Details for Journeys End Marina

Journeys End Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 45 reviews

Address 120 Tillson Avenue
Rockland, ME 04841-3424


After hours contact

Pro-Op message

Journey's End Marina is a full service marina! We offer summer slips and moorings, along with a large number of dedicated transient slips for the summer crusing crowd. We also offer both indoor and outdoor winter storage for both sail, and power.

Journey's End has also just added a new "state of the art" paint booth to paint boats up to 80 feet. We are finishing up a new 18,000 square foot building that will offer heated indoor storage, along with three new heated work bays.

We have two Travelifts one is a 2013 75 ton at out main location, and a 50 ton at our north location.

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Nick O'Hara, Doug Woodbury



John Huard / Jonathan Cormier

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Year round services for fuel, travel lift, repairs, and limited winter dockage.


Fuel dock is located just past Rockland CG station.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 15
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 300
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.25/ft (2017-09-22)

Other price info: For 46 - 75 feet it is $3.00 per foot.
For 75 feet and above $3.75 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Moorings book quickly so call for availability.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Transient:
30 amp is $15 per day.
50 amp is $30 per day.
100 amp is $50 per day.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Valvtect

Gas price$2.70/gal (2017-09-22)

Other price info: Cash discount of $0.05 per gallon. Checks accepted.

Diesel price$2.45/gal (2017-09-22)

Other price info: Cash discount of $0.05 per gallon. Call for quantity discounts for over 500 and 1000 gallons. Checks accepted.



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: No problem, just pick up after your pet.

Disability access

No - Ramps can be extremely steep due to the tide.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - At fuel dock working and efficiently handled.


Yes - Blocks and cubes; 5 pound bags.




Yes - 2014, new dock office located conveniently in the center of the marina. 5 new beautiful bathrooms with showers open 24 hours.
Showers are coin operated.


Yes - New 2012, a marina office in the center of the marina includes 5 individual bathrooms.


Yes - In the marina office building are 2 coin operated washers and dryers. Washers are $1, dryers $1 for 45 minutes, 2015. Located in the head/shower area with 24 hour access.


Yes - Hannaford and Shaws (1.5-2 mi).

Hannaford Supermarkets - Pharmacy
75 Maverick St.

Sweets and Meats Market is a local grocery store that is up the hill from the Rockland Public Landing. They will deliver to the docks, and offer pre-made meals, as well as groceries and other goods. The store also has free WiFi, and a small area to sit for coffee/espresso and a bite to eat. The store's address is 218 Main St.; phone # 207-594-2070. The spring/summer hours are Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The winter hours are Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., closed on Sundays.

Rite-Aid, within walking distance at 26 Park Street, has a small grocery section.


Yes - Journey's End has a great chandlery a couple of blocks form the waterfront. Hamilton Marine is a block away.


Yes - It's a couple of blocks into town where there are lots of restaurants, bars, and stores.


Yes - In town.

Hotels or motels

Yes - A block or so away.

Repair capabilities

Yes - All marine repairs.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Haul outs available at all tides with their new 75 ton travel lift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Indoor and outdoor winter storage available

Fishing supplies

Yes - There are fishing supplies available at Hamliton Marine a block away.

Chartering capabilities


Internet access

Yes - WiFi available. ATT and Verizon cell coverage is reported to be good.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Public ramp is 2 miles away.


Yes - Local Taxi

Other services


Farnsworth Art Museum and Lighthouse Museum nearby. Owls Head Transportation Museum and Breakwater Lighthouse within 5 miles.

Reviews for Journeys End Marina
Easy tie up, nice town 2 blocks away, 2017-07-29
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (1453)

We stayed 7/20-21 as transients; easy tie on T-head in a very sheltered cove. Good power, water, wifi, very nice huge washers / dryers (2 each) for $1 but got error code on 1 washer at night so no one to reset it. Nice boaters lounge with several private restroom / shower facilities. Coin operated showers seemed a little weird; didn't use them. We didn't need repairs but the facilities here look very impressive.

Cute walkable town just 2 blocks away, including Hamilton Marine Store (1 blk) and Farnsworth Museum (nice Andrew Wyeth collection), very nice galleries and shops.

High quality facility, could improve staffing, 2016-08-25
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (61)

Weathered a storm at the docks. Easy walk to town and restaurants. Rite aid pharmacy on main road to south side of town. Staff nonexistent on docks. Count on doing your own solo docking here, unless a fellow visiting yachtie happens to be about. Showers and laundry were high quality and clean and air conditioned. We needed CNG for our stove and all I got from the person behind the desk was a mix of "huh" and "what's that?" (They didn't have it, but Wayfarer/LymanMorse did.) I think once you get beyond the front desk there are very talented people here, but the first contact with customers needs improvement.

Rockland's Finest, 2016-08-20
Captain: , Visalia, CA (380)

The dock crew are friendly and helpfull. Rockland is a great place to reprovision, much easier than Camben. It is a short walk to Main St. with all of the shops and restaurants. There is a Herrafords Market a $5.00 cab ride

fantastic marina, 2016-05-16
Captain: , Rockland, ME (90)

Staff at all levels very helpful and knowledgable. They go to great lengths to make repairs happen in a promptly and the work is top notch. Facilities are clean and conveniently located.

Phone system from hell, 2015-09-23
Captain: , Boston (185)

I phoned the Journey's End marina looking for a slip in Rockland. Their answering system has a long list of managers, but no simple entry like "waterfront" or "slips". I left a message requesting a slip, and also submitted an email request. I never heard back from them. Interestingly enough, I also remembered having seen a boat for sale at Journey's End marina with an engine that had been messed up through a failed winterization.

The people at the Rockland Landings Marina were very responsive and pleasant to deal with.

Great After the Busy Season, 2015-09-09
Captain: , Hampton NH (292)

This is the place to come for major repair work. They have a large staff used to the big jobs of commercial fishermen and seem to be able to handle anything. And they treat yachts with great care and attention to detail. I came in with a nagging problem and high expectations and came away very satisfied. There seems to be a lot of personal attention to make sure the job is done right. It is also a wonderful and accommodating marina with clean and very adequate showers and laundry facilities. A good choice for a layover in Rockland. However, the dock staff seem to be overwhelmed with major shows and large groups in late July and early August. The year around clientel that I met all seemed to love the place, unlike many other full service marinas I have visited. A good sign indeed.

Best FULL SERVICE Marina in Rockland, 2015-08-26
Captain: , Glen Cove, NY (281)

EXCELLENT STAFF KNOCKS THEMSELVES OUT TO CARE FOR YOUR NEEDS!! Facility divided into two separate marinas...North-predominately seasonal power boats and fisherman, size limit approx 45ft. South-one 250+ft? face dock, fuel dock, travel lifts and Dock Office. South side often has Mega Yachts with room left over for Sail/Power vessels 45ft and larger if space on dock available. South side is very busy in daytime with normal comings/goings of a working boat yard...can be noisy. Very quiet at night. South side shares waterway with Coast Guard major docking piers...can get exciting if alert sounds!

This particular weekends staff not efficient or trained., 2015-08-24
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

This is the busiest weekend of the year in Rockland. the Maine Harbor, homes and boat show occupies the city dock and most moorings. the NY yacht club with 50+ boats is due into the harbor and to top it off the Sabre Rendezvous starts Sunday. All of this is foreseen. I made my reservation in March. Confirmed. they ultimately found my reservation and a great weekend dock guy was at the slip to help me tie up but the two young guys in the office could not cope with the computers, the incessant calls on the phone and VH and fuel dock duty, as well. The internet was down and the guy who could reboot it was gone for the day. I don't think JEM put its best foot forward this weekend.

On Time and Under Budget, 2015-08-15
Captain: , Lincolnville, ME (10)

I had a bilge pump in the engine compartment quit about 2 miles off Matinicus, which caused a fair amount of water to get splashed over the engine by the belt. My engine was not a happy camper when I brought the boat to Journey's End. The crew there promptly got on it and gave a diagnosis, which was essentially that there was damage to some of the electronic components of the engine, which was to be expected due to the circumstances. I am sure that you can imagine the wide range of issues that could have been present. Long story short, the crew at Journey's End tracked down all of the culprit issues and got them fixed in short order. I was fortunate that the damages were not nearly as extensive as they could have been, but the Journey's End crew fixed them quickly and did not go over-board ringing the cash register, if you know what I mean. This was a perfect opportunity for a marina to just start replacing parts and racking up the bill. In fact, it probably would have been easier for them to do that, instead of really figuring out what was actually effected and replacing only actual damage. In the end, I got my boat back sooner than I had been told and the final bill was only about 1/3 of what they had quoted me to expect. And upon picking the boat up, the general manager of the marina even accompanied me down to the vessel and listened to her run with me. He went over some pointers and gave me suggestion on optimal ways to care for the boat. Doug Woodbury was my primary contact person there and he was excellent about staying in touch and letting me know how the progress was going. Those guys stay very busy, which I could tell, and Doug still made it a point to let me know that I could call him at any time on his cell and that it was not a bother to him. I literally could not have been happier with the service that I received at Journey's End Marine. It was a trifecta of customer satisfaction: service, cost and quality, all of which were first rate.

Journey's End ROCKS, 2015-08-02
Captain: , South Freeport, Maine (10)

The gang at JE delivered fully for us as we limped in after having spent a night on a rock in Seal Bay, Vinalhaven (long story). We were taking on water slowly - so they put us first in the queue on a Saturday morning for a quick-haul to check things out. Turns out we had cracked a plank. While not equiped for this type of wooden-boat repair, Shane and Doug - and the incomparable Mike Weaver - all rolled up their sleeves to deliver a grade-A patch that will get me through to my home port for proper repairs.

The team at JE was professional, courteous and knowledgeable. The facility is clearly growing. Solid investment is evident in the new paint booth and storage / work areas. Great to see uplift in the boating economy!

Overall the experience gets 5 stars from me!

Rock on, guys!

Outstanding Service, 2015-07-31
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (199)

The true measure of a marina is how they treat a customer who gets stuck at their facility. Journey's End Marina gets five stars from me. My 15hp, on the inflatable, stopped running just off Journey's End dock. Gray Eagle, our Tashiba 40 was anchored well out in Rockland Harbor. With no way to get out to the big boat I was stuck. The Service Rep, Doug Woodbury immediately understood my crisis and took charge of removing the outboard, giving it top priority, and having their skilled mechanic, Jonathan, rebuild the carberator, tune the engine, replace my fuel and get me up and running. What made this experience different from almost any other marina I've done business with is communications. Doug arranged to get me back to anchored Gray Eagle, called me several times on my cellphone during the day with progress reports and finally he personally came out to pick me up when the outboard was repaired. I even got a call from the mechanic asking about the sick motor. Communicating made me feel like my problem was being worked on. Finally, I thought this was going to be extrdinarilly expensive. In fact, my bill was a fair. I highly recommend Journey's End Marina in Rockland, Maine. Thanks for saving the cruise.

Need a Cell Phone, 2015-07-31
Captain: , Portland, ME (240)

Service staff is superb. Pulled in after a very rolly trip across the Bay. Asked one of the dock hands if there was someone to talk to about a structural issue. Oh yea, my Dad could answer that. Ten minutes later he was on the boat telling me how to correct the problem, asked for him do the repair, next day its done.

The down side, coming in called on channel 16 -nope, ch 09 - nope, cell phone, yup! - The dock office does not answer the radio! Not just for us, happened repeatedly during our four day stay.

Still, excellent shower room, and all the other goos things others have written. We will be back.

Great facility but marina very poorly managed on our visit, 2015-07-24
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (1344)

One star for the dock office team and four stars for the facility itself, for an average of two point five stars.

This is an update of my review from last year. We've been coming to Journey's End for more than a decade but on our latest visit they seemed to have the B-team on duty, or maybe the C- or D-team.

It started when we called for reservations. Trying to get a slip reservatrion was a lot like roulette. We called for reservations two days ahead and were told, Nope, full up. Called one day out and got put on hold forever. Called back and were told there was nobody available who could help us but they took our number and promised to call back They didn't. Called back on our way into Rockland,30 minutrs out, and we were told, oh yeah, we have room for you.

We called on VHF as we were in the approach channel. No answer. Called again with the marina in sight. Got an answer. Told 'em we were three minutes out and asked if they could have a dockhand to point us to our slip. Yes. Arrived as the dockhand was leaving the office and had to wait for him. The dockhand put us in the wrong slip and failed to properly secure the first line he put on a cleat. We had to move not once but twice to other positions on the long dock over the next two hours.

Last review I complimented JE on not requiring captains to walk to the marina office and handling paperwork on the pier. That's no longer the case. The walk of shame to the marina office is back in full force, and getting the paperwork done there is a shambles of ineptitude on the other side of the counter. The counter herlp could not for the life of them bill us correctly.

The faciility is a nice as ever, but the dock office team is poorly trained and poorly managed this summer. Next time around we'll try the competition.

Hello, O'Hara managment, are you listening?

P.S. One great addition to Rockland since our last visit is the brand new Main Street Market, 435 Main Street, just a five- or seven-minute walk from JE. A GREAT selection of what appear to be nice, farm fresh friuits and veggies at very fair prices. Lots of other interesting gourmet items too.

From our previous (2014) review:

Offering perhaps the most protected location in rolly Rockland Harbor, Journey's End Marina is owned and operated by the O'Hara Corporation of Seattle and Rockland. This is a marina right in a working boatyard, but the major part of O'Hara's bigger businesses is in fish, ice, bait, and boat repairs--something that becomes immediately apparent as soon as you come ashore here.

Nonetheless, Journey's End is a well-managed marina with excellent new floating docks, superb electric (my votage meter is reading a solid 240 at I glance at here on the long dock), a new office and captain's lounge, friendly dockhands, and good protection from Rockland's perpetually rolly harbor swell. The marina is a short walk to restaurants, museums, marine stores incuding a large and well-stocked Hamilton Marine hardware store, and more.

And this is the first marina I've visited in a LONG time that did not require the usual walk to the office to handle paperwork. My credit card number was taken when I made the reservation, and no further paperwork was required. WHAT AN IDEA FOR OTHER MARINAS TO EMULATE!

The noise from the nearby Coast Guard station is barely noticeable, but there is a bit of noise from the Travel Lift and boat repairs right alongside.

Bottom line: easily the best of the marinas we've tried in Rockland. But that was in 2014, not 2015 which is very different.

Rocky rolly, 2015-07-22
Captain: , Beaumont, TX (669)

Rock land itself is great . Excellent museum...Farnsworth...displaying Andrew Wyeths works. But...moorings are too exposed to wakes mainly from the sports fishing boats and ra ra sea ray crowd.

Transient moorings are pretty exposed, 2015-07-13
Captain: , Yarmouth, ME (192)

The title says it all. Ferries and fishing trawlers passing nearby frequently. On the positive side they helped out in a jam and Rockland has come a long way. Showers are clean. So, four stars overall but I would get a slip if you can.

Great Marina, 2015-07-03
Captain: , Constitution Marina, Boston (80)

The marina is a combination of a great marina together with working yard that repairs boats of all sizes. Good faciilities - although showers need coins which we didnt realize until we got there and had none. Local to town for bars and restuarants. Very friendly and helpful staff. Will definately come back.

almost perfect, 2015-06-23
Captain: , Oriental, NC (139)

I really thought I would give these guys a bad review, based on a disagreement on a bill regarding the cost of shrinkwrapping. I will say that this disagreement was handled poorly and we had a bitter taste in our mouths when we first arrived back here. But since we have been here they have treated us royally. Problems are handled quickly and expertly, the dockside facilities are sufficient and spotlessly clean. The management seems to be more in synch with the staff than last year. So, I can heartily recommnd them, just make sure you have prices in writing for All services.

Great Marina, 2014-08-31
Captain: , Northport MI (405)

We stopped here 2x and were warmly greeted with efficient docking assistance. Dock was on northside and very quiet. Facilities are very clean (showers, head and commode in same private room-there are more than 4). Do have to pay $0.25/minute for shower but is really not a biggie. Washers and driers are $1.00 each. Short walk to amenities in town--don't miss the Lighthouse Museum nor the Farnsworth Museum with Wyeth family collections. Farmer's Market on Thursdays.

Fuel Price Confirmed, 2014-08-27
Captain: , New Castle, NH (21)

We purchased diesel yesterday. $3.69 cash price including tax. $3.74 credit card. Dockage does roll. Pleasant staff, but seems understaffed. Be patient. More of a boatyard than a marina. If you need repairs in the area, this would be a good place to go. Very busy. Great fuel price.

A full service marina, 2014-08-13
Captain: , Wickford, RI (587)

Stayed at one of the marina moorings for two nights during the local lobster festival. A bit rolly with the tour boats passing through. Best fuel prices around. Local shops and a well equiped marine store just up the street.

Functional Marina, 2014-08-09
Captain: , Norwalk (303)

Friendly, professional staff. Marina is basic, but everything works well.
The town is close by and the restaurants are very good!

No frills, great location, 2014-08-04
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1244)

Least expensive fuel in the area. The Eagle was at the CG station, a beautiful sight!! Very convenient to down town. Excellent docks and solid power!! Helpful and friendly staff. Nice place to stay in Rockland with minimal surge in what is a normally a very rolly harbor.

Great Customer Service, 2013-09-08
Captain: , Kenosha, WI (10)

Needed keel work performed. We were only out of the water for 24hrs. Very efficeint yard.

Great Customer Service, 2013-08-23
Captain: , Whitby (400)

I've used this marina three times. Once each in 2010, 2012, and most recently in August, 2013.
I can't say enough good things about the facility and staff.
We needed to do some engine work following an altercation with a lobster pot bouy and warp.
We lifted out on their travel lift to inspect shaft, prop, and strut. Then replaced two engine mounts and did an oil change for good measure.
The fellow operating the travel lift was masterful. The parts dept. fellow did a great job getting me the parts I needed.
All in all, a very well run facility which I recommend highly.

We were referred by family who are local, and they were right!, 2013-08-08
Captain: , New Castle, NH PGI, Florida (320)

Our engine was losing coolant, so we arranged for a pressure test at JEM in Rockland on the recommendation of my brother in law. There was a little bit of confusion among the staff when we arrived on Monday morning, having made arrangments before the weekend, but once we tied up, everything fell into place. The technician came over to us on the dock with everything he needed to do the pressure test, and we were in and out of there in no time at a reasonable cost. Since we didn't need a new head gasket (phew!), we moved the boat out to a city mooring since we had to get off the boat for the week. Some friends ran aground in Muscongus Bay and were on the hard at JEM for a week to do the repairs to their keel. They loved the marina, staff, and facilities (even though they were on the hard for a week!!) so that says a lot. I would not hesitate to recommend JEM for any work/repairs you might need.

Advantages Of A Full Service Marina, 2013-05-08
Captain: , Halifax N.S. (60)

We were on our way back to Nova Scotia from R.I when we foulded the propeller with lobster line and plastic wrap south of Metinic Is. Without the time needed to continue on the decision was made to truck the boat home.

Leaving your boat behind is never a good feeling. However leaving it with Mike Davee and the crew at JEM make me feel secure in the decision that we have made. There is something to be said about using the services of a full service marina. The customer service and attention to details at JEM are as good as it gets. Premises are spotless and washrooms extremely clean

Can't say enough good things, 2012-09-19
Captain: , Scituate, MA (195)

We had an engine failure on a Saturday and ended up at the docks where the mechanic, Nick, immediately diagnosed the problem. The staff couldn't have been more helpful, the work done was outstanding, and since I had to spend the night there I was impressed with the cleanliness of the facility. After the work was done the the mechanic, Issac, went out for a on-water trial and checked very carefully that all was working correctly. If you need a great place, this is the place to be.

Outstanding Service, 2012-08-23
Captain: , Seattle, WA (445)

We had to have some work done on our boat and this marina was awesome. Both Johnathan and Issac who worked on our boat were very professional and did a great job, plus they were really nice guys. The marina is right next to their working serviceyard and the coast guard but at night it is protected and very quiet. Nice new bathrooms/showers and laundry facilities. We would highly recommend this marina if you need any service work done. Also don't miss going to Primo Resteraunt (best food we've ever had), reservations are hard to get but the bar is first come first serve and opens at 5pm so get there at 5 and you'll get a seat.

Journey's End, 2012-08-16
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale, Florida (160)

Came in for Onan 5k genset work..lost an impeller [108hrs on set purchased in 2-2012] Ohara marine set us up here and it was pleasant. showers and laundry coin operated. Marina is clean and friendly. Wakes from passing lobster boats annoying as we were on an outside finger doc but was calm after 6.30pm. genset work completed in three hours-neat, competent and clean tech..

Previous reviews say it all, 2012-07-31
Captain: , Annapolis (451)

We agree with the comments made so far about Journey's End and would recommend it to future visitors to Rockland - it's pretty convenient to town, staff are friendly and the factilities (showers etc) are clean and well-maintained. We had a great time in Rockland over the North Atlantic Blues Festival weekend. Kayaked to the waterfront to listen to music from the water, loved the events outdoors on closed-down Main Street for pedestrians. Also, the Farnsworth Art Museum and the Harbor Square Gallery right downtown are both amazing. We had great cherry and "three-berry" pie at a little cafe on the main street - can't recall the name.

Journey's End for parts, 2011-09-03
Captain: , Kemah, TX (124)

Needed an alternator belt (V-belt). Tried two autoparts places in town that did not have it and needed 24 hrs to get it. Then went to the Journeys End ships store/parts dept. They had it withn an hour at the same price as the "discount" auto parts places.

Convenient, friendly - not pretty, 2011-08-15
Captain: , Portsmouth (372)

This is a favorite stop of ours. The staff is very helpful and friendly, the service operation always tries to provide the help you need, and it's a great location as a base for visiting Rockland.

The Farnsworth Museum, Lighthouse Museum, Hamilton Marine, a huge array of galleries and a nice selection of restaurants are all a few minutes walk away.

It's not a pretty facility or setting. It can be surgy. The CG facility, as others have said, makes a lot of noise. It's a busy yard.

But it's a friendly, reliable and convenient stop. Recommended.

Good stop for fuel, 2011-08-07
Captain: , Castine, Maine (284)

Usually the best diesel price on Penobscot Bay. I stop here for my season's fill-up. Paid $3.85/gal (including all tax) on 7/29/11. Staff was friendly and let us hang on a dock to have lunch.

Impressive Facility, good location, 2011-07-23
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

First understand this is a somewhat "commercial" area. It's a large and busy working boatyard. We were right next to the travellift and it got a lot of use. There are commercial fishing and other business activities all around, and yes, the CG boats and station make some noise. That said, the facilities are well-maintained and the staff friendly and helpful. Everything you need for the boat is here, or nearby at Hamilton Marine. The center of town is a short walk away. The heads and showers are clean, but only open during business hours.

Not Exactly What We Expected, 2011-07-13
Captain: , Stuart, FL (1019)

From all the reviews we expected a slightly better experience. The dock staff were very friendly and helpful. Power was only 209-210 volts and water pressure was not great. Price is right - $2.00/ft. including electricity. The O'Hara yard is certainly impressive with a great deal of activity. We are right next to the herring fleet and a construction barge. Looks like a couple of marinas around the corner (Trident) would be more comfortable.

Very Nice, but not quiet, 2011-01-05
Captain: , Ipswich, MA (318)

I have been to Journeys end many times and they are an excellent facility in a great town. Very nice people.

The place is very noisy starting at 6:45AM when the CG station tests all the lights and all the HORNS on every boat at the dock. Did I say loud?

If you move toward the other end of the dock the travel lift is in constant use (this is a very busy place) with the accompanying noise and sounds of such an operation. If you are inside with the windows closed, no issue, or if you are exploring all day and need some help getting out of the rack early, no problem.
The other side of the jetty is tight for anything over mid 30's and can be hot behind the wall.

Nice spot, nice people, 2010-11-26
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

Very nice folks who work hard to make you feel welcome. The docks are fine and the location is easy to find -- right past the Coast Guard Station. The town is an easy walk with everything you need. You'll pass Hamilton Marine on the way into town. Give yourself a lot of extra time as you'll get caught up wandering around this incredibly well stocked marine store. Be aware -- the Coast Guard whistle blows early and it is Loud! Clean showers (although only open during the day) and good fuel prices.

Ask about the marine stores and Boat transport Nth Sth East West coast any size best prices and service., 2010-06-01
Captain: , United Kingdom (227)

If you want boat equipment,eg diesels,outboards,commercial boat equipment,yacht equipment ect,they are the guys, they also can build you a boat.Full commercial boat facilities,storage haul out ,fibrglass repair and parts.They also have Transport rigs that can haul you from the east coast to the west coast,great service family owned.

Excellent facilty, if a bit pricey, 2010-03-05
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Of course, all the New England marinas were a shock after the Canadian marinas (even including the 15% Canadian tax) - $1/ft versus $3-4/ft. Well, it's a short season. We sat out an off-shore hurricane (Gus or Hanna, I think) on the south dock and it was just fine (see previous posts). Very convenient to town. If you are into Haute Cuisine, one of the best meals you will ever have in the US will be at Primo's (cab ride, but worth it).

Having been using JEM for 20 years, 2010-02-23
Captain: , Rockland, Maine (21)

I have done winter storage at JEM and had them undertake mechanical work on my various saiboats from 26' to 40' over the years. All of the comments about the staff being competent and professional holds true in my case, also. A local sailmaker, who does work up and down the coast, recently told me that he considers JEM the best yard in Maine.

For the last two seasons I've kept my boat at JEM's dock, which has been fine. I do, however, disagree with the statement by other reviewers that the north docks are preferable to those on the south side of the peninsula. The north docks can be quite hot on a warm summer day as the prevailing SW breeze is blocked by a large building. The south dock is open to the SW. The north dock being open to the north is more vunerable to Nor'Easters, with a fetch of about a mile within the harbor. Plus, the Travelift operates by the south docks, and there is always someone coming or going to gawk at. There is also one very long dock there that collects transient megayachts and the occasonal schooner (4 or 5 of the coastal schooners are based in Rockland)--all of great interest.

Rockland itself is a great town--a nice mix of upscale and nautical, with a little bit of scruffyness here and there to remind you that it's a real place. The Hamilton Marine store is a short walk up the road from JEM and has just about anything you might need for the boat at generally reasonable prices. There is one good grocery withiin (long) walking distance--Hannaford--but you will want to take a cab back if you have much to carry.

All in all, JEM is a great place and well located. Plus, everyone is friendly, not only the staff but even the dock rats like me.

Excellent Stop For Year Round or Transients, 2010-01-06
Captain: , Edenton, NC (115)

I have been a slip holder and now occupy covered winter storage. Without exception the staff has been professional, courteous and efficient. The prices are very reasonable, and they allow the owner to do as much or as little of your own work as desired. This is a full service marina as well as a working boatyard year round. I will remain a long-term customer.

Now that another year has passed, again I must continue to give Journey's End high marks. The workmanship is excellent, the yard personnel are professional, helpful and caring. The administrative leadership is supurb. My praises continue to grow. Finally, a marina and yard I can believe in.

Unbeatable Service, But Can Be Bouncy, 2009-07-08
Captain: , Occoquan, VA (456)

Very energetic staff and floating docks in great condition. Early on a Monday morning, I asked if a short-haul would be possible to check, and possibly change, zincs. The boat lives in fresh water and the bottom had not been seen in two years. Before I could get back to the boat, the dock hands were there waiting for me and the lift was lowering straps for the haul. It was very clear that everyone was experienced and knew exactly what they were doing. That is the good news.

The bad news would be a slip in the south marina with winds from the NE through SE. Here, you will bounce around a LOT. Request space in the north marina.

Don't miss the Wyeth exhibition at the Farnsworth Museum.

Showers and restrooms are immaculate. But, open only during business hours.

This is where you want to stay..., 2009-03-21
Captain: , MV Red Head (61833)

I haven't been able to go cruising for 2 years during the Winter. Journey's End is where I pulled my boat out of the water for Winter storage both years.

The facilities here are great. They are 2 blocks from the downtown area. Great restaurants, museums, and plenty to do. Wal-Mart is about a mile away. It's an excellent place to come for a few days - easy to get into and out of - good docks and friendly, helpful staff.

The staff has always been fine to work with here. They have the facilities to haul larger boats and do an excellent job with it. I'm a very tough customer but they've managed to keep me happy. That's no small feat!

I've given them a punch list of jobs that I wanted done when my boat has been stored here. They've always been handled with expertise at a fair price. They aren't cheap but the value is really good at this marina. The did an excellent job of prepping and bottom painting my boat along with some other mechanical (rudder repacking) and electronic (depth sensor replacement) projects.

Honestly, I hope that I'm on my boat next Winter and not at Journey's End. But if I had to store my boat again, I wouldn't hesitate coming back here.

If you aren't familiar with the area and want to visit Rockland, I'd give my highest recommendation to staying at Journey's End. I have quite a few points and reviews in ActiveCaptain - but few have been given the 5 stars that this marina deserves.

Excellent facility, 2008-11-10
Captain: , San Diego (5)

Our new boat, made in Rockland, was commissioned at J.E.M. We were there for about 2 weeks in September and left thoroughly pleased with the entire operation, which was professional, efficient, helpful, and reasonably priced. There are two marinas, one on the north side and the other on the south, which is the one with all the seagulls; we were in both. The north is better protected. The north is also next to the office, which has bathrooms and showers that are open during business hours. There is also a yard bathroom with is available 24 hours a day (and is very clean and heated). Good, inexpensive places to eat are within easy walking distance, as are a good marine store, Hamilton's and a good canvas shop, Gemini. There are two grocery stores in Rockland as well as a WalMart, Home Depot, and a new Lowe's in Thomaston; it really helped that we had a rental car but there are also two cab services in town. The laundromat is good but a bit far to walk to. Propane tanks can be filled at a station near the laundromat. We would not hesitate to go back to Journey's End.

Feels like a working boatyard rather than a marina, 2008-09-19
Captain: , Newport, RI (10275)

We decided to pull into Journey's End marina, which feels more like a working boatyard with slips rather than a marina. However, the slips are very well maintained and the only issue that I have with the marina is Sea Gulls...lots of Sea Gulls...Just be sure to keep your hose and brush out. The breakwater for Rockland is just submerged at high tide and as a result there's a good swell that works into all of the marinas in the area. The slips at Journey's End are probably better protected than most as the Coast Guard wharf extends well out to the E and provides a lot of shelter.

I can't say that we saw a lot of Rockland. Sue wanted to do laundry, so we got directions to the nearest laundromat, which as we found out once we started walking and using the not-to-scale map, turned out to be a mile away. Remind me not to do that again! We did see that there were lots of marine stores (such as Hamilton) nearby, so if you need parts, this is a great place for you. I also have great faith that get repairs done on anything that needs to be fixed.

Unlike other marinas in the area, the rate was a reasonable $1.70/ft. Note that the showers and bathrooms are only available during normal working hours.

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