Details for Oak Bluffs Marina

Oak Bluffs Marina

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 43 reviews

Address Box 1327
Oak Bluffs, MA 02557

Phone508-693-4355 (Fax: 508-693-7402)

After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC, Visa, Cash, Check

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: The harbor will be open from May 18th through October 8th, 2012.






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 6.5
Fuel dock: 6.5

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Concrete topped bulkhead.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 110
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 80
Total: 80
Transient price: $3.25/ft (2015-07-26)

Other price info: In season (June 15th - Labor Day):
30 to 40 feet is $3.25 per foot.
41 to 69 feet is $4.00 per foot.
70 to 99 feet is $5.00 per foot.
100+ feet is $6.00 per foot
Off-season is $0.50 per foot less.


Transient: 45
Total: 45
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $40 per night. $30 per night after Labor Day.
Harbormaster will advise you that rafting is mandatory if no moorings are available. Dark blue moorings in the SE corner are day use only.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
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:


Yes - Walk approximately 0.5 miles up the hill on New York Ave to NJ Debettencourt & Sons gas station. There is propane fill there.

NJ Debettencourt and Sons83 New York AveOak Bluffs, MA 02557

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Great place for dogs.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - $6 per person, kids under 12 free, August 2013.

Pump out

Yes - Self service.




Yes - Dumpsters spaced every 100 feet..


Yes - $3 per token for 7 minutes. Public access. No security on the heads and showers. Hotel opposite the docks offers showers for $7.


Yes - Public access. No security on the heads and showers.




Yes - Grocery store downtown (Reliable Market on Circuit Avew) offers lots of variety at reasonable prices. Good deli.

Vineyard Wine and Cheese, which is next to the Reliable Market has a large selection of reasonably priced wines.

The market next to the marina is quite high priced and has a smaller selection of wine.


Yes - A few doors closer than the Reliable Market grocery. Reasonably priced.


Yes - 10+ in walking distance of 5 minutes.


Yes - 10+ in walking distance of 5 minutes.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Many, mostly the bed and breakfast style.

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - As of 7/2009 there were multiple open access points which we could connect to.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Multiple bus routes criss cross the island both for transportation and for site seeing. Several ferries dock nearby. Rental bikes, cars and scooters are very close.

Other services


The Campground, Main Street, beaches and bars.

Reviews for Oak Bluffs Marina
Always had a great stay here, but....., 2016-09-19
Captain: , New Bedford, MA (10)

We have been staying at OB marina for years. OB offers tons of activities for the young and old and it’s a wonderful place to meet up with boating friends. There are many great restaurants and shopping is great as well. There is one situation that is sad but a reality- there are many homeless folks around the public park area by the boat marina. In all the years we have been coming here we have never had a problem. This stay in Sep 2016 we encountered several incidents. On Saturday during the day a young family was walking on the sidewalk and one of the homeless men approached a young boy and started poking his finger towards the young boys face and was talking non sense. It really scared the boy and his family. One of the boaters had put a towel out on the bench to sit on it, he left it there when he got up to go get something from his boat and two of the homeless men picked up the towel and walked off with it. The boater did walk after them and retrieved his towel. Most of the day as young girls walked by they would make cat calls and wink at the girls. Later that evening about 9:30pm we were closing up the boat to get ready for bed and several of the homeless men were quite drunk on the benches. One of them asked my husband if they could come on the boat. My husband said no and then one asked if just his buddy could come on the boat as he was really drunk and my husband told him that if his buddy was that bad he would make a phone call. They all left in a hurry after that. Then next morning several of the boats had their electric cords unplugged from the electric box to the boats. We can't say if it was the homeless folks or not as no one saw it. The next morning the area was littered with booze bottles and trash. Several of the boaters we were traveling with reported these things to the harbor master but he said it is public property and not much they can do about it. I understand everyone's rights and the sadness of being homeless but this is the first time we all felt uncomfortable and afraid to leave your boat for fear of it being boarded and things stolen or for someone to get hurt. It’s just an unhappy situation all around.

Oak Bluffs marina, 2016-08-30
Captain: , Wickford RI (10)

Quick response by dock hands when coming in for our first ever visit to the marina. We were provided with a splitter to faciliate our 50 amp hookup. Restrooms could use some upgrading and maintenance. Boarding ladder at the bulkhead at slip #16 needs repair. Also there is a 10" diameter storm water pipe that dumps out behind slip #16 that creates a lot of noise when waves hit it. Overall a good stay with minimal fuss.

Pretty good., 2016-08-29
Captain: , New Bedford MA (10)

Fun place, marina instantly answered our call on VHF and told us the slip#. Dock hand was waiting for us at the slip. Helped us tie off. We have a 30 ft overall by 8'6" beam. I little bit off a challenge tying off to piles as the slips are very wide for bigger boats. We have an outboard, so I choose to put the bow in against the bulk head. kind of a pain climbing of the pulpit rail and reaching the ladder. All in all a good stay. If you have a wide boat and inboards it is perfect. As you can back in and reach piles no problem.That being said our home slip is a floating dock so we are spoiled.

Excellent dock hands. Reasonably priced., 2016-08-28
Captain: , Portsmouth, RI (30)

Dockhand was helpful getting me into the slip and checked in. Marina office responded immediately to my call and assigned a slip quickly. Dock prices, for the Northeast, are reasonable. Very busy little harbor at times, but pretty.

Great location, 2016-08-21
Captain: , Hingham (10)

The kid at the gas dock couldn't have been any less helpful. Forget about the wifi, can't get it. Bathrooms were clean enough but unfortunately they close at 8-9pm. The location was great though.

Great Service, 2016-07-31
Captain: , Boston MA (10)

Friendly attentive Staff... very pleased with my stay.

OB , martha's vineyard , 2016-07-27
Captain: , Branford , CT (20)

We stayed two days, very nice the marina was very helpful , with docking and any questions we're answered promptly . The town was pleasant, and friendly , we rented a jeep saw the whole island . Just an overall nice visit.

Felt Welcomed, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Orleans (20)

Oak Bluff was a real treat. The facilities and dock help were second to none. Oak Bluffs is a joy to visit for its diversity and friendly atmosphere.

Oak Bluffs Marina, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Onset (10)

As always Oak Bluffs is a favorite!!! Great time

A busy spot but a good base to explore the town and island, 2015-10-16
Captain: , Montreal (251)

Compared to other reviews, we were lucky with our timing (mid-week) and so not affected by the partiers. The toilets/showers are public and not especially nice. Otherwise Oak Bluffs is a sweet little town to visit, and the all-day bus pass is ideal to explore the rest of the island.

Crowded Harbor, 2015-09-01
Captain: , Newport, RI (60)

A little to crowded for my taste. We where there for illumination and luckily it was during the week. Didnt have to raft with anyone. After a couple of nights asked if i could fill up water the next morning. was told yes. arrived at fuel dock before they open at 8. About 5 min to 8 a guy comes down and tells us we have 4 minutes to finish as it is a fuel dock. I said there was nobody waiting for fuel and was told it didnt matter.

Town is Great, Marina Not so much, 2015-08-23
Captain: , New Bedford, MA (76)

This marina is run by the town. We were in a slip which is a tricky tie-up for a sailboat. Rather then repeat much of what has been said below. Read on: noise, questionable rafting, no security on heads and showers. We had a late arriving fishing boat with party hardy fellows going to after 1am next to us. We might go back for the wonderful town and take a mooring but not on a weekend with required rafting.

Not our Favorite, 2015-08-12
Captain: , Yarmouth, ME (180)

We made reservations for a slip. When we arrived we quickly figured out that our neighbors were smokers. After walking around a bit we learned that the majority of slips were occupied by smokers. We had to leave because one of our children is allergic. It looks like a fun place but doesn't work for us. The staff was a little rigid. They did refund us as we left within 1/2 hour of arriving.

Long July Weekend - 7/9 to 12, 2015-07-27
Captain: , wickford, R.I. (212)

We spent four days on a mooring, alone for the first three, but with three new friends by Saturday night. The marina tells anyone wanting a mooring after they are full to pick a boat about the same size and raft up - up to 4 per mooring. Most moorings had someone rafted by Friday - so if you are here on a weekend be prepared.

We like the vibe in Oak Bluffs, convenient for market and package store/ice, restaurants and the great Marthas Vineyard bus service.

Enjoyed it in spite of the crowd.

Busy, but a nice place to visit., 2014-12-02
Captain: , Groton, CT (77)

Stopped by Oak Bluffs Marina the last two years for the "Grand Illumination" and had a great time. Harbor was not too loud at night even with so many people.

The harbor can be a zoo, but if you want a place to stay for sure you need to make a reservation for a slip since the moorings are first come first serve. The marina claims three boats per mooring max, but I have seen as many as six. Another great reason to get a slip.

Showers are OK.

not for everyone, 2014-08-31
Captain: , Marblehead, ma (61)

We pulled in during very high winds and had the assistance of one young girl to tie up. Fortunately my crew(wife) is an experienced deck hand and we got tied up with little assistance. Power was shut off at same time that water was disconnected. We had neither for much of the day. Our slip was too far from wifi so we had to go to the Wesley Hotel and ask them for access. Most slips are on the bulkhead of the main drag and it can be very busy and noisy. Your neighbors may prefer loud music from their bridge speakers even when they leave the boat.
This is a marina for those that like the bar scene or don't mind the noise. You access your boat from reaching for a ladder on the wall, which can be a problem for anyone with physical impairments. In the future we will opt for a slip in Vineyard Haven or mooring in Edgartown. This marina seems pricy for the quality and services available.

great spot to have fun, 2014-08-25
Captain: , Buzzards Bay (381)

Oak Bluffs is not a quiet out of the way Marina!!! Slips are a sidewalk away from the main road and rafting up to four on mooring is required. This is what makes OB special. You will meet new boaters and make friends. A short walk either way on the bulkhead you will find liqueur stores with some other supplies. OB is one of two town the allow the sale of booze. The $6.00 launch ran till after 2AM Fireworks night time to empty the bars night clubs, etc. The 3rd week in August is busy. Illumination Night on Wednesday old time sing alongside and 100+ year old cottages are lite by old Chinese paper lanterns Firework of Friday.

note the gas and pump out dock is now open, pump-out boat serves the whole place quick and free. a cash tip would be nice. I had the strongest WIFi signal on a mooring ever.... too bad it was not connected to the internet :-( I did pick up a unsecured wifi that worked.

Fun town. Challenging tie-up, 2014-08-24
Captain: , Cataumet MA (149)

Oak Bluffs is a blast in the summer. Lots to do and see. The marina is OK. But, if you've got a fixed-prop cruising sailboat like I do, you may find the slips a bit of a challenge. You have to back in (aways fun in a sailboat). And the prevailing southwester blows across the field. So, unless you're moving fast, your bow is going to yaw. Make sure you've got help stationed up on deck. It's not as bad as all that. But, it can be tricky so be prepared.

We always enjoy Oak Bluffs, 2014-08-03
Captain: , Greenport, NY (356)

We have stayed at the Oak Bluffs marina several times, usually on a mooring were everything is very close together. However, this time, we stayed at a slip for the luxury of electricity and activities ashore during a rainy day. We found the marina staff helpful in helping us get tied up and in regularly checking dock lines up and down the dock. Wifi was excellent. We were in slip 80, just two down from the Harbormaster office and, because of a persistent east wind, experienced a fair amount of rolling from a surge coming through the harbor entrance. I would recommend asking for a slip farther down the wall in an easterly blow.

Good location, OK marina, 2014-07-05
Captain: , Boston (70)

Stayed here twice this summer. On both occasions we had a slip in the 40s. This marina is well protected and provides good access to Martha's Vineyard. The location is a also a good jump off point for sailing to Nantucket.

On the down side,
1) The marina does not have their own shower or bathroom facilities. There are public showers/bathrooms but they close at 9:00 for the night. Showers are $3 for 7 minutes.

2) On both stays we had large voltage transients on the shore power. It did not impact any of our electronics but was very noticeable on items with motors such as fans.

3) The dock hands were helpful but not knowledgeable. You got the impression that they were always new and didn't really know the much about the marina.

Enjoyable stay, 2013-08-31
Captain: , Portsmouth, VA (430)

Made reservations one day arrived the next and took assigned berth #73 in between two commercial fishing charterers, very nice people. Toured Oak Bluffs on our bicycles, enjoyed Thai food, a very nice visit. Marina staff assisted in the tie-up, had the necessary power and water at the berth; a good visit.

Hectic and Rolly, 2013-06-22
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4015)

The biggest positive of the moorings is that they provide an affordable access to Martha's Vineyard.

Be careful entering as ferries exit the harbor, sometimes without AIS and often without a serurite call. The moorings are very close, the bars loud, and the marina staff most unhelpful. The only answer we got to our questions was to go to the information booth in front of the bank.

We did purchase a day bus pass ($7/day, $3.50/seniors) and took a self-guided tour of the whole island. Once you obtain a map, it is an easy system to understand. Most times there is a person selling the bus passes in the park, just behind the police station, or full priced fares can be purchased on the bus. Gave some thought to renting a Mini Cooper or Camero, but the bus turned out to be a good option.

We do agree with the a previous review that on a popular weekend, with mandatory rafting, the place would be a mad house. We would not visit on a weekend.

Good Stay/Nice Area, 2013-06-13
Captain: , Mattituck, NY (74)

We stayed on a mooring and had plenty of room. Very nice harbor, but a little tricky to tie up. Tons of stuff to do in town. Very good nightlife, lots of restaurants. Obviously it is a little expensive, but that is to be expected in the Vineyard.

Tight mooring field, 2012-12-06
Captain: , Wickford, RI (386)

We were assigned a mooring by the staff and as soon as we got tied up a fellow boater dinghyed over to tell us that he had been on that mooring the previous day and dragged over a private mooring that enchroaces on the mooring field. he had hooked his rudder on the ball.
We moved to another mooring and enjoyed a few days there, but it is tight enough in there that if sombody on another boat chooses to run a genset all night you will hear it..

Great spot, 2012-09-05
Captain: , salem ma (379)

Reasonable rates - tricky tie up. No showers, but the public showers are close at $3 for 7 min. Lots of dining options. No fuel in the harbor - closest is vineyard haven.

Mandatory Rafting Policy, 2012-08-31
Captain: , JUMBIE 45 ft sailing catamaran (397)

We had a mooring here for several days before Labor Day weekend. Although it was one of tightest mooring fields we had ever been in with boats periodically bumping each other or into nearby mooring balls, all was acceptable. When the weekend came, we were informed that they have a mandatory rafting policy and, whether you were on or off the boat, two additional boats were permitted to raft up next to your boat whether you considered that safe or not. We saw boats coming into this very small anchorage with very poor boat handling skill trying to raft up to unoccupied boats. Quite scary and, to us, a very unusual, dangerous and unacceptable policy.

Great location for breezy conditions , 2012-08-13
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1074)

Stayed in Oak Bluffs on mooring ball for 7 days. Storms for 4 days so not as many boaters coming over from other locations. We are 50' trawler. They put us in row 10(D) and we had plenty of swing room. Row north of us also good for larger boats. Added extra line to mooring ball because of winds and to spread load on our end. Harbor small but can hold many boats. Well protected even though you are close to breakwall entry. Launch prompt now $6 round trip. Young staff very well trained and friendly.

Perfect Martha's Vineyard Stop, 2012-08-02
Captain: , Port Washington (20)

Great stop to visit MV if you are cruising New England. Oak Bluffs is very active and a great jumping off point to visit all of MV by foot, bike, Moped or car. All rentals available right at the doc. Great access to beaches and beautiful scenery.

Slips are located along the main road in Oak Bluffs thus lacking the privacy of a typical marina. Notwithstanding, it was very convenient and fun to meet other cruisers. Downside is that it can be a bit noisy due to traffic and your boat will get a bit dirty.

For families I think this is the best place to go especially if you want to dock as opposed to moor.

OB Marina...Certainly Unique, 2012-07-16
Captain: , Island Heights (310)

Choose OB Marina if you wish to be in the center of all the action. It's a GREAT location. No floating docks makes it tough. Some boats bow in. There were plenty of availablilities the week after The 4th of July. Helpful and friendly dock hands. Be prepared to pay $3 every time you wish to shower. Oh, and limit it to 7 minutes or it will cost you another $3. Also, heads close at 10 PM. Heads and showers are open to the town and not exclusive to the marina. Noisey and dirty with cars and trucks right at your stern however, looking the other way, the marina is quite picturesque. Location 5 stars. Facilities 2 stars. Dock Hands 4 stars. Price 4 stars. Worth the trip. Just be prepared what to expect!

Great place in the middle of a really quaint town, 2011-12-23
Captain: , Huntington (455)

We prefer Oak Bluffs over Vineyard Haven for sure and like it as much as Edgartown. There is plenty to do and see in town which parts have been preserved in the pre-1950's. Good choice of restaurants. Marina is ideally located and we have never had any issues.

Small but nice, 2011-10-12
Captain: , Southport, ME, USA (1158)

Took a mooring here, no possibility to anchor. Friendly staff, but limited services. Interesting to stroll through the town & "camp grounds".

Great in September, 2011-09-16
Captain: , Cape Elizabeth (461)

Mid September there are few boats on moorings. bThe town no longer sells fuel and the wharf in SE corner did not respond to VHF or telephone calls. All the shore facilities, restaurants, etc still open and had two enjoyable dinners at Sharkeys and Park Bistro. Beautiful bicycle to Edgartown, which was fogged in while Oak Bluffs was clear blue sky, a typical situation according to our local boater friend.

Easy Access Harbor, 2011-08-01
Captain: , East Hampton, NY (70)

One of the best features of Oak Bluffs is how easy it is to get in and out of the harbor for a quick stop over in MV. Moorings are first-come, first-served. By noon all the moorings were taken and we had to raft with another sailboat, which I understand is the norm during the peak months.

Free launch service is great. Oak Bluffs offers something for everyone and is clearly more active than other parts of MV. Lots for kids to do.

Harbor is not well protected when wind blows from the East.

Love oak bluffs, 2011-07-31
Captain: , Boston (610)

Stayed for one night on a mooring on a Sunday in July after moving over from comparatively boring Vineyard Haven the night before. the harbor was packed during the day with short term visitors and up to 4 boats rafted on a mooring but most left by the end of the day. Most of the rafted boats were small powerboats though and none came alongside our 39' sailboat. there's a laundromat that will do your laundry for you right behind the marina. tons of good bars and restaurants nearby, not too loud on a Sunday night.

Tight (for a 48 footer) but nice, 2011-07-23
Captain: , Barnegat Light, NJ (210)

The harbormaster expects you to have been there before when you get a mooring assignment. Over 40 feet make sur you know how to pick up a short mooring line. Grat spot once you hook up and don't worry about the mooring swing up to 55 feet.

Party with the Shark Hunters, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Pilots Point (466)

Have stopped in Oak Bluffs each of the past two years. Thoroughly enjoying docking against the sea wall; feels slightly like a European quay with all the boats and the people traffic.

Be sure to go across the street to the Wesley Hotel and grab a shower. Wonderful private facilities (about $4, it I recall) and after a few days on a sailboat it makes you feel human again.

If you want to see fishermen in full fishing lust, arrange to be there during Shark Week. The port is mobbed and there's a party spirit in the air. I'm not much for killing fish just to weigh them and win a prize, but others like it and if this is your scene, this is a god time.

Be sure to visit the gingerbread houses too; fascinating and charming community.

no peace and quiet, 2010-08-04
Captain: , Bay Shore, NY (490)

Visited Oak Bluff many years ago; and while we certainly enjoyed all the Vineyard has to ffer, I was a little put off by the cars going right by the stern of our boat. Nice, but not quite what we expected.

Great destination, 2010-07-03
Captain: , Sarasota (371)

First trip to M/V. We stayed on a mooring. The shuttle was instantanious and the people were very helpful. The Inlet was easy.
Great restaurant on the harbor: Fishbone's. We loved it.

Great Spot for the Partying Crowd, 2010-06-01
Captain: , MA and Southwest FL (538)

Great location for being in the thick of it on Martha's Vineyard. If you want peace and quiet, this is not your place. However, it has a lively party crowd. Get a slip if you can and be "on the wall" and you have a great spot for people watching. But be ware, your neighbors will party all night long (even though policy is quiet time come 11pm). Mooring balls may be a better option if you have a tender, as the water taxi shutsdown at 10pm.

Handy to shopping, dining, Flying Horses historic merry-go-round, and more...

Showers and bath house are open to general public, so don't expect much privacy or cleanliness in there...

Very sheltered, so it's a great spot to escape the weather from all directions.

Great Weekends, 2009-12-18
Captain: , East Greenwich, RI (588)

Great Town Docks. I will add that there are showers availiable accross the street at the Wessley Hotel for a nominal fee. I think it was $4 for a 20 minute shower. These are much nicer that the town run shower facilities. OB is the most boater friendly harbor on the vineyard, hands down. Great music, dining and people. Don't forget the giger bread houses, worth the walk through.

People Watching at it's Best!, 2009-07-10
Captain: , Newport, RI (249)

Oak Bluffs is the busiest harbor and town on the Vineyard. You may be rafted up while on a harbor mooring during busy season weekends (July 4th thru Labor Day in Sept). Lots of busy eateries on the waterfront and within easy walking distance. Nancy's waterfront restaurant has good food for reasonable prices with a great harbor view from the second floor dining area. Do visit the Tabernacle campgrounds with the Gingerbread houses!! You can easily catch Vineyard buses or taxis to reach other parts of the island. A great place to visit for a day or a week!

good, but crowded, 2008-08-22
Captain: , Mt. Sinai, NY (232)


I was at Oak Bluffs on a Sunday in mid August. I expected the place to be crowded, and it was. There are a lot of moorings and they put 3 boats on each one. It was difficult to manoever the boat (30') sailboat) around, but we managed.

The launch service was very reasonable at $4 / person round trip.

The harbor and town around the harbor were both very nice. It was a quite a scene in the summer.

Someplace Very Special, 2008-07-28
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2310)

When you get hear you will instantly realize you have arrived somewhere that you have never been before, and this is someplace special.

It was love at first sight for my Wife and Daughter. After a quick walk of the dog, they were on top of me telling me I did a good job with this pick.

This location was great for all four of us (the dog and I included). Our slip was on a main avenue that led into the center of town in less than a couple of minutes. Lots of food and shopping attractions. Accross from our slip was a road that leads into "The Campground", which is one of the main attractions of the town.

The marina is very well run, the dock hands experienced, and the facility in very good condition.

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