Details for Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin

Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 48 reviews

Address 2 Yacht Club Dr, PO Box 255
Cambridge, MD 21613-1615


After hours contact


Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

City of Cambridge



Scott Fitzhugh

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Turn 252 degrees at R2.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 11
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: 246 slips (35' min., 50' max. 100' on T-pier). Can also accomodate 200' luxury yachts.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 250
Beam max: 80

Other info:


Transient: 30
Total: 246
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-09-14)

Other price info: Weekly rate at $6.00 per foot per week, plus $25 for 30 amp service or $50 for 50 amp service.
Also have monthly and yearly rates.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $5.00 per night 30 amp, $10.00 per night 50 amp, $20.00 per night 100 amp only one 100 amp available, but do have mutiple double 50's.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

No - No Liveaboards.


Fuel brand: Aero

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: 89 octane.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: No discounts.


Yes - Not on site but there is a place to get it within 1/2 mile walking distance.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Small and large bags. Blocks also available.








Yes - Washer and dryer.


Yes - Simmons Center Market walking distance. Super Fresh is 1 mile away. Food Lion is 2 miles away.


Yes - E.S. Hubbert and Son, True Value, Ace Hardware, and R and D Boat Supply are all about 2 miles away.


Yes - Walking distance from the marina (1/2 a mile).

Jimmie's and Sook's Raw Bar and Grill is a hike from the marina but has been highly recommended.
421 Race Street
Cambridge, MD 21613


Yes - Jimmie's and Sooks Raw Bar and Grill is walking distance. Point Break is walking distance. Snappers Waterfront Cafe is walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Bluewater Marine

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

No -Available at Blue Water Marine.

Fishing supplies

Yes - R and D Boat Supply, and Walmart.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi available.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Franklin Street Boat Ramp, Great Marsh Park is nearby.


Yes - Local Bus and Breezaway Shuttle are available.

Other services

Barnhardt's Diving Surface is well-respected for cleaning hulls and will come to this marina. 410-820-2982


Reviews for Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin
Clean, modern municipal marina, 2016-08-24
Captain: , Penobscot, ME (50)

With inexpensive fuel. Nice easy walk to town. Grocery shopping very limited.

Nice transient stop on Eastern Shore, 2016-06-10
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1120)

Fairly inexpensive muni marina that usually has plenty of transient space at the far inside corner (most protected spot) near the marina office. Easy access to a few nice restaurants. An alternative to St Michaels or Oxford on the Choptank. Reproduction screw-pile lighthouse and small museum within on premises.

Easy Access but Rolly, 2016-05-30
Captain: , Southport Queensland (300)

Easiest access in Cambridge and a fair rate. Good service at tie up but the whole marina is very suvbject to wakes during the day from the river despite the breakwater but very calm in the evening when the traffic stops. Highly recommend Jimmie & Sooks restaurant for excellent seafood

Hidden treasure, 2015-08-01
Captain: , Georgetown, MD (133)

We hadn't been to Cambridge in a decade on the bay - turns out that was a mistake. Didn't know how nice the town and the municipal yacht basin are.

The yacht basic was completely (?) rebuilt a couple years ago. All new pilings, docks, and services. Easy access from the river, wide fairways, big slips, new power and water connections, fuel and pumpout. The electrical service is 50A, though the documaster loaned us a 50->30 adapter at no cost. Showers and laundry (not new but sertvicable). Staff extremely friendly and helpful. All this for $1.50/foot (weekdays AND weekends). Can't beat that deal.

Marina is on a very nice city park. The historic downtown is about 3 blocks away with numerous dining choices.

Nice town, lots to see and eat, a 1st class facility, and low rates. Outstanding.

Update 7/2015: Still a great stop, still $1.50 a foot. Both 30A and 50A power available. Some movement from wakes in the river but nothing significant. Finger piers are short, but just asked for a T-head location and all was great. Marina adjacent to a great park for dog walking.

Friendly and easy access marina, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Edgewater, MD (70)

Staff friendly for our 2 day stay. Marina bathhouse is secure, clean and well maintained with one washer/dryer. Nice restaurants close by--we were impressed with Jimmie's and Sooks. Floating breakwater allows excessive boat movement from large swells due to wakes delivered from boats speeding in river and north/west winds. Public restroom at marina entrance not secure during daytime. Marina staff used VHF hand-helds and could only be contacted by VHF within about 1/2 mile of marina entrance or by cell phone.

Not Much Here, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Road Harbour - BVI (651)

At $1.50/ft/night + electric, this is really pushing the value of this marina. We had no trouble getting a last minute slip because the marina transient area is pretty empty.

There is not much here. The marina sits in a historic residential district. Restaurants and shopping are a pretty good hike, about 1/2 a mile. Others reported Food-Lion and Sav a Lot as being 1 mile away. This is not the case. They are almost 2 miles away (Google it). It was almost an hour walk from boat to store.

The restaurant area is very sad. Many stores are boarded up. There were a lot of homeless people on the streets. We were pan handled more than once.

The marina facilities are nice. The docks are pretty old and fixed wood. The staff is friendly and helpful.

If you need to do any serious provisioning here, you will need a car or taxi. Beyond the residential area and historic downtown, the city is not very walk friendly. There is a good Wal-Mart Super Center about 3 miles away (2775 Dorchester Square). About a $10 cab fare.

Excellent Location, 2015-05-23
Captain: , Toronto, Ontario, Canada (55)

I spent 10 days here in April/May, unable to get out because of strong west winds. I agree with other commentators that the location is excellent and the facilities OK. The dockmaster is accomodating and helpful, but was run off his feet when I was there.

Great bicycling town, 2014-11-15
Captain: , Solomons (60)

Facility is pretty much no frills but clean and well maintained. Wide fairways, easy to manuver. Floating breakwater is reported to be minimally effective but we did not experience any bouncing around during our 2 day visit. Minimal protection from all directions in a blow. Several good resturants, pubs and museums to visit. Locals are very friendly and helpful.

Nice Place. Recommend., 2014-08-29
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Dock hands were fair, but not outstanding. Long walk to office, but nice rest rooms close by. Price was fair at $1.50/ft. Recommend this place. Docks were fairly easy to reach with decent alley way spacing.

Worth a Visit, 2014-08-19
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (90)

We visited Cambridge in mid-July for three days. Easy to get to and worth the long run up the Choptank. Prices ($1.50 per foot) and facilities pretty much the same for the Municipal Yacht Basin and the Cambridge Yacht Club as they share the same basin. It was not crowded. Easy entry off the river; just follow 252M as there are two bouyed channels--one to the town; the other to the basin. We were on a T-head so lots of room. Dock staff was helpful.

Cambridge is having economic issues, but there are some grand old homes, and the High Spot Restaurant on High St. cannot be beat. Best meal I've had in a long time and the price was good.

Did not use the shore facilities at the marina, so cannot make any comments.

Good location and price, 2014-07-29
Captain: , Bear, DE (70)

The best things about the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin are the location and price. Located at the foot of High St., it's an easy walk into town. The transient rate, at $1.50/ft (+$10/night for electric) is also reasonable.

The marina facility itself is average. The docks are all fixed, with very short piers (maybe 6 ft long), the rest are all pilings to tie up to. Despite appearing protected, there is a lot of rolling in the marina, any wakes on the Choptank River seem to roll right through the marina, even to the slips at the very back.

The marina is clean and well-maintained, and was almost full (late July 2014). Overall, a good place to stop if you want to visit Cambridge.

The town of Cambridge itself seems to have followed the path of many small towns in the U.S. - economically depressed in the past decade, then saw improvements and new businesses when credit and financing for real estate were easy to come by, and then declined again with the tightening economy. It's more 'happening' than it was 15 years ago, but there are increasing numbers of boarded-up store fronts.

Nice stay June 7, 2014, 2014-06-12
Captain: , Kent Island, MD (140)

Easy entrance following the great directions from the harbormaster. Plenty of water depth, newer slips. Very helpful dockhands. Dockmaster provided lots of information on all the amenities available nearby. We woould stop there again.

Most Enjoyable, 2014-05-27
Captain: , Tarpon Springs (983)

A bit of a detour off the route North on Chesapeake, but well worth it. There was minimal rolling in the marina: hardly worth a mention. Marina staff were great, with town and amenities nearby. Excellent stopover and excellent value.

Good location for historic downtown, 2014-05-16
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (880)

This marina is a good stop if you want to walk thru historic High Street to downtown restaurants and shops. No frills, but large bathrooms and one washer/dryer at cheap prices. Staff helpful to dock. If you want frills, go to the new Hyatt. We wanted the history! Farmers Market steps away on Thursday afternoon by the beautiful replica lighthouse. Good food here, and lots of history! A Good stop!

A diamond in the rough, 2014-01-09
Captain: , Chester, MD (225)

Cambridge and this marina are often overlooked by Chesapeake cruisers. Their loss. This is a very nice facility and usally has vacancies for transients. Prices are low compared to nearby places and its both pleasant and a very convenient short walk to Cambridge amenities.

One of the best Municipal marinas around, 2013-10-15
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (736)

Enjoyed this town and this marina many times. Close by restaurant serves crabs purchased from the guy next door! Scott Fitzhugh is still the Dockmaster here, and is a wealth of Eastern Shore knowledge. Check with him as you travel north or south.

Nice for a night, 2013-09-23
Captain: , Wicomico Church (600)

Helpfuol staff, We had a nice walk but town was not active.

Friendly and helpfull., 2013-09-18
Captain: , Middle River, MD (192)

When we stayed in cambridge, we stayed in the anchorage instead of at the marina. But our watertanks were dry. Even though we weren't paying customers (we did buy a couple bags of ice), they happily allowed us to pull into a slip (deep in the marina, near the offices, not at the fuel dock), and lent us a hose to fill the tanks. That is neighborly. I'll be tempted to stay at this large marina in the future.

Very Lumpy Marina, 2013-08-07
Captain: , Houston TX (348)

We stayed here for a week to escape the heat in late July. The marina staff was great, very helpful getting tied up. The problem is the marina is out in the Choptank river. They have installed a wave abatement dock around the marina but it does very little good. Every time a power boat goes by at speed, the surge into the marina is fierce. We had to add additional bumpers under our bumper boards because of the beating they were taking against the pilings. Every afternoon between 3 and 5 all the waterman come back to Cambridge pushing their boats at full speed. The waves they push severely rock the boats in the marina.

Other than the rough ride at the dock, Cambridge is a quant town with many nice restaurants. The old style grocery store downtown, Simmons Center Market, has a fair selection of food but a great butcher. They cut steaks to order while you wait.

Very nice!, 2013-07-09
Captain: , Woodbridge (278)

Two boat, two night transient over Fourth of July holiday. Municipal facility with nice park-like surroundings, clean facilities, well-kept floating docks and the price was very reasonable. Found the staff to be fantastic. Scott, the dock master, was right there as we pulled in to help tie up, graciously arranged for and delivered a bushel of crabs for us and offered local knowledge throughout the stay. We found the Town to be somewhat shuttered before Thursdays. Scott is trying to convince the local merchants to open up more frequently. A fireworks display was put on by Cambridge on the 4th and the marina and park are the place to be to view it. A small band was playing patriotic music in the park prior to the fireworks. Have no reservations about returning for a destination weekend in the future.

Clean / Protected / Convenient Location, 2013-06-29
Captain: , Grand Island, NE (240)

Dockmaster helpful giving directions / headings to entrance -
(leave R '2' to starboard and head 252M).
Well maintained / clean RR / Laundry available.
Reasonable walking distance to numerous restaurants and small shops
Came for a day - stayed for 3 - lots of history / interesting place

Mixed feelings about stay, 2013-06-18
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (55)

Bad: Changed set to berth from port to starboard without telling me which left me scrambling. Did not set up electricity, said I wsn't on the boat; ??? they could have just left the 50 to 30 amp converter so that I could plug myself in.
Good: Very helpful getting fuel. Marina is within easy walking distance to museum's and great restaurants in Cambridge. I would return.

Do Not Use PO BOX for shipping, 2013-06-15
Captain: , Eastham, Mass (70)

That box belongs to the City Hall. Took them a few days to find my package.
Although Yacht club Dr is unknown by online maps. It is common knowledge here and UPS/FEd-EX/USPS will deliver at the marina office.

Good Lump Crab at Clayton's Seafood Co. near the marina., 2012-10-23
Captain: , La Pointe WI (201)

Difficult to find the entrance to this municipal marina. Scott, the dockmaster, told us the heading to follow to get in. Glad he helped us dock in front of the marina building as with the very short finger pier, it would've been difficult. Clean showers & restrooms. Friendly people. Enjoyed the last day of the Farmer's Market for the season. A good walk through the historic town to the grocery store owned by the dockmaster's family. This is where Harriet Tubman was born & a museum about her is a short walk from the marina.

Beautiful but exposed, 2012-10-22
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL Cape Cod, MA (513)

Nice park-like surroundings. Floating docks. Prices very reasonable. Little surge protection. Not the place to be in a blow.

Okay place to stay for one night, 2012-08-30
Captain: , Little River, SC (1967)

Dockmaster not all that friendly and did not seem to know proper way of tying up a boat. Had to re-tie all of my lines later when a thunderstorm arrived. During the storm many boats were experiencing problems with their lines. Dockmaster was hanging out in office until one other cruiser wnet and got him. Then he helped out. Cambridge has few facilities. Only one washer and dryer for the marina which id big. Not enough! Will not be returning.

Lovely facility, 2012-08-24
Captain: , PooleUK (933)

We spent a couple of very happy nights here, the harbor/marina is very well maintaned and other than the wash of the occasional vessel in the river all was exceptionally tranquil.
Food locally is very good indeed and provisions are an experience, my employer and his family being given a lift back to the marina by the store owners son.
Sadly there is always a fly in the ointment and in this instance it was a particular local fisherman, who had kindly laid his crab traps across the marina entrance, thankfully the attentive staff warned us and we were happily able to pass without impediment.
Thank you Richard for your assistance.

Good Staff, 2012-08-18
Captain: , N Fort Myers, Florida (516)

This marina is recently rebuilt and in good condition. The rates are very reasonable, especially for the area; $425 including electric for a month. The staff is very helpful, and go out of their way for you. The rest rooms and showers are great, but a bit of a hike, depending on where in the marina you are. There is one washer and one dryer, but it is air conditioned.

Friendly, accomodatng and budget friendly, 2012-08-16
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (270)

Nice city owned marina in a town that is working hard to attract more boaters. The fairways are wide and the faciliities modern. The staff have a real no problem attitude. Can I stay until 3? No problem. Can we get bikes to ride into town? No problem and no charge. The Marilynns Crab Soup at the HighPoint restaraunt was worth the trip alone. We'll be back....

Adequate Marina Facility, 2012-08-13
Captain: , Deale, MD (347)

Stayed one night to have dinner in Cambridge. Contact dock master on ch 68 when abeam RN24 for instructions and slip assignment. Easy approach, heading 252M from RN2. Staff was very helpful with securing the boat. Bath house OK. 50 amp dock power. Just a few blocks walk to town. Jimmy & Sook serves good "Chesapeake Style Seafood." Nothing fancy, but an acceptable place to stay at reasonable cost.

Nice place for a few days or longer, 2012-07-17
Captain: , Rock Hall Md. (138)

Floating breakwater is nice to look at but expect movement in the marina from passing boats. Staff was great ! When entering for the first time listen to the dockmaster, he will give you the correct heading, even thought you want to follow the day markers into town. If you do you will need to go back out and try again. Town has many places to eat and shop, although not as many as suggested in the advertising.

Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin, 2012-06-25
Captain: , Cambridge, MD (170)

We have been keeping our boat here for several years. This is a great location on the Choptank to sail the middle of the Bay. You can literally be sailing in a few minutes after you leave your dock. The floating breakwater doesn't do a good enough job of stopping the waves, but the great friendly staff makes up for any short comings. Great resturants within walking distance. A great marina for yearly, monthly or daily stays.

Cambridge Municipal yacht Basin, 2012-06-12
Captain: , annapolis (391)

Marina docks need some upgrading but are serviceable. Town has several attractions for boaters, especially if "weathered-in" for a few days. Local bus service (fare $1.50 for seniors) is good for sightseeing and trips to Walmart, Food Lion, Dollar Stores. Several good restaurants in town and tour of Lagrange Plantation (bus goes there) and Dorchester Art Center (walk to docks) are worthwhile. See also, local library with sales of deacquisitioned books, internet access,etc.

Super municipal marina, 2012-02-13
Captain: , Annapolis (795)

Stayed here for the Schooner Rendezvous in October 2011. Slip was right next to the bathhouse. Staff was freindly and helpful. Easy to navigate in and out. Facilities in good condition. Walking distance to downtown Cambridge. Overall, great place to stay.

MTOA rendezvous, 2011-10-23
Captain: , City Island New York (600)

This marina is all about slips and not many frills. Walk to town and great restaurants (dont miss the High Spot @ 305 High St) We are leaving our trawler here for a month ($293) and are slightly anxious as it is an open marina with no security. Will update on our return. Returned after a month back home and everything was AOK. Chris, the Dockmaster had readjusted our lines after a storm and had gone aboard to measure somthing for us when we needed him to. All in all a safe quiet place to stay with helpful, friendly staff.

First Class Facility, 2011-10-05
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

We arrived here a week prior to the MTOA function. While we had no help docking the staff is somewhat shorthanded. The dockmaster, Scott has been most helpful since we arrived. The 75+ boats that MTOA brought here stressed the personnel a bit. But Scott and Roger rose to make docking our large group a safe and pleasant experience. This facility is first rate. This is our first time in Cambridge and we will certainly return. The marina is great and the town, within walking and/or biking distance of the marina, is a terrific experience. DO NOT bypass Cambridge, it is a great destination and the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin is a wonderful stop.

3 Dog Night, 2011-09-28
Captain: , Lottsburg, Va (264)

We were here for 3 nights for the MTOA Rendezvous with 70 or so boats. The staff did a pretty good job of keeping the bath house presentable with that many people using the facilities. The finger piers were a little short and could present a problem for some. There is a central pump out at the fuel docks and this is not the best setup. As this marina is right on the Choptank it is not unusual to have wakes roll thru the slips.

MTOA Rendezvous, 2011-09-25
Captain: , Bristol, RI (366)

Staff very helpful. Restrooms are fine. Slips have short finger piers and most all boats had to back in. Power (50 amp) & water at each slip.

Well protected marina, 2011-09-01
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (195)

Staff was really helpful. Facilities are clean, easy walk to town.

two night stay, 2011-06-27
Captain: , Solomons, Maryland (133)

We spent two days at the Marina. Diesel and pumpout available. Very friendly and great service. Bikes available to use for going into town, they let us keep them during our entire stay (weekdays). They arranged for the local Marine store to deliver needed supplies for us and then took them to our boat while we explored the town. Bath houses are no luxury item but they are clean. Hard to spot entrance, there are markers that are not listed on the chart.

Convienent, 2011-05-28
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

Nice fixed docks, and very helpful dockmaster. Maybe the cleanest and best showers/restrooms on the Bay. Easy walk into downtown Cambridge, plus a great walk up the shore to the northwest.

Enjoyable stay, 2010-10-06
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (370)

We were recent guests at this marina for a Grand Banks Rendezvous. Roger and Scott, dockmasters, were very helpful and accommodating, making our visit there enjoyable. We had VIP parking right in front of the office which was a great convenience. Be well provisioned or have your bikes because nothing is nearby--except for a very nice library!

I would stay here again, but not in bad weather, 2010-09-05
Captain: , Port Canaveral, Fl. (241)

Friendly staff. Clean restrooms. Poor marina wifi, but great Verizon 3g coverage.

It%u2019s a bit of a walk to any stores.

The floating dock that defines the marina knocks down most wakes.

I would not want to be here in bad weather.

Call the marina on 16 before coming into the basin - the entrance is not as it's shown on the NOAA charts.

A great marina, with a GREAT staff, 2010-08-05
Captain: , Vienna, VA (95)

We arrived at the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Haven after cruising from Key West, Florida... We discovered this hidden gem in the Waterways Guide and made a reservation several weeks in advance. We wondered what we would find upon arrival as the price was approx 50% LESS than other marinas in the area and were very pleasantly surprised upon our arrival.
The docks are new having been buiilt in the last three years, it is walking distancee to downtown Cambridge but best of all is the staff! Scott and Roger are the two guys who are responsible for our giving this marina 5 stars!

great spot with great rates, 2010-06-10
Captain: , Deale MD (35)

agree with most of the previous reviewers. This place is clean, well run, reasonable, and in a great location. Easy walking distance to downtown with plenty of places to eat and drink.

Great destination, 2010-01-16
Captain: , Albemarle Plantation, NC (389)

This municipal marina has presented excellent physical facilities with easy access and helpful staff everytime I've been there over a period of decades. It's hard to comprehend how that can be. The facility is easy to reach. Its location is within easy walking distance to downtown Cambridge. Grass for walking the dogs. Easy walk to fun local bar/restaurant (Snappers).

Heads Up, 2008-09-05
Captain: , Bear, DE (197)

The only power available here is the new standard for marinas - 50amp/125-250v outlets. If your boat uses one or two 30amp/125v plugs, you will need a Y-adaptor. The marina has some to lend and would not be a problem in most situations. We have a large group (70 trawlers) meeting there for a rendezvous in Sept 2008 and a lot of folks are scrambling to find adaptors.

Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin, 2007-10-23
Captain: , Annapolis (14)

This is a city-owned marina with low fees, friendly and helpful staff. There is a washer and dryer, reasonbly clean bathrooms and showers, ice, and friendly advice about Cambridge. What appears to be a breakwater is really a floating pier so that wakes from the Choptank can create a little motion, but not too bad.

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