We've never been disappointed at a Safe Harbor marina. Great staff and facilities are the norm. We received clear instructions coming in and help with our lines. While the transient face dock is open to wakes during the day, they die down at night with the traffic. The House of Seven Gables is across the street from the marina's pedestrian gate, and "downtown" is pretty much right there. Coffee, and muffins/donuts on Sunday morning... and a quite nice deck overlooking the marina/harbor. Salem/Hawthorne Cove is a go-to overnight for us if the wind is right.
Update: We spend a recent night at Sunset Bay Marina... the staff remains attentive and the resident marina customers quite friendly. The walk to the supermarket, etc., is less onerous than I reported last time, i.e., less than a mile from the marina. (It's an additional mile to the carousel at the west end of Hull.) It's not on the way to/from anywhere, but it remains a pleasant day or two getaway. ***** We spend two early September nights on the face dock... comfortable enough despite the occasional small wake. The marina manager offered to put us in an empty slip if we'd be more comfortable, but we declined. The staff and customers at Safe Harbor Sunset Bay were friendly and helpful. It's a walk to the supermarket but there's a convenience store within a few blocks. A few more blocks and you're on the beach. The core of Nantasket Beach is about two miles away, but it's a pleasant, flat walk, either along the beach or on an otherwise quiet road. We'll be back.
Menemsha never disappoints. We were rafted on a mooring night one and the harbor master accommodated our request to raft port side to. Night two we shifted to a slip where the harbor master gave us major assistance backing between pilings in a crosswind. The small fishing village of Menemsha is a gem.
Bristol doesn’t disappoint as an interesting, friendly town worthy of a multi-day stay. But for the exposure of the harbor to the prevailing SW wind, it gets a full five stars… but be prepared to bounce and have a wet dinghy ride more often than not.
Safe Harbor Sakonnett offered a relaxing two-day respite during our recent four-week cruise. The facility is first rate, as is the staff. The pool was an unexpected pleasurer. The marina's in a neighborhood and there's no local anything other than a modest convenience store, so be prepared. We were back for a second year and the marina remains first rate. Groceries ordered from Stop & Shop came right to the marina, so no concerns for provisions. It’s a great stop if you’re cruising and need a do-nothing day or two.
The launch and office staff are great and the facility is first class. I inadvertently booked a slip instead of a mooring and the adjustment was made and a credit issued without question. We'll be back. Update for 2021: Great to be remembered. The staff is great and COVID restrictions are gone. We’ve happily extended our stay.
Plymouth Safe Harbor is a well maintained facility convenient to town. The staff was expecting us and was there to handle our lines. The marina's customers were as friendly to transients as any we've encountered.
We had a nice, relaxing stay. Great service from the staff, including prompt pickup from the launch. Very dog friendly. About a mile walk into town (along relatively quiet roads). The launch stops at seven, so plan accordingly if you’re out for dinner. The mooring field is open to the north and east, and an occasional wake rolls in from the larger ships.
The Plymouth Yacht Club doesn't disappoint. The members are friendly to transients and the launch crew is top notch. Extra credit this time: my dinghy liberated itself and was drifting through the mooring field. A quick call to the launch and they were out ASAP to recover it.