Details for Ayling's Boatyard

Ayling's Boatyard

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Average rating 2.9 stars from 9 reviews

Address PO Box 201
Merrickville, ON K0G 1N0


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

This marina sits right below the falls in Merrickville. Be prepared for a 2 knot current as you approach and on the outer slips. Much less once inside the outer docks.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 52
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 30
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2013-07-08)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

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Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Yes - Easy on-off the dock to a grassy area then to a gravel drive. Moderate grade uphill to the main road and into town.

Launch service

Pump out














Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

No - Very limited to no haul-out for larger boats.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Reviews for Ayling's Boatyard
Very Friendly marina, 2016-07-26
Captain: , Ottawa (532)

This place is no-frills but the staff is very helpful. They specialize in wooden boats but service all types or cruisers. Full repair shop and wood shop. Washrooms and showers are kept very clean. Merrickville is a 3 minute walk away. Usually lots of wooden boat owners around working on their boats.
There can be a strong current from the power dam. When approaching the gas dock, proceed directly up the current. turn right once you are parrallel to the gap. The current drops to nothing once you pass the outer dock. Docking at the gas dock is easy, but there is a slow swirling current at the fingeer docks. If not sure call them and they will help you approach.

Great Working Boat Yard!, 2015-08-10
Captain: , Ocala FL (351)

This is a great working boat yard! It is NOT a fancy "marina" or "yacht club" so don't expect the frills.
The docks are solid on steel beams, which provide for strong and secure line attachment. Yes, you have to bend over to connect, but, you've been doing that all along the Rideau Canal anyway.
They have full wood, metal and fabric/canvas capabilities here. They rebuild boats and love to talk to boaters.
The WiFi is not functional outside the 13" thick main building walls, but the owner is looking into adding a second wireless router by the third story window that should provide excellent dockside service.
The washrooms are on the ground floor and are clean but not fancy. The third floor coffee room has a large pool table (covered in collector edition manuals and drawings) and lots of antique radios and other parts around the walls.
Super good staff and the owners live on premises.
Much quieter than the top of the road free docks.

Peaceful and quiet, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Toronto Ontario (110)

Very nice 2 day stay, and we're fussy. Nice people, quiet, and great views of rapids upstream and river downstream. Glad we didn't stay at lock dockage above locks after hearing the noisy falls and road traffic when we went to town. Although it would be nice to be higher and closer to town, it is only a short walk and much better to have peace and quiet night sleep. Facilities are clean. Just need to improve appearance of docks (they're solid) and clean up yard (it is a working marina) to make it more visually appealing.

No problem with tieup and power (double 30). Was a bit concerned about the stong river current at bottom of rapids docking a 46 ft cruiser. Had to back in and tie up port side on the main long dock which meant going upstream then letting current turn bow around. Recorded 10 ft depth, but caution going too far upstream.

Several nice wooden boats being worked on. Price not excessive albeit a bit higher than competition.

Nice folks but, 2013-07-08
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

The docks are in really poor shape. Single 30 amp only, and there are no cleats on many of the docks. We were on the T-head due to our 19 ft beam, and there were two cleats on the entire 50 ft run. One of those cleats was half off and unusuable. So you tie to the steel understructure of the dock. Not great for your dock lines, let alone run your lines through old cobwebs.

Shoreside facilites were ok but very basic. It did not help that it had been raining all day, and you walk through mud to get to the washroom. Just not worth the money to stay here. We would have been better up on the lock wall, but it was full.

Modest chandlery with some unusual items, 2011-07-22
Captain: , Calgary, Alberta, Canada (854)

This is a true "boatyard", not just a marina. They rent small (27' to 31') boats for cruising on the Rideau. Wooden docks are well maintained and substantial enough for commercial vessels and larger cruisers, but no 50 Amp power is available and the lady behind the desk will not reserve 2x30 Amp outlets over the phone (better to negotiate with Steve the owner at the dock when you come in.

Better to tie up if possible, 2011-07-11
Captain: , Stuart FL (805)

June 2011
Very modest faavilities. Dock "rickety". Staff really nice.

Bathrooms clean and quite nice.

We stayed because there was no room at Merrickville locks. Therefore the Marina better than nothing.

At Ta heaqd dock had 30 amp connection but my inveter went crazy. (Possibly the current or waveform was not good at the outlet). I could use the battery charger but nothing that pulled 15-20 amps.

AT $1.5 thought it was expensive for what you got. However would stay thee again if no lock face available.

Stephen Starling

Aylings Boatyard, 2009-08-20
Captain: , Austin, Tx (1257)

The sign I saw on the dock as I walked through it was 1 $CA/ft'
I had thought I would need to haul my Gulfstar44 and wanted to see the host. The host is old and small. I would only consider them for small boats

Free with mooring pass, 2009-07-21
Captain: , Key Largo (5304)

Water and $10 eletric, small town, touristy, limited food shopping, no wi fi

Aylings Boatyard, 2008-07-21
Captain: , Iroquois, ON (99)

Absolutely First Rate marina. Excellant Staff and facilities.

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