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Cruising — May 2002 - Part 2

Cruising — May 2002
By Capt. Ken Kreisler

Padanaram, Massachusetts

Part 2: Docking Facilities, What to Do, Eateries
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The harbor is quite busy during the prime summer cruising season, and transient dock space here is almost nonexistent. The only game in town is the landmark, red-roofed New Bedford Yacht Club Phone: (508) 997-0762, where you can rent a mooring. (Some dock space may be available from time to time, but I wouldn't count on it.) Stand by Nun "12" as you make the approach in Apponagansett Bay, and hail the launch on VHF channel 68 for instructions. Make sure to reserve your mooring well in advance, especially during the summer cruising season, as this area tends to fill up rather quickly. The $40 fee includes launch service and use of the club's facilities, including an excellent restaurant. The price of meals is, of course, extra.

Padanaram is a natural beauty, and its activities, while sedate, are special. Here are a few suggestions.
∑ The Dartmouth Natural Resources Trust Phone: (508) 991-2289 and the Lloyd Center for Environmental Studies Phone: (508) 990-0505 will guide you to some of the beautiful walking trails surrounding the village.
∑ Need something to read? Drop in at the Navigator Shop Phone: (508) 997-8816.
∑ The Buzzards Bay Tackle & Trading Post Phone: (508) 999-5066 gets you to the hot spots with the gear and bait needed for a day of angling.
∑ Provision your party at Cornell Organic Farm Phone: (508) 996-8048.
∑ Peruse the pottery at the Salt Marsh Phone: (508) 636-4813 for that special piece.
Concordia Custom Yachts Phone: (508) 992-9733 will schedule a visit to the famed boatbuilding yard that launched these most distinctive vessels. If you're interested in cat boats, visit the boat shop at Marshall Marine Phone: (508) 994-0414.
∑ Got the kids aboard? Don't forget the fun of a visit to the Ostrich Farm Phone: (508) 992-6188. 

∑ The Village Market Phone: (508) 992-0898 is the place to go for a good old-fashioned New England breakfast.
∑ The New Bedford Yacht Club Phone: (508) 997-0762 will make your fine dining a memorable experience.
Field Stone's Deli Phone: (508) 993-5000 will pack up a great lunch for your day on the walking trails.
∑ They come from far and wide for the scones at Cicely's Cafe Phone: (508) 994-1162.

If you've enjoyed your cruise to Padanaram or have visited someplace you'd like PMY to mention in this column, drop us a line at Cruising, Power & Motoryacht, 260 Madison Ave., 8th Fl., New York, NY 10016. Fax: (917) 256-2882. e-mail: No phone calls please.

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This article originally appeared in the January 2003 issue of Power & Motoryacht magazine.

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