Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard’s historic Edgartown Harbor!
Our 2018 season will commence Thursday, May 24, 2018 and conclude Tuesday, October 16, 2018. Below you can find information regarding protocol, services, amenities, and restrictions. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions.
• • CONTACTING US • • We are on duty from 07:00 AM to 08:00 PM or later. To reach us, hail “Edgartown Harbor” on VHF Ch. 74. If you do not have a radio, call our office at (508) 627-4746. Our check-in time is 11:00 AM and check-out 10:00 AM. In the event of an emergency after hours, call 911 -- the Communications Center will dispatch appropriate units.
• • TRANSIENT MOORINGS • • The Edgartown Harbormaster Department oversees all permanent, seasonal, and transient moorings in Edgartown waters, which are designated for transient use for vessels up to 65-feet in length. Transient moorings cost $40 for any length of stay within a 24-hour period that cycles from 10AM-10AM and are distributed on an assigned-basis as they all accommodate different vessel lengths. There are no more first-come, first-serve pick-up moorings and day-trips pay the same $40 rate as overnight vessels. All vessels arriving without a reservation are to hail us on VHF Ch. 74 for availability.
We strongly encourage all visiting yachtsmen and yachtswomen to reserve in advance as Edgartown is one of the busiest and most popular ports in the United States and frequently sells-out. To reserve, visit our website, www.edgartownharbor.com. For weekends and holidays especially, be sure to book when our calendar opens on March 1 at 08:00 EST sharp. There is a two-week limit per calendar month for July & August. Edgartown does not force rafting, but will allow one additional vessel of equal or lesser length/beam to raft if given expressed permission by the moored vessel for an additional $20.
All town moorings in Edgartown waters are “fair weather" moorings and are therefore not sufficient for safe holding during severe weather. The Town of Edgartown is not responsible for the mooring tackle or any damage to your vessel caused by weather-related events.
• • TRANSIENT DOCKAGE • • Our department operates two fixed docks available for vessels up to 70 and 100-feet in length at a rate of $5 per foot, 50-foot minimum (vessels under 50-feet are charged $250 flat-rate per night) with a one-week limit per calendar month for July & August. They are located at North Wharf opposite the fuel dock and include water and electric. The 2018 dockage reservation calendar opens prior to the mooring on Thursday, February 15th, 2018 at 10:00 AM EST.
• • FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE DOCKAGE • • In addition to our two transient docks at North Wharf, there are four first-come, first-serve finger-piers for vessels under 30-feet in length and 4-feet in draft. These cannot be reserved in advance and are available for an hourly rate. They are located at the foot of Main Street in between the Mad Max Marina and the Edgartown Yacht Club and are denoted by the right-green paint on the pilings.
• • DINGHY DOCK • • Located at the foot of Main Street on the west side of the Edgartown Yacht Club (A-Frame building extending over the water) is a floating dock rafted alongside a row of red-painted pilings. Be certain to bring a dock line no less than 15-feet as the dinghy dock is often several boats deep, and to leave at least 8-feet off your bow. If you plan to be absent for more than a day, please utilize the launch service to help curb overcrowding as a courtesy to those actively commuting throughout the day. We also appreciate when our guests report any non-tender vessels occupying the space and will respond, remove, and relocate at our earliest ability to do so. PLEASE DO NOT KEEP YOUR DINGHY TIED FOR LONG TERM TIME, WE WILL BE TICKETING IN THE 2018 SEASON. In addition to the primary dinghy dock, we have short-term tie-up available at North Wharf for guests using our complimentary showers, heads, and trash drop-off facilities.
• • LAUNCH • • The Town of Edgartown contracts launch service with a private company. For the last decade, that launch has been OldPort Launch, which can be reached on VHF Ch. 68. Please contact the launch directly for hours as they change seasonally.
• • WATER BARGE • • Located diagonally across the channel from Green Channel Marker #9 is our floating water barge secured by two ball-shaped blue moorings on either side. It is free to use, accessible 24-7 on a first-come, first-serve basis, and equipped with two hoses. Vessel can tie up on either side of it.
• • PUMP-OUT • • Edgartown Harbor offers free pump-out service to all vessels in Edgartown waters via a pump-out boat that will pull alongside. To request a pump-out, hail “Edgartown Pump-out” directly on VHF Ch. 74. You do not have to be on board at the time of a pump-out.
• • ICE • • Block ice can be purchased during business hours at Prime Marina located on North Wharf next to our office at 1 Morse Street. Ice can also be purchased at Porky's Bait & Tackle on Dock Street, and any of the package stores in town such as the Wharf Wine & Spirits shop on Mayhew Lane.
• • ANCHORAGE • • The anchorage area is located in the outer harbor across the channel from the lighthouse and to the port-side of Red Nun #8 along the Chappaquiddick shoreline. It is serviced by the launch, well protected by Chappy's bluff from the light, prevailing southwest breeze, and all sand on the bottom making for easy holding. Vessels anchoring must be out of the channel and swim zones and all engines must be shut off 150-feet and less from shore. Anchorage in Katama Bay is only open at the harbormaster’s discretion when strong winds from the North/Northeast are present. Please hail us on VHF Ch. 74 to inquire about status.
• • GROCERY & PHARMACY • • While there are smaller provisions shops in Edgartown, the primary grocery store for the town, and much of the island, is Stop & Shop, located on Upper Main Street. It is about 0.8 miles (15-20 minute walk) from the dinghy dock but can also be accessed via the free Park & Ride Shuttle operated by the Vineyard Transit Authority. The shuttle leaves from Mayhew Lane every 15-20 minutes during high season. Further up the street from Stop & Shop is their pharmacy, also accessible by foot or the Park & Ride. The island's primary hospital is located in the Town of Oak Bluffs and accessible via bus or car.
• • ATTENTION • • Any yachtsmen leaving the island and their vessel unattended for any reason must advise the Harbormaster Department and provide emergency contact details and an island contact when absent for several or more days. This is strongly discouraged and not recommended.
Edgartown is a beautiful harbor and we look forward to sharing its beauty and character with you.
The Edgartown Harbormaster Department
Beautiful day in Edgartown. Great mooring location
Mike the Harbormaster was excellent. This was the first overnight trip outside our marina on a new boat. Mike was excellent in assisting docking and other tips.
Beautiful harbor, great restaurants, excellent service!
We had a good, brief late-season stay in Edgartown this September. The launch service was responsive, and we got a nice welcome email from the Harbormaster. Weather prevented us from getting there for the first night of our reservation, and they were willing to process a 50% refund through Dockwa even though the policy specifies 10 days' notice. Only reason not to give 5 stars is the dinghy dock -- not a big enough facility, even late in the season.
Great weekend to spend in Edgartown. Weather was fantastic and so was the food and beverages. Had a great mooring close to the YC. Could not have been a better visit. Thanks
This was our 3rd visit and consistently great experience and assistance from the dock master who was very patient assisting us in docking. Add perfect weather and the most charming town Edgartown will remain a destination for us to bring our guests!
A great experience all around. Beautiful setting and friendly staff ready to help.
Edgartown does it right! neighboring oak bluffs is a disaster by comparison. excellent, well managed mooring field. launch is quick. If you want a more grown-up experience, this is the place.
The Harbor Master office was extremely helpful with a delayed arrival and departure caused by weather. The moorings were efficiently serviced by the local launch boats. Edgartown is a great place to visit, great fishing, restaurants, shopping and hotels are easily accessible.
Excellent responsive harbormaster Everyone is friendly and helpful
Very cordial and hospitable. Easy time finding our mooring. All went well.
The Edgartown Harbormaster’s crew is top notch and thoroughly boater friendly. They offer plentiful moorings, free showers, a super convenient water barge and a wonderful pump out service provided by Assistant Harbormaster Mike, a friendly and welcoming presence for many years. All together, it makes Edgartown one of our favorite destinations. We’ll be back there aboard Grace every chance we get.
Nice people. Great launch service. Beautiful town.
Edgartown's Harbormaster team is top notch. From the friendly woman on the radio (did not get her name) who directed us so clearly and professionally, to the pump-out fellow (Mike), the harbormaster (with 2 dogs) who collected our mooring $, everyone was friendly, professional and helpful. All of this was totally welcoming. Thank you all.
Edgartown is our favorite harbor. The harbormaster staff are professional and manage it very well. We go there every year, 20+and wholly appreciate how they keep everything running smoothly anf friendly. Looking forward to next year.
Edgartown mooring our ideal. Close to town. There is water shuttle and the view is amazing. We love Edgartown
As always a very professional Harbormaster staff. See you next year!
The folks in the Harbormaster office really do a great job!!
Greart mooring in a very busy Labor Day weekend. We had just crossed from Canada and arrived early (5:00 am) in the morning. We selected a mooring just off the channel that looked to have good swing room and went to bed. Woke up at 9:00 and called the Harbormaster who was very friendly and accommodating and told us to stay right where we were. Very positive experieince.
One of the most beautiful harbors in America, served by the wonderful staff of the Edgartown Harbormaster. One of our favorite spots.
Spot on, precise just where and what we requested!
Great time! Beautiful weather and a fun adventure! The harbormaster' s crew is very accommodating and put us in a great spot!
They were professional, well-organized, helpful and friendly...as always. This was just the latest in a series of stays stretching back more than two decades. A consistently good experience. Well done!
Stay was good. Our mooring was a private mooring which took some time for us to find. Email info about Edgartown was good.
Excellent. Great mooring location and very good services from the Harbormaster. One of our favorite cruising destinations
Nice Harbor but it seems like if you make a reservation they stick you all the way up in the bay. That said the people are nice, but not well informed. Our plans changed and we needed to leave a day early. I called and explained and the person told me no problem we can credit you. I called back the next day and they said sorry we don't credit for early departures. Not the end of the world but buyer beware...
We have been coming here for 22 years. We used to love the first come, first served policy. We don't like Dockwa, especially the $40 for the first boat and $20 for the second. We have several people on each boat and wish to pay $30 for each boat, with a different person paying every day. We managed to keep the bookkeeping straight, but I much preferred a daily visit from the harbormaster. We also used to love that the bathrooms and showers were open 24/7. It's one of the reasons we came to Edgartown instead of OB. Now we're down to 12 hours a day? Terribly inconvenient, and the showers have deteriorated and are in horrible shape. That said, the harbor itself is beautiful as always and we enjoyed our stay. I just wish things were back the way they were. But I suppose it's too much to ask that Dockwa would go the way of the dinosaur.
Wonderful harbor. It's calm and quiet even in high winds. The launch service uses multiple boats so you never have to wait for more than a few minutes for a pickup. Edgartown is lovely with plenty of great restaurants and things to do. The harbormaster was kind enough to squeeze us in when we asked to move our reservation up a day, with one day's notice. The mooring (yellow 69) was at the far end of the harbor which may for a long dinghy ride, but we usually took the launch to avoid the crowded dinghy dock, and we were happy to be down away from the boating traffic.
Harbormaster staff got the mooring assignment right, the first time! Launch service was flawless, as usual. Shops, restaurants, etc. always provide great service. Looking forward to our next visit!
(2/5 for fee not service) Ridiculous to now pay a $40 mooring fee, particularly for the hundreds of day trippers. Instituting an overnight or full day fee is justifiable for transient moorings but you're punishing the many people who moor in Edgartown for lunch, shopping and a walk around town. Town fathers may gain $40 in new revenue but they'll lose the considerable money spent all season long on lunch, drinks, coffee, ice cream, clothing, antiques and artwork. Perhaps a 3 or 4 hour grace period could be considered and a fee applied if boaters exceed that time. We typically visited with 4-10 people aboard (@ $8/pp for launch service) but we won't be coming back as often. Good luck to the retailers, hope you're giving them a tax break. Bad shortsighted move.
Great harbourmaster, comfortable mooring and good food ashore.
The town of Edgartown and its harbor are amazingly beautiful, but the town's bathrooms and shower facilities for boaters staying in the harbor on a mooring are the worst we have ever seen and experienced, at any port, in RI and MA over the last 5 years. For a town that prides itself on being a rather exclusive destination, its obvious lack of any real investment in providing clean and fully functioning bathrooms and showers to visitors is truly appalling. We will likely never return to Edgartown Harbor due to the dirty and non-functioning conditions of these facilities because of what appears to be decades of ignoring much needed maintenance and upgrades to their facilities ! After all, such facilities are supposed to be a welcoming and vital resource to boaters visiting any harbor. It's shocking that this town can't grasp that simply charging perhaps 10% more for its moorings , it could likely tear down its existing horrible facilities and re-build them and cover the cost in one or two years. Any boater considering visiting Edgartown may wish to think about visiting Oak Bluffs instead if they're interested in fully functioning and much much cleaner facilities provided by the town, or, even better, the Summercamp Hotel!
Edgartown is a great harbor to visit. The Harbormaster’s office does an outstanding job. They go out of their way to accommodate everyone whether they are just there for the day or overnight stays. Mike does an outstanding job with the pumpouts. The only downside is the dinghy dock. It is always so crowded that you have to step over other boats. The other downside is the bathrooms and showers by the harbormaster’s office. They are not cleaned regularly and the dinghy dock seem to have boats tied up for more than the 20 minutes. This has been a problem for many years with the dinghy dock and showers and bathrooms. Hopefully, next year the dinghy dock and bathrooms and showers will be better.
Usual professional effort we have come to expect over the years in Edgartown , Meeting Taylor Blair ( filling in for Mike ) on the pump out boat was fun , did I great job
Done a lot of sailing, visited a lot of ports. None are as welcoming to sailors as Edgartown is. Plenty of moorings, good places to anchor and decent cover from weather. Harbormaster Charlie Blair seems to take a lot of pride in running one of the best marine operations around. Speed of the ship is the speed of the captain and his crew seemingly follows his lead on being courteous, accommodating and helpful. Thank you Edgartown.
Affordable Good launch service from 7 am to 1am regardless of weather Knowledgeable and professional woman dispatching moorings in a most efficient manner
One of our favorite places to stay. Was assigned a great mooring with plenty of swing room. Will be back next year.
We stayed on a mooring for two nights. The harbor is beautiful! If you would like a pump out I recommend calling the evening before to get on the list. The dinghy dock gets full so make sure you have at least 15 feet of line like they recommend. The only issue we had is it was very hard to find our mooring as the numbers are hard to see. I would recommend that they place a mooring field map on Dockwa to aid in the hunt for your mooring.
Very nice helpful staff. Great location. It would be a good idea to train the young dockboys a little better; some one or boat could get hurt. Dock mistress Sarah is the real deal.
I don’t quite know how they do it over and over, but they keep the harbor running smoothly despite the perennial challenge of accommodating both seasoned and novice sailors. Even more impressive is how gracefully they do it.
This is our favorite Harbor. It is a beautiful way to spend part of our cruising holiday. The HarborMaster staff are very helpful and accommodating. They even delivered packages that I had sent to their office for a repair! Thanks to the Edgertown HarborMaster team!!
Great protected harbor. Town is right there.
Great harbor, great harbourmaster department
Great harbor and quiet mooring. Truly enjoyed our stay.
Beautiful harbor and one of our favorite destinations!
Edgartown is Our favorite Harbor to cruise to in our 50’ power boat and one of the major reasons is the Edgartown Harbor Master Crew. They are responsive, courteous and despite it being one of the busiest harbors in the country they go out of their way to be as flexible and accommodating as possible - even if you don’t have a reservation. Thank you team! Mockingbird” out.
Beautiful harbor and great service from the staff .. Used the Pumpout which comes right to you on the mooring. Its convenient and the water quality in the harbor is awesome. I do think that they need to update the bathroom and shower facilities. I have been sailing here for about 20 years and they continue to deteriorate every year. With mooring fees at 40,00 a night you should expect at least clean facilities. These showers are pitiful ,, overflowing and flooded.
Edgartown Harbormaster and team are EXCELLENT!!!! Nice job everyone!!!
The Dockwa reservation system worked very well at Edgartown. The Harbormaster staff did their usual great job: friendly and efficient.
My wife and I enjoyed our visit to Edgartown and Katama Bay last week. Arrangements with the Harbormaster were flawless and we found the mooring (Yellow40 to be easy to find and secure with plenty of room surrounding our 43 foot vessel). The Bay is lovely and downtown Edgartown was delightful to walk and dinner at Atria Oub was delicious. We plan return trips this summer and will be back in 2019. Bay last week.
Wonderful Harbor with exceptionally warm welcoming people. The town is wonderful.great shopping and dining. Our only gripe was an inability to get an answer about mooring availability. We check out Dockwa which was greed out for Saturday and Sunday. We also called the harbor master. They would not tell us of availability. We sailed over from Vineyard Haven and there were lots of moorings open. If there had not been then we would have had to sail back to Vineyard Haven. Otherwise our two day stay was a wonderful experience
The harbor is beautiful. The price for a mooring is reasonable. My only complaint is that the dinghy dock is way too small. Dinghy are tied up three deep. The dock is old and tippy. There is a launch available, but for a fee. Otherwise this is great place to stay. Beach nearby.
Finding the mooring was a bit difficult but they helped and gave us a different ont near a friend
The mooring field is spacious and beautiful, people were awesome and not to be compared to any of the cape cod and islands.
Awful, noisy at the mooring, crowded, long launch wait. Actually left after one hour.
Good mooring- good Harbor staff - good food
Great. Efficient good moorings great launch service
Great stay on mooring in Edgartown. Only thing is they could provide nicer shower facilities for transient boaters. Otherwise - all good
Great Harbor and great people......strongly recommended!
Convenient comfortable and very relaxing Easy town access by dinghy or launch Flexible on arrival mooring and when weather forced an additional day stay
The marina is top notch..and the town is great
Our stays in Edgartown continue to be among our favorites. Only complaint is the dinghy dock by the yacht club. It seems to get smaller every year (and the tenders tend to get bigger every year also), and at times is impossible to access. I have no idea why 13-14 ft whalers/John boats are allowed to use the dinghy dock!
Really enjoyable. Here are my thoughts, with so many sponsors for excellent launch service, why do we need to be charged? If charges continue, please consider adequate public showers and restrooms located closer to pier. Understand that the popularity exceeds the capacity of the facilities, but maybe some upgrades would help.
Edgartown Harbor is very well managed by the Harbormaster's office which uses DOCKWA for reservations. Launch service is privately run through Olde Town on c.68. Prior to your arrival date, you receive a detailed and helpful email from the Harbormaster and another from DOCKWA which provide information for hailing the Harbormaster and information about local activities and places to visit,
We are, and have been, very frequent "mooring' guests to this harbor over the past 10 years. We go as much for the harbor tranquility as the on island charm and amenities. It's a busy harbor but the mooring field layout offers some buffering if you move down harbor. The reservation process through "Dockwa", even last minute in real time as one enters the harbor, is efficient and effectively backstops a very capable harbormaster staff whose friendliness always adds "value' to our visits. Our favorite stop.
Great service by the Harbor Master staff. Wish prices for day mooring were lower.
I think $ 40 to stop and have lunch, plus the launch is a bit excessive considering 2 years ago it was free. It seems an amount closer to $ 25 would be more reasonable.
A great place to stop on a cruise. The harbormaster sent an email in advance with all of the necessary information needed to contact his office, etc. The staff were very helpful once we arrived in the harbor.
Always like to be closer to downtown but I realize the limitations
Had to move moorings on last night of four as someone else was on the assigned mooring when we came in after racing. Moved to an adjacent mooring for the last night, so all worked out well.
Edgartown is one of the prettiest harbors in New England. Harbormaster always tries to accommodate boaters. Pumpout readily available. Mike is terrific. The town has great restaurants and shops. Edgartown has become one of my favorite destinations. Try the Atlantic or Alchemy for dinner. Seafood Shanty for a drink and a view of the harbor. And of course a walk to the lighthouse.
Dockwa dropped the ball on this trip. Having been forced to book a two night minimum we arrived in Edgartown only to find that our mooring has been given away to someone else... no refund no apology no explanation. They still have my money.
Wonderful as usual! Great experience overall, and the dock staff are always a pleasure to work with!
Harbor and town are beautiful. Most moorings are a good distance from shore access which was great from a noise perspective, less so for those with dogs. Restroom and shower facilities were not convenient. At $4 per person per ride the launch adds up.
Cordial service. Knowledgeable staff. Solid mooring. Even changed reservation details in 30 seconds with no penalty.
Great location, weather, perfect and relaxing!
Wonderful Harbor with lots of activity. Shoreside amenities are expensive, but good, in a quaint old town.
Great harbormaster staff. Always helpful. We love visiting Edgartown!
Staying in Edgartown Harbor is awesome! They have the best harbormaster I have ever met. His staff is well-trained, pump-out is fast and clean, and the launch into town is the best. Highly recommend visiting this harbor.
Great moorings. We'll maintained and patrolled harbor. Launch service very good, but can get a bit overwhelmed / slow at busy times.
Harbormaster was very efficient and professional in an exceptionally busy harbor on a crowded Sunday afternoon. Listening to her was like listening to air traffic control at a busy airport.
Always a pleasure. Edgartown Harbormaster’s crew are the best. Thank you
Our favorite Harbor. Harbormaster always pleasant and accommodating. town is great...good restaurants, shops, bike rentals, etc. Highly recommended !
Bad weather and was not able to use prepaid reservation. Unfortunately they do not allow refunds.
Nice location, good launch service. They were also willing to shift my reservation one day because of weather problems.
Magnificent weekend. Lobster Potpie at the Atlantic is a must.
Harbormaster staff responded immediately when I called them on Ch. 74 on arrival in the harbor, as instructed, and they were polite and gave precise directions to our assigned mooring. the price is very reasonable these days and we are looking forward to our next visit to Edgartown.
Very friendly, relatively protected and quiet mooring. Dinghy dock was small but fine, I imagine it would be crazy in the middle of the summer. Water barge was not in yet, so water was a pain...that's the only thing that could have been better!
olde port launch and harbormaster were very good
reserved two nights at Edgartown for Memorial Day weekend. When the weather forecast worsened we shortened the stay to one night. 2nd night payment was forfeited due to Edgartown refund policy. They charge one night penalty for any change to reservation. Since we went early in season and harbor was scarcerly occupied I should have reserved one night at a time. That would have maintained flexibility to change plans without loss of one night's fee. Unfortunately, the cancellation policy for Dockwa for Edgartown would not come up on iphone app. Pressing button for cancellation policy info got no response. If their cancellation policy displayed I would have known better how to plan the reservation.
Charlie, the Harbor master, is fantastic and very helpful. The Old Port launch service was also excellent .
Stayed at the dock this time so I got to use the restrooms and showers which were functional - that is the best I can say. Also even in middle October they have a 50 foot minimum - not exactly boater friendly. But as always the staff were very cordial in implementing the town policies.
Great location on inside dock. Bathrooms don't open till 7:00 which makes itt though to leave early. Nice staff, eager to help. Overall a good experience. I will return.
Very nice and peaceful mooring in 15-20knot winds Reservations easy and dock master quickly responded to VHF call
Edgartown Harbor is beautiful and well protected. The mooring fields are managed very efficiently and all the staff is always available and helpful. It is always a pleasure to be there.
great service -- good communication before and upon arrival - i asked to be moved closer to EYC and that was possible. thank you.
TELL US ON YOUR WEBSITE HOW LATE THE LAUNCH RUNS AND WHERE TO GET BLOCK ICE
after a 48 hrs stay, we had to return due to bad weather. The staff was able to accommodate our request for a mooring at a moments notice.
Great stay. They are totally professional and organized. Service was excellent nice moorings and the employees are very friendly. Dingy dock is tight and can be a challenge. They encourage the launch service!! Great time !!!
Great place to stay. They are very nice and efficient. The water taxi is a bit pricey but works great. There are only 3 showers for 88 rental moorings in the harbor, so beware that there might be a wait sometimes.
It was great, noon on a Saturday in Edgartown is crazy, but when I checked by radio, I was directed to my mooring with several boats waiting to see if one was available.
we were handled very efficiently and enjoyed our day in Edgartown Harbor. You had a rude pump out person with "Harbor Master" stenciled on back of his shirt. When we got to our assigned mooring, it was taken. Since I was in middle of the moorings with boats all around I elected to temporarily tie up to one until I could reach Harbormaster with new direction. This jerk started yelling at us and telling us I should be calling in first. that is like using a cellphone while your are driving. Idiot.
We took in o everything we possibly could that Edgartown had to offer. Water, Diesel Restaurants, Mike on the pump out boat, the all-day busses. Ferry to Chapy Dingy rides to the light houses. It was definitely the high lite of our two week cruise, Thanks for having us. everyone we met was vary friendly. Paul
Booked w Dockwa one day prior for 2 nights and secured mooring w hmaster on arrival. No issues. Staff very good.
Very picturesque harbor. Courteous staff, excellent launch service
The Edgartown Harbor team is always very responsive and helpful. Nice quiet harbor. One simple example of how much the staff cares...the Pump Out Boat Operator (I think his name is Mike) stops at open moorings as he goes by to coil up the lines in the top of the mooring to get it out the water and make the line easier to retrieve for the next Captain. They "get it" at Edgartown Harbor.
Great mooring, great town, great island. Lucky to have it nearby and lucky to be there.
Our stay was wonderful. We had a relaxing and very quiet vacation. I would recommend staying on a mooring. The sunsets were beautiful as was the sunrise. The water taxis were always available and convenient when we wanted to go to the shore. Thank you!
The location is great and the Harbormaster does a good job of responding quickly and managing the busy mooring field. The dinghy dock is ridiculously small for such a large number of boats. There are some dinghys on it, filled with water, that sit there and never move, taking up valuable space. They need to get those abandoned dinghy out of there. Also, this is the only marina we've seen without recycling. They claim there's no recycling on the island but we saw plenty of recycling bins around houses.
Great Harbor and town. Very poor launch service. Long delays in pickup. One launch "out of service" to take a group of "ladies" out. Wet, dirty, boats. One driver was rude and surly. Two boats not enough for peak periods. Overloads on two occasions. Worst launch service in any port this season.
Very friendly staff. Very prompt. Very courteous.
Beautiful spot staff great! We loved our entire stay! Shelly from harbor s and above her duties to help us out! The launch staff Bill and Nick were friendly and we enjoyed the cruises to and from out mooring! We can't wait to come back!
Great harbor....professional harbor master, quick pump out, lot's to do: biking, walking in sanctuaries, beaches, bus trips, etc.
The folks at edgartown harbormasters office are the best!! They could teach customer service to lots of folks. Mike , asst HM works very hard to pump out everyone. This is a classy harbor.
The harbor master directed us to the dock right away and we were met with help for our lines. There were three showers and heads for our convenience and a ships store. We hope to return next season.
I love Edgartown Harbor. The mooring field is well protected and the harbor master is very helpful and professional. The dinghy dock is starting to get ridiculous. It's always had the deserved rep of being three deep at times. It's now all the time. Boaters come and spend a ton of money in town, which must generate local revenue. They really need a larger or additional dinghy dock, even if it's a bit further from town.
The harbor master was very helpful and friendly upon arrival. AND very busy. Beautiful place to stay. Only negative was the public showers were dirty.
Edgartown is the best run harbor of any that we've visited in the Northeast. The Harbormaster's staff couldn't be more helpful. I'm sure that working in one of the most beautiful places on earth helps. Can't wait to come back!
Mooring and reservations went very smooth
Beautiful harbor, very helpful staff.
Beautiful harbor. We'll run and organized. We had a fantastic 7 night stay!
Good tackle on the moorings. Dinghy dock is limited for such a large harbor, frequently 3-4 dinghies deep to tie up. Nit too many wakes... especially deep into the mooring field. Quiet overnight.
Edgartown harbor is run like a well oiled machine.
Smooth operation. Was able to stay a couple extra days during storm ad was even relocated to a more protected area!
Spent five nights on a mooring. Courteous and timely launch service although little pricey ($4 one way). Lovely town within walking distance with great restaurants and shows. Local bus service well organized and allows exploring throughout Martha's Vineyard.
Despite the unpleasant weather for 2 of our 5 days we had a blast! Edgartown is at the top of our list for boating destinations. The dinghy dock, water barge, fuel dock, free bus to Stop & Shop and the $1.00 coffee at the store next to the harbormaster's office all make boating more enjoyable. MV has great biking, beaching, shopping and eating options. Now if only there was a laundromat closer to town then the airport it would be even better. We enjoyed meeting Becky from Dockwa at the harbormaster's office! See you next summer.
Great protection, well organized, knowledgeable Harbormaster team, great communications. FYI Edgartown no longer has the first-come-first-served blue moorings. All are yellow and all require Dockwa or direct communication with the Harbormaster.
A beautiful location. Harbormaster's staff were all friendly and helpful, and all the amenities needed for a great stay were available - with the exception of block ice! We could find it in only one store near the docks, and that store closed at 6 pm!
I don't like the new policy that you initiated in Edgartown Harbor doing away with the free "blue" moorings which were First Come First Serve for transient Day trippers. Its not that its $40 whether your there for an hour or overnight.. Its that there is no certainty of getting a mooring for a daytrip. Now that you take only reservations of short stays, I have witnessed numerous moorings being unoccupied, but the Harbor Masters office saying over the radio that there are no open moorings b/c they are reserved. Well like my trip yesterday, I paid $40 to have that mooring until 10am the next morning, but I only used that mooring for 3 hours. So unless I checked out with the Harbormasters office, they could not put a daytripper on that mooring, b/c I held the reservation. While the Harbormasters Office may benefit from higher revenues from those 25 formerly "blue" moorings now being "yellow", and Dockwa will make significantly more fees by collecting reservations for those formerly free moorings, I truly think that the local retailers will feel a decrease in business. Last season we made over 10 day trips over, for either breakfast, lunch or dinner, as I'm sure many others did. But now with the uncertainty of getting a mooring, we will like reduce our visits to Edgartown, and go to other ports like Oak Bluffs for instance where you can always get a mooring and for no charge. I think if you insist on the new "blue" mooring policy, you should refine the booking system to be for lesser blocks of times for lower fee. For instance, we went over on 7/20, and I was able to get a reservation for my daytrip: however according to your calendar yesterday, 7/21 & 22 were already fully booked. You need to segregate daytripper reservations from overnights, so you don't hold a mooring as full if its only used by a daytripper for 3 hours.
Wonderful time. We ended up just anchoring on the outer harbor; but the mooring field looked beautiful! Maybe next time :)
Did not make it could not negotiate a different date.
Mooring field run by the Town Great location and launch service operated by Oldport Launch. Plenty of water in the mooring field for sailboats and the launch service was very responsive.
Excellent. The staff was extremely helpful & friendly. A beautiful day in Edgartown. Thank you!
This is the fifth year we have brought our grandson's for the Edgertown Jr regratta and I informed the harbortmaster Sat morning that I had to wait until this afternoon when the race was over to collect my grandson's and leave. We left at 4:20 today and when I arrived home I found we were charged for another day. The past 4 years, I did the same thing and I wasn't charged. I could have made other arrangements if I was told this when I talked with the young lady this morning.
Moorings are close, but very well arranged and very well kept. A great place to stay !
I was very disappointed to learn of the new $40 fee for any use of a mooring. I absolutely love Edgartown and frequent the harbor, shops and restaurants. But, I will not be coming back very often, if at all, with this new fee. I agree with paying a fee like that for overnight stays, but don't punish the people who like to come for a couple of hours. How do you go from free moorings to $40 for even one hour??? Between the mooring fee and then the launch, it cost me almost $100 before I even stepped on land! I hope you come up with a better policy or I think the shops/restaurants are going to suffer.
Brought family from out of state and they fell in love with Edgartown
Love Edgartown. The only complaint was that we loved it so much, we didn't want to leave the mooring by 11AM (checkout time). So we had to pay another $40 to stay until 12:30.
The crew at the Edgartown Harbormaster office continues the tradition of efficiency and hospitality. The Town put a new policy in place this season to charge $40 for the use of a mooring whether it is for an hour or overnight. The situation was explained over the radio when we entered the harbor. We were able to create a Dockwa account, reserve and pay for the mooring quickly. As soon as we did the radio call came in from the Harbormaster directing us to a mooring. I'm sure this change will create an uproar for those who have been using the moorings for free during the day for years. I was one of those and loved it. I don't mind having to pay for something that is valuable. Edgartown Harbor is a gem.
Great location, service, and experience. Highly recommended for any boater.
We never actually stayed on the mooring we had reserved because the fuel dock (which shut down at 5) was unoccupied, so we tied up there and left before it opened in the morning. We looked for someone to pay but failed to find someone. They did get our $40 for the mooring via Dockwa.
Great location, unbeatable price. Friendly staff. Launch is run by another company (Old Port) and costs a couple bucks each way. I highly recommend eating at The Port Hunter and Behind The Bookstore while in town.