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Dive Review of Cape Ann Charters/Harvard Square Hotel, Boston in
The Continental USA/Gloucester, MA

September, 2010, an Instant Reader Report by Craig A Wood, PA, US
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Report Number 5701
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Grand Cayman, Little Cayman, Key Largo, Boynton, Jupiter, Bonaire, Cozumel,
Turks & Caicos/Providenciales, Maui, Oahu, San Diego
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, cloudy, dry  
Water Temp
47   to 56    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
20   to 30    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
None, responsible for self. The shallow dives would be just fine for
beginners with adequate thermal protection.  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Tropical Fish
Small Critters
  4 stars
Large Fish
Large Pelagics
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
Service and Attitude
5 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
5 stars
Dive Operation
5 stars  
Shore Diving  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
5 stars    
5 stars   
5 stars    
I had the pleasure of diving with Cape Ann Charters, Gloucester, MA on
September 10, 2010. 

A friend I met diving with Underwater Explorers in Boynton Beach, FL had
previously invited me to dive with him if I happened to be in the Boston
area. Fortunately, I had a business meeting in Boston and was able to
travel a couple of days early to get in a day of diving.

Cape Ann Charters is located in Cape Ann Marina, an easy hour or so drive
from Boston. The spacious boat, Daybreaker is fantastic. Though easily big
enough to take more, they take only six divers. There is a large covered
cabin for protection and a nice head. They serve cookies, fruit, and soda

The owner and captain, Fran Marcoux and his son, Matt, delivered the
absolute best service I've ever had on a charter boat. They did everything
to ensure a safe and successful dive. An incredibly nice feature for those
of us who dive wet (all but one local dived dry) was the warm water down
the wetsuit before dives (see water temps, below)

We did 2 dives in the morning and 2 dives in the afternoon. The 1st morning
dive was to the wreck of the Chester Poling, the very nice 130 foot stern
section of a 281 foot coastal tanker that sunk in a storm in 1977. There
was brisk surface current that dissipated at depth and the visibility was
about 30 feet with a bottom temp of 47 degrees at a max depth of 86 feet.
Fortunately for me, that was the coldest dive of the day and the limit of
my tolerance in a full 7mm and 5/3mm hooded vest. The 2nd morning dive was
to Halfway Rock, a great pinnacle covered with lobster, crab, starfish, and
urchins. Though this goes much deeper, we had a max depth of only 44 feet
with a temp of 49 degrees and about the same visibility as above.

We returned to the dock, wolfed down a tasty pizza delivered to the boat by
Domino's and headed out for the afternoon. We did the dives at Little
Salvages and Dry Salvages with many lobster, crabs, and a real treat,
Harbor Seals. The water was warmer at 53-56 degrees and vis was 20-25 feet
at max depths of only 38-42 feet.

The day ended on a real high note as my dive buddy invited me back to his
house to enjoy the spoils of his lobster hunting. The fresh caught
Massachusetts lobster was the best I've ever had.

I'll certainly be back diving with Fran, Matt and Cape Ann Charters next
opportunity I have to return to Boston. Maybe it's time to make the
investment in that drysuit I've been thinking about for the past several
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