Cuttyhunk Harbor in the fall. Photos/New England Boating, Tom Richardson.

The name alone evokes mystery. This isolated outpost at the end of the Elizabeth Islands chain is within reach of many South Cape boaters launching from points west of Hyannis (distance from Falmouth Harbor is 16 nm) and in Buzzards Bay.

Moorings can be rented in the harbor.

Duck inside the peaceful, protected harbor and callCuttyhunk Marina, (508) 990-7578, at the town wharf for short-term dockage. For moorings, contact Jenkins Moorings, (508) 996-9294, or Frog Pond Marine, (508) 992-7530.

Once ashore you can wander the hilly slopes of town for amazing views of Vineyard Sound and Buzzards Bay, play in the surf at Barges Beach, grab a hot dog at Bart’s Cart or cast for stripers or bluefish in one of the greatest surfcasting venues in the world.

If you choose to spend the night, be sure to hailCuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, (508) 971-1120; which will deliver ocean-fresh oysters and other raw-bar items direct to your boat.

The ferry pier and Coast Guard station in Cuttyhunk Harbor.
Cuttyhunkers are friendly folk.
Cuttyhunk Harbor offers great kayaking.