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Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons

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145 S. Montowese St.
Branford, CT 06405
41° 15' 47.41'', -72° 48' 35.99''
203-488-8329
VHF Ch. 9
www.byy.com
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Rain throughout the day.
46℉WSW at 8 knots
High02:10AM5.404ft
Low08:04AM0.773ft
High02:18PM5.879ft
Low08:43PM0.242ft

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Upscale resort amenities meet idyllic cruising at Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons. The immaculate grounds are home to Member pavilions, waterfront dining, a pool, and more. Gorgeous cruising awaits at the popular Thimble Islands, and the renowned marine service team is among the best in the region.

Berth Capacity


Slips:675

Approach


Branford Harbor Entrance Buoy, Cow & Calf R "34", Lat. 41° 14.3 N, Long. 72° 50.5 W. Follow marked channel into Branford River, NOAA Chart #12373. Bruce & Johnson's West Yard is the first marina on the left (west) bank of the river. Note: Cow & Calf R "34" is NOT a Branford channel marker; leave to port entering Branford River. (Also note: Upon entering the channel, the Branford Yacht Club is the first marina seen on the left (west) bank of the river, followed by our West Yard. This yard houses our gas dock and our customer slips; most transients are docked in our East Yard, which is past the West Yard and on the right of the channel). REFER TO CHART 12373!!
Minimum Approach Depth:8.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:8.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:10.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Apr 08, 2020

Dockage:Yes
Anchorage:Nearby
Fuel Dock:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Maintenance Facility:Yes
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Wi-Fi:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Trash:Yes
Ice:Yes
Boat Ramp:Nearby
Gas:Yes
Diesel:Yes
Propane:Nearby
Security:Yes
Swimming Pool:Yes
Cable TV on Slips:Yes
Groceries:Nearby
Alcohol:Nearby
Medical Facility:Nearby
Pharmacy:Nearby
Car Rentals:Nearby
Hotels:Nearby
Closest Airport:Tweed, New Haven
Restaurants:Yes
Beach:Nearby
Dog Park:Nearby
Pet Friendly:Yes
Fitness Center:Nearby
Ship Store:Yes
Bait & Tackle:Yes
Max. Vessel LOA:64.0 Feet
Max. Slip Length:60.0 Feet
Max. Slip Width:19.0 Feet
Fixed Docks:Yes
Floating Docks:Yes
Electric Amps:50
Electric Voltage:130/208
Oil Disposal:Yes
Repair Crane:Yes
Engine Service:Yes
Propeller Service:Yes
Dry Storage:Yes
Winter Storage:Yes
Travel Lift:Yes
Yacht Brokerage:Yes
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Nice people, great facilities, always a pleasure to visit!

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Lovely marina with a fine restaurant. Dock staff very helpful.

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Great place, great service, look forward to another visit.

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Great except for humidity & heat. Dock staff very friendly and helpful. Nice slip on AA dock north plenty of room. starboard side tie as requested. Definitely plan on returning.

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Friendly, clean and very accommodating!!

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Staff and Facilities are Amazing ! 5 STAR place !

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Another great stay at Bruce & Johnson's! Clean marina, great dockhands. This has become one of our favorite transient stops!

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Helpful and knowledgeable staff.

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Other than the smell from the treatment plant, we loved our stay

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Easy, efficient docking. Clean, well kept facilities. Helpful staff. Pleasant dinner at the Marina restaurant. Second stopover here. Will return.

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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.

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Great stay. Andy and Brendan were very helpful when we docked. Tom is always very cooperative and helpful with our booking. Very nice Marina. Highly recommend.

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Nice docks in good condition and large safe facility. However, signage is confusing, very easy to dock in wrong area. Nobody met us at our dock upon arrival, had to call to confirm our arrival. This was after communicating via radio. Real negative is lack of store if you need any provisions. Can’t even buy a bottle of water on premises.

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Wonderful place! Will definitely return!

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Nice stay and we were put on the T head which makes it easy to get on and off the dock. The crew on the dock helped us tie up but you wonder why they don't realize if you tie up the bow line aft and tight while still coming in the bow is going to slam into the dock. It's one way to get there.

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It was a night mare waiting for a slip assignment. We were told 3 different slips and constantly being told never mind as they found us a new slip. The put us in a very small slip for our boat. About a foot of clearance in the slip. We had to take our dingy completely off our boat and carry it across the dock to drop in the water. We told the dock hand that we were not happy to where they put us for the slip. And he made no effort to move us. And there were other slips available in the bigger slips. We have friends traveling with us and there boat was only 2 feet larger and they were given a larger slip with plenty of room to drop the dingy right off there boat.

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Staff extremely helpful and friendly.

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Very active marina....the young guys and gals do a very good job....wear your mask and be safe....noticed one of the young crew sanitizing the handle to the shows...trying to keep everyone safe.....cement docks ....you can land a plane on...restaurant on the premises is a goldmine and for good reason....food is great

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We enjoy returning here several times a season...always a nice spot- great location and restaurant being on site is a plus....

Marina Response:
Thanks for your review! We look forward to your return to Bruce & Johnson's.
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Staff is very helpful and pleasant. Facilities are clean and well maintained. Dinner at Dockside was great.. Have been there several times in the past and it never disappoints. THe bar is high and many other marinas could benefit from how Bruce & Johnson operates and treats its transients....

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Always a great stop. Dockhands are great and more than willing to help. Dockside restaurant is always good. Bathrooms clean.

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Great staff. Enjoyable restaurant. Still can't pump diesel fuel from last year... Need to fix. Also need to dredge.

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Always a great time!! Thank you for the clean and updated bathrooms and showers. Very much appreciated!!! And thank you for Having the pool opened!!!

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Great Marina! Beautiful pool, friendly people and just a great stay!

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Great Marina, Unfortunately the fireworks were canceled this year. The Saturday afternoon weather was a little wet.

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Fantastic!! Such a nice place!! The staff and the faculty are top notch!!!!

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Our sailing association comes here every year (weather permitting) as part of our multi-location 10 cruise program. We have had over 20 boats. Tom has been AWESOME here at Bruce & Johnson's at Branford CT. Grouping us together as much as possible. This is one of the most fantastic facilities and a BLAST to sail to across the Long island Sound from Mt. Sinai/Port Jefferson NY Pavilions to hold our Cruisers Party, a restaurant on premise. A few suggestions might be better store and ice hours or maybe an ice vending machine or vending gallery since there is no 7-11 or stores easily reached on foot. Coffee I think (am heading out now at 8:30) is in the "office" or store and limited by those hours. Just trying to bring it up to optimum!!!! Prices have gotton very competative in the last years. Concrete docks and the entire property are magnificently clean, ship shape, and well done.

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We stayed overnight at a slip during a sailboat delivery from western Long Island Sound to north of Boston. The entire facility is extremely clean, neat, and very well maintained. The slips are in great condition and hookups are easy and convenient. The staff was fantastic, from the dock hands, to Tom and others in the main office and ship’s store, to the gentleman at the fuel dock. Everyone was polite, courteous, and extremely helpful. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!

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Very nice facility. Stayed on Dock A. Very friendly boaters on this dock. Staff was very attentive and helpful. Dockside Restaurant was open and the meal was good. Sat outside on a nice summer evening and watched the sunset. Worth a visit!

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Great marina, great staff and we had a great time. Definitely will be back.

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Clean facility. Great town to explore

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Although technically closed for the season they went out of their way to accommodate us after Long Island Sound got a little rough. Wonderful friendly place to visit and will make sure to stop there again. Can’t thank them enough.

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We had the best experience at Branford Marina, it started with the awesome dockhands who were there to assist us with docking and welcoming us to the marina. We needed our new boat service as it was overdue and we travelled from PEI Canada down the coast and could not get service anywhere as they were all too busy, but Branford fit us in and were so professional and accommodating. Thanks to Chris and all the boys at the service center we were so appreciative of their time and professionalism. They went above and beyond for us and we will definitely be back....thanks Boys! Wayne and Michelle Gray...Spectacular!

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Our first time there. Wonderful staff, Tom answered all my questions prior to arriving, dock hands were on the dock to assist, Great Restaurant, service was top notch A Perfect overnight destination Beats Port Jeff hands down!! We will be back!!! Thanks

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DOCKS WERE CLEAN AND THE STAFF HELPED US WITH THE DOCKING; VERY PROFESSIONAL!!

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The Marina was fine except they put us on the service dock which had only 3 feet clearance at low tide and never told us. We draw 5.5 feet and got stuck in the mud. Had to wait 3 hours past the time we wanted to leave for the tide to come in. Thus making us travel in the bad weather we had hoped to avoid by leaving earlier.

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Beautiful marina with great location and very helpful people. The hands at the dock were friendly and took got care of me, directing me to my slip and helping with the docking lines. The overnight stay was quiet and very pleasant.

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Great pool, docks, resturant and dock hands. Full time slip boats owners very friendly. Needed to pay close attention to outside harbor channel markes from branford reef, lots of rocks.

Marina Response:
We appreciate your feedback! Thank you for choosing Bruce & Johnson's Marina. Hope to see you again soon.
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Quiet and secure. Only complaint was that process for signing up for WiFi dragged me thru page which tried very hard to get me to pay for it when in actuality it was free.

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Outstanding marina! Excellent facility and service. Good showers and heads. Good restaurant on dock.

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This place is a 10, both as marina and a boatyard. Top quality facility and staff make this place exceptional.

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First rate facility. Restaurant is a destination spot on its own. No chandlery to speak of and not very close to a downtown.

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We have stayed here before and keep coming back. The dock hands were as helpful as always and we found the shower facilities to be clean and accommodating. We most like the restaurant right there. A very good option in this part of the Sound.

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Always clean and welcoming. Wish they had free transportation to town.

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Always a pleasant stay! Capt Dave vessel White Knight

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Great staff. Well kept dock and the restaurant was perfect. I had a huge fuel leak and their staff stayed late to help clean up. Knowledgeable yard manager and crew in the ships store. Good people here.

Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us at Bruce & Johnson's. We appreciate your feedback and will look into this situation. Hope to see you again soon!
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Great facilities, nice people.

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Great stay, Great staff and Manager

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Great marina, restaurant and pool. Dock kids were very nice.

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The crew at Branford did an incredible job, we had a small issue that was taken care of quickly and professionally. I highly recommend Branford Bruce and Johnson. SV Optimistic

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Great service!

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Clean marina, nice pool, friendly staff. Great fish restaurant

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well protected, very clean, great dockhands, restaurant on Premises, would return!

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Always nice & even better when its free as a perk from being a safe harbors customer

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Very accommodating marina, were happy to help with anything we needed. Great restaurant right off the dock and nice clean facilities.

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Very accommodating marina, were happy to help with anything we needed. Great restaurant right off the dock and nice clean facilities.

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Very accommodating, easy to find, great location, great service, great amenities.

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Very clean well maintained marina .Dock hands are very helpful . Restaurant very good comfort food .Will be back

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If I could give Bruce and Johnson six stars I would. We were fogged in, the stove was acting up, and we were hungry and thirsty. Tom and his fantastic crew took us in hand with generosity, efficiency, and a welcoming spirit, turning a major annoyance into a delightful respite.

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Everything about the Marina and location was perfect. Need a breakfast truck in the AM though!

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Good facilities, could add some more amenities. High quality docks. Dockhand who greeted us was knowledgeable and told us everything we needed to know. Weekend shuttle service to restaurants would be nice, as the on-site restaurant does not take reservations and the line was (not surprisingly) long on the August Saturday eveing we stayed. The wait for an Uber to an off-site restaurant was a bit long given the suburban location.

Marina Response:
We appreciate your feedback and will take your ideas into consideration. Thank you for staying with us at Bruce & Johnson's. We hope to see you again for a future visit!
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Good restaurant on site

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From the time we first docked our boat at Bruce and Johnson’s Marina, to when we finally headed home, the experience was wonderful. Dock boys were very helpful in helping us dock. We always enjoy the restaurant and it continues to be a favorite eating place for us. The grounds are perfect for our needs enjoying the swimming pool and the eating areas. Everybody is very helpful and makes our stay so enjoyable. We always come with a group of us from home and make sure that we do this trip every year.

Marina Response:
Thank you for your wonderful review and for choosing Bruce & Johnson's each year! We love hearing that you enjoy the facilities, the area, and our team. Already looking forward to seeing you and the group next year. Until then, happy boating!
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Great spot. Clean well run. Great staff. Amazing restaurant (Dockside)

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We will definitely be back. Loved it!!

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As always, predictably great marina with good accommodations, clean and plentiful. Service team is always on-hand to address issues. It is our regular stop over destination.

Marina Response:
We enjoyed reading your great review! Thank you. It is always a pleasure having you here at Bruce & Johnson's. Looking forward to seeing you next time. Take care!
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Great spot for an overnight!! Deck hands were great, met some great folks! Would highly recommend!!

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Thank you for your great review and recommendation!!
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Great marina offering excellent service. The channel is very well marked, and is easy to enter. Fantastic dockhands, really clean (air conditioned) showers all in a really pretty location.

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Great marina offering excellent service. The channel is very well marked, and is easy to enter. Fantastic dockhands, really clean (air conditioned) showers all in a really pretty location.

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it was pretty good. no complaint

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Thanks for the review. Come back and see us again, and we will try to earn that last star!
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Always friendly and helpful, the youthful staff are very energetic and ready to help you in or out. Floating docks makes it effortless!

Marina Response:
We appreciate your great review and thank you for choosing Bruce & Johnson's. Our team is great and always full of energy, and it makes us happy to hear that you agree! We hope to see you at the marina again soon.
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Great service, great dockhands, extremely friendly. That is why I come back every year!

Marina Response:
We are always happy to have you here at Bruce & Johnson's! Thank you for the review and for making us an annual stop. Looking forward to your next visit.
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Safe Harbor/Bruce & Johnson marina is a great place stay. All of the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The marina management team (Tom and Bruce) went out of their way to help us and make us feel at home. The marina grounds are impeccably maintained, the slips are just right, and the facilities (bathhouse, pool, picnic areas, shop, restaurant) are all top flight. I would recommend this marina to everyone.

Marina Response:
Wow! Thank you so much for this great review and recommendation! Our goal is to provide our guests with a first-rate marina experience, and it is always awesome to hear when our customers agree. We appreciate your business and hope to see you at Bruce & Johnson's again soon!
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Great place. Very clean and lots to do in close proximity. Would go again.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the review and for staying with us at Bruce & Johnson's. We would love to see you again. Come back anytime!
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Well operated, clean, and friendly marina. The on-site restaurant excellent. We had a slight problem (ours) with the reservation but Tom quickly took care of it. Will definitely revisit!

Marina Response:
Hi there! Thank you very much for visiting us at Bruce & Johnson's and for your lovely review. It is excellent to hear that you enjoyed the marina and our team along with the restaurant. We are already looking forward to your next visit!
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Excellent facility and restaurant. Very helpful staff. A little too expensive for me.

Marina Response:
Thank you for visiting Bruce & Johnson's Marina. We also appreciate the review and hope that you will consider visiting us again in the future.
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Great marina. Well protected, nice and quiet. Big clean bathroom and great restaurant. We chose Branford as a stop mostly due to distance between our prior and future stops, but will definitely consider cruising back this way.

Marina Response:
We appreciate the awesome review and are happy that you enjoyed your stay as well as our facilities. Please come visit us again next time you are cruising this way. Happy boating!
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Short stay, but great service as expected. Made the reservation on Dockwa and shortly after got a phone call confirming, then another asking when we would arrive as the dock hands could stay a little late if needed. Came in near high tide with a 6’-0” draft and we were fine. Channel looks narrower on the charts. Just follow the guidance and you will be fine. Would love to come back !

Marina Response:
Thank you for the great review of the marina. We also appreciate the details about your experience making the reservation and your arrival. You are more than welcome back anytime! Hope to see you soon. Enjoy your summer on the water!
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One of Jack Brewer's destination marinas. Huge! But also the place to go for yacht repairs. Particularly those scratches and dings that need special professional talent to restore your vessel to like new condition. Beautifully maintained grounds and great restaurant on site. GM Bruce Kuryla is tops.

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I had requested an end-dock, and even though there were a few open, they gave me a slip deep in the marina. Arriving dock hand seemed very inexperienced with dock lines. No ice available. Dockhouse didn't open until 10:30am the next morning (Monday). He arrived at 10:40 and helped us reverse out. Also, the WiFi was not working anywhere in the marina. On the plus side, great restrooms and great on-site restaurant. I just wish the marina portion was better managed.

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Great marina great services a bit out of town

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Enjoyed our visit to Branford to renew memories of when we had a slip there in the 90's. Very attractive setting and great on-site restaurant, Dockside

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Nice pool facilities and clean bathrooms. Were assigned a slip in pretty skinny water, but other than that a fine stay. Good wifi and stable AC power.

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Prompt service and courteous staff. Clean facilities and available power. We wish our Brewers in Stamford could be as great as Bruce & Johnson!

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Friendly, helpful staff. - great pool and good dockside grill made the short stay totally enjoyable. Slips are tight though if that's a concern. Brewer Marinas deliver!

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Nice facilities. Great and helpful staff. Enjoyed going into the town.

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Great - the staff was wonderful on a very busy weekend. Love staying there.

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Great stay at this marina. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, marina was easy to locate and navigate to my assigned slip. Would stay here again in the future.

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Stayed for a week over the summer of 2011. Very nice. We loved the restaurant and food was very good. The pool, picnic area, laundry and bathrooms are all top notch. We were particularly impressed with how the friendy staff maintains the grounds. Beautiful flowers everywhere and the docks are kept very tidy. We did explore outside of the marina. Town 10 mins. away. Definitely on our list of repeat marinas. One of our favorites also.

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