HINGHAM – After a series of environmental and supply chain issues that have caused delays, the long-awaited boat launch at Hingham Port is finally open.
“I think it’s the best thing the state has done for Hingham,” said Bernie Broide of Braintree, a regular at the port for more than 50 years. “The people of Hingham have been waiting for this for a long time.”
Broide said he was in the US Coast Guard and had an engineering background.
“I consider this construction first class. It should last for many years,” Broide said.
The new ramp, which opened Aug. 1, is about the same width as the previous ramp, but will have a wooden jetty and wooden floating dock to help boaters launch their boats and bring them back to their trailers.
The Hingham Ramp is one of approximately 300 boat and canoe access sites, shore fishing areas and sport fishing wharves maintained by the State Board of Fisheries and Boating Access pleasure.
Bob McCarthy from Braintree was launching his kayak into the bay and said the upgrades were great and made a major difference.
“Night and day,” McCarthy said.
He said he uses the ramp about eight times a season and can now easily launch his kayak and paddle to Langley Island.
Douglas H. Cameron, director and chief engineer for the state Office of Fishing and Boating Access, said the $2 million project was under budget.
He said the ramp will improve access for boating and fishing and allow first responders access to water-related emergencies.
The new ramp replaced a 36-year-old deteriorated concrete boat ramp, Cameron said.
“I am very pleased with the results of the completed project,” said Cameron. “The public was eagerly awaiting a new and improved boat launch.”
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