Pier pleasure for boat owners on South Shore

Kaitlin Keane

Sometimes that means zipping around between the islands of Boston Harbor, or plotting more adventurous trips to Martha’s Vineyard.

But like many South Shore boaters, the Quincy couple know that owning a boat is not always about breathing the sea air and catching the spray at high speeds. Sometimes they are perfectly content in the harbor, relaxing among friends on the boat’s deck.

“We’ll go down to the boat and have an after-dinner drink or a cigar,” said Karen Mattie, who spent a recent day docked in Marina Bay, relaxing with friends on the bow of the Cats Meow 2.

The Matties are part of a community of boat owners who take advantage of their boats’ prime on-the-water locations. Whether it is cocktails after a day at sea or an entire Saturday spent dockside, boaters often prefer the stationary entertaining their boats allow.

“We’ve made many friends just being out on the dock,” Karen Mattie said. “It’s like a block party.”

Down the coast in Scituate Harbor, a similar community of boaters enjoys the socializing that comes after a day on the water.

After a day anchored near The Spit, Kevin Cahill of Weymouth sat on the dock with his wife and a group of friends. They ate lunch, planned a golf trip and waited for their dinner reservations.

After dinner, they returned to the boat for a drink and goodbyes to cap off “a nice, relaxing day,” Cahill said.

The Patriot Ledger

Start your own tradition

  • No boat? There are ways to enjoy your summer without the water.
  • Have a long dinner on the deck of a local waterfront eatery.
  • Grab an ice cream cone and go boat-watching at the docks.
  • Pack a picnic, grab a blanket and head to the beach with a group of friends.
  • Organize patio parties with friends or neighbors at home.