Details for Castine Town Dock

Castine Town Dock

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 12 reviews

Address Sea Street, PO Box 204
Castine, ME 04421


After hours contact

Harbormaster at 207-266-7711

Facility type

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


Free tie up for 2 hours maximum. Pick up and drop off only at the eastern float (Acadia dock). Overnight tie up allowed after 3:00 pm. Free dinghy dock available for cruising boats on a temporary basis (less than 13' LOA).

Town dock is walking distance to the center of town with a few restaurants, grocery store, and a few shops. Castine is a quiet downeast down worth the visit.

Grab a 'walking tour' map for free at the harbormaster's office. It shows all of the historic areas and homes and provides a nice afternoon walk among the many huge elm trees of Castine.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Town of Castine


Sarah Cox


Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Directly off Bagaduce River with deep water passage everywhere. Town dock is directly after the large 500' Maine Maritime Academy ship (T/V State of Maine).





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 50
Transient dockage: 20
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Main town dock is a single long floating dock (approximately 150 feet). Dockmasters will help making room if other boats are tied up. There are no beam restrictions.


Transient: 4
Total: 4
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2013-07-09)

Other price info: Two hours free dockage are available to visit the town. If you arrive after 3 pm, you can stay overnight for $2/foot (no electricity). Dockage and moorings are also available at Eaton's Boatyard or Castine Yacht Club.


Transient: 2
Total: 2
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Moorings are $25 per night. Moorings are also available at Eaton's Boatyard or the Castine Yacht Club.

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

Additional info: Note the east most outlet showed has reverse polarity (July 2010).

Pricing info: No charge for transients.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - No charge.

Dinghy access

Yes - No charge for transients.

Liveaboard info

No - Overnight dockage only.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Tank exchange at T and C Market one block from the town dock. Check with Eaton's Boatyard to get propane fills. Gary's Fuel in Penobscot (207-326-8808) has propane (approximately 8 miles from the town dock).

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Great town for walking your dog. Please pick up after your pet.

Disability access

Yes - Excellent access from large parking lot alongside town dock (handicap parking spots available). Large gangways but 10 foot tides can make them steep at low tide.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Free pump out service is available on the smaller float on the east side, the Acadia Dock. Hours are 0800 - 1600.


Yes - Available at T and C Market, 1 block away.


Yes - $1.50 per bag.








Yes - Nearby




Yes - Several are nearby.


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Yes - Bed and breakfasts and inns nearby.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

No - Nearby at Eaton's Boat Yard or Morse Cove Marine.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Nearby

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi is available at the Compass Rose bookstore and Markel's Bakehouse one block away. Verizon broadband gets about a 500kbs data connection here. ATT gets about a 100kbs data connection here with amplification.

The town of Castine now provides free WiFi, with the antenna aimed out into the harbor. Name is Castine WiFi, no password required, 2015.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Free for private use.



Other services


The entire town is historic. Stop by the harbormaster's office for a 'Walking Tour' map.

Reviews for Castine Town Dock
Harbout Master not very helpful, 2017-08-24
Captain: , Saint John (93)

We were assigned one of the two mooring in the middle of the channel. A lot of current ... We asked for other options but never did get an answer. We went to Smith's Cove in the end..

A jewel of a town, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (231)

Visited for one night, July Fourth. Anchored in Smith Cove. Quiet, protected, mud bottom, very few other boats around. As opposed to strong currents along the town dock.
What a wonderful place! Quintessential Maine. Very friendly dock Master. Had an outstanding breakfast at the Variety, lobster Benedict to die for. Very picturesque town.

Great day stop, 2014-08-31
Captain: , Northport MI (405)

the Harbormaster is great and very welcoming. There is a nice Walking tour Map of historic Castine. Was a nice stop on the way to Bucksport.

Castine - worth the trip!, 2013-08-05
Captain: , Fredericton, NB, CAN (477)

Updated Aug 2013

(Bah's Bakehouse is now Markell's Bakehouse. Nothing seems to have changed except the name. We love it. )

Owen was the town dock perwson - he was very helpful and a pleasure to work with. A very liberal two hour free time on the dock. As usual, Bah's was the place to sit, eat breakfast, drink coffee with free wifi!

Castine hosts the Maine Maritime Academy - and one can often see the beautiful 88 foot schooner Bowdoin.

Also - a half block off the main street is Bah's Bakehouse. Not to be missed. Great food, super baking and a great place to meet locals.

easy access to Castine, 2011-08-22
Captain: , Hampton, VA (2573)

We used the town dock for our dinghy since we anchored in Smith Cove. Surprized and delighted to have the dockmaster actually come down the ramp to grab our painter.

Castine has a unique flavor in that its off the typcial tourist path. Beautiful and historic town with fantastic tall trees.

Delightfully small library is just the spot for checking email.

Close to everything and very friendly, 2011-06-13
Captain: , St Louis (320)

Grocery, fuel, the Maine Maritime Academy, and restaurants are all within walking. For food you can't beat Bah's, only a half block away and very affordable.

Located in the heart of Castine and next to the Academy's dock. The people were friendly, helpful, and the area is very safe.

Ben and Owen are the best, 2011-04-12
Captain: , Harborside, ME (11)

Always a friendly face at the Castine town dock.

Charming town, 2010-11-26
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Take a walk through town -- it's one of the most charming you'll ever see. And the town dock is actually better than you would assume. Docking right under the training vessels for the Maine Maritime Academy is a lot of fun. By the way -- we had thought of anchoring in Smith Cove until we saw the current at Castine. It'd be very tough to get across in a Dinghy if that's what you plan.

Good exercise ashore!, 2010-08-23
Captain: , Ft. Myers, FL (134)

From the town dock in Castine, everything is uphill - good exercise for a change. It was interesting to tour the Maine Maritime Academy training ship - something different ashore. The only provisioning within walking distance was a small market with limited groceries and the Bake House with excellent bread and pastries, but both were quite expensive. A few gift shops and women's clothing store made for a fun girls' day ashore.

Great town and dock, 2010-08-21
Captain: , Milford CT (658)

Nice walking with historical signs everywhere. Good museum with kid friendly activities. Our son came home with a custom made top and a wrought iron clothes hook.
The towns attitude toward boat access is great. Free pumpout, Water and plenty of time to visit or shop, free. Pretty smart really
Many places to eat.

Five Star Destination & Great Junk Food Too, 2010-07-18
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2311)

Great destination as captured in the other reviews, but wanted to add "The Reef", about 300 feet from the dock, offers terrific comfort food from the only bar, they boast, that is open year round.

After havng enjoyed perhaps too much seafood during our visit to Maine, my wife had a serious desire for some junk food. The Reef exceeded our expectations, we enjoyed the spicy hot buffalo wings and the Millers Pizza (Chicken, white sause, etc.) that rivaled anything back in New York. Great Food, inexpensive prices, take out was done very well.

This is a five star destination..., 2007-02-06
Captain: , MV Red Head (61833)

The 'Cruising the Maine Coast' book gives Castine five stars out of five as a cruising destination. The town is very historic, has a small grocery store 100 yards from the town dock, and a beautiful view of the water. It's also the home of ActiveCaptain!

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