Details for Edgartown North Wharf and Moorings

Edgartown North Wharf and Moorings

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 31 reviews

Address 1 Morse Street PO Box 739
Edgartown, MA 02539


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager


Charles J. Blair


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 19
Transient dockage: 20
Fuel dock: 20

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 90
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: Face dock appears long enough for up to 90'.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $4.00/ft (2011-11-07)

Other price info: $4.00 per foot overall length including bowsprits, pulpits and swim platforms.
Minimum 50 feet.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 40
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: 60 foot maximum. Maximum stay is 2 weeks per month July and August. Under 40' is $40.00 night. Blue moorings with white bibs.

Boats over 40 feet need to go to the yellow mooring field, quite a way from town. Launch service is available. Mooring price is $40 per night in the yellow field (over 40 feet).

Rafting: $20 a night and will be collected on arrival. Rafting is at the discretion of the Harbormaster. A second boat can raft to a mooring if it is the same length or smaller that the boat making a reservation. A third boat may be allowed to raft at the Harbormaster discretion.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water is available on the North Wharf while fueling, or the Water Barge located opposite green can #9.

Dinghy access

Yes - If you lock your dinghy to the float, located in front of the Atlantic Restaurant on the west side of the yacht club, please have at least an 8 foot bow line so others can land on the float. If you are going to be absent for more than a day please leave you%u2019re dinghy at the mooring so the float doesn%u2019t get overloaded with dinghies that are not being used.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: The Town owns the beach from the Chappy Ferry slip south to the first dock (chappy landings). This is the official dog walking area. Dogs must be on-leash and owners are responsible for cleaning up after their pets. No walking dogs at North Wharf Marina.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Launch services are provided by Oldport Launch, available on VHF 68. Pickup and drop-off at North Wharf or Dock Street. Runs 0800-0100 seven days per week.

Pump out

Yes - Pump-out boat operated by the Harbormaster's Department VHF 74, no charge.


Yes - Captain Porky's Bait and Tackle, Town Provisions, and The Quarterdeck.



Yes - Free of charge at North Wharf.


Yes - Free of charge at North Wharf.




Yes - Town Provisions, Mayhew Lane, 508-627-7557; Stop&Shop, Upper Main St., 508-627-9522.



Yes - Walking distance in Edgartown.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services

There is fresh water throughout the waterfront, but also a water-fill float moored at the SW corner of the main harbor across the fairway from C9. It is moored to round, solid blue buoys and has a picnic table on top.


Reviews for Edgartown North Wharf and Moorings
Great - But be Aware..., 2016-08-16
Captain: , Essex, CT (1121)

A great place to visit, but just to clarify:

Blue moorings are first come-first serve & LIMITED TO 40'. Harbormaster made a larger boat move, after dark, who ignored this. Many moorings become available after 9AM or so when boats start leaving, 11AM when they have to leave and again late afternoon when some small daytime boats leave.

Yellow moorings are for larger vessels AND for those who reserve ahead on Dockwa. Harbormaster said they hold back 5 or so of the yellows for people calling that day. In addition, we were told that many people book on Dockwa & then don't show up. In addition, they often put boats on vacant, private moorings. So best to call Harbormaster and you'll have a good chance for a spot.

Combo of payment by Dockwa and the Harbormaster staff may cause some issues - we couldn't get them to stop and pay, then did, then they came back and had the wrong nights as paid. They were polite and took my word for it, but the Dockwa system doesn't offer a paper receipt and at least for the blue first-come, first-serve moorings, the e-mail receipt doesn't show the nights you're paying for.

Lastly, be prepared for sizable wakes from the launches - they really tear thru the mooring field at careless speeds.

Looking forward to returning , 2015-09-03
Captain: , Salem, MA (234)

Reserved mooring online a few days before coming. System worked well got a confirmation email with 12 hours. Hailed them as we approached the harbor and they gave us very clear directions to our mooring. We were put on the yellow stripe moorings that start 500 m south of green 11. It was a lovely spot although 0.7 miles to the dinghy dock. Not sure why they didn't put us on the blue moorings closer to town. Next time i will ask to be closer. Mooring field almost empty despite week before Labor Day. Floating water dock across from green 9 looks very convenient. Showers were nice at the harbormaster. Refueling my diesel and gas cans was easily done during the shower stop. Everything we needed within two blocks of dinghy dock: bike rentals, convenience store, liquor store, ice cream, and bait shop. Shout out to man at bait shop who properly advised us and our kids caught bass (?), a squid, and 3 sharks (each about 18inches long)! All from the mooring. Life time memory!

A Truly Fun Place to Stop, 2015-08-31
Captain: , Chebeague Island (420)

This was our first visit to Edgartown, but certainly not our last. There are things to enjoy for all members of the family here. Finding an available town mooring was not a challenge in the morning, but most were full by evening. Initially tried using "Dockwa" via the town website to reserve a mooring prior to our arrival, but the system showed no availability that day. Once we were there, however, there appeared to be many free "reserved" moorings. Much happier with the first-come-first-served moorings, however, as they are MUCH closer to the town.
Dining is plentiful, though very expensive here, and there are no provisioning stores in Edgartown itself. The small diner near the bike shop was a great, local spot. As others have mentioned, dinghy tie-up is challenging, but we managed to find a spot each time. The harbormaster staff is friendly and helpful.

Edgartown moorings, 2015-07-20
Captain: , Wicomico Church, VA (524)

We have been coming here over 20 years now. While a wonderful town to visit, the acquisition of a mooring has never been easy or pleasant. We are not sure what the new system online is doing for them. However, the crew that takes all the requests on vhf 74 in the mornings is SENSATIONAL and very well organized. They make sure as many as possible are able to stay. Our thanks to you and your harbor master.

Great stop, 2015-06-09
Captain: , New York, NY (470)

Tons of empty moorings in early June. No one came around to collect a fee, so we paid ($40 per night) at the harbormaster's office (next to the big blue travel lift several blocks north of the launch dock.) Launch service is run by a different group, and that is $4 per person one way or $35 for a 10 ride book (new 2015 pricing.) Showers and heads are next to the harbormaster's office. They are clean-ish. Edgartown in charming, a fun place to visit. Large hardware store with very friendly staff is a 10 minute walk from the harbor.

Favorite place to stop in MV, 2015-01-30
Captain: , Newport, RI (310)

Edgartown Harbormaster has own website to reserve, but usually has first com first serve moorings available too

Launch Service, 2014-09-02
Captain: , Wickford RI (200)

All descriptions below are pretty accurate so I'll pass on one tip, you can buy a 10 ride launch pass for $25. If you are staying more than a day it's worthwhile.

we will return, 2014-07-13
Captain: , Milford (439)

we came through the last week of June and half the moorings were open. The town moorings are in excellent condition and easy to grab. Launch service fast but expensive at $4 per person each way. Very protected harbor with beautiful views of homes and natural areas all round. The town is charming and you can walk for hours soaking up the ambience. Lots of shopping for every taste and budget. We found it to be much quieter and less touristy than Nantucket.

Harbor Nice, protected, 2013-10-28
Captain: , Wantagh NY (581)

Like others have said, pickup the blue and white mooring ball and the harbor master will stop by around 6pm to collect. Nice harbor interesting dingy ride area's. The down side is the dingy dock, it is a total mess, makes Block Island's dingy dock look good, I have no idea why they don't fix that problem, also 7pm on the town is a mad house, choose your times wisely.

Edgartown Moorings, 2013-09-15
Captain: , Wrightsville beach nc (180)

Don't know what the fuss is about, great place, well organized, $40 is great value, and the launch ride to the dock at $4 I thought was good value as well. Hey,the Kennedy's hung around here.

I Love this Place, 2013-08-31
Captain: , Cotuit, MA (94)

You can pick up any cylindrical blue w white top edge mooring (if avail., there are 25) for boats 40 ft and under. Stay a few hrs free to go ashore (twn wants u to spend $) or pay $40 overnight. Hail "Harbor Master" (HM) on 74 or 16 for boats over 40' or if blue moorings are full. He may ask u to wait until checkout time at 11:00AM as all the moorings start coming available then. Yellow moorings are only by reservation. Even when full the HM can find u a private mooring most days. Dinghy docks at either end of town. Baths and 3 showers (acceptable), garbage cans and small marine supply store are all at the end of town near the "On Time" car/bike/people ferries which cross to Chappaquiddick Point--watch out, there are two and they are fast and never yield.

Hail "Old Port" launches on ch 68; $4 each way. Fast & efficient and drop u either in center of town or at the showers. No generators to run after 10PM.

Good food and booze downtown. Check out the ancient diner (no AC) for breakfast right on water front, ultra cheap for anywhere! You can't walk to supermarket, but there is a sort of convenience store & liquor stores. Bring binoculars and just sit on your boat and watch the traffic. Everyone is nice and polite. Pump out guy spends his free time coiling mooring pennants on top of the cylinders to keep them clean and easy to reach. Yacht club fires its cannon at sundown. At dusk watch Ernie Boch's (car dealer) trophy house and grounds light up even when it's empty!

Sometimes u can anchor over night in Katama, ask HM for permission, it depends on currents through the new cut/break at back of harbor. Good holding outside the harbor (really big boats anchor there) and Old Port launch goes out there at the top of the hour-$5 each way. See reviews for that anchorage.

Beautiful enjoyable town, 2013-08-31
Captain: , Portsmouth, VA (430)

Assiged by dockmaster to yellow mooring ball #55 and stayed one night. Dockmaster's launch came by with information and collected fee for stay. Launch service promptly responded to call for a ride to town. Great meals, movie, shops . . . will come here again. Throughly enjoyed a town tour by Jon, Jon's Taxi; a must event for any stay.

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, 2013-08-31
Captain: , Bridgeport, CT (548)

The Good - the Harbormaster is right on top of his game, patrolling the anchorage and being most helpful in assigning the 25 first come-first serve transient moorings. The Bad - the current is rather strong so expect to be woken up at night when it shifts and your mooring ball crashes against your hull and the water in the harbor was very, very dirty - around the dinghy dock there were patches of brown, patches of flat material about 4 inches square - I'll leave it to your imagination what my wife thought it reminded her of. The Ugly (or perhaps not) - If you want to hear very loud music on the shore and vicariously party on your boat, this is the harbor for you; it was not for me. I definitely plan to come back but perhaps next time anchor on the other side of Chappaquiddick Point, winds permitting.

Stayed two days, 2013-08-20
Captain: , Beach Haven NJ (64)

Staying on yellow mooring ball and reserved about a month ago. The reservation process is a little strange in that you email in your form and information and they mail (yes, USPS) the confirmation. So if you are cruising, you don't know if accepted. When we were there 8/15 there were quite a few moorings still available. Even if you reserve a mooring, you need to confirm by noon or they give it to the next person waiting. Dingy ride to the ocean beach but it was windy and cold. You can anchor your dingy near the ocean beach but watch out for tide changes so you are not stuck. The town itself is the best on the island...stop and shop is just a quick bike ride away. We landed our fold up bikes and toured the island. Fixed docks are way to pricey and the moorings worked out great. Ran the genny a few hours a day and AC was not needed. $40 rate per day plus $20 raft up fee for an additional works out to $30 per day to stay here. Scenery was awesome too.

Relavitivity, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Port Aransas, Texas (998)

We sailed into this place today (Monday) without a reservation for a mooring and had no problem securing one for a couple of days. We are marginal fo rthe close in blue moorings due to length but was placed mid field and somewhat closer than the yellow field for 41 and over. The dink ride to town is not bad and is protected from large waves, etc. Certainly, the people watching is good even in the mooring fields. Several large boats were anchored in the outer harbor which attests to the holding there. A very nice stop with a very friendly harbormaster who showed us to the mooring. Any slip in town is the most expensive we have seen since being underway from Texas three years ago. Even more so than inner harbor, Key West.

Great place but charging for launch service?, 2013-07-19
Captain: , Boston (80)

We sailed here for a few days in 2011. It's a beautiful harbor and town. Rented bikes and rode all over the island. We had a dinghy but they put us WAY out in the field so it was not practical. The launch charges per person each way. I'm a good launch tipper, but I have never been charged a rate. Despite that, I'll go back. We loved it there.

Excellent mooring, 2013-07-13
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

What a great place to pick up a mooring. Very easy, not overly crowded with a very good launch service. The folks who pilot the launch are delightful. The town is as advertised -- quaint and lovely to walk. We'll return here often.
We just made a return visit and its still charming although seems a bit more crowded - but still enjoyed it.

Pretty harbor, expensive town, 2013-06-19
Captain: , Westport Point, MA (321)

We stopped here coming home from Nantucket and enjoyed the views. We had a very long dinghy ride to the town, where we had a halfway decent meal for very large bucks. If you want to get away from the tourist throngs, this ain't the place. If you want to party hard and spend money, this is the place.

Pretty harbor- very reasonable rates, 2013-02-15
Captain: , marina del ray (70)

We spend 3 nights here. Good power. Located on the edge of town so very convenient. We had a blast on the Vineyard. If you wish, you can make mooring reservations online, and confirm them early on the day of arrival. The conditions of the moorings are really excellent. We give it 2 thumbs up! My wife adds: Don't miss out on Mad Martha's ice cream

Eye Candy for the Soul, 2012-11-06
Captain: , Pilots Point (466)

There is something special that happens each time I visit this harbor. The early morning followng arrival is remarkable. The anchorage is quiet and peaceful, the boats at rest nearby are stunning, the townscape is like a painting. I've tried taking photos but they just don't capture the settled feeling of this special harbor. It's like eye candy for the soul.

Nice, but..., 2012-08-24
Captain: , Barrington, RI (10)

Nice mooring field but a long ride to the dingy dock. There were only 3 showers for the entire place but water is free at the water barge. Plan on a shower at the boat and a trip to the water barge it will be quicker. Veerrrrry expensive!!! Two gallons of drinking water was $5 in town and a stinkin stick lighter for the stove was $6. Take a walk up main street just out of town for the stop and shop and a great restaurant that was a quarter the price of those in town. I may be cheap but $50 per entree is a little steep in my book, especially with 4 kids in tow. The bus will take you to the beach round trip for two bucks but it is very crowded. Take the dink through Katema bay and walk across the spit of land to south beach away from the crowds, no life guards down there but a few locals and fishermen will keep you company. We had a great time on the Vineyard... A little uppity for me but nice all the same. We rented a jeep and drove to Menemsha, stop at the dock side fish market and get a 1-1/4 pound lobster, cup of clam chowder, stuffed clam and cole slaw all fresh and all for 24 bucks. You have to eat it out side using an old lobster pot as a table and looking at the boat that most likely caught your dinner, but I'm sorry that's just cool! Or better yet sail there, we will do that next time. Edgartown? Go but know.

Great town, very good mooring field, 2012-07-03
Captain: , Narragansett Bay, RI (406)

Loved it here. Mooring reservations can be made online, but have to be confirmed by noon on day of arrival. You hail the Harbormaster for specific assignment as you enter. It takes all the rush out of arriving, when you know you have a spot waiting. Moorings are in top condition. Wind and current can oppose each other and be different depending on your location. While some boats were clocked differently, we saw no real conflicts.

It seems that they put you closer to town, if you are staying multiple days. If you are, be sure to ask. The furthest moorings, which we were on for our one night stay, were 10 mins to town by dinghy.

You can tie your dinghy on the north side of the yacht club, which puts you in the center of town.

Chasca's is a great place to eat. Can't miss Mad Martha's for ice cream.

Beautiful harbor, 2012-06-29
Captain: , Rumsey Island (330)

One of the prettiest harbors on the east coast. Edgartown is a great stop. This is how the one percenters live.

Great Dock, Very Nice People, 2011-10-02
Captain: , Newport Beach, CA (90)

Oct 2, 2011: The Harbor Master met us while we were intering the harbor, asked if we needed a slip! You bet, got our 48' power in a great slip including 50 amp. @ $2/ft. Two blocks to center of town. Will definately be back next spring.

Great Moorings, 2011-08-06
Captain: , Warwick, RI (21)

Spent 2 nights (midweek) on a mooring in Aug. 2011. Made reservations online with the harbormaster 2 weeks in advance, $40 per night. The Oldport launch service is very well run and never had to wait more than 10 min. for a ride ashore or back to the mooring. Pretty reasonable too, $3 per person. The location of the mooring was very secure as well as very scenic. I wouldn't hesitate to reccommend a stop at Edgartown if you are in the area.

Excellent Services, 2011-06-26
Captain: , Fairhaven MA (65)

Enjoyed our 3 night stay in June even though it rained most of the time. Very efficiently run with clean showers and helpful staff. I went out on deck woth a spot light to check the mooring during one particularly nasty night and I noticed the Harbor Patrol started heading in my direction to make sure everything was OK. Mike the pump-put guy was very informative as well on the finer points of maintainig a holding tank. We'll be back.

Be aware of opposing tide and current conditions, 2011-03-29
Captain: , Onset MA (20)

Reservations available by phone or net but tough to get in summer on weekends or holidays, even well in advance, although sometimes cancellations open up space. Best bet is midweek. However, be aware that opposing current (particularly since the Katama Bay south side breach) and tide conditions can make moored boats hang in substantially different directions. Not only sailboats to powerboats, but power to power and sail to sail. I have a 41 ft powerboat and have at times had to relocate to another mooring to avoid colliding with a neighbor. Sometimes it takes until the next tide change to realize the problem.

Edgartown is charming, 2010-09-19
Captain: , charleston (761)

Mooring in Edgartown harbor was easy and uncrowded since it was after Labor Day -- a perfect time to visit. Staff was friendly and helpful with directions. Showers are now available. The town of Edgarrtown is charming with beautiful homes and well-manicured lawns and gardens. Lots of good shopping just minutes from the dock. Dingy dock is easily accessible.

Lucky weather break, 2010-07-29
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (139)

Due to rough weather during our visit in '09, the harbormaster allowed us to anchor overnight in Katama, since the rough weather was bringing a flow of water over the break.It was an idyllic setting, but something that would only happen if the moorings were all full and the wind is out of the SE. Just keep in mind that this is a possibility if the weather turns.

Edgartown Moorings, 2009-12-18
Captain: , East Greenwich, RI (588)

The prettiest harbor in NE. Tough to get a reservation on weekends and holidays in season. Also there were no showers available as of summer of 09

convenient, reasonable price, 2009-08-31
Captain: , Miami, fl (3544)

we spent two days there, freindly staf, convenient location and much cheaper than MadMax... good power (no problem connection 2 50amps cords)

nice view right at the entrance, walking distance to the town, right on the edge of it.

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