Details for Oldport Marine Services

Oldport Marine Services

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 37 reviews

Address 1 Sayers Wharf PO Box 141
Newport, RI 02840


After hours contact

VHF 68

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Moorings with launch service.


VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


Enter harbor up East Passage, and follow the marks around the SE end of Goat Island. Mooring field adjacent to Goat Island belongs to Oldport.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 18
Transient dockage: Unknown
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: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: 45
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $50 for boats 49 feet or less.
$60 for boats 50 feet or more.
65 foot maximum LOA.
49 foot trawlers must go on the 750 lb ball for $60.
Launch service is NOT included in cost of the mooring and is $3 per ride.

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

Yes - Many locations. The best dinghy dock for walking dogs is Elm St. pier, just north of Goat Island Connector. Nice park next to the dinghy dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


No - Oldport is another of the elusive CNG tank exchange locations. They already have 5 stars, well, this is just one more reason to like these folks.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Welcomed leashed at Fort Adams. Also at King's landing east of Ida Lewis YC. Also at Elm St. pier north of Goat Island Connector. Nice park next to the dinghy dock.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Ch. 68 - $3 per person per trip to or from the mooring field (each way). $4 from the Point section (north of Goat Island causway). 2017

Pump out

Yes - Call pump out the boat on VHF 09, charges by the gallon.


Yes - Off season can be more difficult to find, try Banisters and Old Port Marine.



Yes - Three locations: Seamen's Church Institiute in town (18 Market Square / Bowen's Wharf) and at Fort Adams (near beach, concesion and Sail Newport) and at Newport Maritime Center at Anne Street pier.



Yes - Laundry (coin op) available at the Seamen's Church Institute (18 Market Square / Bowen's Wharf) a very short dinghy ride. Difficult to find change, especially on a weekend. Have a roll onboard. Also at Newport Maritime Center at Anne Street pier (change machine).


Yes - Stop and Shop and a good organic market are located on Bellview Ave, two blocks up from the Anne Street Pier dinghy dock. Not a bad walk from Bowen's Wharf or Old Port Marine launch dock.





Yes - Lots nearby.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Several paid providers in the area, but the network 'hsia' is free WiFi provided by Google as of 7/29/10.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Oldport Marine Services
May 30 to June 2, 2017 - on a Mooring, 2017-06-07
Captain: , Milford Ct (105)

The mooring fee was $50/night. We dropped our dinghy and did not use their launch service.

Showers in Newport are offered in two locations:

1. Ann Street Pier at the Newport Maritime Center ( Showers were $1.75 for 7 minutes and we experienced cold showers in both men's & women's facilities. They also offer clean washers dryers with change machines for quarters. The weather channel was featured on the TV.

2. Seaman's Church Institute near Bowen's Wharf also offers showers ($2 tokens for 8 minutes). This facility also had washers & dryers.

The list is endless for things to do in Newport and we look forward to our next visit.

Great Diesel Shop, 2016-10-25
Captain: , Boston (165)

I ran into engine problems while cruising from Boston down to Long Island. At the worst, the engine got in the habit of shutting down under load --- for example 30 feet from the dock when attempting to land in 25knot winds. The morning after that, I called Dave at Oldport around 8am, and got a boat call by their diesel mechanics shortly after. They were very careful and clean, meticulously running through the fuel system to the fuel pickup, where they found a clogged mesh filter. By 10am they were done and on their way. I was expecting a substantial bill for two mechanics boating over in an emergency, but in fact the bill was extremely reasonable (and didn't seem to charge for their time to-and-fro).

Good people who do excellent work.

Terrible parts Dept. customer service, 2016-08-20
Captain: , Oriental, NC (10)

They are the only local Yanmar parts dealer. We started to have starter issues and felt, for safety's sake, to install a new starter. Had to take a mooring (expensive with no services). Ordered a $750 starter with the understanding it would arrive the next day. Now the next day,we stopped by to see if it had shipped. Parts person was extremely rude. Stated it had been invoiced and we could keep checking back to see it arrived. I asked if he could check with the parts distributor or see if he had a tracking number, as we needed to schedule work. He stated he could but would not. That we could just keep checking in, today, tomorrow or however long it took. No one else with the business cared. Still waiting.

Great People, 2016-07-09
Captain: , Mt. Sinai, NY (253)

We have stayed on their moorings for years - always very accommodating to changes in our cruising schedule. You are only minutes away from one of the many local dinghy docks that allow you to explore all that Newport has to offer. They also offer launch service.

Great Service, 2016-07-05
Captain: , Boston, MA (50)

Came in second week of June. The moorings were very crowded and there is a lot of traffic between the boats. With that said tender service was prompt and Ed was incredibly friendly and knowledgable about the area. We will definitely come back.

Prompt service; pleasant drivers, 2016-06-25
Captain: , Amelia Island (141)

Despite the huge number of moored/anchored boats (plus tourist traffic to Fort Adams etc.) service is quite prompt, with pleasant crew.

Friendly Service, 2015-08-03
Captain: , Wickford, RI (584)

Arrived early afternoon and tried to get a town mooring....none available. Oldport responded that they had one mooring left. Gave succinct directions to finding the specific mooring. The Oldport tender driver, Ed, was escpecially courteous, promptly picking up some friends in town to bring to our boat at the mooring. ($3/pp each trip)

It's a mooring, 2015-07-30
Captain: , East Greenbush, NY (745)

Not exactly sure how you rate a mooring unless it comes with more. Three starts because the Oldport Marine moorings are closer to town than the town moorings. Outside of that, no free launch service, no showers, no heads, no laundry. But you get a ball to hang out on, and the Maritime Center has showers (pay for), bathrooms, laundry, etc.

Memorial Day Weekend, 2015-05-26
Captain: , wickford, R.I. (222)

Enjoyed Saturday stay in Newport, arrival and direction to our mooring was quick and efficient. Moorings are tightly spaced but once your used to the different swings and close passes you realize you are okay. Love walking in Newport, new maritmie center and dinghy dock is great. Town was croweded fo first summer weekend.

Best Moorings in the Northeast, 2014-10-25
Captain: , Greenwich Bay, RI (111)

We kept our vessel in Warwick and sailed 90 minutes south many weekends this summer to Newport Harbor. Stay onboard if you want to relax or go into town to be part of the summer tourist scene. Best of both worlds. Bob on the launch Tango was the best. We'll be back next year

Oldport has good moorings near Newport Maritime Center, 2014-08-13
Captain: , Bridgeport, CT (559)

Lowered my rating from 5 last year to 1 this year!!! Moorings do not include launch service, which although expensive ($3/person or child) had been superb. Last day, one female launch operator was incredibly customer unfriendly (unlike all the other launch operators). Her radio communication skills were non-existent and I was told she ONLY goes to their dock and would make a one time exception (her term, a favor, to go to the St.Anne Pier). After that two young grandchildren and their grandmother would have to walk back to town. If you need launch service, try someone else.

SeaSalt Melbourne,FL, 2014-08-05
Captain: , Melbourne, Florida (61)

The cost for boats 46ft and larger is now $60 not $45

Oldport Moorings, 2014-07-31
Captain: , Noank (60)

We had a great spot, very close to town but away from the noise. Considering that Oldport has the moorings monopoly, they could be charging a lot more. So far, they have fair prices compared to Block Island. Launch service ican be slow but we had our own dinghy, so not a problem..

How a Town Should Welcome Yachts, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

Newport was one of the highlights of our summer season!

Upon arrival the Harbormaster was very helpful in getting us to our assigned ball (their ordering needs a bit of work, only complaint). We also arrived as the historic J-Boats were tacking through the mooring fields, quite a site!

The facilities are top notch, they recently finished a new complex for visiting boaters with great restrooms, showers, laundry, WiFi and visitor information. I've never seen anything like this before, hopefully they can show there is a positive return for tax dollar spend on such a facility. (we spent pleanty of money here!)

I would recommend staying 3-5 days in Newport as there is so much to see. Get a car and drive along the coast, see the mansions, wander the downtown, gawk at the superyachts. . .the list goes on. We were fortunate enough to be visiting during the Newport Folk Festival and got discount tickets on StubHub, great time! You can also anchor out and hear a few of the stages from your boat.

Historic and Crowded, 2013-09-22
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4257)

Newport has much history, paritularly in sailing. The history is worth a visit. The new boaters facility is the best anywhere - huge, new, clean, with 8 new washers and dryers ($4 and $3). But the town is crowded, the stores touristy, and the restaurants mediocre and high priced. The baoters facility is 5 stars, the town 3.

Captain: , Montreal, PQ, Canada (560)

Wether you get a mooring from oldport, or nayone else to that matter (i.e. even anchoring out) the facilities on land have something quite good to be said about them. There are two official dinghy docks.
The first one is at the end of Anne street. At it, you will find a PUBLIC BOATING FACILITY with everything you need there including showers (1.75$ for 7 mins) and free WIFI. It is downstairs from the old Garrisson historic building, very easy to spot from the water. At that point you are only one block away from the Newport public library.
The second dinghy landing is at the Bowen ferry landing, just south of the ferry dock. In the building complex next to it you will find the SEAMENS CHURCH INSTITUTE, a non profit organization offering servics to mariners, including a lounge with WIFI, showers and laundry and a small cafe. There is a small library at the second floor. Their hours are limited, check with the staff.

World Class Showerrs, Restrooms, Dinghy Docks, WI-FI Laundry facilities available in Newport Harbor., 2013-08-19
Captain: , NEWPORT (10)

Posted by Manager of Oldport Marine in response to Werner S review. I'm sorry you had a bad experience with the showers and restrooms. Newport probably has more public boating facilities than any other harbor on the East Coast. There are two excellent public facilities on the east side of the harbor that are very easy to find. The Newport Maritime Center at The Ann Street Pier is operated by the City of Newport and is one of the best public boating facilities to be found anywhere on the East Coast. They offer dinghy dockage, restrooms, wi-ifi - showers, laundry, trash disposal, free pump-out and a small library.

The other public boating facility, The Seamen's Church Institute has been in operation for more than 75 years. They offer public restrooms, showers, laundry facilities, Wi-Fi, Library, a Non-denominational Chapel, inexpensive guest rooms and a wonderful little Cafe that serves a great breakfast and lunch!

There are additional dinghy docks available at Bowen's Wharf, Perrotti Park, Newport Shipyard, Fort Adams and King Park.

There is also a free water dock available just off of Bannister's Wharf on the East side of the Harbor. This free service is available to all boats compliments of Oldport Marine and Bannister's Wharf. Oldport Marine on VHF Ch 68 and the Newport Harbormaster on VHF channel 16 are always happy to answer any questions regarding these facilities.

It's All About Newport, 2013-07-26
Captain: , Little River, SC (1987)

Got a mooring here for one night. Launch guided us right to the mooring ($45/night in cash). Used the launch service to get into shore. It was quick and friendly service (but at $3.00pp/trip). There are no good shower, bathroom facilities. But there is Newport with it's excellent restaurants, shops etc. Would not miss it.

Busy on the water, busy on land, 2013-07-20
Captain: , Essex, CT (1675)

We were a bit disappointed how busy Newport has become. They've tried to become a major tourist destination - and have been successful. So many people on the water that the launch response for a pick up is ok, be there in 45 minutes! And once in town it like roller derby without the skates. We'll come back in the winter but doubt we'd return again mid-season.

Good place to hide from a Tropical Storm, 2013-06-18
Captain: , Boston (331)

We moored here for 3 nights, during TS Andrea. Well-protected with a reliable and responsive launch service that will sell you block ice on your return trip. There is a floating water dock near Bannisters, but it wasn't working in early June, but Bannisters gladly let us get water at their fuel dock.

Oldport Moorings, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Oriental, NC (220)

We reserved a mooring ball for our first trip to Newport knowing there was some hard weather on the way. There seems to be an assumption that everybody knows how their system works, absolutely not true in our case. The navigation instructions were confusing, occasionally sarcastic, and offered no enlightenment.

That being said, we did, eventually, break the code and find the designated area. At that point things flowed well. A launch led us to the mooring ball which was easy to access. The explanation of services was verbal, again it assumed we knew everything, no handouts of anything for first timers.

The mooring balls are good and secure; there is a hard to find shower, bathrooms and laundry; the Oldport office can be found with a bit of luck and a lot of time in the dinghy.

The facilities are good (5 stars); the process stinks (1 star) but now we know the process so the next time will be easy.

Good location but facilities are almost non existent, 2013-03-22
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (785)

If you want a shower, you have to go to the Seamans Institue which also is a public restroom. It closes at 5pm. Lots of bums around there. Newport is great though. I saw the America's cup races, fireworks and Tall Ships in about a week!

Busy but nice !, 2012-09-05
Captain: , Halifax, N.S (20)

Given the amount of boats docked, moored and anchored here, it's very busy, but really not bad at all. We came in to escape a few days of weather, and called OldPort Marine upon our arrival. Once we arrived were met with Tango (one of the Taxi services), who showed us to our mooring. You pay as you go, in cash $45 per night. Taxi service is $3 per person per ride. The taxi shuttles are constantly on the go, covering the over 1000 mooring balls that are here, so remember to include that when you call for pick up. From the conversations we heard on the radio, and if you are further out, remember to give them exact directions of your location so they know where to go to get you. The town has two dinghy docks, we used the one at Bowens Wharf. We enjoyed an evening meal at Diego's immensly (just a street away from the crowded ones), great service and great food (with a mexican twist). Went to West Marine (you can catch the bus at the tourist information, $2 per ride per person, 10 minute ride). Newport is a very busy place with everything you can imagine, more than enough restaurants catering to every taste and shopping to match. The first hour we just sat in the cockpit (enjoying sundowners) and watching the crowds go by, the yachts (of all shapes and sizes) coming in. We provisioned at Stop and Shop. Everyone we encountered was more than friendly !

Good service fro Oldport MArine, 2012-08-06
Captain: , Barnegat Light, NJ (210)

We caled as we headed up the bay on 68 and they checked for space for our 48 foter and told us to come ahead. Pulled into the harbor and caled again and the boat taxi lead us to our mooring. $60. We rate $60 in downtoan Newport a good deal.

Great experience with Oldport, 2012-07-17
Captain: , Marathon, FL (1264)

Very helpful in getting and finding mooring ball. Also finding water dock (directly in front of Bowens Wharf). Newport is a great town for people-watching, eating, playing, whatever. Many dinghy docks available. We were advised to lock the dinghy as they have had a problem with theft recently.

Like Oldport, 2011-10-17
Captain: , north kingstown (341)

Always a fun visit with launch drivers...Know the rules be concise on radio... Knowing the harbor really helps... wierd numbering...Launch drivers will try to find you a mooring even if one is not readily availbile..

Not the friendliest place, 2011-09-26
Captain: , Cruising (3310)

The harbor is very convenient to the tourist part of town. Start calling Oldport as early as possible - they do not seem to be well-organized and it can take a while for them to figure out where they have an available mooring. The launch operators are not particularly helpful or friendly, but they get the job done.
We had a negative experience the last time we were here, but we give high marks to the manager who contacted us and wanted to understand the problem. Apparently there is a policy that TRAWLERS 49' and longer go on 750 lb moorings (costing $60) - which is fine - a big windage boat should be on a bigger mooring for safety. The problem is that the launch operators don't seem to know about the policy and once again there was much confusion and we were put on a too-small ball and then had to move - even when we told them to put us on a bigger ball. All this confusion and moving cut into the only afternoon we had to tour Newport.

No advanced reservations, 2011-08-17
Captain: , San Antonio, TX (310)

Grouchy staff lots of empty moorings often couldn't get the taxi to even show up eventually moved to Newport mooring service and a cheaper ball $40 for a night and used our tender lots of Free dinghy docks marked around town ( bowen and near Paneras) bus trolley service to grocery shops mansions and hardware dog friendly easy off on at goat island

Good Mooring in Good Location, 2011-08-09
Captain: , Mystic,CT (85)

8/7/2011 Picked up a mooring for a night after having spent the previous night at anchor in the anchorage area south of Ft Adams just off the main channel. Newport is a popular place so getting a mooring can be difficult and the radio traffic on channel 68 makes the process even more challenging. While the whole process could use a lot of improvement the moorings are solid and in good locations close to the heart of the action on Thames Street.

Mooring for the Folk Festival, 2011-08-08
Captain: , Jersey City (506)

Great mooring set us up for visiting the Newport Folk Festival. The food boat "Call Girl" on 68 coming around with the raw bar onboard really started the afternoon off proper when combined with the Dark-n-Stormies. Rafted up a sister boat for two nights.

Less than helpful staff, 2011-07-29
Captain: , Marietta GA (416)

In many years of cruising we've never encountered such a customer unfriendly operation. Getting a mooring requires calling on 68. We were told to check back after noon to see whether something might be available. Listening in on 68 showed that the queue for moorings is actually a free for all.

We spent 30 minutes searching for our assigned mooring since the mooring numbers are arranged in a random pattern. The staff description of where it was located was cryptic and in the end, flat wrong. Subsequent calls on 68 asking for a hint -- warmer or colder would have done -- produced no helpful results. Other vessels had the same difficulty judging from their raidio calls and seeing them plod from mooring to mooring to check the numbers.

Despite describing our LOA of 35' we spent the night bumping an unoccupied mooring ball on a $45 mooring. Finally they accept only cash.

Newport mooring, 2010-09-19
Captain: , charleston (771)

The weekend before the International Boat Show so we were fortunate to get a mooring. Great location. Too bad we had to pay a separate fee for the launch. Quick stop -- did not see facilities but did enjoy Newport -- especially The Breakers.

Professionally run, and a smooth night, 2010-07-29
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (139)

Newport has the most strictly enforced wake restrictiong I've ever had the pleasure to experience. Before sunset, every time a dinghy started to push a wake, suddenly there would be a quick siren and the hardbormaster was chasing them down. The Old Port staff are skillful and respecful of patrons and boats. A nice place all around.

Newport Harbor has gotten even better!, 2010-07-21
Captain: , Sarasota, FL - Newport, RI (435)

Call Oldport on Ch 68 to get a mooring and you can enjoy one of the best harbors in the world. Not only can you see the original 12 meter racing yachts but some of the largest motor yachts in the world. The launch service takes you to Goat Island or Downtown for great restaurants and shops. And, if you want to stay aboard, there is now a water dock where you can fill your water tanks.

Oldport Marine Services, 2010-07-01
Captain: , Newport R.I. (78)

Good moorings balls with close in location to town, reliable launch service & honest & helpful staff.

Great Location for View and Access, 2007-09-06
Captain: , Newport, RI (249)

Spent four days on mooring - two more than originally planned! Calmest harbor we have stayed in, including Nantucket. Harbormaster does chase down speeders and wakers. Excellent location for watching the waterfront day and night, including the megayacht movements. Launches are typically quick to arrive upon call, or you can use public dinghy docks. Numerous waterfront eateries and there's always the Mansions and Cliffwalk. Highly recommended!

Full Spectrum Yamaha, 2007-04-15
Captain: , New York (88)

These guys are top marine experts. In addition to the transient and seasonal moorings, they provide launch service in their own built launches. They are Yanmar experts and specialize in repowering. They have a small shop dockside with extensive starter, alternator and filter spares and will obtain any spares special order for you. They are not cheap... but you get reliable professional work. They do engine and emergency work on moored and anchored boats.

Oldport in Newport is not new at the marine game. They have been around and experience counts. Try them... you won't be disappointed.

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