Details for Billings Diesel and Marine

Billings Diesel and Marine

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 18 reviews

Address Moose Island Road
Stonington, ME 04681


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Most of the floating docks come out of the water in late October and go back in in April, but the fuel dock (floating) is in and operational all year.


The depth in the approach is only 7 feet at low water datum. It is deeper inside.





Tide & current additional info

Great stop if you need help. Billings Diesel and Marine know what they are doing. Lots of capabilities.


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Very sheltered from passing wakes, etc.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 75
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2012-09-06)

Other price info: $2 per foot for overnight. Generally free if being serviced.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 11
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: For boats up to 50 feet. Price $30. Very exposed from South west.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Plus tax.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Plus tax.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - There is a sign stating $2 per bag in 2017.


Yes - $1 per 5 minutes in 2017.




Yes - $2 per machine in 2017.



Yes - Ship's store on site.



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Yes - Three marine railways (two covered) with capacities to 275 tons, a 35 ton boat lift, two Brownell trailers and two cranes.

Storage facilities

Yes - Winter storage inside one of nine storage buildings or outside protected with shrink wrap.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Taxi

Other services


Reviews for Billings Diesel and Marine
Manage your expectations, 2017-09-02
Captain: , Hingham, MA (50)

Echoing other reviewers, this is a Downeast working boatyard. I can't speak to the service competence that others mention, but can confirm they don't really cater to transient cruisers. My rating reflects that perspective. We needed water, diesel, and a pump out. A total strikeout. The docks were clogged with boats in for service and in no hurry to get moved. Checked back a few times during two days in the area, finally gave up and moved on. The pump out access in particular is a problem - Billings seems to have the only facility for miles.

Great folks, super mechanics, 2017-03-24
Captain: , Westport Point, MA (391)

Sailed here from Tenants Harbor in August 2016 after we blew out the riser leaving the harbor channel. Billings was great...Greg and Liz did expert work on the diesel while we used up space at the dock for a few days. This is a great, comfy place to hole up while exploring Stonington and Merchants Row, both of which places we fell in love easy dink ride all around in good weather. Bought lobster off the boat for dinners, a couple of fun restaurants in Stonington, great ice cream, and great walking if you don't mind hills.
We also took the mail boat out to Isle au Haut, and rode bikes for the day there...a real ancient and tangled feel out there, with fabulous beauty.
If you ever have diesel problems in Penobscot bay, this is THE place for repairs! The best between Boston and Canada by far...

Relaxed and Simple, 2016-09-11
Captain: , Boston (185)

We had a great stay for two nights while Maine was shutting down after Labor Day. The marina is very well set up, and everyone we dealt with was friendly. The only issue is the absence of amenities nearby: town is a 15 minute walk away, and in good Maine tradition restaurants close unexpectedly. But if you remember to stock up on provisions in advance, it's a great place to stay.

Great stop for any needed marine supplies, 2016-08-09
Captain: , Portsmouth Ri (260)

We needed to pick up some supplies, get rid of trash and take on water which was all very easy here. We radioed when we arived and picked up one of their six transient moorings of which they didn't charge us for. Trash was $2.00 a bag which is very reasonable and no charge for water. I don't know if I would spend the night here. The town is a half mile east with a good holding.

Friendly and helpful, 2016-07-12
Captain: , Wickford, RI (421)

This is a down east working boatyard. We docked here for two nights both this year and last to attend the Lobster Boat Races in the thoroughfare.
Floating wooden docks kept us safe in the 12' tide. One of the staff handed us his keys when we asked directions to the grocery store.
Very well protected cove. Approach is somewhat shallow at 7' but plenty of water dockside, over 11' at MLW.
Can't beat the scenery. Nice walk to town and good restaurants.
Didn't use facilities but they have showers and laundry.

Not So Much, 2015-07-30
Captain: , Daniel Island, SC (330)

Good example of sticking with what you do best. Hosting transients in an efficient, friendly way is not what this repair yard does best. Personnel were distracted, disinterested resulting in a disconnect for us. Too many Maine marinas that care - this one doesn't.

Excellent stayover, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (231)

Here for just one night, but it was a very good experience. Strong currents in the river. This is a working town, so there's not a lot for tourists. Many lobster boats leave before dawn. Billings is a top notch yard, however, and they can fix anything. We dingied over to the public dingy dock, about a mile, and had a very good dinner at the Harbor restaurant. Nice place to visit.

A port in a storm., 2014-08-17
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

Myself and two other sailboats pulled in after a few axious VHF calls seeking safe habor ahead of a nasty front that ratteled the windows in coastal Maine with gale force winds. We were shown to a slip by a competant dock worker siglehanding each boat in a open runabout. We spent two days replenishing our selfves and vessels in this working yard with no frills but efficent service. 5 stars for service.

Very Convenient, 2013-07-15
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (465)

$4.00 gas and diesel. floating docks. a few moorings. helpful staff. washer $1.50 and dryer $2.00

Top notch, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

Great boatyard, mechanics, and chandlery. Stopped here to run the contents of my diesel tank through some big lobster boat filters they have set up with a pump. They made it clear it wasn't "fuel polishing," but it was just what I needed.

Great boatyard, great people, 2012-09-02
Captain: , Blue Hill (39)

My constant running hydraulic steering system badly overheated on Friday as I was going through Deer Island Thoroughfare. Billings Diesel in Stonington was my only hope. I could not have more surprised or pleased with the people, the service, and the results.
Although I had never been to Billings before and certainly not on the Friday before a Labor Day weekend, I was invited to stay on the fuel dock until the employees returned from lunch break. Greg, the service manager, showed up just as soon as he was back and quickly diagnosed the problem as a totally failed centrifugal pump needing replacement. He disappeared for about 10 minutes and returned with both a replacement pump from the Billings stockroom and a mechanic/electrician to install it. Two hours later I was underway with a new pump, a cool happy steering system, and a bill for the pump and installation that was less than I thought it would be.
The weekend was saved and I will be forever grateful to Billings and their terrific employees.

Good place to arrange mechanical repairs, 2012-08-16
Captain: , Denton, TX (435)

Stayed on a mooring which is very exposed to all traffic in and out of Stonington. Lot's of rolling. Inside on their docks would likely be much smmother. Used their ships store which is extensive. Far from town. They did a good job of arranging an outside repairman to overhaul my dinghy motor carb.

Serious Boatyard, 2011-09-19
Captain: , Chicago (30)

We came in for an engine assessment and ended up re-powering. Very good mechanics. Did a great job with the new engine. They have a big capacity to do any kind of boat work. People are very nice.
Docks are more oriented to being service docks for the yard than a marina, though you can come in for the night(s). Head and laundry are just fair.
Town is a twenty minute walk. We were attacked be a vicious dog walking into town. Nice restaurants in town and very pretty area. Could dinghy to town from the marina easily.
Highly recommended for serious mechanical work.

Good Stopover, 2011-08-11
Captain: , Stuart, FL (1020)

Picked up one of Billings' moorings for two nights. Very helpful dockmaster (Cal). Sat out a rainy day and took a dinghy ride into town. Stonington is a nice, small town with a good market. It was fun watching the few boats that did pass by in the rain.

15 Years of great service, 2011-04-15
Captain: , Lunenburg, Nova Scotia (98)

We have been going to Billings for over 15 years, including a major three year refit. We have also stored our 56' expedition sailboat there for several winters and done a re-power.

This is truly a one stop shop with some of the best diesel mechanics you will find anywhere. The machinist and welder are true craftsman and the painters are artists. The shipwrights can replace a plank or build you a boat.

There is a fully equipped old time ships store with every part imaginable and knowledgeable staff. One of the last anywhere in this world of chains.

Anything Marine, 2011-01-31
Captain: , Harpswell, Maine, USA (90)

The most capable marine repair facility for miles. Billings is strictly business. Bring your own food and see the prettiest views from any boat yard on the east coast.

Great People, 2010-08-19
Captain: , Doylestown, Pa. 18902 (414)

We were cruising with six other boats and stayed here for a night, clean showers, laundry facilities, ice, gas and diesel, this is a serious boatyard and are reported to be the best around for heavy duty repairs, they have built boats here large facility. dock space for transients and mooring balls. About a mile walk to town, Eddies Taxi is available we ate at the Fishermans Friend Rest. which was very good it also has a small deli next door that sells fresh live lobsters cute little town

Very well equpped yard, a little far from town, 2010-04-18
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

This is a great location with both moorings and dock space available to transients. The sprawling yard has just about any boating services you'd want and a large chandlery. There are showers and heads and right at the dock, although they were a little worse for wear when we visited.

From the moorings you can watch the windjammers go by, or dingy over to Crotch Island (I didn't make this up) to see the old quarry. Just checking out all the other boats, including some nice yachts, will take all day.

The only down side is the long walk to town. It is worth the trip if you're up to it. You'll find everything from shops and restaurants to a small and fascinating museum, art galleries and even an Opera House. You could dingy over if you have a motor, but you won't want to row it. The currents in this area can be somewhat strong.

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