Details for Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina

Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 29 reviews

Address 10 White St
Salem, MA 01970


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Noah Flaherty



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

MC, Visa, Discover, and Amex.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


As you approach Salem Harbor, look for the Salem Power Plant stacks on the east side of Salem Neck. From G 13 Fl G 4s in Salem Sound, round G 15 QG and enter the main channel at R 16 Fl R 4s. There is a small anchorage on the way to Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina.

Be very careful making the approach to docks. As you progress through the mooring field look for the small set of red/green approach buoys that mark the channel. At the dock stay close to the outermost docks as you transit the area as the water shoals quickly just outside the docks. Take that turn to starboard very smartly to B and A dock - if it's not high tide, you'll have to wait there for it





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Specs say 6 feet but it is reported that this is not the case except at the end of C dock and in a plus tide, there is even less.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 65
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2017-02-02)

Other price info:


Transient: 20
Total: 100
Transient price: $60.00 (2017-08-23)

Other price info: $60 per night. Includes free launch service which runs between 7am - 11pm.

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

Additional info: $15 per night for 50 amp.
$10 per night for 30 amp.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Available on the floats.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Call Hawthorn Cove Launch on Channel 8.

Pump out

Yes - Salem Harbor pumpout boat.


Yes - Blocks and cubes.




Yes - Clean, well-maintained.


Yes - Clean, well-maintained.




Yes - Very small neighborhood convenience store just two blocks away. Right on Derby St, left on Becket St till the end.




Yes - Two restaurants within 2-3 blocks, many more 8-10 minute walk away.


Yes - Nearby 'In a Pigs Eye' was hopping with live music, apparently a local hangout.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Yes - New-looking travel lift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Winter storage.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Good cell coverage (ATT), good wireless Internet from HCM on the docks (see dockmaster for password).

Boat ramp availability

Yes - See nearby Winter Island ramp


Yes - Next door to a trolly stop which does one-hour tours of Salem. Next to that is the Salem Ferry dock that goes to Boston. At $29 round trip, it's cheaper to dock here and take the ferry than to take a slip in Boston.

Other services


Peabody Essex Museum is within walking distance. Tacky 'witch' tourist traps are everywhere in Salem. House of Seven Gables is just up the street and 1 block left. A 5-minute walk to the old pier where there's some sort of 'living museum' work concerning the local maritime heritage going on.

Reviews for Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina
Large Mooring Field, good water taxi service., 2017-08-18
Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1643)

Salem is a goot town to visit with lots to do and many good restaurants. The launch service was top notch, but I was a little bit disappointed in the marina. Having been to other Brewer yards I was surprised to find that this one was less than I expected regarding condition and facilities. Although the restrooms were good and clean, the grounda were definitely that of a working yard. The staff was friendly and helpful.

Water taxi service details, 2017-07-03
Captain: , Crownsville, MD (100)

I stayed for four nights on a transient mooring and service was very good. Very prompt water taxi service (complimentary). Note the names of some of the nearby local boats - that's how they will find your boat in a very large mooring area.
I agree that a transient info sheet would be a great idea.

Great Location Room to Improve, 2016-08-29
Captain: , Panama City, FL (605)

Super location for visiting Salem with excellent bathhouse. Easy to use dinghy dock or launch service. However they do not seem oriented to transients. Information is provided but rather scattered and unorganized. A handout of even a half a page with useful numbers and services would make it easier for staff to help the cruisers who venture up to Salem. The mooring field is clearly large and has a local group who appears to be the main focus. A little more welcome would make transients feel like returning.

Great place for staying at Salem, 2016-08-02
Captain: , Montreal (717)

Had plan for a night, and we stayed for 2. We enjoyed the city and its beat. The Marina staff is great: Fast service, very responsive and great people. We felt like home.
We enjoyed the little room where we could hang out, surfing the web since the wifi does not go up to the mooring field. My wife loved the color of the walls.
Everything is at walking distance. Steve's Quality Market is a grocery store at 10-15 minutes walk, right on the side of the main post office.

Amazing Staff, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Oakdale NY (140)

Stayed at Brewers Hawthorne both on the way up and back from Maine. Coming back we had planned to anchor at Gloucester, but had a windless circuit breaker failure, so we went on to Plymouth to stay on a mooring and get it resolved. Hats off to all of the staff, especially John for their assistance. I had called Lewmar, and John followed up with them to confirm the correct replacement CB. Had it delivered on a Saturday and delivered it on the Brewers work boat to me on my boat. I was good to go, repairs made within 24 hours.
The staff at Brewers just makes your day enjoyable.

Almost Missed It, 2016-07-12
Captain: , Portland, ME (240)

Planned a trip from Gloucester to the Cape Cod Canal - weather did not look great so took a detour to Salem and Brewer Hawthone Cove Marina. Approach to the pier was a little tricky after leaving the freey channel as we were entering at low water. Russ came out in a skiff and guided us in to the peir, then helped us get settled in. Bathrooms/lounge are top rate, grilling area with comfortable chairs.

The sights of salem are all within walking distance (except a food store). Very glad we visited.

No services however, except the Harbormaster does run a pump-out boat.

Nice place, friendly personel , 2015-07-21
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

I choose Brewers Salem as it was a very convienant place to leave my sailboat and hop a cab to Logan for a week in Chicago. Rebecca (the indespensible Dockmaster although another name is listed in the write-ups)) handled everything via email and even though I never met her in person, because our schedules crossed, I can attest to first rate follow-ups via email and a well justified feeling that my boat was well looked after in my absence. Noah, the yard manager was helpfull in geting my dinghy power washed in my absence and checking me out when I finally made it to the office. Nice place for many reasons,even if I personally saw NO Whiches.

not fancy; however, DELIGHTFUL place to STAY, 2015-07-19
Captain: , Glen Cove, NY (281)

This is a Work in progress Brewers yard. Permit granted for new building and other upgrades coming in time. Stayed one week and enjoyed it greatly! Staff, with special mention to Dockmaster Rebecca, "knocks your socks off" being helpful. Had fun while attending their customer picnic complete with band. They have large mooring field with launch service offering reasonable alternative to transient dockage.

men's BR in process, 2015-07-18
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (60)

On a mooring ball for 2 nights. Gave us a discount because the Men's bathroom is currently being renovated to match the newly completed Women's bathroom. Women's bathroom is very nice with pretty tile work & clean. Men are sharing the women's bathroom currently. Becca is very friendly & accommodating. The art museum is top notch.

Great staff, but overpriced, 2015-07-08
Captain: , Byram, CT (708)

Edit: After I wrote the review below, the management contacted me and stated that they plan to upgrade the men's showers in the next few weeks (July 2015).
Original review: The staff was competent and accommodating. Other reviewers have mentioned the bathrooms are not good but we were pleased to find they were recently refinished. Unfortunately they stopped short of fixing up the men's room shower stalls. Not only were they worn, but the corners were filthy with mildew. I wouldn't gripe if the mooring were cheap but the charge was $55/night (2015). My wife said the ladies showers were nice.
The facility is well situated in historic Salem (that's the big plus) and overall it was a great stop. We would return but next time we will shower aboard.

nice place, 2015-03-29
Captain: , Montreal, Canada (140)

staff very qick to answer email, great services and a very nice place to visit Salem.

Great location but short on amenities, 2015-01-03
Captain: , Pocasset (60)

Rented a mooring for the 2014 season. On the expensive side by my experience. Painful in that one must pay registration fees directly to Salem harbor master also. With other location where I rented mooring, the boat yard took care of the administrative paperwork. I understand this is a Salem specific issue and does not reflect upon BHCM. Salem Harbor is a busy facinating place with many boats of all shapes and sizes. It is a exposed to the northeast which makes it a dicey place in the fall. My boat survived the early October blow unscathed, but many boats were damaged with a few lost.
Huge mooring field can make it difficult to find your designated ball. Spent about 45 minutes in with the launch operator trying to find the location the first time out.
Launch operators were kind and helpful. Operations folk seemed to be strapped for time but were helpful too.
Yard layout is kind hodge-podge, but I understand improvements are on the way WRT shower-changing facilities. Parking onsite was not too much of a problem during the sailing season, but quickly becomes an issue when boats are pulled at the end of the season as the parking area doubles as boat storage. No formal restaurant/bar. A short walk to the ferry terminal for a beer.
Salem is a fantastic town to tour. Some nice restaurants and bars with plenty of local color. The place only gets more crazy as the sailing season wanes.
Salem in general is a bit difficult to get to with traffic and parking issues.

Great Help, GreatMooring, Fun City, 2014-08-11
Captain: , Cincinnati, OH (290)

Made an unscheduled stop here to get a sail repaired. Staff worked with a local sail maker to get us the help we needed, and worked with the tide to get on their T-head and get the sail off and to a mooring so we weren't sitting on the bottom at low tide; and again to put the repaired sails back on. Everyone here was very friendly and helpful.

We found the mooring price to be comparable for New England. Shower facilities were ok; could use a little TLC perhaps. The rest of the facilities were great.

The approach to the marina is not as straightforward as it may appear on the charts. Hail the marina when you get to G23, wait there, and they will gladly come out and escort you in. Highly recommend this the first time, as there is a good chance you will run aground (especially at low tide).

Boston ferry is right next door, and the MTA has a train station in Salem. As another reviewer stated makes an easy way to get into Boston as opposed to finding a mooring or a slip there.

Salem is a unique city and enjoyable to visit. House of Seven Gables is next door to the marina, and maritime museum about a 10 min walk further on. Downtown is about a 15-20 min walk. Peabody-Essex museum is enjoyable, as are a couple of the "legitimate" museums that deal with the period of history during the witch trials. If you aren't much of a history buff but into palm reading, tarot cards and numerology you will find Salem to be your Mecca!

Provisioning will require a car unless you can get what you need at a CVS or Walgreens. Fuel is only available at Marblehead or Beverly.

Would return, 2014-07-24
Captain: , Stuart FL (768)

Seems a little pricey for a mooring but everyone on staff is pleasant and quick to respond to any request for assistance. Nice laundry, showers okay (men's is not the tidiest but acceptable). With a southerly gusting to 30, harbor got a bit rolly but never uncomfortable. Love the city! Loads of history and--yes--Cap'n Dusty's ice cream 2 blocks away.

Nice staff, quiet mooring, 2014-07-13
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Nice mooring with little wake or wind. Easy walk into town where you can find anything you need. In particular we enjoyed the seaferer's museum and were surprised to discover it was the nation's first national park. We also were surprised by the rich maritime history -- which is mostly lost due to the new focus on witchcraft. It's a real shame that such a wonderful past has almost been lost.

Nice marina, good price for this area, 2014-06-18
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

Well-run marina with friendly and helpful staff. It's a bit of a hike into town. The approach can be scarey; watch the charts. Proceed through the mooring field until you see the private channel markers, or call the launch on Ch 8 for help.

Almost next door is the Salem Ferry, $29 round trip to Boston. Seems like a good option as opposed to paying for a marina in the city.

We took a slip, but the launch service appears prompt and friendly. The mooring field is pretty big, so the launch is probably better than using your own dinghy.

Heads, showers and laundry are in a clean building at the head of the docks, along with a nice tent area with grills and picnic tables.

We didn't have any work done here, but it's a full-service marina with travel lift and lots of staff.

Only thing that kept me from selecting five stars is the somewhat out-of-the way location. If you're OK with a longish walk, or don't need to go into town at all, then this won't be a problem.

Very Courteous Staff, 2013-08-14
Captain: , Port Aransas, Texas (998)

We stopped for a mooring to get some rest. The launch met us and usered us to the mooring. Launch service is by very courteous helmspersons. The location is close to town center and several good places to eat. We were at the very outside mooring yet it was quiet and calm.

Incredibly helpful, 2013-07-23
Captain: , Boston (140)

We winter stored in 2012-2013 at Hawthorne. We couldn't have been more pleased with the service or the work we had done over the winter. Noah and staff are very responsive to emails and phone calls and generally incredibly helpful and nice.

We've also visited several times and stayed on transient moorings. If you walk to the town center, don't miss Jean Louis home-made pasta and bread shop. We were there dozens of times before we noticed it because it's just to the right when you walk out of the marina and the town is to the left. We never miss it now! You can cook north end quality pasta on your boat.

Great Staff, Clean Marina, 2013-06-14
Captain: , Freeport, ME (608)

Had a minor emergency, and the yard manager rallied his crew immediately for a short haul and a quick repair. Yard staff was professional, courteous, and had a "can do" attitude. Dockmaster and assistant very competent. Can highly recommend this marina.

Salem lots of witches, 2012-09-12
Captain: , Seattle, WA (415)

This is Brewers newest marina, they just aquired it. We stayed on a mooring buoy and Brewers provided launch service to town. They came immediately when called. We also had another mooring buoy that came to close to our boat and at 8:30 at night the launch service came out and resolved the problem. Lovely town with anything you need. The PEM Museum is great.

Nice marina - should publish better navigation guide, 2012-07-23
Captain: , Cape Vincent NY (10)

Friendly staff, a bit of a Caddy Shack vibe to the dock hand crew. Relatively clean marina that's a short walk (~10 minutes) to restaurants and shopping. Free Wi-Fi but no one was able to get it to work. Not sure why they don't post it, but radio CH 8 on the way in and the dockmaster will tell you to round daymark # 2 in the mooring field, change heading to 330 and head straight in. You'll see their channel markers as you get close to the marina, 3 port/3 starboard. These were good directions and made finding the entrance easy. If given the choice, get a high numbered slip on the even side of B or either side of A. This will give you the best views of the harbor and the tender service runs between C and the odd side of B so there's a regular wake during tender hours. Looking forward to going back.

Brewers Hawthorne Cove Marina, 2012-07-16
Captain: , annapolis (391)

Conveniently located and staff is helpful. Docks are neglected-boards broken, rollers which attach to docks for riding up and down pilings are missing allowing docks to tilt, bathroom for men has single stall and single urinal, two showers both of which are clean ;several washers and dryers, Sat. AM coffee and... under tent. Neighboring boaters friendly and helpful.

Nice but tricky approach, 2012-07-05
Captain: , Hingham, MA (1079)

Each side of the privatley marked channel gets pretty shallow (we draft 5'). Easiest way in is to follow the lauch shuttle in. We did that the first time, now we just follow our past path on the GPS to get back in. Everyone at the marina was very nice and helpful. Everything is a short walk. Restrooms are clean. Most people were on their boats and were all very friendly.

Will go back, 2012-07-03
Captain: , Boston (70)

We sailed up from Boston to spend the weekend in Salem and stayed at the Hawthorne marina. Everyone was very helpful and friendly. The marina is quiet and well maintained.

The entrance to the dock area is a little tricky (private bouys about half way through the mooring field). If you draft more than a couple of feet, try to follow the launch in the first time.

Beware the shallows, 2012-04-11
Captain: , salem ma (380)

If you're making you r way in, pay close attention to the private buoys. There is a gorunding spot for sailboats. Luckily its mud, but close enough to the dock that you'll be the show.

Very Helpful, 2011-09-13
Captain: , Sodus Point, NY (718)

We stayed here for a week to await a new engine controller. Their normal dock rate is $3 per foot. For the week they gave us $14 per foot. More affordable. They were all very helpful. The only problem was arriving on Labor Day weekend, they gave away my slip. But, they still found a place to put us. Facilities only have one stall, but most everyone uses their own boats. Pumpouts are free, call on Ch 9 for one.

I gave 5 stars for their accomodating nature and the great town of Salem.

I like Hawthorne Cove, 2011-08-08
Captain: , Boston (619)

Salem harbor is dominated by the power plant and its coal piles but Salem is a good city with a rich history and worth the stop. I've stayed at Hawthorne Cove Marina several times and like it. It's a short walk to town and attractions, the staff couldn't be better and the facility is clean and well maintained.

Would come back, 2011-07-01
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Hawthorne mooring through the water taxi @$45, a bit expensive, plenty to see in restored downtown area within walking distance. Follow the marks in and out. Could have stayed a second day.

Hawthorne Cove Marina., 2009-07-25
Captain: , Monches,wi (330)

The channel into the marina is tricky to find as it winds thru the mooring field. Best bet is to contact one of the Salem Water Taxi boats that are usually ferrying someone to or from a boat on the moorings. They operate in/out of the marina and can guide you to the channel.

Once in the marina you'll find friendly dock hands and a decent facility. Good location close to downtown and good dining places. Our favorite was Capt.'s Grille, within walking distance of the marina.

Be advised the tide runs big here. If you draw 4'6" or more you'll have to back down the N/S fairway.

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