Details for Fairhaven Shipyard and Marina

Fairhaven Shipyard and Marina

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 14 reviews

Address 50 Fort St
Fairhaven, MA 02719


After hours contact

Facility type

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


Be sure to radio for specific docking locations as signs on the end of the fairways are difficult to make out.

VHF channel

Monitors 09 in season.


Email contact

Owner, manager



Fred, Ch 09

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC, Visa, and Discover. They do not accept Amex.

Payment discounts

If you are a seasonal marina customer there is a $0.05 per gallon discount off the Valve-Tect fuel.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: The marina portion of the Shipyard essentially shuts down for pleasure boats in mid-November although there are several boats that winter over including several lobster and workboats. However the working part of the shipyard continues year round.






Tide & current additional info

Coming through the hurricane barrier there can be a knot or two on an ebb tide.


Approach: 23
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: 12

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 155
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 20
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.25/ft (2012-07-23)

Other price info:


Transient: 4
Total: 4
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: They also maintence moorings off their docks for transient use.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $10

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Sufficient space.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Valve-Tech brand gas and diesel.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Price includes taxes. $0.10 per gallon discount for over 500 gallons. Fuel dock open 0730 - 1900. Hail on VHF 09.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: But be sure to have them leashed and use the adjacent beach for their business.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - . Call the Fairhaven Harbormaster, no pumpout at the marina but the harbormaster will send a boat over generally on Saturday.


Yes - Block and cubes.


Yes - Recycling facilities.








Yes - 0.75 miles away.


Yes - Ship's Store


Yes - None on site, but a short walk to Margarets and sister restaurant Elizabeths for excellent and informal dining.


Hotels or motels

Yes - About a 10 minute walk up to the Pope's Island bridge. Good sized motel.

Repair capabilities

Yes - A major repair facility specializing in large megayachts although they are pleased to do repairs to smaller yachts. In 2011 they have segregated commercial work to their North yard (the olde Kellys Yard). The marina and facilites related to small boats are first rate with a Yachtsmen Haven building with laundry, TV, heads and a lending library.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 35 ton and 330 ton lifts. Beam allowed greater than 25'. Good for catamarans.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi available.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Fairhaven Shipyard and Marina
This is Where the In-the-Know Go!, 2016-06-15
Captain: , Waquoit, MA (41)

I own a passnger boat business and it has been a constant struggle to find marine services in New England - especially Cape Cod and the Islands, where we're based. In the Falmouth area, you have to know someone or have decades long relationships in order to get any attention. From the moment I called Dave Bennett at Fairhaven Shipyard it was a great experience dealing with them. We were assisted by Fred and his crew docking in a transient slip. They allowed an outside contractor, Harbor Hydraulics, to do excellent work on our steering at the dock. In touring the facilitiy, it was obvious that they do quality work on large commercial vessels down to 30' sailboats. My experience shouldn't be that unusual, but in this area, it warrants this 5-star review!

Our new home, 2015-06-16
Captain: , Buzzards Bay, MA (296)

Back in MA full time and after searching around a bit decided to ma FHSY our new home base. Excellent sevrice, dock guys are promp, professional and gracious. Fred runs the show on the docks and does a great job of accomodating everyone as much as possible. We have been impressed all the way around, especially having transitioned from Cape Cod marinas and the craziness out that way. The valve tech fuel is reasonably priced though the fuel dock is a fixed dock and can be a little challenging at low tide for a smaller boats like mine. It is an easy side tie to the pilings, just a long handoff for the fuel nozzle. Great place to hang out and enjoy the sunset and a quick shot from the dock to open water.

Block Ice available, 2014-10-20
Captain: , Moby Dick (60)

They have block ice here, can purchase when fueling. I've had problems finding blocks. Attendant has always been prompt & is in an easy location to get in & out.

Great Fuel Stop, 2014-09-03
Captain: , Mt. Sinai, NY (243)

We always top off with diesel fuel here before heading to Cuttyhunk. Great staff!

Nearby Restaurant, 2013-02-07
Captain: , Fairhaven MA (446)

Margarets, several blocks North within walking distance is a great spot for breakfast, lunch and dinner some days. Inventive chef and low prices. I am a seasonal slip owner and could not be more pleased with the service. This Marina is the place to be to wait out bad weather. Extremely well protected by the Hurricane Barrier.

Showers are only OK here, but staff is very helpful, 2012-08-30
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (2982)

For the price, I would expect something a little more polished from the showers. Good people, though.

We're impressed, 2012-07-25
Captain: , Red Lion, DE (712)

20-07-25 Our 1st stay here and feel that we got our money's worth. Great personel and very nice facilities. Would have stayed a week and had some maint. done if they weren't booked up. Was $130.00 cheaper than Newport Shipyard per night and much better dock facilities. We will return.

Well protected, good personnel and facilities, 2012-07-23
Captain: , Mashpee, MA (541)

Just inside the hurricane break water, concrete floating dock, 3.25 ft overnight with good showers. Margaret's was great for lunch, Elizabeth's (sister) next dor was closed on Mondays (Margaret's closed on Tuesdays), outstanding seafood choices. Nice shops a short walk further past Margaret's.

Great stopover to Nantucket, 2012-07-16
Captain: , Huntington (455)

If you are looking for a place as you head east to Nantucket and want to get closer than Newport but don't want to go all the way to the Vineyard then I recommend Fairhaven Shipyard South. Concrete floating docks, helpful dockhands, and real working vessels on the other side of the dock put you in the proper mood. The is not much to do in Fairhaven but fortunately there is Margaret's. The food is great (I had one of the best calamari dishes with a little chorizo and stuffed lobster that I am still dreaming about). It is BYOB but if you want liquor go to its neighbor Elizabeths which is run by the same owners.

We try to keep cruising speed at 9 knots so with Fairhaven on 45 nm from Nantucket it is a great location.

No Nonsense Service, 2010-09-03
Captain: , Barnegat NJ USA (610)

We waited out a hurricane in early September 2010 here, tied alongside with excellent results. First rate service and know-how.

Nice Stop Heading South, 2010-06-24
Captain: , Edenton, NC (115)

All around working shipyard, catering to small craft as well as the big boys. Full service, wifi, showers, bathrooms. Slips were over $3 per ft/night, pl,us another $10 for electrical hookup. Dockmaster and staff very helpful.

friendly staff, 2009-06-15
Captain: , prudence (30)

friendly staff stayed late to help us dock. well kept facility

Good repair facility, 2009-06-07
Captain: , Miami, fl (3544)

can't comment on the marina, but i had a 70 footer hauled out for a week in the fall of 08 and some work done. no complaint... friendly and professional staff. Good Cat shop as well.

their prices were significantly lower than Newport yards.

Docks and Amenities, 2007-04-23
Captain: , Newport, RI (249)

Marina floating docks are excellent. Parking can be tight at peak times. Oriented to both commercial and pleasure boating, so huge travel lift and excellent repair facilities. Staff generally friendly and helpful. Gated facilities with access card. Restaurants and convenience store within easy walking distance.

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