Details for Schooner Landing

Schooner Landing

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Average rating 3.5 stars from 2 reviews

Address Main Street, PO Box 1473
Damariscotta, ME 04543


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

The current can be swift here on the ebb, although the marina itself may be in a strong back eddy.


Approach: 5
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Captain TomR reported August 2010: 'One transient in a sailboat mentioned that their keel was hitting at low tide at their mooring.'

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

Additional info: Very poorly maintained but functional.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2012-10-08)

Other price info: Includes electric .


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Captain TomR reported August 2010: 'There were only a few 30A circuits on the single power panel. There were a number of 15A (household style) outlets, so with a 100' extension cord and a 30A adapter we were OK.'

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Captain TomR reported August 2010: 'There were water spigots near the power, but they didn't appear to work the day we were there. There were hoses that appeared to be recently used, so they might need to be turned on elsewhere.'

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pet-friendly riverside walkway along the water. Turn right at the main street then right again to the back of the parking lot.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out











Yes -Several nearby, from tacos to subs to some farily elegant places. Don't overlook the businesses on the side streets and fronting on the large parking lot.


Yes - Right at the head of the brow from the dock is an outdoor bar, and several other restaurants in the area have bars.

Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - August 2010: ATT signal was good, no WiFi.

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Schooner Landing
schooner landing marina, 2012-08-05
Captain: , cushing, maine (482)

This is as far up river as you can get with anything of any size. There are transient dock spaces available on a first come basis. The currents are quite strong, with a lot of back-eddies - the best time to arrive is at high slack, when the water is the calmest. When the tide starts to to ebb, things can get interesting and at low slack, the river is a waterfall. At almost all states of the tide, there is a back-eddy that runs up-river; so the best approach is to come up to the bridge and turn close to the long dock so that you are going into the current. At low tide, there are falls at the bridge and it is not advisable to attempt a landing without local assistance. From mid-tide on there is adequate water right up to the bridge, sufficient to make a turn so that you are heading into the stream as you approach the dock. The current is strong and it can significantly alter your course on the approach - until you get quite close to the dock. If there are other boats alongside the dock and you question the room available, you should abort, although there is very little chance of finding a place to anchor - there are no moorings available without prior arrangements being made. To say the least, it is challenging. But - if you do manage to secure to the dock, you are right in the center of the twin towns of Damariscotta-Newcastle, with all the goings on of two towns who have declined the big-box ethic of the rest of the world and exist in a simpler time warp. Schooner Landing restaurant has good fare and great entertainment - free oysters on Friday nights, and the rest of the towns are quaint and have a lot to offer. Well worth a trip up a beautiful but challanging 12 miles of river to get there. If you want to assure yourself of dock space before making this journey, call Schooner Landing and let Scott or Charlie know that you are coming - they will make space for you. Schooner Landing's telephone number is 207-563-7447.

The only game in town, and it shows, 2010-08-17
Captain: , York, ME (1971)

This is really your only option if you want to visit Damariscotta. The docks were in bad shape, connecting electric was a challenge, and the moorings are in pretty skinny water. But the restaurant food was good, with many other places to eat in the area. The general store across the street and the backery in the parking lot next to the boat ramp were worth a visit. There's a Reny's nearby, a Maine tradition and a good place to pick up some odds and ends you didn't know you needed. There's a laundromat in town, along with banks and a drug store. You can say you made it to the head of navigation of the mighty Damariscotta, have some good grub and get some shopping and laundry done. Not bad for $1.50 a foot.

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