Details for New London Municipal Dock

New London Municipal Dock

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Average rating 3.1 stars from 10 reviews

Address State St
New London, CT 06320-6348


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

9/10. The launch operates on 67, Friday night through Sunday during the season.

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager

Town Contact: Barbara Neff 860-443-3786


Dave Crocker, 860-443-6304


Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

Strong surge in the mooring field from active ferry traffic.


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 12
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: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2013-07-02)

Other price info: Barbara Ness is a volunteer. Email her at in advance for a slip or mooring. Call her at 860-443-3786 If she is not near the dock when you arrive, she will give you instructions for where to pay by check.


Transient: 41
Total: 41
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Mooring price of $35 per day, not by the foot. Launch service provided seasonally. New helical moorings installed 2011. First 3 hours are free. Call Barbara 860-443-3786

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

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeNo

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - The launch operates on 67, Friday night through Sunday during the season.

Pump out



Yes - Numerous garbage cans ashore.


Yes - Nice modern head and shower facilities in the building ashore. Also laundry and local Police sub-station (seldom manned). Launch operator, Harbormaster, or town waterfront co-ordinator will supply the door combination.


Yes - In the building ashore by the dinghy dock.


Yes - Available in bthe uilding onshore, 2 washers and 2 dryers. Launch operator, Harbormaster, or town waterfront co-ordinator will supply the door combination.




Yes - Numerous on nearby main street. Noisy on weekends during the season.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Lots of protected WiFi. Verizon signal is strong.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Submarine Museum (in USS Nautilus) upriver is worth a visit. Taxi ride $20 each way. No water access to the museum. It's right next to an active Sub Base.

Reviews for New London Municipal Dock
hip, grocery, rough around edges, 2017-06-27
Captain: , san diego (151)

Walkable restaurants and bars. cute main Street, rough around edges, some local events in summer. Co-op hip grocery store near library. nice moorings, we called, no answer, nobody came around to collect. we were only boat there.

Hardy spot in a "hip" area, 2016-10-08
Captain: , Salem Ma (790)

Never paid for the mooring and we the only boat there. The trains seem to run till around 9-10 and start up again at 6. There was a nice dinghy dock and a short walk there are many resturants. There is a liquor and small market within walking distance. Defender Marine was a $9 Uber ride each way(the reason we went there).

Handy but not chic, 2014-08-26
Captain: , Galesville, MD (246)

Moorings and floating docks are new and nice, but the trains pass very close and need to sound their horns as they approach the grade crossings near the mooring field (located near the Shaw Cove railroad bridge) and the floating docks (located just north of the southernmost ferry terminal). Neighborhood is a little on the seedy side, but downtown is immediately adjacent to the waterfront. There are several restaurants with decks facing the waterfront, but separated from it by the railroad tracks. The waterfront walk is well-lit, and there is a small police office which is seldom occupied. We felt a little insecure returning to the boat at about 9:00 PM, when the restaurnants had gone quiet and there were not many people around, but nothing bad happened. An alternative to using the dinghy dock near the moorings is to dinghy up to the floating docks, which are near the train station and inan area that is probably more populated at night.

Call Barbara in advance 860-443-3786 (Neff Productions), 2013-07-02
Captain: , New Castle, NH PGI, Florida (320)

We came here so that my husband could get the train to Boston. I stayed aboard. We couldn't find anyone to pay or to give us the codes. I tried 1234 and got into the head, but that didn't work for the laundry and showers. The trains stopped before midnight and it was about six am before I was awakened by the train, but I wanted to get out early, so not a problem for me. A few rolls from the Ferries, but not enough to ruin my sleep. This is a great place to stop - we had wings at Hot Rod Cafe - they have entertainment on Fri and Sat and there were several other cafes overlooking the waterfront. The train is great for picking up/dropping off family/crew. I didn't explore the shopping any further. I spoke to Barbara today July 2, 2013 and she explained that the city has no employee to staff the waterfront docks and moorings. You need to call her during business hours, 8:30-5:00 Monday through Friday or leave a message at 860-443-3786 which is the number for her business (Neff Productions) Sailfest is july 12th. Check this place out!

Access to Defender, 2012-07-24
Captain: , Sydney, Australia (90)

We used the 3 hour free mooring to get access to the Defender warehouse. About $13 each way by taxi.
Anchorage was a bit jiggly in the 10knot southerly. Buoy had its own line coiled neatly on top for easy pickup. Could do supermarket by taxi for $5 each way to Stop and Shop.

Nice people, nice place, 2012-07-21
Captain: , Orcas Island, WA (212)

This town is our cup of tea. It's not pretentious, but there are folks making good food, a natural grocery, and a very clean city. Since this is opposite the military base, it doesn't have the downsides of car dealerships and hawk shops. It also isn't as busy, and there's a feeling that you're really welcome.

The city is rich in history and walkiing around can be a real education. You're not left to just wander, though, because when you take a mooring and go talk to Barbara Neff, the harbormaster, you get all the information you will need to have fun and see everything.

The town is also small enough to walk just about everywhere. We even walked to the USS Nautilus museum, but that's a distance for serious hikers like us.

The moorings were easy to pick up and were not the kind that mar your boat's finish. The mooring field is far enough inland that you're not really affected by the ferry traffic - only an occassional and mild wake.

Other boaters have complained of the train and bridge noise, but we experienced none of that.

Revamped in mid-2011, 2011-09-10
Captain: , Alameda CA (119)

Total revamp in 2011 with some grant money. 41 new helical-screw moorings installed, with nice soft foam mooring balls. We accidentally arrived on Opening Day, and got on local TV !
Town is really trying to attract boaters.
Previous comments on noise and surge are, however, still true...

Noisey & Rolly, 2011-08-09
Captain: , Grasonville, Md (252)

There is noise from the passing trains and the ferries. There is no noise from the swing bridge at the entrance to Crocker's. It is rolly from the ferry wakes, but more so from the normal swells of the river. Both the noise and the swells calm down after 2000 hours and pick up again after 0700 hours. This the closest to town. It was ok for us.

Noisy, no staff, 2010-03-06
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Previous review pretty much covers the noise issue. We were concerned about wake from all the ferries, but that wasn't an issue. However, if a submarine leaves, that's another thing alltogether - you really do get rocked - scared us at first until we figured it out. It was a cheap stop, as it should be. We did have trouble finding someone to pay - it's a municipal marina...probably wouldn't stop there again.

Extremely Noisy: Beware, 2008-08-24
Captain: , Jersey City (111)

The municipal dock has a small mooring field that provides easy access to the small shopping district and several nice restaurants. The showers are clean, the laundry room is convenient and spacious but has no ventilation, so it becomes a steam room as you use the dryers.
The noise level at the moorings is absolutely "hellish". The swinging bridge is about 100 meters away and has a loud ringing bell that does not stop for about 5 minutes. The bridge opens 2-4x/hour as boats enter and exit the marina inside the cove. To add to this noise, the Acela train goes by every hour or two with whistels at each crossing. To finalize the torture, the ferry terminal to Fishers Island is astern, so you are blasted by the horn of departing vessels.
The noise finally decreases around midnight and restarts by 6am. Stay at these moorings only if you sleep like a log and have a good set of ear-plugs

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