Details for Port Washington Town Moorings

Port Washington Town Moorings

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Average rating 4.7 stars from 98 reviews

Address 347 Main St
Port Washington, NY 11050-2705


After hours contact

Port Washington Water Taxi, VHF 09, 516-455-0411.

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Moorings. Yellow balls are for transients.


48 hours free. Please throw trash out in the dumpsters at the town dock.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

It was reported June 2013 that tranients can stay for free for 48 hours.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: May until October.


Approach from G3A - 5 buoys are SE, 3 are S.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 7
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: No slips.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 20
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: 48 hours free during the week, 24 hours free on weekends. After the complimentary stay, the mooring price is $25 per day which includes complimentary launch service. Two- or one-day free use of mooring does not include water taxi.

There are 20 yellow moorings, three on the north side of the fairway without lines and 17 on the south side with lines.

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

Additional info: None

Pricing info: N/A

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - There is a floating dock on the north side of the Town Wharf for dinghies. Sign states 15 minute tie up, but that is for boats using the adjacent pump out dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: There's a beach to the NE visible from the mooring field that can be used for pet relief. Always pick up afterwards. You can also use the free town dinghy dock and the nearby park.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Port Washington Water Taxi, 516-455-0411/516-767-1691 or VHF Channel 09. $8 per person for one round trip or $25 per boat per day unlimited pickup and drop off.

After two-night stay on mooring ball with no charge for mooring, launch service is included in the mooring price.

Pump out

Yes - Free



Yes - Please throw trash out in the dumpsters at the town dock.




Yes - At the town dock.


Yes - Coin Op Wash N Dry
116 Shore Road
Port Washington, NY 11050
Opposite the West Marine.


Yes - Nearby. Launch will take you to a dock near the store.


Yes - West Marine. Launch will take you to a dock near the store.


Yes - Several nearby.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - There is public wifi at town dock. Optonline WiFi from moorings. Verizon provided 12.7 mb/sec on 4G broadband. Sprint is also strong. ATT LTE signal is 2-3 bars for iPad.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Taxi service in Port Washington, 516-883-1900.

Other services


Reviews for Port Washington Town Moorings
Free Mooring? What's not to love?, 2017-07-28
Captain: , City Island NY (100)

There were plenty of open mooring on a July weeknight. The moorings were well maintained and easy to pick up with a boathook. We dignyed to the town dock and tied up free (it took a little to figure out which dock was the free dock. It was with the pumpout facilities next to the harbor patrol on the north side of the peir. The harbor patrol was very polite and promised to keep his eye on our digny. Easy walk to a small town.
We ended eating at louies in the harbor which has its own free dock for patrons (great meal!)
The water taxi came by in the morning to say hello and let us know that it was two days for free. Great stopover.

Best stop in Western LIS, 2017-07-12
Captain: , Harwich, MA (20)

Great place to stop. Moorings are first rate & the price is right. Matt is very experienced and runs an excellent program. Water taxi runs even when it's a bit rough for your dinghy & it goes to dock in town or the other one across the street from grocery, other stores & laundromat. From town dock it's a 1 mile walk thru town on sidewalks to train station and then a 45 min ride into Penn Station, Manhattan. Lots of shops & restaurants in town to explore as well. This is our "go to" harbor in Western LIS. We cruisers really need to support a place like this!

Free Moorings, 2017-07-11
Captain: , Morgan (20)

Here's the deal with the free "Yellow" moorings: There are about 20 yellow moorings that line the south side of the channel. They have no pennants attached. You call the water taxi and they will bring them out to you. I was told that when they left them on, they were getting chewed up. Taxi monitors ch. 9. 1st two nights are free, no launch service is provided for the free nights. However, you can still pay the water taxi $10 per trip OR $25/day for unlimited service. So, basically a mooring is $25./day with taxi service. Otherwise, you can take the 2 free days and use the dinghy. Taxi will service you from the anchorage as well.

Awesome Free Moorings , 2017-06-21
Captain: , Confetti, Kadey Krogen (1719)

Great area and free mooring balls. Can't beat that! Very nice Village with hardware stores, delis, and lots of other stores. Great place to walk!

Great Stop, 2017-06-21
Captain: , Beckley, WV (40)

Perfect place to wait for East River tides. We stopped on the way south through NYC. The water taxi dropped us at the town dock & picked us up at the dock by the grocery store. Perfect for provisioning! Friendly staff & a nice little town. There is a rigger close to the town dock that made up a halyard for us.

Great stopover, 2016-10-08
Captain: , Salem Ma (790)

Not a lot of sights to see, but a great stopover location. Free mooring for 2 nights and then like $25 (I stayed 3 nights and no one ever came over to collecta fee). A dinghy trip across the bay there is a free dinghy dock right across from a large Stop & Shop. Down that same rode 1/4 mile there is another shopping center with a West Marine, hardware store, and movie theater.

Free moorings, 2016-09-15
Captain: , Charleston SC (120)

Free moorings! How can that be bad!! Great harbour but not much in town at all. Louies was very very expensive. Take a walk out of town and go to the Meditteranian up the road. Doesnt look like much but amazing food!

transiant moorings are yellow, 2016-08-17
Captain: , Manhasset bay (20)

The Town of North Hempstead transiant moorings are yellow They line the main channel on your starboard side as you head to shore There is no charge for 48 hrs. After 48hrs $25 a night that includes launch service. Garbage disposal at Town Dock any questions call 516 767-4622

A great place to stay, 2016-08-16
Captain: , Dartmouth (80)

Friendly staff, two free nights, stop and shop on the doorstep and easy access to NYC. What could be better.

Free Mooring Ball in Great Location, 2016-07-30
Captain: , Bear, DE (560)

We have taken a free mooring here several times and it has always been a good experience. Pump-out boat comes to you on Thursday through Monday (Closed Tuesday and Wednesday) Channel 9.

Dinghy dock is at town dock next to Louie%u2019s Restaurant. Water taxi is available but we did not use. Can%u2019t be beat for an easy in and free stay at a wonderful location.

Welcome rest after a run from Cape May!, 2016-07-14
Captain: , Brookhaven, NY (396)

Grabbed a yellow transient mooring and it was as wonderful as earlier reviewrs state. ONly glitch is no shower facilities, unless you want to pay $12/day. But, if you're staying a day or two, a free mooring and $12 is certainlly reasonable.
If you get there and no moorings are available, call Port Washington Water Taxi on Channel 9 and ask if there's more. They stash a few on the side as well as the 20 they have out.
Else, you can anchor and still use the water taxi, you just need to carefully provide a location for pickup. At $8 roundtrip that's a bargain too.
We ate at La Motta's, which I would not recommend. The burgers were great, but the service was slow and screwed our basic orders up. Lots of other restaurants to try next time.

Always a great spot, 2016-06-26
Captain: , Vero Beach Fl (51)

Have stopped here every trip north seems like it never changes and that is the good!! Very accommodating to cruisers, great town and that NY Pizza...

Excellent stop over, 2016-06-24
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

We really enjoyed the dedication the town maintained in welcoming transient boaters.
It is true, you recieve two free nights on their transient mooeing balls. After that, its $25 per day which includes full launch facilities to varied places onshore.
Launch Captains were super helpful, as was the town office staff.
Easy walk, after launch drop off to many stores. The Long Island RR is a short walk up Main Street. Buy your ticket in the station and choose the off peak times save some $$. Only a 30 minute ride to Penn Station and the glories of NYC.
Although the mooring balls are very secure (we are a 50' schooner) our only concern, with our particular ball was the rope eye was a bit frayed. Easy fix would be to put a plastic eye piece in the eye splice.

Great Spot, 2016-06-08
Captain: , Manchester NH. (329)

Port Washington needs to be commended and supported by the cruising community for providing well maintained and beefy moorings. We used one of the free moorings to get some rest while we waited for the tide before going down the east river. I'm looking forward to stopping here on our trip north next year.
Update: Stopped here on 05/30/16 on the way north.
This is a Great spot

Still as good as ever, 2016-06-03
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

Nothing new to report, but wish to confirm that nothing seems to have changed from last year.

A GREAT STOPOVER, 2015-10-30
Captain: , Centre Island (20)

On delivery from Oyster Bay to Norfolk, the free town moorings provided an easy and very convenient stopover to catch the tides through the City.
What a smart offering on the part of this obviously marine oriented town. Very, very few harbors in the northeast offer a welcome to boaters like Port Washington does. The services offered-pumpout boat and dock side pumpout, and water taxi, are most welcome by maritime visitors. And then to be able to walk to shops, library, grocery store-a cruiser's dream! Kudos to the town government for welcoming the yachtsman.

Waiting out Ida and Joaquin, 2015-10-12
Captain: , Strafford, NH (610)

These two storms kept many boaters from moving on from late Sept. and early Oct. We moved from our anchor to a town mooring and were glad we did. Winds gusting over 30 knots and we were secure to the bottom. We made good use of the water taxi, grocery store, and restaurants in town. Can't wait until there are public showers available like in Maine.

Free town moorings for 2 nights., 2015-10-11
Captain: , Wickford, RI (456)

This is a very nice place to grab a mooring and stage for going into NYC, or just crusing Long Island Sound. It's a well protected area.The Town moorings are free for 2 nights. There's also a overflow set of moorings, when the free moorings are taken, which cost $25 per night. Grocery Store is nearby

Port Washington Rocks!, 2015-10-07
Captain: , Boonton (75)

Great place to pick a mooring on the way to the east river.
The town has a lot to offer and the right plan to attract the boater.
I recommend adding Yellow moorings; find a way to offer showers (Like the Mariners center in Newport) and it will be a win- win situation for the businesses in town and the boaters.

Port Washington is a great deal for cruisers!, 2015-09-30
Captain: , Oriental, N.C. (352)

We like every thing about this harbor. The 2 free nights on their mooring balls, the size and condition of the moorings, the water taxi, and the ambience of the Town. The shops are all within walking distance and the major supermarket has a dock across the road where the water taxi will pick up and deliver...fully separate from the downtown dock. The restaurants are varied and not too pricey for a evening ashore. This town is on to something...and as previously noted, you can catch the train into NYC. Last but not least, it's a convenient jump-off point to time a run down the East River with the tide.

Port Washington... A real gem!, 2015-09-25
Captain: , Palm City (10)

Port Washington has put itself in a unique and special place in the hearts of cruisers by simply making the town easily accessable via the town moorings: free for two days, and $25/day thereafter, including launch service! We do not expect a free stay, but rather a chance to accomplish all the things on our list in this most boater friendly place! After all, if the town has the wisdom to make coming here easy and reasonable, we are very glad to dip into our kitty so that we can not only leave well provisioned and fully repaired, but with good memories of a place to which we will absolutely return. What's more, we want to support the many businesses we need (grocery store, drug store, West Marine, laundramat, hardware store, even a pet store and train to NYC, and many others - plus restaurants) all within walking distance of the convenient dinghy docks or lanuch landings! Don't miss this place!

Pick up the correct mooring, 2015-09-24
Captain: , Hingham, MA (1079)

The yellow town moorings to the north side (left of the channel as you come in) are for overflow only - to be used once all of the south side town moorings are full (launch person had a discussion with us on night 2). The North side mooring that we picked up was nice with a bridal and pick up stick. The South side mooring that we picked up did not have a pick up and only had one bridal (which was duct taped - needless to say we added another line on).
The area is nice and offers many amenities. The only downside is no shower/bathroom facilities. North side town dinghy dock has the Grocery Store and West Marine Also, the Post Office is now located in Ace Hardware. South side dock has Louie's which was a fun stop for drinks and raw bar.

Brilliant stop to provision, get spares, see New York and do it on a budget in a boater friendly area, 2015-09-23
Captain: , Prospect NS (103)

Port Washington does it right!! Only place I've been where you get the first 2 days free mooring right in front of the town, Dingy dock right in front of the supermarket (Proper one for big provisioning) laundromats, Westmarine and a nice spot to rest while the weather is not cooperating.

Spent a few days here and spent a ton of money in town getting all the little details finished after a 3 week cruise from Canada. even after the 48 hrs free moorings the 25$ a night isn't going to break the bank and the moorins are well maintained. The Water Taxi is very helpful and included in the daily rate.

Easy ride on the train (Many of the every half hour) into New York city to tour the town while the boat is secure.

Great experience! We will be back.

Brilliant stop to provision, get spares, see New York and do it on a budget in a boater friendly area, 2015-09-23
Captain: , Prospect NS (103)

Port Washington does it right!! Only place I've been where you get the first 2 days free mooring right in front of the town, Dingy dock right in front of the supermarket (Proper one for big provisioning) laundromats, Westmarine and a nice spot to rest while the weather is not cooperating.

Spent a few days here and spent a ton of money in town getting all the little details finished after a 3 week cruise from Canada. even after the 48 hrs free moorings the 25$ a night isn't going to break the bank and the moorings are well maintained. The Water Taxi is very helpful and included in the daily rate.

Easy ride on the train (Many of the every half hour) into New York city to tour the town while the boat is secure.

Great experience! We will be back.

Everything Works., 2015-09-20
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (355)

Easy in and out from LI Sound with great shopping within walking distance, good wifi and broadband, well maintained moorings, pump out and accomodating launch service. Only thing missing is a shower facility and a dedicated potable water fill at the pump out dock. We always come back.

"Still the One""..., 2015-09-09
Captain: , Guilford, CT (120)

We arrived here on Aug 25th, and latched onto a yellow mooring. This has been our "jumping off" place when traveling south for the past three trips - It's a great setup for NYC, as well as heading down the Jersey shore. From here it is about 7 hours to Manasquan Inlet, or if you go 10mph like we do, on a good day you can push yourself all the way to Atlantic City in 13 hours!

Other reviewers have it right, 2015-09-07
Captain: , St Paul, MN (180)

Port Washington yellow mooring balls are a delightful place to spend a night or several days. We visited twice ths season and will go back whenever we pass that way.
It was an ideal place to have guests come aboard for an adventure down the East River. They drove there then easily took the LIRR back to retrieve their car.
Of course good dining choices within a short walk of the waterfront and Friday night concerts in the Sousa Bandshell (JPS was a native - I believe).

Great Stop!, 2015-08-31
Captain: , Belfast ME (95)

Excellent Harbor!
Mooring free first two nights, with aunch $4/ride or $25/day/boat--
3rd night mooring $25, launch free.
Nice small town. Hardware store, Good Grocery (with float across the street), Liquor Store same plaza as grocery, and a Small west marine walking distance also.
At least 5 Sushi restaurants in town, along with more regular fare.
Fuel available at Brewer Capri.
Anchorage Busy on weekends!

Great place to stage for NYC, 2015-08-25
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (686)

Wasn't sure whether to come here, Oyster Bay or Port Jefferson to stage for Hell's Gate and beyond but Wow! I could have easily stayed a week here. Train into the big Apple takes just over half an hour. Provisioning was a piece of cake with the store opposite the launch dock. People are really friendly and they sure do make it easy on the wallet to stay.

Wonderful Port Washington, 2015-07-22
Captain: , Wicomico Church, VA (524)

We have been coming here since 1976 and we keep learning something new. We rented a car. Called the town office to request parking spots. No help. So, we returned the Hertz car in town that night. Water taxi driver, great guys, informed us that the harbor master would have granted us parking in the lot by the office. Also the no dog signs appear to mean nothing for visitors.

Great accessible town, 2015-07-12
Captain: , Florida Keys (735)

Yellow moorings are free for 48 hrs. Protected harbor. There is a launch service, that we didn't use. Town has two dinghy docks. The southern dock has a pumpout. The northern dock is directly across from a Stop N Shop grocery store. West Marine, Rite-Aid, and Ace Hardware are all about 1/4 mi to left on Shore Drive. Good sidewalks and crosswalks. King Kullen grocery has moved elsewhere.

Trash cans available all along walkway between docks. Please don't leave trash sitting out by cans.

Long Island RR runs to Penn Station (Manhattan) regularly, if you want to go to the city.

A town that does it right, 2014-09-24
Captain: , Atlantic Highlands (214)

It is good to see a town that realizes that transients do spend money when they stop. Unlike my home anchorage in Atlantic Highlands, the Manhasset Bay town fathers understand what the visiting boater wants-a low cost (free) mooring, a free do it yourself pumpout station, and a small dighny dock to land. Food stores, restaurants, and access to transportation are all a walk away. Launch service available ($4). More shore towns up and down the coast need to study this model of operation.

Great Place, 2014-09-03
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

Two free nights on a mooring ball, then $25 per night, along with water taxi (free once you start paying, $8 per person per trip before) -- what a deal. Especially when you add in the less-than-a-mile walk to the train station, where you can catch a 45-minute, comfortable, affordable, uncrowded train to Penn Station. Come back from the excitement of the crowded city to this pleasant, quiet, friendly town and mooring field. Great public library up Main Street, a good hardware store, restaurants, and a great organic farmers market on Saturday morning. And the launch service will drop you off at the North Port Pier for a short walk to a big, good Stop n Shop grocery.

Matt, who runs the mooring field, is friendly and helpful, as is his staff of drivers. If showers and laundry were offered, it would rate 5 stars. Even without, we highly recommend this spot.

One of the best, but..., 2014-09-03
Captain: , Stuart FL (778)

Already one of the best set-ups for cruisers, this could be in a class by itself. The one negative is that there's no good place to get a shower ashore. This oversight seems odd in that everything else is here: more than a dozen town moorings with 2 nights free; launch service to all areas of harbor; dinghy dock at downtown landing; Port North Pier across from Stop & Shop and a block away from other supermarket, Ace Hardware, West Marine, laundromat, liquor store(s), banks and restaurants. Spent several nights here in June on way east; made sure to stop before going down East River while headed back south. Love it!

what's not to like about free moorings?, 2014-09-01
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (380)

Especiallywhen you're less than 25 miles from NYC. Port Washington is a fun town as well, with several nice restaurants. Only complaint was crowds, but I was there Thursday before Labor Day so to be expected.

You can't beat free!, 2014-08-27
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (370)

Free mooring ball for two nights. The launch will come by to help you get connected. Great spot. We are at La Petit Framboise in town and it was EXCELLENT but pricey.

Port Washington Moorings, 2014-08-24
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

Great thing for visiting boaters!
All moorings appeared to have pennants, contrary to some previous reviews.
Launch to town still $8/person round trip. Town has some upscale looking eateries, but not open till evening. Several good looking deli places.

Great & FREE, 2014-08-16
Captain: , Toronto (40)

Free municipal moorings for 2 nights! Then $25/night. Acess to at least 2 dingy docks, 1 right by the grocery and shopping plaza. West marine is a 5 minute walk. Great scenery at the moorings, lots of different boats. Water taxi is $5/trip or $8/roundtrip and covers the whole harbor. Lous Resturant has its own dock and boat traffic can be hi at times. Cigaretteboats that race the Sound come in here for fuel and resturants before and after weekend races.

Great overnight, 2014-08-14
Captain: , City Island (20)

This spot has everything we need for a great overnight. Free moorings, prompt, friendly water taxi on channel 9, boating supplies at West Marine, provisions at Stop n' Shop, both an easy walk from the town north dock. Walk south from the town dock for a good ice cream shop and a fishing outfitter. Broad selection of restaurants available. Free pump out boat also available in addition to the pump out at the dock. The wait for pumpout is shorter in the morning, also, make sure you hail before 2 pm as it does close down for the day. Really the only thing missing is a place to take a shower.

Would you believe its free., 2014-07-24
Captain: , Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK (1090)

Port Washington is EPIC. The moorings are free for you to stay on for a couple of days.

There is a dinghy dock in town and another right opposite the Stop n Shop supermarket.

In town there are lots of places to eat and our reccomendation would be the diner past the Railroad station.

Getting into Manhatten is really easy 10 mins to the trainstation and then you are stright into Penn Station in the heart of NYC.

Showers would be really nice but you cant have everything.

A town to emulate!, 2014-07-12
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (778)

This town has a great attitude toward transients, many places could learn much from this community. The moorings besides being free, are very well kept and the launch service is very accommodating!

We walked up the hill to town and ate in the Mediterranean Deli, they also own two other restaurants on the block, but the deli was awesome. They would make whatever you wanted, however you wanted, and had both inside and outside seating.

Great town, great moorings, need showers, 2014-06-23
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3132)

Free moorings, plenty of dinghy dociks, great water taxi service....the only improvement would be to make showers available. Had a great meal at Fishkebab's.

Great treatment at Town Dock and Moorings, 2014-05-14
Captain: , Wilmington NC (43)

Great service and great location for the moorings. The water taxi is available at a reasonable cost. Thanks Port Washington!

Help make mooring easier, 2014-03-05
Captain: , Port Washington, NY (10)

We want to make your stay here in Port Washington a pleasant one and we need your help. Call ahead on ch/9 to Port water taxi. Our bouys will all have lines on top but please have a boat hook ready. Boaters tend to run over our pickup bouys and it comes directly out of our pocket. If you need a pick up bouy to pick up a mooring tell us before entering the harbor and we will clip one on for you and after secureing yor boat we will collect the bouy. Remember to write a review be it good or bad to help us help you make Port Washington a town all boaters will want to visit and come back to.
Thanks from Matt on the Port Water Taxi

Great Place to Stop after NY Transit, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

We stayed here a few days (even after two days the harbormaster wouldn't take our $$!) Reasonable protection, good dinghy dock, launch service and WiFI make these moorings a value even if you have to pay $25 a night.

You can still get into NYC for some tourism using the train which is about a mile walk up the hill. In town there were some interesting resturants and bars, a good hardware store and we were able to provision at the large grocery store.

Great stop!

Great town for access to Manhattan, 2013-10-13
Captain: , Texas (465)

This town makes it easy for cruisers. Free wifi, free 2 day stay on town moorings, paid moorings at $25 per night including launch service, huge grocery store near dock, movie theatre, great restaurants, We stayed here and took the train into Penn Station NYC. The train station is about a mile walk straight up Main Street. Train fare is $8 each way and gets you into the city in 45 minutes. We also refueled here and found the dock hand to be one of the best we have come across on the east coast.

Free Moorings on Long Island Sound, 2013-10-02
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4307)

We found long pendants on the yellow mooring balls that lined the channel. The second row of balls did not have pendants.

With the high prices on Long Island Sound and around NYC, this is a deal. Many services and restaurants in town. We walked to the Long Island Rail Road and were at Penn Station in 45 minutes. Returned late at night and a cab ride back to town wharf was $8. The taxi office is right next to the train station.

FREE MOORINGS, 2013-09-28
Captain: , Bristol, RI (386)

The Town has many mooring with yellow balls, free for two nights. Most are empty because there is only a shackle at the top of the ball. No pennant. There is no way, short of getting in your dinghy, to tie up. Very poorly done. We had to anchor.

"Must Visit" Stop for transient Yottie, 2013-09-22
Captain: , Whitby (400)

Previous reviewers have said it all. Matt on the water taxi is awesome. Two nights free transient mooring (a few need pennants). Groceries, hardware, liquor, West Marine, good restaurants, all a short walk from the dinghy dock.
Diesel available at two different fuel docks.
Only thing missing is showers!

Great harbor, friendly people, 2013-09-16
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1007)

Great place to spend the night as you wait for the right current at Hell Gates.
Picked up a yellow mooring last night (free) And spent a wonderful evening in this great harbor. Yes, there are no pennants on the mooring balls, but it isn't hard to pick one up. Called the launch today to go into town, Matt was extremely helpful, polite and courteous. He told us that next year there will be new showers built and the mooring balls will be better and easier to grab.
Regardless....what do you expect for a free mooring?
The launch drops you off at either dock. The North Dock is across the street from a Stop & Shop and other stores. One block away there is a West Marine, Radio Shack and other stores. Great restaurants as well right in town. Just ask them what you need or what you are looking for, they will help you out. Just plain nice folks.
Looking forward to coming back.
Roberto and Maria
48' Kadey Krogen

Mixed experiences, 2013-09-15
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

In early June we had a great stay on the town moorings, getting reprovisioned, doing laundry, shopping, taking walks along the waterfront. On our way through a few days ago, we were looking for a repeat experience. We had a very long day, the wind was kicking up and we were glad to turn towards the mooring field. We saw a number of vacant yellow balls but to our dismay they had no pennants. With our freeboard, it was not going to happen without one of us getting in the dinghy. The weather was too rough. We made other arrangements and left the next morning along with our shopping dollars. Port Washington is a great stop and we were sorry that it could not have worked out this last time.

Large Open Harbor, 2013-09-10
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (1190)

Port Washington is a large, open harbor without much in the way of protection from the wind. That said its still a nice staging area for the run through the East River. We picked up a town mooring ball (yellow top) which was free. As other posters have noted they charge for the launch at $8.00 a person. We only made 2 runs into town so $32 a night is a good deal. The launch captains were quick to respond on CH9 and quick to arrive. They work hard to make sure you find what you want in town. They'll run you to either town dock which made grocery shopping and a West Marine visit easy. The town itself is spread out but there are several places to eat within walking distance. Dog owners will find the town dinghy dock provides easy access to a park where you can walk them. Note that the ramp from the dinghy dock is steep at low tide. Also note to stay off the face of the wall by the dock if anyone is fishing from it.

Free Moorings, 2013-09-08
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

The city runs these 20 or so mooring balls. Free is free, so one cannot complain too much. Having said that, it seemed that half the balls did not have a pennant so your only choice would be to somehow get your line down through the metal clew. We found one with a pennant, and all was good. The launch to shore costs $8 per person roundtrip. As other reviews have noted, there is a very fine grocery store across the stree from one of the city dinghy docks. Again, free is good.

Almost has it all, 2013-08-19
Captain: , Coconut Grove (166)

The free moorings are a great draw for us, knowing there is a place for us to tie up when coming from afar. And the grocery store of your dreams across the street from the dinghy dock with the best selection I know of anywhere to get the things I'd been missing out on and wanting. Matt, who owns the watertaxi is a gem and looks to help people. I understand he provides the free moorings too. There is serve yourself water and pumpout at the town dock but go wide around the end of the dock to give the fishermen some room. The pumpout boat is on channel and is free too! No place better anywhere near that I know. There is however one thing missing that would make it a perfect port and gain my 5 stars -- Showers! The only possibility is the pool and that is 14$ for a pass. I 'll go to 5$ but after that it takes all the fun out of it for me. 4 is a lot of stars though, and we always look forward to dropping in and provisioning.

Best deal anywhere, 2013-08-09
Captain: , Montreal, PQ, Canada (560)

What's better than a free mooring? This place has it all. Nice park at town dock, free dinghy tie up. Choice of restaurants and shops. There is also another dinghy dock right across the street from the grocery store.

Free moorings, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Houston (774)

There are two rows of moorings. Both rows are yellow on top and red on the bottom but the row closses to the channel hjave a blue stripe between the yellow and red. The ones with the blue stripe have a pendant. The ones without the blue stripe have only a ring on top of the mooring ball. You either need a dinghy in the water or a very low freeboard to access the ring. The moorings are free for 2 days but we have friends that have stayed longer without any hassel. The man that owns the water taxi actually is the one that put in the moorinsg and as long as you use the water taxi you shouldn't have any problems. The water tax is $5 one way, $8 round trip and $25 for all day access. There is water at the twon dock. There is about 4ft at low tide per the harbour master. There is also a free pump out there. You can tie up your dinghy at the town dock by the pump out.

Great place!, 2013-08-02
Captain: , Liberty Landing (32)

We were on one of the FREE visitor moorings and woke up to our house batteries being dead. We used the water taxi to bring them to shore. Once on shore we were offered a ride to West Marine buy one of the guys who maintains the mooring field. The manager of the West Marine was friendly and efficient testing the batteries (both dead) and selling us new ones. The guy who offered us a ride to WM had waited for us and then drove us back to the dock and the water taxi took us back to the boat.

Besides being an absolutely beautiful place it is also full of friendly helpful people. Use the free mornings and then take advantage of all this lovely little town has to offer.

A model for welcoming boaters, 2013-07-23
Captain: , St Petersburg, FL (1253)

We stayed 2 nights on the free moorings and shopped in town and eat out locally. The town dock free pump out and dinghy dock are great too. We loved this place, make sure you walk around the harbor side parks and streets.

Wonderful place and people, 2013-07-20
Captain: , Portugal Cove (30)

Stopped here after running through the East River. This is a very special place! We picked up a mooring without issue, lots of room, very quite. Sitting on the boat one evening I thought to myself that this looks like a postcard but somehow we are actually in the middle of the picture, stunningly beautiful.
The water taxi is great, the operator gave us a rundown on where we could find everything in town, including a quick review of all the available restaurants. Super nice man, made us feel very welcome. They also hope to get visitor passes for the local swimming pool for transients in the very near future.

If you want to go into the city, the nearest train station is a 15 minute walk. The train takes you into Penn Station in 35-40 minutes. The train was $16 round trip, less for seniors. This was a far better option than staying in the City.

Two grocery stores, West Marine, RadioShack, restaurants, laundry all within walking distance of dock.

The only down side is that we had to leave.

Really awesome, 2013-07-07
Captain: , Liberty Harbor Marina - Hudson River NJ (60)

I pulled in here after dinner (free dockage while dining at Louie's) and easily found a spot on the 4th of july weekend. This is an amazing service and you can see why the town is hopping with boaters. I would suggest stopping here for any stay within the wester long island sound. The houses around the cove are amazing, and the overnight stay with free and peaceful. Thanks Port Wash!

Great Welcome to Port Washington, 2013-07-05
Captain: , Vero Beach, FL (907)

We stayed two nights in June '13. Easy access to grocery, hardware, laundry, West Marine, etc. over two town docks; one in harbor and one up the creek to the NE, directly across the road from a large grocery store. What a great cruisers' stop!
The previous review encourages letting the town know you appreciate their welcome and have patronised local business. Correct spelling of town email address is:
A crew member needed emergency dental work and a Dr. Glen Ruben, who has an office 3 blocks from the town dock, responded to our after-hours call and opened his office late Friday evening to provide treatment. He said he will help transients whenever he can; this is remarkable, as most such calls tend to be ignored.

Great Service to transients, 2013-07-03
Captain: , St Augustine, Fl (480)

We had a great time in port washington. Left our boat on the moorings and walked to the train station and took it into the city.
way better in my opinion then dealing with the boat wakes and currents on the hudson.
Matt is the owner of port washington water taxi and the one who deserves the recognition for putting these moorings in. (Don't forget to pay port water taxi $25.00 day after your free 48 hours.)The town was a bit skeptical at first so if you appreciate this valuable service to cruisers then let the town of north hemstead know. Matt is currently trying to expand the program to add shower facilities and pool privileges so he needs our help. email

Clarification on the two docks, 2013-07-01
Captain: , New Castle, NH PGI, Florida (320)

The main town dock is just in from the yellow moorings and there is a pumpout (free) and water (advised NOT to use this for drinking water tanks) that people apparently use to wash off the pumpout equipment - the black hose hangs right with the pumpout hose (ew). I would appreciate a separate water hose since it is apparently available at the dock. It's about a mile walk to the Stop and Shop and laundry from this dock. If you take your dinghy North/East from the first dock, there is a lovely new dock that is a much shorter walk to the S & S and laundry. Harbor Q has excellent BBQ (and I hardly ever eat BBQ but this was good!) Very friendly harbor and we will return. Showers would be nice . . . and if the town is going to put showers in someday, why not add laundry facilities?

Not only free but the moorings are nice, 2013-06-24
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (121)

Clean mooring balls with new pennants were an easy pick up. The launch is $8 round trip per person if free but they were there in a minute. Other than fisherman casting hand nets in the fairway right in front of us, a great stop. Thanks to others for the info on this stop.

Phone numbers given are wrong, 2013-06-24
Captain: , Epilogue (326)

Phone number listed on General page is no longer in service as of today. The number listed in the first comment is obviously incorrect also...some one answers but does not appear to speak English.

One of my favorite stops, 2013-06-07
Captain: , New York, NY (470)

Beautiful harbor. No problem picking up a yellow transient mooring (free) on a Wednesday afternoon in early June. Not all of the mooring balls had lines on them, but I found one that did. On the way in to the town dock, the water taxi operator asked me when I was coming back to the boat and showed up at the town dock to collect me at that time. Great town, charming waterside park. Free outdoor movies in the bandshell on summer weekend nights. Lots of good choices for food. There are public restrooms at the town dock but I didn't see any showers.

Who to call for moorings... 516-767-1291, 2013-05-30
Captain: , Key West FL (370)

As per the other comments, a fantastic harbor! One of the best anywhere between Key West and Maine.

We stopped here to wait out bad weather during Memorial Day weekend. We enjoyed the first two nights free, then stayed four more. We had trouble finding out who to pay for the moorings. They are managed through the Water Taxi, not through the Town office; you can call the water taxi office at 516-767-1291. Very easy to pay as we were able to give them a credit card over the phone the morning we left harbor.

Wonderful area great shopping, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (972)

We were on a city mooring for two nights, May 14 and 15. During the week, two nights are free. Weekends, one free night. We were told the transient moorings will be moved to the west side of the mooring field soon so be on the lookout for the yellow buoys. The dinghy dock on the north side is across the street from the Stop and Shop, a great grocery. Also drug, hardware, wine stores and a West Marine. Very friendly people.
Unfortunately, we were experiencing power problems which we finally diagnosed as a fried inverter. We called many local yards for help. There are still in the mist of Sandy repair/clean up and could not help us. They were all very helpful and recommended Essex Boat Works in Essex, CT. It was 78 miles but Essex said they would dedicate the time for us. Review at Essex Boat Works.

Free moorings easy access to shopping, 2013-03-23
Captain: , Palm Coast, Florida (785)

Nice protected spot. Picked up a town mooring and went to the north dock to get groceries at Stop & Shop. Very boater friendly harbor.

Storm mooring, 2012-11-23
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

We stayed here through Hurricane Sandy on one of these moorings. We ran an extra pendant and put out a storm anchor just in case, but it was all unnecessary. These are very beefy moorings. We heard we were on a 1200# mushroom with 40' of chain, but if you need details talk to Matt, the water taxi guy. He maintains them and is a widely respected salt in the harbor. There's all kinds of great provisioning and city access ashore. Cruisers are very welcome here. We came several days before the storm and stayed until the East River opened for navigation, 12 days in total. The harbor police stopped by once just to ask how we faired and tell us to stay as long as we like. Neither we, nor anyone else we talked to were charged a penny for taking shelter here. Our gratitude is very great and we'll be glad to come back here for a long time. Favorites ashore included the incredible library, a japanese grocery, LIRR access to The City, and a great local, Irish pub, Lennon's, which was open by candelight when the power was out.

Great Free Moorings!, 2012-10-25
Captain: , Mystic, CT (270)

The free yellow ball moorings here in Port Washington are a real boon to cruisers. There is a new dinghy dock near the shopping area, many great restaurants, a West Marine, and you can catch the train from here to NYC! What more could you ask for? Try Rosa's Pizzeria near the train station for some wonderful thin crust pizza!

Transient Friendly!, 2012-10-04
Captain: , Wiscasset ME (1435)

We stopped here on advice from fellow sailors and we're glad we did! There are about 15 or 20 free town moorings, a dinghy dock, and a large grocery store. Several wifi signals also.

Use the new town dinghy dock to the NORTH on Shore Rd, for easy access to Stop and Shop and West Marine. The new dock is right across the street from Stop and Shop grocery store. There is a very nice Italian restaurant, Amalfi (516-883-4191), to the left of the Home Goods store in the Stop n Shop strip mall. Also a good Chinese take out place, Gum How Kitchen (516-944-8713), just past Burger King in the same strip mall, before you get to Amalfi's.
There are several restaurants on main st. From the original town dock, out to the street, take a left on Main. From the new North Town Dock, out to the street, right on Shore Rd, left on Main.

What a great town. We had a great time!

Very switched on for transients, 2012-09-21
Captain: , Hamble, UK (876)

As Jim details below this is exactly what will happen, although after 1/2 days free (depending on weekend/week day timing) the staff will then move you from the free yellow buoys to another ball suitable to your length. We were told this by Matt on the water taxi who runs the moorings, but because no one had told us this he was too embarrassed to charge us even though we had been there almost 2 weeks which was incredibly generous of him. The dinghy dock states you should only leave it for a few hours but as long as you tell the staff and tuck it between the dock floats they were happy for us to leave it for a day in New York. There is free pump out (plus a mobile pump out boat) and water at the dock, but only 5' or less at MLW and beware of the fishermen's lines as you approach (especially in the dark!) and in a N wind the small boats moored nearby swing into the channel. Supermarket has its own dinghy dock, and there is a laundromat up the road by West Marine and AceHardware. And it is only 17 miles by train running every half hour to NY. This is a perfect place - they go out of their way to welcome transients.

Port Washington Town Moorings, 2012-07-10
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

White balls in the mooring field are all privately owned. *YELLOW* balls are town owned. The YELLOW balls are free for two weekday overnights, one weekend overnight. Water Taxi is avaliable, if pricey, at $8 per person per round trip from boat to shore (although the operator charged us $25 for 4 people, so heads-up). Nevertheless, still pricey. There is a new major food market - Stop 'n Shop - about a 5 minute walk from the "Stop 'n Shop" dock. West Marine is a 12 minute walk northward on Shore Drive from the Stop 'n Shop dock. The water taxi services the entire waterfront; mooring field, yacht clubs, marinas. THE KNICKERBCKER YACHT CLUB IS DEFUNCT AND CLOSED. The town is welcoming and friendly. Water depths are at least 12'. Verizon Wireless 3G service is slow. We needed a part from NAPA Auto Store; Port Washington NAPA took my credit card and delivered the part to me at the dock; $3.00 delivery charge! A bargain!

20 Free Moorings Now Available, 2012-07-04
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (6077)

What a great service! The town has its priorities straight - be boater friendly and the boaters will come and spend their money. Such a simple concept but missed by so many communities.

The moorings are in two rows, 3 on the north side of the channel (without lines when we were there) and 17 on the south side with lines. You can tie up at the dinghy dock for free, ice is available from the deli up the street as well as outstanding sandwiches, recommended!

RomantaSea, 2012-06-16
Captain: , Treasure Cay, Abaco, Bahamas (73)

14/06/2012. 2 nights free during the week. In no wake zone. Very friendly. Excellent walking path on water front. West Marine and 2 good stores plus Black Tie Wines and Spirits, manager very knowledgeable and friendly after 12 bottles 20% off. Delivered right to dingy. Great stop east or west bound.

excellent stop, 2012-05-23
Captain: , Westport,Ma (710)

moorings are free the 1st night on weekends and during the week 2 nights free. Once you use up your free nights its $25 / night. There are 20 moorings all with painters for easy pick up. The moorings are Yellow.
Water taxi yes and he runs from 8am to 10pm, $8 / person round trip. He will take you anywhere in the harbor you wish to go. Prompt friendly service. Also my understanding is after your free stay its $25/night but the water taxi is free (just a tip)
FYI we thought getting in at 7pm pre season there would be no taxi service but he was still running his reg schedual.
Just don't waste your money at Louies resturant. There are many resturants in the area and the water taxi will take you to them ask him where to eat.

Excellent Free Moorings, 2011-11-25
Captain: , Portsmouth RI (275)

Great place for waiting for the tide to go through NYC or after coming from NYC. Supermarket nearby. Check depth before filling up at the fuel dock near the super. There was a moon tide and there was about 4' at the dock.

New docks make it even better, and free moorings to boot!, 2011-10-23
Captain: , Austin, Texas (200)

Port Washington has made it clear that they want to welcome the visiting yachtsman. With 10 free moorings and reasonably priced water taxi service to a brand new dock near grocery, liquor and West Marine shopping, they extend a friendly hand to the transient. And with their location, this is the perfect place to stay prior to or after the run through the East River and Hell Gate .

What's not to like, 2011-10-12
Captain: , Southport, ME, USA (1178)

Free moorings, free pump out, Stop & Shop, West Marine, hardware store, good restaurants...what's not to like!

Free Mooring Balls, 2011-09-11
Captain: , Mattituck, NY. (391)

Stop here every year. If you do not go to shore the mooring is free! If you go to shore there is a water taxi, $8.00 pp round trip. Lots of good restaurants.

Waht a great deal, 2011-08-02
Captain: , Vienna, VA (320)

We grabbed one of the free town mooring balls to spend the night. We were there in July 2011 on one of the hottest days in history. We were able to dingy to the town dock and hurry across the street to a Berger King to get cooled off. Great shopping at the Stop and Shop. I carried the food down to the dock in one of their carts and then returned the cart. We walked into town to the library. What a nice library for a small town. The Grandkids loved the cool place and the nice books. Later went to a movie in town and then to dinner at a very nice Italian restaurant in town. But for the heat, this was one of the nicest little towns we have visited, and to think it is only a few miles from New York.

Great mooring field, 2011-07-25
Captain: , San Antonio, TX (310)

Spent four days here. Easy walk to shopping or the water taxi will take you close to West Marine and the grocery. dog and people friendly town with well protected harbor. Mooring field free for first two days. Water taxi $25 for unlimited trips per day and on third day this inludes the mooring ball fee. If using dinghy the marinas charge a daily fee.

Great anchorage but no dinghy space at town docks, 2011-07-09
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (121)

No free mooring balls available, but we anchored just south of the free moorings - great holding and location. Dinghied to the town dock this morning, waited 40 minutes for the harbor master to appear only to be told we could only tie up our dinghy on the sides of the floats (not on the front). Only problem is that the rowboats provided by the town for local boat owners take up virtually all the space on the sides. The harbor master was not very nice - complained about interrupting his lunch (after our long wait!). Upshot - use the VERY NICE dinghy dock across from the Stop and Shop (also near West Marine and not that far from town) and save yourself an argument with the harbor master!

Great Transient Stop, 2011-07-03
Captain: , Groton, CT (345)

6/4/11 - 9 free town mooring balls (yellow). 48 hrs. week days, 24 hrs. weekends town dinghy dock with P/O, also another town dinghy dock at the Stop & Shop Supermarket / Home Goods plaza. Great place for dinghy ride, don't miss "Sausalito East". Loads of restaurants up the hill near the LIRR station.

A Beautiful Stopover, 2011-06-13
Captain: , Boston (60)

On a trip from Warwick, RI to NY, this was a very pleasant surprise. The town moorings are located along a route used by boats coming and going from Port Washington but most seem to be considerate and keep their wake to a minimum. A beautiful harbor in a great location.

A gem where you'd never expect it!, 2011-06-01
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

The yellow mooring balls are easiy to locate and the pennants make securing one without problems. The dinghy dock is located in the park(look for the American flag) on the north side by the FREE do it yourself pumpout. There is a park to walk the dog and many restaurants to eat at. Hard to bellieve these are free in an area of very expensive marinas. Sent a thank you email to let these generous folks know they are apprciated.

Almost hate to share this one!, 2011-05-05
Captain: , Barnegat Light, NJ (210)

Great moorings right where indicated. I marked them on the GPS and drove right to them.

You Can't Go Wrong!, 2010-08-01
Captain: , Sea Cliff, NY (1075)

Folks, this is as good as it gets if you like to save money. Free mooring balls, now a total of ten (10), all colored yellow, to port just after passing Green 3A (probably not on your charts, but it is easy to see). Two nights free. Free pump out, either at your boat or at the town dock. All the details about these arrangements can be verified by calling "Port Washington Town Dock" on VHF 9. Dockmaster and launch captains are all courteous and helpful.

Launch is not free ($8.00 round trip). We just used our dinghy and tied to the town dock, on the north side. Be sure to check in after securing the dink. The sign says "15 minute Max." When we asked if we could stay for several hours, the answer was "Absolutely, we are happy you are here".

There are at least ten (10!) restaurants within a short walk. Italian, French, Indian, Mediterranean, and probably others that we missed!There is a supermarket and other shops, too. West Marine is a bit of a hike, but doable. Pretty park across the street, and a nice walking trail along the water.

This town really know how to support cruisers.

Great Spot, 2010-07-13
Captain: , Newport Yacht Club (96)

Mooring balls are yellow. Call the water taxi and they will take you to most places on the bay. Spent 3 days on a mooring ball, had to pay $25, but that included unlimited water taxi rides. Explored Port Washington and ate a great lunch at Louie's

Cruiser friendly, 2010-06-18
Captain: , Hilton Head, South Carolina (533)

This was our 4th visit to PW and it continues to be good. This year (2010) the town has doubled the number of "yellow" (free) balls. This year, however, they were strict about the two night limit. Still its a good value. You will also get free pump out and water at the service dock. Lots good restaurants and the best grocery store on the planet at North Shore Farms. Get the pre made meals by the famous chef (no joke). Its about .75 mile walk.

North Hempstead Town Moorings, 2010-06-08
Captain: , Gloucester, Mass. (799)

Easy to find as they are now all bright yellow. The marker is in just about the correct position.

Town Moorings, 2010-05-19
Captain: , East Greenwich Yacht Club, RI (249)

Nice group of 6 town moorings. Dinghy over to the town dock at Port Washington or call the water taxi. Easy walk into the small town.

Anchor nearby if the moorings are full. But watch water depth.

How nice is that, 2009-09-23
Captain: , Old Saybrook Ct (250)

What a pleasent suprise at the end of a long day a free mooring!! $4 per trip on the water taxie thats reasonable. very enjoyable evening.

Great spot, 2008-09-11
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (360)

Moorings are great, right near "3A" 1-5 TNH and T A-J. Free limit is 2 nights, pay for 3rd nite $25.00and get free water taxi. town library free computer use and internet. Walk up main street towards train station and lots of restaurants and shops.

Great Welcome for Transient Boaters !, 2008-09-01
Captain: , Huntington, NY (2311)

Free moorings, how about that. The moorings are easily large enough for boats upto 50 feet. Instead of paying for a bouy elsewhere and feeling alone ... choose one of these moorings and feel some energy as most of the transient mooring guests stay with their boats overnight.

Nothing's totally free however, especially if you don't have your own Dinghi ... Port Washington Water Taxi, Ch 9, is $4 per person / per ride. In August 2008 their hours were 8am to midnight.

The price is right!, 2008-06-04
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

These moorings ("TNH") are out in the middle of the harbor by buoy "3A", but the price is right (free) in an area of VERY expensive marinas. You can land your dinghy at the town dock or take the water taxi.

Wonderful deal., 2008-01-21
Captain: , Warwick,ny (9)

Call port washington water taxi on vhf and they will assign you a mooring. Last time I was there it was free. Water taxi service to shore costs, but is reasonable. I believe limit for free moorings is three days

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