About Us

Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals is a family owned business located on the shores of Pleasant Bay, the largest contiguous bay along the Cape Cod National Seashore.  For the past 30 years we have established ourselves as the area’s leading source of watercraft rentals, charters and tours.  Come, join us, and see Cape Cod the way it was meant to be seen!

We currently offer:

  • The newest and most dependable rental fleet on Cape Cod, featuring a wide selection of powerboats, sailboats, kayaks and paddle boards.
  • An array of exciting private tours within the protected waters of Pleasant Bay – suitable for the entire family.
  • The lower Cape’s only sailing charter certified by the USCG to carry more than 6 passengers.
  • Private offshore fishing charters and whale watches.

Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals operates from the beach and dock of Cape Cod’s premier resort, the Wequassett Resort and Golf Club.

All of our services are available to resort guests as well as the general public.


Weather permitting, we operate 7 days per week from the second to last Friday in May through Columbus Day.

Spring & Fall   10am – ­ 5pm daily

Summer              9am – ­ 6pm daily

*Summer hours run from the last full weekend in June through Labor Day weekend. 

*We reserve the right to close for any portion of any day if weather conditions pose a safety risk for our customers or boats.  Please take a look at our weather information page and call us before you stop by if the forecast calls for rain, heavier winds, fog or thunder storms.

*In some situations we may be able to accommodate requests outside of the above dates with advance notice.

Pleasant Bay

Pleasant Bay encompasses 13 square miles along the shorelines of Chatham, Orleans and Harwich and Brewster.  Protected from the Atlantic Ocean by a long barrier beach, the bay offers several islands, creeks and hidden coves for the boater to explore.

Highlights for our customers include time spent on the Outer Beach, a 2-mile long barrier island.  Only accessible by boat, this area typically sees fewer summer crowds than other popular Cape Cod beaches.  Pack a lunch and spend some time beach combing along the breaking surf of the Atlantic Ocean.

Cape Cod is also home to one of the largest concentrations of seals in North America (a recent survey estimated over 15,000).  Within the bay, customers are virtually guaranteed to see seals swimming and hauled out on the sandbars at low tide.

Additional highlights include Chatham harbor with its stately homes and famous lighthouse, and the commercial fish pier with its colorful fishing fleet.  All the while you’ll be sure to enjoy the windswept dunes and clean waters of Pleasant Bay and the Cape Cod National Seashore.

Beyond the bay, the open Atlantic Ocean stretches east just minutes from our dock.  Whales, dolphins, sharks and world class fishing await those joining our offshore trips.

Wequassett Resort & Golf Club

Set on 27 manicured acres overlooking Pleasant Bay, the Wequassett Resort & Golf Club regularly appears on the lists of the country’s top resorts and hotels.  Down Cape Charters & Boat Rentals enjoys an exclusive relationship with the resort, coordinating all boating related activities for its guests off of the Wequassett beach and dock.  All of our offerings are also open to the general public, as are all four of the resorts acclaimed restaurants:

  •  Twenty-Eight Atlantic –  the resort’s signature restaurant, enjoying the highest ratings on Cape Cod from Forbes, AAA and Zagat.
  • Thoreau’s –  a warm and intimate tavern-like setting adjacent to twenty-eight Atlantic.
  • LiBAYtion –  a beachfront bar offering the best water views on Cape Cod.
  • Outer Bar & Grille –  casual waterfront dining in an open-air setting with a spacious deck overlooking Pleasant Bay.

Why not combine your day on the water with a world class meal or a drink overlooking Pleasant Bay?  Learn more here.

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