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ryanwhaler posted 06-27-2005 10:51 PM ET (US)   Profile for ryanwhaler   Send Email to ryanwhaler  
I'm planning on attending the July 4th Fireworks over the Charles this year. I've always wanted to watch by boat, its always looked pretty cool on TV to see all the boats on the river.

I've heard it can get kind of crazy, has anyone been before? I know most people end up sleeping on their boats for the night, but on a Montauk that's not really an option. I'd like to try to get out of there when the fireworks are over. Getting threw the locks and on the trailer should be pretty nuts! Its one those things I want to do at least once, then maybe never again ;-) I’ll launch at Presidents landing in Medford that morning, to assure a parking spot at the ramp. Then go threw the Mystic river locks into the harbor, then threw the Charles river locks. I'll then stash the boat at a friends slip near the museum of science and come back later in the afternoon to get a good spot to watch the fireworks from, and hopefully get out of there as soon as we can.

Anyone else planning on attending this year?
If not, any advice?

DQ posted 06-30-2005 03:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for DQ  Send Email to DQ     
Ryan,

I will be going into the fireworks again this year. We did it for the first time last year and we all had a good time.

There are 4 boats; 38' Pearson, 27' something, 24' Wellcraft and my Montauk. We leave from Marshfield and last year we were anchored in the Charles by 3:30PM. The locks by the Museum of Science were just getting busy at that time.

Basically I go because I am the water taxi. I am the only one with a shallow enough draft to go in the inlet with the fountain by the Cambridgeside Galleria, which is where the wives and kids all park.

It does get crowded and I saw everything from 100'+ rented out yachts to rubber rafts paddles by teenagers. Quite a few nice Whalers as well.

I am not familiar with your launch in Medford, but stashing your boat at your frinds slip sounds like a good idea. If you can, you might want to think about doing that overnight. Not sure that I would want to try to get through the locks after the fireworks. Many boats do stay overnight (including us) but there is a mad dash for the harbor as soon as the fireworks end. Since I am the water taxi and need to shuttle everyone back to the parking garage, I see quite a back up waiting to get past the locks out into the harbor.

Good luck and perhaps we'll see you on the river. I'll be the 88 Montauk tied up to the Wellcraft called M+M and the Pearson called "Kimico".

ryanwhaler posted 06-30-2005 11:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for ryanwhaler  Send Email to ryanwhaler     
Thanks for the reply.

I'm not going to be able to tie up at my friends slip. Marina rules don't allow it, on the 4th their sure to be enforceing it.

I plan start heading towards the locks towards the end of the fireworks, vs. waiting untill they are over. Maybe we'll be able to avoid the line a bit. Its just going to be a long day, being I'll have to be in the water real early to get a spot at the ramp, and do a lot of sitting around on the charls before the fireworks.

Hope to see you out their.

1980 Montauk with Suzuki DF70
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DQ posted 07-07-2005 11:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for DQ  Send Email to DQ     
Ryan,
Did you make it out to the Charles for the fireworks?

I saw a few Montauks and several smaller whalers. Saw one new 320 Outrage with the pale yellow hull. Of course, a few of the law enforcement boats were Whalers as well.

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