Details for South Wharf Yacht Yard

South Wharf Yacht Yard

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 15 reviews

Address 218 Elm St
South Dartmouth, MA 02748


After hours contact

508-990-1011 (Ext 207)

Pro-Op message

We are a full service repair facility including Volvo, Cummins, Yanmar, Yamaha, Merc,, RayMarine, SIMRAD, B&G, Garmin, KVH, and Intellion.

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Dave Nolan



Mike Loignon

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Weekly rate is 20% off of the day rate.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:


The entrance to Padanaram Harbor (Apponagansett Bay) is marked with a red, 4 second flasher at the end of a breakwater at Ricketson's Point. The breakwater light is equipped with triangle-shaped reflective day marks. There's a 17-foot draft right up to the breakwater, and the passage into Padanaram Harbor is quite simple to navigate as long as you follow the markers. There's plenty of water in the channel right up to South Wharf and the New Bedford Yacht Club.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 13
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Channel from the breakwater to the South Wharf yard a minimum of 13 foot depth at low water was observed, July 2015.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 130
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $3.50/ft (2016-07-03)

Other price info: 20% discount applies to stays of 5+ days.

Dock'n Dine, a two hour complementary tieup for the adjoining Sail Loft Restaurant.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 125/250v Single Phase 100

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service

Pump out













Yes - Stores with limited items nearby.


Yes - On site parts department and an Ace Hardware down the road.


Yes - On site with additional restaurants within short walking distance.



Hotels or motels

Yes - B and B's located in the village (walking distance).

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - WiFi. Sprint signal weak, Verizon strong.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Enterprise is just a few miles away.

Other services


Kayak rentals, shopping, village setting, golf, and the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

Reviews for South Wharf Yacht Yard
Comfortable marina, 2017-08-27
Captain: , Cape Cod, MA (203)

Have stayed here several times in the past 3 years. Experience has always been excellent. This is a well protected, quiet marina, somewhat on the expensive side, but the staff is very helpful and friendly. We've always been put on a face dock or finger pier, but many slips are bow pilings. Don't know if they ever put transients on them. Only 4 stars because few amenities, like a pool. Showers very clean and roomy. Sail Loft restaurant on site is quit good and attractive. Town is upscale with some interesting shops. Great ice cream at Dockside Ice Cream just down the street. Two excellent restaurants a short walk away - Black Bass, a casual but excellent place with a large outdoor dining area, and Little Moss, also excellent but upscale. Black Bass doesn't take reservations but Little Moss does. Have always needed the 50' cord for power.

A beautiful location with great food, but not a good atitude., 2017-06-07
Captain: , Newport, RI (10)

My wife and me were out on a nice day about a week ago and had heard from friends that Sailloft was a must a must go, due to location and its accesibility. We were able to tie up free of charge at South Wharf YAcht Yard. The marina at first glance was quiet and seemed like a nice spot to relax. As we were leaving lunch, we heard a man in the yard speaking to a collegue. He began by bad-mouth this man and started to raise his voice in a very unprofessioanl manner, especially for being in the yard with guests around. My wife and I felt very uncomfortable so we quickly got on our boat and left. I later looked up on their website and to my disbelief, the rude man was in fact the owner, Dave. For this reason, I do not think I will be back to stay. But I do highly recommend Sailloft.

Management response:
Captain, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are very concerned with your experience and want to find out more about what you witnessed. Everyone on our Team works hard to create a safe and pleasant environment for our members, guests and our employees. What you witnessed is definitely not the experience we would condone. We have spoken to all our team members in the yard and can not isolate what you witnessed. If you would be so kind as to call me at the yard to share in more detail what you saw. I can assure you that our Owner, Dave is very well-like around the yard and community, and is a very mild-manner guy. Dave, along with all of us at the yard are perplexed and concerned about your experience.

Thanks again for your input and I look forward to speaking with you. I can be reached at the yard at 508.990.1011. Please ask for Erin.

Thank you South Wharf, 2016-08-29
Captain: , Hyannis, MA (10)

Peaceful, Quaint, Clean & neat restrooms, easy to find, great restaurants and of course awesome Ice-Cream!

Not for transients, 2016-08-23
Captain: , Philadelphia, PA (90)

Management must have changed since other reviews. No one in dock house; no one answered VHF on designated channels or CH16 or our cell phone call to dock house Until someone in yard service was driving by dockhouse and happened to hear our VHF calls, inspite of fact called on cell phone twice on day of arrival and spoke to someone saying we would be in at 1700. No one knew we were coming even though had confirmed reservation and called twice on day of arrival.Bottom line: no dockmaster in charge. Yard hand who finally heard our VHF calls helpful although had only been with South Wharf for 2 weeks. Very expensive for dock and power. No services and no intelligence about small quaint town. Might be a very good yacht yard, I do not know. But not a good place for transients. Been on boat for 9 years. One of worst marinas been in.

Management response:
Capt - Please accept our sincere apologies and thank you for your candid input. This is not the experience we strive for each day at South Wharf and we are upset over this affecting one of our guest, you.

As an explanation and certainly not as an excuse, I offer the following: Unfortunately, our dockmaster had a personal matter arise with no warning leaving us unattended, coupled along with this being the week many of our dock staff return to school. We were caught off guard. We have taken steps today to immediately resolve.

We hope you decide to give us another try to learn why many folks have given nice reviews after visiting us.

Thanks again for your comments and hope to see you again soon.

Nice place, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Hingham, MA (20)

Nice marina - very welcoming. Good showers. Restaurant on premises. Easy walk to village. No fuel = but YC next door does.

Expensive but good facilities., 2016-07-30
Captain: , Fremont, NH (40)

Expensive for location, but very attentive dock staff, very clean, and excellent facilities. No pump out, but fuel is easy next door at New Bedford Yacht Club. We have been here many times and will certainly return in the future.

Great Stop and staff, 2016-07-18
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Enjoyed our stay here much.

Great Experience, 2016-07-13
Captain: , Southport, CT (70)

Stayed for one night on July 6th. Incredibly friendly and helpful staff. It is a quiet destination thatw e would return to just because of how great the marina staff was. Decent restaurant on the premises and a very short walk into town complete the picture.

Great Dock'n'Dine Location, 2016-07-03
Captain: , Fairhaven MA (446)

The yard offers complementary docking for patrons of the adjacent Sail Loft Restaurant. Open year around, 6 craft beer taps, inventive chef, great food, reasonable prices and the water view looks out over South Wharf yard and the Harbor.New restaurant Chumleys with the best fish burger ever is across the street from the Marina.

Excellent Visit, 2016-07-03
Captain: , Providence (443)

Excellent service, very accomodating dockmaster and staff. Very clean and in good condition. Nearby restaurants (Sail Loft, Black Bass, Chumley's, and Little Moss) are a short walk, good quality, and reasonably priced. Don't miss Dockside Ice Cream - it's a short walk from the marina on Bridge Street!

Excellent Service Dockmaster and Staff, 2015-07-27
Captain: , Belfast ME (95)

Dockmaster Tyler and team exceeded expectations throughout our stay. Definitely left our crew with a good impression.
Provisioning good, though a bit of a hike-- SWYY was helpful as possible in this regard as well.

Management response:
Captain Warren and his crew are as professional as they come. It was a pleasure having MY Aurore on the docks and we look forward to seeing you again in the near future.

Fabulously Friendly, 2014-09-01
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1011)

Everything about this great marIna exceeded expectations!

Dockmaster Tyler and crew were very helpful and welcoming to us transients, and local boaters often stopped by to say hello.

Landing here will put your right in the center of the village, although practical provisioning at his quiet town requires motor transport.

This is a clean, safe and well run facility!

Staff very nice and helpful, 2014-07-06
Captain: , Newburyport, MA (149)

Dock hand jogged back and forth to be "at the ready" as I repositioned my bow against the crosswind. Then, caught my lines, made some suggestions, and waited until all was snug to ask if we wanted any help navigating town and finding a meal. One thing - if you're not used to back-in slips between pilings, you'll get some practice here. The current in the river is pretty strong but the marina is pretty well outside of it. However even the slightest breeze will push you around in the narrow fairways. I often bless those engineers that put a 360-degree rub-rail around my sailboat. It gets a bit of a nudge from time to time.

South Dartmouth (Padanaram) is small and pictureque. If you're hungry you've got two choices - the Black Bass Grille and the Sail Loft (which you will be looking at the moment you step off your boat and turn towards shore). Both are a decent meal. The Black Bass a little more upscale. All in all a very nice stopover.

Glad we couldn't find dockage elsewhere, 2012-08-02
Captain: , Red Lion, DE (712)

When Fairhaven Shipyard could only accommodate us for one night and no responce from Popes Island Marina, a rigger working on a boat near us suggested I call South Wharf Marina. Lucky break! Our Waterway Guide is 2009 issue and doesn't list this marina since it was then shown as Concordia. This turned out to be one of the best marinas we have stayed at. Dockmaster Lisa is as good as they get and the other personel were friendly and accommodating. Wakes are minimal and the marina was quiet at night. The only disturbance was the Yacht Club next door firing a cannon at 0800 and 2000 hrs. Padanaram Village is "Old New England" with a number of nice gift shops and restaurants within a short walking distance. We highly recommend this marina - its worth the few extra miles getting there.

Well Done in a Pinch!, 2012-06-29
Captain: , Putnam Valley (22)

Did a Duck-in after strong westerly's on both Vinyard Sound and Buzzards Bay. Had to come back east 4 mi to get in. They were the only marina w/ dockage in the bay.

Freindly, courtious staff with polite suggestions on food and stores.

They have a good tide set here - so deep drafts should ask about appropriate slips.

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