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Cape Cod Bay Safety Tips with TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth

Ryan Collins

Cape Cod Bay can be a great place to splash a boat. The fishing can be good, and during summer the predominant southwest winds don't create as much of a chop as they do in places like Buzzard's Bay or Nantucket Sound.

Of course there are still certain aspects of Cape Cod Bay that are important to consider - from a safety standpoint - before hitting the water. 

During the 2018 season captain Shawn Brule of TowBoatUS Cape Cod/Plymouth provided us with these boat safety tips for Cape Cod Bay, which you can watch by clicking play below.


Filmed and edited by Andrew Burke.

Before heading out on a trip across Cape Cod Bay, consider joining BoatUS as a member - which starts at $149/ year for unlimited saltwater towing. Members of My Fishing Cape Cod can use their BoatUS discount code to receive 10% off.

Cape Cod Bay is a large body of water, and not being a member of TowBoat US could result in an expensive tow back to the dock. I have used TowBoat's services twice now in Cape Cod Bay and in total those tows would of cost me $1,700 if I was not a member of BoatUS.

Tight lines 🎣

What do you think?

Let me know by commenting below.

  1. I have the exact picture from the deck of my boat looking at the stern of Shawn’s TowBoat last season when he brought me back to the dock after one of my exhaust elbows split at the bottom of Buzzards Bay. He slid our 37′ sportfish into our back slip perfectly. Been a member of TowBoat for decades – first tow ( once got a tank of fuel in the Chesapeake on a new boat with a faulty gauge. ) well worth the fee.

    1. I think quite a few people on Cape Cod have photos of Shawn’s stern! LOL

      Thanks for sharing your story Doug. Glad your 37′ sportfish was well taken care of by Shawn and his team.

  2. The most important part of my splashing the boat checklist was always to renew my Tow Boat US membership. Thankfully, I never had to use their services but I have towed others back to Blish Point landing from outside Barnstable Harbor. It’s a very scary feeling to have boat trouble on the water. It’s not like you can get out and walk home!

    1. Well said Dex! Breaking down on the water is definitely never desirable, and depending on where you break down (near rocks, current) it can get dicey real quick – especially during inclement weather.


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