Details for Brown's Yacht Yard, Inc.

Brown's Yacht Yard, Inc.

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 21 reviews

Address 139 East Main Street
Gloucester, MA 01930-3841


After hours contact


Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Val Quinn

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Limited hours November thru Mid-May -- open 7 days a week, 8 am till 5 pm Memorial Day thru Columbus Day.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
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:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 70
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2017-06-23)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 3
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Moorings are $30 per night - no launch service available. 2017

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Gulf

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 93 octane.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

No - Repported that there was no pump out August 2012. Call harbormaster for pump out information.




Yes - Dumpster on site.






Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby




Yes - Nearby


Hotels or motels

Yes - Within 3 miles.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access


Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Brown's Yacht Yard, Inc.
Good Stopover Marina, 2017-08-30
Captain: , Occoquan Harbour (285)

Spent a couple of days here to tour the Gloucester area. Vail and her crew were fantastic. Marina is a working boat yard with good wooden floating docks. Plenty of working lobster boats around so it can be a bit noisy but not bad. Town is walkable and some great restaurants close by. Grocery store was about a mile away if you need provisions. Good strong WiFi and strong Verizon signal. Would definitely come here again.

Busy, noisy, interesting, 2017-03-24
Captain: , Westport Point, MA (391)

A quick overnight here trying to beat Hermine to our Buzzards bay port. Lots of boat traffic, noise, but pleasant enough; we were lucky enough to be here for the Tall Ships thing, but it was mostly over as we luffed in at sunset. I'm sure there is a fun waterfront here somewhere, we just didn't have the time to find it. We'll be back...

Not fancy. Just wonderful., 2016-11-19
Captain: , Swifts Neck Wareham, MA (472)

We stayed on a mooring tucked between the North and South Channels in a No-Wake Zone. From there we could easily dinghy anywhere. The fuel dock has easy access. The staff is freindly, helpful, and charming. We couldn't be more pleased with the experience.

dock mistress super helpful, 2016-10-14
Captain: , Bucks Harbor (35)

Val Quinn is easily the reason that Browns is my go to Marina when transitioning my trawler from winter/summer homes. Val is just so helpful be it parts, service, fuel or repairs. She just makes you feel so welcome.

Excellent Stop, 2016-07-12
Captain: , Portland, ME (240)

This is a boat yard, not a marina. We stayed at a mooring for four nights ($25/night). Everything was easily within dingy range. Dingy to the aear Town dock and Shop and Save is a few blocks away as a CVS. Not to be missed is Charlie's - great food, fried haddock and the fish chowder were highlights; visit off hours or be prepared for a wait, this is a local favorite.

Then dingy over to the Maritime center for a walk along the Harbor Tour, which just happens to go past a fantastic Itialian bakery and Cape Ann Brewery.

Can not say enough good things about the friendly, helpful staff. They were over accomidating as our schedule changed due to weather.

Everything you need in a qick and easy stop, 2015-09-15
Captain: , Oriental, N.C. (352)

Very friendly staff. Prime location near the heart of Gloucester. Fuel prices and chandlery prices were competitive. Easy access to laundry, eateries, and groceries. In the NO WAKE zone in Gloucester, and that's important in this busy harbor.

Quick, friendly and knowlegable service, 2015-06-08
Captain: , City Island, NY (120)

Pulled in here on the dock one morning to troubleshoot engine trouble during a passage south and to restock some fasteners, oil and antifreeze. Quick service from a mechanic, found everything we needed in the well-stocked chandlery. Lady at the counter very entertaining and knowlegable. Good, solid working boat yard.

Excellent early morning fuel, 2014-09-12
Captain: , South Freeport (750)

Excellent experience. We fueled up, then used their on -shore bathroom, and heading North.

They knew we were transientns, but treated us like long tiime friends. We fueled up, checked out the Ships Store, (Plentiful, not cheap, but fairly priced.)

While paying for diesel, at the counter, we joined young and older workers, who where puzzling out the newest, newspaper crossword puzzle. It was fun. Our inclusion said a great deal . We found it wonderfully interesting that the older workers insisted these early morning answers be done in pencil, on paper, so they coulld go back and make it right later in the day!
Get your diesel, etc. here!

Easy fuel up, 2014-09-01
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

and friendly service.

Very Friendly & k nowledgeable!, 2014-08-06
Captain: , Toronto (40)

Stayed on one of Brown's mooring balls in the inner harbor. They have their own dingy dock and showers. The staff were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Mooring was $25/night. They also have a convienant fuel dock with both diesel and gas. Their marine store is very well equiped. They can handle most repairs as well. A big thumbs up!!!

Simple marina, all that was needed, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

Stayed on a mooring ball here for 3 nights and really enjoyed our stay in Gloucester. The moorings are fairly protected but still felt we were in a working fishing harbor. . . not a bad thing enjoyed watching the fishing boats come and go. Did smell the Gordon Fish Packing Plant, but smelled like freshly fried food, so again not a bad thing but something to note. The onshore facilities seemed a bit rustic, but did not utilize.

Give yourself time to explore town as we found it to be an enjoyable place. Be sure to use designated dinghy docks as we spoke to one cruiser in that he left his dink at a working fishing dock to come back and have it full of trash and a nasty note. . . likely deserved!

This is a working harbor, 2013-08-13
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (80)

Nice folks, good price at $2.50 including shore power. Show, wifi and other sevices OK. Big walk over to town so use the dink. Fun town on the climb out of a tough economy with good resturaunts and fun shops. This is a working harbor so don't expect more. This is how people who make a living off the ocean live, not a resort. Welcome to New England.

Simple, but great marina, 2013-07-27
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1007)

Stayed here two nights on our way to Maine. Extremely friendly staff and office. Valerie is amazing, helpful and just plain nice. Great marine store as well. Don't expect state of the art docks or facilities, but in my opinion this is what adds to the charm and uniqueness of Gloucester. Plain, simple New England fishing town, and ......very nice people. Thank you Valerie and Brown's Yacht Yard. We will be back.

Diesel Refueling Stop, 2013-07-11
Captain: , JUMBIE 45 ft sailing catamaran (407)

Just refueled here. Easy on and off fuel dock. Did not see any staff until we walked up to the office to pay. If you want to stay on top of how much fuel you're pumping, send a crew member up by the office with a VHF to let the crew who is pumping know how much has gone in. No one on the dock to help with lines either coming or going. No problem but good to know beforehand.

Not So Good For Cruisers, 2013-07-10
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (907)

We got to Gloucester on the weekend after the 4th of July. We had contacted the harbormaster for a town mooring earlier, but there were none when we arrived, so we called Brown's and took their last available slip. The cheerful dock attendant was helpful in docking us in a very tight space next to a large motor cruiser. Docks are floating, wooden, with 2X4 rails to tie to. Rate was $2.50/ft. with electric included.
Brown's is primarily a boatyard, with little effort apparently made to accomodate cruisers. They have wifi, but it was not useable in our slip; only up by the dockhouse. There are two bathrooms, one with shower, in a building that houses the yacht brokerage office, midway up the property. They are accessed by a back hallway decorated with bundles of cardboard boxes and cleaning supplies. They were a bit dilapidated (ceiling tiles sagging, floor tile lifting) but reasonably clean. However, we didn't get to use them, as they are closed after business hours (5PM when we were there) we saw them next morning. The alternate shower/bathroom is in the basement of a small house at the top, or roadside frontage, of the yard. It is accessed by a dank, dimly lit hallway, (step past the pile of swept-up dirt and the boards with nails sticking out) with a strong smell of mildew. The shower/bath had one low-wattage bulb and no vent fan. On a hot day, every surface in the room was wet with condensation, even before we used the shower. Not really what we'd hope for at $2.50/ft.
It seems Brown's might be a good choice for larger boats not using shore facilities and needing electric for AC. We would not return.

Old fashioned service and hospitality, 2012-06-25
Captain: , Newport (404)

Moorings are $25 in June 2012. Located near head of the harbor and state fishing pier. Quiet nights. Parts and service are excellent and the staff are a hoot. Easy to dink into town. No amenities, but a real throwback in terms of a waterfront marine business.

Needed repairs - got the job done, 2012-03-07
Captain: , Pawtuxet Cove, RI (272)

We stopped at Brown and were in need of some repairs. They were polite courteous and very helpfull. They get a high recommendation. Easy walk into town for supplies.

Stay HErer for good service, 2010-10-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

The staff make this place great. Facilities are not too bad, and price is O.K. for the area. A somewhat, but easily doable walk into town. Bike to the Rum factory for a tour. Neat.

Service with a smile, 2010-07-15
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (465)

Very attentive staff, superb office manager. Walk to "oldest art colony about 3/4 mile - mostly oil paintings. Walk to Stop and shop took 16 minutes. Modern store.

Basic but beautiful, 2007-08-02
Captain: , Boston (619)

Gloucester is a working harbor and you get that flavor at Brown's without being tied between two draggers. It's location, between Gloucester Center and Rocky Neck, is a walk to either one but worth the compromise of one or the other.

The staff couldn't be nicer.

Basic but good, 2007-07-24
Captain: , Greenport, NY (437)

Basic accomodations but very helpf and friendly service. Part and service on site. They were very helpful in leaving my boat & car here for a week each on a NY/Maine trip.

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