- Last Updated: 10 October 2016 10 October 2016
Marion is a small town located in southeastern Massachusetts. It is one of a number of communities that are connected by water, all of which are located in Buzzards Bay. Marion is a town which captures the essence and heart of New England. The streets in the village section of Marion are lined with houses that are reminiscent of a time long since past. The New England charm of tree lined streets and white picket fences is evident throughout the village. There is still a General Store in the center of the village and the Post Office is directly across the street. Marion is also home to Tabor Academy, a well-known preparatory school.
The picture perfect campus spreads out across the center of the town. Marion's harbor is listed on the charts as Sippican Harbor. It is one of the prettiest harbors in Buzzards Bay. In the summer the harbor is filled with boats of every size. Buzzards Bay is a is a boater's paradise. It is known for its southwest winds that kick up a blow almost every afternoon. Any fog that may appear in the morning usually burns off to a haze, or clears in the afternoon. Nearby local harbors include New Bedford, Fairhaven, Cuttyhunk Island, Padanaram (South Dartmouth), Mattapoisett, Wareham, Onset, Monument Beach (Phinney's Harbor), Red Brook Harbor, Megansett, Quissett and Hadley Harbor.
Marion's harbor is listed on the charts as Sippican Harbor... Home to the world famous Marion-to-Bermuda Yacht Race sponsored by the Beverly Yacht Club. It's one of the best all-around harbors on Buzzards Bay and can be easily entered under sail. The entrance to Marion Harbor is lined with large elegant summer homes and estates. It's a busy, bustling harbor on the week-ends, with moorings as far as the eye can see... (There are close to 750 moorings in this harbor, and most of them belong to sailboats) And the village is picture-perfect quintessiential New England.
Sippican Harbor, in Marion, Massachusetts, is easily accessible while cruising Buzzards Bay. At red lighted can #2 at Centerboard Shoal, proceed on a course of 345 degrees magnetic, leaving green cans #3, #5 and #7 to port. This will bring you to red can #8 at Ram Island, Marion, the entrance to Sippican Harbor. The inner channel is well marked, with green cans #9, #11 and #13, and the town also has marker buoys guiding you in.