Details for Donnell's Marina

Donnell's Marina

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 7 reviews

Address 39 Varrell Lane, PO Box 472
York, ME 03909-1058


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Dan Donnell


Dan Donnell


Dan Donnell

Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

River has sharp turns and current is quite strong; approach close to slack tide, preferably high tide. Favor the center/red side.


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 55
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2011-09-20)

Other price info: There is a single floating face dock, about 55' long. Room for boats to raft out. Each rafted boat will still pay full fare.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $8 for 50 amp and $5 for 30 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeUnknown

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service

Pump out

Yes - State pump-out boat available.



Yes - regular trash only.






Yes - In town.


Yes - Hannaford's grocery store (major chain) several miles up the road. Mr. Donnell offered to drive us and waited while we shopped.




Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

No - Poor Verizon signal in the harbor. No WiFi networks found.

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Reviews for Donnell's Marina
Interesting Stop, 2013-09-15
Captain: , Wrightsville beach nc (220)

We were traveling with 3 boats and had to raft up. $2.75 per ft for the boat against the dock, then $2 per ft for each of the two boats rafted against it. Then power and water was extra. I thought the nickel and dime-ing was funny, but not all were amused. Anyway the Admirals got a ride town, and the local bar was neat. I did like the stop.

Call ahead to ascertain room for your vessel; it's very limited dockage, 2012-12-09
Captain: , Charleston SC (743)

We stayed here in early June 2012. Mr Donnel is still going as strong as the previous posts indicated. He charged us $2.00 per foot. There was no one else there and we were only staying for one night otherwise it might have been more. He still takes you on a tour of the town and goes grocery shopping with you. The stop, though a little tricky to get in and out of York with a larger, deeper draft vessel, is worth it if only for Mr. Donnell's company. George H.W. Bush apparently has honorary first rights to the dock according to Mr Donnell but he only visits once or twice a year. The town of York is spectacular in the understated Maine tradition of shingled homes and meticulously maintained "cottages" belonging to people some of whose families have summered here since the turn of the century and before.

The currrent wasn't too strong in the harbor area (as it is in the entrance channel) and it sure beats laying in the river at Portsmouth NH or Kittery. I gave Donnells Marina less than five stars only because of the lack of garbage, shower and rest room facilities. The visit was delightful.

Nice spot - Nice owner, 2011-09-19
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

Donnell Marina is comprised of a dock in front of Danny Donnell's home. Mr. Donnell is a wonderfully friendly and helpful gentleman who has been in York for 64 years.

The marina offers no facilities; no wifi. The dock is in good condition. 50A power was stable. A seemingly expensive $3/foot plus $8 for power plus extra $ for water (amount depends on whether for wash down or tank fill).

Nice location and quick walk to the York Harbor Inn with it's very attractive restaurant and nautical-themed bar/pub below.

Friendly, Convenient Marina, 2011-07-17
Captain: , Destin, FL (514)

Dan Donnell is a character- 93 years young and truly an institution. He offered transportation and a tour of the town of which he is justifiably proud. Had to raft up to another boat since town moorings will not accomodate boats over 40ft. and still charged 2.00/ft. even though we did not use any services. Easy walk to the Yoork Harbor Inn- a must for sailors who will appreciate the cellar bar which has been refinished to resemble the interior of a Herreschoff yacht. Fuel only available at the Marina at Harris island- $3.91 per gal. for diesel.

Donnell's, 2011-03-29
Captain: , Stuart, FL (1019)

Danny Donnell is a York Harbor institution. His small dock will accomodate two large boats - or four rafted boats. He assists with docking and power hook-up. There is no water for tanks or boat washing. York Harbor Center is a nice walk of about a mile. The York Harbor Inn is good for dinner. Dockside, on the other side of the harbor is a very nice dinner place. We love to take our dinghy up the York River for five miiles or more - lots to see and very peaceful. This is a great weekend getaway.

Also, Danny's daughter Mary lives next store to the his docks and sells lobsters from the front of her house.

York Harbor, Donnell's Marina, 2010-07-24
Captain: , Morehead City (160)

Mr. Donnell was a great host. We were the only boat on his dock for the 2 days we were there. He couldn't have been nicer and more accommodating. This is the only place a boat of our size or larger can stay (44 ft DeFever) as the town mooring balls can't handle the weight. He did have 30/50 amp power but no showers/laundry. Current does run fast so should be taken into account when coming into or out of York Harbor.

Tiny place, 2008-06-27
Captain: , Cruising (3535)

This "marina" is really a large face dock at Mr. Donnell's house. It's close to town and easy walking around the beautiful town of York Harbor. We had two 49' trawlers - there's only room for one on the dock so we had to raft. No problem hooking both boats up to 50A power though. Both boats had to pay the full rate of $1.75/foot. The owner (Dan Donnell) is a very nice older gentleman who was helpful and friendly - he offered to take us to the big grocery store in town, and gave us a nice little tour by car on the way out and back.
York River is VERY tiny with two tight turns - do not attempt to enter or leave when the considerable tide is moving - it's safest 1 hour on either side of slack. Favor the center and red side in the river - lots of rocks.
York is a gorgeous town.

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