Going Ashore

If you're moored at the yacht club, take your dinghy or the club launch in to the floats. In addition to its carefully landscaped grounds, the club has a salt water pool and an appealing dining room. The city of Gloucester seems remote from Eastern Point, but a short walk down any road from the yacht club will take you through some lovely neighborhoods, or out to Eastern Point Light and the Dog Bar.

The harborfront of Gloucester itself has grown increasingly welcoming to visiting sailors in the past few years, with dinghy tie-up available at several convenient spots. The city is proud of its working waterfront, and you'll not confuse its wharves, warehouses and industrial complexes with other coastal towns that have prettied up for a tourist economy. (In spite of ecological and regulatory travails, Gloucester is the nation's #13 fishing port by revenue, second in New England to New Bedford.)

Parallel to the waterfront and one block in is Main St., with a dense concentration of restaurants and shops that make for a vital, evolving city. Downtown Gloucester's variety of eating options close to the harbor, several with truly interesting high-quality menus, would rank it among the top tier of Massachusetts harbors outside of Boston.

The large, granite and gabled house of the artist Fitz Henry Lane sits on a waterfront hill and makes a helpful landmark from in town or on the harbor.

eastern point light from the dog bar
Geoff Rand
Eastern Point Light itself is not open to the public, but you can enjoy the surrounding rocks and Dog Bar breakwater until sunset.
fitz henry lane statue
Geoff Rand
Statue of the painter Fitz Henry Lane looks out over the Inner Harbor.

One Hour Ashore

A walk up and round the Fitz Henry Lane house rewards a minimal effort with great views and still leaves time for a stop in town.

Off the Beaten Path

Stage Fort Park is on the northwest corner of the harbor, just across the Blynman Bridge. It's only about a one mile walk from the downtown waterfront. The Park features beaches, ball fields, picnic tables and grills, a play ground and a seasonal snack bar. The little re-created fort on Stage Head has appropriately commanding views the length of the harbor.

Maritime History

The Essex-built fishing schooner Adventure is undergoing restoration on the Gloucester waterfront.

Rainy Day

The Cape Ann Historical Museum has an impressive collection of Fitz Henry Lane's work. Their exhibits on the history of Gloucester harbor include boats used by Gloucester natives for early solo crossings of the Atlantic.

Facilities

  • Launch
  • Dinghy
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Trash
  • Info
  • Public Trans

The Eastern Point YC mooring fee includes launch service to the clubhouse (not into town). There are dinghy docks at the Town Landing (St. Peter's, the head of Harbor Cove) and at Salomon Jacob's Landing (opposite the Anchorage Area, by the Coast Guard and Harbormaster's buildings).

Brown's and EPYC have showers for mooring or slip customers. There are public restrooms in the granite Fitz Henry Lane House overlooking the harbor, and in the lobby of the police station at the east end of Main St.

Maps of downtown are posted on old bell buoys near each of the dinghy landings. The harbormaster has a nice welcome kit that includes a map of downtown focused on the typical needs of sailors. There is a visitor center on the waterfront near the western side of downtown.

The Gloucester commuter rail station, at the west end of town, is a modest walk from the waterfront.