Our facility offers 43 deep water moorings and 15 slips in the most protected basin in the area with direct open access (no bridges) to the Gulf of Maine. We are located in a water body known as the Back Channel; it is just off the north side of the Piscataqua River mouth, across from Jamaica Island. Our mooring balls are white, stamped with the letters KPYY, and numbered 1101 up to 1143. Protected on three and a half sides, we are considered the area’s primary hurricane hole. All moorings are granite block and all ground tackle is inspected annually each spring.
Transient moorings are available for vessels up to 65 feet LOA and slips for vessels up to 60 feet LOA. Our moorings vary in weight and swing area so advanced reservations are highly recommended. No launch service is provided, so bring your dinghy. We have a dinghy dock and our restroom facility, located at our front office entrance, is open 24/7.
Kittery, along with its neighbor Portsmouth, NH (across the river), are recognized for their historic, cultural, and scenic assets as well as their many restaurants and shopping/ supply amenities. We have bikes available for guests to travel into town and their are public dinghy docks available in Portsmouth if you'd like to travel over by water.
We decided to stay here as it looked like there was more protection versus our previous stay at Portsmouth Yacht Club which could be a bit rolly with the traffic going by and the currents. There was definitely more protection as it was significantly less rolly. However, they do pack a lot of moorings into a small area. So, a bit congested as you approach including lobster pots in the mooring field. However, received a map beforehand with our assigned number so we knew where to go. No launch service, but dinghy dock at marina is available. Nothing retail within a short walking distance, but brought our bikes on shore to run some errands and enjoy a meal out.
This was our second stay at kpyy. As usual they are very accommodating, great locations and make the process seamless through Dockwa. Thanks Jason!
Without a doubt the Best Pl., I’ve stayed in Maine. Friendly and helpful staff made sure we had everything we needed. With Jason overseeing operations the place is clean well-maintained and his Staff is well l trained. Tom A
Nice little marina. We were assigned the ball closest to the entrance which we really liked since we are a bigger boat. Made for easy access and exit. We just came in for a night to sleep and drop off some garbage, no complaints. We do have a very tall bow so picking up the mooring line was a bit of a struggle but most boats would have no issue
The Back Channel is a very calm location to stop. Jason the manager could not have been nicer. He sent us a mooring field map in advance so we knew exactly where to go. Grabbing a mooring there is a little challenging with the current and the pots but absolutely doable. Dinghy ride to Chauncy Creek Lobster Pound is a plus.
Great staff. Quite mooring area
Jason was very helpful. Great stop on our way Down East. Will definately be back!
Beautiful, friendly, quiet mooring and a safe harbor! Jason was very accommodating especially during these COVID times. We were not able to go ashore since we are from RI but thoroughly enjoyed our two night stay. Great inlets to explore by dingy too!
What a great, understated and hidden spot...our slip neighbors could not have been more friendly and Jason could not have been more helpful...this is definitely a spot that we will return to. Best regards, Bridging The Gap III
serene spot for boat. nice walk to the revitalized Frisbee Wharf with outdoor pub and upscale Bistro Restaurant
Great place to pull in. Jason was great! We wish we had more time! Will come again. Thank you!!
We had a great experience at KPYY. The mooring field is incredibly calm and quiet. Jason and the staff at the yard were friendly and helpful. I would highly recommend picking up a mooring at KPYY if you are in the Kittery/Portsmouth area. One recommendation for anyone wanting to visit Portsmouth from the mooring field, don’t bother running a dinghy over to Prescott park. Crossing the Piscataqua River in a small dinghy can be a little dicey and your reward is to pay $8/hr to dock your dinghy at the Prescott Park town docks. Much faster, more comfortable, safer, and likely cheaper to just Uber from the yard for $10-$15. We will definitely stop here again.
Great facility, great people! We had engine problems in the middle of our trip, and Kittery Point Yacht Yard was able to work us into their service schedule, fix our engine, and be a very nice place to stop while we waited for repairs. The yard is just the right size--small enough for personalized service, but large enough to have specialized craftsmen who can do any job well. We picked up one of their moorings in Back Channel and were pleased. The moorings are in good repair, and Back Channel is very sheltered from the weather. It is also sheltered from all the wake in the Piscataqua River, and the local fishing boats all passed through the mooring field at a slow bell, which is unusual in our experience in Maine waters. We highly recommend KPYY, whether it's just for a mooring for the night, or for any kind of repair. Thank you so much, Jason, Mike, and all the crew!
Used a mooring ball for two nights. Very easy pickup and secure during our stay. Visited the marina facilities and obtained a needed fuse for our generator. Took an easy and beautiful walk into Kittery and enjoyed lunch at the Beach Pea Bakery. Would recommend Kittery Point Yacht Yard.
Excellent on all counts.
Hi, After a hiatus from sailing and I planned to return to the sea with a Catalina I purchased. KPYY in the back channel accepted my reservation request for several days of mooring. However, while I had checked out my outboard motors for the small sail boat and dinghy; after launching the 25 footer in the Piscataquis river far upstream from the KPYY mooring site both engines failed. Lucky for me KPYY has a service location in Elliot Maine a few 100 yards form my launch point. Dave at the Elliot KPYY extended the courtesies of a short tow to his service dock where I restored my engine. I made my way to my Kittery KPYY, mooring. I found it to be a quiet accommodating location. There I found on shore crew accommodations well provisioned with ice, showers and convenient bicycle transportation. I have stayed at several marina and rate KPYY at step above all. Harold
Dingy down to the second bridge where there’s a dock and it’s a short walk to a local meat market and a produce store with local products and a decent wine selection. Nice Moorings with a swift current and shady lanes.
Moorings are fine, location is beautiful but nobody answered our inquiries and we were unable to access the facilities because we were not given information about how to get in, despite calling and messaging them on Dockwa.
Beautiful location. Quiet. Convenient and nice guest area by the shower, with a coffee machine. Trash and recycling convenient. Walk to town with restaurants and shops 1.3 miles.
We had a nice stay. It was quiet. Jason was very helpful with information emailed to us while enroute. Our ETA was after the office closed.
Great stay at KPYY Staff are very professional and friendly. Jason runs a great yard and is a pleasure to work with. Moorings and docks are in perfect condition and very protected from Wind and wakes. Internet was a little spotty sometimes. Only place in Portsmouth area I would stay.
Great location, dock master Jason, contacted us 2 hours before arrival and made the tie up easy. He explained the facility layout. It was quiet ,, just what we were looking for. We will be back ,,, Thanks Jason!!!!L
One of the smoothest stays we’ve ever had on a mooring. Can’t say enough about Jason. Emailed map and mooring assignment right away and was there to greet and help when we arrived. A definite go back to.
It was great, but we missed having a launch.
Reserved a night on a mooring to rest for the night on our trip from Noank CT to Portland Maine. Very well maintained Arrived at 6:00 PM on a Sunday and the facility was closed, but Manager Jason had reached out to via e-mail to ensure that I was familiar with his mooring field, the lay out of the facility, and the acces codes. Only inconvenience was there being 1 bathroom w/shower. It took quite some time for the 5 of us to cycle thru and quite a wait the next morning. Additionally l would note that we were unsuccessfull hailing a cab/Uber/Lyft when trying to go into town for dinner. The one cab that would come out had a 45 minute lead time. We did however find a Chinese restaurant that delivers and feasted in the Yard Lounge Thanks KPYY!