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9 Ferry Lane
Marblehead, MA 01945
42° 30' 13.65'', -70° 50' 49.5''
781-631-2386
VHF Ch. 16
www.marblehead.org
Marblehead Harbor
Town of Marblehead Harbormaster
Town of Marblehead Harbormaster
Town of Marblehead Harbormaster
Town of Marblehead Harbormaster
Town of Marblehead Harbormaster
Town of Marblehead Harbormaster
Town of Marblehead Harbormaster
Rain tomorrow morning and afternoon.
47℉N at 6 knots
Low03:48AM0.694ft
High10:08AM8.880ft
Low04:11PM0.909ft
High10:27PM8.823ft
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Tucker's Wharf does not have slips but linear floating docks, 5 guest moorings in our inner harbor with a 40' maximum length and 7 at the mouth with a 60' maximum length. We have 30/50 amp power and water on our docks. Shower and laundry facilities and a small galley providing a coffee pod system, toaster oven and microwave. Dinghy tie-up for our guests is included in the basic price for a mooring and marked on our reserved docks with a yellow cleat. Located a short walk to Marblehead's "Old Town" historical sites, restaurants, grocery store, package store, boat supply and many other unique shops.
Marblehead is one of the most picturesque harbors in the country and is known as the "Sailing Capital of the World" and the "Birthplace of the American Navy".

Launch service is suspended for the 2020 boating season due to COVID-19 restrictions

Berth Capacity


Moorings:10
Linear Docks:170 Feet

Approach


Marblehead is a horseshoe shaped harbor exposed to the northeast. Please enter the marked channel on the mainland(starboard) side of the harbor. The Tucker's Wharf docks are approximately 1/3 of the way down harbor immediately after the fuel dock, State St. Landing (public) and the Harbormaster's utility dock. Our inner harbor mooring buoys are yellow and marked "H-1,2,3,4 and 5" in blue directly off the docks and channel and have a 40' LOA maximum. Outer harbor moorings are yellow marked in blue "HM 1,2,3,4,5,6,7" at the mouth of the harbor and have a 60 lOA maximum.
Minimum Approach Depth:15.0 Feet
Minimum Channel Depth:15.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:12.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Jul 17, 2020

Dockage:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Fuel Dock:Nearby
Water Hookup:Yes
Maintenance Facility:Nearby
Dinghy Dock:Yes
Wi-Fi:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Trash:Yes
Ice:Nearby
Boat Ramp:Nearby
Gas:Nearby
Diesel:Nearby
Propane:Nearby
Groceries:Nearby
Alcohol:Nearby
Pharmacy:Nearby
Hotels:Nearby
Closest Airport:Boston Logan
Restaurants:Yes
Beach:Nearby
Dog Park:Nearby
Pet Friendly:Yes
Tennis:Nearby
Ship Store:Nearby
Bait & Tackle:Nearby
Max. Vessel LOA:102.0 Feet
Floating Docks:Yes
Electric Amps:30 AMP, Dual 30 AMP, 50 AMP & Dual 50 AMP
Electric Voltage:120 V & 240 V
Repair Crane:Nearby
Engine Service:Nearby
Propeller Service:Nearby
Travel Lift:Nearby
Yacht Brokerage:Nearby
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dfshoppingSep 20, 2020

Friendly, accommodating staff; great location. Marblehead Harbor is easy to approach and easily navigated; private channel markers guide you down the fairway right to the harbormaster's inner-harbor moorings. Those moorings are easy to find even in the dark, and are situated just a few strokes of the oar from the dock, which is steps from the picturesque town. Other plusses: A supermarket a 5-minute walk away; an excellent restaurant one dock over; a 24/7 self-service pump-out station a five-minute putter from the moorings; a fuel dock (none of those in adjacent Salem!) Marblehead Harbor opens to the northeast, and the well-sheltered waters where the inner-harbor moorings are located can be a little rocky in a stiff breeze from that direction (though having done it, I can tell you that passing the night isn't bad even in that). About the only other downside is that the moorings fill up fast in the summer, which is why you'll see me there right now!

Marina Response:
Thank you for your fabulous review! We are very proud of our beautiful town and harbor...see you soon
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kabarrowsSep 20, 2020
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Beautiful quaint town. Great friendly and helpful staff.

Marina Response:
Thank you very much for your kind words and staying with us! We look forward to seeing you again.
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donibSep 08, 2020
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Not great actually. We were assigned a mooring in the far outer harbor. #2-0. I believe these are simply positioned too far out because the first night was quite rocky as was the next day. On day 3, the side waves were hitting us such that our boat was pitching 90 degrees back and forth. As we arrived back to the boat late last night it was downright scary getting into the boat from our dinghy. I hit my head on the boom (a first) because it was as flailing so badly. We’ve had our boat nearly a decade and never experienced this bad of a situation at a mooring especially in non-inclement weather. Finally we decided at 9:30pm to leave the mooring and go inside the harbor where it was calm and nice and we tieD up to the harbor masters dock. Luckily it was open and available. I wouldn’t use those outer moorings ever again. That said, the town and bay of a Marblehead is marvelous.

Marina Response:
I am sorry for your experience. I do not believe we charged you dockage during the northeast storm which is worth mentioning. We do disclose the location of "outer harbor" moorings and the size limit of 40' on inner harbor moorings on Marina's.com and Dockwa. We also try to send a personal message prior to accepting a reservation for vessels over 40' that cannot fit on our inner harbor moorings. I apologize if anyone confirmed without that personal note prior to accepting the reservation to back up the info on the website. I wanted to respond because a 2 star rating is devastating to us! Was it just the location of that mooring and the storm that weekend or was someone rude and unaccommodating to you? Please let me know, We are simply not a large boat harbor with a 20+ year wait for a mooring so we cannot accommodate your 48' vessel in harbor unless it is our docks which are much more expensive.
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ebrowneSep 06, 2020
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Excellent harbor, great staff, great town to visit

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dennishr36Sep 04, 2020
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The Harbormaster was very accommodating and located us near the dingy dock. The bathrooms and showers were clean and modern. The town was just blocks away with an excellent grocery store. A little rolley in the harbor but there was a SE swell running in the bay. I would definitely return.

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malstedAug 29, 2020
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Excellent place to stay in MBH with fantastic views of the harbor. Floating docks with reliable electricity and fresh water. Convenient location within a 5 min walk of downtown shops and restaurants. I returned to the MBH town docks on my way back from Portland, ME to Annapolis, MD. Adding to my previous review...The Harbormaster staff is very professional. They asked for my ETA and were ready to help me tie up upon arrival.

Marina Response:
thank you so much for your fabulous review. We have a beautiful harbor in a great town and enjoy sharing it!!! See you soon!
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kincoraAug 27, 2020
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Great location. All harbormaster staff are friendly and helpful. Love the boating action at the Landing.

Marina Response:
thank you for visiting. we hope to see you again soon!
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billgAug 20, 2020
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Very calm and nice part of this beautiful Harbor. Very attentive and professional staff looking after us. It’s a new go-to for our annual up and down from the Chesapeake to Maine. Thanks!

Marina Response:
We love our annual up and downers!!! Thank you for the great review and see you in the spring.
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jsushelskyAug 15, 2020
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Great people, great service, great venue

Marina Response:
thank you so much...hope to see you soon
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djmionisAug 14, 2020
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the Moorings available were at the mouth of the harbor along side the channel. The mouth of the harbor is too rocky rolly. We ended up leaving after the first night as it was too much. Otherwise found the harbor to be beautiful and quite a quaint quiet town, also felt unwelcoming to visitors

Marina Response:
We try to be very transparent about the location of the outer harbor moorings and the possibility of rocky seas. Unfortunately, Marblehead harbor has a 21 year wait for a mooring so large moorings down harbor are few and far between. We make every effort to be cooperative and welcoming at all times and refunded the night for you waiving our cancellation policy. We apologize for not letting you stay on the blue mooring you found but it is only used every 2 years for the Halifax race and does not have the correct gear to support your 56' power boat. Please let us know if it was our staff that was unwelcoming to you. As for the public...i think this COVID 19 situation has made people a bit more unwelcoming in general but we will certainly pass along your concerns to local businesses. Thank you for your review, we use this feedback to constantly improve our facility.
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johnstoneAug 11, 2020
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Terrific dock, location and staff. 2 minute walk to Crosby Grocery, coffee, restaurants.

Marina Response:
best spot in town!! Thank you for the kind words, hope to see you again soon!!
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waegmontAug 11, 2020
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My special thanks to the Harbor Master and Assistant HM. They provided needed and greatly appreciated special assistance with a motor breakdown. And the basics were all down well. They help make a Marblehead visit a special time.

Marina Response:
We aim to please!!! Thank you and see you soon!!
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tributesailsAug 02, 2020
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Nice moorings very close to town. Great spot to watch the constant activity of the harbor.

Marina Response:
thank you very much for visiting...we hope to see you soon!!
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louisvillaAug 01, 2020

We love going to Marblehead. Very clean facilities , a beautiful town . , a hidden gem as far as we are concerned. My family loved it there , we will be back soon. Linus

Marina Response:
we enjoyed having you...thank you for the great review!
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hloring.cfraryJul 30, 2020
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Making the reservation through Dockwa went perfectly! The harbormaster messaged me with my mooring number and location so I was able simply to go directly to it without having to be escorted by the launch. Clear instructions on dinghy tie-up location and procedure were very helpful. Always a treat to be in beautiful Marblehead Harbor!

Marina Response:
thank you so much for your visit...we hope to see you soon!
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plominjaJul 27, 2020
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A great weekend trip. The moorings were easy to find and well marked. Pendant lines were clean and in good shape. Great communication by way of an email the day before we arrived outline the mooring and where it is as well as local tips and instructions for where to dock our dinghy, showers, etc. Very nice. We were on an "outer" mooring right at the mouth of the harbor so it was a bit rocky due to boat wakes as folks returned to the harbor in the evening, but that wasnt a problem for us..just wanted to share that those moorings aren't as protected as the ones in the inner harbor. Highly recommended either way.

Marina Response:
thank you for the great review! We are working on some inner harbor moorings for larger vessels moving forward. We use all feedback to constantly improve our facility.
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rubbersoulJul 25, 2020
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We had a wonderful time in Marblehead. The staff at the Harbor Master was friendly and helpful and the facilities were nice and clean. We will definitely be back!

Marina Response:
it was our pleasure to have you. We have been working extra hard with cleaning protocols to keep our guests safe!
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Surprised and happy to get a virtually short notice reservation. Phone contact was pleasant and upbeat. On arrival, three professional staff made the approach and dockage on a very windy day stress free....made me look good at the helm. The docks are very stable and clean. Lots of interesting harbor boat traffic but the no wake enforcement makes it very comfortable even at busy times. We were right in the heart of historic Marblehead. Need I say more. Will put Marblehead on our cruising itinerary every year!

Marina Response:
thank you so much for your kind words about our wonderful harbor and facility. it was our pleasure to have you visit.
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bencainJul 06, 2020
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Overall good, but there were people setting off fireworks very early in the morning right next to the Harbormaster dock and no one told them to stop. I'm all for fun, but it did make the morning hard to enjoy.

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grandeJun 22, 2020
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Great service as usual. Favorite stop

Marina Response:
Thank you for the nice review. We enjoyed having you !
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emongeauJun 06, 2020
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Harbor master crew was very helpful and friendly. Beautiful harbor. Had some great takeout from the Sail Loft. We will be back again

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calebaamyOct 06, 2019
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premium facility and mooring location

Marina Response:
thank you...come again!
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pamelalee5Sep 30, 2019
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As always, we had a great stay here. They are always so pleasant to deal with. :)

Marina Response:
Thank you, it is always a pleasure to see you!!
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cbrobinsonSep 20, 2019
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Tiny dock for just a few boats but if you are lucky enough to get a spot, grab it. Wonderful location in a charming town.

Marina Response:
thank you for your kind words. We would love to extend our docks to accommodate more vessels but as you may have noticed, our little harbor is packed. We currently have a 20 year wait for a mooring and that leaves little room for expansion. Hope to see you soon!!!
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pl1964Sep 20, 2019
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Loved the town of Marblehead, visitor mooring we'll maintained but very rolley. went along side for water and tried to find harbourmaster - (who is now in different building) but no face to face, only communicated by email. It would be alot more pleasent to actually see someone. No help with lines just instructed by email to leave the dock! Shame as all other American harbourmasters I have met have been very welcoming, present and helpful.

Marina Response:
I am sorry you had a bad experience. We have been in the same building for over 5years now so I am sorry if there was any confusion there. I as the Harbormaster was called out to assist other matters so I cannot always be present but did speak with you on the phone to help resolve reservation payment. As for assistance at the dock, we as a crew did not have a reservation to expect so the crew was unavailable to assist. I can assure you we always offer assistance to our reserved dockage guests. You where only asked to leave because you had requested to come along side to retrieve water. After 4 hours you where still along side and due to the high demand for our docks that extended your visit. I hope this explaination will provide you with a more welcoming and pleasurable visit next time. Your comments help us be a better facility. Thank You Mark Souza Marblehead Harbormaster
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jeminwySep 02, 2019
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Good facility although a little pricey. But the inner moorings worth it. Outer moorings very rolly from boat traffic. They are adjacent to channel and the beginning of the no wake zone. Weather is also factor in the outer moorings. Ground tackle great. Shower and laundry provided. Good location for town.

Marina Response:
I will have to check the average price for moorings again. We thought we were right in line will all of the amenities we offer at $50.00 per night. I am glad we were able to re arrange things on the inner harbor to give you the extra nights we did on our utility mooring during this very busy weekend. We will always do our best to accommodate you. Thank you for the feedback.
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smeisterAug 21, 2019
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Great dock and people.

Marina Response:
thank you we enjoyed having you!!
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jbishopjrAug 18, 2019
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We stayed on the dock for two nights. We had a very good experience. The dockmaster met us on arrival. The facilities were clean and modern, and convenient to Marblehead points of interest.

Marina Response:
We enjoyed having you...see you soon!
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jskanenhAug 10, 2019
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The harbormaster met us at the dock which was a bit.if a tight squeeze hut made sure we docked safely. Unfortunately we had another boat come in that nignt at 3 am and the occupants were quite loud. The harbor master was there quite quickly and controlled the situation. Marblehead itself was lovely with excellent shops, history and a newlt renovated landing served excellent food.

Marina Response:
We have very limited dockage available in Marblehead so we do try to accommodate as many vessels as possible. I am so happy to hear that your concerns were handled in a timely manner and you enjoyed your stay. thank you for the feedback as we use it to constantly improve our facility.
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tmaunderAug 08, 2019

First time to Marblehead and we will return. Had space on one of the floating docks. Mark and his team were very helpful and welcoming. Facilities were convenient and clean. Agree that not everybody observes the 'no-wake' rule especially the Yacht Club tenders.

Marina Response:
So sorry, we are constantly battling the yacht clubs over the "no wake" rule. Thanks so much for the nice review and we hope to see you again soon!
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albionAug 06, 2019

Docked at one of the floating docks & had an amazing time. Fantastic weather and awesome neighbors - we were next to the Harbormaster's boat. Since there's water on the dock I was able to clean my boat which was a real plus. Had a blast walking around Marblehead and checking out the sites. The harbor is active so lots of great people & boat viewing. Will definitely return and definitely recommend.

Marina Response:
It was our pleasure having you! We are very proud of our beautiful harbor and eclectic downtown area. hoping to see you very soon
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aswill374Jul 29, 2019
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Came Friday late afternoon and missed the close of the office at 3p. Were not able to get in touch with Dockmaster for access code for facilities even on Saturday until a big mega yacht came in to dock. Dockmaster appeared for their docking and we got the codes. Nice facilities but over all we did not feel very welcome. Very busy and crowded.

Marina Response:
So sorry this happened to you. We are new to Dockwa and our business is growing faster than our staff is. We are already addressing this situation so we can make sure someone is available to help people coming in on the weekends. We are also going to add the access codes to our welcome email. We appreciate your feedback and use it to constantly improve our facilities.
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tadfJul 22, 2019
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Lousy! Harbormaster put us on the furthest away buoy saying there were no others and all day long we saw their buoys going unoccupied. The no wake zone is non-existent so the further out you are the rougher it is. When we went ashore the harbormaster directed us to the wrong dinghy dock where we proceeded to get yelled at for docking there. The waterfront is pretty disjointed and after spending a few hours ashore decided to head out for another location. It will not be on our 'Places to return to" list.

Marina Response:
I am so sorry you had that experience. Our outer harbor moorings are for vessels over 35'power /40'sail generally and yes are not the most pleasant place in bad weather I am sorry the crew did not mention that to you. We had 2 regattas in the harbor and the Harbormaster crew was spread pretty thin but that is no excuse. Moorings in Marblehead harbor are permitted to individual, privately owned boats so if you saw empty moorings they are not under our control. All inner harbor moorings were booked for the entire weekend. We appreciate your feed back and use it to constantly improve our facility. Again, my apologies on behalf of the harbormaster crew for any miscommunication. Please give us another chance and email me through dockwa...Terri, office Manager
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dbappeJul 19, 2019
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Great location, easy walk to town, professional and helpful staff

Marina Response:
thank you so much...we really are in a beautiful location.
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allisonbatemanJul 18, 2019
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Love this place. Great dock and very knowledgeable harbourmasters. Fun town

Marina Response:
thank you so much for the nice review...we enjoyed having you
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willardbeaconJul 06, 2019
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the dock was ready for our arrival and in great shape. after tie up, it was time to use the dock supplied electric power. the planned plug in gave me difficulty but along came assistant harbor master Charles Cullinane. He tried the plan plug in. Then he decided to try another outlet but my power cord short so Charlie loaned me one of the harbormasters cord and the day was saved. great service many thanks Charles

Marina Response:
Charles has been with us for many years and is definitely an asset to our operation. Thank you for your kind words...we look forward to seeing you in the future.
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lakemusserJun 25, 2019
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Great stay on mooring number 2 at the mouth of the inlet. We put the reservation in as we were sailing by and decided to stop. A quick radio call to the harbormaster and he confirmed a mooring for us. Thanks for the great support.

Marina Response:
stop in anytime...thank you
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mpkindleSep 08, 2018

Tucker's Wharf is located perfectly at the center of Marblehead's Old Town which makes it a charming and delightful destination. The Landfall is great for dinner while the Driftwood is a local breakfast favorite. And you can't miss enjoying a spirit at Maddy's Sail Loft. There are plenty of shops and services to amuse and help. Mark and his team are gracious, welcoming, and helpful Harbormasters.

Marina Response:
Thank you so much for your review. we enjoyed having you visit our beautiful harbor!!
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charisSep 06, 2018
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Harbormaster staff were great. Men's shower was filthy. Main issue is a 300% rate increase since the last active captain review with no advertised notice until getting to the dockwa reservation. More a reflection of what I have seen with dockwa and the use of it to justify ridiculous mooring rentals. I will use this site in the future to figure out which harbors to avoid and will gratefully thank the ones that have kept rate increases modest and do not require payment with my thumbs. Some of us still sail to distance ourselves from forced internet interaction.

Marina Response:
thank you for your review, we use this feedback to constantly improve our facilities.
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lasflyerSep 01, 2018
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They were very helpful allowing me To move my boat to a mooring in a more protected location.

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corvusAug 29, 2018

Very Helpful harbormaster and staff. Excellent location and adequate shoreside facilities.

Marina Response:
thank you so much, we truly enjoyed having you
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Great little harbor (jam packed with boats on mooring balls).

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rov1gh65Aug 07, 2018
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Friendly staff and great facilities, including washer and dryer free to use. Only drawback is the price at $5/foot.

Marina Response:
Thank you for the nice review. We include all amenities including power and water on our docks so that is the reasoning behind the price. Thanks again and hope to see you soon!!!
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bobleonardAug 06, 2018
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Courteous, pleasant, efficient. We came in after hours and found everything set up as promised. Easy access to amenities. Friendly , informative folks as we found our way to recommended watering holes. All good.

Marina Response:
thank you for the nice review, come back soon!
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risailorgirlJul 22, 2018
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Wonderful stay in Marblehead. The Harbormaster and team set us up with a fantastic mooring that was very comfortable and so close to everything that we didn't even put the motor on our dinghy! We look forward to coming back again!

Marina Response:
Thank you for the nice review. We enjoyed having you !
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dbelleteteJun 14, 2018
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The Harbormaster was great, very accommodating. It was a little inconvenient not to have a launch service, or showers. Fortunately we where able to finagle something with the help of the harbormaster. We had a nice stay.

Marina Response:
I apologize that you were not made aware of our Shower and laundry facilities. We are new to "dockwa" and "marinas.com" and are still navigating our way through. We have recently made the addition of a launch service for our inner harbor moorings only for an additional $25.00 per night. Hopefully all of our growing pains will be done by your next stay. Thank you for the nice review in spite of our shortcomings, it is much appreciated! Terri Office Manager
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bostonsailorJun 04, 2018
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Arrived late on a Friday night and had no trouble coming in and finding our mooring. Location is tucked away deep in the harbor, so well protected and calm water. Good spacing between moorings.

Marina Response:
Thank you for the nice review. We enjoyed having you !
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