Cohassett is not dead contrary to popular belief. I visited on my way up the coast last week and the wave still forms even with a tide as low as 8.7. I agree it is a challenge to stay on and not very retentive but some of the secondary waves are very surfable. Maybe not worth a special trip but if you are in the area, certainly an enjoyable 1-2 hours.
3/2004: A friend and I recently visited teh Cohasset in search of early March white water. Unfortunately, even with a 9.8 ft tide, the wave formed however both of our boats were too slow to catch it. It was glassy, and it was easy to once see why it ruled the northeast. There was a transient secondary hole that formed behind the wave that was a bumpy ride. About all you can do there now is stern squirts and think of how it once was. Unless the tide is above 10 feet I don't suddest going. I do however suggest a project- FIX THE COHASSET!
Is Cohasset dead? I took some video is to help people decide if Cohasset is "broken". This video was taken on a 10.5 foot tide, early in the session when the wave was still moderate. I hadn't been there in years and am not very good. The first half of the tape has some surfs and the second half has a swim incident and a bunch of failures to attain the wave, in case you want to see all the ways you can miss. My verdict is the wave is still just hard to get on, as I always remember it was. Bring a long or big boat and be in the water 3 hrs before high tide. The wave flattens out 1 hour before high tide, which is when you go practice squirts farther down the gulf.
A more modern way to plan a session is to look at the exact tide chart online. http://www.tides4fishing.com/us/massachusetts/cohasset-harbor-white-head
Too low a tide may not be enough and a really big tide may shorten the session because the spot blows out. If roughly one wants to be in the water prior to the start at 5' and the spot starts getting blown out at 9', then a high supermoon tide (-0.7 to 11) only has a bit more than a 1 hour window and an above average tide (0.6 to 9.6) has a window of almost 2 hours. 9.6 foot tide was plenty big, so this may be ideal for a longer session.
Visited on 7/23/16 with 9.5' tide. The wave didn't have enough height to surf. The secondary little spots right behind the wave were pulsing, so no rides on those more than a few seconds. It was fun to get wet and play in the current, but no good surfing to be had. It is still interesting to watch the wave form, and jumping off the bridge is fun.
Check out maineharbors.com or Tides Online to see the forecast tide for the day you're looking to go play. Check below for info on when to go.
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Cohasset 2 hrs. before high tide
Cohasset 2 hours before a 9.8 high tide
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Surfing at Cohasset
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