Last-minute decision to stop overnight. Very accommodating and friendly, if very expensive. Has virtually every thing you need. Location is dramatic and worth the stay.
As always, a beautiful Club in a interesting harbor, most importantly with a very professional and friendly staff. This is worth the longish haul to get here from the Sound!
We stayed here a couple of years ago and had a terrible experience. After we wrote a tough but honest review, we were contacted by the Commodore who was very nice and solicitous. Because of that outreach, we decided to try again. 1) The Club has undergone some nice renovations and added slips at the dock. Then showers were much improved but not cleaned very well. 2) The highlight of our stay was a visit to the bar on Friday evening. It was staffed by volunteer members who were friendly, generous and provided above expectations service. We has a nice time there and enjoyed ourselves. 3) The launch driver on Friday evening was incompetent and unfriendly. When we called for pick-up he forgot us and had to be re-called. Each time he took us back to our boat he could not find us by the mooring number and we had to direct him to our boat. He drove the launch fast and uncomfortably aggressively. He had a bad attitude and was rude to us. He closed at 11:30 despite the website saying it ran until midnight. The morning was not better. We started calling the launch at 8:00, the announced start time. Others were also calling, all with no response. At 8:15, I called the dock house number, which picked up. The launch driver answered and said they were "setting up." When I commented that it was 8:15 and they were supposed to start at 8:00, he repeated gruffly that they were setting up and hung up. When we were picked up, he was unfriendly to the point of rudeness. When I asked him to back the launch up to match our lifeline gate, he did so without looking where he was going. I had to tell him when to stop backing. (I consider this a serious safety violation.) On our return trip, he also did not know mooring locations by their numbers, and we had to direct him to our boat. The location of the club and its moorings is perfect. But the launch service was by far the worst we experienced in our trip from New Jersey to Block Island and back. Once more, we won't be staying again.
Sturdy mooring with new pendant, excellent service, and most skilled launch drivers we’ve had in two weeks from LI Sound out to Block Island.
Nothing but good to say about our stay on a mooring here. Will definitely stay here next time we visit Essex.
The slip assigned to our 36’ sailboat was very narrow. It took three tries to back in with our dinghy on davits at the stern. I asked three times if there was another slip or dock that would be safer for us. I was refused each time. The next morning, I observed multiple open slips and dock faces that would have been easy for us to tie up. We will not be coming here again.
Nice harbor, nice simple Marina, nice people!
Stayed for one night on a day the Club was closed, so all we saw was the dock, which was quite adequate. Aside from high price, all was good.
When we arrived here, we were immediately struck by the amazingly wide docks, cleanliness, quiet and friendliness of the young staff. Having arrived later in the day, we found the showers did not open to the combinations provided in the welcome handout. We found out the next day that the showers are closed due to Covid-19, but neither the handout or the staff mentioned this. Before going to diner, our shore power went out, I found the shore power pedestal breaker had tripped. I reset it. Power was restored but lasted only a few minutes. Thinking it might be the pedestal/breaker, I moved the cable, along with an extension cable the marina provided, to the next nearest pedestal, which was across the main dock. Power again went out a while later. I discovered that some friendly person had disconnected our cable and put it back on our side of the dock. Thanks neighbor for telling us! So I once gain moved to another pedestal on our own side of the dock. This again worked for a few minutes and then cut off, with the breaker tripped. Shore power was very important for us, as our engine alternator ha stopped charging our batteries. So I called the after-hours emergency number, This put me through to a central Safe Harbor after-hours desk. The nice operator got an equally nice, but clueless local man on the phone who offered to call the marina general manager. He called back a while later to tell me he could not reach the general manager. While waiting for all these calls to work, I again looked at all the connections and cables. I decided that the most likely culprit was the extension cable, especially as it had a splice in it. In order to make our cable fit, I moved our boat up as far as far as it would go in the slip, so our shore power cable just reached. Plugged in an - Yay! - shore power that did not go off. When putting the extension off to the side, I noticed that the slice had actually burned through the tape over the splice. Yikes - we were lucky it didn't start a fire, as the splice was sitting on the wooden dock. Also, when we went to dinner, we noticed that the main gate lock was inoperable. When we returned from diner, as small group of teenagers had congregated in the corner of the parking lot, doing what teenagers do. They could have easily moved their activities to a vacant boat in the marina. First thing in the morning, the marina general manager, a very nice man named Dave, called me back and I reviewed the situation. He gave me a lot of sympathy, but offered nothing in compensation for our troubles. So I asked, and he offered a credit for the electric charge (not yer received) and a free nights stay upon our next visit. this was quite fair, hence the 4-star rating instead of much worse. This is a nice place, and could be great with a little more attention to detail.
Lovely place to stay. Clean and well maintained. Staff friendly and professional. Only negative was virtuall no one wore masks, except staff. Hard for marina to enforce.
Jim the GM of the Club was most attentive and helpful. All Club activities closed due to pandemic, but this was a nice place to stay overnight going out the Sound. Would definitely stay again.
As always, wonderful service in a wonderful facility. And as always, a rolly night on a guest mooring way out at the harbor entrance in an east wind!
Took a mooring. $72 is a little pricey for no launch service. This is a pretty and very quiet harbor. Nice break from the crowds.
Good place to stop on LI Sound. Staff were helpful and friendly. Pool was nice. This marina is in a boatyard, so there's not a lot of grass but rather a huge gravel parking lot. Only real negative is the depth of the entrance channel. Other reviews have warned of this, and sure enough, at low tide we witnessed a sailboat run aground right in the channel. Since we were looking at it from his stern, it was impossible to tell the size, but most probably in the30's. Harbor police came quickly and pulled him off. We waited until the tide had come in at least halfway before leaving in the morning. If you come/go near low tide, favor the side of the channel away from the large steel bulkhead. We've been here before and won't hesitate to go back.