Pope's Island Marina

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102 Pope's Island
New Bedford, MA 02740
41° 38' 20.66'', -70° 54' 46.65''
508-979-1456
VHF Ch. 9
www.popesislandmarina.com
New Bedford Harbor
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Pope's Island Marina
Possible light rain tomorrow evening and night.
55℉SW at 5 knots
Low02:15AM-0.439ft
High08:40AM4.036ft
Low02:00PM-0.463ft
High09:03PM5.052ft

Awards


Boaters' Choice 2017Boaters' Choice 2018Boaters' Choice 2019Boaters' Choice Elite Fleet 2020Boaters' Choice 2021

About


The Port of New Bedford invites you to stay at Pope’s Island Marina and experience why we call it Destination New Bedford. Our friendly Marina Staff and Harbor Attendants are here to ensure a welcoming and enjoyable stay. There is so much to see and do, from visiting the world’s largest whaling museum to eating the world’s freshest seafood. The launch will connect you to the historic downtown district, restaurants, galleries and key attractions. Stroll the cobblestone streets of America’s #1 Fishing Port or take a bike ride to Fort Taber and the Military Museum. Our season begins April 15th and ends October 31st, but feel free to contact the office in the winter or early spring if you or your group would like to make arrangements for a visit with us next season. Upon arrival, be sure to ask one of our Dock Attendants for an informational packet that highlights some activities as well as dining options within and around the Harbor. If it is fuel or service your vessel needs, you will find it in The Port of New Bedford. So make your next port of call, New Bedford.

Berth Capacity


Slips:198

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Feb 11, 2022

Dockage:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Fuel Dock:Nearby
Water Hookup:Yes
Maintenance Facility:Nearby
Water Taxi:Yes
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Wi-Fi:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Trash:Yes
Ice:Yes
Boat Ramp:Nearby
Gas:Nearby
Diesel:Nearby
Propane:Nearby
Captains Lounge:Yes
Security:Yes
Groceries:Nearby
Alcohol:Nearby
Medical Facility:Nearby
Pharmacy:Nearby
Car Rentals:Nearby
Hotels:Nearby
Closest Airport:New Bedford Regional Airport
Restaurants:Yes
Bait & Tackle:Yes
Fixed Docks:Yes
Floating Docks:Yes
Electric Amps:30
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Great people. Convenient, well protected location. wonderful neighbors. Dorstep to Buzzards Bay.

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It seems like a lot is going down hill lost pump out boat and docks are getting risky the cleaning of washrooms is ?

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My only complaint is the season is too short. Thank you to all the amazing staff that made this year enjoyable and I look forward to seeing you in the spring.

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Slips are in poor shape, electricity was intermittent in the beginning of the year. The marina boats were constantly parked in the slip even after numerous calls to ask for them to be removed. Trash was always overflowing and trying to reach the manager was a joke. She sat on a personal call for 25 minutes chatting about restaurants and made us wait in the hall until she completed her personal business on work time.

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They charge for 50 amp service, even though they know I can only use 30 amps. Also the main float on C dock is tilting, and the cement is crumbling. It is an embarrassment to me when I bring guests, and I wonder just how long it will hold together.

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Two interesting towns, and an exemplary launch service. We always enjoy our stay at Popes, and the towns of New Bedford and Fairhaven. As far as the marina, my only recommendation would be an enlargement of the showers. The showers are small and need more hooks for clothes, etc. The bathrooms are always clean, just a little in the shower stalls. The people are always very accommodating and helpful. The launch service employs terrific employees who are a wealth of local knowledge.

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Great details on where to doc. Help offered if need on the landing. Doc neighbor stepped in to help. Very pleasant. The docs are right on Rt 6 between New Bedford and Fairhaven. within a few steps was a great playground for the kids, a marine supply store, one restaurant. The facility is gated. 12 minute walk west to down town NB, but you are on the highway / off-ramp. There is a sidewalk, but crossing when needed is a bit intimidating for families. Also there is a KEY CARD worth $20 if you don't return it. We left before they were open and got hit with the $20 while underway to next destination. The correction was handled without issue, as we HAD turned it in, but recommend watching for posting errors.

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Nice protected marina inside the hurricane breakwall. However reaching them by phone is a nightmare, and their voicemail doesn't work either. We needed an electrical adapter at our slip during our stay, and they were able to provide to us for a $250 refundable fee. Upon leaving I messaged them via Dockwa (after no response by phone) that we had departed and left the adapter on the dock for them to retrieve, and I have still yet to see a refund for the $250 over a week later. Have called numerous times with no response. Same issue upon arriving to the marina. Only way to get them is by radio prior to arrival. Pope's Island Marina, if you're seeing this please refund me ASAP.

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Great service by office and dock hand. Sturdy mooring ball with unique stand up, tall pennant shaft and eye that provides user friendly retrieval and departure with no slimy lines or boat hook required. Super for singlehanded. Only negative is the tiny floating Pumpout dock, 12x24ft, in my case nestled between two large luxury yachts. The dockhand was necessary for getting my 42ft sailboat safely alongside and secured.

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43' Shannon Ketch sv Marite. Took a ball for 3 nights because of Ida coming through. Very accommodating. Super clean bathrooms. Launch drivers really friendly and helpful, but you pay $3pp each way which was a surprise after free launches included in the price of the mooring on the other side of Cape Cod Canal. So we moved to a closer ball as we have a rowing dinghy. No problem. The Whaling Museum and Bethel are amazing at reflecting the history of this important sea port. Overall, really pleased with our stay.

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We came here to ride out the storm remnants of Hurricane Ida. We were on mooring #1 and we felt very safe and secure. Everyone was very courteous. We would return.

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This stay at Pope’s Island went very well, right from the great help the dockhand gave us in backing our single screw boat into a tight slip to the prompt pumpout service when we left. The floating concrete docks were clean and in decent condition. The heads and showers are clean and well kept. I would make one suggestion that more hooks be provided in the showers - one isn’t enough to hold dirty clothes, clean clothes, shoes and your towel while you shower. Wifi was only sporadic out on the end of “E” dock. I wish it had been better. The New Bedford - Fairhaven area has lots to offer. We utilized Uber to get to a Stop & Shop, the fascinating Whaling Museum and a great Portuguese restaurant. Getting a confirmed Uber pickup was difficult on Friday night. This was our second stop at Pope’s Island and we'll come back again the next time our cruises bring us to the area.

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Great stay at Pope’s Island Marina. Friendly and accommodating team, and it is a great location to explore both NB (whaling museum a short walk away) and Fairhaven. Only issue is that the floating docks need some surface repair. We’ll be back.

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Friendly, comfortable, very professional

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Despite being short-staffed, the Marina Manager, Elizabeth, was everywhere: checking in us transients, answering questions, tour guide, and dockhand. We took advantage of the launch service and had a pleasant stay

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Elizabeth the dock master was amazing and responded to our every request. Thank you Elizabeth ({crew of Cachibache}

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Very helpful staff Kenny and Ben were awesome great location amenities always spotless plan on returning soon

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Excellent and there is plenty of water to accommodate a 8.5 draft.

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Great Marina, we’ve been all over New England but 1st trip to New Bedford. Pleasantly surprised by the whole experience. Marina is clean, staff very friendly. Water shuttle to restaurants is very convenient.

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We took a mooring here and didn’t make it into the facility itself this time but other times we’ve been everything shore side has been in good shape. There were 3 pendants on our mooring that were tangled together so it took a couple of tries to pick up. Once on I spent some time separating the two heavy ones from the lighter one that we used. If it had been stormy the big pendants would have been nice to have. The harbor is very well protected from storms of any size and other than an occasional mysterious wake and the distant sound and occasional smell of the largest fishing port on the East coast it’s a perfect spot. This visit, rather than walking from Pope Island we took the launch directly to town for supper at DNB Burgers. The burgers are fantastic and the Poutine is the best I’ve had South of the Canadian border. New Bedford has become much more visitor friendly over the years. I highly recommend it for a visit.

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We stayed on a mooring ball for 2 nights, August 2021. Great working town vibe. I recommend a visit to the Euro Ship Store for any boating clothing you need.

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This was my second stay at Pope's Island Marina. It is a very convenient place, with friendly staff and close proximity to town. It also has a Dunkin; Donuts across the street to get me going in the morning. I'll be happy to stay here again in the future.

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Very nice marina. Staff friendly and helpful and great location. First time there and we will return.

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Nice place lots to do and great people. Marina needs some TLC. While very clean new electrical stanchions do kit all work. At least 1 plug dead on each. However a real value and will certainly be back! Thank you Elizabeth.

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Good little cation; helpful staff;

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Best peeps on a dock ever 👌

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Nice place. Good dock hand. The girls said that the bathrooms could be spiffed up

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Good staff Marina needs some upgrading

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Spent 2 nights on a mooring. Launch driver helped to get a line to the mooring in 20kn of wind. A big Thank you for that. Super convenient location with clean showers and friendly staff. I enjoyed my stay.

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Very nice folks - clean rest rooms and showers - great ferry service to the Whaling Museum - New Bedford downtown made a good recovery from covid re: restaurants etc.

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Just needed a convienant stop on Buzzards Bay. Fir the bill

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Could be improved in terms of the condition of the docks….run down but functional. Good location for access to New Bedford and Fairhaven. The launch service around the harbor is very good. The wi-fi is not very good.

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Very good place to stay and we will do so again. The location is great and everyone at Pope's Island was friendly and very helpful.

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Great staff, great facilities.

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Had a great time at the Popes Island Marina, we will definitely return.

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Slight confusion with mooring assignment but otherwise a great stay. Rode out TS Elsa. Very protected harbor. Right near downtown New Bedford. Launch service was excellent. Staff was helpful and friendly. Facilities were clean. I would definitely return for another stay.

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The told me to take mooring #19. When I got there, there was another boat on #19. I saw an empty mooring (#27) and called the marina to tell them 19 was occupied, and asked if I could take 27. The marina said 27 was okay. Late in the afternoon after we got everything packed up for the night, the private owner of #27 showed up and told us to get off. Called the marina and they gave us a different mooring, but it was a major inconvenience to get everything untied and move at the last minute with the mooring owner circling and looking very angry.

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Nice marina. Nice amenities.

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Great staff! Very helpful. Launch available to transport you to nearby attractions.

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Outstanding launch service! Busy commercial noisy harbor. Bathrooms are ok, need to be cleaner. Walking around historical New Bedford and Fairhaven is interesting . Large Market Basket a Lyft away provides everything you need for provisioning. Arrival Guidance to mooring location needs improvement and clarity.

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Good mooring, good directions to said mooring, nice harbor. Calm with a large variety of working vessels. Great shopping for the girls on the Fairheaven side at the Euro stores.

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Great marina. Good location for walking the town of New Bedford. Must visit the Whaling Museum and the free Fisherman Museum. Marina had good facilities and friendly permanent slip holders. The dock hands were ineffective and need major training in line handling and customer service. The fairways are on the right side and the directions which one we were slipped was given unclearly. Make sure you use your spring lines on both sides to position your boat as there is a fair amount of surge constantly from the active harbor. Docks were floating and fairly new. Need at least three fenders as you will be side tying. I would rate the marina a five and the staff a two. They were disinterested

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We stayed on a mooring overnight and had a nice visit. The marina answered our radio call immediately. The moorings were clearly marked. The logical layout made ours easy to find. The view of the active harbor was superb. We were disappointed to learn that launch service was not included, but pleased to find out that the launch will take you pretty much wherever you want to go in the harbor, so you don't have to walk a long way to restaurants, chandleries, museums, or other places. The huge hardware/marine hardware store across the street from the marina was also convenient. We look forward to visiting again and staying longer next time.

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Pleasant, attentive staff. Lovely well maintained docks and grounds. Look forward to it every time!

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Elizabeth and her entire staff couldn't have been more accommodating to us. The dock power was great. It was our second visit to the marina and I would highly recommend it to anyone. 6 stars

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The marina was not manned by anyone. When I came in,solo, I had to land by myself. The manager did not leave me a key to the front gate. I was not told my assigned slip. I was not given the Wi-Fi password. Frankly I think I deserve a credit or refund. Luckily, other boaters on the dock could help.

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Liz was nice and accommodating but the electric situation was horrible and extremely unfairly priced and that’s the opinion of the people there and talking to most of them some meters were not working and no billing was known!! I’ve paid but want resolution on this or won’t b returning and complaining to someone higher up, my cell number is 508-400-0005

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Nice marina. Great staff, especially Elizabeth.

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We stayed here for the summer of 2020. Great marina and super convenient to the Cape, Islands, and RI.

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Experience was great over all. We arrived on Sunday afternoon and the “lean” crew was stretched. Maybe more help midday Sunday would be helpful!! Again, it as fine overall!!

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Very nice stay on mooring #4. Facilities were very well maintained with a lot of patio furniture in the green space to get off the boat and relax in a Covid safe open environment. Friendly helpful staff. Clean restrooms. 2 washers and two dryers, coin operated, which worked great. Staff can help with change. Secure transient dinghy dock closest to office on first pier. No need to use the public dinghy dock. Marina very secure with key card entry ($10 deposit for card, refundable when returned.) Lots of dock carts. Whaling museum nearby, a short walk. Good restaurants a short walk away ( Fathoms, Black Whale). Busy working port with tons of fishing boats, but all a no wake area, so just fun to watch. Harbor does have launch service is desired. Would definitely stay again.

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A hidden jewel!! Good Moorings. Best part is launch service with drop off downtown New Bedford on a dock amongst the fishing fleet. Whales Tale Clam Shack is a new gem right near drop off. Walk up to the New Bedford Whaling Museum, a top notch museum focused on the history of the region.

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A nice marina. Clean facilities. Good area for walking dogs. Helpful dock hands. Very secure. It would’ve been a five except the cement docks are in need of repair. Dunkin Donuts right across the street. Good wifi.

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Great spot. Nice people nice town to visit

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Well maintained moorings 10 min from town. Great staff

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Great well maintained facility, excellent staff.

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Good mooring. Plenty of swing room for our 57' boat. Mooring #1. Marina was flexible with our changing schedule. Watching the commercial traffic was fun. Whole area is a no wake zone.

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Great marina: clean, all the amenities boaters’ need like washer/dryer, ice, two wheel carts, soda machine, etc. And conveniently located by land or sea!

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Had a really nice stay. The marina is very accommodating and has a nice facility.

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Sat out Trop Storm Isaias there. Staff was very helpful and accommodating. Only problem was all their pedestals on dock where I was were 50 amp and I need 30 amp. They had 50 to 30 amp converters to loan me but none of their converters fit their 50 amp outlets!

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Great service at nice, well maintained marina. Very nice, clean heads & showers. Not close to anything in terms of retail, but New Bedford is a fairly short launch or dinghy ride away.

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A hidden Gem! Great marina staff.

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They are wonderful. So nice and helpful.

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Great facility with courteous and friendly staff that will promptly help you with anything you need, from docking assistance, to pumpout at your slip, to launch service to the mooring field or across the main channel to downtown New Bedford. Pope’s Island is an active boating community, with very friendly and helpful boat owners. This is a secure, gated marina with well maintained grounds including a spacious picnic area with grilles. They have laundry, ice, vending machines, and a lending library. Restrooms and showers are always clean. Marine supply right across the street, and outstanding seafood within walking distance. Historic Fort Taber Park with a beach, and picnic area is about a mile and a quarter away, and sits at the harbor entrance and the Hurricane Barrier. A bike trail nearby takes you to Mattapoisett, Marion and beyond.

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Staff was very courteous. Bathrooms & showers were clean. Pump out boat came on time as requested. Very convenient to both New Bedford and Fairhaven.

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Stayed here for the weekend while testing out a newly purchased boat. It met all of our needs and more, We did not have the appropriate shore power adapter and they were very accommodating by providing us with a loaner. Will certainly stay here again. Being inside the Hurricane Barrier was also a plus.

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Very nice facility. Marine supply and great food nearby.

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Just an overnight so we didn’t try out any of their services but the mooring was good and marina personnel responded quickly when we called upon arrival. The harbor is huge but well protected and not too much wake from other boats.

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Very nice people and good facilities - Convenient access to town - museums - restaurants & very protected harbor - Fun to watch all the fishing boats!

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We had a great stay. The staff was wonderful helping us get secured in our slip. The facilities were clean and well maintained. Restaurants are within walking distance and a Dunkin' Donuts is right across the street!

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Nice people/staff, convenient, good facility.

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Stayed on a mooring. Minimal wakes. Good launch services. Downtown rebuilding with some nice restaurants. Whaling museum easily accessible by launch to Pier 3.

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Everything was fine except the pick up line on the Mooring which was so encrusted with barnacles that we had trouble using it. Should be replaced! I was happy with shower and laundry!

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Shore side facilities good. Best price on block ice. BUT marks were labeled in crazy fashion, hard to find. no staff came out to direct boat to mark

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Staff was very accommodating to us and our cruise

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Marina is in a great location with a lot of historical sites in New Bedford, esp. the Whaling Museum, approximately a mile away. Restaurants within a half mile. Negatives were wifi was not working, and we were out on the west end of D dock. With a 15-20 kt south wind it was rocky. Very long walk to the marina entrance from our berth.

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The location was pretty good; only about a 10-15 minute walk on good sidewalks to downtown New Bedford. Although amenities are limited the staff is friendly. The bathrooms were not bad and I felt pretty secure. There is a DD close by and a restaurant called Fathoms at which we had a really good meal.

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Always a pleasure, great marina, wonderfully run ! What can you say about the New Bedford FIreworks 💥💥💥spectacular as always 💥💥💥

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If you need a clean marina that is secure from heavy weather, with friendly staff, this is the one. Stopped here in September 2018 specifically because of the hurricane wall that protects the harbor. Although it never made it this far north, early forecasting had Hurricane Florence getting up this far in September.

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Friendly, helpful folks.

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It is always a pleasant stay at Pope’s Island. THis is the first time we have been on a mooring and we came in on a Sunday, after the marina was closed but the launch operators were very accommodating leading us to our mooring. Carol, who was running the launch that evening, is fabulous!! And she took wonderful care of us. The next morning, Brad took us about and he was great too. It was a short stay and we didn’t get to use the marina facilities this trip, but it is a well serviced and very pleasing marina. We will be back.

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We stayed on a mooring for 4 nights. Not too much wash from passing boats. The showers were good. The WiFi internet connection wasn't very good in the vicinity of the dock house. The laundry facility was good. It is a good walk to either old town New Bedford or to Fairhaven. Fathoms is a restaurant right across the street tah has good food at a reasonable price. There is also a marine syore across the street that has most routine boating equipment and then some. It was a good stay overall.

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A great marina with good facilities well located. Any exceptionally helpful staff. A special call out to Penny, the manager, who found a mechanic on Friday afternoon who went the extra mile.

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All-around excellent facilities and personnel. Only thing lacking is a drinking fountain. We will definitely use this marina again.

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Some of the friendliest staff you could ever meet.

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We arrived at 5:30 PM the dock hands did not give us the code for the gate or even the Wi-Fi password we ended up staying on the boat all night since we were afraid to leave the marina if we couldn’t get back in

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Loved that they gave us the slip number and a chart of the marina a week before we were to arrive. Will go back again.

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Wonderful facilities, reasonable price for mooring, pump out available, launch service,

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Nice facility, helpful dock staff. convenient launch that drops you right downtown($3pp each way, plus tip). Pretty quiet too, not a real party crowd. use caution at night as some of the floating pier surfaces are broken(glass reinforced concrete). will definitely be back.

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Very accommodating, nice facility.

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Very accommodating, clean and peaceful marina. Close to shops and restaurants. Penny is a great person to work with. Prices very reasonable. Good docks and good power.

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Great stay at Pope's. The Marina staff were great and very helpful with suggestions on things to do and places to eat. The launch to both New Bedford and Fairhaven was easy and convenient. The whaling museum is a real must see! We will stay again

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A well maintained yard close to all of the amenities. Marina supply store, restaurant, hardware store and even a Dunkin Donuts right across the street. Marina employees and boat owners very friendly. Enjoyed our stay.

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Just took a mooring for one night. Did not go ashore.

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One of two mooring pennants was wrapped tightly around the chain under the ball. The guys who maintain moorings for Pope' s were not at work on Saturday afternoon. With the help of Cathy and Casey and the New Bedford launch, I untangled the pennant. Other pennant was encrusted with barnacles and associated marine life making a mess of my foredeck and varnish. Maintenance is needed.

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This our first year at popes island marina. The staff is very friendly and will help out with anything you need them for. The facility is excellent with bathrooms and showers, they have a picnic area with plenty of chairs and a couple of grilles for members to use. The slips are very easy to access. They have electric and water hook ups. Free wifi for members. They also have transient slips and morings for your day or overnight visits. Our slip is located on the F dock which is located on the west side of the main pier and we really like it. Protected from waves and wind and very easy to navigate even at dead low tide. At dead low tide we still have a depth of 6.5 feet when leaving our slip. They also have a waste pump out located at the end of the main center pier. I recommend popes island marina for anyone looking for friendly service and extremely friendly boaters.

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Excellent visit! Very friendly and helpful staff, great location to visit New Bedford and Fairhaven. Nice, protected area well behind the hurricane gates. We'll definitely be back!

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