Menemsha Harbor is currently open to transient boaters. Please be advised that during this difficult time, we will be posting social distancing guidelines throughout the harbor in accordance with guidance published by the state. We ask that you please respect the rules to keep our staff and customers safe.
Capt. Ryan Rossi, Harbormaster
Our goal is to maintain an organized, safe, and courteous harbor which is family oriented. Menemsha Harbor welcomes recreational boaters and commercial fishermen. The village's historic harbor serves as the point of departure for local fishermen, some from multi-generational fishing families. Besides charter fishing, other possibilities for recreation are the public beach adjacent to the harbor and the bicycle ferry across Menemsha Pond to Aquinnah, as well as many excellent places to get freshly cooked seafood. It is also home of some of the most dramatic sunsets in New England.
Our harbor is currently dredged to 9 feet MLW, and has two inner harbor moorings that we normally RAFT up to three sailing vessels on. DUE TO STATE GUIDELINES WE ARE ONLY ALLOWING ONE BOAT PER MOORING. We also have eight moorings outside the harbor, along Menemsha beach, which are single occupancy. These moorings are exposed to everything except a Southerly wind so they can get uncomfortable in adverse weather conditions. If you are a sailing vessel, and request a mooring, we will automatically assume that you want an inner harbor mooring, unless otherwise requested. If we do not have an inner harbor mooring, we will place you on an outside mooring and notify you through the Dockwa chat feature. If you are a power vessel requesting a mooring, the only option will be the outer harbor mooring field. We do not have a launch service, but do have a free dinghy dock for our customers to use.
We offer dock space, in the form of slips, and linear dockage. We have 17 transient slips, and a 120 foot linear dock for vessels up to 55 feet LOA. When requesting a dock space, we will assume you want a slip on our floating transient dock. If we don't have space available for your vessel on the floating dock, you will be placed in a slip on a fixed dock. If there is no space for a slip, you will be placed on the linear dock (Dutcher Dock Bulkhead). We no longer raft vessels on the bulkhead. On the opposite side of the harbor, we have space for larger vessels, up to 85 feet in length. If you book a reservation and receive notification that you have been denied, please call the Harbormaster's office directly to discuss other available dates. The Harbormaster's office handles all reservations, and confirms or denies all requests, so please do not call DOCKWA with reservation or availability questions. If you have any specific dock that you would like to be assigned to, please let us know using the special request section on the reservation page, and we will do everything we can to satisfy your request.
We look forward to seeing you in Menemsha!
Beautiful harbor, nicely protected. Stayed 3 nights, and will do it again!
Attentive and helpful staff, outside moorings on bad weather/windy not recommended at all , harbormaster was very helpful in helping us inside the harbor during the bad weather.
It's a quaint harbor, not far from Cuttyhunk across Vineyard Sound. There are some nice fish markets and stores within walking distance. There is a seasonal bike ferry across Menemsha Pond, which allows you to walk or bike to Gay Head Lighthouse (about 4 miles) and take in the spectacular views. The harbormaster "Spider" is a great guy, and was very helpful with dock lines and recommendations for things to do in the area, The dock spaces are a little tight and there are pilings, so it's best to go stern in and tie bow lines to the pilings first. Good location and great experience, will be back again soon!
Menemsha was an awesome place to visit! Definitely going back soon! The harbormaster was very helpful and welcoming!
I transited from Westport Harbor to Menemsha via the Canapitsit Channel with a USN Captain (ret) on board. We made an absolutely magical crossing on a lake-like Buzzards Bay and MV Sound, arriving in Menemsha to a nearly-empty marina. We were promptly greeted by the Dockmaster and made fast to the fixed pier. No complaints, it was a weekend for the record book!
Harbormaster and Assistant Harbormaster were great! Took care of our boat during rough seas and strong winds. Much appreciated.
Great stay and harbor master Very responsive
Amenities are very basic. But why to they come to kick you off the dock at 11:00 AM even if no one is coming to take your slip? Seems fairly petty.
Great location and excellent assistance from the marina staff' A keeper!
The Harbormaster and his Crew in MSHA were top notch. Very professional and very conscious of the guidelines set in place due to Covid. We look forward to future vacations in MSHA.
Pretty, quaint harbor with beach right there. Excellent Harbor master and staff.
This was our first time in Menemsha! We loved it! The dock crew were amazing and helpful at all times!
Always a great stay, particularly when able to stay inside the basin!
Great staff and wonderful views from the slip overlooking Vinyard Sound, "meet the fleet was great and the Coast Guard mock rescue was incredible.
It was difficult pulling into the habor, but the Harbor Master crew is amazing, they help each boat one by one. We have never worked with such a great crew. Liked it so much we'll be heading back for the long weekend.
Spent the week and Ryan and the rest of the team were the best. Very helpful when necessary!
Excellent experience , the dock team was outstanding in their efforts to assist our 44 foot sail into the slip , all in the rain , current and 15 knot SW !! Appreciate the great efforts and attitude , well done , thank you
Friendly dock people. Quiet setting. Good seafood available a short walk from the docks. Could improve the wi-fi.
Great stay during some snotty weather. Moorings were taken so we had to tie up at a dock. It’s all stern in and a right squeeze, which is not much fun, for a 45’ full keel bot with a non functioning bow thruster. But the harbor master and his assts were a big help and all was well
Super helpful dock hands and unreal sunsets! I'll be back...
This was our first time at Menemsha. The docks are not floating so the tie-up is stern-in and you run the lines to the pilings. A dock hand helped us tie up. You can go bow-in, but our 35' boat did not allow exit off the bowsprit so we had to dinghy to the dock. The benefit to bow-in is that your cockpit will face the inner harbor view which is much nicer than facing a stone wall and a parking lot; and also provides more privacy. If you have a dinghy it's fun to explore the big "pond". The beach is right there and the sunsets are spectacular. Several fish markets offer take-out of both cooked and raw fish. TIP: Order early in the day and/or be prepared for a long wait, both at the ordering and pick-up windows. Long lines at dinner time were so bad that we would not do this again. One place actually closed early because they ran out of much of their menu. Dining options are very limited. Don't overlook the Menemsha Galley where service was much better but it's a longer walk and more of a lunch menu. There are a few small shops. Not so good for biking as the roads are all narrow and busy. Overall, though, worth the stay. We'll come back next year.
Menemsha is not to be missed. The marina is well run and the dock staff are very helpful. This is especially important because most of the slips on the floating dock require a stern-in landing. On the day we arrived the winds were 20-25 kts, making docking particularly difficult in a sailboat. But the dock staff helped with directions and handling lines and made it relatively easy.
HARBOR MASTER AND CREW WERE OUTSTANDING. BEST STAY AT MENEMSHA EVER. WHAT A CHANGE WITH THE NEW STAFF THEY HAVE. POLITE AND PROFESSIONAL AND VERY CAPABLE. LOVE THEM
Great stay as always. I would like to thank Captain Rossi and Sam for their flexibility to accommodate us. Menemsha Harbor is a super friendly, scenic destination and we will look forward to come back again soon
Teffific. Team is exceptional. Always working to help on water or on the land. Very professional
Beautiful setting and excellent staff! We will be back!
Beautiful harbor. Beach is great. It right there and always enjoy lobster dinner on the boat thanks to Larson’s fish market while watching the best sunset The dock hands are really awesome. They know exactly how to get you in the slip(slips can be tight). Trust them
Great stay in Menemsha. I can't say enough good things about the Harbormaster staff. They were extremely helpful and welcoming. They are a young group, but they definitely know what they are doing. Thanks for a great stay!
Menemsha is lovely, and tranquil, with great seafood a short walk from the beach. The outer harbor moorings are more exposed, and the can which marks the approach has a bell which sounds all night. It didn’t stop us, just a piece of data to have when making decisions.
Very Picturesque. Always a favorite stop. The Harbormaster and crew are very helpful and professional. In the harbor is very protected, the West docks located in the main channel has a very strong tidal current. Multiple restaurants within walking distance.
Always a great stay. Outer mooring this time, and the kids loved jumping off the boat and swimming to shore! The entire crew @ the Harbormaster's office is professional and communicative. Keep up the great work guys!
Great spot to stay, a favorite we come back to every season.
Excellent. Easy check in. Competent dock hands.
Amazing! Great that they are on Dockwa. FINALLY! No more calling 200 times from 7 am to 7 05 AM
Menemsha Harbor is a hidden Gem. I love the quiet little harbor. The harbor master and his team are all very helpful, professional and friendly. It is my absolute favorite destination.
Absolutely perfect stay in Menemsha Harbor. The docking assistance was top notch in every way. The only problem was that the dock hands would not accept tips!! They made sure our every need was met and our stay was perfect. Our view of the sunset from the boat was impossible to match. We will be back!!
Beautiful unique quaint destination.wonderful dock staff
Menemsha is our new favorite spot. Dock staff were so helpful and friendly. Seafood was so fresh.
Strange being one boat on a mooring Beach is unchanged by the virus Larsen’s needs to work on their system. It needs help Harbormaster always highly competent
Very accommodating, and hospitable. Washroom is not open 24 hrs, but porta potties available -however NOT clean enough to consider using.
The Harbormaster staff are outstanding!! They really know how to handle lines and assist while docking in a cross wind. Even watched them assist a boat by using the Harbormaster boat as tug boat. Thank you!! Joe McDonough Scamper
Professional and friendly service. They couldn't be more helpful. Great little fishing village on the Vineyard.
Easy arrival and departure.Wharfingers and harbormaster very helpful.
The harbormaster and staff were so helpful and kind. My husband and I had a great experience, and we look forward to going back.
Had a blast there. We love that place!!
The Menemsha Harbor Master, Capt. Ryan Rossi and the rest of the staff working under his direction are outstanding! A few weeks ago, we rented a slip for about a week and had opportunities to interact with him directly and observe him working with other boaters. In every case, he was patient, professional, and courteous. Even more impressive was the fact that when other boaters were incapable of bringing their boats into their slip on their own, Ryan skillfully positioned the other boats to allow their entrance into their assigned slip. Throughout our entire stay, we observed Ryan and his staff interact and assist all of the boaters and maintain activity in the harbor. In no case, did he or any other of his staff accept a tip indicating they are state employees. Truly impressive and honest. Even upon our departure, Ryan assisted us at the fuel dock and pump out. Compared to our boating experiences staying at other harbors, we find the Menemsha Harbor Master, Capt. Ryan Rossi, to be exceptional in every way. The combination of his knowledge, experience, skill, and calm demeanor is unmatched.
Stern in docking between pilings is a challenge for a single engine trawler, especially with a steady 13kt breeze but the dock hands and harbormaster in his specially padded boat made it almost easy. Their assistance was crucial and led to a successful docking and departure a day later. It's a very quaint location with beautiful sunsets, a public beach and breakwater with walking path, a few shops and lots of natural beauty. We hope to return next year.
The harbormaster staff were very helpful, and very pleasant. It’s a lovely little place.
Great time , dock masters we’re very helpful
Nice spot, very small basin. Minus 1 star for the following: showers closed due to the WuFlu which was not their fault. Larsen’s food only ok, clam chowder was watery, lobster dip needs way more lobster, as it was nearly undetectable. But service exceptionally friendly. As for the mooring, we assumed it was located in Menemsha Pond up Menemsha Creek but not so! The two inner moorings are in Menemsha Basin. This should be emphasized to those unfamiliar. Otherwise great and friendly, helpful people.
Very friendly staff , they are waiting there for you to help with the docking process. As well as to information about the area . Heading back again in august
Outstanding Harbormaster’s Staff. Wonderful marina and Harbor. The food and views are spectacular!
The moorings were outside the breakwater and basically sitting exposed in the Vineyard Sound. It was like trying to sleep while sailing in a storm.
It was our second stay at Menemsha. It is such a beautiful and peaceful setting. The harbor master and staff are always helpful, especially with docking when the current is running, which will push the boat port or starboard (flow and ebb) when backing in. There are no fingers so you have to exit the boat from the stern. The staff is great, they even stopped by all the boats to ask if we needed anything before they went home for the evening! We left trying to figure out when we might come back. I'm thinking the fall might be a great time if the MV Derby doesn't fill up all the available slips.
Great Marina and Staff. Harbor Master and staff very helpful. Once they complete the pump out stations around the bulkhead and beyond for easy pumping going to be fantastic addition.
It was more than I imagined. Everyone helping everyone! Friendly and ...of course the SUNSET!
The harbor master and the team were very helpful and professional in helping us secure our berth.
Harbor Master staff members were great. Very helpful when we were docking. Menemsha is my favorite place on earth. Thank you for another great stay! - Sharon McNamara, "Turn The Page"
Always love it at Menemsha. The harbormaster is pleasant and helpful.
Pretty fishing harbor with basic amenities, two fish/lobster stores, with tieups made much easier thanks to very helpful, capable Harbormaster Rossi.
Great Harbor! We will definitely add this harbor to our list of places to stay. The sunsets are phenomenal there. The beach and jetty quickly fills up close to sunset. The Harbormaster is extremely knowledgeable and helpful.
Excellent stay at Menemsha. Harbor was great, assisted with a tricky docking. Town is very nice, fresh seafood. Can’t miss sunset!
what a delightful spot. Busy commercial fishing harbor and you are in the middle of it all. We will be back!
This was our first visit to Menemsha, and we loved it. On a mooring, rafted to 2 other boat, which was also a first, but worked out great. The dinghy dock is easy to access and it is a short walk to several casual eating places and shops. It is easy to say that this will become a regular spot for us in the future.
Nice small harbor location, sunsets very nice from the bridge and nearby dinghy accessible beaches are among the Vineyards best!
Menemsha is awesome...so pretty. Not a place to provision but they do have great seafood available. They also have showers with HOT water!
Wonderful like always. Great staff with Ryan and company
Super helpful and hospitable harbor master. Well kept docks and ramps.
First time and despite being on a mooring outside and some rockin and rollin a great sunset. Great fish from Larsons for dinner and a great time at Gay Head lighthouse and cliffs . Buses are not on time. Walked some but next time ?uber may be the way to go! Wish they had moorings inside for motor boats. Like being on mooring vs dock overall but docks reasonable even fo summer time and MV
Outstanding HM crew. Extremely dutiful and responsive. Menemsha is now a top tier service provider. Nice work!
Menemsha is a fantastic destination. The Harbormaster staff is extremely helpful and professional. The fresh seafood available at the markets along the harbor is excellent. The sunset is a spectacle for the family. We will be back next summer.
Friendly staff, beautiful setting, and picturesque country side. Bring your bicycles and BYOB as Menemsha is a dry town
Great stay! Smooth sailing with Ryan and Spider at the helm! Keep up the good work guys!
Our stay was nice enough although the bathroom/showers were not clean at all and there was no WIFI service available. However being right next to fresh seafood outweighed the negatives. Marina was quiet and the service was very friendly and helpful, will come again next year.
Super concerned courteous staff. Great town, great facility.
Dock hands are very good. Harbormaster attentive.
This was out first visit to Menemsha Harbor and it won't be our last. Great Marina with beaches just steps away, looking forward to staying here again.
Great dockside help. Picturesque harbor. Right next to the beach. A favorite.
Lovely to be on Mooring in this beautiful harbor.
Great spot for chilling. Fresh seafood available at two fish markets near the dock. Bulkhead dockage requires a compliant GFI electric circuit on your boat, otherwise you will not be able to connect to the shore power.
What a great place! Very helpful dock attendants, very friendly vibe, and the best sunset on the island. Will definitely return.
The Harbormaster staff were outstanding, helpful and courteous. They greeted us, assisted us in docking. Daniel provided us with an overview of the harbor, places to eat and things to do.
Everything convenient. Good price point. They just need a small grocery.
We absolutely loved our stay at the Menemsha dock. Our dock hand Daniel was courteous and efficient. He helped us dock under very windy conditions and we were grateful to have his assistance. The dock area was clean and quiet, and the sunset was absolutely spectacular!
Lovely working harbor with two moorings directly across from Larson’s Fish Market which has oysters, lobsters, stuffies and lots of stuff on which to dine aboard. However,. Visitors should be alerted that they put up to three boats on each of the moorings. Quite a challenge of the uninitiated.
Very scenic location. The harbormaster was very helpful. The sunset is not to be missed!
This was our first time to Menemsha and first time rafting up to another boat on a mooring. We had a great time- the current flows pretty swiftly through the bight- so pay attention! plenty of room at the dinghy dock and having comfort station close by was very convenient.
One of our favorite places. So peaceful. Fresh seafood at the dock.
Unprotected mooring field made for very difficult dinghy ride. Should have anchored. Moorings used to be free, now cost $21 for the night - and not worth it.
Have many boating friends that love Menemsha, so when the opportunity arose for us to spend a night there on a mooring we took it to see what’s to love. Good things started right off as the Harbormaster (Ryan I believe) walked us right in over the radio after we announced it was our first time. One of the most friendly greetings we’ve ever received. Since we have a dog, that involved many trips to the excellent dingy dock. Our only regret was the high wind that curtailed our dingy touring, but that will necessitate many more return trips to Menemsha.
Menemsha has always been our favorite harbor to visit for over 30 years. Initially I was concerned about Dockwa availability but everything worked out well. New Harbormaster Ryan Rossi and Wharfingers Daniel and Adan couldn’t have been nicer. They checked every night and morning to see how we were doing. We’re low maintenance and didn’t need anything but it was a nice touch. We felt like we were on a cruise ship with nightly roll down service. The new Harbormaster is off to a great start. Thanks for everything looking forward to returning end of Aug. Bill Donovan Overbudget
While the location is beautiful the outer harbor moorings are no place to stay if you're looking to rest. We moved into the pond to avoid getting sick from the chop that was beating on us. Challenging effort to navigate the channel and pond at night. Not recommended but found a much more peaceful place in the pond.
Amazing location. Beautiful sunsets. Great food.
We had another amazing week in Menemsha. I found the assistants to the harbormaster to be attentive and professional. Everyone was helpful and very willing to accommodate any requests. The entire operation seems to be running smoothly. Looking forward to next year!
Great spot for relaxing. Awesome sunsets. Great shelter from weather. The harbor master team at Menemsha we’re great. Docking with the pillings can be a bit tricky if you’re not used to them. Stopped there for 2 nights. Dockside water and electric. You’re steps from the beach and fishmongers. Goto the Menemsha Fish Market for the best chowder or bisque and a lobster salad roll. Amazing. In Menemsha you can go off the grid.
I had forgotten what a gem this place is. It is one our favorite destinations.
Such a beautiful location. Very responsive harbormaster. Perfect.
While the area is very pretty and quiet, the little harbor is not a great place to overnight. Very crowded - 3 boats per mooring. You sneeze and a bunch of people say - Gesundheit. Also, depending on wind direction, the fish stench is nauseating. BUT - anchor just to the right of the harbor entrance and you will have an absolutely beautiful experience. Nice beach, beautiful sunset and peace and quiet.
Great spot, highly recommend staying here.