Details for Owen Park Town Dock and Moorings

Owen Park Town Dock and Moorings

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Average rating 3.5 stars from 17 reviews

Address 51 Spring Street, PO Box 1239
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel

9 / 69 for Pumpout / 72 for Launch


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

No credit cards.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 6
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: 55
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 10
Total: 10
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: They do not take reservations. Boats are allowed to spend the night on the city dock only when all the other marina slips are full.


Transient: 50
Total: 30
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $50 per night (May 2017). They do not take reservations.

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 - At Owen Park dock.

Dinghy access

Yes - Many dinghies tied up on southern side of pier.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Gas and diesel are available at the fuel dock across the harbor

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Gas and diesel are available at the fuel dock across the harbor


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: You can use the launch service to take your dog ashore.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Begins running July 1st, 2017. Launch service only available in season. Contact via VHF 72, Vineyard Haven Launch. $4.00 per person, per trip.
If you are on a white with blue stripe G and B mooring, the rate is only $2.00 per person.

Pump out






Yes - Bring quarters for the showers.


Yes - They open at 7:30 am.



Yes - There's a large Stop & Shop supermarket in town, just a few blocks from the ferry terminal.


Yes - Just a short walk. There's also a West Marine Express.


Yes - Many nearby.


Yes - Black Dog Tavern has a beer and wine license now. No bar but if you eat, you can drink.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi, open, no password.

Reported June 2017 pre-season:
Mid ancorage field speed. 1.4mb down, 0.4mb up;
with amplifier and on boat router: 3.3mb donw, 2.1mb up.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - The main Vineyard Transit Authority (Martha's Vineyard bus system) depot is right in front of the ferry terminal. From here you can take busses all across the island. Fares are $1.00 per town or you can buy a daily pass for $7.00. Tons of taxis as well. Buses are pet friendly.

Other services


Reviews for Owen Park Town Dock and Moorings
Not a favorite..., 2017-09-20
Captain: , portland or (211)

We were visiting Martha's Vineyard and had departed Oak Bluff's Marina on the way to Cuttyhunk but the fog made us turn around. Rather than go back to Oak Bluffs we decided to duck into Vineyard Haven. That was a mistake. Not only are they more expensive they were not at all helpful with finding our mooring. Simple, clear direcitions would have been appreciated. This mooring field is very tight - not much room at all between boats. Tight enough to make you nervous. There was a grocery close by but no laundry. The ferry boats coming and going constantly is makes the mooring uncomfortable and noisy. Would pass this place by next time.

town moorings inside breakwater, 2017-08-09
Captain: , Wickford, RI (20)

Vineyard Haven is a special place w/two large dinghy docks and a town that is fun to walk around in. There is a supermarket across the street from the dinghy dock. The ferrys are coming and going all day long but after a while you get used to them. You have to arrive around 11am on any day but Friday or Saturday to get a mooring.

June 8 to 12, 2017 - Quiet & Easy, 2017-06-14
Captain: , Milford Ct (105)

As described in other reviews the Town Dock offers 2 showers with a few hooks on the walls & in separate rooms there are 2 rooms with a toilet/sink. The beach is right here, so wear flip flops or other shoes when you go in to take a shower. It would not be easy to keep this clean with the sand that inevitably just seems to be everywhere. We found the showers did not open until after 8am.

Vineyard Haven is a delight with the bus stop within walking distance from 2 dinghy docks.

Purchase a bus pass and tour the island. Menemsha, Chilmark, Oak Bluffs and Edgarton are so different and just a few miles from each other.

Within a few steps of the dock, you can also rent a bike or car. The island does offer some great bike paths.

The town dock does have a free pump out & also water, as mentioned. You just have to watch for an opening on the dock.

We heard that as of June 13th, Vineyard Haven will not be dry. You will be able to enjoy a drink at the Black Dog without purchasing food too.

Free service dock for pump out and water, 2016-07-23
Captain: , Montreal (717)

You can go to the end of the T dock for self water refill, pump out, and trash. The dock is about 50 feet long, with pillars and bumpers around pillars. Fenders not needed. Friendly staff at the dock master house. Be careful with the universal adapter, it drops easily and you will be in for a dive. It was clear water and there is 6' of water at low tide, so the dive was easy! of our favorite spots, 2015-08-12
Captain: , Yarmouth, ME (180)

We loved the protected anchorage, staff, showers, beach, and access to the town. Great fishing also.

Good for Food Shopping, 2015-08-04
Captain: , Hampton NH (292)

We had been out for eight days and needed to resupply. We stayed outside the first night but the wind made things a bit rolly. Inside the breakwater the water was flat. Thankfully the Stop & Shop is right across from the ferry dock. The Black Dog is close by for breakfast nd other meals. If you like oriental food, the Copper Wok on Main Street was recommended by a local and it was great. And there is a real drug store within a short walking distance. Overall, Vineyard Haven cannot compare with Menemsha or Edgartown but if you're travelling the Sound and the weather starts to go against you, it's a good take. Much better than the carnival in Oak Bluffs.

Island time in the Vinyard?, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

The staff don't seem too willing to help, felt like being in the Carib. . . The assigned ball was much too close as we were swinging into other balls yet it was not a concern to them and they made it clear they were going out of their way just to assign another ball over the radio.

Not much going on here at all in Vineyard Haven, only thing of interest was the Black Dog Tavern. . . not too interesting either. If we were to comeback to Marthas Vineyard we'd likely stay in Edgartown.

Owen Park Town Dock and Moorings, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Oriental, NC (220)

The location is great; the moorings are behind a breakwater which makes for easy nights. The access to town from here is also great, less than a 5 minute walk.

The people are disorganized, unprofessional and generally seem less than competant.

The mooring balls are of different sizes and shapes, usually poorly marked and hard to read. When you deal with the people and look at the balls the inevitable question is: are they secure? I don't know, but would take the negative side of a small bet.

The dinghy dock is OK. The physical facility of the showers is OK but they always seem dirty.

Over priced, 2013-03-22
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (785)

If the wind is out of the south anchor outside the breakwater and save $50 a day. If the wind is out of the north go into the lagoon and save $50 a day. Moorings are too close to each other.

Busy, noisy, but convenient to town, 2013-02-05
Captain: , Westport Point, MA (391)

In summer, this can be a hard place to get an "inside" mooring behind the jetty; if you can't, then you could be in for a long, bumpy night at a mooring north of it, where there can be swells, and there are always wakes from the ferries. Pumpout can be a frustrating and long process which can hang up your day for a while. Unless the showers have just been cleaned, they can get pretty gross, but are OK.

All this being said, Owen Park is very convenient to the quiet end of town, where you can get breakfast or coffee without going too far, and an easy walk or dinghy to the grocery or downtown. Mad Martha's ice cream will boost the quality of your day!

Free weekday moorings in off-season, 2012-10-02
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

Weekend $50/day, but free on the weekdays off season. Presumably after Labor day, but I'd recommend checking with the harbor master to confirm.

Mooring prices up, 2012-08-29
Captain: , Bristol, RI (139)

Well, this season the town is charging $50.00 a night for moorings inside the breakwater.

Moorings in Vineyard Haven, 2012-06-27
Captain: , Beverly, MA (12)

Great location to escape the heat. Town moorings inside the jetty. Rental mooring outside the jetty ("rental" spelled out on white moorings. Also blue moorings are rentals. Avoid moorings with names on them. Launch service excellent. Even in NNE winds wasn't bad on mooring. Town dock farther out of town. There's a new dinghy dock by ferry piers that is right down town. Minutes from Stop and Shop.
All in all a great place to spend a weekend or more.

Convenient and safe in all but NNE blow -- gets crowded in season., 2012-06-03
Captain: , Lottsburg VA (127)

Helpful dockmaster; OK facilities. Pumpout boat service readily available in harbor.

Crowded and busy mooring field, 2011-09-05
Captain: , Stony Point, NY (852)

Of course it is Martha's Vineyard, and bustling in mid August. The moorings are very close to eachother and the ferry comes and goes starting very early until late. Still felt the water was clean enough for a cooling swim - close to the boat. Had fun watching the sail dinghy boats as well as some really beautiful big boats coming and going under sail. The town has many shops, galleries and restaurants. Tie your dinghy next to the ferry dock and walk a block to the Shop and Stop. We took the cart to the dock and loaded the dinghy and walked it back to the store. Take the bus to any other part of the Island. Next time we will try Egartown. I think it is quieter.

Things I wish I knew before I got there..., 2010-08-08
Captain: , Fairhaven MA (65)

Harbor Master on Ch 9 - ask for an inner harbor mooring inside the break wall), if the wind shifts to the north / west, you could have an uncomfortable night in the outer harbor. Prevailing wind is from the SW, which is fine in either. Blue cone bouys are managed by VH Marina. White with blue stripe are managed by G & B. All are 45.00 per night. The launch is 2.00 per person on the G & B moorings, 4.00 per person on all others.
Showers, toilets, trash, dinghy dock and harbor master are at Owen park municpal dock. You can tie up at dock temporarily for water etc. Fuel is across the harbor (look for large American flag). They also have water / ice.
VH Pump out can be hailed on 69, however service was frustrating and unreliable. Had a young kid running the boat and basically she just went to the last person who called her. Tried for 2 days and sailed home with a full tank.
Blocks of ice at the black Dog wharf - 5.00.
The Vineyard is a special place, but you need to know where to go. Make the trip "up island" to Menemsha, Chilmark and Aquinna. Steamers at the fish markets in Meneshma is a treat. Black Dog or Art Cliff diner for breakfast in VH.
Rental car - go on line with Hertz main reservation service. I paid 38.00 per day Mon thru Fri ( about 1/3 the price of any other on island rental service). I rented a compact and ended up with a convertible.

A great spot to see Martha's Vineyard from, 2010-07-25
Captain: , Freeport, ME (257)

We stayed two nights on a mooring inside the breakwater. The inner harbor is a great places with very light winds and calm water. There are two dinghy docks; one near the Owen Park Town Dock and one near the ferry terminal dock. The ferries run late into the night but once they are finished it is quiet and a great place to moor for the night! There are a ton of restaurants nearby and the bus depot is right next to the ferry terminal to take you anywhere you wish. Highly recommended!

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