hadley boathouse
Geoff Rand

This perfect little gem of a harbor sits near the Buzzards Bay entrance to Woods Hole - at the nautical crossroads of southern New England. Surrounded by the largely undeveloped Elizabeth Islands, and with no shoreside facilities, Hadley can offer a serenity unmatched in the region. It holds a well-deserved spot on everybody's A-list of cruising destinations.

So boats come and go all afternoon, some looking for a mooring, some just looking. And a disproportionate number of Hadley's admirers have a peculiar fascination with entering and leaving under sail - whether it's an informal rite of passage or a reluctance to disturb the quiet with diesel exhaust.

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