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When are you leaving? If you're leaving Friday afternoon, then Cohasset makes sense. It's about 18 NM or so from Marblehead or about 3.5-4 hours for a Catalina 30 or so. However, if the wind is from the north, I wouldn't go into Cohasset harbor, but would continue further to Scituate Harbor instead, which is much better protected from the north. It'd be about 22 nm to Scituate IIRC.
If you're leaving Friday morning, I'd go and try for Provincetown or Plymouth, depending on what the winds are doing.
If the winds are from the west, southwest, south, you could anchor in Plymouth Bay or Warren Cove and have a pretty good night.
Provincetown is better protected from more directions, but with a southwest wind, getting out of Provincetown and down to the Cape Cod Canal might be a PITA. Also, if the wind is from the south or southeast and you can hide behind Long Point by Provincetown, you'll be pretty well protected, but the anchorage might be rolly due to reflected swell.
Be careful to time your Cape Cod Canal passage as the currents in the canal can be quite strong. Also, try not to make a Cape Cod Canal passage if the wind has been blowing from the SW with any strength for any significant period of time. It can make the Buzzards Bay side of the Canal very interesting...and really no fun at all.
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