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“Great Classic 1930s Sailboat!” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Catboat Rides

Catboat Rides
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Owner description: Catboat Rides offers fun and affordable sailboat excursions and charters in Hyannis, MA. Our boat, the 'Eventide', is a Catboat class of sloop rigged sailboat, an authentic traditional local design. She is 34 feet long, has a wide 10 foot beam and a mast 38 feet tall, assuring a steady, smooth, and comfortable ride. We get much closer to coastal attractions than other Hyannis excursion boats. We have a well stocked bar and galley onboard. Our dock is at 146 Ocean St. Hyannis, Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Follow ferry signs to Hy-Line Ocean Street Dock(Not South Street Dock!) Turn left into metered parking lot immediately after 2 large signs for Hyannis Harbor Cruises and Spanky's Clam Shack Restaurant (across from Hyannis Holiday Motel).
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“Great Classic 1930s Sailboat!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2013

This was a great experience! Not often does one have a chance to sail on a great and beautifully maintained classic 1930s wooden sailboat like this one. Being a shoal draft boat, we were able to sail in some quiet estuaries very close to shore. It was very peaceful with the motor off and with the only sound being the wind and ripple of the boat through the water. A beautiful way to experience the peace of nature with a friendly captian and crew. My wife and I hope to sail with them again, hopefully before this summer is over!

Visited June 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
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“Grumpy...”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2012

The only bad experience of our 2 week US holiday. Overpriced for what it turned out to be: a boring 90min trip which was even cut short. Grumpy captain, we felt like he didn't really want anyone on the boat and couldn't be bothered. Staff rather unprofessional, just talking over you as you wouldn't be there. If you don't want people on your boat I guess this is not the job for you... All in all - a real let down, sorry!

Visited September 2012
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Fredericksburg, Virginia
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“Never got to go out on the boat because of their disorganization!!!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 June 2012

I've been coming to the Cape since I was a child and I can confidently say this is the worst experience I've ever had.

Where to start? The day we originally made reservations for turned out to not be ideal weather, we called them to change our reservations and they told us they were cancelling the outing that day anyways (thank God we called, who knows if they would have told us they were cancelling it). We pushed our reservations to two days later. That day we made the half hour trip to Hyannis and arrived about 20 minutes early and waited and waited and waited. After our expected departure time when not a single crew member was there we called and realized just how disorganized this whole operation is, they hadn't remembered our reservations and were scrambling to figure something out. The captain said he'd see if he could pull it together and he'd call me back, we exchanged several conflicting phone calls at this point, first telling us he couldn't get a hold of his first mate, then telling us he did and we could go out that day. FINALLY when they both arrived we were told it would be 5 minutes to set up the boat, 10 minutes later they tell us there were "freak electrical problems" and we wouldn't be able to take it out that day. Once again we made reservations for the next day. Being more cautious the next day, we called before we made the trip to see if the boat was working and the weather was okay but no one answered. We decided to go out because we did have reservations and hadn't heard from them. When we arrived it was the same thing as the day before- no one there. We figured they got our reservation time wrong so we got ice cream and waited (all the while trying to call them every 5 minutes, no answer all day!). When we arrived back at the boat closer to the second departure time we ran into the captain who apologized and told us we couldn't go out again today. He was under the impression his first mate had called us but we never received that call.

Long story short: two days of our vacation were wasted because of their disorganization and carelessness. They are very friendly and we wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt but ultimately their sloppiness was just unacceptable. Please do yourself a favor and book with someone else, there are so many other boat trips to take in the area that are consistent and reliable and don't come with the stress and hassle.

Visited May 2012
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Northport, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Miserable Experience”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 April 2012

To sum it up:
1. Ugly and old boat, if you notice there are no close up pictures of it because it is such a depressing sight.
2. Grouchy "captain" he was such a downer right off the bat
3. Lame "tour" of the surrounding area
4. Completely bad vibe about everything this "company" had to offer.

Yeah, it was that bad.

Visited September 2011
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Marcus_M_Sherman, Owner at Catboat Rides, responded to this review, 4 May 2012
Facts of review are incorrect. This is in sharp contrast to other reviews, Nobody has ever expressed these negative opinions and facts to us in our 23 years of business.
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Glen Allen, VA
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“A fun way to really experience Hyannis Port, MS”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2011

Our family of 4, including a 17 and 15 year old, enjoyed seeing Hyannis Port from the water. This is a family run cat boat and provides a "real" sailing experience. We felt like we wouldn't have really experienced Cape Cod life without doing it. The captain and mate were both very capable sailors and sailed us right out into the harbor among all the boats, large and small, coming and going. They were also very friendly local people that were willing to share any information you might want or need about the area. Every seat on the boat provides for an excellent view of the comings and goings from the harbor and the nearby shoreline. There is even food and beverage (including alcohol) provided by the mate from the galley (for an extra cost - bring cash). Because of the size and agility of the boat you get very close to the Kennedy compound (that can only be seen from the water) and we even crossed paths with the Kennedy sailboat as it was out sailing the afternoon we were there. A very fun 2 hours but I would recommend making reservations and be sure to arrive in plenty of time to find parking before your sailing time.

Visited August 2011
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