Details for Vinalhaven Public Landing

Vinalhaven Public Landing

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Average rating 5.0 stars from 3 reviews

Address Vinalhaven, ME


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager


James Harris, 207-867-4981


Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

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Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

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Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
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Other price info: September 2012, a faded red mooring ball in the middle out from the fuel tanks with a pickup stick has a plastic jar to leave your $20. There is also a green mooring ball a little further in and closer to the main channel that is also fitted with a jar for rent fee.

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

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


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Gas priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



Yes - There is a recycling center to a benifit local group in the parking lot at the town floats at the head of the harbor.







Yes - Several restaurants in town.

Surfside is on the west side of the harbor in a big shingled building, starts serving breakfast at 4 am. It has no sign, so ask if you can't find it.


Hotels or motels

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Fishing supplies

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Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Vinalhaven Public Landing
Respect this treasure!, 2012-10-04
Captain: , Eliot ME (22)

Couldn't find Phil "the mayor"from Tidewater's mooring suggestions, grabbed one but was politely advised by a Linda Bean's Lobster fellas to take the mooring with the jar taped to the grab-bouy. Put the rental money in the ziplock in that mayo jar! Town recyling center rack is at the dock - glass: wine bottles vs non-wine, cans, random cardboard sometimes. Awesome general store, awesome wine shop.
Don't bother the lobster co-op dock for fuel between 8am-10am or so, make sure they aren't busy. The little gray building above it is the gas station/lobster shack office.

wonderful place to visit, 2012-08-27
Captain: , bucks harbor, egg reach (30)

Once you examine the chart carefully, its an easy harbor to get into. we were told there are only three for rent moorings, but the fishermen were helpful.

A fascinating place to visit, 2011-04-16
Captain: , Cassiopea A (507)

Here you can get a taste of a true working Maine harbor. The highlights are 1) walk to Lane Island Preserve; 2) walk to Lawsons Quarry for a warm freshwater swim; 3) just hang around and watch the lobster fleet leave and return in the afternoon.

Although it can get a bit rowdy on the waterfront, the folks here are generally friendly and very helpful. There's really no place to anchor in Carvers Harbor, but I was always able to get a mooring. Ask someone as you circle around the harbor and they'll point you to something. But beware--when someone asks you for the mooring rental fee, they may really be selling you the Brooklyn Bridge! A couple of times I paid for the mooring only to be approached later by the legitimate owner asking to be paid again. In both cases, the owner was able to track the perp down and recover the money.

Vinalhaven town has a grocery store and a few tiny restaurants. Phil Crossman, the proprietor of the Tidewater Motel, for many years wrote a column in The Working Waterfront that provided a hilarious and colorful glimpse into life on the Island.

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