Buck's Harbor Marine

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684 Coastal Rd.
South Brooksville, ME 04617
44° 20' 22.92'', -68° 44' 8.17''
dismissive.class.effort
207-326-8839
VHF Ch. 9
www.bucksharbor.com
Bucks Harbor
Buck's Harbor Marine
Buck's Harbor Marine
Buck's Harbor Marine
Buck's Harbor Marine
Buck's Harbor Marine
Buck's Harbor Marine
Rain starting tonight, continuing until tomorrow afternoon.
50℉ESE at 4 knots
High05:51AM9.269ft
Low11:54AM1.374ft
High06:10PM10.234ft
Fuel
Last Updated: Aug 23, 2019

Diesel$3.89
Gas Regular$3.89
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About


Buck’s Harbor Marina maintains and operates over 25 transient rental moorings. This is one of the largest mooring fields available in Penobscot Bay. All of our moorings meet U.S. Army Corps of Engineers standards, and some can moor vessels up to 70 feet in length. Moorings are set in depths ranging from 17 feet to 35 feet. Ships exceeding 70 feet can be accommodated overnight at our fuel dock (21 foot depth). Our Marina is fully stocked with food, fuel, water, wifi, and more!

Buck’s Harbor’s deep water, full protection and quick access to prime sailing grounds make it one of the most desirable harbors in Maine. There are presently 365 moorings in our Harbor. For many people, Buck’s Harbor Marina is home base.

Approach


Minimum Approach Depth:20.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:20.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:20.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Oct 07, 2019

Dockage:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Anchorage:Nearby
Fuel Dock:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Wi-Fi:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Trash:Yes
Ice:Yes
Gas:Yes
Diesel:Yes
Groceries:Nearby
Alcohol:Yes
Medical Facility:Nearby
Pharmacy:Nearby
Hotels:Nearby
Restaurants:Nearby
Beach:Nearby
Pet Friendly:Yes
Ship Store:Yes
Max. Vessel LOA:75.0 Feet
Electric Amps:30
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skippertuna2Sep 12, 2019

Communication is better

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dshiplerAug 11, 2018

Sadly, I experienced a Charter From Hell through Buck’s Harbor Marina, and nearly two months later, they’ve failed to fulfill their promise to refund my money, almost $10,000! Here’s what happened: After the 36’ Grand Banks trawler I’d paid in advance to charter for two weeks was sold and became unavailable in June 2018, Jon Buck, the marina’s owner, offered a 42’ for the first week and a 32’ for the second. But when we boarded the 42’, we discovered that the refrigeration wasn’t working; Buck hadn’t checked it out early enough. Then, into port came the 32’, returned early by its previous renters. So we switched to the 32, moved our gear (with the kind help of Buck’s very young son), and got underway. The next morning, we discovered that the old anchor windlass, which I’d told Buck I needed after two back surgeries last year, was in bad shape. It sounded like a coffee grinder, and although I nursed it along, motoring up over the anchor and putting hardly any strain on it, the windlass kept binding up and stopping. I finally had to pull up the anchor by hand—not advisable, but my back held up. Buck sent a mechanic to fix it, which he did by just turning the barrel by hand to free it up—not a true repair. The next time we anchored, the same thing happened, even while treating the windlass with great care. After it stopped operating, I pulled the rope rode in by hand as far as possible, but as I hauled manually, the anchor snagged an old rope on the bottom, and I couldn’t get it up by hand. The mechanic came again, couldn’t get the windlass working but managed to pull up the anchor enough to reach the old rope and cut it. Buck’s mechanic judged the windlass in need of replacement, since it was probably as old as the 1977 boat and had been exposed to decades of salt water. Buck did not offer to replace it, however. In addition, as I discovered in the papers aboard, the boat had neither Coast Guard documentation nor state registration, in violation of the law. I was concerned that I could be held liable as the operator. I advised Buck, but he didn’t answer and didn’t provide documentation—because there wasn’t any, as I found later in checking the Coast Guard’s database. The documentation had expired, under a different owner and name, 14 months before. Nor did the boat have its name on the hull, as the law requires. So, regretfully, I emailed Buck that we’d have to return the boat, which we did. By phone he apologized and agreed to my proposal that he refund my money minus one day’s charter and the cost of fuel. He said he’d send the check in two days. When I didn’t get it, he stopped answering my emails, texts, and phone messages until, 10 days later on June 30, he emailed, “Sorry for the delay,” and said the check would be in that day’s mail. It’s now August 10th, and no check, no answer to my queries. Both BoatUS and the Better Business Bureau have relayed my complaint to him (BoatUS said I have a case), but still no response to date. Losing the charter was hard enough, but to lose the money, too? It’s a shame, because before Buck bought the marina in 2016, it had a good reputation. If this story has a happy ending eventually, I’ll file an update.

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