Menemsha Harbormaster

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401 Middle Road
Chilmark, MA 02535
41° 21' 11.42'', -70° 45' 55.32''
acutely.september.classes
508-645-2846
VHF Ch. 9
chilmarkma.gov
Menemsha Creek
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Menemsha Harbormaster
Overcast throughout the day.
54℉NNE at 10 knots
High01:58AM2.683ft
Low07:59AM0.461ft
High02:21PM3.013ft
Low09:48PM0.441ft
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About


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, as well as charter boats to the Elizabeth Islands and elsewhere. Besides charter fishing and cruises, 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 RAFT up to three sailing vessels on. We also have five moorings outside the harbor, along Menemsha beach, which are single occupancy. 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 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 16 transient slips, and a 120 foot linear dock for vessels up to 50 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, unless specifically requested by two vessels traveling together. 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!

Approach


After entering through the jetties, take an immediate turn to port to enter the harbor. Our two inner harbor moorings are located in the middle of the harbor towards the Coast Guard boathouse from the main entrance. These moorings will require rafting, so please be aware that there may be other vessels already on the mooring when you arrive. We recommend that all three vessels run their own line to the mooring ball after tying alongside. Our transient dockage is immediately to Port after entering through the jetties. Our slips have free standing pilings and most vessels prefer to enter stern first. We recommend that all vessels have bow lines and spring lines ready before entering any slip, as there is often a strong current present. The Menemsha Harbor Department is standing by on VHF Ch.9 from 7am to 7pm daily to direct you to your mooring or dock assignment. We ask that boaters hail us on the radio before entering the harbor to keep traffic density to a minimum.
Minimum Approach Depth:7.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:7.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:7.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Aug 17, 2019

Dockage:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Fuel Dock:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Maintenance Facility:Nearby
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Trash:Yes
Ice:Yes
Gas:Yes
Diesel:Yes
ATM:Yes
Groceries:Nearby
Alcohol:Nearby
Medical Facility:Nearby
Pharmacy:Nearby
Bike Rentals:Nearby
Hotels:Nearby
Restaurants:Yes
Beach:Yes
Dog Park:Nearby
Pet Friendly:Yes
Ship Store:Nearby
Bait & Tackle:Yes
Fixed Docks:Yes
Floating Docks:Yes
Electric Amps:30/50
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aequitasOct 06, 2019
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Beautiful fall day in Menemsha harbor. Great sunset and lobster dinner.

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skgalpinjrOct 03, 2019
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Pretty fishing harbor with basic amenities, two fish/lobster stores, with tieups made much easier thanks to very helpful, capable Harbormaster Rossi.

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spdiasSep 29, 2019
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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.

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alijos1007Sep 28, 2019
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Excellent stay at Menemsha. Harbor was great, assisted with a tricky docking. Town is very nice, fresh seafood. Can’t miss sunset!

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svhighcottonSep 25, 2019
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what a delightful spot. Busy commercial fishing harbor and you are in the middle of it all. We will be back!

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dwightschSep 22, 2019
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Beautiful weekend. Spider was great and very helpful.

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benholtzAug 29, 2019
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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.

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wardarAug 27, 2019
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excellent harbor and dock personnel

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pulltwoAug 20, 2019
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Nice small harbor location, sunsets very nice from the bridge and nearby dinghy accessible beaches are among the Vineyards best!

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jessephenAug 19, 2019
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Menemsha is awesome...so pretty. Not a place to provision but they do have great seafood available. They also have showers with HOT water!

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jrtwinjammerAug 18, 2019
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Wonderful like always. Great staff with Ryan and company

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ireneagAug 17, 2019
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Super helpful and hospitable harbor master. Well kept docks and ramps.

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wjrokAug 17, 2019
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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

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mmcgawAug 15, 2019
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Outstanding HM crew. Extremely dutiful and responsive. Menemsha is now a top tier service provider. Nice work!

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malstedAug 13, 2019
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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.

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tshepleyAug 12, 2019
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Friendly staff, beautiful setting, and picturesque country side. Bring your bicycles and BYOB as Menemsha is a dry town

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richrldAug 11, 2019
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Great stay! Smooth sailing with Ryan and Spider at the helm! Keep up the good work guys!

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Always love it at Menemsha.

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rengarchAug 11, 2019
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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.

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jneuberthrsAug 10, 2019
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Super concerned courteous staff. Great town, great facility.

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gregbilezikianAug 10, 2019
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Dock hands are very good. Harbormaster attentive.

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crburnhamAug 09, 2019
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Great New England fishing port

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dgallagher2Aug 08, 2019
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Just a great place to stop , enjoy sunset , enjoy local sea food. helpful harbormaster and team who assisted us in getting into our slip . CDP says thank you , see you next year

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waldoAug 07, 2019
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Nice Harbor but wavy at moorings

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karichgbAug 07, 2019
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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.

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mkeenanAug 07, 2019
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We loved every minute of our stay!

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stevensheaAug 07, 2019
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Ryan and the staff were great.

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dahalleAug 06, 2019
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Great dockside help. Picturesque harbor. Right next to the beach. A favorite.

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ricknanAug 05, 2019
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Lovely to be on Mooring in this beautiful harbor.

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rfield333Aug 05, 2019
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Great staff and wonderful views from the slip overlooking Vinyard Sound, "meet the fleet was great and the Coast Guard mock rescue was incredible.

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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.

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battles2a5Aug 02, 2019
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What a great place! Very helpful dock attendants, very friendly vibe, and the best sunset on the island. Will definitely return.

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jitrag67Aug 02, 2019
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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.

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Amazing! Great that they are on Dockwa. FINALLY! No more calling 200 times from 7 am to 7 05 AM

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wkregan24Jul 31, 2019
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Great place, definitely on the list

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cathyklimJul 31, 2019
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Everything convenient. Good price point. They just need a small grocery.

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corvusJul 29, 2019
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beautiful harbor and helpful harbormaster

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kramertimeJul 29, 2019
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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!

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mark42060Jul 26, 2019
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Always great Beach Larsen’s Showers Harbormaster

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arktosJul 19, 2019
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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.

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drogers100Jul 19, 2019
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Very scenic location. The harbormaster was very helpful. The sunset is not to be missed!

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seastar1Jul 19, 2019
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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.

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garypsmarinasJul 19, 2019
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One of our favorite places. So peaceful. Fresh seafood at the dock.

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esprit2019Jul 18, 2019
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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.

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rosenJul 17, 2019
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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.

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wmd427Jul 16, 2019
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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

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theriaultmsJul 16, 2019
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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.

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ngrenetJul 14, 2019
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Amazing location. Beautiful sunsets. Great food.

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ckuppensJul 14, 2019
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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!

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mrphillbJul 13, 2019
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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.

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bstaymoreJul 13, 2019
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Great staff, and location.

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thesowasJul 11, 2019
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I had forgotten what a gem this place is. It is one our favorite destinations.

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Such a beautiful location. Very responsive harbormaster. Perfect.

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pkglaserJul 06, 2019
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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.

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phelfJul 03, 2019
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Great spot, highly recommend staying here.

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billbernerJul 02, 2019
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Love menemsha Double love that rhey now take advance reservations

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markforgeJul 01, 2019
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Ryan, Spyder, and Daniel are awesome!

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chris_maloneyJun 30, 2019
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Awesome location Dock staff are very friendly and helpful.

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erikjdJun 24, 2019
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First time at Menemsha by boat and we'll be back for sure. Of all of the Martha's Vineyard Harbors on Dockwa, this is the smallest & most quaint. Harbormaster (Ryan) and staff (Spider, Adrian, Daniel) were all friendly, knowledgeable and always helpful with marina & surrounding area questions. There's also a Shell gas station right @ the docks (~7am-7pm, but sometimes earlier & later depending on the weather), with many of the necessities one might need, from aspirin & water, to massive chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwiches! Oh, and a comfortable, worn wooden bench overlooking the water, protected from the elements, on which there is always one or more folks eager to chat or listen should you walk on by... We tied up against the wall to the left of the fuel dock, with easy on & off access to the boardwalk for our kids (10 & 12) and puppy. Dock was fixed with wood pilings, so mind your lines and bumpers. Water & power hookups were in excellent condition. Restroom & shower facilities are a quick walk across the street; we didn't use the showers, but the bathrooms were clean. Food was fantastic... Breakfasts @ Menemsha Delli (5 min walk from dock), lunches @ Menemsha Galley (10 min walk) and dinners from Larsen's Fish Market (at the dock). On our picture perfect weather weekend, breakfast lines were minimum, lunch ordering line was 15min with a 10min wait for food, and we ordered dinner (steamers, chowder, lobster) in the morning for pick up at dinner time. Of course, if you don't eat on the beach, at least stay for the sunset as it is most definitely one of (or the) most beautiful sunset on the island. In addition to eating, there's plenty of walking to be had - on the beach, on the jetties, and around the surrounding streets. Although there are no sidewalks, folks drive slow given the amount of people walking around. On the (last off-season) weekend of our visit, the Martha's Vineyard bus stopped at the restroom area every hour on the hour. On-season, the buses come more frequently. In either case, you can take the bus to connect to other buses that take you anywhere on the island. Finally, if you have a dinghy, be sure to take a ride into Menemsha Pond & even beyond (ask the dock staff for guidance). The channel is well-marked, and there are many pretty homes and landscape to see. There are also lots of places to beach your boat and walk along a sandy beach, or just plop a chair down and relax. All-in-all, an early summer weekend we will always remember. Our thanks to everyone for making it so memorable!

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boston_boaterJun 24, 2019
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Great spot to stay, a favorite we come back to every season.

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