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Because Quincy Bay is very shallow, I'm always looking for put ins that are useable at low water. The best one I've found in Quincy is the boat ramp at the Quincy Marine Center on Hough's neck. Ample free public parking is available - there are no "residential" restrictions - the Center has public restrooms and an outside shower. Best of all plenty of room to share with the power boaters also using the ramp (mostly during high water).
From the launch point Peddocks Island is about a half mile north, Grape Island is about a mile east and Bumpkin Island a mile and 3/4 northeast. Other islands, Georges, Lovell, Rainsford, Gallops are all within 4 miles.
Sea conditions will vary - they can range from a flat calm to heavy chop. Ocean swells can be experinced on the back side of Lovell's and Gallop's. Tidal currents need to be considered because do run at 3+ knots at certain times thru some of the narrower channels. Wind should also be factored typical summer time conditions have the breeze building from land to offshore in the afternoon - it's usually in your face or on your bow quarter returning to the launch site.
The wide variety of potential destinations make for wonderful kayaking opportunities. Depending on weather and water conditions, you virually can design a day trip for any level of ability. Overnighters and extended stays can be done as well.
All distances are in nautical miles. All compass headings are magnetic.
Quincy Marine Center(QMC), Hough's Neck to Peddock's Is. 1.25 miles NE (a circumnavigation of Peddocks starting and ending at QMC is 4.33 miles)
QMC to Grape Is. 1.25 miles SE
QMC to Sheep Is. 1.5 miles ENE
QMC to Bumpkin Is. 2.5 miles E
QMC to Rainsford Is. 2.75 miles N
Rainsford to Long Is. .75 miles N
Rainsford to Gallops Is. 1.25 NE
Rainsford to Georges Is. 1.25 miles ENE
Peddock's to Georges 1.75 miles NE
George's to Lovell's .25 miles NE
Lovells to Great Brewster 1.75 miles ENE
Following Quincy Shore Dr. go to the end. at the lights go left and you'll be on Sea St. follow the directions above.
From the south take I - 93 the SE Expressway towards Boston, get off at the very first Quincy Exit - Furnace Brook Parkway, stay on the Parkway until it ends at Quincy Shore Drive, take a right onto Quincy Shore Drive and follow the directions above.
Boston Harbor Chart # 13270