Details for First Buffalo River Marina

First Buffalo River Marina

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.7 stars from 9 reviews

Address 32 Fuhrmann Blvd
Buffalo, NY 14203-3106


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 42
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets must be on a leash.

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out







Yes - New facilities, 2014.









Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - There are mechanics on site.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - They have the biggest travel lift in the Buffalo area, up to 50 tons.

Storage facilities

Yes - Storage, winterization, and shrink wrap services are available.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Other services

Park and launch service, sail boat racers, bottom wash services, and mast stepping and de-masting.


Inner Harbor concerts, Water Taxi, Outer Harbor concerts, Navel ship museum, Downtown Buffalo, and First Niagara Center.

Reviews for First Buffalo River Marina
The place to go for mast stepping/unstepping, 2017-09-07
Captain: , Bayfield, WI (40)

Very friendly, got the job done well, and the best price.

Gratitude is here!, 2016-05-06
Captain: , Bozeman Mt. (300)

Having a mast stepped in the Buffalo area is a suprise of the different attitudes of the competition. They are a fine facility with good knowledge. Kathy, Mike and Lee appreciate your business and are the most reasonable price. Do a fine job, want to please and have what everyone wants to be around, the ATTITUDE of GRATITUDE!!! Thanks again! Thor

Hidden Gem, 2015-07-02
Captain: , Charlevoix, MI (221)

This is one of those little places that transients will never find except by word of mouth or ACTIVE CAPTAIN. What a find. Kathy the marina manager was expectional from the start and treated us like family. We arrived with 2 other sailboats after a couple of weeks on the Eric Canal and were looking for a marina to step our masts. Kathy apolgized for not being able to do it that day, scheduled us for first thing the following morning and then gave us dockage at .50 a foot for the night. The mast step crew did a great job at almost half the quoted prices of the other Buffalo marinas. $195 flat fee. The other seasonal slip holders were wonderful neighbors and one drove me all over town looking for light bulbs! I can't say enough about these wonderful Buffalo sailors. Clean bathrooms. A bit of a crazy system for electric but when was the last time anyone batted 1000?

Mast stepping in the Buffalo area, 2014-08-21
Captain: , Calgary (291)

Good location for stepping a mast and did a good job at a vrey reasonable cost. Power, water available. Clean washrooms. Very friendly management and staff. Just a bit out of the way to stock up for an extended trip. Serviced my outboards as well

mast stepping in Buffalo area, 2013-08-06
Captain: , traverse city (120)

Great folks, friendly staff, clean showers,restrooms, etc. Very reasonable mast stepping rates and a very convenient location

mast stepping in buffalo area, 2013-08-01
Captain: , menominee mi (50)

Used wardell's last time, years back. And we called around this year. This is much cheaper and the work is first rate. Only a short distance off the beaten path. There is a city dock across from their facility to tie up to prepare that charges $1.00 a foot for overnight. They did what they said they would do for the price quoted ($175.00) for our mast and were on schedule as well. Absolutely no complaints. Highly recommended.

Mast stepping in Buffalo, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Britt, Ontario (711)

We did some shopping around and this was the best price we could find in Buffalo. The work was done quickly, carefully and at the price quoted. The three workers did the work with efficiency and great care. Highly recommend!

Unstepping the Mast, 2012-07-23
Captain: , Michigan City (349)

Doc and John were very helpful in getting our mast down and secured in the cradle. It was the first time taking our mast down so they were very patient with us while we asked questions and were extremely cautious every step of the way. Our electronics proved to be the biggest challenge since they had been recently installed and were all connected in the bilge. We took much longer to get the mast down than expected and they charged additional fees, but were reasonable. They typically charge around $225.00 to take the mast down and are one of the more reasonable ones in the area. They did a professional job and no damage to anything, despite the delays and the winds that continued to increase while the mast hanging in the crane.

This is a great place to step and de-step your mast for travel on the Erie Canal., 2011-06-24
Captain: , Gulf Shores Alabama (748)

This is a great place for stepping and destepping the mast for travel on the Erie Canal. Not knowing anything about the local area we had talked to many different individuals and reviewed comments on Active Captain. We talked to a sailor named Jim who had just come from East to West via the Erie canal, and took his boat to First Buffalo to step his mast. He told me they had done a great job and that he would not go anywhere esle. A week later, while preparing for our Erie Canal trip from West to East, we called First Buffalo Marina and they were very responsive. We set the apointment for Monday morning at 9:00 am and they started pulling the mast at 10:00. By twelve noon we had both masts down and laying in the cradle. The cost was $225. An added advantage to de-stepping in Buffalo instead of Tonawanda is that you do not have to raise any bridges to get to Tonawanda and the Canal. John and Doc did the work and they seemed to be very cautious and experienced at operating the crane and other heavy equipment. All of the other work such as building the cradle and removing the turnbuckles was done by us, not the marina. The marina itself was old and rundown, but the excellent work of John and Doc made up for it. One of the live aboard tennants took us to the grocery store and Doc even offered his truck. Everyone there was friendly and helpful. I would go there next time for pulling the mast.

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