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Safe Harbor Great Island is located just 40 minutes north of Portland, in a naturally protected and beautiful cove. We have a happy and welcoming operation. Our modern boat yard facilities include a custom post and beam building housing offices, a ship’s store, and guest amenities. Craft Kitchen & Provisions, is an excellent eatery and located on site! While staying in our marina, you also gain access to our experienced riggers, and expert mechanical and electrical service techs to keep you up and running.
Safe Harbor Great Island cares for over 200 boats in the winter and keeps over 100 in the marina for the summer. We offer “shipyard” capabilities with the personal and friendly service. Over half of our customers come to us from other New England states. A parade of boats makes the 120-mile trip between SHGI and the Cape Cod Canal every spring and fall. We paint, repair, repower, and refit dozens of sailboats and motor yachts annually. We have extensive indoor storage facilities which allows our crew to function efficiently, year-round.
Transient slips and moorings are available; for reservations, please call, email, or book via the Dockwa app. Waste pump-out equipment is provided on a no-charge basis. SHGI monitors VHF channel 09; our working channel is 10.
Picturesque, peaceful, natural hurricane hole
65 marina slips – 45 moorings
Vessels up to 70’ LOA, 8.5’ draft
ValvTect fuel, block and cubed ice, free pump-out and water
Free WiFi, customer lounge, large, clean restrooms and tiled showers, laundry facilities
Cafe onsite - Craft Kitchen & Provisions serves savory breakfast sandwiches, sweets, house-smoked meat sandwiches, salads and soups, and much more! Creative, locally-sourced, rotating menu, updated weekly. May - October. For more information about the cafe & provisions, call (207) 406-4333, or visit craftkitchenmaine.com.
Friday Night Music Series, half a dozen nights of live entertainment at the water's edge throughout the summer season.
Give us a call (207) 729-1639 or email our Marina Manager at [email protected]
Great Island came recommended to us by our broker, who had previously been at the yard for remodeling the office cabin into a guest cabin. The carpentry work performed was excellent, and I was informed that the yard was the best in the area. We came in for refrigeration work, and it was accomplished on time and to high standards. I have experienced boatyards and marinas on the Eastcoast, from top to bottom, and do not hesitate to recommend Safe Harbor Great Island for their professional work and customer care. Plan early so as not to miss a lovely spot and great people.
The staff at SHGI is simply top shelf. They recently completed the second refit of my 58' sailboat over the last two years. I've dealt with a number of boatyards over the past 15 years from the Chesapeake to Maine. SHGI's staff possesses an unparalleled level of skills and craftsmanship across many disciplines from rigging, propulsion, refrigeration, systems and electronics to paint, varnish, fiberglass, cabinetry and even teak decking. And it's all delivered with an amazing level of customer service from the time you first hail them on VHF to when you call for advise from a thousand miles away.
Well protected mooring area with easy to pick up pendant. Mooring field is not close to the marina so could not pick up any Wifi service. Nothing really within walking distance of the facility that we could find. There's a busy two lane road with no sidewalk. However, the beauty of area made it worth the stop. Spent time exploring the coast and islands in our dinghy. It's just a nice, quiet place to hang out.
Such a beautiful spot tucked in a very protected spot in Eastern Harpswell. A great launching spot with easy access to explore the Mid-Coast Maine. Dock attendants are helpful, as well as cheerful. There is a relaxed low key vibe which is in contrast to other Marina's further down the peninsula. Restrooms as well as all facilities are clean and updated. Communication and instructions from the marina was clear and understandable. I will definitely stay again in the future.
Great staff, clean yard.
The staff here were amazing. Squeezed us in so we had a slip that night. Kristen was very helpful to and super knowledgeable. All the dock hands knew exactly what they were doing. Provisions was so good with nice sandwiches and take away wine. The marina is very protected in the river and full of beautiful scenery. Laundry was in good shape.
Excellent service and friendly staff. Be sure to check out Craft Kitchen for lunch or pick up a prepped meal for dinner on the boat. They could have one of the best brisket sandwiches I have ever had and my kids loved their homemade ice cream sandwiches.
Great staff - awesome location- great amenities- will definitely go back
Beautiful Oars Harbor!
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 sailed to 21 countries, 50,000+nm, and I count my blessings that Great Island Boat Yard is my home port and home base. Extraordinary craftsmanship and work ethic; work done cost effectively; big enough to do sophisticated projects, yet friendly totally hands-on family-owned and small enough to be comfortable and informal - everyone on a first-name basis. Mantra to always go the extra steps to exceed customer expectations. Excellent proactive communication and responsiveness. Immaculate facilities; gorgeous, protected cove that makes hanging out at dock or mooring as much fun as sailing coastal Maine or across an ocean. Haven’t found another yard that comes close. - John Reid s/v Ramble Too (written from Guadeloupe)
When searching for a place to keep a Cape Dory 36 somewhere in the Casco Bay area I found GIBY on Google Earth, drove up to look at the yard on a Sunday in January and immediately decided it looked like a great spot. Been there 5 years now and can’t say enough good things about the place. The yard and facilities are well kept, staff is very professional/friendly/helpful, the location is well protected and the on site cafe is super convenient. Service at the yard is unparalleled in terms of timeliness and quality. My family and I look forward to being back at GIBY each summer.
We have stored our sailboat at BIBY for many years. This yard is unequalled for its professionalism with a specific manager assigned to each boat, knowledgeable and accommodating staff, and great relationships with subcontractors (extensive engine work, sailmakers, dodger work, etc.). Our boat has been carefully prepared and has been on time each year. Just as an example, we have had many people admire the terrific job GIBY has done each year on our extensive brightwork. I can highly recommend GIBY to any boat owner who wants an outstanding yard to care for their boat.
Sailing from Scotland to New Zealand and did small refit at GIBY Sept 19. A very professional and capable team, owner hands on and has recruited a fabulous team. Peaceful location and GIBY team could not have been more helpful. Offered well thought out alternative solutions to suite my boat and ocean sailing requirements and met tight time scheduled. Could not speak highly enough of this team, it was a pleasure to be one of their customers.
We've spent several nights on GIBY's moorings- always a pleasure. Great friendly staff, exceptionally clean restrooms & showers and well-protected moorings with all of Quahog Bay to explore. Friday night gathering on the deck was great, and breakfast at the cafe was a very nice break from cooking onboard. We'll be back!
Best marina and full service boat yard I’ve ever worked with. Highly competent staff who go the extra mile to serve you whether it be repair work or dock service. I’d go out of my way to have this boat yard do work for me.
Great Island Boat Yard is a terrific yard! We are very pleased with their service, their work, and especially their can-do attitude. Kristin and Graham communicate well and do everything to accommodate our requests. We are very happy to have our boat there.
GIBY is a great marina at the East end of Casio Bay. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. Their ability for maintenance and service is excellent. I stopped by one day and was so impressed with their ability, I had them perform a number of repairs, including a stove replacement, stereo upgrade, and satellite tv installation. All done for a reasonable fee and with fine quality installation. One of my favorite stops in Maine.
Great facilities with always a helpful hand on the docks! CLEAN new building They have a great parts department for DIY and the best folks ever for fixing ANYTHING.
Great workmanship, friendly staff, a tasty if small cafe, and a well protected harbor. I have docked at GIBY for over 10 years and have never been disappointed in their work. I head south in the winter and they are always ready to help with questions along the way and amazingly can almost always solve the problem without an eyes on.
Excellent facility...very well managed with a friendly staff. We had complicated transmission work done and we were delighted with our technician and the results. Top notch!
5 star marina and boat yard for sure. I stayed at GIBY in September. They put me on a mooring close by the docks. Very secure and protected. They have marine supplies and service on site and excellent amenities as well.
No one there when we arrived at 8 PM Saturday evening and no combination to the bathroom
Entire staff that we dealt with were friendly, welcoming and helpful. Were a big help with a repair we needed done too. Special shout out to Kristin and Graham for the hospitality and assistance!
My husband and I over the years have been in many boatyards and marinas on the eastern seaboard and in the Caribbean for repairs, overnight stops and even storing over the winter. It's safe to say we are a fairly decent judge of what makes a good boatyard. When we found GIBY, who have now looked after our boat for over 4 years we were blown away by the service, talent of team, the customer-service driven atmosphere and love of boats! They are outstanding at what they do and I personally think one would be hard pressed to find a better yard on the east coast. My husband jokes (maybe not a joke) that if they ever sold their yard that he would leave boating forever.
Very friendly and helpful crew. Beautiful protected cove. Clean, hot, spacious shower rooms. The whole boatyard is oederly and well run.