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Buzzards Bay Float-In
July 22-23, 2006

Mattapoisett, MA

Please register online by July 18th!

Click here for a printable brochure (PDF, 258 KB). Please take the brochure with you to the float-in!


Event Information:

The Buzzards Bay Float-in, hosted by the Northeast Fleet and fellow CDSOA members Melissa and Rich Abato, will take place Saturday and Sunday, July 22-23 at Mattapoisett, MA.

Fleet communications will be on VHF Ch. 16 and 72.
Please monitor these channels during the event.
Hail “Cape Dory Fleet” or “Mahalo”.

Mattapoisett Harbor is a beautiful port that’s easy to enter. It’s entrance is wide open to the southeast but offers good protection from the summer’s prevailing southwest winds.

From Nye Ledge (G”13” Fl G 4s BELL) it’s a straight northwesterly course right into the harbor. When you get to RN “4” you’ll have to stay inside the channel to avoid the ledges but after RN “6” the harbor is wide open and deep.

Note Mattapoisett Light on Ned Point off to starboard as you enter the harbor and head for the northern mooring field off the complex of large gray/blue buildings at Mattapoisett Boatyard. Contact the boatyard (VHF Ch. 68, 508-758-3812), let them know you are with the “Cape Dory Group”, and you’ll be shown to your mooring.

Figure 1. Mattapoisett Harbor Chart


MBY moorings are $25 per night. Services available include marine store, rest rooms, showers, dinghy dock, fuel, water, ice, pumpout, launch and full yard services. They do not allow rafting on the moorings, but will have a mooring for everyone that registers by the 18th (unless of course 200 boats show up).

Please call or e-mail Melissa to make arrangements for a mooring as soon as possible.

If you’d rather anchor, there’s limited space in the southeast side of the harbor outside the mooring fields.

Use the tide tables for Newport. High tide at Mattapoisett Harbor is 11 minutes later; low tide is 20 minutes later. Mean tidal range is about 4 feet.

Upon arrival, don’t forget to contact Melissa and Rich aboard their Cape Dory 36 Mahalo (VHF Ch. 72) and let them know you’re there and whether you’re anchored or on a mooring and where. They will be in Mattapoisett Friday evening, around 6:00 p.m. or so, and all day Saturday.

Figure 2. Mattapoisett Harbor

This is an informal event and crews will gather aboard Mahalo for afternoon snacks and a potluck dinner. So bring some snack items to share with the rest of the group in the harbor and the fixin's for your favorite beverage. Then it's potluck for dinner. No, we don't throw everything into one pot and whatever comes out is dinner, but whatever you bring it’s what we'll have.

Also, at the town dock, there’s an ice cream stand and right across the street you’ll find the Kinsale Inn (formerly the Mattapoisett Inn), where people can hangout in the bar and/or restaurant.

If everyone’s amenable, let’s do breakfast together on Sunday morning before heading out! We can decide during the event whether we want to do this or not.

See you at the float-in,
Melissa and Rich


Entry Fee (per boat):

Non-CDSOA Members: $5.00

Please register online by July 18th!

Any questions regarding this event? Please contact Event Organizer Melissa Abato at
603-672-6463 or mla*_NOSPAM_*

(Don't forget to remove "*_NOSPAM_*" from the e-mail address before clicking on Send!)


All owners of both Cape Dory and Robinhood power and sailboats, CDSOA members and non-members, are welcome to attend.

All captains are responsible for their own navigation and the safety of their vessels and crew.

Use NOAA Charts# 13230, 13218, 13229SC and 13232.

Please check this page often as we will include changes or more information as it becomes available.

  Please see the "Events" page for the current Northeast Fleet Rendezvous agenda.
  For information on becoming part of the Northeast Fleet see the "Fleet Information." 

This page was last revised: 25 May 2006

Modified by: Catherine Monaghan

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