Details for Annapolis City Dock Harbormaster's Office
Name

Annapolis City Dock Harbormaster's Office
Position

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 53 reviews

Address 1 Dock St
Annapolis, MD 21401

Phone410-263-7973 (Fax: 410-295-9018)

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - YES
Other - NO

Notes



VHF channel

17 / 09

Web sitewww.annapolis.gov/government/city-departments/harbormaster

Email contact

harbormaster@annapolis.gov

Owner, manager

City of Annapolis

Harbormaster

J.P. "Flip" Walters

Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American Express, JCB, and Diners Club.

Payment discounts

None. Fees are set by the City Council.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Seasonal

Additional info: Winter storage begins on the third week in October, in which there will be no docking space available until end of April. Except during Sailboat and Powerboat Shows during the second and third weekends in October.

Approach

12 feet, narrow fairway, managable turning basin up to 80/90'.

Tide

1

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: No fuel in City Alleyway. There are fueling marinas located throughout harbor.

Dock typesWood - YES
Concrete - YES
Floating - NO
Fixed - YES
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: Fixed wooden slips plus concrete / pilings bulkhead.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 125
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Can accommodate bigger boats along the sea wall. No maximum beam limit on the transient bulkhead. 18 foot beam limit on the Reservation (Chandler) bulkhead.

Slips

Transient: 18
Total: 22
Transient price: $2.25/ft (2014-07-01)

Other price info: $0.50 premium per foot added on Fridays and Saturdays, along with July 4, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and Naval Academy Graduation for overnight vessels.

Moorings

Transient: 76
Total: 76
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Mooring field operated by the city Harbormaster. The mooring field in front of City Dock are $35 per night and can accomedate vessels up to 55 feet (yellow bag moorings). Another 20 moorings in St. Marys Cove on other side of Compromise St Bridge are $25 per night and can accomedate vessels up to 35 feet. Further up Spa Creek and Back Creek hold an additional 16 moorings - all $30 per night and accomedate up to 45 feet in length.
Up to 45 feet is $30-35
Up to 55 feet is $35

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: Only the eastern half of the bulkhead has 50 amp service, as well as the first slips (45' or so) and the south dock (Fawcett dock). The western half of bulkhead had 30 amps, but on the same phase preventing the use of smart Y's.

Pricing info: 15 amp is $5.
30 amp is $8.
50 amp is $15.
All per cord used.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Recent overhaul of facilities included wiring for cable TV - local provider will be hooked up 'soon'.

Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)

Yes

Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy docking at the head of the alley at the city park, except during boat shows.

Liveaboard info

Yes - Liveaboards are allowed -- several use the slips in winter and the mooring balls in warmer seasons.

FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane

No

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets welcome but grassy walking areas are at a minimum. Some spots between the rows of parked cars and raised beds near the waterfront park. About 2 blocks away is large area by the Naval Academy. Additionally, you will find a grassy area if you head south on Compromise St. On the right side is Annapolis Elementary school with a small grassy area.

Disability access



Launch service

Yes - There is a seasonal water taxi service for the mooring field, independently operated.

Pump out

Yes - Pump out boat serves docks, mooring field, and local creeks in season. The pump out boat charge is $5 for tanks up to 50 gals; $1 added to tanks larger than 50 by 10 gallon increments.

Ice

Yes - There are several locations walking distance from the slips and bulkhead that sell ice by the bag.

Trash

Yes

Showers

Yes - Private showers are available at the harbormaster's office across the parking lot. When you pay for your slip or mooring, be sure to ask the harbormaster for some tokens to access the shower room. Located on the 2nd floor of the harbormaster building. If you have tokens issued prior to 2016, note that the new tokens are different. They will allow you to exchange them for new ones. 2016

Heads

Yes - Private, available at the Harbor Master's office across the parking lot.

Laundry

Yes - At Harbor Master's office across the parking lot. Only 1 machine in each head.

Also a laundromat about 2 blocks up the hill from Harbor Master's office.

Grocery

Yes - A fairly long walk. Easy access to a few of them by free trolley.

Hardware

No

Restaurants

Yes - Many nearby.

Bars

Yes

Hotels or motels

Yes

Repair capabilities



Haul out capabilities

No - Many boat yard hauling areas located throughout the harbor.

Storage facilities



Fishing supplies



Chartering capabilities



Internet access

No - Now only one hour free WiFi per month, or $5.99 per day and $11.99 per month. Internet service is by Annapolis Wireless Internet, tel. 443-321-3743 www.annapoliswireless.com

The service is very speedy.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Located down Spa Creek at Truxtun Park, a field office for the Harbormaster is located there along with the service vessels.

Transportation

Yes - There is a free trolley (small bus) system which will get you anywhere you want to go once you figure it out. (Get the colored map.)

Other services



Attractions

The dock is in downtown Annapolis which is mobbed from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Handy to everything the City has to offer. The dock itself is a major tourist attraction, so don't expect any privacy. It's a place to go both to see and to be seen!

Reviews for Annapolis City Dock Harbormaster's Office
Pretty nice place for a Saturday afternoon, 2016-09-23
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (69)

I'm a local boater and have been coming here for years. Sometimes I'm taking visiting family for a quick trip through Ego Alley just to see it, other times I get a slip or mooring for a few hours. Here's my take on it:
- In late 2015 the city did a $7M renovation of the bulkheads/sea wall around Ego Alley. Big improvement! The concrete sea wall has mooring stanchions integrated into it, the pilings have all been replaced, and new power pedestals installed.
- Last weekend I tied up along the bulkhead toward the northeasterly end of Ego Alley. Two hours cost me $16, which included 50A power.
- The moorings cost $30 if I recall correctly, with no provision for an hourly rate. The water taxi will pick you up if you call them on VHF. You can call the harbormaster and pay over the phone by credit card, and arrange for a pump-out boat too.
- The public restrooms are generally filthy.
- As others have seen, Ego Alley is a place to see and be seen. Don't expect any privacy unless you're in your cabin. In fact, if they installed vertical bars along the sea wall you would get the feeling you're a zoo exhibit!



It's Ego Alley, 2016-09-01
Captain: , North Charleston, SC (622)

Yep, it's in the center of town and the center of the action. Sometimes you want to be alone but sometimes you want to be able to just step off your boat and walk the town or to a restaurant.

Walking across the public street to the shower is a bit wierd, but I've walked further to the showers in some marinas. And I'm not too proud to pee in a public restroom.

This location could be a problem on the weekend with all the bars around but we were there during the week and everything quieted down by 10:00.

We stayed in Eastport two years ago and the walk wasn't worth it. If you want the convenience of being downtown, this is the place to be



Never again, 2016-05-09
Captain: , Southwest Harbor, ME (185)

The Annapolis CIty Docks were a disappointment, they were overpriced for what you get, they apparently have some staffing issues, there are many other local area options



Underwhelmed, 2015-10-21
Captain: , sv Averi (664)

As the capitol of Maryland and the supposed sailing capitol of the mid Atlantic Annapolis Harbor is a bit of a disappointment. The moorings are fine, reasonably well maintained and spaced well. The outer ones are subject to easterly and north easterly waves and swells. Most traffic slows down when passing through the mooring fields and the Harbour Master%u2019s office is pretty vigilant. Be sure to register with them even if you are going to be on the hook. The restroom facilities and showers are another thing altogether. They are in disrepair and dirty. Access to the showers costs a dollar and uses a token. Clouds of lint filled spider webs are on the ceiling and many tiles are missing or broken. The fixtures are in poor shape, the shower doors barely working and no mats are on the floors. The ventilation, A/C ducts are choked with lint and dust and the floors are generally filthy. These are the %u201Cpay for baths%u201D the public ones downstairs are worse. I do not believe the toilet stalls have had working latches in years and the interesting stainless steel mirrors are worthless. Again, they are also rarely cleaned to any great degree. We have seen better facilities in third world countries. Annapolis should try taking some pride in its appearance. The amount of effort and expense would be worth it.



Convenient Location, 2015-10-13
Captain: , Berwyn (250)

Convenient Location close to shopping and eateries.
The staff was very freindly. The bathrooms are shared with the public and could be cleaner,the showers need a token to enter and you must get these from the harbormaster



Don't even think about it on a summer Saturday!, 2015-09-09
Captain: , Guilford, CT (120)

Although we arrived early enough, I think before noon on 8/29, it was after all a Saturday - big mistake! Not a mooring to be found, and boat traffic was insane. We were luck yto find a slip, albeit an expensive one, for the night. I gave four stars, because, even though we have been able to stay on a mooring many times before, it can be pretty rolly.



Great if you are a people watcher - and don't mind being on display, 2015-08-05
Captain: , Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD (144)

Realize what your getting yourself into - This is an urban location and you are on display for the landlubbers. They will walk by and look at you like you're an attraction. You can dock bow-in for a little more privacy.

The slips there are controlled by the harbormaster and they are first come first serve. The price per foot is $2.25, plus a surcharge for 30 amp service. They do have shower facilities if you wish. Not the cleanest in the world but if you have no bathing facilities on your boat, they will do...

If you really want to get one of those slips, here is what you need to do, especially on weekends. They fill up fast! Overnight slips need to be vacated by noon the next day. If you really want one, you need to be there circling the harbor by 11:00 AM. If you see one open, grab it before someone else does. Slips 4 thru 13 are only 12 feet wide. Slips 14 thru 20 are 16 feet wide. Usually the harbormaster will have people down there at check-in time to collect the fees, but if not, you'll need to stroll over to the 2nd story of the harbormaster building and pay.

The "Chandlery Area" is along the south wall of Ego Alley between Memorial Circle and the Fleet Reserve Club. This area is available for advance reservation for a surcharge by calling the harbormaster's office.

If you have a dinghy and don't mind shuttling to shore, the moorings are an excellent option at $30. You will have no problem leaving your dinghy moored at the landing all the way in the end of ego alley while you're ashore. Everyone does it.



EGO ALLEY - NOT, 2015-07-24
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (618)

Location and restaurants fantastic. The staff are friendly and helpful but the bulkheads are falling apart; electric was unreliable; rest rooms were not clean. This coupled with the multitude of amateur boat "captains" makes this a dangerous place to dock anything larger than 30 feet. One boat is our group hit 3 times after the taxi boats prop wash pushed passing boats into boat. They refused to use docks lines and used the engines to hold taxi boat to dock. Owner of taxi company finally accepted responsibility for the damage but why go through the aggravation....Save your money and dock at Mears or Annapolis Landing.



mooring ball is great!, 2015-07-09
Captain: , Deltaville, va (101)

Great courteous staff and prime location. We were very comfortable even through summer thunder storms. We did not use shore facilities. Pump out boat took our recycling and trash ! Taxi service was convenient but they do not start until 930 am on weekdays. We actually went on the Woodwind on Wednesday night where they raced each other. It was great fun!




Great location, so-so amenities and attitude., 2015-07-08
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (201)

Showers were dirty, a token system to getting into the showers/heads (instead of a code) is not optimal. The attitude I encountered was one of "we don't care if you dock here or not - we're municipal and it doesn't mean anything to us". Location-wise - it's great. No wifi. No ice. The three star rating is only because of location. Without location the rating would be lower.



Great spot to stop..., 2015-07-07
Captain: , Philadelphia, PA (141)

When bringing by boat north in the fall, I got stuck here for nearly a week due to weather. The town speaks for itself, and the Harbormaster was excellent. Had to leave the boat for two days and they were fine with it. The price runs pretty high and space is limited, but it's hard to find a more convenient place to take in the town. Power, water, showers, and laundry were all available and close. Definitely a fun spot to stop.



Mooring Field review, 2015-05-18
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (5686)

The attraction of course is Annapolis but you're paying for it at $35/night. You will be rocked by passing boats until sundown. However, you are close to downtown and everything Annapolis has to offer.

When a strong wind blows out of the southeast, you can expect to rock as the waves will find their way into the mooring field causing the bow to rock a foot up and down or the boat to roll if you're side to the waves. Fine on a calm day.

For dinghy access, the alternate dinghy dock is recommended just north of the square facing the mooring field. Much less crowded and quicker to reach.



Good place to stop, 2015-01-02
Captain: , Halifax NS. (382)

SV Lequesteau

Stayed here for the boatshow. The Harbourmaster and his staff were above and beyond helpful. Hard to believe they were civil servants. They helped us find everything we needed and told us the best way to get there. The showers were very clean. The laundry wasn't the best but it worked well. Bill the Harbourmaster came out about 10pm one night when a boatload of drunks tried to anchor in the channel and bumped into us. THAT is service! Outstanding! We will be back!



A tough one to Rate, 2014-08-29
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

If you are looking for action & downtown access, then this is the place. It is an experience you wont forget. For us, we rate it high because we like the action. Price is crazy high and heads are so-so. If water is high, they have to turn off electric. If you need twin 220 volts, make sure they understand. Tight docking, of you have a larger boat (over 45')



A real gem during midweek (gets rather crowded on weekends), 2014-08-26
Captain: , New castle, DE (423)

We had numerous stays in City Dock. It's a well protected area from winds and waves, so docking is easy and pretty straightforward (and yes docks are wide enough). You can easily turn around near the end of the basin. The tides are up to 2 feet, so have some slack on your docking lines. Then you step on the central streen of Annapolis. The only thing you need to consider - traffic. It gets as busy as a main street on weekends, so you have to watch all directions when entering/leaving.



One night stay 24 July 2014, 2014-08-02
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (640)

Six boats traveling together wanted to stay in Ego Alley (part of city docks). Dock master accomodating and got us all in. Middle of week stay and it was perfect, with good docks, power, and short walk to lots of bars and restaurants. Wifi not free. We really enjoyed it.



great stay.. EV(entertainment value), 2014-05-28
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (995)

A lot of this place is understanding where you are. Downtown, tourist area, bars and restaurants. No privacy. Lots of crazies and families.
We were the largest at 60ft so we drew extra attention but no problems even on a Saturday night.
Great location for dining and touristy stuff.
Dock hands not great but helpful.
There are lots of 30amp connections for overnight stay but do not work for 2x30 to 50amp box. There are several 50amp connections but be sure to look before final tie up.
This is first come first serve and weekends can get crowded early.



Rough Nights, 2013-08-12
Captain: , Gulf Shores AL (130)

Really bad stay but no fault of the marina crew. Drunks ( 30 people ) at 3 am started a fight with one being knocked into the water off our stern. Boarded by five other drunks who conducted a Laurel and Hardy rescue from our stern. No way to be awoken. Never again. Downtown is out of control on weekends nights. Stay on the moorings



Do it once. OK maybe twice!, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Cherry Hill (237)

Our first night we made the mistake of docking stern in and had to deal with several undesirables. One drunk/high lady mid afternoon and at 12:15 AM I was getting a little nervous as 3 late teen males came within 3 feet of my boat as I was sitting in the cockpit. They promptly left but I got the feeling they were up to nothing good. The city dock really needs a guard service. The next night we debated a mooring ball, but decided to stay at the city dock again, but bow in. Great decision! Kept the curious crowd at bay, and the non-stop parade of boats on ego alley provided hours and hours of entertainment!

The dock personnel are mixed. Day 1 we had a great crew who tied us up perfectly and day 2 we had a complete novice.





Friendly, Helpful, Great Bargin, 2013-06-28
Captain: , Gull Bay, Lake George, NY (274)

The harbormaster was wonderful. Very friendly, helpful, suggested places to eat, shopping, etc. The main mooring field can get a bit bumpy in a good wind. Easy dingy ride to the docks. We stayed in a marina one night and the other night we got a mooring. $120 vs. $30. Will stay again for sure.



Annaoplis City Dock, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Oriental, NC (220)

For a central location, this place is hard to beat (5 stars). It's near a park/square which is engaging. We have a sailboat which doesn't like to back up; bow in is tough with the short finger peirs. It's a comfortable walk to the showers which are adequate.

The attendants have little or no knowledge about boats and mooring appeared to me to be almost incompetant (1star)



Right In The Heart of Annapolis, 2013-05-26
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

Lots of activity in the heart of Annapolis. Easy docking, no current or wind factors but no reservations - first-come-first-serve only. A couple of blocks from the Naval Academy. We don't normally do tours but we did this time and you should consider it - very interesting and it will remind you in a special way of why we are proud to be Americans. The "Ego alley" thing was a bit annoying with the boaters that zoom in and out with no consideration for others. We actually prefer quieter locations but it was not too bad and it was fun to be in the hype for one night. Bathrooms were clean and the city provided tokens for showers but we did not use that option. You'll have lots of visitors to just walk up and sit on the wall by your boat. Annapolis is one of those "need to stop there at least once" locations, glad we did.



Everyone should do it once., 2013-05-18
Captain: , Columbia, Missouri (415)

First come first serve, congested but right in the middle of everything. Did a quick snowy overnight here to warm up and get some good eats. Staff friendly and helpful.



Christmas in Annapolis, 2012-12-02
Captain: , Annapolis (2892)

We spent the night here tied to the bulk head December 1. The town is fully decoarated for Christmas, and all the decorations are very coordinated. Truly a lovely small town. There are many restaurants and plenty of shopping. I would probably not come here in July, but in December it is lovely.



Annapolis City Docks, 2012-10-28
Captain: , Wickford, RI (386)

Stopped here as the only place in Annapolis that would accept a transient during hurricane Sandy. Excellent location in the center of the city, polite and helpful staff.



Heart of the great city, 2012-10-22
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL Cape Cod, MA (513)

Many moorings. Facilities only average. A must stop if you are nearby.



A fun place to stay, 2012-08-21
Captain: , Amelia Island, FL (507)

We stayed at the City dock (on the bulkhead) for four days and thoroughly enjoyed it. the Harbormaster's staff were most helpful, both with securing the boat and making sure we had everything we needed. Water and 30 Amp service is plentiful along the bulkhead. 50 Amp service is more limited but available. If you habve a long cord, you shouldn't have a problem. The public restrooms are open 24 hours (on a trial basis) and we found them to be clean as well as convenient. The harbormaster provided us with tokens to use the transient restrooms but except for showering, we didn't use them. The public restrooms were fine. Being right down town was a lot of the fun of this location. The people watching opportunities were boundless. The noise from the bars was not particularly bothersome, even at 2 AM when the bars closed down. We experienced both weekdays and the weekend. Weekdays were a lot quieter than the weekend. The constant parade of boats going up "ego alley" was fun to watch. Get there between noon and 1PM, particularly on the weekends since the spaces are not reserved on the harbormaster side. We recommend the bulkhead over the finger piers as the place to berth. We would definitely stay there again.



Downtown Annapolis, 2012-07-13
Captain: , Wall, NJ (420)

This is a good place to tie up if you can get in before noon. There are no reservations and it is first come first served. There are public restrooms as well as semi provate facilities for Transients. Will definitely return at a future date.



Ok for a night or two, just to do it, 2012-07-08
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (6484)

Sturdy docks, easy tie ups on the bulkheads (use all your fenders). Restroom/Shower/Laundry just OK. The best thing about this location is proximity to the US Naval Academy and to downtown. The worst thing is proximity to downtown. Bands will be playing loudly until 1:00 AM and the crowds exiting bars at closing can be roudy (we had one unauthorized boarding) They call this "Ego Alley", you'd be amazed at the size of some of the boats that come in just to turn around in the basin. Surprisedly water stays relatively calm, no bouncing around.



Puts you right down town in all the action!, 2012-06-27
Captain: , Key Largo (5330)

Fun place to people watch, we where here on a weekeday, wouldn't wanna be here on a weekend I would guess.
abiet, pricey, it was worht the day ashore in annapolis.
Fixed docks, some not 12 ft. wide, ask the dockmaster.



Can be fun, 2012-05-14
Captain: , Port Lavaca, TX (441)

Easy access to all the shops and restaurants. Great for boat parading and people watching. But, almost lost my dinghy motor from a boater trying to dock in the adjacent slip and had to endure long hours of partiers in the next slip (Saturday night). Good for 1 or 2 nights, but that's all.



Two mooring fields, 2012-05-05
Captain: , Chelsea, NY12512 (481)

FYI One for boats 36 feet and over which is before the Spa Bridge(bascule) and closser to action. It costs $30. The other is for boats up to 35 feet and is past the bridge, so further from the action. It coasts $25. There is a water taxi that charges $2/person/ride from the closer mooring field and $3/person/ride from the other.



Too much hassle, 2012-03-11
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (112)

too much congestion, not a lot of help trying to dock a 34' catalina with all the traffic and extremely tight slips. Woke up at 1:30 am with someone climbing on my boat despite tons of people around. Very noisy. Won't tie up here ever again.



Great People, Wonderful Location, 2012-02-08
Captain: , Mayo, MD (414)

Moorings are well maintained and location is really great. Good protection from swell and wind.



fun spot to stay, 2011-11-09
Captain: , Newport, R.I. (644)

Not the easiest to dock in but much fun! Stern to no bow in!!!



Favorite Place to Dock In Annapolis, 2011-08-15
Captain: , New London, PA (302)

Whenever I have a chance to go to Annapolis, I always make a point to stay at the city dock. Convenient to everything (walking distance), great restaurants and many stores.



Best place in Annapolis to dock if available, 2011-07-03
Captain: , Beach haven NJ (510)

City dock is the place to be if you can get a slip. You are right in the center of all the action. They don't call it Ego Alley for nothing. Once docked you can watch a steady stream of yachtmans passing buy to show off thier boats. The best retaurants and bars are right here but the water taxi can also take you to the Chart house, and other great locations that are too far to walk.



Great location., 2011-05-30
Captain: , Bay City, MI (609)

Memorial weekend we arrived on Thursday before. Dock full, so spent a day at a mooring ball. Ball was fine! Slipped into dock next day for two more days. Right in the midst of everything in Annapolis. Naval Academy is almost next door. Staff very helpful and helpful.



The best location, 2011-05-23
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (350)

Nothing tops this location if you want to be in the heart of Annapolis. Nice and friendly dock hands. The showers are nice and adequate, and 2nd level. You will be surround by all that Annapoliis has to offer. Fawcetts is within walking distance for marine supplies.



EGO Alley,Annapolis,Md, 2011-05-19
Captain: , Doylestown, Pa. 18902 (414)

Busy area we were on the wall near Pussers. Nice showers,shore power, laundry etc. Expensive, but nice people good location if you like action, constant eye candy as the parade of boats rarely stops. The sidewalk also has constant passer bys sweet. Nice for night but not a lot of privicy. We took a water taxi for 2 dollars a head over to Eastport as there is a better selection of restaurants and it's just a short boat ride away. If you have time take a spin up the Severn River it is beautiful. Tours of the Naval Academy are available close by.



Ego Alley, 2011-04-04
Captain: , dana point (11)

Slips in the middle of the sailing capital of America. I spent the winter here 2010-2011. Easy walking to restaurant and shops,etc. But not grocieries or marine supplies, although there is a small mini-mart on Main St. and a few marine items in Stevens Ace Hardware. Expect a 1+ mile walk to Grauls grocery, it's out by the Navy Academy stadium. Reccomend borrowing one of the bicycles available.
Free wi-fi in the coffee shops.
Facilities are: rest rooms, showers, and laundry.
30 amp and 50 amp available.



Labor Day Weekend was great!, 2010-09-30
Captain: , baltimore (168)

First, be sure you understand that Labor Day weekend in the heart of the sailing capital of the world is beyond crowded. The boat traffic was beyond congested. The people on the dock were too numerous for words. Throw in great weather, and it complicates things on an exponential level. I was shocked that we even had a chance at getting to a slip in Ego Alley. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised when I noticed an empty slip. Like always, the HarborMaster kid was Johnny-on-the-spot as we slid into the recently vacated slip. Those harbormaster kids could not be any nicer. Keep in mind that this is not a private place at all, so be prepared for comments from the passers-by. I LOVE people watching from my fly-bridge, and the City Dock in Annapolis has some great people watching, so to me, it was great! Keep in mind too, that this dock borders a very VERY busy and crowded parking lot. We were lucky at night because the harley riders decided to park their bikes closer to the dinghy dock at the end of Ego Alley. If we had to hear all those bikes fire up at 2am just inches from our boat, we MAY not have enjoyed our stay in downtown Annapolis as much as we did. There's a great little Starbucks just across the parking lot from the dock. We make coffee in our galley onboard, but a few young guys came in the next morning and got the slip next to us on their center console boat for a quick starbuck's run (and figured out a way to "miss" the harbormaster kid). It's always nice to have amenities like Starbuck's so close to the slip. In addition to people watching and exploring, there's also a few grassy patches close to the public dock/slips, so you can easily find a place to walk the dog. In all, our weekend at the City Dock in Annapolis was awesome. I give the location, the harbormaster, and the surroundings very high marks. The bath house was what you'd expect from a public bath house. I could tell that someone had been in there to clean it, but it's definitely NOT like the facilities at a private marina. Next time we go, I wanna try a mooring ball.



Reserve the bulkhead, 2010-08-06
Captain: , Stratford, CT (146)

This year we decided it would be fun to be in Ego Ally. In the past this has been a problem due to the dock space being available on a first come, first served basis. We were delighted to learn that you can now reserve ahead (at a $1/ft premium). We had so much fun that we ended up staying an extra night.





People watching, 2010-07-31
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Ego alley is where the action is. Great place to sit on your boat and watch the steady parade of boats and people. Great restaurants, shopping, & museums within walking distance.

On weekends, stay as close as you can to boats leaving bulk head before or about noon and take a side tie then call the dockmaster to pay and get registered. Don't wait for dockmaster to call you when a slip is opened. Some space opens up late in day.



Great Spot, 2010-07-21
Captain: , Atlantic Coast (341)

Location, protection, service all were great. Not a quiet nor private spot by any measure but that was not what we were looking for. Made a reservation to make sure we got in then moved to non-reservation slip for following days.



Great Marina for Shopping, Restaurants and Repairs, 2010-07-15
Captain: , Daytona Beach, FL (273)

Had to come into Annapolis for some repairs.Very helpful and friendly staff at the marina. If you make a reservation it's $3.00/ft, if you come in without a reservation it's $2.00/ft but they might not have availability. We anchored outside the harbor until the afternoon when a slip opened up. We stayed three nights and enjoyed the many restaurants. We needed a davit fixed and used Atlantic Rigging. They worked us into their busy schedule and fixed our davit in a day. They were reasonably priced and quick.



city dock, 2010-01-26
Captain: , Galena MD (171)

If you can get in to a slip here, it is a treat. The staff are friendly and helpful. The bathrooms and showers are clean. You can borrow free bikes to roam the town and it is a great town with lots to see and do---or just sit on the boat and watch the world go by.



good boat watching, 2009-10-02
Captain: , Portsmouth New Hampshire (44)

A good place to hang if you like to watch boats. $30 per night. We found a number of places to take the dog, Not a good place to buy grocceries, need to take a bus. Dockmaster has rent free bikes. Bathrooms each have a washer and dryer.



Great for a night..., 2009-06-07
Captain: , Miami, fl (3544)

Great stop for a night... VERY busy on a week end, crowds everywhere but it gets real quiet at night. If you want privacy, this is not the place to go to, but it's very convenient to everything downtown.

Dont miss the Museum store, across the street from the dinghy dock, they have some fantastic nautical gifts at reasonable prices.

On the downside, this is first come first served. I called a few minutes away to ask if there was room, the said yes but coudn't hold the spot. It was still open by the time i got in.

Ego Alley is a little narrow but not a big deal even with a 70 footer, plenty of room to turn around at the end.



Pricey but nice, 2009-06-06
Captain: , New Rochelle, NY (1000)

A really great location that is convenient to 'Ego Alley' as well at Eastport. A big plus is its proximity the the incredible Annapolis Yacht Club.



Annapolis City Dock, 2009-06-01
Captain: , Stuart FL (835)

For anyone needing general repair of or help with installation of most systems LARRY MORRIS. Phone 410 432 6106. He just started his business but I have known him for 15+ years and he has done work on 2 of my boats. Very good at many different jobs. He will tell you if he thinks he can not do the job. He is a good person to call first. Works within 50 miles or so of Annapolis



Don't miss it!, 2008-05-16
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

The City Dock is definitely in the middle of everything. It's a place to go to see the city and to be seen by most of the folks who visit the city while you're there. If you get tired of downtown, the city has a wonderful free trolley (actually they're buses) system which will get you anywhere you want to go once you figure it out.



Just can't be passed by., 2007-01-24
Captain: , Woodbridge, VA (137)

Annapolis is a great town, historic, capitol of Maryland, home of the Naval Academy, and more sailboats than water to sail them on. The city dock has a few slips in the 30 foot range and the bulkhead on both sides of the inlet into down (ego alley). I don't recommend anything longer than about 50 feet go down ego alley, well unless your ego says you must. The turning basin and dinghy dock area can easily support a 50 footer, unless some very large boats are docked there.

Annapolis also has a huge mooring field, both in front of the city docks and up river. Max lentgh is 45 feet. Longer boats can use the anchorage just as you enter the harbor directly in front of the Naval academy.

Heads, showers, and laundry are all well maintained. There's also a pumpout boat available.

Water taxis run in season, so it's easy to get around without launching the dink.

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