Details for Eaton's Boatyard

Eaton's Boatyard

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 18 reviews

Address Sea Street, PO Box 123
Castine, ME 04421


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Kenny Eaton



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Be warned, they no longer accept credit cards. They might not accept a check either. They now direct you to an ATM machine 1 block away when you need to make payment.

A boater reported that they accepted a check during a stay in July, 2013.

Payment discounts


Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 11
Fuel dock: 11

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 8
Total: 8
Transient price: $3.35/ft (2015-07-15)

Other price info:


Transient: 4
Total: 4
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $35 per night.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

No - Transient only.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out

No - Pump out is available at the town dock.






Yes - The shower and head facilities leave a little to be desired by other marina standards. You can walk down to the Yacht Club for showers - $5.


No - There are heads available at the yacht club or on the town dock.




Yes - Nearby - T and C Grocery.




Yes - Nearby


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Reported to no longer have a mechanic on call, 2012.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - Nearby open WiFi from a restaurant. Verizon broadband gets about a 500kbs data connection here. ATT gets about a 100kbs data connection here with amplification. Without an amplifier, Verizon has voice signal, but no data.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Town boat ramp nearby.



Other services


9 hole golf course in town, also have tennis courts. Tour the MMA training vessel The State of Maine.

Reviews for Eaton's Boatyard
Overboard on service, 2017-08-07
Captain: , Northport (10)

Left saucepan before an over night. Castine has no stores. Eaton employee takes motorcycle home to give us an old saucepan. Refuses any contribution. Wonderful.... Saved a cruise.

Roly Poly at mooring, 2016-08-07
Captain: , Philadelphia (51)

Castine is a beautiful town with enormous history, wonderful historical society, grand 18th and 19th century well restored and kept homes, many enormous elm trees, and a quiet quaintness, but do not hang on a mooring if SW winds of 10 kts or more are in the offing. We had 18-28kts SW wind with an ebbing tide creating 3-4 ft rollers in harbor. A nightmare. Finally dropped mooring and moved. Can go into South Cove but long wet ride across the harbor into Castine. Eaton's is very friendly and helpful. It is small and rustic - best part of Maine. Moorings are sturdy so can handle the 3kt tidal currents.

Easy, friendly mooring, 2015-07-25
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (231)

We had a pleasant mooring experience at Eatons. People were friendly and courteous. Our third visit to Castine and we love this town with its rich history. $35 for the mooring and easy access to town.

Best Option for Visiting Castine, 2015-07-18
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

Eaton's was most accomodating and helpful. Interesting and fun owners/staff. Nice town to visit with many options for good food. We had drinks and listened to live jazz on the porch of the large inn on the main street and visited Markel's Bakehouse multiple times. Castine is a town with character, services, great poeple, architecturally interesting houses and churches, and beautiful views.

Nice people but pretty pricy, 2015-07-12
Captain: , Glastonbury, CT (262)

This is a real 1950s coastal Maine boat yard. I reserved Dick side space because we wanted to put to dinner and I was skeptical that a mooring off the town would be comfortable. The dick was perfectly adequate but primitive. Good 30 amp power and water. The staff were VERRY accommodating and friendly. However my dock space with 30 amp power came to over $3.50/foot which seemed steep. Also diesel was I think $4.75 when it was $2.45 in Rockland. Gas was an even $5. In retrospect the moorings off the dock looked perfectly comfortable on our very quiet night. There was a lot of loud music from the restaurant next door from 9/-11PM

Eaton's Boatyard, 2013-10-09
Captain: , Savannah, Georgian (10)

Wonderful hospitality. Lobsters came with the mooring!

Our preferred stop for fuel..., 2013-08-26
Captain: , hampden maine (144)

Currents can play havoc. Ken is a friendly and helpful guy.

Carefree Castine, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Hamble, UK (876)

We took a buoy from Eatons - good hefty looking mooring with very long pennet. It was $35 cash per night. They no longer provide any showers - they are to be had at the Yacht Club ($5 each?). Bah has retired and the restaurant has been taken over and is now called Markel's. They do not provide breakfast as they are too busy providing catering, nor is there bread available (apart from re-constituted part baked French sticks), but the pastries looked nice. So the breakfast option is at Castine's Variety which was certainly characterful, swift and reasonable quality. Dennet's seems to be the easy option for an evening meal, good food if slightly slow service but it was the weekend - give them a dollar to see what happens to it (check out the ceiling....)!

The local grocery store has little in the way of day to day items, but a vast array of alcohol, crisps etc, 4 onions, soft back live lobsters and oddly, Duchy Original biscuits (Prince Charles' produce)!

We eventually squeezed our way on to the town dock to take on water where the lackadaisical dock crew made us creep forward by a couple of feet twice, having watched us already secure our lines.....! There was very little enthusiasm on the help front for uncoiling and recoiling the heavy water hose until they thought there might be a possible tip for dropping one of our lines, which was a shame as all the other experiences in this exceptionally beautiful town had been very positive.

And yes Eric Clapton was in town again - but he doesn't even wave to fellow British boats!

Very Nice owner but cash only., 2013-07-16
Captain: , Charleston SC (743)

ALWAYS approach this dock against the current. The tide sometimes seems at its stand but as you near the dock the current picks up and pushes you onto it.

Awesome town, great people, 2013-07-07
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (972)

We had #1 mooring at Easton%u2019s Boatyard, a fantastic location and very easy to get to their dock or the city dock. We used Eaton%u2019s every time because it was so convenient. Eaton%u2019s is a very interesting place and so are their owners, very nice and accommodating. They invited us to their July 4th cookout on the dock which was enjoyable and we meet some great folks.
Castine is a lovely stop especially on July 4th (thanks Jeff for the suggestion). We started the day with the parade, games, sack races, hot dogs on The Green followed by a Concert. It was a beautiful day with friendly people, great music, and a glass of wine. We were front and center for the great fireworks display (official ones and ones on shore) and could hear the band playing in the evening at the City Dock.
Not to be missed is a tour of the %u2018State of Maine%u2019, the Maine Maritime Academy training ship and ex-submarine hunter.
We were looking forward to some Jazz but Stellas is closed.

Friendly Place, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Annapolis (264)

Reserve a mooring ahead of time. They only take cash. Baah's has delicious food. Make a reservation at Stella's for a fun night listening to live jazz.

A Real Boat Yard, 2012-07-20
Captain: , Cleveland, OHio (421)

this is a real working boat yard. We had a great mooring right in front of the face dock, easy ride to their dock. Ken and daughter Susanne are gracious hosts. Mooring cost $30.

Showers available at Yacht Club for $5/person. Short dinghy ride.

Town of Castine is our favorite spot in Maine. Loads of history, town founded in 1613. Changed hands 8 times in the past.

Stellas is the place for jazz and dinneer.

Be sure to walk west on Perkins Street, and read all the history signs.

Lots of character and that's about it, 2011-11-27
Captain: , Southwest Harbor (100)

The decades of accumulated junk and casual service tell you straight away this place is the real deal - both the great strength and flaw. Don't come here expecting Bahamas style 5 star facilities to avoid disappointment and savor it's 'charms.' Easy walk into a spectacular little town.

Convenient Moorings, 2011-08-16
Captain: , Boston (232)

Eaton's has moorings that are convenient to the beautiful and historic town of Castine. Watch the very high currents in this area! Be sure to have breakfast at Bah's.

If you need help this is the place to go, 2011-06-13
Captain: , St Louis (320)

I had my boat in Castine and needed some help locating parts and someone to rebuild a hydraulic backstay, Kenny and his daughter not only located the people able to do the repair, but called them for me. All without charging me.

I did buy diesel from them, at a competitive price, and it was clean and gave me no problems.

I can't give them a higher rating because I have no experience with their docking or workmanship.

Great Family Boatyard, 2011-03-30
Captain: , Castine (10)

Eaton's is a family run, and family oriented boatyard. The members of the Eaton family treated us like we had known them all our lives. I have never experienced a warmer, or more genuine welcome than I have at Eaton's.

A real Downeast boatyard, 2009-07-02
Captain: , MV Red Head (61833)

Eaton's certainly has charm. If you want a taste of real Maine, find Kenny Eaton and enjoy! Eaton's can do repairs and has fuel. They can also provide information on moorings. Everything in town is walking distance from their marina.

I downgraded my rating in July 2009 from 3 stars to 2 stars. Eaton's no longer accepts credit cards - I'm not sure they will take checks either. I was directed to an ATM machine a block away if I needed more cash for paying my bill. This can make cruising quite difficult especially if you purchase fuel or need any type of service. The place is looking rather run down and us locals are worried about what the future holds for this boatyard.

A true Maine experience, 2007-09-11
Captain: , Charleston, SC (53)

As mentioned Kenny Eaton is a Maine tradition not to be missed. Also, his daughter, Suzanne, does a wonderful job of handling transient dockage and occasionally, cooking lobsters on request. While the facilities are more boatyard than marina, the access to the town of Castine and its joys make the stop a must in any Maine itinarery.

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