The mission of the Harbormaster is to insure reasonable access for vessels and safety of operators and passengers in the waters of the town.
Operation of vessels is governed by state statute and regulation and boaters must read and obey all the rules for their safety and that of others.
In Eastham separate bylaws regulate the operation of motor boats on fresh water ponds as well as the operation of Personal Water Craft on the waters of Town Cove and Nauset Marsh.
Moorings are required if a vessel will be anchored or moored in the waters of the town. The boat owner is responsible for the installation, removal and maintenance of moorings and the requirements for size, construction, and operation are downloadable here.
Each mooring must be registered with the Harbormaster -- registration occurs Saturday mornings beginning on the first Saturday in May, or by appointment.
Slips at Rock Harbor are subject to a waiting list and this link will provide additional information regarding the specifics of the waiting list process.
Personal Water Craft are restricted to the waters of Cape Cod Bay by local bylaw and by the regulaiton of the Cape Cod National Seashore (36 CFR 3.24) Prohibited areas are all of Nauset Marsh and Town Cove and within one quarter mile of the outer beaches. Orleans bylaw prohibits PWC use in that section of Town Cove as well. Click here for a chart of the permitted and restrcted zones.