Details for J.O. Brown and Sons, Inc.

J.O. Brown and Sons, Inc.

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Average rating 3.5 stars from 11 reviews

Address SeaSide Lane, PO Box 525
North Haven, ME 04853


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Easy. Off the Fox Island Thorofare. Watch for the nav buoys and the North Haven Ferrry.





Tide & current additional info

Wake during the day from the traffic on the Thorofare. However, it's a place to watch the world go by.


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: 6

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
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Transient price: Unknown

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Other price info: $25 a night. Go ashore and pay at the office. No charge for temporary, short term use while shopping ashore.

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

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - Row to the J.O. Brown fuel dock or dinghy dock to the E of the ferry dock, or to the town dock to the W of the ferry dock. The town dock is larger and cleaner.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeNo

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - Reported July 2012: Brown's has ice cubes this year. You can also get cubes and blocks at the North Haven Grocery a couple of miles out of town on the Pulpit Harbor road. They will pick you up and drive you back after you shop. It is a well stocked store, the only one on the island, 207-867-2233.






Yes - North Haven Grocery is a couple of miles out of town on the Pulpit Harbor road. They will pick you up and drive you back after you shop. It is a well stocked store, the only one on the island, 207-867-2233.




Hotels or motels

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Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for J.O. Brown and Sons, Inc.
a great place gets better, 2015-08-22
Captain: , Portland, Me (30)

More improvements than I have seen anywhere in one year. New pier is beautiful and new floats under construction. New fuel system. still amazed with what I can find in the chandlery. The big building that may have been the school has been renovated and now has a small market and bakery. Laundry and showers. other new stores in the village.

No frills but a nice place to hang out, 2015-08-20
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1332)

J.O. Brown operates on island time and with a true island mentality, personifying the term Old Fashioned. This is definitely a no frills kind of stop--the $25 moorings are serviceable (though there's a bit of wake from the busy dinghy docks and the ferry) and the docks are rugged and well used and in so-so repair. The workshop fronting on the water looks like it was created over 100 years ago and might still have a lot of remnants from those days. Likewise the ship's store. But the people are laid back and friendly, the calls on the radio and telephone are answered by knowledgeale folks, and the whole experience is about what you'd expect in a tiny (pop. 355 full time residents) island community.

If you prefer to save your $25 the Grindstone anchorage about 0.3 mile to the E works fine. It's no more rolly than the moorings--a bit more wake from yachts and lobster boats going through the thoroughfare but not as many wakes from boats headed to/from the dinghy dock.

Do not take your trash ashore--no place to dispose of it. And we heard (but didn't confirm) that the local water is a but funky.

One upscale restaurant ashore: Nebbo Lodge. It's a BandB that serves dinner to all comers. Reservations recommended, though you can eat on the porch or at the bar without reservations. A bit pricey but a nice farm-to-table island experience with delicious food.

Individual ratings given: 3: Current protection (average) 5: Holding (excellent in the Grindstone anchorage 5: Wind protection (excellent) 3: Wake protection (average) 4: Scenery quality (good) 1: Shopping facilities (poor)

Great Boatyard and service., 2015-07-30
Captain: , Rockport, Me (191)

We have been using Brrowns for 10 years now and you cant find any better!. New docks, Fuel systen..etc.

great old boatyard, 2015-06-23
Captain: , Rockland Me (10)

While there is not one ounce of flash here, there is a lot of history, and a lot of class. Fuel, ships store, moorings are here and they can provide experienced service. (several generations worth) It looks and feels like the boatyards of 10 or 30 or probably 100 years ago.

On the first day of the only cruise last season, I drowned the new propane outboard. Really drowned, I dragged the dingy upside down through Rockland harbor. Of 3 calls they were the only one that could look at it in less than 2 weeks. Same day, 2 hours and done. Very reasonalbly priced.

I'd reccomend it highly, as a no nonsense place to get service.

Not much of a town, but for one weekend in August...., 2014-08-10
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3112)

All the other reviews are accurate: there isn't much here to attract anyone, BUT..... if you ever have the good timing to be near North Haven during their Community Days, the street party there is without equal. The place barely has a grocery, the one restaurant is a takeout window, BUT the amount of musical talent in this town of 355 is beyond belief. Five bands, and every band was just phenomenal. I don't give musical accolades easily, but this town frickin' ROCKS! Citizens from 3 to 90 were dancing in the, do I hurt today!

J.O. Brown - good for mooring, 2013-07-29
Captain: , Colchester VT (380)

JOB on the mooring balls. Would suggest calling early to reserve one as they do not have a lot available. Their facilities are rudimentary - NO trash - Marine store is ok. They only have ice cubes - $5 for 10lbs. Tafts guide is a bit misleading about North Haven. They have one nice lunch restaurant and that is about it for the amenities. We were not allowed to drop off trash at JOB - told that we could perhaps hitchhike to the down dump up near Pulpit - same thing was true about the market (no market to provision in town - about 3 miles - same direction as the dump!)
The town is lovely - a quaint little Maine village.

Great Mooring, 2012-08-14
Captain: , Seattle, WA (415)

J.O. Brown is a very old dated marina that has no facilities. But you can pick up a mooring bouy that says JOB on it for $25 a day. You are on the honor system to go in to pay for it since nobody will come to the boat. Cute little town with a great community center for info and give them a donation for the wifi connection. Closest grocery store is 3 miles away but 2 great resteraunts right in town.
Nebo Lodge is an excellent sit down resteraunt with awesome food must make reservations or The Landing for a casual sit on the deck hamburger or fish and chips. Many people recommended Pulpit Harbor which is near the grocery store but North Haven was a perfect place for us and just as pretty.

Closed on July 4, 2011-09-21
Captain: , Deer Isle, Maine (514)

I stopped here looking for fuel on July 4 and the place was closed. Looked pretty derelict.

Not Fancy, but good service and nice folks, 2011-08-05
Captain: , Kittery, ME (200)

This is not for the gold plater set, but if you need fuel, water, or service, JOB can provide it. The moorings are strong and cheap ($20 in July 2011) and they usually don't charge for termporary use while shopping ashore. The market is closed, but there are a couple of spots near the ferry dock for lunch and a restaurant for dinner. The JOB staff is accommodating, knowlegeable and pleasant, but you'll do your own docking and pumping. I like this place.

Talk about a real Maine location, 2010-08-26
Captain: , Key Biscayne FL (3103)

J.O Brown is a broken down, grubby place that in Maine can only be described as authentic. The dock shed looks like a marine flea market. I mean this in a good way. Try the showerrs for a unique experience.

Busy little place with lots of wakes, 2008-08-25
Captain: , Charleston, SC (215)

Mooring field somewhat confusing. No services, you must go ashore to pay. Locals buzz around the mooring field without regard to leaving significant wakes. Town has little amenities. Next time we'll stop in a quiet anchorage nearby, there are many.

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