Details for Gloucester Harbormaster Town Dock

Gloucester Harbormaster Town Dock

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 12 reviews

Address 19 Harbor Loop
Gloucester, MA 01930


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

16, 09
Gloucester Harbor Launch on VHF 72


Email contact

Owner, manager


TJ (Thomas) Ciarametaro


Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

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Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


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Fuel dock: Unknown

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

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Transient: 28
Total: 28
Transient price: $40.00 (2017-01-13)

Other price info: 2017: $40 per night mooring fee, includes launch service. You may contact the launch directly on Channel 72 or call 978-726-0155. The launch will deliver you to the three primary public landings (Cripple Cover, St Peter's, and Solomon Jacobs) or a waterfront business of your choice.

There are moorings placed at the Inner Harbor which is in close proximity to downtown shops and restaurants, the Southeast Harbor that puts you much further out, and the Western Harbor, off of Stage Head. The dinghy dock is right next to the CG Station at the foot of the Harbormaster's office.

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

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Cable TV (and pricing)

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Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

No - The dinghy dock formerly next to the CG station is closed. They are remediating soil contamination and removing the deteriorating pier. Per the Harbormaster, the closest dinghy dock is now St. Pete's Landing in Harbor Cove. No word on a replacement for the dock by the Harbormaster's office. 2015

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Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Yes - There's a launch service included with the mooring fees.

Pump out

Yes - No fee.










Hotels or motels

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Reviews for Gloucester Harbormaster Town Dock
Nice stop; plenty to do; Inner Harbor moorings are the best, 2017-08-22
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (1453)

Stayed 2 nights, 8/17-18/17 on Inner Harbor mooring for $40/night. Staff was great at rearranging mooring reservations to allow us to stay on one of their largest balls an extra night past our reservation. Didn't have a problem with wakes noted by other reviewers. Launch service was included in mooring fee and would take us and pick us up wherever we wanted to go in the harbor - very good service! Never could see the city wifi but managed to occasionally connect to open wifi; mostly unusable. Would be helpful if laundry facitliy was available.

Highly recommend sushi at Latitude 43. The current show at Cape Ann Museum is very well done: depicts the history of the maritime industries in the area using artwork and artifacts. Allow plenty of time to see all three floors of the museum.

Easy, safe stop, but expect a lot of wakes, 2017-07-31
Captain: , Providence (443)

The harbormaster runs a very smooth operation. The moorings are in a good, protected location and the launch service is quick and efficient.

The downside are the number of inconsiderate people that run large wakes in the harbor and even within the mooring fields. I had a boat pass within a few feet of me trowing a 2 foot wake -- he nearly swamped one of th eboats in the mooring field. Allegedly there's a $50 fine for violating the "no wake" zone in the harbor, but it's not enforced.

Best Seat in the HArbor, 2016-08-05
Captain: , Wickford, RI (560)

We reserved mooring SC1 at the entrance to Smith Cove and really enjoyed watching the boat traffic of all kinds. Used the Harbormaster launch to go downtown but could easily have dingied in.
All the Smith Cove restaurants are an easy dinghy ride away.

Very helpful, 2016-06-22
Captain: , Charlotte NC (40)

Stoppped for 2 hours to eat and shop. Used the launch to get in and out and they waived the short term mooring fee! Super nice folks. Love this town and glad we could lunch stop before hitting the canal at low tide (stressful). I highly recomend the Anisquam canal!!! Unique

Busy Working Harbor, 2015-09-09
Captain: , Hampton NH (292)

Was here in late July. Called in and was offered a mooring in the Stage Head area of the harbor (west of Tenpound Island). This area may be good for some day boats but an overnight is all but impossible due to the constant heavy wakes from canal traffic. When the harbormaster boat came by to collect the fee our plight was obvious. Soon we were moved to an inner harbor mooring that became available due to a cancellation and we were fine. Hats off to the harbormaster staff but the Stage Head moorings should not be offered for overnights!

noisy harbor, 2015-08-19
Captain: , Oriental, NC (97)

Moorings $30
Launch $5/person/one-way trip
Inner harbor anchorage between red-green marker and mooring field. about 5 boats. high tide depth about 30' to calculate scope.
industrial fans blowing all night in fish processing plant. Backup beeper (multiple forklifts?) until 11pm.Parking lot lights shine into harbor all night.
Checkout time is Noon. Must contact Harbormaster to extend your stay No credit cards Office on side of builfing. If closed, main office is up unlabeled metal stairs at waterfront end of building.
No toilets, no showers (see YMCA), dock water via non-food-grade hose.
Passport Restaurant lunch very nice.

A must visit, 2015-07-23
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

Call in advance to the HarborMaster or email him for a Town mooring. A new (2014) Town launch service will take you anywhere in the harbor, which includes a few shore side resturants. The Town itself is nice with small shops and some touristy things but has retained its working harbor nature. Browns marina is an easy in and out for fuel.
I'm upgrading my 2014 review to 5 Stars. The Harbormaster and crew do all they can to accomodate you. The City of Glouchester welcomes your arrival amoung the working harbors busy and interesting mix of boats. Mooring fees have risen to $30 per night. A great place.

2015 update, 2015-07-18
Captain: , Rockland, Maine (70)

The mooring fee is now $30. Good shore access from the town landings at the head of Harbor Cove, the Harbor Master's Office or the head of Cripple Cove (the head of the south harbor channel.

Inner Harbor Mooring, 2014-10-04
Captain: , Avondale, PA (448)

My crew and I spent two nights hanging on a mooring in the inner harbor. They seemed tightly spaced but we never got close to the boats around us. Note that the launch service stops after Labor Day. We rowed ashore and left our dinghy at the dinghy dock. There's a small but nice Maritime Gloucester museum on Harbor Loop, next to the Harbor Master's office. There's a Walgreen's and laundromat nearby and a lot of restaurants a few blocks away on Rogers Road. There's even a Whole Foods market about 0.7 miles away. Other than a noisy dinner cruise boat with a live and amplified singer, it was a quiet night. The price was right ($25/night) so I'll probably come back to explore the town some more.

Good dockage close-in historic Gloucester MA, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Portsmouth, NH (279)

Friendly and helpful staff, good location, easy entrance from ocean with well-marked channel. Easy walking to historic old-town. My favorite food and libation close by was Latitude 43, really friendly people too. But, don't think of trying to stop here mid June during the annual St Peter's blessing of the fleet... everything anywhere around is full at that time.

Interesting stop 7/17/11, 2011-07-19
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Intertesting historic town, still an active fishing port. Mooring balls, @ a resonable $25, close to downtown sites, though mooring field is rolly. Harbor Master was helpful and dinghy dock was convenient. Great Cape Ann Museum. Plenty of restaurants and shops and Chamber of Commerce nearby. Locale for parts of The Perfect Storm book and movie. Great seafaring traditions are evident.

Friendly town to sailors!, 2010-12-16
Captain: , New York (199)

this dock is close to town for shopping and dining, and is immediately adjacent to the US Coast Guard Station. There is provision for leaving a dink here as well. Stop by the Harbormaster's office for an information packet on waterfront amenities.

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