Handy Boat Service

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215 Foreside Rd
Falmouth, ME 04105
43° 43' 41.7'', -70° 12' 30.15''
2077815110
VHF Ch. 9
$55 - $80/night
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Fuel
Last Updated: Sep 14, 2023 2:40PM

Diesel $5.49

Gas Regular $5.39

Octane: 89;

Awards


Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2019Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2020Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2021Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2022Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2023

About


Welcome to Falmouth, Maine’s largest anchorage and home to Handy Boat Service since 1934. Our members enjoy season after season of sailing and boating on beautiful Casco Bay. With the convenience of being less than 15 minutes from Maine’s largest city Portland, Maine, and a full service boat yard and marina without the commercial traffic and bustle of the city. For our cruisers stopping in for a shorter stay Handy Boat has over 50 transient mooring rentals for boats up to 80’ and dock space available, our launch service, full service boatyard, Dockside Provisions convenience store, fuel, ice and of course The Dockside Grill restaurant. All of our amenities are available to our seasonal and short term customers to make Handy Boat a can’t miss for boating in southern Maine.

Berth Capacity


Moorings:90

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2024

Fuel Dock:Yes
Gas:Yes
Diesel:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Anchorage:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Transient Storage:Yes
Long Term Storage:Yes
Service & Maintenance:Yes
Water Taxi:Within 5 Miles
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Wi-Fi:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Trash:Yes
Ice:Yes
Groceries:Within 5 Miles
Alcohol:Yes
Medical Facility:Within 5 Miles
Pharmacy:Within 5 Miles
Restaurants:Yes
Pet Friendly:Yes
Ship Store:Yes
Max. Vessel LOA:65.0 Feet
Fixed Docks:Yes
Oil Disposal:Yes
Repair Crane:Yes
Engine Service:Yes
Propeller Service:Yes
Dry Stack:Yes
Land Storage:Yes
Travel Lift:Yes
Live Aboard:Yes
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Great dock crew! Right there to help unload, dock and arrange for a mooring.

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Exceptional. They put me on dock since the close moorings were taken and I had a dinner off the boat with friends.

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The staff and service could not have been better. Extremely nice people. Had some mechanical work done due to engine problem. Andy, the mechanic, replaced a bad starter that was in an impossible place to service. In the past it took two mechanics a few hours. Andy was on top of it and completed the work in less time than in the past by some very good mechanics. Overall, a great experience and couldn’t be any happier with their service and attention.

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A lovely spot on Casco Bay. Very prompt launch service to get you to and from your mooring. Great and convenient stop-over location.

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Superb!!! A lovely facility, everything needed is provided there. Launch service to bring you to and from moorings was top notch, the yard services are very comprehensive and efficient. Hats off to staff and management for a great stay, both on the hard and once launched.

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Always great service and people there!

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great location, staff, facilities and service. excellent launch service and fantastic restaurant on the dock. convenient to Portland, beautiful scenic spot in the heart of Casco Bay

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Full service marina (repairs, fuel and water, launch service, pumpouts, laundry, showers, wifi) with an excellent restaurant. No slips, but plenty of guest moorings.

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Great place to stay. Great water taxi. As advertised. Safe. Uncrowded. Convenient.

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Greta job! Can’t wait to visit again.

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This was a wonderful place to stop. The crew there could not have been friendlier or more helpful. Everyone made us feel at home. They have a great little shop, very accessible fuel dock and great restaurant and bar all within minutes of the mooring field. We can't wait to go back!!!👍😀

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Because of boat engine problems, we could not come for the stay. I called a week ahead of time to concel the reservation. I asked if I could get a credit for the deposit for coming another time but was refused.

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Nice and accommodating

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Always a pleasure to stay at Handy Boat. Efficient, friendly staff, excellent facilities - fuel, water, toilet/ shower block all top notch!

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very helpful staff. friendly. 2 laundry machines. clean shower restaurant is top notch quiet mooring field launch service super convenient. nothing but good!

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It was a very busy afternoon with lots of boats coming in with many requests. Handy Boat services handles this very well and promptly got everyone to their moorings. This was our first visit so they guided us with a work boat to our mooring and made sure the pendant was clear for us to pick up. Very good service.

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Convenient, clean and friendly staff. Great location! I will be back!

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Great place to stay, peaceful mooring, wonderful dockside restaurant!!

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Friendly efficient service

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Friendly staff, great service, good facilities, good restaurant onsite.

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Convenient, regular launch service, courteous employees. Highly recommended.

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Helpful staff getting on/off the main dock; nice hot and clean showers (2) and bathrooms; two sets of washers & dryers, $1.50 each and change machine. Docks have fuel, water & Pumpout. You can use their water taxi for getting to & from the shore. Would stay again!

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Great friendly service.

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Very professional and friendly operation. My only suggestion for improvement is to have better transportation available. Services, such as grocery store is just a bit too far to walk, particularly coming back. There are plenty of dock-hands available. Perhaps the could pick-up customers from nearby stores. Lyft or Uber is not available.

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We tucked into Handy Boat last week due to heavy swells and higher winds than we are comfortable cruising in a 90 year old power cruiser. Very comfortable mooring. Not even the busy launches waked us. Marina and store staff incredibly friendly and helpful. Facilities are clean, and laundry doesn’t cost the usual arm and leg. The Dockside Grill inside or patio dining overlooks a HUGE mooring field and Casco Bay Islands. Highly recommend the food and service! We also needed help trouble-shooting a pinhole oil leak on our vintage 6-71 diesel engine. The service team was immediately responsive snd helpful. As we make our way between Marion, MA and Southwest Harbor in the future, we’ll make a point of picking up a mooring at Handy Boat!

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Handy Boat is always a great place to stay. Helpful and efficient staff, and clean up-to-date facilities. Not a bad way to access Portland if you don't mind a taxi, bus, or bike ride in. I've not had service done here, but have friends who have good things to say about that part of the operation as well.

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Always a great time

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Great spot to pick up a mooring. Nice boater facilities on shore. There is a launch as well as a good size dingy dock The Dockside Grill is excellent for lunch or dinner, make a resy. Portland is a moderate bike ride or and easy bus ride, #7.

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Assigned mooring location was excellent. The mooring field is massive with probably hundreds of moorings so the dock staff came out with the launch to show us our assigned mooring. Nice touch and good service.

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Wonderful staff and nice facilities

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Handy Boat Service - Sherri and Peter B.Aug 09, 2022
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We enjoyed the excellent service from the launch drivers, dock hands and other staff as well the clean and modern facilities. The food at the restaurant on site, Dockside, was good but more expensive than other places for the quality. A small grocery store/deli is a reasonable walk away but is not adequate for provisioning. For more extensive food shopping, ground transportation is needed. There is a Trader Joe's in Portland, about 10-15 minute drive away. The showers and laundry facilities are excellent, and the only drawback is that there is no boaters' lounge.

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The team at Handy is really professional and go out of their way to make your stay pleasant. Handy is also a full service yard, so they can do anything your boat needs.

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This was our second time staying at Handy Boat. Mooring was very easy to get to. Launch service was included. Really enjoyed our stay.

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We were a bit intimidated when we pulled around the bend and saw about 500 boats on moorings. We booked & called ahead. They initially gave us a mooring on the far edge of the mooring field, but when we told them we had to row in, they quickly found us a mooring close to the dock. We were very appreciative. The mooring was great, secure & quiet. All the folks we met were very helpful and super friendly. We really enjoyed our 2 night stay. Didn’t go to the Dockside restaurant, but walked into town (about 30 min walk each way) to the cinema & were able to catch a new movie. That was fun. Beautiful area.

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Beautiful spot. Nice moorings. Friendly dock staff and launch pilots. Quality work if you can manage to get them to do it. Absolutely zero communication with the business office, and by extension the service department. One out of every four or five calls or emails gets a response. Think you're in line to have work done on your boat? Forget it. Today I went out to what I thought was my mooring for the season, but my boat wasn't there. Sunk? Stolen? Who knows? Turns out it was moved back to the mooring I had last year. Nobody bothered to pick up the phone. I had a leak and the sole was underwater by four inches. I call and leave a voicemail. Days pass. Nothing. How much of this is due to the pandemic hangover, I don't know.

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Excellent service, friendly people, pretty good restaurant!

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Handy Boat Service was all about “service”. The waterfront was well staffed with young people ready to offer their help with landing, loading up dock carts or you, or showing you to your mooring.

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Beautiful mooring field, great people, all expected services. Highly recommended!

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Great facility, nice people. Great restaurant. Good Diesel price

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Everyone we met was incredibly friendly and went out of their way to help us. Excellent staff and great amenities.

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Great. Courteous, professional and friendly staff!

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Mooring great as usual; showers, less so. Only one shower available, and that lacked hot water.

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Great service, accommodations and restaurant. Staff very helpful.

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Top notch! Great double lead moorings with plenty of space, fantastic staff, from the dock manager to the service department, everyone went out of their way to help with anything we needed. Every one of the deckhands was fantastic- they even run down to the dinghy dock to help you land. Launch service was quick and all the drivers friendly. Clean restrooms and showers good laundry ($1.50 a load) and fantastic on site restaurant and bar. In fact, the only downside to this pace was cell service (1 bar Verizon) and we had to be at the restaurant before the free wireless worked. Definitely plan a stay here when traveling to the Portland area!

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People on the dock and phone extremely nice. Dings are we had to ask twice for help trying to locate the mooring ball assigned in a big field and there is quite a bit of roll due to wide open exposure. With that said, a beautiful spot.

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They can't control the weather, but unfortunately during our stay we arrived in 20+ knot winds and had a few days of rough weather. The mooring field is fairly exposed, so a bit rocky at times. On the days where the weather was mild, was fantastic. Really liked the location just north of Portland. Was an easy bike ride into town, with nice sized bike lanes into Portland or to the local grocery store. Launch service was outstanding. Very friendly personnel. Never waited more than 10 minutes for a pick up or drop off. The mooring balls luckily have two pendant lines With the heavy wind, one of the lines actually snapped. We called to let them know. They directed us to move to a nearby vacant mooring buoy. First time (and hopefully last) that has ever happened to us. Would definitely stay here again.

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Super friendly staff. Very clean and felt safe with compliance to COVID-19 guidelines

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We had a fabulous dinner at the Dockside. Both the restaurant and dock handled the COVID-19 situation beautifully.

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Easy in, easy out. Handy Boat was preferred than stopping in Portland on our way up the coast. Everyone was very nice and the Dockside Grill served excellent food.

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Thank you, Handy Boat. A very enjoyable stay. Dinner at the Dockside Grille was wonderful.

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This is an open area that gets some chop in windy conditions (20+ knots) but doesn't seem to get rolly. We love that the moorings are spaced far enough apart to keep a good distance between all the boats and to allow for maneuvering while picking up the ball. The balls are rigged with two long pennants that easily reach to each side of the 13' high bow on our boat making pickup much easier for us. The launch service is excellent and runs from 8am to 9pm. The restaurant on site is very good and there's ample free parking if you have a car or visitors. There are good cycling paths on the roads into Portland. Kayaking and paddle boarding around the harbor is nice in calm conditions. The preserve on nearby Clapboard Island has a dinghy landing and walking trail. We stayed 5 nights and enjoyed it very much. We'll definitely return.

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Super nice people, very accommodating with my date changes. Lovely spot on Casco Bay. We’ll be back.

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Great stay on a mooring. Staff was extremely helpful helping us with a mechanical issue. Would highly recommend visiting Handy’s.

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Felt very welcome. Are at Dockside Grill and it was fantastic.

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I've used this boatyard for ages: They've serviced my mooring, launched my J24s and now I use them regularly in a professional context as a yacht broker. Their yards estimates are fair and their fuel dock attendants are very pleasant! The dock house sells cute gear, boozy provisions and ice... In the summer time, the Dockside restaurant has excellent fries, martinis and and rotating entrees. Sometimes you have to wait a bit for a table because it's usually packed but it's one of the best places in Falmouth. We take our older family members to the restaurant on a regular basis because it's very accessible.

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The nearest transient moorings to Portland. Friendly, excellent service. The boat launch in facilities, including the clean bathrooms and laundry, our first rate. One of the better stops on the eastern seaboard. SV Wild Rumpus

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Very nice, but they but the transits on the outside moorings when there were several moorings in Closer that were not private. The restaurant was great.

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Friendly marina (especially dog-friendly). Good, clean restrooms and showers and a very reasonably-priced washing machine and dryer. Included launch service means the dinghy can stay stowed. Small service job was very efficiently performed. Numerous and helpful staff, especially helpful when docking.

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Great marina - friendly staff, very responsive and always trying extra hard to be helpful. The Dockside restaurant is also very nice ($$$) and while we didn't utilize them this trip, the service department is very competent.

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Everything was great. Staff helpful and friendly, launch service prompt and convenient. Restaurant was very good - be sure to make reservation as it is very popular with local residents in addition to marina guests. I did not have work done, but several friends did and were pleased with results.

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Nice views and handy launch service! Dockside restaurant at the marina was also very good.

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Staff was great! Restaurant is excellent. Great place to get a mooring. Easy Uber to Portland

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The staff were great to deal with! They took extra care to insure the mooring was initially too crowded so they moved us to a much quieter mooring. The launch drivers were quick to respond and always careful on approach to the boat. We will be making this an annual Summer visit!

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Diana and crew very helpful!

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