The Waterline Report - Winter 2021


Tuck’s Point 

The issue of permits for the new facility at Tuck’s Point is moving forward with Federal agencies preparing for it. Still waiting on State agencies.  The application to the Seaport Economic Council (SEC) for a grant that could cover 80 percent of the cost of this project will have its day before the Council in February.  We will continue to keep our fingers crossed that Manchester is a recipient. 

Morss Pier  

Two seasons ago the town made two docks available for lobstermen. Soon after several people suggested carrying floats from Morss Pier to the new Reed Park facility and offer more spots to lobstermen.  The goal of the proposed project is to simply improve and extend access for our commercial lobster fleet.  The outcome of this would allow more fishermen to extend their careers and create opportunity for younger fishermen to join the Manchester fishery.    

The Seaport Economic Council (SEC) expressed interest in this project and recommended the town submit an application to cover 80 percent of design and engineering costs. A separate application was submitted to the CPC asking for 20 percent of the cost. If this project moves forward the SEC would be looking for another grant application for construction next year. The SEC picks projects next month. 

Waterway Renewals  

Renewals will be mailed next week. There will likely be a recommendation to implement a fee on all vessels solely to fund dredging later this winter or spring. The next round of dredging will be three to four times as expensive as the last project. A decision on a fee should be made before the upcoming renewal season. 

Marine Mammals 

A beached whale, dolphin or porpoise should be reported immediately and left alone pending further instruction.  Call the NOAA 24-hour Marine Animal Hotline: (866) 755-6622.Please leave your name and a phone number where you can be reached. 

Sea turtles in our region do not typically come ashore unless they are seriously debilitated.  Call the 24-hour Marine Animal Hotline: (866) 755-6622. 

Seals belong on the beach. It’s normal.  What should you do if you spot a seal on the beach? 

Keep people and dogs 150 feet away from the seal.  Does the seal look injured or unhealthy?  If so, please call (866) 755-6622 or call me, your harbormaster.  All marine mammals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act.  This law makes it illegal to touch, disturb, feed or otherwise harass marine mammals without authorization. 

Manchester Draw Hours 0f Operation 

Since November 1, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Bridge at mile 1.0 in Manchester has been operating as follows: the draw shall open from Memorial Day thru Sept. 30 from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m.  From Memorial Day and from Oct.1 to Nov.1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.   At all other times, the draw shall open on signal with at least four hours of notice.  Call (617) 222-6114 

Towing Policy 

Manchester Harbormaster only tows those vessels that are in immediate danger or present a potential environmental hazard.  Please contact a towing or salvage operator should you need to be towed. 

Towing Insurance 

What happens when you breakdown or run out of gas or some other unforeseen event that ruins a perfectly nice boating day?  If you are lucky enough to be in an area where the community allows towing by the harbormaster help is nearby and probably free.  Many communities including Manchester do not allow towing unless there is risk to life or property involved, otherwise you will pay large sums for towing service.  It would be wise to consider the purchase of towing insurance from your insurance company, Seatow or Tow Boat US. For a reasonable rate you will potentially avoid paying thousands in towing fees.   

Think about it and plan for next year. 

Random but Important 

Please remember that if you are on a kayak, canoe or paddleboard between September 15 and May 15, please remember you must wear a PFD (personal floatation device) at all times. 

Towing Policy.  Manchester Harbormaster only tows those vessels that are in immediate danger or present a potential environmental hazard. Please contact a towing or salvage operator should you need to be towed. 

Office Hours from December to February are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Wednesday.  Hours will vary depending on training, Safe Boating classes and meetings. Feel free to call before coming to the office. And if you do come in, please wear a mask and stick to safe distancing requirements. 

Finally, be vigilant and notify the harbormaster of any missing or off station aids to navigation. The latest Manchester Harbor Rules & Regulations are posted on the Harbormaster website. 

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