Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons

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145 S. Montowese St.
Branford, CT 06405
41° 15' 47.41'', -72° 48' 35.99''
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203-488-8329
VHF Ch. 9
www.byy.com
Branford Harbor
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Partly cloudy throughout the day.
36℉NNW at 6 knots
High06:00AM6.053ft
Low12:12PM0.268ft
High06:26PM6.060ft
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Close to New York City, yet only a few miles from New Haven, Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons is conveniently located in Branford, CT, and is nearby to wonderful weekend cruising destinations. Branford is an idyllic setting for traveling boaters. On shore, there are plenty of opportunities for hiking, cycling and kayaking. Additional sites to enjoy ashore include: Stony Creek's Trolley Trail and the Harrison House Museum. Only 3 miles away by water are the Thimble Islands with 30 islands for anchoring, birding and exploring.

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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: Aug 16, 2019

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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cparkerNov 06, 2019
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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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rkg123456Sep 22, 2019
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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.... This time it was a very pleasant surprise ;-))) to have the pool remain open! Thanks for taking into consideration the amazing post Labor Day weather and keeping it open!!! THANK YOU! Of course, better internet service would be fantastic!

Marina Response:
Thanks for your review! We look forward to your return to Bruce & Johnson's.
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mgraySep 06, 2019

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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plasekSep 04, 2019

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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dalegreenwoodSep 03, 2019
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DOCKS WERE CLEAN AND THE STAFF HELPED US WITH THE DOCKING; VERY PROFESSIONAL!!

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jbuserSep 02, 2019
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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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dawniet3729Sep 02, 2019
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Always a great time!! Thank you for the clean and updated bathrooms and showers. Very much appreciated!!!

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jorgel8375Aug 29, 2019
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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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wardarAug 27, 2019

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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rib4marinasAug 26, 2019
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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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johnfeldtmoseAug 23, 2019
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Outstanding marina! Excellent facility and service. Good showers and heads. Good restaurant on dock.

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pforsAug 20, 2019

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

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cwaldAug 19, 2019
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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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tharknessAug 12, 2019
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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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vinjr60Aug 11, 2019
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Always clean and welcoming. Wish they had free transportation to town.

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whiteknightAug 10, 2019
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Always a pleasant stay! Capt Dave vessel White Knight

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ehatchAug 04, 2019
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Great except for humidity. Dock staff very friendly and helpful. Nice slip on A dock south plenty of room. Had nice lunch at Dockside. Definitely plan on returning.

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lorigageAug 04, 2019
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Diesel fuel way too slow when filling tank unusual loud music under gazebo. Nice restaurant and pool.

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obmd1Aug 03, 2019
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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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fxboyleAug 03, 2019
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Great facilities, nice people.

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bobm6145Jul 22, 2019
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Great stay, Great staff and Manager

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ddibnerJul 18, 2019
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Great marina, restaurant and pool. Dock kids were very nice.

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bill179Jul 13, 2019
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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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bbreslowJul 09, 2019

Great service!

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thenorticalsJul 07, 2019
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Clean marina, nice pool, friendly staff. Great fish restaurant

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jraJun 30, 2019
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well protected, very clean, great dockhands, restaurant on Premises, would return!

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billbernerJun 27, 2019
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Always nice & even better when its free as a perk from being a safe harbors customer

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tummlerJun 25, 2019

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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tummlerJun 25, 2019

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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marcusmarinoJun 25, 2019
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Nice marina....people were friendly....if I would change anything....I would move the doors on the showers out by two feet or so ...tons of room in the very clean restrooms....the showers need more room

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ggieringJun 24, 2019
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Very accommodating, easy to find, great location, great service, great amenities.

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rdfree06484Jun 24, 2019
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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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dreamcatcher36s7Jun 23, 2019

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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southpawJun 10, 2019
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Everything about the Marina and location was perfect. Need a breakfast truck in the AM though!

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thomasjohnlynchJun 09, 2019
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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!!!! It is great but need to say not inexpensive and much like a full serve Marriott. My 30 foot Catalina is over $150 per night with the smallest electric option for an a/c power strip for my phone charger and light bulb. Concrete docks and the entire property are magnificently clean, ship shape, and well done.

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kr4us1Jun 02, 2019
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Great stay. Andy and Brendan were very helpful when we docked.

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rhawkesAug 27, 2018
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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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verityAug 27, 2018
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Good restaurant on site

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btexeiraAug 27, 2018
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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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wishboneAug 27, 2018
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Great spot. Clean well run. Great staff. Amazing restaurant (Dockside)

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debs61Aug 20, 2018
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We will definitely be back. Loved it!!

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thezacsAug 18, 2018
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Clean facility. Great town to explore

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stepanskiyAug 17, 2018
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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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petetoAug 13, 2018
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Great spot for an overnight!! Deck hands were great, met some great folks! Would highly recommend!!

Marina Response:
Thank you for your great review and recommendation!!
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cdbnyc2000Aug 09, 2018

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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cdbnyc2000Aug 09, 2018

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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zulutribeAug 06, 2018
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it was pretty good. no complaint

Marina Response:
Thanks for the review. Come back and see us again, and we will try to earn that last star!
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hartleyJul 27, 2018

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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scotm666Jul 23, 2018
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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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tshahbenderJul 22, 2018

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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imnappraiserJul 21, 2018
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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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ronboJul 04, 2018

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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aipmanJun 23, 2018
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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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amity1983Jun 11, 2018
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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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whomperJun 10, 2018

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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captainbulldogApr 08, 2018

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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starshipenterpriseSep 15, 2017
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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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mbkuckSep 13, 2017
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Great marina great services a bit out of town

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reelmagicAug 29, 2017
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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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margozinkAug 23, 2017
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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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pvgasAug 17, 2017
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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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lhauptnerAug 14, 2017
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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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dvenutoAug 07, 2017
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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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dsleimanJul 16, 2017
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Nice facilities. Great and helpful staff. Enjoyed going into the town.

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hoganJul 03, 2017
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Very nice marina, clean and well equipped. Not happy that the new owners have discontinued the cruising club discount, this was one of the reasons we favored staying at Brewer yards on our vacation. Also, no "welcome bag" anymore... Looks like Brewer will no longer be our first choice for transient dockage.

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nrJun 30, 2017
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Great - the staff was wonderful on a very busy weekend. Love staying there.

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fullcircleJun 26, 2017
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Great Marina, this was my second time there for the fireworks. They easily accommodated our group of twenty boats.

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smallrJun 06, 2017
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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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jmauceri007Feb 24, 2012

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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