This place is great! My first visit was for the Norwalk Bot Show- they’re outfitted with four travel lifts, a great ship store, small cafe and a HUGE fuel dock! Today I had an axopar I sold to a local client, launched there, fueled up and it was a flawless process- such a pleasure to work with these guys! Even with these covid 19 / corona pandemic restrictions, the staff was pleasant and super professional!
Be it that I used to manage and live at Chicks- I'm a little bit of a biased audience BUT Chicks is a very special place: If you're a transient vessel and you want to experience Kennebunkport (my hometown), Chicks is the best way to do it! They're home to the largest and deepest capacity slips and they're the ONLY fuel dock in town! The dockmaster, Tyler, is super helpful and the dockhand staff (especially Henry, Adam and Schuyler) are top notch... I'm so grateful for my time at Chicks and many of those customers I met there have become lifelong friends!
If you haven't had their chowder and a glass of white wine in their scenic restaurant- then you're missing out! The Dolphin is a destination I've been recommending to my yachting clients for ages... A couple of my dearest friends spent their very first overnight on their boat at the Dolphin and it set them up for a successful cruising career! Even Oprah enjoyed herself!
I have to tell the world about the incredibly positive and heartwarming experience I've had with Chebeague Island Boat Yard: I sold an Axopar to a client who was a longterm customer at Chebeague Island Boat Yard. After we closed on the boat, a tech from the yard came over to my office in Yarmouth and together we built a winter storage and service plan for the boat and then delivered the boat out to the island. They hauled her, bottom washed and have done a great job looking after her ever since. The owner even took me for a walk thru tour of their facility. I got to spend a bit of time in their shop and enjoy their wifi- then the owner gave me a ride over to the ferry terminal! They've got a personal touch and old time feel to their service that's hard to find these days- they really are a hidden gem!
Great Island Boat Yard (aka GIBY) is quite literally one of my favorite places in the world! They have become a seriously fantastic landmark for quality boat work... Some of the finest boats come to GIBY for reliable projects! Most recently: I've worked with Graham Wright as a service manager to get a Sabre sailboat back up to snuff and cruising again. He's been super responsive and helpful. In the offseason, you'd be lucky to have your boat stored and serviced inside one of their gorgeous indoor warehouses. In the summertime, GIBY is a wash with gorgeous boats!
I've used this boatyard for ages: They've serviced my mooring, launched my J24s and now I use them regularly in a professional context as a yacht broker. Their yards estimates are fair and their fuel dock attendants are very pleasant! The dock house sells cute gear, boozy provisions and ice... In the summer time, the Dockside restaurant has excellent fries, martinis and and rotating entrees. Sometimes you have to wait a bit for a table because it's usually packed but it's one of the best places in Falmouth. We take our older family members to the restaurant on a regular basis because it's very accessible.