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Day late and a dollar short
Others have given you some good advice. Having been to both P-Town and Scituate from Salem (my boat is in Salem harbor). The sail to P-town is a LONG sail. If you leave at 9 AM, average 4 to 5 knots, your in P-Town harbor 6 to 8 PM; 9 to 11 h later. We left at 9 and got on the hook in P-Town at 7:30 PM. We had no wind for roughly half the trip.
Salem-P'Town is a tiring sail and I was wiped out for a good portion of the next day. From P-town, it is a another 4 to 5 h to the canal entrance.
One thing about going to P-Town from Salem, aside from the first 2 h and last say 2 to 3 h, your view is nothing except open water, which I don't find really appealing. The sail to Sciutate is nice as your are far enough away from Boston Harbor traffic, yet can see the skyline. We have been to Scituate 2X and both times the max it has been has been 5 h.
P-Town is much more lively re: nightlife than Scituate, but the harbor of Scituate is better, in my opinion. Both have great restaurants and both are very walkable.
If it were me, I'd sail to Scituate or even the canal entrance, overnight and then continue on and save the P-Town trip for a long W/E. If you overnight in Scituate, you could leave Salem at noon and still be there in time for dinner or leave Salem at 9 ish and be at the canal entrance by 5 at the latest. Both options make for a shorter day than all the way to P-Town first.
As far as going outside of the Cape on your return, you're not crazy, but remember this, the currents between Nantucket and MV are tricky and once you leave Chatham area, you have no place to duck into, in case of an storm, until you reach P-Town, whose harbor is on the bay side. Also, the sandbars at the elbow of the cape are always changing, so you may have to really pay attention to where you are.
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