Details for Sandy Bay Yacht Club

Sandy Bay Yacht Club

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 12 reviews

Address PO Box 37, 5 T Wharf
Rockport, MA 01966


After hours contact

Primary contact: 978-546-9589, Harbormaster.

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

No floating docks here, so a shoreside tie-up means very long bow and stern lines, fender boards, and climbing a ladder.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: There is room at a couple of piers for transient tie-ups, with electric, but no floating docks. Note the 10' tides.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.00 (2010-07-16)

Other price info: Captain TomR reported July 2010: 'We (and other transients) were put on floats tied to moorings. One who wasn't needed help from the Harbormaster to figure out their fore-and-aft mooring system, similar to other tight harbors in NE.'

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

Additional info: Several 30A outlets, unsure if there were any 50A available.

Pricing info: 7/2010: $10 for 50 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - Sandy Bay Yacht Club dinghy dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Launch runs 8 am - 8 pm and is included with your mooring fee.

Pump out

Yes - Call the harbormaster in 9 or 16 to arrange. No charge and you need not be aboard.






Yes - The yacht club has one shower.


Yes - Clean - inside club house.






Yes - Many within walking distance. Quick lunch options (Burgers, dogs, subs, ice cream sandwiches) are sold at club house snack bar. Good basic fare and enormous portions at Red Skiff Restaurant, but there are many more upscale choices that looked (and smelled) great. Good ice cream and candy stores for dessert.


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - No WiFi access (7/10) but good cell coverage (ATT).

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Rockport is a typical tiny New England tourist/artist destination, plenty of great little shops and restaurants within easy walking distance of the dingy dock, and quite a lot of maritime history for those interested.

Reviews for Sandy Bay Yacht Club
Pay the club...BUT, 2015-07-20
Captain: , Corpus Christi (20)

You pay the club, but CLEARLY the Harbormaster is in control. Not sure why the Harbormaster is in control of a private clubs moorings.
The price is not bad $1 ft, but as been stated the floating dock is small. Once that fills up, you will be put someplace else.
Loaner rowboats are avail, which is nice, because I had no tender at the time.
NO SERVICES!!! DO NOT expect to get fuel here of any type. You can get water, but chances are you will be filling your tank from a jug...that you will provide.
Resturants are close-by and a small convience store is walking distance. But this is a TOURIST town, make no mistake about it.
Overall it is a nice, quiet place to hide from weather, that's what I was doing... due to wind and wave, I wasn't able to make it around the corner to Glouster... didn't matter, they had nothing available.
Make sure you know that this is a WORKING harbor... i.e. lobster boats in and out starting very early and all day long.
Shower is outside and open all day/night and is free. Ice is available whenever you want it and is on the honor system afterhours.
Kitchen? I don't think it's open to the public... more like club events.

tight little harbor, 2014-09-11
Captain: , Salem Ma (750)

We arrived a spot for our 43' boat with the harbormaster and ended up on the floating mooring/dock right in front of the club house. It was $1/ft which seemed crazy since even a 10' boat would use up all the available space on the side of the float. The club had restrooms, showers, and ice. seemed they have a small kitchen during the season. The club has loaner row boats and it is only 50' to the dock.

This spot is right next to the public loading dock that the lobster boats use for loading etc and the next morning one of their were at it and the exhaust from it damn near killed us.

The town is a standard type small coastral town with a mix of resturants, tee-shirt, and art shops. There is 1 small grocey store in walking distance without much other than the very basics. No liquor store in town and you can only drink at a resturat if you order food.

I would highly recommend if you have a dinghy that you anchor in the Sandy Bay instead of coming into the inner harbor. The anchorage is much btter than it looks on the chart.

Great folks very helpful. wonderful little tourist town 6-2-2014, 2014-06-28
Captain: , Falmouth Maine (80)

Due to very rough weather conditions running from the Cape Cod Canal north to Hampton Beach, we sought refuge in Rockport Harbor. A call to the harbor master got us quick help at the Sandy Cove Yacht club. For a very reasonable fee $26 we tied up at their guest float. The town is cute touristy arty and reminded me of Provincetown. Everyone we met at the yacht club and town where extremely friendly...Great place for a family. However no fuel here.

One our of favorite towns in New England, 2013-09-17
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

All previous reviews are accurate. The habormasters, Scott and Rosemary are some of the most helpful and friendly ones we have met. We were docked at the Motif wharf. Rockport is a neat little community. Wish we could have stayed longer, but the weather was calm and we needed to take advantage of the weather window as we headed south.

Intended one night, stayed four, 2012-07-02
Captain: , Newport (404)

All aspects of this town, harbor and service people are outstanding. Harbormasters are just too good and the staff at SBYC are all in the right business as they seem to really enjoy helping the transient.

Don't miss the Shalin Liu Performance Center, the cinnamon donuts at Brothers Brew, and the walk to the headlands. Only downside is that the IGA closed and a new operator has yet to come forward. $40 a night for the float in front of the club. Launch comes in two minutes or dinghy in. Too many shops and restaurants to mention.

Love Rockport, 2012-03-14
Captain: , salem ma (380)

Great transient mooring. Very small but very protected harbor. My favorite home away from home.

The best of people to deal with, 2011-11-07
Captain: , Biddeford, Me. Saco River (90)

Having left Green Harabor on our way north after the freak storm in late Oct. we contacted the Harbor Master at Rockport to see if they could find a mooring or dock space for the night. They were in the afrimative and we made Rockport in the dark from the east rounding Thatcher Island and the rocks. The Harbor Master and Asst. were in the high warf directing us to the small floating dock to be used that night. They were so very helpful and considerate.
We left at 7:15 AM and made the Saco River by 4:30PM the next day. We love Rockport.

Good place to work for the week., 2011-07-23
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (242)

Good restaurants and friendly Yacht Club staff made our week in Rockport very nice.

Great stop-over but limited space so plan ahead, 2011-02-02
Captain: , Boston (610)

The harbormaster controls two deep water floats (for 4 boats total) just 25 feet off the Sandy Bay Yacht Club dock. They take reservations and if I recall correctly it's only $25 or so per night. If you stay on one of the floats the yacht club will provide use of a rowboat to get ashore and free use of showers and porch. If the float is taken there is good holding in sandy bay just to the north of Bearskin Neck. Highly recommended.

Great destination, minimal services and some docking inconvenience, 2010-07-18
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

When we and other transients called the Harbormaster for a mooring, they workedwith Sandy Bay Yacht Club to get the boats on one of their peirs or moorings.

With a 10' range of tide, some floating docks on the piers would be in order, but this harbor is so tiny that it wouldn't work. So your choice is a mooring or some pier space where you'll need to set long bow and stern lines and fender boards, and climb a seaweed-covered ladder at low tide. Either inconvenience is worth it for the great location.

Sandy Bay Yacht Club is very welcoming to transients, and their club house is a great place to sit on the porch, chat with other boaters and unwind after a long trip. There are clean heads but no showers or laundry in the club house, and a snack bar that serves very reasonably priced burgers, dogs, subs and ice cream sandwiches at lunch time only.

The town of Rockport is worth "roughing it" on dockage. It's similar in many ways to other small New England artist/tourist destinations like Perkins Cove (Maine). You'll find something there to interest every member of the crew, from candy shops and swimming beaches to art galleries, boutiques and fine dining.

Saved our day!, 2009-08-31
Captain: , Barrington RI (475)

The staff at Sandy Bay saved our day when our chartered boat ran out of fuel! No one aboard was very familliar with Rockport, and we were concerned about landing, under sail, on an unfamilliar boat. We radioed the club, and informed them of our predicament. They sent the harbormaster out to greet us, and he guided/towed us in. Jonathan then assisted us in securing the vessel, getting diesel, and bleeding the fuel lines. He then mentioned that there was a beer/wine and munchies spread set out, that we could enjoy - gratis! Then I had to insist when I passed him a tip!

These guys went well above the call of duty, and my crew and I will try to patronize them every chance we get!

small harbor tight manuvering, 2009-03-26
Captain: , Hingham (11)

Called ahead for mooring and was surprised how crowded the mooring field is. They have a floating dock that is OK for about 2-4 boats. The asst. harbormaster wanted us to tie up on pilons that were about twenty feet high at low tide. We ended up anchoring on the beach slightly north of the entrance. Nice restaurants and shopping.

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