Details for Dysarts Great Harbor Marina

Dysarts Great Harbor Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 35 reviews

Address 11 Apple Lane, PO Box 1503
Southwest Harbor, ME 04679

Phone207-244-0117 (Fax: 207-244-7526)

After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Ed Dysart



Micah Peabody

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Seasonal and Transient Slips.


From the Eastern Way or Western Way , channel marked from US Coast Guard Station to the Marina.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 14
Transient dockage: 14
Fuel dock: 14

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Full service marina in the heart of Acadia National Park

Size restrictionsLOA max: 180
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: None


Transient: 100
Total: 150
Transient price: $3.35/ft (2017-09-25)

Other price info: May to October:
Under 50 feet is $3.35 per foot per day.
50 - 64 feet is $ 3.60 per foot per day.
65 - 99 feet is $4.00 per foot per day.
Over 100 feet is $4.80 per foot per day.

Power usage extra, water included.

Seasonal rates available May to October. Water included, electric is extra.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 3 Phase

Pricing info: 30 amp is $15.00 per day.
50 amp is $25.00 per day.
100 amp is $40.00 per day.
3 phase is $75.00 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

No - Free wireless internet access.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Free water.

Dinghy access

Yes - Free to customers ($5 daily none customer).

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: Ultra low sulphur marine diesel

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: No gas. Need to go to Beals by the CG Base.

Diesel price$2.49/gal (2017-09-25)

Other price info: Plus 5 1/2% Maine sales tax. Over 1000 gallons $0.10 per gallon discount. Larger quantity discount available. Cash and check discount.


Yes - No longer available on site, but available nearby from Acadia Fuel.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Leashed Dogs, Poop and Scoop.

Disability access

Yes - Wheelchair Accesible.

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Free


Yes - On site. Bags of cubes and block ice.


Yes - On site. Free for customers. Recycling plastics, paper, glass, and cans also available.


Yes - Six separate shower rooms are located in the far end of the building on the wharf. Free to customers.


Yes - Male and female heads are located in the far end of the large building. The shower rooms are also equiped with a toilet. There are also port a potties on the wharf.


Yes - Two washers and two dryers, located in the far end of the building with the heads. Washer $3.25, dryer $0.75 for twenty minutes. Large folding table.


Yes - Sawyers in located in the middle of town, a few blocks from the marina. They have a wide variety of items, fresh meat and fish and will deliver to marina customers on the dock. A mile out of town, there is a larger IGA store.

Farmers' Market, Fridays 9 am - 1 pm., in season.


Yes - West Marine is on site and a large hardware store is downtown, across from Sawyers grocery. NAPA Auto will deliver to the marina.


Yes - On site is breakfast at Grumpys and new owners (2015) at The Upper Deck Seafood restaurant, and a number of good restaurants a short walk in town. Fiddler's Green, Red Sky, Cafe Too and Quiet Side Cafe' for blueberry pie and ice cream; Little Notch bakery for bread, sandwiches, and speciality pizza; Dry Dock Inn for lunch and dinner, just to name a few.


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Yes - Within 1/2 mile.

Storage facilities

Yes - Within 1/2 mile.

Fishing supplies

Yes - Nearby

Chartering capabilities

Yes - On site.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi on the docks. ATT 4G cell and broadband access 5 bars. Verizon 1X cell and cellular access are barely useable.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Within 1/2 mile.


Yes - Island Explorer - free shuttle bus to Bar Harbor, MDI and Acadia National Park. Bar Harbor Airport and Private Jet Port. Rental car, taxi and limousine services.

Other services

Sail loft, Custom Embroydery, Bakery, Lobster Steamers, Grills, Recycling and Returnables.


Excellent flat water safe navigable cruising Islands and Somes Sound.

Reviews for Dysarts Great Harbor Marina
Nice stop over, 2017-09-15
Captain: , Catawba Island, Ohio (447)

We really enjoyed staying here! The staff are friendly and helpful. We had engine issues and they were gracious in allowing us to ship our parts to the marina so we could fix our problems. They called us when the deliveries were made. If you are stranded there is no better place. West Marine is on the premises and there is a fantastic seafood restaurant at the top of the hill called the Upper Deck. The town is quaint and there are lots of places to go and see.There is a free shuttle service on the island which is great for traveling and exploring. We took it over to Bar Harbor a few times and the scenery along the way is spectacular.

Quiet & Protected Marina, 2017-08-25
Captain: , Essex, CT (40)

Stayed for few days due to weather. Marina has mix of boats (liveaboards, working lobster boats, seasonal and transients). Management is very helpful to tie you up and respond to questions. Quick to offer their vehicle for errands. The only negative is Wifi speed VERY slow unless accessing before 6AM and the dumpster location means you must pass by them each time you leave the property to go into town, giving off a strong unpleasant odor. Not a problem at the docks however. A very nice marina location with a short 10 minute walk in to town for food, provisions, hardware store, island shuttle, etc. West Marine store shares driveway entrance to Marina. Would definitely return again.

Nice Marina, 2017-08-23
Captain: , Occoquan Harbour (285)

Stayed here for several days to visit the area. Very convenient to walk to town and catch the free buses that will take you all over the island. There is a West marine onsite and a hardware store a few blocks away for any hardware needs. Staff was great and extremely helpful. If you need fuel or a pump out plan for anything other than low tide if you draw five feet or more though.

Great Marina in Maine, 2017-08-17
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (40)

Stayed here for over a week. The staff were friendly and very helpful. Easy walk to town with great restaurants.

Great Stay, 2017-08-13
Captain: , Naples (100)

Great marina. Easy walk into the town of Southwest Harbor and two good restaurants adjacent to the dock. Shuttle bus to Bar Harbor. Floating docks with an interesting mix of boats. Beautiful location. Push for clear communication with the dockhands.

excellent customer service , 2017-07-15
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (500)

We fueled up and stayed one night here. Easy walk to town and shops. Definitely would stop here again.

Postive comments and reviews are well deserved, 2016-07-03
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

Jane and Mica make all feel welcome and are super efficent. For the third season coming here annually,we've been treated well. The permanant slip holders are frendly. New washing machines do not extract all the water on the spin cycle --and if thats the worse comment I can give them-then they get 5 stars!
This seasons sailing will use Dysart's as a base and embark on day trips and longer from here. Our decision to come back to SW Harbor and Dysart's has proven to be correct in more than we hoped. The staff is terrific and the facility's very good. What good be more cheering than to hear Janes distinctive voice returning our hail with instructions for our docking and a sign off "welcome back!"

Great Marina for Renewal, 2016-07-02
Captain: , Oakdale NY (140)

We idled down from Somes Harbor to Southwest Harbor for fuel, water and a pump out. At that point in our voyage, we decided to also stay a night, clean up the boat, do minor repairs (West Marine next door), etc. Dysarts has the best price on diesel. Jane assisted us with all we needed, including the ins and outs of cruising to Canada and back. The famous Maine fog, which up to this point we had not seen, rolled in so we ended up staying two nights. I would say, if you had to be fogged in somewhere, Southwest Harbor is a nice place for it to happen.

By the way, we experienced Bar Harbor, which was so disappointing, unless you like a lot of tourist and tee shirt stores. What we found in Mount Desert Island to be amazing was the various trails, beaches and scenes of Arcadia National Park.

Good stop, good people, great location, 2015-10-28
Captain: , Mashpee River (507)

We stopped herea twice, on our way north and our way south from New Brunswick. We were warmly welcomed by everybody, used the free bus service to re-supply, and enjoyed the good facilities. A little pricey for what we are willing to pay, as we are cruisers on a budget; but it was worth it.

Great people and location, 2014-09-02
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1244)

Been coming here for years and it's always a great stop or base for local cruising. Jane & Mica along with their staff go out of their way to accomodate. Best Desiel prices in the area. Easy walk to town, restaurants and grocery. Hinckley yard close by for repairs.

Great marina, watch out for lobster pots, 2014-08-26
Captain: , Newburyport, MA (20)

Super first impression when I called Jane to make reservation. On my approach to the marina, 50 ft out, I picked up a lobster trap and wrapped my props. Who expects a pot that close to the dock. Other than that, restrooms were clean and docklands helpful. I'll return, but be on the lookout

Great stay, 2014-08-12
Captain: , Norwalk (303)

We spent 3 nights at Dysarts. Its a great marina, with nice slips and very nice staff. Whilst its a little pricey the excellent diesel price makes up for it. We will be coming back.

Good alternative to NE Harbor, 2014-08-11
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

We stayed Friday and Saturday because we couldn't get dockage at Northeast on short notice. Very well-run marina, facilities in good condition, helpful staff. No complaints, except maybe the $1.10/ft extra. But that's fair - it's a full-service marina.

The town is a bit of a hike, not bad, but a little far for some. Quaint little market, but expect to pay 2-3 times the going rate. Their big, home-made muffins are a must. The heads, laundry and showers are also just a wee bit farther from the brow than ideal, but again, tolerable.

The island bus will stop at the top of the road, get there 10 minutes before the Post Office stop, on it's way back to Village Green. Don't get on the one coming from the PO, you'll just be back there an hour later.

Trip to Maine, 2014-07-29
Captain: , Horsham, PA (110)

Very helpful staff. Facilities are ok but bath house is some distance from docks. Easy walk to town for restaurants and shopping. Free shuttle bus to rest of island. Docks are concrete floating and are very stable, unike many floating docks in Maine.

A friendly, well-run marina with everything you need, 2014-07-16
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1344)

Dysart's Great Harbor Marina is a staple of the Southwest Harbor economy, and it's well run by dockmasters Micah and Jane Peabody with help from their young son Jacob, not to mention Marina, their friendly Jack Russell mascot. Owners Ed and Mary Dysart live on-site all summer long and keep their Ellis fishing boat on A Dock and daughter Amanda often manning the office. The marina has a West Marine and a couple of restaurants on-site and is just a short walk from town where you can provision at the terrific little Sawyer's Market which offers a great selection of fresh produce, fresh seafood and meat, but which isn't known for it's low prices. Excellent hardware store in town right across from Sawyers. We've had a seasonal slip at Dysarts for the summer for years--social life on the docks is great, and the Dysarts and Micah and Jane and the dockhands do a wonderful job making everyone feel welcome. Good wifi is free and reaches right to the end of the docks, and the marina's pickup is sometimes available for short errands. One downside is that electric voltage midway down A Dock is only 204 VAC, but water quality is excellent and water pressure great. The friendly, cooperative staff makes this one wicked fine place to hang out in the summer time! We enthusiastically recommend Dysart's Great Harbor Marina, whether for a short stay or a terrific summer home. Diesel fuel is available, though for larger vessels the access and depth can be an issue.

Fuel price, 2014-05-20
Captain: , Southwest Harbor, ME (185)

Best fuel price in Maine

Great Summer Home, 2013-10-07
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (197)

We stayed here for the summer and fall of 2013 and will be back. There is nothing more that you could want in a Maine marina.

Dysarts great, 2013-09-15
Captain: , Wrightsville beach nc (220)

Another excellent spot. Checked in here from Nova Scotia. Great restaurant at the top of the drive and turn left. Bought lobster on the dock at $5 each. Marina staff cooked them for free (tip).

Great Staff and Location, 2013-09-12
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

The staff is knowledgeable and helpful. The fuel prices about the best around. The small town has many good restaurants. The Quietside Cafe' has great blueberry pie. There are ample boat supplies around, or someone can get it for you. The hardware store has a complete selection of West System epoxy and supplies, 3 times as many items as West Marine carries. There is a Hamilton Marine Store and a knowledgeable and fair-priced diesel mechanic at Downeast Diesel.

The biggest negative is the rolly harbor. Swell can roll back to the marina, but the biggest problem is the wakes created by ferries, lobster boats, and pleasure boat captains who believe they can come into the harbor bow high and that their stern wake stops when they slow down. If you can get an inside face dock and point the bow east, you will miss much of the rolls. The outside slips put the boats beam to the rollers.

Most fav marina, 2012-09-19
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Florida (330)

Dysarts and staff are great. The walk down the ramp to the dock at low tide with a loaded wagon...not great lol. SWH has Sawyers grocery that is wonderful. A short trip to Bass Harbor and the Seafood Ketch is worth the effort for their seafood bisque

2012 Visit, 2012-09-18
Captain: , Stuart Fl (300)

We stopped at Dysart's twice onour travels to Nova Scotia. It was our first stop and the lobster pots on the approaches were fierce. They were so many and so close together it was like running a slalom course. The dockstaff is very good. The marina is protected by bulwarks at the head of each dock. We returned to Dysarts to clear customs and stayed longer than planned due to weather delays. The staff is friendly. It is a short walk into town where there is a grocery store, bakery and several restaurants.

Amen and amen, 2012-08-16
Captain: , Newport (404)

Agree with the other 2012 posts. Just had to add that the showers are over the top. Inexpensive laundry. Market and hardware store within a short walk...Hamilton's a bit further, but easy also. Fuel $3.65 Dockstaff was all over us.

On 8/13/12 diesel $3.75.

Lovely Marina, 2012-08-12
Captain: , Seattle, WA (445)

Below are what we consider key points:
*Great bathrooms/showers/laundry but quite a walk from the marina
* Micah was awesome when it came to helping dock all kinds of boats
* WiFi was very slow
*Probably one of the most lovely little towns with many great resteraunts. Beals Lobster was our favorite.
*Grumpy's Resteraunt right at thr marina had awesome breakfast
*Free bus all around the island to all the sights and some great hiking
* Marina was very helpful with mail and services

A Place I'd Love to Call Home, 2012-08-04
Captain: , San Antonio, TX (40)

(written by 1st mate) SW Harbor has been a place I've known since I was a teenager and that was a long time ago. It hasn't lost it's magic. Last time we were here was 10 years ago and not much changed. The staff is wonderful. They helped us for hours as we changed anchors. Were always there to help us when we left and when we returned from short cruises during our month's stay. Everything there works and the new docks are a great addition. Others have covered the ease of travel and closeness to town. Let us just say we felt very much at home during our stay.

Southwest Harbor!, 2012-07-27
Captain: , Hilton Head (130)

Growing up reading Yachting from about age 5 on I have always dreamed of the day I would cruise into SW Harbor - a place of legends and home to Hinkley Yachts. Must say the harbor itself is anything but impressive and a bit of a let down considering its legendary status - at least to my mind. Having said that Dysarts is terriffic! Mica and staff are fun and always available and helpful. Town is a short walk away and just the right size. Docks and power have been very quiet and reliable for our week plus stay. They cooked 50 lobsters for a dock party one night and all had a great time! A fun stop - even if the scenery could stand some improvement!

Great Spot Unless, 2012-07-18
Captain: , Harpswell, Maine, USA (90)

This is a first class well managed marina and a short walk to a nice town. But don't stay here when there is an easterly. Improvements are on the way but it's rock'n roll experience in a storm now.

Two weeks of pure bliss, 2012-07-15
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1144)

Friends of ours, that have come to Southwest Harbor for years, encouraged us to bring our boat all the way up from Marathon, FL to Southwest Harbor. This stay has topped the list of our 3 year journey. Stayed at Dysarts for 2 1/2 weeks. All previous reviews of what is available are still accurate (except one of the restaurants on site is closing -- not Grumpys). New docks being built while we were there. New very large and powerful grill for use. Micah, Jane and crew all helpful and friendly. Very protected incredibly peaceful nights. Laundry, showers and heads all well maintained. The free bus routes that go everywhere are great. We used them everyday. You can flag them down at the top of the hill that leads to the main road.Can take bikes and ride the beautiful 47+ miles of carriage trails. Friendly neighbors on the dock and interesting visitors the whole time. Really good restaurants in town. Did not want to leave!!

5$ to land in your dinghy, 2011-09-14
Captain: , newburyport (183)

town not easily accessible for anchored folks without the 5$ fee. of course one can anchor out off c g and use town dock but...

Excellent service, friendly clientel and outstanding location., 2011-09-01
Captain: , Solomons Island, Maryland (105)

Have used Dysart's as homeport for extended periods twice in last five years. Both times we were impressed with the friendly and knowledgeable staff (Micha and Jane Peabody). During the most recent hurricane (Irene) Micah did an outstanding job ensuring all the boats were secure and protected from damage. All of the services (water, electric, pump out and fuel) were available and well maintained. Whenever we are cruising in the area we will make Dysart's our homeport.

expensive and not well maintained - definitely would NOT return, 2010-08-31
Captain: , New York, NY (200)

Shore power never worked at our slip. Micah tried to run a line from another pod, but never succeeded - so we had to run the generator at dockside. Jane in the office was generally rude, and when I informed her that the wifi didn't work, her response was, "gee, it's a mystery!" Try the town moorings, or Hinckley instead - both great (and courteous) choices. By the way, take note that 2 of the good reviews here are from Micah, the guy who runs the place. That should tell you something.

Best Marina in Maine., 2010-05-19
Captain: , southwest harbor (59)

Really friendly professional staff that take pride in ensuring a great stay for crew and boats on the docks. Excellant local cruising knowledge for the coast of Maine.

Acadia National Park, 2008-12-09
Captain: , southwest harbor (1)

great marina for a base to explore acadia national park.

Best on the Island, 2008-10-14
Captain: , Tampa (190)

Very nice husban and wife team run this Marina. Lobster cook out on the dock. Best fuel prices in the area. A must stop.

Friendly and Accommodating Service; Great Place to be Stuck, 2008-07-14
Captain: , Saint Petersburg, FL (181)

Dysarts managers, Mika and Jane are caring, friendly and very accommodating folks. We were there for maintenance (from Hinckley). Understanding our situation, Mika and Jane allowed us to use their truck (not normally available for courtesy use) to get parts and other provisions.

The town itself is a great place to get "stuck". The Acadia National Park and the entire Mount Desert Island is available via a free island-wide bus service. Provisioning is an easy walk from the marina, including groceries, hardware, marine and speciality stores.

Dysarts, 2007-04-16
Captain: , New York (153)

We have stopped here rather than Northeast in the last two seasons because of the folding of our two favorite restaurants in NEH.

There is a West Marine store and a propane tank filling facility at the head of the dock.. Several acceptable restaurants are within walking distance. An excellent bakery shares the West Marine building. It is the best bakery past the one in Portland, edging out that in Rockland IMHO.

The marina has wifi that reaches all the slips. Laundry is handy.

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