Details for New Harbor Moorings

New Harbor Moorings

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 37 reviews

Address PO Drawer 220
Block Island, RI 02807


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Town moorings. Gas and diesel are available nearby at Champlins and Paynes.


Town moorings are green or orange colored and are 1st come, 1st served. Green moorings are for boats under 40 feet and oranage moorings are for heavier and larger boats that have higher windage. Absolutely positively no reservations or call aheads.

There may be some private moorings available for rent each afternoon, but you must check with the harbormaster on the radio.

VHF channel

Harbormaster monitors channel 12.


Email contact

Owner, manager

Town of New Shoreham


Steve Land


Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Credit cards now accepted by the harbormaster from his boat.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: May 15th to Oct 15th.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 14
Transient dockage: 50
Fuel dock: Unknown

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

Other info:


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2014-07-20)

Other price info:


Transient: 90
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Town moorings are solid green and orange. They prefer boats over 45 feet on the orange moorings. $45 per boat per night (plus $0.50 per person 'landing fee'). Check out at noon. No reservations, moorings are first come first served. If no moorings are available, call the Harbor Master on Channel 12 at 3:00 pm. He will put you on a private mooring for the night.

$25 per night after Labor Day.

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)

Yes - Available for a small fee at Block Island Boat Basin. A water and ice boat will deliver as well, VHF 71.

Dinghy access

Yes - Free dinghy dock at Block Island Boat Basin.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Old Port Launch services the entire Great Salt Pond.

Pump out

Yes - Hail the town pump out boat. Pump out is on VHF channel 73. As of 7-15-2012 there is no fee. Most people tip the operator.


Yes - At the marinas.
Also, at least on weekends, hail "Water Boy" boat on channel 72 for delivery.


Yes - Next to harbormaster's shack at Block Island Boat Basin.


No - Use the showers in Old Harbor.







Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for New Harbor Moorings
Plenty of Moorings after Labor Day - but no launch service!, 2016-10-09
Captain: , Avondale, PA (448)

(visited 9/16/2016) Unlike the reviewers below who experienced a crowded harbor and a rush for moorings, we arrived after 4 pm on a Friday and were told by radio to take any available lime green mooring in the field. There were lots of empty moorings and it was easy to pick one up. Even as a large number of boats arrived later in the evening, the harbor never seemed crowded. The moorings were fairly widely spaced and we never worried about colliding with the boats on nearby moorings.

Unfortunately, we learned after mooring that the launch service had stopped running after Labor Day. The launches were all moved to support the boat show in Newport. Our mooring was a long way from shore and we didn't feel up to rowing ashore so rather than stay the planned two nights, we left on Saturday and headed to Groton, CT.

New Shoreham Harbor is beautiful and we'll be back in the future to spend some time exploring Block Island itself.

Crazy mooring policy, 2016-09-03
Captain: , Portsmouth NH (450)

On the good side the harbormaster works very hard to accomodate LOTS of boats by making use of privately owned moorings once all the public moorings are full and they appear to manage to accommodate everyone, even on a busy weekend.

On the not so good side the system for doing this is totally crazy and a little dangerous. In the summer, if you arrive before 10am, you have a fair chance of getting on a public mooring after that forget it. This is partly due to the "morning migration" (see below). Here is where it gets crazy. They don't allocate private moorings on a first-come first-served on-arrival basis. They ask you to hang around near one of the channel markers until 3pm. This results in a pack of large boats circling one another for quite some time in the middle of a very congested area and over an active channel. This is risky, polluting and totally frustrating. No record is kept as to which boats called in when. Then, when the harbormaster's boat comes out to take each boat to their assigned mooring, the order of boats taken is totally random and arbitrary resulting in stressful jockying for "position'' and a fair amount of miscommunication as the harbormaster does not have names for boats so has to describe them - I watched three "blue hulled boats" heading for him at one point and peeled off to wait until it got sorted out. It eventually does get sorted but it is NOT a fun way to spend the afternoon.

So - lets see how it could be done - all the moorings are clearly numbered and most boat captains are not stupid - so, arriving at say 2pm, radio the harbormaster requesting a mooring, "you are assigned mooring E34, located 3 balls SW of Red 17". how hard is that?

Oh, the morning migration.... You can stay on a public mooring for as long as you like but you can only stay on an assigned private mooring for one night and generally need to be off by 10am. This results in an E-W migration as people leave the public moorings and they are snapped up by those on the private moorings. We only stayed overnight so I'm not sure how that process works but it does tend to fill the public moorings early.

1. Anchor, there is plenty of room and I would have done so if I was not skippering someon elses boat with, in my view, an undersized anchor and a poor quality rode.
2. Get there after 3pm. RThe harbormaster is very accommodating and you avoid the crazy stuff.
3. Go somewhere else in the summer. It was like the Jersey shore - once was enough for me....

A very, very, busy Place, 2016-08-27
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

We arrived on Thursday 08-25-16 at 0815hrs, There were no unoccupied town moorings In spite of mud week and no event. As all moorings are first come first serve there is a chaotic wandering of arriving boats through the mooring field hoping to be in the position to pick up a vacated mooring as soon as it is dropped by a departing boat. We were really lucky, got one after only 25 minutes of wandering. These moorings don't have pendants nor floats, so be prepared with the boat pole to hang the mooring line in the water. After 3:00 the Harbor Master will put you on a private mooring for the night but you must vacate by 1000am the next day unless told otherwise. Old Port Launch service I prompt $4.00 per person each way.

Beautiful Area / Very Protected, 2016-07-05
Captain: , Boston, MA (50)

We stayed here in early June. Fantastic harbor. Easy access to land and very protected. The island is awesome, but that goes without saying. Deep draft, had no issues at 6' 7" draw

Broken mooring chain on rental mooring, 2015-10-15
Captain: , massachusetts (20)

We were on #87 of the harbormaster's orange rental moorings on October 9, 2015 when the mooring chain broke. The boat was a 46' sailboat and the wind was 15 to 20 knots out of the southwest. Fortunately, we were on board and quickly noticed that we were drifting downwind through the mostly empty harbor. We cast off the mooring pennant and picked up another rental mooring and called the harbormaster. He and his assistant retrieved the mooring which had drifted most of the way across the harbor, and came alongside our boat with the mooring ball, pennant, and some of the chain in his cockpit. He said a link in the chain had broken because the chain was deteriorated. He said they subcontract out the mooring maintenance and this failure was unprecedented. He appeared as shocked and concerned as we were. At our request, he put us on a private mooring that he assured us had relatively new gear.

Fun times not so far away, 2015-09-14
Captain: , Hingham, MA (1068)

New Harbor was more full then I was expecting after labor day but plenty of moorings available - the Town Moorings are Lime Green located after the last red to the starboard side. Hail the Harbormaster to let him know which mooring you are on. The wind from the East seems to get funneled through the harbor and we were swinging around quite a bit all night. Also, no shower facilities available. The island was still as busy as a summer weeekend but I did notice that many of the places had signs that they would be closing for the season on September 20. The anchorage was pretty full and Old Harbor was full as well (boats were rafted up 3 deep).

Wonderful Place, 2015-09-03
Captain: , Lakeland (997)

Easy to get in. Harbormaster very helpful. Bakery/Ice boat comes out to your boat. Beautiful setting. Love Block Island. Previous review is right on. A must stop in the area. We rented a moped and toured the island in a couple of hours. Went to both lighthouses, bluffs, etc. The Oar restaurant has very good food.

Still Excellent, 2015-08-31
Captain: , East Coast (174)

Returned to Block after missing it last year. The Harbormaster was professional and helpful, immediately responsive on VHF channel 12. If you arrive and are unable to spot a free mooring - they prefer >40' on green balls and 40'+ on orange - contact the Harbormaster who will instruct you to anchor out until 3PM when they will begin assigning private moorings as available to those in need at the regular town mooring price. You must vacate private moorings by 10am the following day. "Checkout" is noon on your day of departure for town moorings unless you pay an additional day rate.

Courteous, free pumpout service from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm, VHF 73.

Aldo's boatside service was a treat as always. They were even kind enough to find us first thing in the morning after hailing them on VHF 71 so we could purchase breakfast sandwiches just prior to an early departure.

Launch service still dependable and friendly - Hail "Old Port Launch" on VHF 68.

As an aside to this enthusiastic review of New Harbor Moorings, the only disappointment this year was the food at The Oar Restaurant. It's still a lovely place to sit outside and have a cocktail and the bar can be great, but for the most part, the food was barely servicable (we tried it on a few occasions to see if we just caught them on a bad day). The sushi rolls and a few apps were fine but we found the majority of the food to have become quite institutional and unappealing. It could have been end-of-the-season fatigue in the kitchen, not that that's an excuse, but while we'll be back for drinks, they lost us as diners. Dead Eye Dicks still has the best lobster rolls we have ever had and, while it's a totally different vibe, we had terrific casual fare at Rebecca's on Payne's dock.

Good sleep on a mooring ball!, 2015-07-28
Captain: , Mystic,CT (202)

Had a great one stay on a green mooring ball for $45. Use the $4 one way boat shuttle to shore, which drops you off right a a good restaurant called The Oar. Also had a nice exercising walk to Old Harbor to listen to the live Music at Ballards. Block Island is a great time!

Professional, 2015-06-29
Captain: , Maine (639)

This week (6/21-6/28) we had a major tornado warning, gale force winds and lightng stikes in Block Island Sound. Block itself was not spared. My vessel was on a mooring ajacent to the main channel. During the hight of the storms in the middle of the night, the harbor masters boat was out patroling the channel for boats that may have slipped the mooring or dragged their anchors. It was very impressive.

Busy but fun, 2015-03-04
Captain: , Westport Point, MA (321)

Can be pretty crowded, but it's so big that if you wait a little while, unless its late in the day, odds are someone will toss off and head for the mainland.
Use the dink beach on the east side and walk over to the beach, which has a bar, showers, and sometimes live music.
Listen for "Andiamo!" boat in the morning for fresh warm pastries.
Love this island!

Total Classic, 2014-08-29
Captain: , NYAC Pelham NY (171)

Very professionally run mooring field....can get busy on summer weekends....note....separate launch service at 4pp per trip. Beautiful setting. Can get a bit rocky at night if the wind picks up. This is must go to destination for any northeast cruising trip. Block Island is beautiful with great beaches, great food, great bars, and an awesome old school movie theatre...we will back again....

love BLOCK, 2014-08-27
Captain: , Buzzards Bay (381)

I usually stay at Paine's dock. This year it was just a quick overnight stop, so took a mooring. Late June 2014. Block Island is a friendly spot even with the New York Yankee fans around :) On this island you can be crazy parting with people or find a beach all to you and the birds. I did not hear the bakery man singing out his call in the AM, hope he still servicing us boaters?

great moorings, 2014-07-13
Captain: , Milford (439)

we stayed in the last week of June just before the season starts and had our choice of moorings. Friendly harbormaster came out to collect and accepted credit card right on his launch. Good thing we had the mooring and a riding sail because the wind blew 20-25 kt for the next 20 hours. Great launch service but expensive at $4 per per person per way for a 2 minute ride.

cute town but very touristy with all that entails.

Super spot, 2014-06-23
Captain: , Chebeague Island (420)

The town moorings are clearly marked and well spaced. $45/night.

The mooring field is large and the harbormaster very friendly and helpful. We grabbed an open mooring late in the evening and he arrived the next morning.

This is a great way to visit Block Island. The town is 15 minutes away on foot, though there are bikes for rent at the Boat Basin and cars to rent just a five-minute walk from the docks toward town. If you really want see the island, get some form of transportation. Also at the Basin is a well-stocked general store (you can get stamps and leave mail there). Pets are welcome, with a huge field there for their exercise. There is great fishing all around the island. A recreational permit that works for CT, RI and MA can be purchased online for $10.

We did not use the restaurants around New Harbor as we didn't have time, but they looked well attended. The town has lots of restaurants, a nice library, and as one might expect, the stores are generally very tourist-oriented.

Nice and quiet in late September, 2013-12-20
Captain: , Groton, CT (62)

We stayed here during the last week of September - first time sailing to Block. Came in during the middle of the week and had our pick of moorings, but we were glad we arrived when we did because over the next few days we watched the majority of the empty moorings get picked up for the winter. I've heard that Columbus Day weekend can be on the busy side, so I'm not sure what people do about that besides anchor I guess.

Rate was $25/night (and included two shower tokens) but we didn't have to pay for the last night and frankly might not have had to pay for anything beyond one night. We pre-paid at the Harbormaster's office, and that afternoon we saw the boat going around, presumably collecting mooring fees. That was the last time we saw the Harbormaster. We decided to stay one additional night and tried the office multiple times that day to pay, but it was always locked.

No place to shower except for in town, and technically no bathrooms although we used the ones at the Oar when necessary (and when The Oar was open).

Bottom line, except for the very minimal facilities, we absolutely loved Block and are planning on returning post-Labor Day every year.

Great spot with Bad Internet Service, 2013-07-14
Captain: , Nelson, New Zealand (62)

Can't add much to the other reviews. This was our first stop after a 5 day passage from Cape Lookout and a good place to recover from rough seas. Be very careful of the Beacon WiFi service. We paid for seven days but the signal was so weak that it was unusable even with a WiFi booster. The company doesn't want to hear about it as they haven't answered our emails or calls.

Race Week!, 2013-06-24
Captain: , Newport, RI (265)

We came for the kids to use the beach and to our surprise it was race week. We worried about getting a town mooring. The harbormaster put our fears to rest and said come on in! We were promised a private mooring if the town's field was full. After coming through the entrance the Harbormaster waved us down and took us to an empty ball and made sure we were all set.

I have been coming to the Block for 10+ years and can only remember one 4th of July when people were turned away. What a great job the town of New Shoreham does for their guests. We even had parts delivered to the Harbormaster's office via Fedex.

We'll be back!

Beautiful scenery, poor facilities, 2012-10-12
Captain: , New York, NY (470)

Picked up a green mooring--plenty to choose from in late September. Deep water. Harbor master stopped by in morning to collect the $20 per night fee. No launch service post season. No problem 'cause we have a dinghy. No bike rentals. No shower tokens. No laundry facilities. Pretty much a whole lotta nothing, except the Oar Restaurant, which offered the worst meal in our two week trip. On the plus side, however, Block Island is lovely and tranquil and uncrowded post season. Found rental bikes in town. Used showers at the old harbor in town. Really was a great stop, despite being rather spartan on the services.

MAX size on any moorings is 55'!, 2012-09-13
Captain: , Dover DE (145)

We were given the wrong information about the moorings when we called and then and found out once we got here that MAX size is 55'. Harbor Master directed us to a private mooring and came out to assist us when we had trouble picking up mooring in the wind. We have to move out and anchor if wind picks up but Harbor Master went beyond the call of duty to help us out. Thanks Steve.

Affordable Moorings, 2012-09-03
Captain: , Michigan City (349)

Spent 8/16, 8/17 and 8/18/12 on mooring. The town moorings are green and if you see one available you can pick it up and pay the fee. However, they are usually taken early in the morning and we were assigned a private mooring for the night. You must leave the private mooring by 10 AM the next morning and cannot be assigned another private mooring until after 3 PM. The alternative is to anchor, or get up early and grab a vacated town mooring. After the violent storms that just went through and stories of dragging anchors and damaged boats, the mooring is the better choice. By 6 AM the next morning there were already several empty and we made the move. Our 3rd night was weather related. Chaplans marina is just off the moorings and is very crowded, very expensive and very noisy that had loud music late into the night. Oar Restaurant is a good place to eat.

Odd Private Mooring Ball Policy, 2012-08-11
Captain: , JUMBIE 45 ft sailing catamaran (397)

Came in early on a rainy Friday and all town mooring balls where full. We were told we could have a private mooring but not until 3:00. When we got on the mooring, we were told we would have to vacate it the next day at 10am and wait again until 3pm for another private mooring assignment. This applied to everyone on a private mooring. This resulted in a 10am rush into an already somewhat crowded anchorage behind the mooring fleld to wait five hours for another mooring assignment. With squalls on Friday to 35 knots and numerious boats dragging in the anchorage and with the same weather report for Saturday, we found this policy a bit odd. Meanwhile, the island is great and we would come again.

The Oar Resta8urant "dog friendly", 2012-08-04
Captain: , Winthrop, MA (896)

All green moorings were taken. Harbor master put us on a private mooring. Pleanty of them available. Asked about dog friendly restaurants, they told us The Oar is dog friendly. And it is on the dock as you get off the launch or dinghy. Stayed another day and all green moorings were still filled, harbor master checked and found out the mooring we were on was still available. Very cruiser friendly

Very Accommodating, 2012-07-26
Captain: , Warwick, RI (21)

Arrived in mid-July 2012 and all the "green" public moorings were occupied. Called the Harbor Master and they put us on a "private" mooring. Launch service via Old Port Launch was very reasonablly priced ($3 per person, each way plus tip) and efficient. The best part of the stay though was Aldo, the baker who makes his rounds every morning and afternoon with some very nice pastries and food items. It's special to hear him calling out " Andiamo" across the harbor as he goes around.
Once ashore, Block Island is quant and unspoiled. It's what Martha's Vinyard must have looked like before it became so popular.

Very relaxing harbor, 2012-06-12
Captain: , Rumsey Island (330)

Arrived around noon in mid-June and had my pick of moorings. Called harbor master on ch 12 and she was very accommodating. Beautiful setting. The Oar and Winfield's are great spots for casual and fine dining respectfully.

Fav shoulder season spot, 2011-09-22
Captain: , Narragansett Bay, RI (406)

As others have mentioned, July and August are very busy, late May to early June and September are my favorite times to visit. The weather is usually plenty warm during the day and cool at night. Most seasonal restaurants open mid-May. Moorings are also half price, but I'm not sure of the exact dates. I'm pretty sure rates go down right after Labor Day. We were there last weekend and stayed on a town mooring for $20.

The Oar restaurant is an old fav at the BI boat basin. Old Harbor is on the other side of the island and is a reasonable 20 min walk, maybe 1.5 miles?? Many more restaurants and shops there. We like to walk over for dinner and take a cab back. Cabs are very easy to get in town, as they are lined up for the ferry and exiting restaurant crowd.

Friendly Staff, 2011-09-19
Captain: , Sodus Point, NY (678)

We spent 4 nights there waiting for a window to get to the Chesapeake. It was off season, so the balls were only $20 per night. Staff at Block Island Boat basin, were very helpful. We had a new phone shipped there and they also allowed us to come in an fill our water tanks for free. They just asked for a tip in their jar. Last night there a strong NW blew in and the mooring field got a little rough, but everyone held.

The mooring game..., 2011-07-27
Captain: , Milford (180)

On a busy weekend or even previous to the weekend, it is nearly impossibel to get a town mooring unless you make it your full time mission. This past fourth of July, we arrived on the 1st to find nothing available to our suprise. The ever helpful harbormaster secured us on a private moooring, however you have to leave by 10:00 am and if you do not have the luck of getting on a town morring that someone has vacated, then you hav eto wiat until 3:00 pm for a private assignment. I learned this year that the ealry bird gets the worm and I started circling tthe morring field very slowly at about 8:30 to look for boats preparing to leave. By 9:00, four others were doing the same. I lucked out by talking to people as I went by and asking there plans for departure-the other four boats never did get one. So be prepared to work for it, however they are well woth the price and the agravation and anticipation of anchoring as BI has notoriusly poor holding ground and SeaTow is likely to grab your boat if you drag-happend to me last year and it cost $650.00 to get my boat back from them...ouch!

A very good stop 7/24/25/2011, 2011-07-26
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Block Island's New Harbor or Great Salt Pond is a convenient stop, especially if you are making a passage. However, it is also a great destination. The harbor master makes every effort to accomodate boats requesting moorings even when the town moorings are all taken. In that case he puts you on a private mooring after 3 PM and informs you that you must vacate by 10 AM the following morning and seek out a town mooring, Lime Green, as they become available. You can also anchor for the night and then look for the green mooring ball early in the morning. There are lots of facilities, resturant, laundry (done for you @ $14 a load), bike/moped rental and more at Champlin's Marina Resort. If you are able, it is less than a 2 mile walk into town for the usual tourist shops /restaurants, as well as groceries and other essentials. If not, taxi's are readily available. Aldo's still delivers balery goods/newpaper to your boat in the mornings and afternoons. At $40 a mooring ball it was a very good stop.

Great for transients, 2011-05-16
Captain: , Jersey City (506)

Many balls available in June 2008 when I visited. Launch service not underway till July 4th weekend I was told. Mudslides at the Oar are a must have. Spent a day climbing around the island then off to Marthas Vineyard

Quiet in May, 2011-05-15
Captain: , Atlantic Coast (341)

Very, very quiet in early May. No harbormaster by VHF or phone, only winter mooring balls and no dingy dock. Luckily we saw a boat starting to put in the regular mooring buoys and they helped us with a larger boat mooring%u2013 otherwise we would have had to anchor. Only one other boat on a mooring %u2013 completely opposite of the jammed packed harbor during the season we%u2019ve seen in photos.

Timing is everything, 2011-03-03
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (92)

If you time your arrival in GSP to match the change in tide to the west (flood tide in LI Sound) you will maximize your chances of finding a mooring. Most cruisers in that area watch the current and move when it's optimal.

correct info on moorings, 2010-09-14
Captain: , Byram, CT (698)

Green balls and orange balls are town moorings, orange are for heavier boats (if your boat is under 40 feet they'll ask you to take a green ball). 2010 prices $40/night memorial day weekend through labor day. $20 Spring and Fall.

Contrary to another reviewer's claim they will not move your boat if you don't stay till they come by to collect. Just radio the harbormaster and make arrangements. They'll come back for payment in the morning if it's late. Very friendly.

Moorings at New Harbor, 2009-09-02
Captain: , Marthas Vineyard (506)

Well located near dinghy landings and well spaced, but moorings hard to get here in "high season" -- we got lucky, picked up a mooring quickly, as soon as it was vacated, but saw boats cruising around and around and around. . . . . . .BI can be a convenient stop but likely to be very busy. Except for a couple of restaurants, amenities and services in the town are a bit of a hike.

Great Place, 2009-07-17
Captain: , Sarasota Florida (80)

This is a "must see" stop for cruisers. Great mooring field with launch service. Outstanding views. Great biking and hiking. Good pub food at "Oars"

great spot, 2009-06-09
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (228)

If you can get one!!
Don't leave your boat until you have paid for the night! They will move you.

Great Salt pond moorings, 2007-07-04
Captain: , Westbrook,ct (1)

Well spaced moorings, several are for heavier boats, first come first serve, rentable moorings are green or orange.

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