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Charter a Cruise on Gloucester Harbor aboard the "Labor in Vain"

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We recently caught up with Doug Germain, captain of the Gloucester fishing vessel Labor-in-Vain. Doug has been a commercial lobsterman and fisherman for over thirty years, and joined by his son Dan, he also runs charter trips for Cape Ann visitors and residents alike.  Every trip is different, depending on the weather, the availability of the catch and the people who have joined him out on the water that day.

In addition to fishing and lobster charters, Doug also gives scenic tours of the harbor and whale watch cruises.  If it gives him a chance to share his love of the water with others, he is happy to do it.

“I love being able to enjoy the surroundings of the ocean while making a living,” Doug said. “Just being on the water around Cape Ann is beautiful. My son Dan joined me three years ago, thinking it would be temporary, and he loved it so much that he is still with me today.”

If a day (or even just a couple of hours) at sea sounds like heaven to you, give Doug and Gloucesterman Charters a call. Tag along for the day as he harvests lobsters from the waters of Cape Ann, or try your hand at catching your own dinner, whether it be lobster or fish.  If fishing isn’t your thing, you can always sit back and enjoy a scenic tour around the harbor and up the Annisquam River.  Don't let this summer get by without a trip on the F/V Labor in Vain with Doug and Dan!  You can find them at and also on Facebook.

The F/V Labor in Vain.

A Texas couple enjoys the lobster that they caught on the Labor in Vain.


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