With the number of summer visitors expected to increase in earnest this weekend, Mashpee Harbormaster Stephen F. Mone says his department is ready for the busy season.
“Our goal is to be as visible as possible on all Mashpee waterways this summer,” Mr. Mone said on June 25.
In addition to Mr. Mone, there will be five assistant harbormasters patrolling the coast, bays, ponds, and lakes of Mashpee on nine boats this summer.
According to Mr. Mone, there will be an increased emphasis on patrolling Mashpee-Wakeby Lake, near the Lowell Holly Reservation, where a popular beach was recently closed to motorboats.
In an effort to control excessive bad behavior and large parties on the beach, The Trustees of Reservations last month announced that Boat Landing Beach would become a designated swim-only area. That designation requires that motorboats stay out of the marked swim area, and that they must travel no faster than 6 miles per hour within 300 feet of the swimming zone.
The harbormaster’s department will also be conducting random safety inspections of watercraft, including paddleboards, on landing ramps and on the water, checking to make sure that all boaters have the proper safety equipment on board.
Mr. Mone also warned against having too many people on a boat.
“If we find that your boat is over the safe capacity, your voyage will be terminated and the vessel returned to port,” he said, adding that passengers, especially children, with legs dangling over the bow is also a sure-fire way of getting the attention of harbormaster patrol officers.
The harbormaster also wants boaters to know that the effects of alcohol are intensified on the water due to direct sun exposure, wave activity, fatigue, and the vibration of motors.
The harbormaster’s office is also offering two safe boating courses this summer—one in July and one in August—at the Popponesset Community Center, although the dates have yet to be determined.
“We want everyone to have fun and be safe on Mashpee’s waterways this summer,” he said.