Details for Brewer Dauntless Marina

Brewer Dauntless Marina

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 17 reviews

Address 9 Novelty Lane
Essex, CT 06426


After hours contact


Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Doug Domenie



Cy Libby

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Amex, Visa, MC

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Launch service - May 1 to October 31
Mon - Sun: 8 am - 5 pm (May & October)
Sun - Thu: 8 am - 9 pm (July & August)
Fri & Sat: 8 am - 11 pm (July & August)


Located on the west bank of the river just north of marker R-26 in the middle of the Essex mooring field.





Tide & current additional info

There is some current in the basin at times of maximum current ebb and flow tide, so exercise caution.


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: Marina and approaches dredged 2012.

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

Additional info: Fingers are floating docks. The fuel dock is a fixed T head (easy approach).

Size restrictionsLOA max: 125
Beam max: 25

Other info: Larger vessels will be berthed on the T-head (more slips available at the Shipyard).


Transient: 5
Total: 35
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: 150-foot fixed dock.


Transient: 15
Total: 55
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Moorings up to 50 feet. $50 per night (Summer 2013).

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

Additional info: 100 amp single phase, and 100 amp 3 ph available at the T-head.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Valvtect

Gas price$3.58/gal (2017-09-25)

Other price info:

Diesel price$3.31/gal (2017-09-25)

Other price info:


Yes - CNG gas cylinder exchange.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets must alwas be leashed and cared after.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Available from May 1 to October 31, with extended hours from Memorial Day to Labor Day and weekends/holidays.

Pump out

Yes - At fuel dock.


Yes - Block and cube.




Yes - With rooms for family use.


Yes - Renovated in 2009.


Yes - Two washers, two dryers.


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby. Store, privately owned, at the marina offers accessories for boaters.


Yes - Griswold Inn (Pub, lunch & dinner), Black Sea (lunch & dinner)l, Abby's Place (breakfast, lunch & dinner; at Shipyard).



Hotels or motels

Yes - Within short distance.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Available at the Shipyard.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Available at the Shipyard.

Storage facilities

Yes - Available at the Shipyard.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability

No - A town ramp is available nearby, with size limitations.


Yes - Local shuttlebus. Airports: Hartford 40 minutes, Chester 10 minutes.

Catch the Shoreside Shuttle busnear the corner of Main Street and Ferry Street to go to Old Saybrook's Stop N Shop, Walmart and railroad station and downtown. Runs every 2 hours, $1.25 each way, bring correct change. Bus turns off Main Street at the Griswold Inn so wait west of the Griz. Old Saybrook is the hub where you can transfer to other lines that cover most of the area. See for schedules.

Call 860-510-0429 24 hours in advance to arrange an off route pickup at the marina so you won't have to lug provisions a couple of blocks. Off route costs $2.50 each way, which is a bargain.

Other services


Connecticut River Museum, Essex Steam Train.

Reviews for Brewer Dauntless Marina
looking forward to a 5 star marina, 2017-08-07
Captain: , gibson island , md. USA (30)

The recent reviews were very complimentary and we looked forward to a nice stay. Booked a mooring for 2 days. Very pleasant and helpful dockhands ( pulled in for a Pumpout and water). However wifi very weak and available only at the moorings closest to the dock, so no wifi for us. Brewers has been sold to a corporate marine group out of Texas. Very clean restrooms and laundry, but not other amenities.

Quiet Peaceful Mooring Field , 2017-07-27
Captain: , San Diego (300)

We stayed one night at the Brewers Mooring Field outside of the marina and it was scenic, quiet and peaceful. A dockhand came out by launch to show us to our mooring ball and help us get hooked up. Marina provides a free launch service to the mooring field. Location is within a short walk into town. Bathrooms were clean and nice. Scenery is gorgeous tree lined hills. It seemed like we were the only people in our boat in the mooring field. Very quiet and relaxing. Would defiantly return.

Really nice!, 2017-06-09
Captain: , St. Marys MD (20)

Stayed one night on a mooring ball directly off the fuel dock in June 2017. All facilities are impeccably maintained including 6 star head and showers. Great hospitality from professional staff. You are in the heart of Essex at the foot of Main Street that is approximately .5 mile long. We ate at the Black Seal and loved it. Casual dining with nautical decor. Modest pricing belies good, hearty and tasty food. Superb nautical atmosphere. Probably won't satisfy foodies, try Griswolds and bring your AMEX platinum card.

Great Service, Great place to visit or stay, 2016-11-08
Captain: , Essex, CT (258)

Clean facilities, nice docks, nice staff - look as clean on the last day of the season as the first day. Tides and winds need to be managed, but once in slip or on mooring, walk to everything the little town of Essex has to offer. Large scale provisioning requires a car or bike ride. Taxi's available.

A place to return, 2016-05-30
Captain: , Bourne, Ma (230)

Spent Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend on a mooring. Very comfortable night. A lot of traffic on the river but looks like " no wake" zones are followed.paid $50 for the night. A little pricey for most of NewEngland but well worth it. Did not use bath or showers but judging from everything else I would expect them to be excellent. Friendly helpful staff and launch is included in price. Launch runs from 7:30AM to 11PM daily. We had diner at the Griswold Inn. Excellent service and great food. Not overly priced but not cheap. We will return. We had breakfast at "Marleys". This is one of those very busy popular places that after experiencing you ask "why". I came to the conclusion it is popular because of the location. Food very standard, not bad or exceptionally good. Expensive for what you get. Poor organization. Waited for over 1 hr to be seated and that happened only after I asked how much longer and was informed if I did not mind sitting indoors there was seating available. Then once seated waited another hour for eggs, standard breakfast food. Wait staff was very pleasant. Management need help. Will not return. Would recommend Abby,s for breakfast and or lunch.

Essex Brewer%u2019s Dauntless Marina Moorings, 2015-06-20
Captain: , Portland, Oregon (576)

The mooring balls were great. We got one straight out from the fuel dock and had almost immediate response from the launch. They charge the regular price of $50 for the first night and then the %u201CCruising Club%u201D price for the subsequent nights. There is much to see in Essex: the Connecticut River Museum was interesting and told the story of how Essex developed and the Steam Train and River Boat excursion was fun especially for children. For a taxi to the train use Essex Taxi (860) 767-7433. It should cost around $6 one way plus tip. Use Car-Mac taxi (860) 388-2842 only as a last resort as he has to come from 10 miles away and charged $20 one way.

charming town, helpful folks, 2014-08-16
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

We stayed for three nights on a mooring ball, made even more affordable by the use of our Brewer's Cruising Card (which comes with your first stay at a Brewer's). When we had trouble with the first mooring ball to which we were assigned, we were given another, and, a bit later, when harbor master visited, he decided that we would be best at another, superstring one, but gave us a choice. We chose to move, and it was perfect. Launch service very responsive with friendly drivers. Downtown is well-preserved and charming, just a few blocks chock full of elegant places to spend money, but lacking in basic provisions. Griswold Inn is not to be missed, especially the old tavern The Gris with its live music and old-seafaring-men ambience. Connecticut River Museum is interesting, and features live music on its dock on Thursday nights in the summer. Good, clean showers and heads and new laundry facilities, $2.00 per machine (of which there is one each, washer and dryer). If you can get a ride, take a pleasant ride on the Essex Steam Train. Only drawback is lack of "real" stores (grocery, hardware, Walmart) within walking distance, and no courtesy car.

Terrific service, 2013-10-26
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

Sy the manager is frendly and knowlegable. I enjoyed our recent stay will touring the river.

Worth the Stop, 2013-09-01
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

Essex is a nice New England village with lots of character. It is about an hour up the river, but is easy navigation to get there. We stayed on a mooring ball for the night. The launch service is included in the fee and the marina is very nice. It is only a block walk to the main street of Essex. We used our Brewer Crusing Club card which gives us a 25% discount at any Brewer marina. That makes the mooring ball only $35 for the night.

Great place, 2013-07-28
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

We stayed on a mooring for 2 days at $50.00 a day. The field is in a no wake zone which is strickly enforced. Has a friendly launch service that works until 11 pm on the week end. The marina is small, clean and well run. The town of Essex is a must see. The Griswold and the Black Seal had excellent food at a fair price.

Nice place to visit, 2012-08-26
Captain: , Stuart, FL (1020)

Stayed on mooring for a few days. As said, launch driver checked the mooring prior to our picking it up. The current does run but didn't bother us. Marina is small by Brewer standards but very nice. Dock hands are helpful and courteous.

Took the dinghy up to see Hamburg Cove. It is very pretty, pretty crowded, and would have been hot the time we were there.

Essex is very pretty. There is a small provision store for papers, milk, and juice. Went to the Griswold Inn for dinner.

Mooring and Launch, 2011-07-08
Captain: , Marietta GA (416)

Pros: Launch led us to the mooring and checked that the mooring line was not fouled then stood by when we picked up the mooring. Launch operator chatted us up and explained where things were in the marina and in town. Marina was in tip top shape with everything looking as if it had just been painted or serviced. Showers were spotless and comfortable. Staff friendly and helpful. Launch service was timely and included in mooring fee. Long face dock to tie up to for loading provisions or the like and floating dinghy dock is well protected and convenient.

Cons: We were on an outer mooring and saw 2.5 kts current on the ebb. Made coming and going under oar-power in a hard dink interesting. Inner moorings appeared to have somewhat less current. Last launch service is 8PM so be prepared to use your dinghy if you linger until dark. Only one washer and dryer ($2 ea) so doing laundry was slow even though we were the only ones using it.

Great town to shop and walk., 2011-07-02
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

6/19/11 Interesting town to visit. Dinner at Griswaold Inn was great. Good service, launch at Brewers for $50. A bit pricey because they could we were told. I would give Essex, the town a 5 star.

Great place for an evening, 2010-08-02
Captain: , Milford (530)

We took a mooring ($45) and were very pleased with the friendly launch service. Absolutely quiet spot with a gentle current running. Gas dock was nice too, and I exchanged my CNG gas cylinder with no trouble. Essex is very pleasant to walk through, and we had a great meal at the Griswold. This place made the admiral very happy.

Very friendly and helpful, 2009-12-10
Captain: , Niantic, CT (337)

At the end of June, we sailed up to the fuel dock and was greeted by very friendly and helpful dockhands. They assigned us our mooring, and as soon as we had tied up and were ready to go ashore, we radioed for the launch which arrived very promptly. It's very well run - organized, clean, and simply a great place to be. I'd go there again anytime.

Chandlery: Last visited Summer 2004 , 2008-01-21
Captain: , Byram, CT (708)

This please is a very friendly marina, with a small ships store and a short walk to town. The restrooms and showers were THE CLEANEST WE HAVE EVER SEEN in a marina, or anywhere else. It looked as if they had staff cleaning 4 times a day or more. They even had little baskets on the sink counters with complementary toiletries and things you might have forgotten. I would give it 6 stars if I could.

Chandlery, 2007-02-21
Captain: , Connecticut (7)

Again another great place, especially for sailboats with numerous moorings, a nice ships store, and very small dock space. They are very reasonable on allowing tie-ups for the afternnoon on the fuel dock for lunch in Essex. Launch service from many moorings is also available but you'll have to forgo any thoughts of a pool.

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