Photo of Herreshof Buzzard's Bay class sailboats at pier, Hadley's Harbor


Hadley's is a deep water anchorage off of Woods Hole. It is very protected, and also on the fair side of the tides that rush through the Woods Hole passage. This makes it a great spot to wait out the tides or as a stopover for a picnic and a swim. The harbor is ringed with islands, Bull, Uncatena, Naushon. All are owned by the Forbes family, who have kept the area pristine and beautiful. There is an island to walk on (Bull), and a never ending parade of boats, people and dogs coming through the anchorage.

Photo of boat dogs, Hadley's Harbor

Always Boat Dogs at Hadley's



I can't recall the first time I anchored at Hadley's Harbor. It was many, many years ago. Some of the early memories are sailing in there with Dave Perry, an extraodinary sailor who worked for Cape Dory at the time. His boat "Frolic" was moored in Quisett, just a stones throw across the Woods Hole channel.

We took one sail into Hadley's in early November, bundled up, with the boat heeled under a stiff cold breeze. At anchor, we were the only ones in the harbor. Deer ate along the shore, and we heated up apple cider with the burner. The cockpit was warm from the heat below. We sat on deck and surveyed a quiet that few of the summer cruisers would see.

Veckatimest Island







The Forbes mansion on the hilltop, at sunset


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