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Under Sail to Martha’s Vineyard

Under Sail to Martha’s Vineyard:  MARTHA’S VINEYARD DOCKAGEsunrise

What can possibly be a more perfect way to travel to the Island of Martha’s Vineyard than by boat! To assure that every moment of time spent here is a hassle-free delight, securing your dockage or moorings well ahead of the summer season is strongly recommended.    This is particularly true for the peak boating season of July 4th through the third week in August.

On-line reservations in Oak Bluffs can be booked beginning on February 1; in Edgartown, moorings may be reserved starting on March 1

If  your schedule allows, a visit during June and September offers great weather, fair winds and less competition for prime marina space. Whenever you make Martha’s Vineyard your next port of call, we’re sure that the following information will help make your planning a breeze.

An important note about the Vineyard Haven/Oak Bluffs Drawbridge linking the Vineyard Haven Harbor with Lagoon Pond: During the summer season, May 15 to September 15, the drawbridge opens and closes on a fixed schedule and can also be hailed on channel 16 by boaters.  Under most conditions, excepting extreme high tides, boats with masts under 12 feet can usually pass under the bridge without it being raised.  As clearance is affected by both the tides and weather conditions, it is strongly advised to check with the bridge master prior to attempting passage. From September 15 through May 15, at least 24 hours notice is needed to arrange for the bridge to be opened. This can be done by calling 508-693-1212.
In season opening times for the drawbridge are :  8:15-8:45 am; 10:15-11 am; 3:15-4 pm; 5-5:45 pm and 7:30-8 pm.


EDGARTOWN

Space available by reservation – check website for details

Edgartown harbor is among the busiest pleasure boat harbor on Martha’s Vineyard. Its spaciousness, available services, and the easy accessibility of island attractions explain its popularity. Plan and secure your spot early.

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster – 1 Morse Street 508-627-4746.
  • Prime Marina Edgartown – 508- 627-6500. Also offers a seasonal waterfront location with larger buildings off-site.
  • Mad Max Marina limited prime dockage available. 508-627-7500

Boat Supplies, Repairs & Services

  • Prime Marina Edgartown – located inside the harbor on your right before the ferry crossing.  Launching, hauling, indoor & outdoor boat storage, boat service & repair. Year-round, full-time certified boat mechanics, Yahama Sales & Service + more. The only 25 ton travel lift on the Edgartown Harbor. Ship’s stores & provisions open 7:30 am daily
  • Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard is year-round in Vineyard Haven and has a summer location in Edgartown at 45 Dock Street offering the basics. They can also send out a boat/mechanic or get you what you need within the day or next day. 508-627-6000.


OAK BLUFFS

Space available by reservation – check website for details
Oak Bluffs harbor is smaller than Edgartown but unique and also very popular. Power boaters enjoy Oak Bluffs’ numerous slips and their proximity to night life and dining. Book harbor moorings early as they are in high demand.

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster: 508-693-4355
  • Dockside Marina & Marketplace provides dockage and fuel. 508-693-3392.


VINEYARD HAVEN

Space available on first come first served basis
Vineyard Haven is the Island’s main port of entry. The town, as well as private companies, offer moorings for visitor’s enjoyment.

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster 19 Owen Park Way – 508-696-4249.
  • Owen Park with public restrooms and a children’s swing abuts the Town Dock. Dockage is by the hour. Moorings are located in the outer harbor.   (VH Launch Service (on channel & 7) or 508-693-4658)
  • Coastwise Packet Dock, run by the Douglas’ (owners of the Black Dog). The launch brings you to the dock where the restaurant is located on the harbor. Coastwise is located just left of the  SSA Dock, which is dead center. 508-693-1699.
  • Tisbury Wharf Company  is at 144 Beach Road, and immediately on your left upon entering the harbor.  Fuel and ice are available. Tisbury Wharf can accommodate boats up to 200 feet. 508-693-9300.
  • Prime Marina Vineyard Haven 100 Lagoon Pond Road, Vineyard Haven Tel: 508.693.4174

Boat Supplies & Repairs

  • West Marine Express, 52 Beach Road, in front of Vineyard Haven Marina. If they don’t have what you need in stock they will have is brought over from the larger Falmouth store ASAP. 508-693-2906
  • Gannon & Benjamin Boatyard, 30A Beach Road. They design and build new wooden boats, in addition to repairing just about anything. 508-693-4658.
  • Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard 164 Beach Rd. Boat supplies, mechanics, hauling services and storage provided, read full service shipyard. 508-693-0400.


MENEMSHA

Space available on first come first served basis
Boaters really enjoy the compact nature of Menemsha Harbor. This is the quintessential New England harbor. Also, dockage in Menemsha offers the advantage of ocean sunsets, a rarity for us on the east cost.

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster 508-645-2846.
  • Menemsha is a small harbor, so call in advance. The tides run very strong into the harbor and along the beach approaching the entrance from the North.

Boat Supplies & Repairs

  • Menemsha Marine Repair.  Lynn Murphy specializes in diesel engines, but can help direct you to where/what you need. 508-645-2883.
  • The Martha’s Vineyard Shipyard can send a boat or truck up from Vineyard Haven harbor (see above).
  • Menemsha Texaco, fill up your boat and get snacks inside. 508-645-2641.

For more information and resources check the MVOL Boating Directory