
including a 25-foot sloop once owned by Franklin Delano Roosevelt
and sailed by the former President at Campobello, Maine.
We find the tranquility of nature is best observed aboard our
quiet wooden sailboat silently powered by the wind.
A typical sailing cruise includes departure from Hyannis Inner
Harbor, sailing through the Hyannis Yacht Club anchorage area past
more than 200 fine boats and yachts and then through scenic Lewis
Bay. The following routes and destinations of our scheduled public
excursions may be selected to suit the desires of a private charter.
12:15 & 2:15 pm Hyannis Port
Trips - We sail out Hyannis Channel, past Dunbar Point among
busy harbor traffic, past Great Island (the 600 acre estate of
the Chase family), past Kalmus Beach and over to peaceful
Hyannis Port Harbor to see the impressive waterfront homes of
the Kennedy family and other residents. We sail especially close
to the Kennedy's' beach, passing near the Kennedy's' beautiful
sailing yachts anchored off the Hyannis Port Yacht Club. Your
favorite beverage and a sandwich served from our
will compliment the ambiance of this popular cruise.
4:00 Blue Water Sail - When
the wind is best, The Eventide heads offshore into Nantucket
Sound for a good rousing sail off Point Gammon before returning
back to dock. We get excellent views of three historic
lighthouses; Olde Hyannis Light, Point Gammon Light, and Channel
Point Light. A premium bottled
beer from our bar is refreshing in the warm afternoon sun.
6:00 Sunset / Cocktail
Cruise - The accent is upon serious relaxation. There is no
particular destination or route and the Captain takes best
advantage of the conditions to spend maximum time under sail
Our Captain's Coast Guard license is renewed regularly. He
meets all Coast Guard standards for capability of operation of
Auxiliary Sail Vessels of not more than 100 gross tons.
We usually sail through Lewis Bay over to the Pine Cove
Wildlife Sanctuary, a beautiful unspoiled salt marsh we view
up close. This area is inhabited with several species of
protected marine and shore birds, including: osprey, black
cormorant, blue heron, green heron, white egret, loon, swan,
canada goose, various ducks, terns, sandpipers and gulls.
Sometimes we see white tailed deer, red tail fox, and coyote on
the shore. Nature lovers and children will be delighted. Here
the only sounds are bird calls and wind in the rigging.
This is a quiet time of day with little distraction from other
boat traffic. Enjoy your favorite beverage with a lobster roll,
shrimp cocktail, or prime roast beef sandwich from our
Eventide is thoroughly inspected annually by US Coast Guard Marine
Safety Officers and is certified
for up to 22 passengers.
It is equipped with all safety equipment required by the US
Coast Guard. The Eventide is equipped with an FCC inspected and
licensed VHF radio station, marine GPS locating system and weather
radar.The Captain may cancel or shorten a trip due to anticipated
unsafe sailing conditions like heavy fog, heavy rain, very strong
winds, or approaching thunderstorms. The Eventide is fully insured
for property damage and personal liability.
Your captain, Marcus
Sherman, began sailing in Hyannis harbor over forty years ago
licensed by the US Coast Guard. He is assisted by a qualified
first mate. Captain Sherman and his crew have completed Red Cross
CPR and First Aid training, are enrolled in a Coast Guard approved
random drug testing program, and
do not drink alcohol before or during any sailing excursions.
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