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The Scituate Harbor Yacht Club is on the west shore of the harbor, about 0.5 mile westward of the jetty light. Depths of 6 to 8 feet are reported alongside the outer floats; water and berths are available. Southward of the yacht club are the Satuit Boat Club and the Satuit Waterfront Club. Between them, there are two small-craft launching ramps and a marina with depths of 4 to 6 feet reported alongside the berths, and 8 to 10 feet reported alongside the service float. Gasoline, diesel fuel, water, and ice are available. The Scituate town pier is on the west side of the harbor, about 0.6 mile above the jetty light; sewage pump-out is available. Another marina with several floats is close southward of the town pier; electricity, gasoline, diesel fuel, water, ice, and sewage pump-out are available. A large parking lot is at the marina. A public dock and a small-craft launching ramp are just southward of the marina.
A boat storage yard, at the head of the cove at the southeast end of the harbor, has a 10-ton marine railway that can handle craft up to 30 feet in length for hull and minor engine repairs. Electricity, water, ice and some marine supplies are available at the service float, which has a reported depth of 6 feet alongside.
Marine supplies, tackle, and most services are available at the marinas and the boat storage yard. Groceries and lodging are available within walking distance.
Click the “Map View” button above to see a chart of this harbor.
Cedar Point, on the north side of the harbor, is marked by a concrete lighthouse tower maintained by the Coast Guard. The harbor is partially protected by breakwaters.
The north breakwater extends about 300 yards southeastward from the southeast extremity of Cedar Point. Scituate North Jetty Light 2A (42°12’11″N., 70°42’47″W.), 23 feet above the water, is shown from a white skeleton tower with tankhouse and a red triangular daymark on the seaward end of the north breakwater. The south jetty extends about 100 yards northward from the southern point of the entrance. A lighted gong buoy, 0.7 mile eastward of the north breakwater, marks the approach to the harbor.
On the high land about 2 miles westward of the entrance to Scituate Harbor, there is a conspicuous high tower with pointed top which is visible many miles from seaward.
It is reported that the bar at the entrance breaks entirely across the channel at low tide and in heavy weather.
Scituate Harbor is entered by a dredged channel which leads through the entrance to just inside the jetties, thence to an anchorage basin at the south end of the harbor. In 2007, the controlling depth was 8.5 feet (10.0 feet at midchannel), thence 10 feet in the basin with lesser depths along the west limit. Another dredged anchorage basin north of the entrance channel, just inside the jetties, had depths of 7.1 to 9.5 feet with shoaling along the northwest and northeast limits. Depths of about 6 feet are available in the cove in the southeastern part of the harbor. The channel is marked by buoys and uncharted private buoys that are frequently shifted with changing conditions. A channel leads southward from the harbor channel to NOAA station pier on the east side of the harbor. In 1996, the channel had a reported controlling depth of 8 feet.