Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina

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11 Ferry St
Essex, CT 06426
41° 21' 12.23'', -72° 23' 1.04''
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860-767-2483
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Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina
Overcast throughout the day.
45℉S at 4 knots
High04:54AM2.687ft
Low11:11AM0.689ft
High05:06PM2.553ft
Low11:24PM0.375ft
Fuel
Last Updated: Sep 24, 2018

Diesel$3.57
Gas Regular$3.89
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About


Previously known as a Brewer Yacht Yard facility, Essex Island Marina is now proudly owned and operated by Safe Harbor Marinas after the two companies merged in 2017. Essex Island is the perfect resort marina nestled in the protected waters of Essex harbor. The 13-acre private Island, accompanied by a complimentary ferry service, has 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. A short walk into historic downtown Essex, this picturesque setting truly has something for everyone. Named ‘"The Perfect Small American Town’," Essex offers great shopping, dining, and museums to visit while still giving you the opportunity to enjoy the unmatched beauty of the Connecticut River. We also offer plenty of outdoor fun including a nature/dog walk, shuffleboard, oversized pool, volleyball and plenty more!

Planning a Rendezvous? Yacht Club Event? Business Conference? We have you covered! Essex Island is an ideal location for your all of your group gatherings! With several different areas, we are the perfect venue for any event.

Approach


Bell "8" marks the entrance to the Connecticut River. Follow the channel markers starting between the entrance jetties to Red Nun "26" taking care to observe the no-wake areas as indicated. (The Old Lyme Drawbridge, if closed, will respond to “Old Lyme Draw” on VHF Channel 13.) Once in Essex Harbor, turn west into the second anchorage fairway marked by the second set of two yellow cans. Our Safe Harbor Helm sign is just ahead. Hail “ESSEX ISLAND MARINA” on VHF 9 once you have passed Red Nun “26” NOAA Chart 12375

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Sep 13, 2017

Dockage:Yes
Moorings:Yes
Fuel Dock:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Maintenance Facility:Yes
Water Taxi:Yes
Wi-Fi:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Laundry:Yes
Ice:Yes
Boat Ramp:Nearby
Gas:Yes
Diesel:Yes
Captains Lounge:Yes
Swimming Pool:Yes
Cable TV on Slips:Yes
Groceries:Nearby
Alcohol:Nearby
Medical Facility:Nearby
Pharmacy:Nearby
Car Rentals:Nearby
Bike Rentals:Yes
Restaurants:Yes
Golf:Nearby
Tennis:Nearby
Ship Store:Yes
Max. Vessel LOA:200.0 Feet
Max. Slip Length:200.0 Meters
Max. Slip Width:30.0 Feet
Fixed Docks:Yes
Floating Docks:Yes
Winter Storage:Yes
Travel Lift:Yes
Yacht Brokerage:Nearby
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seaclusionOct 07, 2018

Joined the Safe Harbor Rendezvous at the end of September. The staff was outstanding and the Manager Amy went out of her way to accommodate me in assigning a slip that would make life easy for our needs

Marina Response:
We are so happy that you joined the Rendezvous and that Amy was able to make things easy for you! Please come back and stay with us again next season.
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jcbackesOct 07, 2018
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Great place ...........

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stargOct 03, 2018

Amy and her crew were there to greet us when we arrived and helped us dock. Her entire crew were friendly and helpful. The marina itself is very well maintained and picturesque. A very short ferry ride lands you right in the middle of Essex. Amy did an exceptional job organizing the events for the rendezvous. It was much more organized than in the past. We especially enjoyed the BBQ and met many great fellow boaters from Safe Harbor sister marinas. We will definitely be visiting again!

Marina Response:
We appreciate your excellent review and are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the Rendezvous. It is so great to see boaters from so many different marinas get to know each other! You are welcome back at Essex Island anytime! We especially hope to see you next year at the Rendezvous again! Take care.
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rockwelldebOct 01, 2018
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Upon arrival we were disappointed to find out that we were not going to be in the slip that we were told of the week prior. Instead we were stuck in the far back corner of the marina separated from our fellow boater friends. Amy tried to accommodate us as best as she can and she was able to move us to a different slip where we could be closer to some fellow boating friends. Still not anywhere near where we are expecting to be but we made do. Staff was extremely nice, courteous and very friendly. We were a bit disappointed in the bbq dinner Saturday night; other than the pulled pork, chicken and potatoes there wasn't much else to choose from. No salad or vegetables of any sort. Also, we felt that the wine tasting should have been included with the rendezvous fee of $35 that we had already paid. We didn't feel that we received much for our $70 total......coffee and donuts and the bbq. Regardless, we had a great time, beautiful marina, the facilities were well tended to and very clean. We would definitely stay at this marina again.

Marina Response:
Thanks for your review. We are so happy that you found the facilities to be well tended to and very clean, and we are also happy to hear that you will stay at the marina again. The cost of the rendezvous tickets was a new addition to the rendezvous this year to offset the cost of the event-- we spend over $8,000 to host the event. The $35/head is intended to defray the cost to cover all of the food, staffing, swag, activities, the band, and the whole presentation that goes with the weekend so that we can do this Rendezvous event again. We would love feedback for what you would love to have or what you would like to see in our future! We are always working hard to update our events to meet the expectations of our customers.
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maryjeanSep 30, 2018
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Staff was great. Received all the info for the weekend when we arrived. Great weekend.

Marina Response:
Great to hear you enjoyed the weekend, Mary Jean! Thank you for staying with us at Essex Island. We hope to see you again next season.
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forresttempleSep 06, 2018
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As usual great job my the dock staff and the marina grounds and facilities were in excellent shape. They even were able to get a service mechanic out on a days notice to troubleshoot a head problem

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drno88Sep 06, 2018

Safe Harbor managed to keep the charm of Essex Island Marina with the foot ferry operation and overall look and feel of the marina yet upgraded the docks. One of my favorite destinations to sail to.

Marina Response:
We are very happy to read your review and get your feedback about our upgrades! It's so great to hear that we are one of your favorites. See you next time! Take care.
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cynbad52Sep 04, 2018
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The Island staff were pleasant and helpful. The environment is always beautiful and this past weekend they had many and varied offerings like movies and breakfast and all. Very enjoyable!

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h20cruznSep 01, 2018
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Parker, the Dockmaster is an absolute pleasure and couldn’t be more helpful. Unique, clean facilities with everything you need just a short (100 ft) ferry boat ride away. Essex is a typical quaint New England town with tourist shops and 2 good restaurants, the infamous Griswold Inn and the Black Seal. I would definitely give the marina 5 stars when they finish upgrading the docks and infrastructure.

Marina Response:
We accept your challenge to earn that last star! Thank you very much for the review and feedback. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Take care!
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schippmomAug 31, 2018
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Wonderful marina. Beautiful grounds. Clean facilities. Staff is very pleasant and helpful. Extremely short ferry ride to town with shops, restaurants

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ct_formulaAug 30, 2018

Staff was top notch, facilities are impeccable, amenities are great. I like the food Chow Truck, but I miss that small restaurant / store they had on site. Its now an empty building. We love the entire marina, and will continue to go back all the time.

Marina Response:
Thank you so much! We have taken pride in our facilities and our work. We are happy to see you were pleased with your stay. We are looking to get a new restaurant in for the 2019 season, so keep an eye out for that news!
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shalperinAug 29, 2018

I've been stopping into Essex Island Marina for 35 years, and it's always been one of my favorite marinas. It's a bit of a long slog by sailboat up the CT river, especially if the Amtrak bridge is closed; but once there, it's an ideal spot. Service at the marina is great. I needed a mechanic for a small issue, and he was there promptly the next morning at 9:00 AM. Everything was great, and I'll be stopping in again next August!!

Marina Response:
We sincerely appreciate you choosing Essex Island Marina year after year, and it is always a pleasure seeing you! Our service team is happy to help, and it is very rewarding to fix something up quickly so our customers can get back on the water. Already looking forward to seeing you again next August. Enjoy the rest of your summer!
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paulaschmittAug 27, 2018
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We have been going to Essex Island Marina for years and it is still a great marina and some nice updates have been done but we very much miss Marley's Restaurant on the premises. Poor decision on Safe Harbor in our opinion. Only needed Marley's for long weekend business and seasonal of course, their previous operations of days and hours was perfect. Too bad, Safe Harbors and Essex Island's loss.

Marina Response:
Thank you so much for your review! We are so happy that you have noticed our recent updates. We will also have a new restaurant for the 2019 boating season, but in the meantime, we hope that you enjoyed the [CHOW] food truck that now have on the island. We will see you next year!
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csobel60Aug 27, 2018
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Everything went great.

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jthommenAug 26, 2018
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The only thing that would make it a better venue is a restaurant on the island. Had a great little restaurant in the past. Bring it back.

Marina Response:
Thank you so much for the feedback! We are so happy that you enjoyed your stay at Essex Island. We anticipate the opening of the new restaurant in 2019. Until then, we hope you were able to find some delicious barbecue food items with our food truck, [chow]. We will see you next season!
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chroseAug 25, 2018
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Excellent marina. Clean and the surroundings were beautiful. Staff was friendly and helpful.

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robertrossiAug 19, 2018
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Very professionally done . Great people to work with .

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carolannAug 19, 2018

Love this marina! Clean, convenient, friendly helpful staff. Found it quite by accident and now always make it a stop on any northern excursions.

Marina Response:
Hi Carolann. We always love having you here, and we are very happy that you stumbled upon Essex Island Marina. Thanks for the review. See you next time!
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helloAug 19, 2018
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Refreshing coming to a marina like this. Very clean, docks, grounds, restrooms, pool, everything. Staff was friendly, helpful and well organized. Hope our marina gets the needed upgrades to approach this level of excellence.

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thomasbryantAug 14, 2018
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Last year I gave feedback and was never contacted about it, and this year I have a similar complaint. While we generally love the marina, we continue to be surprised that you have not yet fixed the main pier which traverses the East side of the marina. The boards are in terrible shape, and as a dog owner, this is a problem - our dog is small and not only are there a lot of splinters, but the old boards are so widely spaced that he has got his paw pinched in between boards on more than one occasion. I think you should prioritize this replacement.

Marina Response:
Mr. Bryant, We greatly appreciate your feedback and certainly take the safety of our boaters and their beloved dogs seriously. After purchasing Essex Island 4 years ago we have been on the fast track of replacing the marina infrastructure and will continue to do so until complete. I have made a note in your transient file and in the future, we will be certain to assign you to a slip where you can come and go without needing to use the older walkway. We look forward to your return and wish you a great rest of your boating season!
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d06424Aug 13, 2018

Great time...great friendly crew...great pool...very friendly atmosphere....

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deckersrAug 12, 2018
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Beautiful spot on the river, convenient to everything except groceries. Dock staff fantastic. Well maintained and clean grounds and bathrooms. Wonderful stay, I’ll be back.

Marina Response:
We appreciate your great review and feedback. Next time you visit we can help you with some grocery options. Thanks for choosing Essex Island, and we look forward to your next trip!
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bailinoutAug 08, 2018
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They have really stepped up their game as to the overall maintenance of the facility. Place looks great and staff very helpful. Need to get the restaurant open again...

Marina Response:
Thank you for this review. We are happy to know that you are enjoying the upgrades that have been made around the property as well as our team! As for the new restaurant, it will not be open until 2019 but we do have a food truck on the Island open 8-8pm Wednesday – Monday (closed Tuesday only) which will be here until labor day! Come check it out next time you are in the area and make sure to book a stay with us next summer so you can try the new restaurant. Until then, happy boating!
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rwtomeyAug 07, 2018

Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Marina gets better every year!!

Marina Response:
Great to hear! Thank you for your review and for choosing Essex Island Marina.
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raf389Aug 06, 2018
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Quiet place in a quaint colonial village. You have to take a "ferry" (pontoon boat) across a small canal to get on and off the island. You will need Uber to visit local restaurants. Except for two in town, the Black Seal (casual) and the Griswold Inn (dress). The Ct River museum is next door and worth visiting. 2 nights here is plenty.

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skipkostAug 05, 2018
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Clean marina,Friendly staff

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tabishopJul 31, 2018

Nice location, excellent amenities and friendly staff. Some of the amenities need updating and I it looks like that's in process. When we filled up at our home club our fuel vent was blocked with spider debris. To be fair that could have4 happened before the trip. We were only there 2 nights. However when we told people about it, everyone noted that there's an issue with dock spiders at Essex. That was all word of mouth. I never noticed a spider on the docks or boat. At the end of the day, I think this is an excellent stop and would encourage you to visit them. If any concern about spiders I would check that out before the trip.

Marina Response:
We are glad you and your group enjoyed your stay! As you expected we have certainly been improving the Island since we purchased it 4 years ago and plan to continue until everything is in top shape. Thank you for letting us know about a possible spider issue around A Basin where you had stayed. This is certainly unusual in that area. We look forward to your next visit!
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2thumbsupJul 29, 2018
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A beautiful facility, we contacted the marina we were close, they guided us right into where our slip was, deckhands we’re there to assist us. Pool, showers, the grounds were impeccable. Great place to stay.

Marina Response:
We sincerely appreciate this review and feedback. It was our pleasure helping you into the slip. Please come back and stay with us again soon!
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scotm666Jul 29, 2018
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I always try to stay at Brewers. The service is fantastic and everyone is friendly. The previous owner let the marina decay. They are spending a lot of money fixing it up. Looks great!

Marina Response:
Thank you for the review and for choosing Essex Island! It is great to hear that you are enjoying the improvements around the marina. Safe Harbor Marinas purchased all of the Brewer properties in 2017, and they are doing a great job investing in our Members' and guests' experiences!
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debs61Jul 26, 2018
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Essex Island Marina feels like home. Very accommodating. They put out a BBQ for all their guests which was so nice. I always enjoy going there and always can't wait to go back. Thanks so much.

Marina Response:
Thank you for this glowing review! It is great to hear that you can't wait to come back; the feeling is mutual! See you next time.
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barb235Jul 24, 2018

Loved staying, once again at Essex...only thing missing was an onsite restaurant.

Marina Response:
It was a pleasure having you back at Essex! The new restaurant will be opening soon, and we are excited for you to try it on your next visit! Thanks for your review.
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lvskipperJul 23, 2018
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Great stay at Essex Island. Staff was helpful and the town of Essex is wonderful. Thanks!!

Marina Response:
So happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us! Essex is such a great location, and we love hearing that our guests had a great experience at the marina and in the surrounding area. Hope to see you back at Essex Island again soon!
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cheechJul 22, 2018
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Staff was wonderful and marina has many new improvements. The only disappointment was Marley's restaurant no longer onsite

Marina Response:
Thank you for visiting Essex Island and for your review. We will have a new restaurant onsite very soon. Please come back and try it out next time!
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tyler993Jul 18, 2018
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The staff is great. Pool is very nice and docks are being updated each year. Would recommend for groups looking to be docked together. Definitely coming back.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the great review and recommendation! It's great to hear that you got to enjoy the pool and our team. Looking forward to your return!
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adamwallerJul 14, 2018
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One of the most picturesque spots you will find, plus immaculate, friendly, with unexpected amenities.

Marina Response:
Wow! Thanks for the great review. Our location is gorgeous, and we LOVE sharing it with our guests. We sincerely appreciate you choosing Essex Island Marina, and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.
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rmuhlbauerJul 09, 2018
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Spacious facilities ashore and a nice level of privacy facilitated by the fact that the marina is on an island. The facilities were clean, the docks well-kept, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. With Marley's restaurant closed, the new restaurant will be a welcome addition for full convince within the marina.

Marina Response:
Thank you for your great review and feedback! We love hearing that you enjoyed the facilities and that our team was helpful. The new restaurant is going to be a great addition to Essex Island. Please come back and stay with us again soon!
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sdratch2Jul 09, 2018
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I must say that the marina, the stay was wonderful. As a transient, I enjoyed the nice people on my dock as well as the facility. HOWEVER, I do have a concern that I hope doesn't come back to haunt me or my engines. While making my slip reservations months earlier, and after confirming with dock hands the day before, I had asked to be placed in the NW corner of the marina. I also expressed the fact that I was told last year that the far I dock was too shallow to accommodate me. I reassured them both times that I was OK with anything in that area. Upon my arrival, the dock hands signaled me to approach the I dock broadside and waved me in. As I am approaching the dock they continue to wave me in past the dinghies tied up until I am in the mud. I felt my rudder and props digging in. Spoke with the dockmaster, Stephanie, and expressed my dissatisfaction. I usually never complain, but I do feel this was completely avoidable and have concerns for my boat. Someone dropped the ball. Whether it was an unskilled or poorly trained dockhand or someone else. Hope to hear from someone in charge or someone that has the authority to make sure this never happens again to myself or any boater. Expect that Safe Harbor will do the right thing.

Marina Response:
We want to thank you for choosing Essex Island and for bringing this incident to our attention. Our General Manager will be contacting you to talk more about your experience.
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boatfunJul 08, 2018
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Our stay wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. I was put in a slip that didn’t have adequate amount of water so at low tide was sitting in mud. There was no restaurant on the island and the docks around back need attention. Staff was helpful and pleasant as always.

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reelmagicJul 05, 2018
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Staff very helpful and knowledgeable.... Always a pleasure to stay at Essex Island Marina.... Many improvements recently.... Bathrooms/Showers excellent

Marina Response:
Thank you for your review! And thank you for choosing Essex Island. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our upgraded facilities and that our team was helpful. Looking forward to your next visit!
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lastmistakeJun 27, 2018

Second time we have stayed here and time the service has been fantastic! This is the most helpful and friendliest staff and crew we have met anywhere along the east coast. Marina is in a great location and Essex is a great town to visit. We will definitely be back and would recommend staying here to anyone traveling up or down the sound.

Marina Response:
Wow! Thank you very much for this awesome review and for staying with us at Essex Island. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed our crew. Everyone loves coming to work here, and genuinely enjoys helping out our guests. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and are already looking forward to your next visit. Happy boating!
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bushey723Jun 19, 2018

Fantastic staff and facility. We own a smaller 20' center console and they treated us like we rolled up in a 60' yacht, prime docking and attentive staff. Made our night stay in town seamless and enjoyable. Will be going back for day docking and future over nights. Facilities are top notch as well. Location to downtown Essex is a must visit if passing through.

Marina Response:
Thank you very much for your review. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay, our dock team, and the location. We are grateful for all of our customers so it is important to us to give everyone our best service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
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kburttJun 18, 2018
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The marina is located in a great location in Essex village. A short (really short) ferry ride puts you in the middle of Essex village where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. The are quite a number of transient slips that are easy to get in and out of. There are plenty of friendly and helpful dock hands to help with your arrival and departure. The grounds are beautiful and clean. A fun weekend destination

Marina Response:
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this helpful review. It is great to hear that you had a fun weekend at Essex Island Marina and were also able to enjoy Essex village. Please come back and stay with us again soon!
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alacrity43Jun 16, 2018
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Was great to have the dock crew meet us at our mooring. They were very courteous and helpful.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the five-star review. We appreciate the feedback and are happy that you found our team to be courteous and helpful. Please come back for a visit again soon!
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rmtoedterJun 11, 2018

Essex Island Marina continues its excellent reputation and expands upon it under the new Safe Harbors ownership. The new floating dock extending from the dockmaster's office was wonderful, and the dock staff was well-trained and knowledgeable. The facilities are being re-developed nicely. We had a great time and give the Essex Island Marina our highest recommendation....... Bob & Lori

Marina Response:
Hi Bob and Lori. Thank you for the awesome review and recommendation! We are happy to hear that you like the new dock and that you found our team knowledgeable. We are excited about all of the redevelopment going on at the marina as well. Please come back and stay with us again soon!
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serenityMay 31, 2018
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Fantastic marina with most helpful staff. I asked for slip that was easy to get to and was given face dock that made for a perfectly easy arrival and departure. We also appreciated clean bathroom and showers. We are looking forward to visiting again in near future....Alex & Linda

Marina Response:
Hi Alex and Linda! Thank you for the great review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the facilities and staff were to your liking. We also look forward to you visiting again in the near future. Until next time!
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mdhayMay 30, 2018

Stephanie was great, she helped sort thru all sorts of issues i was having with my new SH number, making appropriate reservations, making future reservations and dealing with me more than what was necessary/required. Essex is a great harbor to visit and Brewers Essex helps make it work.

Marina Response:
We appreciate the great review and are happy to hear that Stephanie was able to help you with your issues and reservations. We agree, she is great! Thank you for your business, and we look forward to seeing you next visit. Happy boating!
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jddianaMay 28, 2018
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The dock master, Stephanie, is a class act! The marina is clean, is in town, and has great restaurants a short distance away. Always love coming here ! Just spent two days here and the review is the same - GREAT!

Marina Response:
Thank you for the great review and for choosing Essex Island Marina! We appreciate the feedback and hope that you come back and stay with us again soon. See you next time!
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cjb347Oct 17, 2017
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Definitely a great weekend! Great sea glass class and meet lots of nice people. Band on Saturday night was great. Again Lynn and Steph and rest of staff hosted another great weekend😍

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tbm930Oct 17, 2017
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Very helpful staff, beautiful clean restrooms and showers . Beautiful areas to explore with a dingy.

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crownjewel41Oct 14, 2017

Our club kicked off our season on Memorial Day and wrapped it up here on Columbus Day Weekend. Essex is a quaint New England town with a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance of the marina. Thank you, Stephanie and staff, for a memorable weekend.

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cindyandtimOct 08, 2017
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Was given wrong info when docking- so initial arrival not impressive. The first friday bbq didn't have food ready at 630pm and was out of food by 730- so had to go to store for more. Ladies room could use at least one handicap railing since they have no handicap toilets that are taller. Sat went well and that bbq was very nice-overall we made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves. We would go again.

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andrewportoOct 05, 2017
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Marina was clean, good amenities, very friendly, and fun. The Griswold inn nearby is a night destination. Nearby Hamburg Cove is a good spot too. -1 star for lack of night life.

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turbocouchOct 02, 2017
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We visited the Brewer Essex Island Marina for the Brewers Rendezvous weekend. This is not our first visit. The staff of this facility is top notch, and I mean everyone I met was helpful and accommodating. From the incoming docking experience and check-in, to the meals at the cafe, we were impressed. It is a busy marina, and for an end of the season event they had plenty of staff on hand to see things went smoothly. The bathrooms were kept clean, and the showers were very well maintained. No shortage of hot water. Private locking stalls for the showers. Certainly, the management of this marina really cares about the this place. As an Operations Manager, I know this level of attention to detail does not come without personally walking through the facility on a regular basis and following up to make sure everything is in acceptable for customer presentation.

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tennis895Oct 01, 2017
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Always a great time at Exxex Island. The staff is fabulous !

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bchirgwinSep 25, 2017
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Amenities were great. Staff was very accommodating. Very relaxing

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fergySep 19, 2017
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Great time everyone was very nice !! A nice bar and lounge on the island would be nice so you wouldn't have to go in town all the time !

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kparkerSep 11, 2017

Talk about service! We reserved a slip for a round trip sail from Noank to Essex. Wind, current and rough seas delayed our arrival until late on Friday night. To make matters worse, our engine quit while only a few yards off the dock but with no sails up, or wind, we were in a tough spot. Luckily, Christian responded to our hail even though the office had closed. As we started drifting off into the night (and the mooring field!) Christian told us to hang on and he would track down a work boat and assist. Just in the nick of time, he appeared out of the dark and shepherded us into a slip. No small feat! I'm sure there are many facilities and personnel who, given the circumstances, would have simply told us to drop the hook and wait until morning. We were on an 18' Goldeneye with no head and wet from head to toe. Incredible service above and beyond! I'll never stay anywhere other than Essex Island while sailing in the area. What a fine organization!

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kparkerSep 11, 2017

Talk about service! We reserved a slip for a round trip sail from Noank to Essex. Wind, current and rough seas delayed our arrival until late on Friday night. To make matters worse, our engine quit while only a few yards off the dock but with no sails up, or wind, we were in a tough spot. Luckily, Christian responded to our hail even though the office had closed. As we started drifting off into the night (and the mooring field!) Christian told us to hang on and he would track down a work boat and assist. Just in the nick of time, he appeared out of the dark and shepherded us into a slip. No small feat! I'm sure there are many facilities and personnel who, given the circumstances, would have simply told us to drop the hook and wait until morning. We were on an 18' Goldeneye with no head and wet from head to toe. Incredible service above and beyond! I'll never stay anywhere other than Essex Island while sailing in the area. What a fine organization!

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convertitoSep 06, 2017

We have visited Essex Island Marina twice this summer and enjoyed it enormously. The grounds and service are both outstanding.

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captainwheelerSep 06, 2017

Essex Island Continues their excellent so well known hospitality within the Safe Harbor flagship! The Marina continues to make improvements in the well warn dock systems and is truly a flagship marina in location, service, and hospitality. Thank you to Stephanie! I will be back many time! Captain Wheeler

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reelscreamSep 06, 2017
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Was at Essex Island Marina for the Branford Yacht Club annual rendezvous. Beautiful grounds, great service, very friendly and helpful staff and dockhands. Pool is great! The only issue was that we were put on a fixed dock which made boarding difficult at low tide. I should have specified that I needed a floating dock when making the reservation. Great time! We Returned for a second stay on Labor Day weekend along with about 20 other boats from BYC. Had a great time. Once again, the staff was excellent and friendly. The dockhand who helped us upon arrival took it upon himself to stop back on the second day and ask if we needed anything. Nice touch! Friends from our Yacht Club stayed downriver at one of the other marinas on the Connecticut River. Boats were damaged when a squall came through. Our boats were well protected up river. Looking forward to coming back next season.

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dsleimanSep 05, 2017
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Great location, helpful staff.

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loonSep 04, 2017

We had a great stay from Aug 27-31. Extended our stay due to bad weather, and easily accommodated. Enjoyed town, Ubered to Old Saybrook for about $23 R/T, Marley's, Black Seal, Abby's, Griswold....all lovely. Facilities and staff very nice.

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All the staff at Essex Brewer Marina are helpful! A special shout out to Steph who not only found a way to accommodate us with a last minute need for a reservation but went above and beyond to help us find and get to a car rental place. Steph goes above and beyond and its obvious that she is truly interested in helping! Thank you - very much appreciated by me and my family.

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hsbmdbAug 30, 2017
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Wonderful place to stay, didn't want to leave. The place is beautiful, clean, and relaxing.. will be staying there again...

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maxum29Aug 29, 2017
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Originally planned on staying one night, but once there, it became clear that one night wouldn't be enough. Staff accommodated our request (for an extra night) without any hesitation. Grounds and facilities were very nice and well kept. Bathrooms were clean, but a bit out-dated. Downtown Essex remains "quaint", but is lacking quick serve store (for newspapers, coffee and pastries) and liquor store. Hope to go back, before 2017 boating season ends. Staff was outstanding - and helpful with docking and departing. All-in-all, a great boating destination !!

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billtAug 22, 2017
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Great service and lovely spot.

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donbiroAug 22, 2017
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Had a fantastic time. Thanks to all employees. Everyone was helpful. Brewers must treat there people well. A-1

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alfrankeAug 22, 2017
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We had an outstanding Milford Yacht Club Cruise and Rendezvous at Brewer Essex Island Marina this past weekend. Stephanie (Manager), Jack (Dockmaster) and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating. The grounds and setting are beautiful. A minute-long ferry ride takes you to historic downtown Essex restaurants and shopping. I would highly recommend this destination.

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fullcircleAug 15, 2017
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Great staff, nice pool.

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markskaplanAug 14, 2017
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Very nice marina. Location is nice and sheltered. Facilities (bathroom, shower, etc.) all very clean and up to date. Launch drivers were great. Nice accessible dock for our sailboat. Easy to get in and out of with water, pumpout, and fuel. Short walk to Main Street in Town.

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cbucket3Aug 10, 2017
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The grounds are beautiful and everybody was very nice I would come back again

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jspina54Aug 08, 2017
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Great place and great staff! Very helpful...the area is well maintained and access to town is easy!

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ttmsptAug 08, 2017
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Dockmasters Jack and Stephanie were awesome. It was our 2nd visit and we will be returning.

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WBPROP23Aug 07, 2017
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well run marina - clean -excellent docks & facilities

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mikebobbaAug 07, 2017
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Very accommodating team and very well kept marina. We will return.

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lucasd2008Jul 31, 2017
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Spider issue is very strange.Nice people running marina.Clean and well manicured.Need a place to get a cocktail

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poweryachtsmanJul 31, 2017
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Except for the non floating docks,the marina has all that any yachtsman needs Docking crew helps to the nth degree Fellow yachtsman surrounding us were happy,friendly and very helpful if needed Essex town charming. Griswald inn meals supurb

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tkess162Jul 28, 2017

Everything a Marina should be.

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starpilotJul 26, 2017
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Terrific. Fuel dock crew was excellent. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Love coming here. Will come back

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mark10Jul 25, 2017

essex island is a great marina , our favorite stop in the northeast , workers are friendly and well trained grounds are great and town is cool . We will be back !

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kevintblancoJul 25, 2017
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Spectacular! Staff was friendly and helpful.

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mapjackJul 18, 2017
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Staff here is fantastic! Brewer has made many improvements since it's recent acquisition and has maintained the laid-back feel of the island. The only drawback is that the town has lost many of the stores that are necessary to boaters. There is no longer any convenience store, pharmacy, liquor store, etc, within walking distance. All are now vacant or replaced by high end clothing and antique stores.

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trafalgar1Jul 14, 2017
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The marina was 5 star. My only complaint was that the bathrooms were not as clean as they should have been. Their maintence needs improvement in this area. Otherwise everything was

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captainkevJul 10, 2017
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Nice marina, close to town. Good biking along fairly rural roads. Bathrooms are clean. This marina is buggy and you need to keep your cockpit lights off unless you want to clean up dead bugs.

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clowenthalJul 07, 2017
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The staff was fantastic and extremely helpful and welcoming!

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denniscatinoJul 06, 2017
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Stayed here for 4th of July weekend. Great marina and great staff. Will be back in September.

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sabercatJul 06, 2017
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Great! Stayed for three nights and enjoyed the property, pool and lawn games. Staff was helpful and everything was clean. We loved Marley's Cafe and ate there for a breakfast and a group dinner. The food was excellent. Some docks should be updated but we did see that improvements were made since our stay last year.

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mims723Jul 05, 2017
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Peaceful but to quiet for a holiday weekend. Restaurant on island was either CV completely booked or closed

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jpierce71Jul 04, 2017
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Nice facility. Close to town. Good restaurant on island. Friendly staff.

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ccrizkJun 26, 2017
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AAA+++ - Loved the site, the pool, the charm of Essex village

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