September 22, 2016
Report from the Field: Provincetown, MA
On Thursday, August 11, the New England Boating Crew headed to Boston on our C260 Pursuit to film a special episode with Bosun’s Marine. Bosun’s had planned its first-ever “Rendezvous” to Provincetown, MA, for the weekend with several area boat owners, and we were invited to join in on all of the activities.
We began our adventure in Charlestown where we met up with Bosun’s Marine GM Steve Chase. Seven boats headed out together to meet up with several other boats in Provincetown. I had the pleasure of hopping aboard Cissy and Mike Westerkamp’s 345 Pursuit Offshore. We left the city skyline behind and headed across Cape Cod Bay. Cissy and Mike were terrific hosts and their boat provided a comfortable ride. Just before we arrived in the port of P-town, we stopped to see a pod of whales. It was a spectacular site to behold!
We arrived at Provincetown Marina around noon and were greeted by a friendly dock staff that helped secure all of the vessels. Several other boats had already arrived for the “Rendezvous” as well. At the Marina, we met owners Chuck and Ann Lagasse. Chuck and I chatted about the newly refurbished marina and its amenities and services. The Lagasse’s had recently upgraded the marina adding concrete floating docks, a gas dock, a Captain’s Lounge with big screen televisions and a fire pit, and so much more. The Marina offers 60 slips and more than 100 moorings and can accommodate vessels up to 150 feet. The renovations were very impressive.
After getting settled into the slip, we said goodbye to Cissy and Mike and headed into town to grab a bite to eat at a tourist favorite named The Lobster Pot. After a delicious seafood meal, we headed into the heart of P-town – Commercial Street. The street was packed with people. There’s such a range of things to see and do in Provincetown. There are plenty of galleries, jewelry stores, nautical shops, boutiques and restaurants. Within steps from the harbor, you can literally get an ice cream, buy a boa, get a tattoo, a piercing, a massage, a tarot card reading or see a show.
On day two, we continued to explore the area and hiked up to 1 High Pole Road to the Pilgrim Monument. This iconic mariner’s landmark was built in the early 1900’s to commemorate the first landfall of the Pilgrims in 1620 and the signing in Provincetown Harbor of the Mayflower Compact. The monument stands over 250 feet and offers amazing views at the top. I talked with Executive Director John McDonagh about the tower, which apparently is the tallest all-granite structure in the United States. At the base of the tower is the Provincetown Museum that illustrates the town’s rich maritime history.
On day three, we took a trip to the Cape Cod National Seashore with Art’s Dune Tours. A crew from the “Rendezvous” of about 40 or so all climbed to Suburbans and headed off to see the dunes. We were excited that Pursuit Boats Marketing Manager David Glen from was able to join us for this incredibly beautiful tour. For about an hour, we viewed the majestic dunes and dune shacks where artists and writers like Eugene O’Neil once stayed and worked. We planned to have a New England Clam bake on the beach after the dune tour but due to thunderstorm warnings, we had it back at the marina. Piping hot lobsters, steamers, corn on the cob and chowder definitely hit the spot and wrapped up the night.
On our final day, we headed out of the harbor toward Chatham bright and early for some striper fishing. It was foggy but two Pursuits went out and eventually the sun burned off the fog and the day did not disappoint. Our guide Austin Proudfoot from Goose Hummock and JR from Bosun’s put us right into the action. Everyone on board, including our videographer Tommy Costello, got a chance to drop a line in. We caught more than a dozen healthy stripers and brought 5 back to the dock to cook on the grills. The day continued to be fun and action-packed as the Rendezvous guests boarded a chartered bus towards Truro Vineyards for a wine tour. The day and episode finished up with a feast and some dancing back at the marina. The folks at Bosun’s did a fabulous job orchestrating the 4-day event and we were glad to have the opportunity to capture it in this special Provincetown episode.