Details for Portland Yacht Services

Portland Yacht Services

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Average rating 3.6 stars from 38 reviews

Address 58 Fore St Mail: 400 Commercial Street
Portland, ME 04101

Phone207-774-1067, x7

After hours contact

Please use 207-774-1067 x 7

Pro-Op message

We know what it is like to make a land fall in a new harbor. If a yacht is entering the United States in Portland, Maine, Customs will come to our docks for the formalities. Once you have tied up we offer two nights free dockage or mooring. We are 726 Miles from Bermuda via the Great South Channel. 330 Miles from Halifax.

If you are sailing a foreign vessel headed to Maine during the annual migration North from the Caribbean and need crew visas, contact Phin Sprague at PYS. He can make an appointment at the US Consulate in Bermuda for Visa interviews. The Crew members needing visas must be on board when the vessel enters Bermuda. Out of district visas (visas for those who are not local residents ) are not normally issued in Bermuda. This exception for sailors is an appreciated accommodation for the benefit of vessels headed to New England via Bermuda.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: They now run three locations in Portland Harbor. The marina on the east end, 150 ton Travellift in the middle, and the boatyard serviced by Brownell trailer on the west. There are dealers for all of the major outboard brands. Cruising boats are encouraged to call ahead and the part might actually be on the dock waiting for you. Vessels entering and clearing customs in Portland from foreign ports will be given a a day's free dockage.


This is a good place to get things fixed. It's also a good place to enter into the US. Customs will clear at PYS Docks. PYS has a policy that cruising vessels entering the US in Portland may have two nights free berthing. 726 miles from Bermuda.

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Phin and Joanna Sprague


City of Portland/S Portland, 207-772-8121


Tom Russell, 207-774-1067

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: The marina is seasonal. The full servcie boatyard is year round.


When rounding Spring Point Light the Portland Peninsula appears on the eastern end. There is a prominent observatory. Portland Yacht Services is on the shore directly under this mark.





Tide & current additional info

About 1/2 knot East -West.


Approach: 20
Transient dockage: 25
Fuel dock: 25

Other depth info: There is a 'middle ground' shown on the charts. Large vessels at low water carrying more than 10 feet of draft should approach the docks from the east or west in no less than 18 feet of water.

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

Additional info: Best value in Portland. Somewhat restricted in available power. 230 volts 35, 50 and 100 amps but limited in number of hook ups.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 200
Beam max: 50

Other info: Have accommodated 200 feet, 1600 tons. For larger vessels there are two 200 foot transient docks available. One has 50 amps the other 100 amps at 230 60 HZ. There are multiple berths for smaller vessels.


Transient: 10
Total: 127
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2014-07-29)

Other price info: ActiveCaptain vessels entering the US in Portland at PYS docks get free one nights berthing.


Transient: 10
Total: 26
Transient price: $0.00 (2011-07-16)

Other price info: $45 per night, as of August 2015.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - Dingy dock. Happy to have cruisers anchor off. Small dinghy charge gets access to showers, laundry etc..

Liveaboard info

Yes - Several live aboards.


Fuel brand: By prearrangement from a truck.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Allow bulk fuel delivered by Qualified US CG registered tank truck to vessels on the docks. The bulk delivery is not recommended for requirements under 500 Gallons although a small upcharge might still make it economically competitive. There are three retail sources for smaller amounts of fuel in the harbor. Larger amounts when ordered for delivery to the docks are subject to daily price variations and the price is quoted. Truck delivery is normally significantly less expensive than other alternatives. Vessels intending to come to Portland and use the docks that would like quotes on fuel will be directed to the appropriate bulk retailers (there are several) to determine best price and to schedule delivery.


No - 3 miles to get vertical tanks filled; 7 for horizontal.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Clean up please.

Disability access

Yes - Ramp and heads.

Launch service

Yes - Limited hours.

Pump out







Yes - 4






Yes - Whole Foods will deliver. Hannaford Supermarket is about 1.5 miles from the marina. It is well worth the trip as it has a wide selection, quality foods, and great prices.


Yes - 3 miles to Hardware store, Hamilton Marine is next door.


Yes - 52 within walking distance.


Yes - Numerous in Portland.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Across the street and three within walking distance.

Repair capabilities

Yes - All types. Focused on cruising boats. Make arrangements by Sat Phone and part can be waiting. Quick turn around. Systems a specialty ABYC, ABBRA. NEMA, Inboard (Beta, Perkins, Ford, Perkins, Westerbeke, Yanmar, more), outboards ( Evinrude, Mercury, Suzuki, Yamaha) refrigeration/AC, and generators.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Up to 44 tons by Brownel access to 150 ton Travellift.

Storage facilities

Yes - Indoor heated/unheated outdoor.

Fishing supplies

Yes - One block away.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. Strong Verizon signal.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Taxi, Bus, Train, Planes. Float plane will pick up at dock.

Other services

Will send parts world wide, be one of their Ducklings . They encourage transients. Marine Learnig Center is on site. USCG courses from launch tenders - 200 ton and AB.


Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and many museums.

Reviews for Portland Yacht Services
Good Portland Stop, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Bourne, Ma (230)

We spent two nights here waiting to get in to Spring Point where a mechanic was going to work on failed transmission. As mentioned in other reviews, poor wake protection but it did seem to quiet down after 9 PM. We had no problems, it was comfortable. Gave it a three star only because it seems expensive for what was available. We did not use bath house since it was inconviently across the parking lot. Staff were excellent, friendly and helpful. If you have visitors with car, there is no parking. They must pay to park by the day. $10.00 for 12 hours. This marina is at the end of Old Port. Excellent location.

Great staff, lousy wake protection, 2016-07-15
Captain: , Arizona (216)

The harbor master and his crew were of great help and very pleasant to deal with. As has been said before, the location doesn't offer much in the way of protection from passing boats, but the location to everything, including a walking/bike path were great. The laundry was cheap, only $1.50 for each wash/dry machine, but the dryer didn't do a very good job. We stayed one night on a mooring ball, then came to the dock for two nights to do some work on the boat. We hope to come back and spend more time in this city.

Helpfull and efficient harbor master, 2015-09-27
Captain: , ST Nazaire - France (52)

Impossible to give more because of the permanent wakes and the distant access to restrooms other side of the railway.
But five stars for the friendly welcome of the harbor master.
We went here to obtain our cruising permit which was not granted by the Rockland CBP (who was short of forms) and the harbor master was very helpfull in our relations with CBP. Thanks to his efficiency we received our permit on board instead of biking 17miles round trip in buzy roads.

Pooped at the dock, 2015-09-04
Captain: , Dutch Harbor, Alaska (10)

We tied up at the docks for customs checkin, and spent a few hours there, and then just couldn't take it anymore. For the first time in nearly 10,000 miles of bluewater sailing on this boat, we actually got pooped. While at the dock. The wakes are just awful, we've never seen another marina like it.
Moorings weren't that much better, but at least we weren't getting slammed up against the dock.

Anyway, the folks are nice enough, and it's handy to town, but if you're looking for a quiet night, this ain't it.

Nice access to Portland, 2015-08-29
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (189)

PYS now has two security gates before you can get to the dock. Each has a different combination. In order to use the showers and laundry you must give a $20 deposit for a key fob. In the showers is an emergency panic button to summon Police in an emergency. At least PYS is protecting its customers. There is easy access to Hammilton Marine, some really good resturants and a terrific fresh fruit and vegitable market on Commercial St.

correction update, 2015-08-23
Captain: , Portland, Me (30)

PYS has sold the real estate at the head of the harbor. there are plans for a new marina and PYS has a contract to operate the new facility. Should be operational in 2016 or 2017

Mooring in a big city, 2015-08-23
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (231)

Stopped here for two nights. For $40 all you get is a mooring. No facilities, no launch. Very rolly harbor, too, but settles down in the early evening. Portland is a big town, lots to do and see. Some very good restaurants, Ie Old Port.

Great people, 2015-07-16
Captain: , Narragansett Bay, RI (406)

Can't say enough about how friendly and helpful the staff were. We got a slip on the outside facing dock and were warned about the commerical traffic throwing big wakes. They were certainly right. Crushing fenders into the dock all day.

We were also told that the facility has been sold and will close eventually. They have other facilities further up the river.

Moved Up River, 2015-04-12
Captain: , Portland, ME (200)

No longer at location marked. PYS has moved up the river to the other side of Portland. Brand new yard still under construction.

not a great mooring, 2014-09-11
Captain: , Salem Ma (430)

For $40/night you get a mooring. They don't have a lanuch but say if you give notice they will come get you in their work boat.

The City is about a 15-20 minuts walk. There isn't really a store near by except Hamilton Marine. But Portland is definetly an eatin g town and the waterfront area has losts of places.

If you are moored plan to to get up at 0530 when the ferries start going by. Yu would haved to be dead to sleep though them.

So year later I go to stay there again. They tell me they don't have a mooring, even though I was just outside the mooring field and knew they have many. They also gave some story about having boats that needed "360 degrees" swinging room. WTF does that mean as all mooring boats need that.

A few days later I tried again. They said to call back as it was foggy and they needed to go take a look. Once I was in and waiting to pay I saw they have a map in the office that shows what is open so I don't know why they couldn't look at it. While waiting another boat called in and I got to listen to the problem, they just don't seem to understand what they are doing.

good acess to portland, 2014-09-05
Captain: , West Gardiner, ME (735)

anchored out and used dinghy dock for an afternoon. staff said 10 for dock, we mentioned showers and he said another 10. we said that's not what we read in active captain, and he backed to 10 and said "active captain needs to update their data.". didn't clarify the data came from a comment. they seemed interested in having active captain visitors. told us about the gate with code to get in after hours. rolly anchorage, but worth it if you want to do the city.

Location great, 2014-09-04
Captain: , Boothbay Harbor, Maine (310)

The moorings are well maintained and fine but there is no question that you will rock and roll a bit with the harbor traffic. A quiet, secluded place it is not but what it does offer are all the Portland facilities witihin walkng distance. Portland is a charming town with an eclectic mix of waterfront commerce and retail/restaurants. We did not use any of the repair facilities for PYS.

Bad Experience, 2014-08-02
Captain: , Westport CT (83)

Took a mooring. Sat was rock and roll from the traffic in the harbor.Mooring ball at times was along side the boat and now have blue paint from the ball along a significant area of the boat. Also dock boys didn't tell us gate was locked after 8pm and the combo to get in. Good samaritan jumped the fence and got us back in.
Hard to reccommend under the circumstances.facilities were nice but experience wasn't.
They followed up and are addressing the issue with the paint on the balls coming off and training the staff to be sure to let transients know what is necessary.

Love these guys... $5. for dingy dock and showers and laundry included, 2014-07-22
Captain: , Ruskin Florida (702)

Great place nice people.

Management response:
Enjoy Casco bay!

Fantastic facility and staff, 2014-06-11
Captain: , Center Harbor, Brooklin, ME (209)

I kept my boat here just after aquiring her some 10 years ago, and had her awlgripped with new toerails installed before taking her downeast to her new home port. While PYS was doing considerable work on the topsides, I was in the cabin re-tabbing the main bulkhead and installing teak veneer over the bulkhead to cover some ugly but structurally sound epoxy work on the part of the PO. The staff were wonderful with providing access to the sheds, keeping me informed of their own work schedule, and lending a hand when needed.

I cannot say enough about this facility. Yes, the mooring field and docks have roll, but one must keep in mind that Portland is, after all, a port.

Management response:
Thanks Nick and Hope your sailing has been stupendous! Joanna

A competant place, 2013-12-24
Captain: , Maine (639)

We spent three days and nights having fuel issues taken care of by capable workmen. The dock personal are businesslike and proficient. Very ong spring lines is the answer to the wakes which subside in the evening. We had no need to use the facilities, so I can't comment on them but I will be back.

Only reasonable priced option in Portland we could find, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

Super rolly in the mooring field, the docks also looked like they had quite a bit of surge. Can't say much about the boat yard or facilites as we did not utilize, though they did take some old engine oil for free to use as winter heating oil.

The city of Portland definately made this stop worth it. We didn't know what to expect and really loved the town; easily walkable, friendly folks, great bars and resturants, big farmer's market and interesting shopping . . . could go on and on. A potential place I could live if the wife could deal with the cold winters!

mixed feelings, 2013-08-22
Captain: , Portsmouth RI (673)

The staff here are very helpful but the area is subject to substantial roll, huge wakes (no one slows down entering the harbor).

How did this get a "star"?, 2013-07-20
Captain: , St. Augustine ,FL (20)

Simply put, the worst place anyone could stay. Bad people, bad attitudes, bad docks, nothing . had to give it one star to rate it but it should be a minus five.

All Positive, except the rolling, 2013-06-28
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (4015)

The staff is helpful, the docks quality, the power clean, but the rolls are tremedous. Unlike the previous poster, we have never experience rolls as large underway. Wakes are large from passing ferries and commercial traffic. There was a mooring-like float off our beam at the dock. The staff took our line to the float in their work boat. The line held us off the dock so when the violent rolls occured, the boat did not hit the dock. Any place in the Portland harbor will have wakes as there is not a no wake zone.

Boatyard and Marina, 2013-06-15
Captain: , Miami, FL (94)

PYS is a boatyard first and a marina second; but that is fine with us. Staff is knowledge, friendly, and helpful. Docking was simple and easy. Hookups were right there.

Since we were at a boatyard, we decided to get our oil and filters changed. The first "mechanic" was horrific, but the service manager was on top of the situation immediately and gave us a fantastic mechanic (Mike). While he was changing the fluids on the port engine, he found a broken refrig compressor bracket. This could have caused some serious problems. It took Mike less than a day to redesign the part, get it welded, and reinstalled.

Great work and a very fair price. And the best is, if you have work done, the dockage is "free."

The location is great. Hamiltons Marine is next door, downtown Portland is a few blocks away, so is the Shipyard Brewery (yes, they give tours and tastings).

As for the rolling, to us it was just like being underway -- no big deal.

This is the only place to stop in Portland!

Portland Yacht Services repairs, 2013-05-31
Captain: , Peaks Island, Maine (10)

We first took our sailboat to Portland Yacht Services last summer to repair damage to the rigging after a bad experience with another marina. The Portland Yacht Services rigging specialists quickly evaluated the damage and ordered the parts needed for the repair. The repair was completed efficiently and professionally. Throughout this process, the staff was exceptionally professional and friendly. The service manager did not make any promises he couldn't keep and his crew exceeded all reasonable expectations. As a result of this experience we had the boat hauled and stored at PYS at the end of the sailing season. I am happy to say that our experience with Portland Yacht Services has continued to be a very positive one.

Friendly and helpful, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Boston (331)

I repaired a damaged anchor roller and rode out a 40kt storm here. The folks were very accomodating with my changing plans due to the storm and were helpful in special ordering parts for, and helping repair, a damaged anchor roller. Very convenient to the old port.

Great Service and Great Location, 2012-09-01
Captain: , Cleveland, OHio (421)

We pulled into Portland Yacht Services with a broken jib roller furler. They came out to our boat, looked over our problem, and figured it out. Four parts needed to be replace. The rigging department, Eric and Wiley, fixed it at a ery reasonalbe cost.

Shower are very clean.

You can walk to Whole Foods in about 20 mintues, not that difficult, of course it depends on how much stuff you want to carry back.

The produce store down the street is very good.

Try Duck Fact Restaurant, about a 10 mintues walk up India Street. Also very good Sushi restaurant at the bottom of India Street.

Portland is a great place to relax. Cinenma is 15 mintue walk. Lots of seafood restaurants.

Good location, good price, very rolly, 2012-08-22
Captain: , York, ME (1880)

Updating my review from 2009. Inexpensive way to enjoy the "quiet" side of the Portland waterfront if you don't mind some rolling. OK, a LOT of rolling. Easy walk to Hamilton Marine and lots of waterfront dining and shopping. Not all slips have electric - be sure to ask. Small narrow-gauge RR ride and museum on site. Heads and showers are decent, be sure to ask for the key ($20 deposit required), the gate combo and the WiFi code. Marina is right on the Eastern Prominade, a great walking/biking path. Walk East and up the hill to an interesting little park with a nice view. Friendly staff and they always seem to have a slip available. We stay here often as a "step up" from taking a mooring. There's a new (2012) produce market now open on the way to town (turn left at the gate) that has local produce and baked goods. Otherwise, provisions are hard to come by. You can take the #8 bus ($1.50 pp) to Hannaford supermarket and back. It runs about every 50 minutes but only until about 5:00 or 6:00 PM, so be sure you get a schedule before heading out.

The Budget Choice, 2012-08-05
Captain: , Here and There (443)

A bit rolly here, but the slip price was good. Dock crew was friendly and helpful, but don't forget to ask for the gate combination or you won't be able to get back in after hours. Also be sure to ask for a key to the showers. Neither of these were mentioned to us on our arrival. Its not a bad walk to the Old Port part of the city, and the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad museum on the premises is interesting.

Portland Yacht Services, 2012-07-29
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

We arrived on a Sunday afternoon. No one answered the phone all day, but we physically saw teen/early 20-something kids, and when we waved at them, they did answer the VHF when we arrived onsite. They seemed "confused." There is no launch service, and the bathrooms/showers are only available when there is staff onsite. Portland Harbor is a busy commercial harbor, including many ferries and fast work boats. THE PYS MOORING FACILITY IS COMPETELY EXPOSED TO PASSING WAKES AND WEATHER. EVEN IN SETTLED WEATHER, EXPECT TO ROCK 'N ROLL! It is a short walk to Hamilton Marine, and an easy walk to the "Old Port" area of downtown. THIS IS NOT A PLACE TO RIDE OUT NASTY WEATHER!

Best spot for a tast of the old Portland downtown, 2012-07-21
Captain: , Kingsport, TN (470)

Attentive staff, and good boatyard services. Whole Foods Grocery will deliver to the close by ferry dock if you call them in the morning.
The many wakes will ether rock you to sleep, or wake you from sleep. You can walk to the touresty eating places in Old Port.

Above and beyond, 2012-06-03
Captain: , Littleton, NC (416)

My Yacht was in a yard in Florida which had no expertise in Hurricane heaters. Portland flew a man down and rebuilt the whole 6 unit system in one day. Then they also supplied their advice upon demand for a subsequent problem not related to this incident. A job very well done.

great location - but VERY BOUNCY, 2012-04-09
Captain: , salem ma (379)

wether on the mooring, or on the dock, this was on the worst nights ever. Lost 2 fenders due to the constant dock slamming.

accommodating and competent staff, 2011-09-13
Captain: , newburyport (183)

very nice folks all around. helped us finding anchorage when their moorings full. and their hats and shirts are great value too! ice showers wifi and att. parts dept very understanding and fast. the roll not their control and else makes up for it.

Has potential 7/15/11, 2011-07-15
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Great location, friendly, responsive staff. On a moring ball @$40. Very rolly, with no apparent attempt by the marina/harbor to contol the excessive speed by some small boats going through the mooring field. This leads to potential dangerous situations when getting in and out of a dingy, especially when no launch is available, as was our case.
Portland has a lot to offer, museums, restaurants, walking path and a great Whole Foods grocery, only a $4.00 taxi ride away, or walking if you don't have much to cary back. I would rate the over stop 4 star. It was a good 2 day stop. Would come back to the area.

Great stop, good location, friendly folks..., 2011-06-30
Captain: , Stuart, Fl (268)

Picked up a heavy duty mooring ball for $40/nite that includes working boat service to & from the dock from 8am-8pm. (Driver's don't have they cannot call it launch service) Within walking distance to the RR museum, downtown, nearby parks. Had some roll but not uncomfortable and the staff were very hospitable.

a good, friendly facility for the price, but a bit bumpy, 2010-08-31
Captain: , New York, NY (200)

Really nice, helpful people. Clean laundry, showers and restrooms. Good wifi. Easy walk to downtown Portland, and the walking path goes to a beautiful park in the other direction. And the price is right. Downside: a lot of roll from the traffic entering Portland Harbor, and not enough shore power pods.

Rolly Marina, 2010-07-26
Captain: , Morehead City (160)

We decided to stay at PYS because their price was $1.75/ft including power as oppossed to Dimillos which was $3.95/ft plus $20 for power. It is a no frills marina but the people are friendly and helpful. The walk into town is a bit longer but we didn't mind that. We only stayed 2 nights which is about our limit for staying in a marina with the kind of swells we got here. Portland is a great town for walking, but it might be tricky for bikes because of the cobbled streets.

Good value and good location in Portland ME, 2010-07-19
Captain: , Hilton Head, South Carolina (533)

We are spending a week at the marina. While the marina can have stong roll it is well positioned to get into Portland by day or night. It is about a 10 minute walk and is well lighted at night. Daily rate is good for this area and the congenial harbormaster will work with you on price. Try to get on face dock so your vessel is not abeam of the wash.

Very satisfied customer!, 2010-07-10
Captain: , Camden, Maine (42)

Portland Yacht Services, Rob Benson and staff did a terrifc job at the tasks we requested: launch our Cape Dory 28, start and test engine and hang on a mooring to prepare for our delivery to Rockland. The young launch crew were helpful. All the comments about the rocky conditions are accurate, but PYS offers good, basic services and the rates are in line and they stick to their committments.

Gateway to Portland, 2009-08-31
Captain: , Barrington RI (475)

Good place to exchange crew (which is all that we did). It was very, very, rolly, and the pumpout station was inoperative at the time. All of the commercial boat traffic that comes and goes through Portland sends their wake past this spot, and the swell kicks up with a breeze out of the North, or East.

Hamilton Marine is just outside the gate.

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