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We are tied to the ocean, and when we go back to the sea, whether it is to sail or to watch it, we are going back from whence we came.

Honor their Life with a Burial at Sea

A true Cape Cod farewell

Burials at Sea offers private, dignified, and affordable burials at sea in the waters of Nantucket Sound. You may choose from unattended or attended services that can accomodate up to 49 persons. Our U.S.Coast Guard approved vessel, captain and crew will provide personal, attentive service in a dignified setting for both you and your loved one. The Bay Spirit is a smooth running and comfortable 64′ catamaran that features both inside seating in our spacious salon and outside seating. We conduct a private burial at sea for you and your guests only. We will work together to schedule a time that best accommodates you. A typical memorial service and scattering of ashes lasts approximately an hour and a half.

Vessel & Homeport

Our vessel is the Bay Spirit, a comfortable and spacious 63′ catamaran. The Bay Spirit has inside and outside seating, bathrooms, snack bar as well as full liquor license.

Ocean Street Parking
There is plenty of on and off-street parking at one of the many lots around the Ocean Street docks.

The Bay Spirit
180 Ocean Street, Hyannis MA 02601

The Bay Spirit

The Ceremony

Burials at Sea provides a respectful and dignified delivery of the ashes of your loved one to the sea. Scattering cremated remains at sea is a common and eco-friendly choice. The services of a funeral director are not required for ash scatterings; families and individuals can plan these memorial events on their own. Burials at Sea can provide assistance in catering and music for you if you so desire. For ash scatterings, we voyage out approximately 3 nautical miles. Typical Ash Scattering Rates include an official sea burial certificate marking the latitude and longitude of your loved ones’ final resting place.

Approximate time for Private Ash Scattering Cruises is 90 minutes

Unattended: $400
1 – 10 Passengers: $700
11 – 25 Passengers: $800
26 – 48 Passengers: $900

Sunset Ash Scattering – July 1st to Labor Day
1 – 10 Passengers: $1150
11 – 25 Passengers: $1250
26 – 49 Passengers: $1350

The Crew

Robert Kohl

Bob Kohl is fully licensed with the Coast Guard and has been navigating the waters around Cape Cod and beyond for the past 35 years, first as a commercial fisherman, and now as Captain of the Bay Spirit.

Jacob Kohl

Captain & Manager
Jake is Bob’s son. In January of 2012, after going through an extensive program, Jacob graduated from Boat Wise and got his 100 ton Coast Guard Captain’s License. He now trades on and off with his father as captain on the Bay Spirit. He will help make your ceremony both special and comfortable.


We would love your feedback. Use the contact form below to send us a message about your experience.

Thank you for helping us return our husband and father to the sea. We knew that we wanted to perform a burial at sea, but we did not know how to make that happen. Your assistance was professional and respectful but also warmly sympathetic. We will always be grateful that we were able to say goodbye with such a moving and appropriate ritual.

– Rosalind

“My father past away in July of 2016 and his wishes were to have his ashes scattered at sea. He wanted his family and close friends present and for the occasion to be simple and enjoyable. I searched around and spoke to a few different captains, but after my conversation with Jacob Kohl, I knew that their service was the one to choose. Having never participated in an ash scattering myself, I was a little uncertain of the process. They were very sympathetic and understanding and were able to answer all of my questions and put my mind at ease. The vessel was very accommodating, pleasant and comfortable and was perfect for this type of occasion. The crew was professional and respectful and I can’t show my appreciation enough for their support in making this happen for us. The scattering was very touching experience and a memory that I will cherish for the rest of my life. This I believe, is exactly what my father wanted it to be.” 
Thank you,
Chris LeBlanc


I just want you to hear and really know that this experience with YOU JAKE has been perfect from the moment I sent you my first question until  the moment we walked off the boat yesterday!!!
I couldn’t have custom designed a better experience to capture the essence of my mother and reflect on a Life well lived in a better way.
You and YOUR mother, Captain Dennis, Steve and Carol are bar none the best of the best human beings in the world and that is what I know for sure. I don’t know how I managed to hit thst jackpot. I believe it was divine intervention.
In addition, Nature cooperated fully and reflected love in every single moment on the boat in perfect timing and balance. These words and thank you pale by comparison to the feeling YOU and your crew left every single one of us with on this farewell journey in honor of my mother, Leah.
May the those feelings, the karma, kindness, hope and harmony of nature circle back and surround and follow each one of you for the rest of your days. You all helped make this memory live in our hearts and souls forever!!! Please tell all your people Jake. Thank you Jake with all my heart.
My most sincere gratitude,
Darlene and Family!!

Hi Jake,

I just want to thank you for everything.  The burial at sea for my mother and father was perfect!  They would have really liked that.  Dennis and Carol were wonderful.  I think everyone should do this!

Thanks again Jake and have a wonderful day!



Dear Jake, Bob, Dennis & Steve:
I can’t say enough about how wonderful a service you provide and what a fabulous job Dennis & Steve did for us this past weekend. As I did a double Burial at Sea for my Auntie and my cousin, your combined efforts in my wish to bring them home to the Cape exceeded my expectations, by far!! You easily accommodated all 19 of us with grace and dignity. Your professionalism, kindness and sincerity did not go without notice. Thank you from the bottom of my heart in helping me to fulfill the final wishes of my dearly departed “favorite” cousin. You Guys Rock!!! Thank You, Thank You, Thank You! With great appreciation, Mary Clark.

Contact Us

To inquire about our memorial services, please call us at 508-771-0107 or fill out the form below to send us an email.

Mailing address:
1153 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, MA 02648

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