Vineyard Haven Moorings

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Beach Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
41° 27' 34.48'', -70° 35' 45.92''
508-693-0720
VHF Ch. 71
www.vineyardhavenmarina.net
Vineyard Haven Harbor
Vineyard Haven Moorings
Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
71℉E at 10 knots
Low02:06AM0.054ft
High09:04AM1.784ft
Low02:08PM0.211ft
High09:17PM2.448ft

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Martha's Vineyard, known for it's crystalline green shores, Atlantic breezes, fabulous shops, eateries and pubs, scenic and historic towns - and Vineyard Haven Marina is known for the numerous amenities and privacy it ensures its guests. Our deep water moorings and dockage can accommodate vessels up to 250 feet in length. Vessels over 60 feet looking for transient moorings should hail on the radio when entering the harbor. The marina will arrange shore side accommodations, dining reservations, special Island tours, and air or ground transportation, to name a few. Come to Vineyard Haven Marina: we're here to make your Vineyard visit an experience that will exceed your expectations!

2 night minimum in July & August

All moorings are on the outside of the break-wall. Launch service is seasonal and is provided separately by Vineyard Haven Launch Service, please contact them directly for hours and dates of operation.

Berth Capacity


Moorings:20

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Amenities are not good. Waited long times for the one launch they have and serving Black Dog ships is more important than mariners. Had to go to Town Marina for showers. Had to move to different moorings as they don’t have mooring assignments.

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They should disclose that they will put you on a mooring OUTSIDE THE BREAKWATER in northwest winds where your boat will pitch up and down over 3-4 foot waves. We left and picked up a town mooring after an hour. After reserving a mooring four months earlier, and paying $70 for it and told they have none left inside the breakwater at 4pm is a joke. Ran out of four letter words to describe this business.

Marina Response:
I'm sorry to hear about your stay on our moorings. We don't have any moorings inside the breakwater, all are outside. The fact that our moorings are located outside of the breakwater is listed both on marinas.com and in bold on our Dockwa page, sorry you missed our clear intent to be open and honest to their location prior to making your reservation.
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Though the balls are strong and well maintained, they are outside the jetty. Area is quite exposed because of it. It makes a fairly long tender ride to shore. I prefer Edgartown in Oak Bluffs shopping/siteseeing area, I don't think the price justifies the location. One day, we did take a $16 bus ride to Edgartown. The next day we rented bikes and rode them to Oak Bluffs from Vineyard Haven. Vineyard Haven is a bit run-down compared to the others.

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Didn’t like being outside of the breakwater especially for the price we paid. Very rough conditions.

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I did not end up using the mooring, the marina would not answer the phone or radio for several hours, once contact was made they notified me that all Launch service had been discontinued for the season.

Marina Response:
We are very sorry to hear about your issues with the staff and communication last season. We have a new management team and dock master in place for 2021 and are in the process of making updates to the property, restaurant and adding to our amenities. We hope that you'll give us another chance to make the right first impression.
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We tried to contact the marina on 9 and we were told to try 72. On 72 they said 69, then 10 and 9. They never responded for three days on the vhf so we called the phone number. For two days we called, three times total, and got no answer and the message box was full. We finally tied up to a dock where someone came over and gave us a hard time about dropping people off. They promised they were monitoring 09 but no one ever responded. They were unfriendly, rude, and totally incompetent. The Launch service was a separate business and they responded promptly but they were far overworked and it was extremely difficult to get on and off the boat. Overall Vineyard Haven Marina was probably the worst marina I have dealt with so far in all of my travels. Totally unacceptable.

Marina Response:
We are very sorry to hear about your issues with the staff and communication last season. We have a new management team and dock master in place for 2021 and are in the process of making updates to the property, restaurant and adding to our amenities. We hope that you'll give us another chance to make the right first impression.
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While the mooring field and harbor and town are a lovely place to stay, the VH Marina does not have it together this season. No one answers their radio, the voicemail is full on their phone, and it was a free-for-all fighting for their blue moorings. I had to phone the Harbormaster to ask what to do. When we arrived, with a paid reservation, all their moorings were taken, many by people who didn’t even stay the night. We had to pick up a random mooring and then jump to claim one of the VHM ones when it opened up. Even the launch operator was complaining about the chaos. Thanks for passing along the word. Hoping next year will be better. Two years ago it was fine.

Marina Response:
We are very sorry to hear about your issues with the moorings last September. We have a new management team and dock master in place for 2021 and are in the process of making updates to the property, restaurant and adding to our amenities. We look forward to seeing you again and promise that your experience in 2020 was a one-off.
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Outer harbor is pretty windy with a northerly, communications after 6pm were also a challenge

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I called a few days in advance and they told me to call on VHF when I arrived to get my mooring #. They never answered the radio. I tried calling them by phone and got an answering machine. The harbor master told me to just take any of the Blue moorings, which I did. Then I went it their office Friday afternoon, and door was wide open, but no one in sight. I tried calling a few more times over the weekend... no answer. They also didn’t provide a launch, but the Marina next door did. I’ll use their mooring service next time, not this one.

Marina Response:
We are very sorry to hear about your issues with the moorings, staff and communication last season. We have a new management team and dock master in place for 2021 and are in the process of making updates to the property, restaurant and adding to our amenities (including our own launch service). We hope that you'll give us another chance to make things right this year.
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Mooring was fine. Couldn’t find the marina office so had to shower in GROSS town showers

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Launch driver was excellent! ⛵️⛵️

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We were moored outside the breakwater and despite fairly calm weather, we endured an uncomfortable night with the fetch coming into the harbor. Showers at Vineyard Haven Marina are reserved for customers who have slips and those available to mooring customers are at the Harbormaster’s Office, and they leave a little to be desired. The launch service was good but a little sporadic in the late evening.

Marina Response:
We are very sorry to hear about your issues with the launch and showers. At that time we did not run a launch service but starting this year we will be offering our own launch. We have also changed our policies and our shower facilities are now open to both slip and mooring customers. In addition we have a new management team and dock master in place for 2021 and are in the process of making updates to the property, restaurant and adding to our amenities. We hope that we will get a chance to see you in the future and give you and your crew a better experience.
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Nice mooring. New pennant.

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The mooring field outside the breakwater can be quite rolly, and was the night we stayed. A long dinghy ride to shore. But everything is right there, just off the ferry dock (including a West Marine!). Filled up with water at the town pier. A dry town, so BYOB.

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1. Mooring was outside the break water and was rocky. 2. Vineyard Haven Marina does not offer facilities to boaters on moorings. As these points were likely provided in some reference I should have look more carefully to know what to expect. 3. Town dock facilities are available for a fundamental shower but there was only of two showers operating and a wait was typical.

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We arrived in foul weather and followed the instructions provided, there was no answer on our VHF hail. Eventually I called the Marina number by mobile number, I got a recording and left a message. I was called within the next 30 minutes and told that the mooring I was randomly on was OK. Though the mooring pennant was too thick to go through my bow fairlead, the only advice I could get was try another one, we were in very windy conditions.

Marina Response:
We are very sorry to hear about your issues with the staff and communication. We have a new management team and dock master in place for 2021 and are in the process of making updates to the property, restaurant and adding to our amenities (including allowing both slip and mooring customers to use our showers). We hope that you'll give us another chance to make the right first impression.
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I was VERY disappointed. Staying outside of the breakwater was a huge mistake. Too much boat traffic, and the wakes left behind from the inconsiderate (MANY) boaters resulted in a rocky experience us. Plus there doesn't seem to be any monitoring of the no-wake zone in that mooring field. I saw children swimming off the backs of their boats, while very inconsiderate people were zipping back and forth at high speed in their RIBs. They had absolutely no concern for the safety of those children or the wakes they left behind. I will never go back there again. Don't get me wrong. The people at Vineyard Haven Marina were actually great. But the location of that mooring field gets a big thumbs down from me. I recommend going inside Lagoon Pond next time.

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Very easy to book through Dockwa. No problems with follow through once i radioed the marina. You have to radio a separate launch service to get ashore which i don’t think i read when i booked.

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I well never stay at vineyard Haven outside the break water again. The boater’s in the area disregard the no wake zone. Leaving rocking all afternoon and evening. This was my worst experience on a mooring in 45 years of boating.

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Great Harbor. We had a problem with the mooring immediately after picking it up (our fault). When we requested help there was none and we needed to call tow USA to help us. Otherwise great experience. We will come back

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I did not realize when I booked the mooring in Vineyard Haven that the Marina's moorings are all outside the barrier. Also, as a mooring customer with the Marina you are not permitted to use the Marina's facilities. Facilities are only for dock customers. The moorings inside the barrier are managed by the Vineyard Haven Harbormaster. These moorings are first come first serve and you can use the facilities (showers) at the town beach. It was very rough and windy when we arrived. I was afraid if I spent time below I would become seasick. My whole family was uncomfortable. We ended up switching to a town mooring inside the barrier. I wish Dockwa made the mooring location clear before we booked.

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Marina staff not personal and somewhat standoffish. The mooring was pick your own, it was outside the breakwater exposed to any wind coming from the North. In addition it was exposed to everyone's wake entering the harbor or coming up Vineyard Haven Sound.

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Launch was very efficient and friendly. I was told that there were no slips available but that evening several were empty.

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Easy to reserve and easy on and off mooring

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The moorings are not protected enough from general boat traffic and Ferry wakes in the channel and a North East wind. Kinda strange they don't have a "no wake zone."

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