Details for Ballards Marina

Ballards Marina

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.1 stars from 19 reviews

Address 42 Water Street
New Shorham, RI 02771


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager




Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

All except for Discover.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Memorial weekend to Columbus Day.


Slightly right after entering the harbor. In between the town docks and the ferry terminal. Sign at the end of pier for Ballards Marina.





Tide & current additional info

2 knots.


Approach: 35
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Area between the ferry slip and the marina has shoaled up to less than 6 feet at low tide. It is advisable to approach the marina only at or near high tide.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 70
Beam max: 15

Other info:


Transient: 10
Total: 10
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Price depends on size and ranges from $150 to $200 per night.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included in dock fee.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Contact Old Harbor pump out boat on Ch. 12.


Yes - Star Market across the street.




Yes - Available at the adjacent town dock. Tokens must be purchased from the town dock staff.


Yes - Available at the adjacent town dock.



Yes - A grocery is approximately 3 blocks away on Ocean Ave.




Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Fee based WiFi available island wide. The signal strength is reported to be fair in the marina.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Cab stand just through the parking lot. Moped, bicycle, and car rentals at the end of the dock.

Other services


Reviews for Ballards Marina
I will return :-), 2016-09-17
Captain: , Mattituck,ny (10)

4 stars because the music promised didn't happen,but add a star for location & Breezy is excellent !!!!!

Shallow and Rocky , 2016-08-30
Captain: , East Greenwich (10)

No one answered the radio for assistance docking. Ended up hitting a rock backing down. When dock hand came down he said sorry the radio wasn't working. I told him about the rock and he said we normally have bigger boats like yours further out..
I have tried to call and speak to dock manager with no luck.

Close to all the action, 2016-08-26
Captain: , Madison, CT (10)

Great spot. Nothing fancy but right in the middle of the downtown area. Superior to the other marinas in the downtown area as you don't have the throngs of people walking back and forth from Ballard's to the ferry in your lap. Provided electric and a short walk to the beach and restaurants.

2nd visit this summer - Breezy is a rock star!, 2016-08-22
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (30)

What a difference a strong dock master makes to a visit. Breezy is the best. She communicates very well and is a rock star at bringing boats in to tight slips. My previous visit, which did not include Breezy managing the docks, was a bit frustrating given lackluster dock help. Look forward to going back - fingers crossed Breezy is there to greet us.

Old Harbor, 2016-08-12
Captain: , Boston (108)

The marina was right in the hustle and bustle of Old Harbor. Breezy the dock master was awesome! However Old Harbor was very dirty and too many drunks. The pump out boat would not come out and the power at the docks was not adequate. If you want to be in Old Harbor with floating docks with no amenities, this is the only choice. In the future I will go to New Harbor where it's more civilized.

davidbenoit123, 2016-08-10
Captain: , Warwick Cove (10)

The dockmaster was great. the only issue we had is when low tide comes in your steering at rocks instead of the the water and basin.

Great! Will go back!, 2016-08-09
Captain: , Jamestown (10)

Fantastic dock master, she did a superb job!

Location Location Location, 2016-08-06
Captain: , Aquebogue, NY (60)

Floating dock with the great and powerful Breezy in charge

Great stay, 2016-08-06
Captain: , Warwick (10)

Ballads Marina is a great place to stay. Breezy the dock master is an expert at getting boats tied up.The location is great and floating docks means no climbing up and done ladders.

Captain of After Child Support, 2016-08-01
Captain: , westbrook (10)

easy to contact the woman to help with docking and her assistance with all was fantastic.. great time

Great small hidden gem, 2016-07-28
Captain: , Noank CT (10)

Over the past few years we have stayed here several times. It has been a hidden gem but is becoming more popular. It is hidden behind the bike shop right near the ferries. One holds 6-10 boats depending on size.

Issue we had this year, they no longer provide the tokens for the showers which are at the town down between the bike rental and Ballard's. We had to pay $2.00 per token for 4 minutes of shower.

There are no amenities at the marina but most else is pretty close because the location is so close to town.

The very nice young girl working this year, does not know how to securely tie a boat! Take note and tie your own lines.

ballards block island, 2016-07-27
Captain: , warwick (10)

Deck hands were awesome. Marina has a lot of random trash that needs to be cleaned up and they only open men's room not the ladies.

The best dockmaster and great location, 2016-06-23
Captain: , Old Saybrook (10)

I don%u2019t remember her name, but she rocked! Clear communications, guided me right in and tied us right up. This marina is part of Ballards bike/moped/car rental and not the restaurant, beach, hotel and marina. It%u2019s the only floating dock marina on the island that takes reservations (via Dockwa). A little expensive but location, location, location %u2013 right in downtown BI. You are paying the same as a room at any Inn on the island that will likely have a shared bathroom, barely enough space to walk around the bed and no AC. Stay includes discounts for bike/moped/car rentals.

Looks good, 2014-07-20
Captain: , Cedar Island Marina (63)

May be tough to get in but worth it to be on the beach. Ballards bar on the beach can't be beat. The crab cakes are the best I've ever had.

Very nice time, 2013-10-07
Captain: , Providence (443)

We arrived early in the off season. Plenty of space available, and the dock master was very accommodating. She even made us a deal for renting a moped. I'll definitely be back!

Good if you get in, 2012-09-05
Captain: , wickford, R.I. (222)

We stayed twice this summer - we have a 20 ft beam on our catamaran and they have limited space for that size - so book early if wide.
Convient and of course the oar is great - but the queue can be hours to get in - eat dinner early!!

Awesome spot, 2012-08-05
Captain: , Jamestown, RI (277)

Nice little marina right in the center of town. Boats tie up stern to a floating dock. This means no rafting, and nobody climbing over your boat at 2am like at the town dock. Only room for about 10 boats, but they do take reservations. The dockmaster is a pro at getting the boats in and out. Very well protected, and the ferries stop running at 8pm, so nights are calm and quiet.

Best docks on Island, 2011-08-11
Captain: , Block Island (11)

Best docks on Island

Pay a lot, get very little, 2011-08-06
Captain: , Apponaug, Rhode Island (572)

Min rate is $150 per night with arrangments also available for less than full day. You get a discount on bike, moped or car rentals. There are NO facilities. You have to use either the Bellevue Inn heads and showers or pay for the town facility. Hard place to dock in a wind of any kind. Current can be a factor too. Very busy place with a lot of commercial traffic. The only plus is you're close to everything. They do take reservations. Very rare on BI

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