Important News from the Harbormaster

Important News from the Harbormaster

As we start to get a few nice days of weather here in middle to late April, many boaters are returning to the waters, this is a reminder that Barnstable County is still in the process of dredging the channel at the approaches to Popponesset Bay.

I urge all mariners to use extreme caution when transiting the area, to only transit during period of daylight and during high tide, the dredge and pipe are marked in accordance with the Navigation Rules but still present an extreme danger to navigation.

Please treat this area as an active construction site and do your best to avoid any transits through the area, with a little corporation from the weather and limited mechanical delays this project will be completed shortly, and this will allow for a well dredged channel that will last us till next year.

Once the dredging is completed, please give the Harbormaster Division time to replace the winter sticks in the water with lighted buoys and un-lighted buoys, this process does take some time and of course like all water-based actives the weather is the controlling factor.

Disclaimer – This information is accurate as of the time of this email only, the safe navigation and operation of your vessel is the sole responsibility of the captain of that vessel.

Please contact my office with any questions.

Jeff Smith
Town of Mashpee – Harbormaster
Ph: 508-539-1400 ext 8597