Details for Scituate Launch (Cedar Point/EZ Rider)

Scituate Launch (Cedar Point/EZ Rider)

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Average rating 4.4 stars from 25 reviews

Address 79 Cole Parkway, PO Box 35
Scituate, MA 02066


After hours contact

781-545-4154, (forwards to the owner's cell).

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Guest moorings with launch service.


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Fran McMillen



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Mid-week and multiple night discounts.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Call off hours telephone number during the off season.


Well marked harbor approach and channel. Hail Ez Rider or Cedar Point when entering on Ch 09.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 9

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Moorings. Dock available for repair or servicing.

Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $0.00/ft (2015-04-09)

Other price info:


Transient: 50
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: $45 per night including launch service. Complimentary coffee on Sunday am.

Two launches available, EZ Rider and Cedar Point.

EZ Rider has access to many moorings and will lead you to one. Call them on VHF 09.

Pendants are about 8-10 feet and there are 2 at each mooring ball. Some have poles for easy pickup but they are only about 3 feet.

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Yes - Ask the launch driver.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: ValveTech

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Propane and CNG.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: First am run is a 'Dog Run'.

Disability access

Launch service

Yes - Two launches , EZ Rider and Cedar Point.

Pump out

Yes - Pump out boat is run by Scituate Launch/McMillen Marine.


Yes - See launch driver.




Yes - Comes with the mooring. Utilizes harbormaster facility under agreement.


Yes - At the dock.


Yes - Two minute walk from the dock.


Yes - Three minute walk from the dock.


Yes - Two minute walk from the dock.


Yes - Breakfast 6 am @ Sam's, Rivas (Italian), Mill Wharf (Seafood), TK O'Malley (Sports Bar), plus others. Nothing is more than a 3 minute walk from the dock.



Hotels or motels

Yes - Hotel on Harbor, open year-round.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Prop service, dive services, and fuel polishing.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Emergency.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Several hot spots around the harbor.

Boat ramp availability



Other services


Bowling alley, theater (3 screens), marine museums, and golf course (1 mile).

Reviews for Scituate Launch (Cedar Point/EZ Rider)
Great Stopover - Location, 2017-08-29
Captain: , Northort, NY (60)

East stop here after going through canal. Easy reach and easy entrance. EZ Rider always answers promptly and have never turned us away. Ask for a mooring in from the entrance. It can get a little rolly there. Further in is very quiet. Launch responds quickly and drops you in center of town. Nice market and laundromat nearby. Many restaurants etc. Always feels comfortable coming here. Great stop!

Couldn't have been better, 2017-08-14
Captain: , Boston, MA (10)

Highly responsive and helpful/informative launch service (Caitlyn was awesome) with placement on a quiet mooring location. Met Fran by chance at the Harbormaster HQ and he was very friendly and accommodating. My experience with CP/EZ Rider could not have been better!

PS - two local recommendations were given for dinner at Satuit Tavern. Short walk away and the fish was excellent.

Captain: , Hampton, VA (581)

The YC couldn't handle our 48' trawler and could never get the boat club to actually answer the phone, so called EZ Rider and they hooked us right up. Our mooring was at the very edge of the field close to the mouth of the harbor but since the weather was settled that was not a factor. I'm not sure I'd accept that mooring again if there was a strong wind/seas from the SE. Still, we had a great spot to people/boat watch on a busy, beautiful Sunday afternoon! Great launch drivers who were knowledgeable and as prompt as they could be since they were really busy. Nice town, easy to walk around and see most of everything in just a few hours. If you are into music instruments, you have to go to the extremely cramped instrument store on the main drag right downtown. Kind of like a retail version of Hoarders! And the owner is the spitting image of Jerry Garcia!

Thanks for the mooring!, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Hingham, MA (317)

Came in here on Friday night of Memorial Day weekend because Hermine scrubbed our plan to cruise south of the cape. Entrance was a little hairy, with big waves at ebb tide, but the harbor was placid. Emily was working the launch and assigning moorings, and I've got to say, she had mad skills. Would have made an air traffic controller at Logan blush. Great with the mike, knew her routes and stuck to her guns. Excellent time on "First Fridays" in town - stores open late. Nona's Homemade is very good ice cream. Avoid Sams, the breakfast joint. Had a lackluster breakfast - better off going to coffee corner or other bakery and getting an egg sandwich or a bagel than sitting down to an insipid meal. Harbormaster's office sold ice and had showers which were okay. Kids singing and dancing in the rotunda by the bay. Good vibe. We never think to stop here becuase it is so close, but we had a great time. $45 bucks for the mooring. $2 a bag for ice. A couple of places with reasonably priced diesel.

Good service, good value, 2016-07-26
Captain: , Newport, RI (10)

Fran is a great guy and very accomodating. Left my boat here for an extended period while taking care of a few things back home. Very pleased with this operation. Grocery and liquor stores within a few blocks of launch.

long launch to town, 2015-07-28
Captain: , New London, ct (20)

we were close to the harbor mouth, but the launch was prompt and price right. Town was a long ride,but the landing was literally in middle of the small business district. good facilities

Fran (the owner)of the lauch service is helpful, 2015-07-21
Captain: , Boca Raton, Fl (639)

Concerned because I was sailing in company with a 47 foot boat I called in advance for a reservation. Fran introduced himself by name, took all the information down and said "it will be difficult but I think I'll find a place for your two boats" and he did. Latter in my stay I walked into the harbor masters office and meet him in person. He remembered our conversation and my boat name. I do however concur with the previous poster the assitant harbomaster is a monslybylic, unhelpful grumby old fellow, wait for the eaving crew if you need some information.

Excellent service in Pristine Harbor, 2015-07-12
Captain: , Glen Cove, NY (281)

very well run launch/mooring operation. Operator meets boats at Nun 6 in outer harbor and escorts to mooring. $40/night includes launch are accepted. Land transport (taxi, bus, etc) is non existent and Harbor Master is about as helpful as a wart! Four of us were able to find a great Limo service that took us to Boston for $100. each way, tip, tolls incl. (Boston Airport Limo - 617-784-0105). Very reliable Limo service and reasonable considering the alternatives.

EZ Rider Raises the Bar, 2014-11-02
Captain: , Rockland, ME (283)

We were in Scituate Harbor for 18 days due to mechanical issues. Fran took great care of us while moored here. The inner harbor is very well protected and has excellent and free wi-fi with antennae running right across the harbor. There are vital services withiin a block or two of the town docks run by the Harbormaster. There is a pharmacy, grocery store, gas station, laundromat, toy store and plenty of other restaurants, shops and banks along the main street. We've since begun comparing every other harbor we've hit in New England to Scituate and have yet to find one that makes it as easy and comfortable as Scituate!

Sets the standard for Launch Service, 2014-10-10
Captain: , Boston (71)

Ended up stuck in Scituate Harbor for a week due to weather. First night in outer harbor was a little rolly. Fran moved us to inner harbor the next day which was flat in spite of 25kt gusts. We didn't ask, he insisted. We were the only ones staying aboard and he was very responsive to requests for pickup. Scituate great little town, plenty of restaurants. Mill Wharf for view. Galley for amazing tapas style foods. Coffee shops, ice cream, CVS, Grocery, Hardware Store, nice place to be stuck.

No New Fee Schedule, 2014-09-20
Captain: , Booth Bay Harbor Maine (424)

Transient mooring fees for the 2014 season are the basic rate of $40 per night which includes the launch service. Call EZ Rider on channel 9 once in the channel. Walking distance to groceries and shops.

Mooring Price Clarification, 2014-08-03
Captain: , Essex, CT (1245)

If you use the launch service daily, the mooring is $40/day - the previously mentioned $20/day for "mid-day" stays is only if you're leaving your boat and therefore not using the launch service.

A little strange arrangement with the moorings - they're apparently all private moorings, but rented out by the 3 launch services. So the launch services "run" the harbor while the 3 harbormaster people & their fleet of boats seem to do nothing (except for the pump-out boat).

The mooring are quite tight - if the wind ever stops, bumping can occur. Any east winds will bring in a swell (while we were there, the wind clocked to the east at only 8 knots - some boats were really rolling).

The town is a nice stop with all of the essentials (including a nice laundromat 100 yards from the launch drop) & great restaurants.

The 1st week of August is the Heritage Festival with streets blocked off, concerts, amusement rides, vendor booths, etc.

Awesome Service, 2013-11-13
Captain: , Portsmouth NH (681)

We turned up last week out of season looking for an overnight and Fran took us over to the mooring his runabout. The next morning after a 'communication problem' (don't ask...) we managed to snag the mooring pennant in the rudder and get completely jammed on. After struggling with it for a while we called Fran. It was obviously not great timing for him but he came out really soon and worked it for about thirty minutes until he got us free. He then hung about to make sure there was no damage done and we got off the temporary lines OK. At this point we had wasted a couple of hours of his time AND chewed up a mooring pennant but there was no talk of money. We pretty much had to persuade him to take something for his troubles. He was gracious throughout even though we had clearly been idiots. You cannot ask for more than that.

Surfing out of Scituate, 2013-09-27
Captain: , Hamble, UK (876)

There is absolutely nowhere to anchor whatsoever! We picked up a mooring having phoned EZ Rider ahead and he allocated us the very first buoy by Red 6 nav buoy, just by the lighthouse on the entrance which is big enough for a 46' boat - and very open to anything E of N.... It is a tiny, busy harbour with an active yacht club and lots of racing - lots to see. And we appeared to be the local sideshow as all the traffic diverted to do a circuit around the strange foreign flagged boat! The launch service is efficient but at the weekend maybe slow as it has the whole harbour to cover, which extends a long way past what is initially visible. We were there in mid-Sept, and many boats had hauled - mid season you would really need to book ahead.

We took on fuel at Millwharf Harbor Marina but you cannot get water there. Then went on to the hammerhead at the Harbourmaster's dock for water. Both docks are fairly short. You need to contact the Harbourmaster for prior permission to go alongside - they are possibly the most miserable guys we've come across, they won't be coming to catch lines and we never even managed to squeeze a smile, any interest, not even any discernible movement out of them! At their office you can take a shower having first got a ticket from EZ Rider as its included in the mooring price. The showers are grotty - yes, the power is good but they are tired, there's nowhere to put anything so remember to take a bag you can hang up and flip flops are good. The dumpster is round the back.

The town is great: huge laundry, good supermarket in easy walking distance. And we found the very best muffins and coffee anywhere at the far, opposite corner of the car park from the marina, at Coffee Corner, where Eileen was the exact opposite of the grumpy harbourmasters.

When we came to leave it was a very brisk NNEly and we were bouncing all over the place on the buoy, so decided to leave: it was the most exciting exit we have ever had. The seas pile up on the very shallow entrance, extremely unpleasant.

Good mooring/launch service, 2013-06-19
Captain: , Boston (331)

Scituate is a convenient harbor with easy access. However, there's no room to anchor here so I get a mooring with Scituate Launch service. The launch service is responsive. Shoreside showers are available at the Harbor Master's building.

Off Season Visit, 2012-10-03
Captain: , Boston, Ma (161)

It was the last week of September. Scituate was beautiful and quiet, with the feel of a summer vacation destination. We took a mooring with EZ Rider for $35, including launch service and a ticket for the shower. The staff was friendly and helpful. The showers were located in the harbor masters office, which was a little strange, but the facility was top notch and the officers were very professional. The showers had the opposite of low-flow shower heads, hallelujah! Best showers ever.
While we were waiting for the launch to direct us to our mooring, the seacock for the raw water intake got clogged with seaweed. The launch operator stayed with us while we raised our sails and slowly made our way to the mooring. Fran, the operator of the EZ rider launch service, dove on our boat the next day. He cleaned the barnacles from the prop and shaft, did a quick clean of the bottom and unclogged the intake, all for a very reasonable $50. Will go back to EZ rider for sure.

Good spot in a Storm., 2012-10-01
Captain: , Annapolis (451)

Launch led us to a mooring just as the bottom dropped out of a storm the had been threatening us as we sped up the coast after clearing the Canal. Nice little town as mentioned. Services are good and convenient. Keep on the list.

Great Launch Service, 2012-08-24
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (829)

Fast, Friendly and very professional.

Situate Harbor, 2012-07-26
Captain: , Kittery Point, ME (111)

Nice stoip between Maine and Cape Cod Canal. Easy to get in and out and good launch service. Not very dinghy friendly. Most tie ups require a fee. Nice town with a couple of good restaurants. However because of dinghy situation we generally eat on our boat and only spend one night. The EZ Rider launch people do a great job. If the harbor were a little more dinghy friendly I'd increase my rating.

Great place to provision, 2012-06-25
Captain: , Newport (404)

Launch met us promptly. Moorings are tight, but well managed. Dink into town pier is close. Village Market a five minute walk along with hardware, CVS, and many restaurants and shops. No coffee shops.
Really enjoyed our two night stay.

Easy in and Nice Town, 2012-06-21
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1144)

Making the run up to Maine. Good stop -easy harbor in and out. Couple of mooring services. We used Scituate Launch which has two launch boats -- Easy Rider and Cedar Point. Launch came out and led us to our mooring. We are a 50' trawler and they has a number of balls we could use. Crowded harbor. Could see problems on the weekend so call ahead. Launch into town prompt. CVS, grocery, many restaurants and movie theater all very close.

Cedar Point moorings, 2011-09-02
Captain: , Salem Ma (790)

Have stayed with Cedar Point (EZ Rider) a couple of times the past couple of years. Never been any problems etc. The launch drops you at the ramp next to the habormaster's office that has showers and restrooms. Short walk to movie threther, ice cream shop, and downtown reaturants. major store in easy walk from the docks.

Great port to spend a couple of nites.., 2011-02-12
Captain: , Scituate (59)

Everything "under one roof" for transients. If you don't see it ask. Friendly helpful people. Makes for a good departure for the Cape Cod Canal.

Great little town, 2009-09-23
Captain: , Great Island, Maine (323)

Scituate was a major surprise for us. Here is a little town where almost everything you could want is within walking distance of the launch service; hardware, groceries, ice cream, and the movies. The people of this town were incredibly friendly including one couple who invited us for tea and showed us their amazing Arts and Crafts style house.

AKA: E Z Rider, 2008-08-25
Captain: , Old Saybrook, CT (1021)

Hail "E Z Rider" for a mooring assignment and launch service to Scituate Harbor Marina (closest to center of town). [Both the Yacht Club and the Boat Club also have moorings and launch service.]

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