• Catch a Glimpse of Killer Whales at Play

    The sight of whales in their natural habitat is not just thrilling to people on their first whale watching trip. Even experienced marine biologists can’t contain their excitement when they come across these massive creatures in the wild.

    You can see that excitement in this video, when a team of marine biologists encounters killer whales in a location in which they had never been seen previously. You can expect that same level of fascination when you see your first whale on a whale watching tour.

    At Captain John Boats, the waters we tour are home to humpback, finback, minke, and right whales, and the fast majority of our whale watching trips end with an encounter. You can find out more about whale watching in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Dressing for Cooler Weather on a Whale Watching Trip

    When you go on a whale watching trip, you can always expect temperatures on the water to be cooler than they are on dry land. This effect can be intensified when the seasons change and the weather is cooler overall. The good news is that that doesn’t mean that you have to limit your whale watching trips to summer. By dressing the right way, you can stay comfortable on the boat so that you can focus on watching the whales in their natural habitat. Keep these tips in mind as you prepare for your whale watching trip.

    Layers are your friends.

    At any time of year, but especially in cooler weather, dressing in layers for a boat journey is the best way to stay comfortable. Instead of wearing all winter clothing or all summer clothing, wear a sweater and jacket over a lighter shirt and pants over shorts. You can also opt to wear nylon pants with zippers around the knees that allow the bottoms to be removed to turn them into shorts. Layers let you adjust your clothing to suit changing conditions, so you’re never too hot or too cold to enjoy the trip.

    The weather forecast is a good starting point.

    Early fall and spring weather is unpredictable. Some days are hotter than expected, while other days can be freezing. Checking the weather forecast on the morning of your whale watching tour is a good starting point for getting dressed. You may learn that the day is going to be so cold that you need long johns under your clothes or that it is expected to be unseasonably warm, so you should dress for summer. Don’t forget to focus on the marine forecast instead of the in-town predictions, so you know what to expect on the water.

    Hats and gloves are a must.

    When the weather is cool, you’ll be happy to have a hat and some gloves for your time on the boat. Cold hands will keep you trapped inside the cabin trying to get warm, so gloves will give you more time outside to spot the whales. A hat will keep you warm and protect you from the beating sun.

    Captain John Boats is happy to answer all of your questions about whale watching in Plymouth. Call us today at (508) 927-5575 for more information or to reserve a tour.

  • Planning an Action-Packed Family Vacation with Captain John

    When your family is vacationing in coastal Massachusetts, adventure awaits. Captain John Boats brings all of the action to you with a variety of family-friendly activities designed to make your vacation a memorable one. From whale watching to fishing, put these activities on your itinerary for your family vacation.

    Whale Watching

    The waters off the coast of Massachusetts offer some of the best whale watching you will find anywhere. Captain John Boats offers multiple whale watching trips each day. Departing from Plymouth Harbor, our experience captains and naturalists will take you out to Cape Cod Bay and Stellwagen Bank, where you will get the chance to see humpback, finback, pilot, minke, and right whales up-close. We see whales on 99% of our trips, but if you don’t, you will receive a free pass for a future whale-watching excursion.

    Deep-Sea Fishing

    Head out for a half day or full day of fishing in deep ocean water on one of our deep-sea fishing trips. We know where to find the best flounder and pollock fishing spots, and our team can even clean and fillet your catches for you. This trip is not just for fishing enthusiasts. Your whole family will enjoy a day out on the water, even if they decide not to fish. We have a full-service galley and comfortable cabin space on board for anyone who would rather just take in the view instead of reeling in a fresh catch.

    P-Town Ferry

    Take a day to explore the shopping and dining in Provincetown with our P-Town ferry service. P-Town is also home to some of the area’s best beaches, and the ferry gets you there much faster than driving. Plus, your family will enjoy the excitement of being out on the water for the trip.

    Make Captain John Boats part of your family’s vacation for adventures you won’t soon forget. Whale watching, deep-sea fishing, and the ferry to P-Town are all available from Plymouth for your convenience. Book an adventure today by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Avoiding Sunburns on Your Fishing Charter

     

    Even if the sky looks cloudy when you head out on your deep sea fishing trip, you’re at risk for sunburn. When the sun reflects off the water, even from behind clouds, it is more intense than it is on land. That’s why sun protection is such an important part of enjoying your fishing charter. These tips will help you avoid a sunburn that could ruin your trip.

    Start by applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 before you leave the dock. Bring the sunscreen with you, and reapply every two hours to maintain the proper level of protection. Wear a hat and sunglasses to further protect your face. Loose, long-sleeve shirts can offer further sun protection, as can long pants. Dress in layers if you are concerned about getting too hot, so you can get the additional sun protection for a period of time and then remove the long sleeves if you become uncomfortable.

    Captain John Boats offers deep sea fishing trips and private fishing charters to help you reel in the best catches in Cape Cod Bay and the surrounding waters. Book a fishing charter in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Scaling and Preparing Your Deep-Sea Fishing Catches

    On a deep sea fishing excursion, in addition to enjoying a day out on the water, you will also get to come home with fresh fish ready to cook up for dinner. This fish will be fresher than you can get in any store, but enjoying it will involve a few extra steps beyond what you may be used to. Follow these processes to cook up your catch.

    Scaling

    Scaling your fish can seem intimidating, but it’s really one of the easiest steps in the process. Make sure you have a flat, clean surface and a sturdy knife. Take the back edge of the knife and use it to scrape the scales off in smooth, long strokes, moving from head to tail. The areas around the fins can be the hardest, since the fins are often sharp, so proceed with caution. The back edge of the knife makes it less likely that you will carve away the flesh in the process of scaling the fish, but you can use the sharp edge carefully in stubborn spots. Once you have repeated the process on both sides of the fish, rinse it thoroughly in fresh water.

    Gutting

    Gutting is the messiest part of cleaning the fish. Start with the knife at the rear of the fish, and cut along the belly towards the head. Dump the guts out of the fish, and pull out any membranes that are left inside. Rinse the inside of the fish thoroughly until it looks clean. Although leaving membranes inside the fish isn’t necessarily harmful, it does impact the taste, so clean it as much as possible. If you want to remove the head, you can so after the gutting is complete by cutting it off behind the gills.

    Cooking

    Your fish is ready to cook to your preferences. Grill it plain with some butter and lemon, or dust it with flour and fry it. Although any preparation will work, many people enjoy their catches from deep sea fishing cooked as simply as possible to let the fresh fish shine.

    You can also skip all of the prep process by letting your deep sea fishing charter team with Captain John Boats clean and fillet your fish for you. Learn more about booking a Cape Code fishing charter in Plymouth by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • What You Need to Know About Booking a Private Charter

    Deep-sea fishing is a one-of-a-kind excursion. You can get the most out of your fishing trip by booking a private charter. Captain John Boats can help you plan a full or half day fishing charter for up to 70 of your guests.

    Deep-sea fishing charters are a great fit for family reunions, corporate events, and wedding parties. Since your charter crew will plan the trip for you, you don’t have to worry about figuring out where to go for the best fishing or how to navigate the routes. Deep-sea fishing is great for people who love to drop a line, but even people who don’t care about fishing can enjoy the charter trip. We offer a full galley on board and comfortable cabin for people who simply want to relax on the water.

    If you’re interested in booking a deep-sea fishing charter in Plymouth, contact Captain John Boats. Start planning your trip today by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Planning a Trip to P-Town on the Fast Ferry

    There’s a good reason that Provincetown, or P-Town, is the most popular destination on Cape Cod. With endless options for shopping, dining, and outdoor activities, there is truly something for everyone. Captain John Boats’ P-Town Ferry is the best way to enjoy a day in this popular vacation spot. Here is what you need to know about planning your trip.

    Arrive on Time

    There is one P-Town Ferry per day leaving the State Pier in Plymouth. The ferry heads to P-Town at 10 AM, arriving there at 11:30 AM, and then departs P-Town at 4:30 PM to arrive back in Plymouth at 6:30 PM. The ferry departs on time, so be sure to arrive promptly. We recommend getting to the State Pier in Plymouth at least 60 minutes before the departure, so you have ample time to park, get tickets, and board the ferry. Both round-trip and one-way tickets can be purchased online in advance, which can save you some time on the day of your trip.

    Take Advantage of the Onboard Amenities

    The ferry is equipped with clean restrooms for the one-and-a-half hour journey. There is also full galley service on board, with hot and cold beverages as well as pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, and snacks. Alcoholic beverages are also available for purchase. Keep in mind that it is against state law to bring your own alcohol on board.

    Research the Area in Advance

    There is so much to do in P-Town that you could miss some of the top spots without a little planning. The ferry docks at MacMillian Wharf, and from there you can access everything from shopping to beaches, including Race Point Ocean Beach, which is recognized as one of the world’s best beaches.

    If you have questions about the P-Town Ferry, contact Captain John Boats today. We also offer whale watching tours and deep sea fishing charters in Plymouth to help you enjoy the best of Cape Cod. For more information, call (508) 927-5575.

  • See How a Whale Protected a Human from a Tiger Shark

    On a whale watching trip, the size of these animals can be astonishing, but while their enormity may be surprising, that doesn’t mean that being in the water with them is dangerous. In this video, find out how a whale took action to protect a human from a nearby tiger shark.

    The marine biologist in this video was in the water with a whale who refused to leave her side until she returned to her boat. She was surprised and a little intimidated by the whale, until it became clear that there was a tiger shark nearby and the whale was protecting her.

    Get a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these creatures in the wild with a whale watching tour from Captain John Boats. Book your whale watching excursion in Plymouth today by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Understanding Why Whales Breach

    Seeing a whale breach is one of the biggest scores of a whale watching tour. What makes whales put on this kind of display? Researchers aren’t sure, but they have a few ideas.

    This video details the theories about why whales breach. Some researchers think that whales may be trying to improve their digestion, while others believe that whales may be attempting to inspect the sources of noises that they hear, like the sound of a whale watching boat or fishing charter nearby.

    Come watch marine life in action on a whale watching tour in Plymouth from Captain John Boats. Learn more about scheduling your ocean tour by calling (508) 927-5575.

  • Whale Watching 101

    It’s hard to go wrong when you’re out on the open water taking in the beauty of some of the planet’s biggest creatures, but there are things you can do to make sure your whale watching trip is everything you want it to be. Keep these tips in mind as you embark on a whale watching tour to have the best experience possible.

    Follow the Instructions of the Crew

    One of the most important things you can do on any whale watching tour is follow the instructions of the boat’s crew. The crew will give instructions to ensure that everyone stays safe on the tour, but their instructions are also helpful in making sure you get to enjoy every minute of your trip. They know the waters and where you are most likely to encounter a whale, so follow their tips for the best chances of seeing as much marine life as possible.

    Keep Your Camera Ready

    Whale sightings can be fleeting, so you could miss the big moment if your camera is not ready. Stay alert and ready to snap so you get a shot when a whale appears. If you have a camera with a zoom lens, bring it, as it will deliver the magnification you need for the best possible picture. Although you want to be ready to take a picture, remember not to spend the whole trip looking through the lens. Take some time to appreciate the scenery in the moment so you can truly savor the experience.

    Choose a Reputable Whale Tour Company

    Reputable whale watching tour companies put the safety of their passengers first. They are also knowledgeable about the area and the marine life in the region, and they adhere to all laws that are in place to protect the whales. Going with a reputable company will ensure that you have an enjoyable experience that is safe for both you and the whales.

    Enjoy a safe and family-friendly whale watching adventure with Captain John Boats. We’re leaders in the efforts to protect the marine environment in our Massachusetts waters and have a long history of successful whale watching tours in Plymouth. Book with us today by calling (508) 927-5575.