Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of Massachusetts’s hidden treasures. The town’s new transient docks offer visiting boaters direct access to the center of this quaint New England town. Right from the docks you can walk to a variety of restaurants, shops, parks and beaches.
Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants Manchester has to offer, or if you’re looking for a relaxing day on the beach, Singing Beach, is walking distance from the docks. The walk is shaded and you can pick up an ice cream cone or a cup of coffee on the way.
Manchester-by-the-Sea is a beautiful harbor and we look forward to sharing its beauty and character with you.
-The Manchester Harbormaster Department
The Manchester Town Landing is a great destinations on the North Shore for day trips or overnights. The docks are in excellent condition (all face dock so easy in and out), and the crew that works there are always friendly and helpful. The location is great as the landing is located "downtown" so you have a park next door, Captain Dusty's Ice Cream (seasonal), Cala's restaurant, Crosby's Grocery Store (so you can arrive without groceries), and many other restaurants and shops to explore. Note - There is no shore power (yet?), but overnights are easy. DR
The charm of the harbor and the village make for a great day trip! The Harbormaster was at the dock and told us about using Dockwa. This is new for us transitory boaters. It would have been great if we learned of the charges beforehand but not sure how that could be communicated.
Nice dock and short walk to lunch
Beautiful sheltered harbor with walk on access to the beautiful little downtown. What’s not to like??
The dock is very conveniently located, the harbormaster staff was very cordial and the sweet town is very conveniently located. However, $3.00 per foot to dock with no amenities at all (no water,electricity, showers, etc.) is a bit high.
This was an amazing experience. It was our first trip to Manchester and itvis our new go-to spot. The Harbormaster Brian was very accommodating and directed us to our dock, he got back to me within 10 minutes of my reservation on Dockwa. The harbor is simply beautiful with gorgeous views and many unique boats, especially thecsail boats. Our dock was right where everything is such as restaurants and souvenir shops. Tobtop it off, a Dunkin Donuts for the morning time!!! Highly recommend!!
Great location, great dock helpers, wonderful stay!
Great! The convenience, access and protected harbor are always a plus with plenty of quick assistance from the Dock Masters. I will certainly be back!
Amazing and the girl working the dock was great!
Are used to be free for a transient tied up but eight dollars is not too bad also they have too many spots reserved for overnight given the current environment
Very helpful and accommodating staff. Great location in downtown Manchester plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Would give it 5 stars if they had facilities. No bathrooms or showers. Also, be ready for the occasional train to pass through last one ran by around 10pm on Sunday.
The harbor is beautiful, the restaurants and stores easily accessible and the Town makes the whole experience enjoyable.
Easy in, easy out. Very pleasant and helpful dock hand.
Excellent Harbormaster Dock Hands on reservations and accommodating dock space for overnight stays. Very attentive Harbormaster Dock Hand "Mattie" in particular assisting in navigating Dockwa app setup and confirming reservations. All other Harbormaster assistance's while at the dock were excellent!
Reserved two nights here at the town dock through Dockwa. Unfamiliar with the harbor, I called on VHF channel 9 for directions but no one answered. This was daytime and several people with radios were actually standing on the dock at the time, but apparently declined to answer. As we arrived no one moved or looked our way so we landed ourselves and tied up. As soon as we were tied a young person with a clipboard arrived to greet us. There were two such young people but all they do there is something to do with clip boards. Over the two days we were there several other boats arrived and no one assisted them in docking either other than maybe pointing to a space along the dock. We helped them all if we were there. Let us be generous and assume it has something to do with the virus. The town is beautiful and the dock is right in town. There is no electricity or water at the dock. Water is available at the top of the ramp. Bring a bucket or something. There are no bath or shower facilities either. Dockwa lists the cost at $3.00 a foot per night or $8.00 per hour for daytrips. This is inaccurate or deceiving at best. We were charged $99 per night for two nights for our 33' boat AND $8.00 per hour for the hours of 10am to 4pm between nights. I found this outrageous, but the Harbormaster opined it was "Just like a hotel." I did inquire about pump-outs and I was immediately serviced by a pump-out boat that parks at the dock. I was grateful for that. The Harbormaster informed me that there is at least six feet of water dockside. Nice town to visit. Fabulous location for the docks. Questionable pricing policies. Dockhands of no use in docking, only clipboarding. No facilities. No electricity, so who needs a shower anyway?
Idyllic harbor and setting. Unfortunately the town dock is next to the train and that is a little disruptive. Right now they are doing construction through the night. Great staff, good helpful folks.
Big improvement. Plan to use to get to restaurants.
Always nice there, love the restaurants.
Manchester By The Sea. Great support from the dock! Will use it all the time!
Excellent service and friendly dock staff. Definitely a repeat visit. Quaint seaside community with great ability for provisions, shopping and wonderful restaurant gathering spots for friends to share good times.
Really nice time had ice cream at Captain Dusty’s
Great place to visit. A hidden gem. We’ll be back!
We stayed for an hour and had a nice lunch in town. Great new layout with lots of space. We will be back.
Great brand new docks and super friendly and helpful harbormaster. We will definitely return again.
great location and the harbormaster and his assistants were welcoming and very helpful.
easy app to utilize!!!!!
The Harbormaster representative treats visitors with kindness, intelligence, and a cheerful disposition. Although the new facilities are also awesome, my ratings reflects mostly his contribution to the overall experience.
Great stay. Town dock is brand new. No water or power, yet; but the location to town and the friendliness of the dock workers more than made up for it. It does get shallow at low tide so if you draw more than four feet, be careful. One of the nicest harbors of our five week trip!
Easy and right next to the restaurants!
The deck hands were extremely polite and helpful. We will be back. Great docking
Dock master was very pleasant and helpful. Great facility.
We had a fantastic stay on the brand new docks right in the heart of town. The Harbormaster and his staff who manage the docks could not have been more helpful and friendly, ensuring we had the best stay possible. We have already booked a weekend in July and another in August!
Nice friendly and helpful staff