In the heart of one of the most historic towns in the country, Safe Harbor Hawthorne Cove is a gateway to Salem’s eclectic culture and the popular North Shore. An atmosphere of rich maritime history combines with newly renovated facilities including a wave attenuating dock and state-of-the-art marine service center to create a distinctive New England home port
As you approach the mouth of Salem Harbor please contact us on VHF Channel 08. If coming in for a slip proceed to green daymark#23 at the edge of our mooring field for your slip assignment and instructions. From there proceed to red daymark#2 along the SE edge of our mooring field. At red daymark#2 turn 90 degrees to starboard and head towards Hawthorne Cove. As you are approaching HCM you will come into our private marked channel that will help guide you in.
If coming in for a mooring please hail us on VHF Ch. 08 at the mouth of Salem harbor and proceed to green daymark #23. You will either be told to hold your position there or proceed to daymark #2 depending on mooring assignment. Either the launch operator on duty or a dock staff member in a marina work boat will come and escort you to your transient mooring.
Navigation Considerations: Low water and mud exposed intertidal at Mean Low Water to the west of the fairway and marina's C dock towards Derby Wharf. Sand and mud not exposed at low water in front of Marina’s A&B Dock.
When we checked in, we were given the gate code and told it worked on all gates to the dock, entrances to marina and doors to the bathroom/shower. We were told that the pedestrian gate would be closed after hours and to use the gate code to get into the marina through the parking lot gate. When we can back after dinner and attempted to enter through the parking lot gate, there was no pad to enter a gate code, just a fob or key card access. We tried calling the phone number on the gate to call after hours and got a message that the marina was closed and to leave a message. We ended up sliding under the gate, causing scrapes on us both.
Fantastic facility very clean, and the docks were wide and stable. Staff was friendly and helpful Thank you Dannielle . So were the regulars I encountered on the docks helpful Thank you Dannielle will definitely recommend to friends
Friendly people. Stayed on mooring ball. Convenient launch service. Clean shower, laundry, lounge area. A courtesy car was available to us. Walking distance to restaurants and attractions.
Marina provides a lot of support helping you to the slip - escorted by launch - and two dock-hands waiting for you. Docking is straightforward. Good services. Good location right next to The House of Seven Gables. Plenty of walkable places to eat and things to do. Recommend Tuckers Seafood.
Wonderful team, friendly and helpful.great facility in a convenient location. Launch drivers are wonderful - don’t forget to tip!
Had a great stay. Very convenient to the center of town. Within walking distance to great restaurants and shops. Just had our third visit. It was as great as the 1st two! Looking forward to our next visit.
Great marina and a great crew working there. Pretty minor, but just wish we weren’t at the farthest slip away possible.
Only a quick in and out. The dock master was very helpful.
2022. Again we had a lovely enjoyable stay. Same lovely place. 2021. Helpful staff, good dock hands! Friendly place. Very clean showers. Outside picnic area with grills. Great location to explore Salem. Wonderful block ice! Visited again a week later. Same great experience!!
Wind was up at 19 knots and with waves at 4-5 feet we could not get there from Winthrop.
Staff was helpful docking on a windy day. Great facility, with a short walk to restaurants and all that Salem offers.
Lovely stay at this marina. Dockhands available on arrival to help tie up. Well maintained marina. Only one shower in the mens room which was very clean. Location is great. Literally steps from House of Seven Gables and downtown is also walkable. Salem is a fun place to visit.
Good location in Salem. Helpful staff--I had an engine issue that they helped me with on short notice. Good WIFI. Transient docks in great shape
Very helpful dock hands and well kept marina. Sunday morning baked goods (complimentary) and live entertainment is a great tradition at the marina. Great access to all that Salem has to offer. S/V Eclipse
Always accommodating crew!!!
First, our arrival was prompt, friendly, and professional. There were two entrances/exits to the marina. One specifically for walkers and one for drivers. At approximately 8 PM we returned from dinner both were locked. We were later told that seasonal people have a swipe card. We summoned a dock boy when we were outside the street entrance and he did not know how to open the gate. He advised us to go to the drive in entrance. When we arrived to that gate we had to wait until a car entered in order to go through. Totally unacceptable.
Accommodations were below average. It seems most transients are placed on a working dock at the outside of the marina. It is busy at that dock and boat wakes common. We noticed any open slips in the marina well away from the working dock, but not being used. Not sure why. Also we went out for a cruise one day of our stay to find another boat in our spot upon returning. We had to move as that boat would not. Not good!!!
Always great to stay at Hawthorne Cove, either on a mooring or a slip. The crew is helpful, friendly and competent, and the facilities are great. Launch service is wonderful. Location is an easy walk to the craziness of Salem, and just far enough to be nicely removed.
The transient moorings aren't maintained. I predicted to my crew that the mooring pennant would be wrapped around the anchor chain, and guess what? It was. So we had to drop off the mooring and hover while the staff member unwound it. 2 of the 3 launches were out of service causing long delays. The staff is wonderful. I feel they work very hard at overcoming obstacles and they are very friendly. The big issues seem to reflect a lack of attention by management.
Very accomodating staff and Salem is a nice Town to visit, lots to see and do. Marina facilities clean and floats nice.
Always a great time and location. Close to many restaurants. Launch service is great.
Very accommodating, clean facilities and friendly staff. Great mooring to watch the fireworks.
As always, a great time in Salem and HC. We'll see you next summer for sure!
Awesome. Great marina! Close to the wharf for dinner and drinks. Excellent customer service! #bornfree Diane and Phil PNYC
Great, very friendly and helpful staff.
Five star indeed -- our first visit to Salem by water but there are numerous places to visit ashore in easy walking distance. Dockmaster Lindsay was most helpful in guiding us to the marina and providing other details for us. We'll be back !
We are enjoying SH Hawthorne Cove so much we are extending our stay for two weeks! Super helpful and responsive staff (thanks Lindsey and Lex!) easy booking, great facilities, and very accommodating overall. Great location for visiting yachts who want to experience Salem-easy walking distance to attractions and the fast ferry to Boston is right next door. Great place for permanent home or visiting yachts!
Very welcoming, friendly and efficient. Second stay of the season and we can't wait to be back there next summer.
We've never been disappointed at a Safe Harbor marina. Great staff and facilities are the norm. We received clear instructions coming in and help with our lines. While the transient face dock is open to wakes during the day, they die down at night with the traffic. The House of Seven Gables is across the street from the marina's pedestrian gate, and "downtown" is pretty much right there. Coffee, and muffins/donuts on Sunday morning... and a quite nice deck overlooking the marina/harbor. Salem/Hawthorne Cove is a go-to overnight for us if the wind is right.
This was our first visit to Salem Harbor. We were very happy with the quick response of Safe Harbor to guide us to our mooring and also for the quick launch service pick up. When in area we will surely come back
Hawthorne Cove has a lot going for it. The staff are helpful and friendly, there are plenty of lounging chairs overlooking the water, and last but not least, location, location, location….a stone’s throw from the charms of downtown historical Salem.
Great Marina Friendly helpful staff Wonderful location for walks, shopping, restaurants. They clean the dock every morning ... early....to remove the bird droppings. The electric pedestals work! The water pressure was great!
dock staff was great. Made it easy. Good facility, basic services, but secure end high quality docks.
We had an awesome experience! Beautiful marina and an amazing staff! Thank you so much for giving us a whole new outlook of Salem Harbor. We will definitely return again !
Great mooring field, excellent marina accomodations
Safe harbor is expensive but you get the royal treatment. Instant response on the radio, a boat came to meet us and guided us to our mooring, super fast shuttle to the marina open until 10pm I mean you really can’t ask for much more. Very convenient location as well
We did not have a good stay here. Moorings are not set up to handle a boat our length - which is 46’ . We swung back on a mooring with a smaller boat and that ball was less than 5’ from our boat. We called - now it is dark and late and a nice man came out. He helped us move to new mooring. As he led us to the new location he lead us right into an unused mooring with three lines floating in The water, unmarked and going every which way. A miracle we missed getting them caught up. We settled in the new mooring and low and behold that unused mooring was 3-5 ‘ off our stern with loose pendants floating that were very hard to see. Suffice it to say a refund would be appreciated. We missed our 5:30am leave window as we were exhausted and had a limited night of sleep.
good internet! nice people
Great location close to town. Extremely fiendly staff. Very clean facilities. This has new improvements and upgrades evey time we come. Overall nice place.
Nice docks. Good service. Pretty short walk to town (@ 15 min)
The people were very friendly.. accommodating and professional..i would highly recommend this marina for their next trip
Had a great stay Staff very helpful Fun walking around Salem.
Nice marina. Floating docks. Good location. Friendly staff. But no fuel. And no pump out anywhere in the Harbor! The pump out boat Only runs twice per week, and it was not running at all during my visit, because they had no operators! This was the second Harbor in a row with no pump out, after who is the harbor.
Wonderful! Very professional staff and great facilities.
Very clean marina and great staff! Easy access to our slip spot. Cute town with local amenities.
Very pleasant. Accommodating staff.
Love SafeHarbor marinas for the consistency: BIG solid floating concrete docks, good WiFi, gated marinas, great location. This one exceeded my expectations when I asked about filling a 30lb propane tank. Previous 5 marinas all said no can do, yet here Lindsey (I think that was her name) took the empty the moment we arrived, had it filled and delivered back to the boat AWESOME! I don't understand why more marinas can think out of the box/provide excellent service vs just saying no-can-do. Short walk to downtown Salem was totally enjoyable/interesting. Steve's quality market and liquor store a little bit further but had everything we needed to restock. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the big towns and come check out a small town like Salem, it's more enjoyable with less hassle. We'll be back!
Pulled up outside the Marina and a work boat was sent out to guide me into my slip. Was greeted by 2 dockhands who tied me up and I was given a welcome bag. Great spot minutes from downtown.
Hawthorne Cove was much easier to access than in the past - plenty of depth close to the transient dock. The docking procedure was facilitated by an e-mail from the marina and being guided in by a boat . Facilities are good and there is easy access to downtown Salem.
Under new ownership (SafeHarbor instead of Brewers). Much better organization, staffing and dock help. Brand new outer docks for transients. Clean, well maintained showers/restrooms, older but serviceable. Women's shower has private changing area. Marina is next to the famous 'House of the Seven Gables' in a historic area of Salem. Walking distance to attractions and many restaurants. Great place to stay. Will be back
Well organized marina. Tied to the dock to ride out tropical storm Elsa for 2 nights. Keep very close to the concrete dock to starboard on final approach. If you get too close to the mooring field, you may end up in the mud. Only complaint was we were put on the outer guest dock with full exposure to the weather, but fortunately wind was mostly from the west, and it wasn't as bad as anticipated.
Fairly pretty spot, and Salem is interesting for its sizeable historic area with lots of 200+ yr old buildings. Edges of Salem are ugly, though. Marina staff is very nice, though the Marina itself is nothing special, and no water out on the Tee to top up tanks
Another great experience at Hawthorne Cove. The work boat guided us in and we had plenty of help catching lines. The end of the dock is a new floating concrete addition to the pier. Very nice. Restrooms, laundry, recycling, proximity to town were all wonderful!
Visited last weekend for a couple of nights and had an amazing time! The dockhands greeted us upon arrival and helped get us tied up and settled in. Salem this year was hopping compared to last year due to everything opening up and at full capacity. This year the marina security was better than ever, and we felt very safe and secure on the new transient dock. Also, the view of the harbor was spectacular from our slip and we enjoyed watching the ferry come and go. If you are interested in visiting Salem I strongly recommend that you stay at Safe Harbor Hawthorne Cove.
Great staff from the time we arrive to the time we left
It was a great day for our family
We stayed on a mooring Friendly, professional staff. Quick launch service. Clean, well-maintained facilities, excellent laundry. Right in town. Great place to stay!
The marina staff was very helpful upon our approach - they came out in the skiff to show us the mooring ball location. The info received ahead of time in an email was also very helpful (map, instructions, etc... - it is a a large mooring field). The launch service was great. The launch operator was very helpful as we did not get any info from the other marina staff on how to get back on the property (card key gate), etc.... This is a very expensive mooring field - more than double any other mooring field we have ever been in - not sure we got our money's worth. The town of Salem was very interesting to walk around and visit.
Loved it, the launch drivers were generous and laid back. The staff at the marina are super friendly but not fussy. Such a great location, walking right into an old Salem neighborhood from the marina.
Attentive staff that answers the VHF immediately. Clean, well-run marina less than .2M from all the Salem stuff. Sturdy docks in a relatively quiet area. Why would you pay for P-wharf when this is 1,000 feet away?
We spent two nights in June on the "cement dock" and really enjoyed the convenience to downtown. There is a great French pastry shop around the corner and dozens of wonderful restaurants and museums in a short waling distance. The marina had coffee and donuts in the morning and an active community of boaters. The showers, bathrooms, and laundry facilities were clean and reasonably maintained. Overall, a great place to stay for a visit to Salem.
We were made to feel welcome from the moment we called on the radio This was my first visit to Salem after sailing Massachusetts Bay my whole life They let us change our reservation so that we could be on The dock for the first night then out to a mooring for the second. The crew here at safe Harbor were friendly and professional and the facilities are immaculately clean and even have a TV that you can watch what you do your laundry It is a much shorter walk into town than I thought and I am looking forward to my return visit Thank you to safe Harbour Salem
had a great time people were great
The dockmaster was very helpful. I was sailing singlehanded so a work boat from the marina met me and a young man came aboard prior to entering the marina to help with my lines. I got a nice place to tie up on the outer dock and spent a quiet restful night. The docks are well maintained and the facilities are good. I had a good shower and walked into town. The marina is very well located to walk to everything in Salem.
Our stay, all tho only one night, was very good. The Dock Master and dock crew were courteous and very helpful. We are looking forward to a two night stay next month with MYC !
This Marina was great. The staff were very friendly and helpful.
Easy contact and immediate response with helping us find our mooring! We love it there!
Hawthorne Cove is a regular stop for us. We can always count on mooring availability and great service from the launch drivers and office staff.
Easy access to the city, good launch service, not too crowded.
What a disappointment this season has been. This is my first and last season at this marina. The place is a dump plain and simple. I have owned a boat in this area for the last 15 years and this is the worst marina and the most expensive too. They offer dock for my boat, that's all. Parking is a nightmare, no security, no cameras, no gates. I just recently learned of a homeless couple living on someones boat and also learned that several members have had thier fishing tuna equipment stolen. The list of complaints goes on and on. Just toured a few other local marinas for next season, cant wait to save money and be part of a respectable club. Oh and the office staff and managment are the rudest people ever.
Our stay at Hawthorne Cove was great! The service was excellent.
Nice folks, great location, outside facedock roles with NE wind, Under construction parking lot crowded Will be back
Great people, good location and services
Thanks to all office staff and dock hands. Special thanks to Dick. See you next year... same time same place! Sasha, Chris and Mocha
Stayed on mooring for 2 nights. Great launch service. Went the extra mile to find us a part needed before our departure. We love coming to Hawthorne Cove and plan to return again.
Excellent marina Thanks
The folks were quite accommodating and responsive. We were on the new beautiful face dock -- great spot! The only issue was that the electric pedestal nearest us did not have a 30-amp outlet -- both were 240v outlets so we had to move along the dock closer to one that did have the 30-amp connection. We really like the convenience of Hawthorne Cove to downtown Salem while being away from the noise and bustle of Pickering Wharf. Very quiet at night -- the "Eagle" Coast Guard ship was docked next door for the weekend -- Nice tour!
This is my favorite marina to visit. Dockmaster Dick and the guys are very hospitable and helpful and we enjoy the live music on Saturdays and the coffee and donuts on Sunday mornings!
Had a great time. Dock men were very helpful.
Marina is very convenient to historic downtown Salem. Many restaurants and museums within easy walking distance. Docks are modern with good shore power and WiFi. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Only negative was the construction going on in the parking lot. That is why I didn’t give it five stars. But on a even more positive note they are clearly investing a lot of money to improve the marina even more.
Great location. Full services. Nice people.
Great!! Last minute reservation and very accommodating to Us! We had a great night
Harbormaster was very helpful getting 6 boats in and docked or moored at the same time. Bathrooms were very clean although a long walk from the dock where we were tied. Location is ideal right in historic district. We were a group of 14 for dinner and the launch made a special trip for us to drop us a the waterfront restaurant.
Very helpful staff and a great location.
Hawthorne Cove was great. Dock hands were helpful; facilities were nice and the internet actually worked! Close to town. Will return.
Dick and the crew were awesome. We had 14 boats visiting and could not have asked for a more flexible crew!!
Nice marina. A great nights sleep. Excellent staff...especially the dock master.
My wife and I spent two nights at Hawthorne Cove and enjoyed our stay. Docking on their outside face dock was easy, electric and water hook up was nearby and water was calm due to the no wake zone. Staff were very helpful and informative. We walked to the MBTA commuter train one day to visit Newburyport, MA. Be forewarned the walk from the train to Newburyport harbor/town is about 1 1/2 miles.....wear comfortable walking shoes/sneakers. There is an excellent and well known pasta shop right outside the marina gate. Restrooms were always clean and during our stay available (no wait line). We plan a return trip later this season, perhaps in August for the antique boat show.
Impressed with the progress on docks at the marina this year. New breakwater docks are in. Looking forward to the future scheduled improvements for this marina. Hope to visit again before the season ends.
Very disappointed that the mooring lines did not have any floats or pennants attached. The way the lines were tied together it was very difficult to pick them up with a boat hook. At the rate of $63 a night I would expect better. On a positive note the young man who picked us up in the launch was very polite. I wish I could remember his name.
Amazing fireworks on the 4th. You can see every town's but Salem's was the best. Super staff, launch real prompt, excellent showers. Had 2 great nights. Will be back.
Well-maintained mooring, professional and courteous staff.
Second of three stays at Hawthorne Cove. 1st at the dock, 2nd on a mooring. Will continue to use a mooring as launch service was great. Easy access to mooring on arrival and departure. Third trip was canceled due to excessive winds. Cancelation and payment return was easy and uneventful using Dockwa. We will return for future getaways.
The Great Service and the marina was top noch.
These people are great. Minutes from everything
Welcomed by the deckhand once contacted over the radio he guided us in and helped us dock and took the time to explain all amenities and was very pleasant. Can’t wait to go back
We traveled with 7 boats and they were able to place us all on the same dock which made our stay much more enjoyable! The dock hands were fantastic and accommodating. The docks were clean and sturdy with water and power close by each boat. thank you! we will come here instead of Pickering!!!
Great place. Will go again.
If you can access very limited transient docking at Pickering Wharf, that is a fun part of town and well protected. Otherwise you are relegated to the outer harbor mooring field, administered by Hawthorne Cove Marina. This field is wide open to the NE, so with any NE wind it's rock and roll. Limited WiFi coverage. Limited transient dinghy access. Upon leaving marina, neighborhood is fairly grim and without resources.
Perfect. Staff was very friendly and work boat came to meet us and guide to mooring
Good, reliable launch service from mooring field. Helpful staff. Nice lounge with big screen TV. Showers (one each, men's and women's) adequate but poor ventilation and no A/C leaves bathhouse stuffy on a hot day.
We were led to our mooring by the work-boat crew. Launch service was excellent. The bathrooms / showers were super clean. If and when I return to Salem I will surely try to stay at Hawthorne Cove.
Very close to everything we had a great time and will come back
The staff were most polite and courteous, though not entirely well trained. They helped us to tie up but offered no direction or even a question about electrical hook-up. We found the marina in need of refreshing or an upgrade of docks. The transient boaters are placed longitudinally (facing the land) on the western dock and, accordingly, they are subject to the regular swell and wave action from the large and active harbor. Hence, for much of the night the transient boater is somewhat rolling alongside the dock.
Hawthorn Cove Marina is beautiful ! Safe, friendly , amenities are great and location is perfect ! Walkable to so much in downtown Salem , MA , showers , laundry , everything fresh , clean and beautiful !
Friendly and helpful staff, clean bathrooms and shower, easy walk to Salem sites. Mooring field is in the inner harbor near day marker 2, large dinghy dock area.
Friendly service - very accommodating
Folks at Hawthorne Cove Marine were very accommodating and friendly. Bathrooms and showers were very clean. Great place to stop and an easy walk to Downtown Salem.
last minute decision to go to salem. Perfect mooring. lots of room. Friendly staff - lots of interesting things to do both on land and water. Would recommend. Friendly marina folks. Just pick your day according to weather/wind. Salem is open to the north and a big north wind could make this a little messy.
Very helpful and polite staff. Guided us through the shallow entrance.
Great marina..friendly staff....convenient location
Friendly, helpful staff. Stayed on a guest mooring which appeared to be rigged very nicely. Launch service was quick and it's included in the rate.
This is my third or fourth time overnighting at this marina, and it's always a pleasure. The staff are friendly and knowledgeable, the facilities are pleasant and clean, and the location (right in the historic district of zany Salem, and steps from the Salem ferry if you want to hit downtown Boston) is really hard to beat.
When leaving the dock the next morning at 6:10 am, we were on the middle face dock, we went aground about 30 feet off the dock. Extremely disappointed no one advised us of this when we arrived the previous day. I had to inch us off slowly to deep water, it was a hard grounding not mud or sand. I will be checking my props and gutless bearings when I do a haul out inspection. My recommendation, do not use this marina!
Nice marina, friendly staff, beautiful bathroom and laundry facility is a plus! Location close to downtown and easily accessible. We will return.
Everything just as planned. Couldn't ask for more.
We loved the marina. Great staff, really clean bathrooms, very nice laundry area, & a cozy seating area inside with a game of checkers. They have a big tent outside with tables and chairs, coffee, doughnuts, muffins in the a.m. It was quiet and walking distance to some sites. If places were far to walk we used Uber to get around. We had great fun and will be back for sure.
Great town to walk around, fast launch service. Grace was awesome!
Clean, friendly and polite. Had a great overnight there.
Great staff, great launch service, great location. Lots of activities within an easy walking distance.
Everything about stay was good, except launch was in terrible shape. Handle to assist getting on and off launch was loose and a hazard.
Great place to stay on the transient dock. Easy walk to Pickering Wharf and other local restaurants and shops. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. We had a great time.
Nice little marina with good facilities and friendly, helpful staff. Just far away enough from the main town to be quiet and peaceful at night, but only a short walk to all the action. Make sure you look carefully at the depth chart when approaching especially at low tide (very shallow on port side approach outside channel).
Cannot say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff were. We were out on a mooring, and the launch was quick and friendly, even with our circus and lots of back and forth with our teenagers.