In terms of protected harbors, you would be hard-pressed to find a better one than Red Brook, tucked in behind Bassetts Island in Cataumet (a village of Bourne) in the southwest corner of Buzzards Bay. Located between Wings Neck and Scraggy Neck, Red Brook Harbor serves as a convenient stopping point for cruisers passing through Buzzards Bay and a great place to catch one’s breath either before or after navigating the Cape Cod Canal.
Of course, many boaters choose to stay here all season, especially given the top-notch service and accommodations of the harbor’s largest full-service marina: Kingman Yacht Center. Kingman has it all, from deep-water slips and moorings to haulout, service and fuel. Plus, it’s home to The Chart Room restaurant—a Buzzards Bay boater’s institution!
Just south of Kingman is Parker’s Boatyard, a smaller full-service yard that’s been around since 1948. Parker’s normally has around 20 transient moorings, as well as transient dockage. It sells both diesel and gas, ice, CNG and has an on-site ship’s store.
Many Red Brook sailors love the harbor for its easy access to Buzzards Bay and its predictable southwesterlies, while fishermen appreciate its proximity to the Elizabeth Islands, Martha’s Vineyard and Vineyard Sound, as well as the offshore waters south of the islands. Of course, the inshore fishing in Buzzards Bay can be outstanding as well, especially in the early season (see Fishing Red Brook Harbor). Another draw for folks who keep their boat in Red Brook is that it’s located closer to the Bourne Bridge, so midsummer traffic is less of an issue.