Details for First Light Boat Works and Marine Railway
Name

First Light Boat Works and Marine Railway
Position

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Average rating 5.0 stars from 1 review

Address 43 Eliphamets Lane
Chatham, MA 02633

Phone508-945-7800

After hours contact



Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: This is a building, repair and maintenance yard – no fuel, marina etc. – that specializes in wooden boats.

VHF channel



Web sitewww.firstlightboatworks.com

Email contact

info@firstlightboatworks.com

Owner, manager

Woody Metzger and Jim Donovan

Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info



Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Year round boatyard. Seasonal moorings and slips.

Approach

The old wooden Mitchell River Bridge was replaced by a brand new state of the art wooden draw bridge in 2016. The bridge has a width of 26 feet, no height restrictions when the bridge is open, and reliably opens with 1 hours notice. Boats up to 50 feet can come in to the Mill Pond.

Tide

4

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 5
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Access for vessels with up to 9' of draft is possible and water depths at mean low water vary from 8'-20' within the mooring field.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 65
Beam max: 16

Other info:

Slips

Transient: 2
Total: 5
Transient price: $3.00/ft (2017-05-22)

Other price info:

Moorings

Transient: 8
Total: 16
Transient price: $60.00 (2017-05-22)

Other price info: Moorings are a flat rate of $60 a day.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes

Dinghy access

Yes

Liveaboard info

No

FuelGas: NOT AVAILABLE
Diesel: NOT AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: No fuel

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:

Propane

No

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Well behaved and leashed pets welcome. There are a few dogs at the yard already so dog friendly is a must.

Disability access



Launch service

No

Pump out

No

Ice

No

Trash

No

Showers

No

Heads



Laundry

No

Grocery



Hardware

Yes - Limited hardware in stock but can order anything and have it within a day or two.

Restaurants

Yes - Short walk to Main Street Chatham where there are many restaurants and shops.

Bars

Yes - Short walk to Main Street Chatham where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail at the Squire or Red Nun.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Close to Chatham Bars Inn and many other inns in town.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service and repair shop.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Recent upgrades include new rails and railway car. Hauling of vessels up to 30 tons and drafts of 9 feet is possible with the upper 60' of railway inside the shop.

Storage facilities

Yes

Fishing supplies

No

Chartering capabilities



Internet access

No

Boat ramp availability

No

Transportation

No

Other services



Attractions

Close to Chatham Lighthouse and Lighthouse Beach. Chatham Shark Conservency.

Reviews for First Light Boat Works and Marine Railway
Totally protected, convenient to town & if you like wooden boats don't miss this place!, 2017-08-07
Captain: , Harwich, MA (20)

First Light Boat works & Marine Railway (formerly Pease Boatworks) is a small, traditional boatyard that specializes in the building and care of wooden boats and in addition to typical boatyard services, they offer transient moorings and limited dockage as well but one needs to understand that this is a working boatyard not an upscale marina. They welcome visitors but don't have many cruiser amenities. However, they are located in the Mill Pond, a beautiful, totally protected spot that's a short ride up the Mitchell River from Stage Harbor. There is a dinghy dock at the boatyard that is walking distance to Chatham Light & ocean beaches and another at the town landing that puts you right in the middle of Chatham, which is a very cute, walkable town with lots of shops & restaurants. You can dinghy in from moorings in Stage Harbor or make the short run through the draw bridge, up the river to the Mill Pond. We went through the bridge in our Taswell 43 with a 13%u20196%u201D beam and 5' draft. The harbor master asks for 1 hour notice to open (just call (508) 945-5185 or CH 66 to set up a time) and it helps to work with the tide, since the river channel has 4'MLW and there is about 4' of tidal range. The bridge is not too wide and the channel is a bit narrow but it looks more difficult than it is, however, transiting with slack or opposing current is helpful as well. It also helps that the channel markers are made out of styofoam so you can come really close with no worries! We had no problems and found quite a few large (and beautiful) boats in the Mill Pond. Overall, this is a real find in an out of the way place!

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