Details for Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor

Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 48 reviews

Address 2 Simon Lake Dr
Atlantic Highlands, NJ 07732

Phone732-291-1670 (Fax: 732-291-9657)

After hours contact

Facility type

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


Strong NE winds have an effect on this marina (and associated mooring field/anchorage). Be careful here with NE winds, especially in the Fall.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Carol on weekdays is the backbone of operation.


Bill Bate


John Amici

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Fuel dock accepts credit cards.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Harbor located in SW corner of Sandy Hook Bay behind breakwater. Approach around east end of breakwater. There is a dayshape and flashing light on east end of breakwater, see chart.

While there is a break in the breakwater on the west end of the harbor, extreme caution is needed in this area as it draws only about 5 feet and there are numerous submerged ruins in the area that often snag careless boaters.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 9
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: The entire marina has been rebuilt following Hurricane Sandy. There are some floating dock transient slips and lots of other slips available as the harbor is reported to be 25% empty, 2014.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 130
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.75/ft (2017-08-18)

Other price info: Over 60 feet is $3.50 per foot.
Stay 6 nights and get the 7th night free.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Dinghy dock available in west end of harbor near grey restaurant, easy walk into town.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: Gulf

Gas price$3.05/gal (2017-08-18)

Other price info: The fuel dock is open from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm daily. Call the harbor office at 732-291-1670 for service.

Diesel price$2.69/gal (2017-08-18)

Other price info: The fuel dock is open from 7:30 am until 6:00 pm on weekdays and 7:00 am until 6:00 pm weekends.
During winter, call the harbor office at 732-291-1670 for service.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Launch and moorings available. Hail Atlantic Highlands Yacht Club, VHF 09.

Pump out

Yes - $5, 2017.


Yes - Ice available on fuel dock.


Yes - Trash disposal available, dumpsters in Marina parking lot. Also recycling and used oil, etc. can be left here.


Yes - Showers are available - contact Harbormaster on arrival.


Yes - Available in showers.


Yes - Laundry available on First Ave., short walk from marina.


Yes - Foodtown approximately .75 mi (walk up First Ave, then across Hwy. 36 - Liquor store there too).


Yes - Atlantic Marine Supply, First Ave; Hardware Store and Banks along the walk.


Yes - Many restaurants and bars available on First Ave., short walk from marina.


Yes - Several bars along First Ave within walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Hotel on First Ave. within walking distance of marina.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Repair services available through local companies: prop repair, diesel repair, gel coat, master shipwright company in town.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Arrange with Harbormaster, VHF 09.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Available from Bait Shop in North end of Marina parking lot.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Marina is home to several head boats.

Internet access

No - Not available from marina.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Bus line service at intersection of First Ave and Rte 36. Seastreak ferry to Manhattan leaves from Harbor.

Other services

Bicycle shop near highway on First Ave.


Nice town within walking distance. Bicycle path along shoreline.

Reviews for Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor
DIY marina, and not in a good way, 2017-06-30
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1342)

I picked up a boat here for delivery to Annapolis MD. Delivery skippers swoop in, need a lot of help, ask a ton of questions, and disappear. Staff here were helpful and polite. The office is behind bullet proof glass and people shout across the room from their desks instead of coming to the window. It's all offputting. Most marinas will allocate a dock hand to help with heavy provisioning; we lugged five dock carts (which we had to wait for - they are apparently all at the other end of the marina from where we were docked) of food and supplies to the boat. Two dock carts (they are tiny) and a hand would have cut the time food was sitting in a hot car in half.

We couldn't find anyone on staff with good information on the West entrance. I had to ambush one of the head boat skippers (who was really nice) for local knowledge.

I've been in much worse places but most are better.

Good Location, 2017-06-29
Captain: , Sacramento, CA (356)

Staff were helpful and friendly. View of NYC from the Marina, with highspeed ferry form the marina to Manhattan. Easy walk to downtown Atlantic Highlands. 6'-8' tide can be difficult on fixed-dock slips.

Bad Attitude , 2017-05-03
Captain: , East Greenwich, RI (660)

They have a bad attitude and a premium price. First, they told me that I was going to a floating dock. I asked what side to rig lines and was told that it was my choice. They did not tell me that only the stern dock was floating and we had to tie to piling son either side. I got a lot of attitude when I inquired about going to one of the many open side tie floating docks. Also the ferry wakes are ridiculous. At 2.75 a foot go anywhere but here.

Just ok!! , 2016-08-30
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens (50)

Stopped here for an easy staging location before heading South along the Jersey Coast. Paid $2.20 for diesel - $.10 discount based on our slip reservation for the night. The transient slips are stern to the pier with the only access to the dock by climbing up a steep ladder. We had to finally be assigned a floating dock because our dingy doesn't allow stern access. As mentioned prior a decent staging location to head South not much more. The guy at Napa was super helpful solving an issue I had, there is a courtesy shuttle to take you to the super market - nice feature.

Brand New Docks., 2015-10-15
Captain: , Wickford, RI (456)

As many of the previous reviews mentioned, this is a brand new marina, rebuilt after Sandy destroyed the last one. The staff is very helpfull with lines, and getting you set up. They will take you into town shopping, or it's a easy walk from the marina. There is no Dock Master on duty on Sundays, which is something to be aware of. We were assigned a fixed pier slip, which with a 6 foot tide made it very difficult to get on and off the boat at low tide.
On the days the wind was out of the NE it was pretty bouncy on the end slips. This is a nice place to provision and stage, waiting for a weather window to go down the Jersey shore, but try to get a floating dock.

quite comfortable, 2015-10-14
Captain: , South Freeport (750)

Beautiful place.
Picked up mooring for $50. (Ouch!)
We had some concerns about reviews regarding wakes from the ferry. It is true we only stayed from afternoon til the next 5 am on our way South; however, we saw several ferrys come and go and hardly noticed any significant wakes.
We got great service from the launch service after paying for a $50 mooring, (steep for us, but we needed sleep and easy access to grocery store).
Grocery store (and package store) is a mile walk (estimate). At grocery store they have taxi number for $8 (plus tip- assume $10) return trip to dock. Worth it.
Got ice at security point which is a short walk from dock (10# for $3) We loaded up our clear plastic drinking water containers at dock, but water was turbid, so we eventually dumped it. We made comment about color to shuttle driver, and he was surprised, so maybe we just got a bad batch. (?) We dumped it and refilled at next stop.
Easy in and out, but, obviously, pay special attention to the restricted zone around Naval facilities to the West of Atlantic Highlands.

Good fuel stop, 2015-10-07
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1896)

Stopped only for fuel, easy in & out. Posted price for diesel 3.75, discount for volumne 5-24-12

Here again 10-7-15 Diesel $2.30 gal .10 discount over 1000 gal. dock $3.50 ft over 60', 10 ft water at low tide at dock on pier 6. Easy in & out, staff very helpfull.

Fantastic place!, 2015-07-11
Captain: , Sarasota, Ft. Lauderdale (643)

Can't say enough about this place and the staff. Short walk into a real nice town. You can even walk to a super market if need be. Close to restaurants, bars, NAPA, etc. If you don't want to walk the staff will drive you to where you wnat to go and come back and pick you up. All new docks after Sandy.

If great a Italian deli/food/butcher shop, check out Gianni's Italian Specialty Food. Great food and great meat. I highly recommend you pick up some 18+ month aged provolone and their Kansas City aged pork. The pork is aged and then the fat is reinjected back into the meat. Hog heaven baby!!!

Nice location/ Provisioning spot, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Wantagh NY (601)

Other reviews hit on it, the facility itself is all new and A1 condition, but we had a bit of going around with getting a slip and they are closed on holidays, which is weird for a marina to be closed on a 4th of July, but that's what it is. Local boat owners on the dock were amazing, without hesitation quickly pointed out places to eat and where not to eat, really made you feel welcome. Grocery store short walk through town. Nice bay trail starts at the Marina and goes to a park 2 miles down the path. Fuel was the cheapest we have seen and they work 7 days a week and open at 7am.

Good to be back!, 2014-10-24
Captain: , keyport NJ (10)

We hail of nearby Keyport Yacht Club. Atlantic Highlands is one of my favorite harbors. It's beautiful and is usually very calm.

Atlantic Highlands Municipal Pier, 2014-09-20
Captain: , Bethel (130)

An excellent facility with fuel at very reasonable prices. The mooring fees ($50, Sept '14) include good shower facilities and friendly launch service that runs well into the evening.

The town has most provisioning needs within close walking distance.

Wow, just wow, 2014-09-09
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (185)

A beautiful, brand new marina with helpful staff. I developed a steering problem as I was approaching and the dock attendants were very helpful in roping me into a slip.

Security staff will chauffeur you into town for shopiing.

A marina well done by a municipality who understands the value of its waterfront

Atlantic Highland Municipal Marina, 2014-06-04
Captain: , Virginia Beach, VA (85)

Stopped in to top off our fuel & pump out - staff was very courteous & helpful. Diesel is a great price ($3.61 inc tx), pump out was a nominal $5.00. We will definitely stop here again.

Atlantic Highlands - Sandy Hook, 2014-05-25
Captain: , Sandwich (722)

NOTE: Marina Office closed on Sundays/Holidays. Gas dock opened. There is no dock master on the weekends to assist with transient dockage. Although we were given a dock the attendants were not totally sure if available. This marina is completely new, 600 slips, rebuilt in 10 months after Super Storm Sandy. Gas was $3.99/gal. Onsite restaurant with great views of Manhattan skyliine. Bath/showers were not in an Atlantic Highlands building. The key was the same for both men and women. Although clean, there were no locks on the showers stalls. Town is walking distance to marina but the town is lacking in pizzaz. A supermarket is about 1-1/2 walk. Good stopping point for heading north or south.

Mostly good news, 2014-05-10
Captain: , Bristol, RI (386)

The good news: the marina, completely destroyed by Hurricane Sandy, has been totally rebuilt with beautiful new floating docks. There are power poles and water at frequent intervals. There is both gasoline and diesel at the new fixed height gas dock. The restrooms & laundry are very adequate. The staff was helpful. It is a short walk to town and to restaurants. Most the of the slips are on floating docks. There are a few fixed docks, mostly for larger vessels. The marina has 24/7 security and has vehicles & drivers to take you to or pick you up in town. A free service.

The bad news: there are VERY few finger piers on the floating docks. And most or all of these are rented and not available to transients. You are expected to access the dock from you bow or stern. This is a very large marina with both commercial pleasure craft. Most of the slips are are rented to locals and space for transients seems limited, call ahead. There are moorings and room to anchor inside the breakwater.

Dreadful attitude, 2014-02-23
Captain: , Portsmouth NH (681)

We came through here last November in a strong NWester and were put on the end of a T head that was totally exposed to the seas coming through the ferry opening even though we were the only boat in the marina. I guess I should have asserted myself more but we had had a long day. It was follows by a bad night made worse by the snotty attitude of the municipal staff. They did not leave their fancy 'control room' at any time and were indifferent to the point of rudeness. All in all it was a downright unpleasant experience. We will not be back.

Still a ways to go..., 2013-09-05
Captain: , Winter Garden, Fl (2350)

The fuel dock is up & running. There are showers & restrooms. The floating docks are very nice - new power pedestals w/ twin 30's as well as 50 amp service. Good services within walking distance - grocery, liquor, restaurants, etc. However, there is NOT a laundry - flooded out and did not re-open.

They are nice on the phone and take your credit card info. Difficult to raise on the radio due to short handed, young help. When we tried to get info on our slip they gave us the pier and slip number...go past fuel dock and turn left. When we asked about bow or stern in or port or starboard tie-up there was a long hesitation and then we were told that stern in was best. Turns out that there are no finger piers...just pilings for bow lines. When we asked if a dock hand would assist they sent out a security guard, who didn't know what to do other than watch. We had no problem backing in to the slip, a little hectic as we used existing lines hanging on the piers to tie off the bow, but not a big problem. The next morning we were called on the phone and told that we used someone else's lines to tie off our bow and that we shouldn't take the lines with us when we left. I assured her that we had no intention of taking someone's lines.

I hope that they can get their act together and be able to provide the services in the manner they did prior to Sandy.

Docks now open, 2013-08-12
Captain: , Lincroft (184)

There is plenty of transient dock space open as all piers are virtually complete.

Sandy aftermath, 2013-07-31
Captain: , Jensen Beach FL (138)

The fuel dock and Franks Pier are complete. The floating docks are well on the way to being done. Still a LONG way to go but things are definitly looking up. There is still a great deal of construction in place.

I was just down to the marina and the docks are nowhere near ready for the season.

Fuel dock is open!!! That gets 5 stars even with the construction., 2013-07-09
Captain: , Norfolk (86)

Pass the word!! Great crew at the fuel dock. Best price for fuel until the Chesapeake. Diesel $3.82, Gas 3.96 as of 9 July 2013. Entire fuel system from tank to nozzle is new and very clean. Fuel dock is also new and easy to approach. There is construction going on, but does not hamper refueling.

Mooring Field at Atlantic Highlands is alive and well!!!, 2013-06-30
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

June 25, 2013 we came into Atlantic Highlands mooring field. Much to our surprise after calling for a day and a half on the cell, we heard calls to them on the VHF. We were glad to here they were back in business after Sandy. While there is still lots of construction going on, the mooring balls are available for $50 a day including launch service. We had a great dinner at the near by yacht club and walked around the nearby town. This was a most welcome stop on our trip between the Chesapeake Bay and Long Island Sound. We did not use any land facilities. Fuel dock was not yet functional, but much construction is going on with new floating docks, as the community continues to recover from Sandy. Four stars only because the construction is not completed.

Good Moorings, Friendly People, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Michigan City (349)

We stayed on mooring ball 8/23/12. We were looking for a suitable anchorage but, other than the one just out side the mooring field near shore, we decided to get a mooring. They had a reliable tender service and the yacht club was very friendly. We teamed up with another boat to head down to to Atlantic City. Showers and restroom facilities were good. A short walk to town, although the grocery store was at least a mile or so away. Nice stop if waiting for a weather window to go outside along the New Jersey coast.

Lousy Docks, 2012-10-02
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1144)

We stopped here to break up our trip south to Atlantic City. The docks/slips are a mess. Fixed docks and 7 foot tides.

The "dockhand" who came to help with our lines just held them until we could climb off the boat because he said he "didn't know how to tie them." That's not surprising since there are no cleats on the finger piers. The boats are tied off in a rat's nest of lines around the single pilings at the entrance to each slip. There are also lines running over small pulleys attached to the dock. We were told we could attach one end of the line to a cleat on the boat--the other end of the line is attached to a weight of some sort hanging in the water. As the boat goes up with the tide the weight goes down. I guess this is supposed to dampen the boat's momentum from wakes etc. we didn't use them. Vertical 2x10's are attached to the finger piers for your tying off pleasure. A fixed wood ladder is supplied to climb out of the hole at low tide. The docks are old.

On the positive side there were a lot of seasonal slip holders and a very friendly party atmosphere was present.

In short the docks are a mess. We will try to avoid this stop in the future.

Darrel Peters

Stopped for fuel, got short term dockage for some shopping, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1521)

We pulled in for fuel, pumpout, water and a garbage drop. The two men running the service dock were very friendly and helpful through the tasks. We had called earlier and asked to see if we could stay on one of their docks for an hour or two to do some shopping and were told no. However, when we asked the guys the same thing, they checked to see if there was a place they could stick us for a few hours. They came up with an empty slip which they offered to us for $25 for three hours. Pricey, yes, but we took it with appreciation as it made our life easier. No complaints at all - they did a good job and we appreciated it!

Pleasantly Surprised, 2012-09-09
Captain: , Stuart, FL (1019)

We opted for AHMH reluctantly after reading all of the negative reviews. And, we were pleasantly surprised. True, we did tie up to a fixed dock finger pier behind the gas dock. The gas dock attendants were very helpful. Getting on and off our boat onto the finger pier wasn't hard. I could see how backing into the fixed dock and climbing off the stern could be a challenge.

Atlantic Highlands is a nice little town. It has our three prerequisites: good supermarket, good liquor store, and a laundromat. We took the fast ferry into NYC and went to the 9/11 Memorial and a museum. There is a beautiful shore side walking trail.

The people on the gas dock and the people in the office were very nice to us. We wound up staying seven days because of bad weather and seas. The seventh night is free.

True, the waters in the marina are not pristine but, overall, we thought this was a decent, safe, comfortable stop and we would do it again.

I have to add another positive. We decided to do a big provisioning before leaving. Went to the office to get the number for a cab to bring us back. We were told that there was a courtesy van that would take us there and come get us when we called. Extremely pleasant fellow who drove us. When we got back, the office had made arrangements to have a wheelbarrow at the dock for us to transport our groceries out to our slip. Very nice experience!

Cheap fuel, difficult slips, 2012-06-29
Captain: , Rumsey Island (330)

Cheapest fuel on our NE trip ($3.69/gal). But docks are fixed and designed for very tall boats. Better have lots of fenders deployed. Location makes it a worthwhile stopover heading either north or south.

Rough Docks, 2012-05-23
Captain: , Branford, CT (1003)

Very pleasant office staff took our reservation and credit card info, as we were going to arrive after they were closed. We were met by the fuel dock attendant who quickly took our lines, temporarily tied them off, and left. The docks are not floating and have the pilings on the outside of the dock. Best to have fender boards to ride the pilings. Our slip had other boards bolted to the pilings, which would have left nice gouges if we were not properly fendered.

Excellant Service, 2012-05-16
Captain: , Atlantic Highlands, NJ (10)

Truly helpful staff that cares. Nice wide, easy to back down ramps. Fish cleaning station is nice. Restrooms are appreciated after long day on the water.

Small town thiniking with a big marina operation, 2012-01-13
Captain: , Atlantic Highlands (214)

Between moorings and slips the harbor has over 650 boats. It is run by politicians, most of who don't have boats and know little about marina operations, especially one this size. Excessive fees and uninterested in service seems to be the norm. Transient dockage $2.75 and good luck finding the electric service you need. Fuel reasonably priced when you finally get to the dock.
Tide swing is 6' at times making it especially challenging for transients. Yacht club controls mooring field but is prohibited from placing powerboats on moorings.
The only game in town and they know it.

Not a bad stop, 2011-11-03
Captain: , florida (230)

We stayed here for two weeks while making repairs on our boat. The docks are in good shape but fixed, and with the six foot tide it sometimes made getting on and off the boat challenging. The showers are a long hike but clean and adequate. The staff will shuttle you on errands within the city limits. It's a short walk into town where there are a number of restaurants, a NAPA store and a marine store (where I left a bit of money). The comment about locals throwing wakes is correct, but honestly, this happens everywhere I've been.

A super spot after going through Hells Gate, 2011-11-03
Captain: , Whitfield Estates, Sarasota, FL (1001)

We were low on fuel but went the 8 miles from Brookly to Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor and got excellent service. The fuel dock has three diesel hoses but a commercial boat was using two and a sail boat the third. A sail boat took forever, wanted water and a pump out but we finally got in and took 104 gallons. Fast, courteous service.

Caricature of a city government facility, 2011-09-30
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

Unlike the terrific St. Augustine (FL) Municipal Marina and some other wonderfully run city facilities, Atlantic Highlands Municipal Harbor is to be avoided.

Excellent location to stage for a run down the NJ coast.

The fixed docks are in poor condition and dirty. Despite arriving during business hours and being told we'd be met by a dockhand to help take our lines, we were instead met by someone who "only" works on the fuel dock - which was very close to our assigned slip.

This individual did come to the slip and did take two of our four lines and loosely tied them off to pilings, then leaving and advising "I'm not allowed to tie up boats".

To complete our docking it was then necessary to climb from our marginally securred boat up nearly seven feet to the dock to resecure the lines he'd loosely tied off and secure the others.

No WiFi. No amenities. $2.75/foot for the privilige. Terrible value but if you need the location, it's the only choice.

Labor Day w/e 2011, 2011-09-07
Captain: , City Island New York (600)

A fixed fuel dock and a couple of uninterested Summer help were more than made up for by deisel @ $3.75. The pumpout was not working too well, but we still got charged $5!

If you like wakes..., 2011-07-29
Captain: , Barnegat Light, NJ (210)

We were trying this as a stopover point to break up the East River jaunt from our 42 mile slog in the Atlantic to get home. The breakwater is great but there is a ferry that turns about a half mile away and their wake runs right up behind the breakwater at all hours except from 11PM to 4:30AM and the locals never heard of No Wake through an anchorage. We could have made do but our dogs freaked. The holding is good but I would not recommend this unless you don't mind wakes.

inexpensive fuel, 2011-06-08
Captain: , Altantic Highlands (166)

Fuel is cheaper in NJ. It may bre worth the trip for power boats to come from the city and closer parts of the LI Sound just for that. Atlantic Highlands is a fun town, but concerns about the slips are true. Transient moorings (only for sailboats) are controlled by the Yacht Club (Ch. 9).

Captain: , Road Harbour (20)

For what you get it is way way too much money. No internet, no cable. It is difficult to get on and off your boat - six foot tides and fixed docks. Would not recommend and will not stay here again. I must say the staff are nice. Price should be a 1.50 a foot not 2.75.

what you can look forward too, 2011-06-01
Captain: , Westport,Ma (710)

moorings are for blow boats only! Slip is like nothing I have ever seen , back between 2 pilings toss both stern lines then YOU must pick up the slimy line full of bugs and throw it over you clete. Husband was able to get off after climing over the dinghy up a 4x4 ladder. Getting back on? lucky his butt bounced off the dink into the cockpit. no cable no internet $122 for the night! I will say that the boat owners are a friendly group. Oh since I had to cook cause I couldn't get off the boat, 30 amp can't run the ac and the range at the same time. 90 degrees . ugh

Best Secret, 2011-04-05
Captain: , Staten Island, NY (82)

Dock there 4 times during boating season and have never been dissapointed. Pull up to the fuel dock and ask for a slip for the day. Very friendly people all around. If they are full then they may ask you to dock in the haul out lane, but seek dockage elsewhere if thats the case as too much traffic goes in and out of the lane in close quarters.

Great location, tough slips to get into, transient moorings, 2011-01-29
Captain: , Stratford, CT (250)

This is basically the first marina you see to port after passing Sandy Hook. The slips and some of the moorings are behind a stone breakwater. The "slips" are just places where you back your boat between two rows of pilings; you tie up to the pilings and then must somehow jump off your stern to a long ladder made of 2x4s. The pier is fixed and the tide varies up to 7'. This marina is terrible for sailboats, especially ones with reverse transoms. The City runs this marina, and there is a very long waiting list for slips. They do have some transient moorings available.

Fixed Piers, 2010-10-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We like staying here, even though it is expensive. We have anchored in the basin, and that is ok, but you are waked some. Good holding. Fule prices are generally very good for this area. Town is neat to walk around. Easy walk to ferry to take you to NYC and back

Room to maneuver a big boat at the fuel dock, 2009-09-03
Captain: , Kingsport, TN (470)

Both attendents met our boat to handle lines, and help with the fueling quickly. The fuel dock does have bare pilings, so have appropriate fender gear. Price, $2.51 on 9/3/09.

Mooring Field, 2009-05-19
Captain: , Huron,OH - Little River, SC (680)

Mooring balls were fine. Water taxi was responsive with attentative captains. Dinghy dock available for after/before hours. Lots of eating, repair, entertainment facilities. Fun to watch the Head Boat captains shill for customers. lots of dog areas.
Assume tidal range would make slips difficult

Difficult marina, 2008-05-29
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (139)

Fixed docks with a large tidal range are a challenge, and unfortunately lots of gutted fish floaters from inconsiderate fishing boats, BUT an excellent travellift staff and great yard. The docks are geared towards permanent residents. Try the yacht club's moorings for a stopover instead.

Best Marina in the area!!!, 2008-01-27
Captain: , Sandy Hook, NJ (20)

Don't stay here, 2007-10-21
Captain: , Sarasota, FL - Newport, RI (435)

This is a poor marina. We were given 4 pilings to back into as a slip-- doesn't work with a dinghy hanging off the stern! The 6' tidal range make it tough to leave the boat. No dock attendants and the office closes at 4:30pm...

Stay Away!, 2007-05-19
Captain: , Isle of Palms, SC (311)

We made reservations by phone. Arrived and by VHF stated our power needs and electric outlet location [transom]. Were given berth assignment; no one there to assist. Wind at 30kts, 70 yr old woman [great sport] leaped ashore to handle lines. Discovered only one elec. outlet, 75 ft away and that the only 50 amp was already taken. Had to call on phone to get reassigned. Later, speaking with the dockmaster, learned that city council discouraged transients because they weren't profitable. Nevertheless, the Marina has a half-page ad in the Waterway Guide. The City won't hire dock attendants because the marina is primarily for long-term lessors. Transient rate is $2.50/ft. Outrageous.

Why has their fuel gotten more expensive?, 2007-05-02
Captain: , MV Red Head (61778)

We have traditionally gotten fuel here. The prices were always good. We've noticed that their prices have inched up over the last few years to the point where their price isn't as good as other places. In April/May 2007 we found prices in Maryland to be less expensive ($0.29/gallon less).

It is often difficult to raise these people on the radio and the fuel dock opens before the office does so you can't call them. Added to this is a slightly annoying guy who runs the fuel operation. I called them on the radio 6 times (channel 16 and their preferred channel 9) this morning without answer. As I brought my boat up to the dock I asked the guy standing there if he was with the Atlantic Highlands fuel dock - I wanted to know if it was OK to pull in. He steped out and looked at the sign as if to show that I was some type of idiot. That's no way to treat someone who purchases a fair amount of fuel. Next time, I'll pass by.

Other negatives:
- Their fuel pumps are very slow compared to anywhere else (we've been at hundreds of marinas between Maine, Florida, and the Bahamas).
- They make it difficult to use their trash. It was way far away from the fuel dock.
- The fuel dock is a fixed dock making it more difficult to work with. In addition, the 5 foot tides can make it very difficult to get on and off the boat.

Letitia - Atlantic Highlands Marina, 2007-02-16
Captain: , Austin, Tx (1257)

The marina and the town were convienent and interesting. We moved into the marina from anchorage at the end of the breakwater because of an impending Nor'easter. This was the wrong thing to do for weather from that direction!! We were beam to in 30 kt winds in a slip with fixed piers and a 6' tide for 2 1/2 days. We had to leave the boat during the day and take sea-sick pills at night.
When the weather cleared we went to Great Kills.


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