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Cape Dory 24 Trawler

The Cape Dory 24 Trawler is a unique boat, only a dozen or so were built. I came across this boat in Falmouth when searching for a cruising boat. I was looking at Cape Dory 36 sailboats for myself to live aboard. This Trawler was such a cool little boat I had to have it.


Captain Mike with his Cape Dory 24 Trawler

When I purchased the boat, and the survey was complete, I headed out of Falmouth going South solo. It was the afternoon already. My surveyor had driven me to Falmouth from RI, and even drove me around to get last minute supplies. Taking possession of the boat was one of the most exciting moments of my life, and the boat had surveyed well, so I felt good about trying to make it as far as I could on the first day. I made it to Woods Hole and realized that I would not make it much further fighting the tides and losing daylight. Looking at the paper charts I searched for somewhere nearby where I could anchor overnight. I didn't know the area, and I don't think I had any cruising guides with me. But I had a sixth sense about things, and based on the chart and a ferry boat that was heading out towards Hadley Harbor, I decided that it would be smart to follow.

The view of Hadley Harbor is deceiving coming from Woods Hole. Bull Island protects Goats Neck and disguises the approach, so that it doesn't look like much even as you get closer. But once past Bull Island, the moorings begin and you can follow the passage inland easily. The rocky outcroppings have a lot of character, and it feels cozy.

Behind Bull Island is Inner Harbor.


Inner Harbor

Inner Harbor is a picturesque cove with moorings and a small dock where the ferry loads.


Great view of the shallows adjacent to my anchorage

The trawler draws just under 3 ft and could get into pretty shallow spots. I anchored in the shallowest part of the eastern half of the cove.


This is one of many cruising places in New England that can be enjoyed best with a smaller shallow draft vessel.


The next morning I awoke to deer quietly feeding near the water's edge, and fish jumping all around my boat.


Inner Harbor

Sanderling Cape Dory 33 Sloop

My second boat was a larger auxiliary cruising sailboat, a Cape Dory 33. I had researched boats for many years without purchasing, and had owned the trawler for 5 seasons. Based on all that I knew that another Cape Dory would be the best choice. I had watched the listing for one in Maryland for many years, and was lucky to stretch the budget to get it. It was the most boat I could purchase with the proceeds from the trawler, and suitable for blue-water cruising. The purchase was from the original owner from 1980, who had lovingly maintained the boat all those years. She was in great shape, and after the closing I took the boat North 500 miles without a single glitch. It was a magical trip anchoring along the Chesapeake and stopping in Cape May, and going through New York.


Sanderling splashed in Oxford

Sanderling interior

Sanderling at Slip in Oxford

Clouds in Chesapeake Bay going North

Sunset

On The Hard in My Yard

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