Because Cape Cod is so narrow geographically, you really don’t have to travel far off the main roads to locate these hidden scenic locations. Expanding or renovating the first floor can provide a more comfortable living arrangement in many ways. If a building lot is small or the property is not ideal for a ground level expansion, building up may be a better choice.
Check out how this master bedroom and garage addition transformed a tiny cape cod style home. A family room provides a large space for casual living and and may include amenities such as a fireplace, skylights, an entertainment center or a wet bar.
In-law additions involve many special considerations including accessibility, privacy and allowable size, to mention just a few. A cape cod style house can have a lot of potentially usable space under a steeply pitched roof.
Building over the garage is an efficient way to add space for everything from a master bedroom suite to a 'bonus room'. Adding a multi level addition to a two story colonial can be fairly straight forward or a challenge depending on the existing rooflines, level changes or a sloping yard . Check out these one and a half story additions that expanded these modest cape cod style homes.
No longer just a place to sleep, but more of a private retreat, master suites have become larger and more luxurious over the years.These rooms often have amenities such as sitting rooms for the owners to a€?get awaya€? from the kids. A successful addition will blend with the existing structure and does not need be large to function well. Regardless of which type of addition may be right for you consider planning and building your addition at a slower pace. An ever-expanding library of articles and videos on how, where and when to catch all of New England's top sport and food fish.
The latest and greatest new boat releases from manufacturers large and small, as well as a look at some classic models from years past. What's hot in nautical clothing, gear, books, home furnishings, fishing tackle, electronics and more. Contains short videos on every imaginable subject related to New England's aquatic resources, from fishing to history, kayaking to engine maintenance. If you keep your boat on Cape Cod or plan to bring it with you on a Cape vacation this year, here are some simple, fun daytrip options to keep in your back pocket.
Boaters based on the south shore of Cape Cod, or those who trailer their vessels to the South Cape area, have it pretty good. On that note, here are 16 great daytrip or weekend destinations worth checking out this summer, all of them accessible from South Cape ports. This unique island inside Waquoit Bay—part of a state park—offers a rustic ocean escape for all types of boaters, from kayakers to fishermen.
Menemsha Harbor, some 14 nm from Falmouth Harbor, is Martha’s Vineyard’s most isolated and picturesque port—a working harbor that remains home to a stalwart commercial fishing fleet. Centrally located, Hyannis Harbor is an easy run from most any South Cape port, plus it boasts a variety of restaurants, shops, and other attractions. Vineyard Haven is short run from Hyannis (18 nm), Falmouth (5 nm) or Wood’s Hole (6 nm) and offers boating amenities galore. Monomoy is one of the great natural wonders of New England—a world apart from the rest of Cape Cod, or anyplace else. This long barrier island (also known as “Dead Neck”) off Osterville and Cotuit is managed by Massachusetts Audubon, whose staff may ask for a donation while you use the beach. This trip isn’t necessarily for small-boats, but ACK is certainly within easy striking distance of many South Cape ports. This lovely salt pond on Martha’s Vineyard is accessed via a small inlet on Vineyard Sound (MLW depth 5.5 feet) just south of West Chop. Downtown Chatham isn’t directly on the water, but that shouldn’t stop you from visiting by boat. This low-lying and ephemeral island at the entrance to Lewis Bay off Hyannis is a wonderful spot to drop anchor and go ashore for a few hours to frolic in the shallows or picnic on the beach. Edgartown (17 nm from Hyannis; 10 nm from Falmouth Harbor) is widely considered the most “upscale” of Martha’s Vineyard ports, boasting a wonderfully protected inner harbor and a rich variety of restaurants, boutiques, galleries and shops along its well-groomed and architecturally interesting streets. Veteran cruisers know Tarpaulin Cove, about midway along the Vineyard Sound side of Naushon Island in the Elizabeth Islands, as a well-protected anchorage and all-around aquatic gathering spot. Aside from the occasional surfcaster in a 4-wheel-drive vehicle, boaters can have this sprawling beach on Chappaquiddick Island all to themselves. If you’re looking for an alterative ACK experience, plot a course for laidback Madaket, on the west end of Nantucket and roughly 20 nautical miles due south of Hyannis.
Each month our emailed newsletter keeps you up to speed on the top news items, videos, destinations, reviews and fishing articles on New England Boating, so you won’t miss a beat. 28, 2012) — Many white sharks shift from fish to marine mammals as they mature, but individual sharks show surprising variability in dietary preferences.White sharks, the largest predatory sharks in the ocean, are thought of as apex predators that feed primarily on seals and sea lions.
In a sleepy outer Cape Cod town that is renowned for its spectacular ocean beaches along the Cape Cod National Seashore, many travelers do not realize that Eastham and the outer Cape region also have some beautiful ponds. If you have a large family or entertain a lot, you know that everyone tends to gravitate towards the kitchen. With no excavating or foundation work, costs are lower for building up and tying into existing utilities is usually easier. It can be a light and airy living space with lots of glass and outdoor views, or a great place for plants to thrive in the winter months. By far the most popular type of expansion for smaller or older homes, this addition option gives a homeowner the most 'bang for the buck'. Although typically a 'use by right' an in-law suite may require zoning approval when there is a separate kitchen.
Adding a gabled dormer in the front or a shed dormer in the back will better utilize this space while adding curb appeal to the home.
Rear facing additions allow for a less formal arrangement of windows and more flexibility in how the new additions connect to the existing structure.
Keeping the new roof lines below the existing ones while providing adequate headroom under sloped ceilings is the key to a successful design.
Second floor laundry rooms are also popular also since laundry chutes are impractical due to current building codes.
Too often, the design and construction process proceeds too rapidly which may save time upfront, however, the end result may not be a home that reflects your unique needs and desires. Each destination section contains detailed information on navigation, marinas, public dockage, Harbormaster contacts, fuel docks, anchorages, launch ramps, fishing options, service and repair.
From tuna to scup, the Fishing section contains valuable, updated information on rigs, lures, baits, hot spots, and techniques. Whether you want to be entertained or informed, or both, you'll find something of interest in the video library. After all, few places offer such ready access a variety of fun, exciting places to visit by water—many in the same day!

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). The island features sandy beaches, walking trails and campsites, which can be reserved from May to October. Once you arrive, contact the harbormaster (508) 645-2846, to arrange a slip, mooring or space alongside Dutcher Dock. Contact the harbormasters office, (508) 790-6273; VHF 9, to see about free dockage along Bismore Park. You can drop off passengers at the Owen Park town dock then anchor in the outer harbor or secure a mooring for the day, night or weekend (reservations are recommended in summer).
Surrounded by Bahamas-clear sand flats, it’s an amazing place to visit by boat, as long as you respect the tide. You can access the protected backside of the island via the narrow channel that connects Cotuit and West Bays then gently nose your bow onto the sand to offload passengers and gear. The distance from Hyannis, Bass River, and Falmouth Harbor is 21 nm, 21 nm, and 27 nm respectively. Boaters in shallow-draft vessels can pull up onto the sand flat just inside the inlet and let the kids frolic in the warm water. Oak Bluffs Marina, (508) 693-4355; VHF 71, welcomes visiting boaters with slips and moorings, available on an hourly or nightly basis.
In terms of daytrip access, however, simply popping into town for a few hours is not as cheap or easy as places such as Hyannis or Menemsha. It’s also one of the few places on the privately owned island where you can go ashore and enjoy the lovely sand beach.
And once you get past the rocks off Cape Poge, there are no underwater hazards to hinder your approach to shore. Make your way through the winding channel and you’ll see why Mister Rodgers (remember him?) made Madaket his summer neighborhood for over 30 years. Before that he served as the editor of Northeast Boating from 2005 to 2009, and as managing editor of Salt Water Sportsman magazine from 1995 to 2004.
This means you are limited to certain areas of the board and there are some features you can't use. But a new study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Cruz, shows surprising variability in the dietary preferences of individual sharks.The researchers described their findings in a paper published online September 28 in PLoS ONE.
Cutter, publisher of Baja Life magazine and co-founder of the green-energy group EnviroIngenuity, has a home in Loreto and is acquainted with many locals and some commercial fishermen.
This November sunset scene lends reason for travelers to definitely explore the back roads of Cape Cod any time of the year for scenic gems like this! Adding on a 'Gathering Room' that is open to the kitchen, allows others to be nearby without crowding the cooking and meal preparation area. Herea€™s a picture of a dramatic two story sun room that was added to a the back of a split level home. Proximity to other living areas; with a balance between a bright, open room and ample wall space for cabinets are two of the many keys to a successful kitchen. Of course, the timing of a second floor addition is critical for keeping the existing house protected and weather tight. Experiencing a space or several new rooms before making final decisions such as interior finishes and materials for instance, will allow you to take your time instead of making quick decisions you may later regret.
You'll also find videos, links and info on places to shop, dine, and local points of interest. Get the scoop on recent search-and-rescue ops, marina news, dredging, boating and fishing events, weather alerts, fishing reports, and anything else that happens along the coast. It's also where you can learn about recent noteworthy catches, watch entertaining fishing videos and find links to state regulations and license information. Duck inside the peaceful, protected harbor and call Cuttyhunk Marina, (508) 990-7578, at the town wharf for short-term dockage. The surrounding waters are warm in season and ideal for swimming and kayaking, and the island makes a good base camp for fishing trips in Vineyard Sound and beyond. If conditions allow, you can also drop the hook outside the harbor and dinghy (or swim) to the gorgeous white-sand beach. If there’s room, you can go ashore and visit local artists displaying their work in the park, or grab lunch Spanky’s Clam Shack (508) 771-2770; or the Black Cat Tavern, (508) 778-1233.
Many a careless mariner has anchored here, only to find himself (and his family) high and dry for the entire afternoon. This is a wonderfully protected place for small children to splash around, and there’s a nifty tidal pool on the western end of the island to explore. At the truncated lighthouse, you have 2 options: continue into Stage Harbor and grab a mooring or slip at Stage Harbor Marine, Oyster River Boat Yard or Chatham Yacht Basin, or bang a right and follow the winding channel east to Outermost Harbors, where you can rent a slip before strolling the mile or so into town. Try to plan your trips around the low tide, however, as there isn’t much dry land available at high water.
Many boaters offload passengers at Memorial Wharf when the ferry is not tied up, then cruise around or fish while their family and friends explore the town or get something to eat. East Beach, which is managed by the Trustees of the Reservations, is an especially nice spot when the southwest wind begins to honk on a summer afternoon, plus the water bordering the beach is deep enough for large boats to offload crew and gear before setting bow and stern anchors. Madaket Harbor’s shallow waters are ideal for kids to romp in, and there’s food and beverages in a pleasant atmosphere to be enjoyed at Millie’s, (508) 228-8435. If you join our community, you'll be able to access member-only sections, and use many member-only features such as customizing your profile and voting in polls.
They analyzed the composition of growth bands in shark vertebrae to trace variations in diet over a shark's lifetime. Now, researchers say they have new evidence pointing to the mako shark as the great white's ancestor. For moorings, contact Jenkins Moorings, (508) 996-9294, or Frog Pond Marine, (508) 992-7530. Grab a stuffed quahog or lobster roll at Larsen’s Fish Market, (508) 645-2680, or pick up some fantastic fried fare just up the street at the The Bite, (508) 645-9239. Study the charts and tide tables, and make sure you have a GPS in case the fog rolls in, as it often does here, being so close to the chilly open Atlantic. The quaint, cobbled streets of downtown are flanked by shops and galleries, and don’t forgo a visit to the iconic Congdon’s Pharmacy, (508) 228-0020, for a throwback ice cream soda or milk shake.
Leave your dinghy at the dock at the foot of Lake Street then stroll the mile or so into Vineyard Haven. The marinas in Stage Harbor can arrange lift to Main Street, but it’s more fun to take a dinghy up either the Oyster River or Mitchell River. This vintage ride, complete with brass rings to grab, was built in 1884 yet continues to thrill new generations of kids. Egg Island is also a popular anchorage if you’re thinking of spending the night while visiting Hyannis. Boaters can drop off crew at one of local landings then anchor inside Smith Point and dinghy ashore.
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 a plug for stripers or bluefish in one of the greatest surfcasting venues in the world.

Don’t miss the homemade ice cream at Mad Martha’s, harborside dining at The Black Dog Tavern or the fresh seafood-in-the-rough at the Net Result on Beach Road. Once anchored, break out the kayaks or a dinghy and explore the wonderland of flats and channels. If you’re looking for a local spot to anchor an beach it for a while, a safe bet is Dioness Beach, just west of the harbor. Sharks in this population consume a wide range of prey, including seals, sea lions, dolphins, fish, and squid. Cutter was told that white sharks are being increasingly targeted for their jaws and fins, and that 13 large sharks have been killed during the past few weeks alone. So, after some digging around, I was sent three cell phone pictures of the monster great white shark from an anonymous source. If you choose to spend the night, be sure to hail Cuttyhunk Shellfish Farms, (508) 971-1120; which will delivers ocean-fresh oysters and other raw-bar items direct to your boat. For ice cream, lobster rolls and more, head for the Menemsha Galley, (508) 645-9819; at the head of the harbor. Or drop by the Cape Cod Maritime Museum for a look at the Cape’s nautical past and watch wooden boatbuilding in action. The crystalline water teems with crabs and baitfish, as well as predators such as striped bass and bluefish. Enjoy dinner, a beverage and live music at the famous Squire Tavern or Red Nun, or spend a romantic night at the Cranberry Inn on Main Street. Shark jaws are sold locally for about $1,500 per set, then re-sold by more entrepreneurial types for much steeper prices. On the eastern side of the harbor, you can arrange for a slip at the Hyannis Marina, (508) 790-4000, while you enjoy a drink or something to eat at Tugboats (508) 775-6433; or Trader Ed’s, (508) 790-8686. Check out the colorful Victorian cottages of the Revival Campground nearby, or play on the beach along Seaview Avenue.
Baxter’s Boat House, (508) 775-4490; next to the Steamship Authority docks, is yet another dock-and-dine option on the harbor.
Well, great white sharks are a prohibited species and have been for years, which means that they are illegal to land (bring in to shore). In order to tackle an Elephant Seal, a Great White typically attacks from below and behind, immobilizes the seal with a tremendous bite to the hindquarters, then retreats and waits for its prey to bleed to death before returning to feed.
While sharks within this population may have predictable movement patterns, the new study shows that there are important dietary and behavioral differences among individual sharks.The study relied on vertebrae obtained from white shark specimens in various collections. The capture off Guaymas (see photo at right) was by fishermen who claimed to have accidentally caught the behemoth in their nets.
The sharks had been caught at different times and places along the coast from 1957 to 2000. Cutter said that fishermen north of Loreto use baited hooks beneath air-filled barrels, and that hooked white sharks eventually tire and drown before they're taken ashore.
Since no one is landing any Great White sharks (even ones that are caught incidentally), researchers are probably not examining many Great White sharks, even though there is little doubt that Great White shark numbers are on the rise locally. Management: In the Atlantic, white sharks are a prohibited species and if a white shark is caught, it must released with a minimum of injury and without taking the animal out of the water.
In August 1979, a 50-foot (15-metre) Fin Whale (Balaenoptera physalus) carcass was discovered floating 40 kilometres off Montauk, Long Island, attended by as many as eight White Sharks. This research was funded by the National Science Foundation.This 1,700-pound great white shark (accidentally caught by a Morro Bay fisherman) was dissected at Long Marine Lab in 2001. Ontogenetic and Among-Individual Variation in Foraging Strategies of Northeast Pacific White Sharks Based on Stable Isotope Analysis. But if white sharks truly are being massacred at this alarming rate, at risk to the marine ecosystem, perhaps the Mexican authorities should investigate--and soon.
The crew was not fishing for sharks; they were hauling groundfish gillnets, which is a fixed gear bottom fishery, meaning that the nets are anchored to the sea bottom and stand up about four feet off the bottom. Once in a great while, a non-target species, such as a shark, will get tangled in fixed fishing gear.
While he didn’t get fined or go to jail, he did end up with a substantial legal bill from the incident.
So, you can see why the the boat involved in the December 2010 monster shark incident wishes to remain anonymous.
While entanglements and incidental catches like this are rare off Cape Cod, great white shark entanglements are even more rare, especially in late December. Last Summer, Great White Sharks were seen in Pleasant Bay It has been widely reported that great whites have been off Chatham for several years now, drawn to the area by the ever expanding seal population. In the Fall of 2009, five great whites were tagged with satellite tracking beacons, one of which ended up in Florida last January. There were reports that last Summer, great white sharks were seen inside Chatham Harbor and all the way up into Pleasant Bay. So, here are the two most likely scenarios: It is widely known that seals dive to the bottom and feed on the fish that are caught in fishing nets… and Great White sharks feed on seals. So, it is possible that the shark was feeding on seals that were feeding on the fish in the nets, leading it to get wrapped up while in pursuit of the seals, where it subsequently met its demise. The other possibility is that the shark died from other causes, sank to the bottom and got tangled in the nets as it rolled along the bottom with the tide. I did not get any details beyond the pictures, but the shark to me, looks like it may have been dead for some time. Instead of becoming a cool news story and learning something about why great white sharks are still this far North in late December, a really big great white shark is rolling around on the sea floor right now, rotting away and being eaten by bottom-dwelling scavengers. Although I am sure that shark is covered with lobsters right now, that’s not really doing anybody any good. Biologists would be notified, and it would be hung, weighed, measured, examined and dissected in the name of research. Things we will never know •Why are there great white sharks off Chatham a week before Christmas when they supposedly prefer warmer water?
It is really too bad that nothing was learned from this opportunity, except for the fact that fisherman are leery of reporting these incidents because of the risk of prosecution. There were no winners in this story The fisherman lost, the shark lost and most of all, science lost a great opportunity to study this animal.
This incident is a perfect example of the ongoing practice of wasteful fisheries management and regulations. In incidents like this, commercial fishermen should be able to land the animal in the name of research and be exempt from any legal or regulatory hassles.
The study of this animal, which was already dead, would have benefited the species as a whole and expanded our knowledge of the great white shark in New England waters.

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