Details for Brewer Bruce and Johnson's Marina

Brewer Bruce and Johnson's Marina

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 25 reviews

Address 145 South Montowese St
Branford, CT 06405


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Bruce Kuryla



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Office and ships store open year round.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.50/ft (2011-07-05)

Other price info:


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No moorings.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Additional charge.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included in dock price.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Valvtect

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets are welcome. Areas for dogs designated and disposable clean up bags available.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Branford pumpout boat monitors VHF 09.


Yes - Ice can be purchased at the store or the dock house on the A-dock, east yard.




Yes - Showers are numerous, well designed, and clean.




Yes - Two washers and two dryers, $2 per load.


Yes - Local market less than one mile from the marina.


Yes - Ship's store on site.


Yes - Dockside Resturant on site. Be sure not to miss Lenny's down the road to the right (1/4 mile, walkable), best fried clams on the coast (as reviewed in NYT).

Lenny's Indian Head Inn
205 S Montowese St
Branford, CT 06405


Yes - Dockside Restaurant offers an on-site bar. In addition, the Stony Creek Brewery has recently opened and features both a bar and signature ales brewed in-house (~1.5 miles from Bruce & Johnsons).

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - A newly stocked Bait Shop is located at the West Yard; across from the East Yard by dinghy and 6 minute driving distance from the East Yard by car.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access


Boat ramp availability


Yes - Local taxi available.

It is 1-1.5 miles from the Shoreline East Railroad Station in Branford; allowing connection as far West as New Haven (transfers to New York City available at New Haven Union Station) and as far East as New London.

Other services



Reviews for Brewer Bruce and Johnson's Marina
Beware of using DOCKWA to make reservations here, 2017-07-10
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (6077)

The marina now wants you to make reservations through DOCKWA which sounds reasonable in our digital age. Along with your boat measurements, you enter your credit card and you get a message that your credit card will not be charged until the reservation is confirmed. That set off an alarm. What happens if you're held up? Then I looked at the cancellation policy which states you get a refund if you cancel 7 days in advance. Less than that and you forfeit 1/2 day's dockage! They also allow a refund if the Coast Guard declares a small craft advisory that includes the Branford area. When traveling with grandkids, arrival times are not certain, especially if thunderstorms pop up unexpectedly.

I've cruised in Maine for three years and most recently the last seven years along the ICW from New York to Key West and I've never met a cancellation policy this restrictive. In short, I did not make a reservation and took my chances but found there were plenty of slips available.

The three star rating reflects the restrictive reservation policy. Otherwise, it's a nice marina with a first rate pool and nice facilities with Lenny's nearby.

Professional, Dedicated, Effiecient, Fair Prices, 2017-06-12
Captain: , Bristol, RI (350)

A few years ago we stopped at Brewer Bruce Johnson in Branford with a boat that was new to us. After 2 days there, we awoke to water on the floor. Drew, an amazing all around professional, diagnosed the problem immediately and helped Tom rebed a stanchion. We have told the story so many times. This marina is a 5+. So naturally, we when found a leak in the companion way door of our trawler on our way North, we made reservations at this Brewers, once again, for a repair. Upon arriving, 4 dockhands helped us back into a slip. It was obvious that each had been trained in boat and line handling. With the windage on our boat, this assistance is always appreciated. For our current repair, Brian expertly and cleanly took the door and frame apart to rebed the door and its track. Being spring and launching time, the marina was very busy, but Brian scheduled us in. Once again, we are very pleased with the repair-neatly done and efficient. We know for sure this marina will be a stop for us each season. Each staff member is dedicated to his/her profession. Each gives the customer his/her full attention to address the customers needs. We highly recommend Brewers Bruce Johnson for a restful stop or for repairs.
M/V Tomfoolery
Peggie and Tom

Another great Brewer experience!, 2016-10-10
Captain: , North Palm Beach, FL (490)

Arrived here 9/27, stayed over a week and we cannot say enough about the courtesy and professionalism of the staff here, especially Tom! Docks nice, facilities clean and restaurant good. Beautiful city and nice location up the river - we will be back!
Peter, Anne & Rhett on ARIES

quest to see thimbles, 2016-08-14
Captain: , staten island (551)

In our quest to see the Thimblesthere is always some problem ,8/13/2016 again the thimble curse ,lol,
We reserved a spot at brewer Johnson for 8/13 after havin reserved a spot here a few weeks ago ,that trip my wife had an emergency at work so about 8 miles away we had to turn around after a 75 mile trip from our home port .Last year we had trips here interupted by weather and a mehanical issue .
Tday we finally made it and planned to explore the thimbles with our new dinghy and dog tmrw ,it was a brutally hot day real feel temp 118 , no kidding it was humid and hot, but we made it ,after docking assited by a very capable dock hand . My wife took the dog for a walk,as i waitedour a/c broke . Trying to get it operational was futile ,the pump was shot ,no hope for a/c ,thimble curse strikes again! Called the office they where forgiving and great and off we went for a long hot ride home...I recomend this spot purely on patience shown and understanding,I will definatly stop again, although Im giving the thimbles a wide berth from now on !

Excellent Marina, 2016-06-20
Captain: , Nashville, TN (10)

Planned few days; for non-boat reason, stayed 2+weeks. Could not ask for more helpful staff, quality marina, friendly fellow-sailors. Recommend highly.

Friendly Service - Great Facility, 2015-10-14
Captain: , Jersey City (506)

Branford was a weekend destination for us. We were very pleased. Facilities were clean and very well maintained. Loved the concrete floating docks. Staff was very efficient and helpful on docking and checkin. Overnight neighbors in the marina were friendly and recommended various restaturants to visit.

Long walk into a cute New England town. Waited 30 min for taxi and then made the hike.

Would have been 5 stars except for...
* No provisions on-site. Chandlery only.
* Not super dog friendly (lots of "No Dogs Allowed" areas)
*Very narrow and shallow approach channel
- Avoid in reduced visibiility if unfamiliar
- Avoid when following current if unfamiliar
- Had less than 3 feet below the keel (5.5 ft) at mid-tide

A nice place to stop, 2015-08-13
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1164)

Florating docks in good condition. Friendly and helpful dock staff. Great protection from all direcetions. Branford River is scenic and worth a visit.

nice calm spot, 2015-07-31
Captain: , City Island New York (210)

concrete docks, and resturant on site...needed a water pump installed done quickly and professionaly...calm water makes for a very quiet night..dinghy up the river and explore the town

Very protected stopover, 2015-07-02
Captain: , Three Mile Harbor, East Hampton, NY (30)

We stopped at this marina twice while traveling the length of long Island Sound. It is very protected and very well maintained. The staff was very friendly and helpful everywhere, and it was an easy place to dock. The entrance to Branford River is a bit narrow, but not a problem. The facility and floating docks were maintained perfectly, and there were clean restrooms and showers. It is a little pricey, but you get what you pay for.

Great Place / Great Restaurant, 2014-09-04
Captain: , Bridgeport, CT (62)

Very nice facilities. We really enjoyed the restaurant. This goes without saying for a shoreline restaurant, but they really did have a great selection of seafood and it was very affordable. The pool was okay, nothing to write home about, but definitely suitable. Staff did a good job.

Decent, full service marina, 2013-09-28
Captain: , New York, NY (470)

I was in a slip on a concrete dock (A-Dock) that is in great shape. Very clean restrooms and showers with lots of hot water. Laundry facility (that I didn't use.) On site restaurant served up a very good tuna steak. Staff goes home early (it was late Sept, so maybe off season?) so there is no one around if you arrive after 5:00 or so. Also fuel dock (at the Brewer's West facility) didn't open 'til 9:00 AM so that delayed our departure a bit.

A bit tired, 2013-09-01
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

They put us over on a T-head in the west marina because we are a powercat. Dock was OK but covered with bird droppings. There published rate is $3.50/ft but they wanted to charge me $4.50 because we are a cat. I argured that there is no reason for the extra charge as they were putting us on a t-head and not occuping 2 slips. They had to call the manager and finally agreed. Plus we were able to use our Brewer Cruising Club card for a 25% discount.

There is not much here. It is way too far to walk to town, so we dropped our dinghy and took it into the Lobster Shack. That was the best part of the day. Best Lobster roll we have found on the Sound. Bathrooms were clean but tired.

Could not be botheres, 2013-01-14
Captain: , Chebeague Island (929)

Winter of 2011 we were coming up the sound looking for a stopping poace and called them. The woman who answered the phone could not be bothered to go down and see whether they had room for us (and we are 60' -- a good night's pay for a marina). Not going to try again.

Great Customer Service, 2012-09-26
Captain: , New York (209)

This is the best marina in Branford offering good amenities with big clean heads, laundry, and a full service yard. Staff is very helpul and will will bend over backwards even for small ticket items. Dockside restaurant onsite is excellent for fresh fish and specializes in fried seafood.

Stopover point, 2012-08-30
Captain: , Stamford (130)

We have stayed here several times, the docking can get a little tricky with the currents (it is on a river) and the winds. I found it wasn't that protected from wind. In fact, a couple had their chairs on the dock and when they got up to go talk with another boat they both blew into the water and sank out of sight.

There seemed to be a lot of boats, this is a big marina with a lot of docks. Also, there were many people just "hanging out" on their boats in their slips.

Big dirt parking lot with boats scattered about, and a restaurant and pool that we have not tried yet. We stay here because of easy access to relatives.

It isn't great and it isn't bad. I'm going there tomorrow again since they have a great transient program for other Brewer's members.

Great Marina with Excellent service, 2012-08-06
Captain: , New York (187)

Have stayed here twice, second time needed to be pulled for fouled running gear. Very pofessional sevice and very reasonable price.

Very nice marina in Branford, 2012-08-01
Captain: , Amelia Island, FL (507)

We had a most pleasant experience at this marina. The staff at the fuel dock provided a wealth of info about the area and the dock hands were right there to help with docking, getting us settled and answering our many questions. The people we met on the docks were friendly and most willing to chat. We only spent one night there but would stay again if the opportunity presents itself and would recommend the marina to anyone transiting the area. The only negative was we were told that a dock hand would be available when we left at 7AM but there was no one around at that time.

Great place!, 2012-07-14
Captain: , Mamaroneck, NY (50)

This was just a terrific marina - from our guidance on arrival, to the assistance of the dock crew, to the restaurant at the marina, it was a pleasure to be here. Friendly people at the dock barbecuing and enjoying the sunset. Quiet at night. Wide slips that were realtively easy to get in and out. Would definitely go back anytime.

Great stop, 2011-05-15
Captain: , Byram, CT (708)

The marina is clean, well-equipped, and the staff is both friendly and professional. Rest rooms are rather institutional but nice enough and clean.

A full service quality marina, but not cheap. They are the only marinas I know of in New England that charges a premium for multihulls even if they put you on the outside face. There is also a nice restaurant on the grounds with indoor and outdoor patio dining. A very nice overnight stop while trnsiting the sound.

expensive for what it offers, 2010-09-21
Captain: , New York, NY (200)

expensive for what it offers - no floating docks, limited hours after Labor Day. We booked a slip for arrival on a Saturday in September, and were told no one would be there on the weekend to help with lines, or for anything else for that matter. And the rate per foot is $3.25 plus electric!!!

Great Place, 2010-08-01
Captain: , Rock Hall MD (10)

We have been on the water for a month and this is a great place to clean up your boat for the next month. Everyone is friendly, dock boys very helpful and the laundry, pool and restrooms are clean. We enjoyed the 10% off our dinner bill one night and a great bartender the next night. Our boat is clean and ready to go for another month.

Brewer quality, 2009-09-27
Captain: , Great Island, Maine (323)

Brewers offers their cruising club discount at all Brewers Marinas after your first nights stay. The 25% discount makes this almost a reasonable price. There is an excellent restaurant on site but nothing else here. Docks are nice and well kept. The staff was a little shorthanded when we visited. A good quick stop marina but not a place we would spend any time.

Nice Place, 2009-08-21
Captain: , Sag Harbor, NY (637)

This ts a very nice marina with nice wide floating docks, CATV, electric and water connections that all work! The staff are all knowledgable and friendly which goes a long way in making our stay enjoyable.
The pool area is clean and well kept as are all of the facilites, (bathrooms, laundry, store, etc.).
The only draw back I found was the remote location. There is nothing within walking distance as far as provisioning, shoping or entertainment. If not for the location it would definately be a 5 star marina.

Favorite destination, 2007-02-01
Captain: , Stratford, CT (146)

This is one of our favorite places to visit on Long Island Sound. Easy access to a well protected harbor. Great docks and a welcoming staff. The dockmaster always has a treat for the dog too!

Wonderful location for transients, 2007-01-29
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2311)

My family and I had a wonderful visit to this beautiful and well protected marina. Great service from the dock master, excellent facilities overall, and a top seafood resturant caused us to stop here twice instead of just once on a week long excursion on Long Island Sound.

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