Details for Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer

Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 31 reviews

Address Sea St, PO Box 677
Camden, ME 04843

Phone207-236-4378, 800-229-4378, 207-236-7108 dock house

After hours contact


Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Robert Flight, Yard Manager



Nancy Rowe & Charlie Foote

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 15
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 160
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $4.25/ft (2017-07-31)

Other price info: Dockage is $2.75 per foot, $4 per foot for beam over 16 feet, $6 per foot for beam 20 feet and over). Inner Harbor Floats are $55. New dockspace on town side at PG Willey with 100 amp. power (price = $4,$5 & $6 per foot depending on beam).


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $42.00 (2011-07-21)

Other price info: Harbor Floats (tie up either side) are $55.

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

Additional info: 100 amp available at PG Willey dock.

Pricing info: $15 per day for 30 amp.
$30 per day for 50 amp.
$50 per day for 100 amp.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas price$2.83/gal (2017-07-31)

Other price info:

Diesel price$2.34/gal (2017-07-31)

Other price info:



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - Free.






Yes - Very nice.








Yes - Rhumb Line Restaurant



Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Yes - 110 ton travel lift

Storage facilities

Yes - Inside and outside storage.

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Public boat ramp nearby.


Yes - Courtesy car.

Other services

Yacht brokerage.


Reviews for Lyman-Morse at Wayfarer
Great Service, 2017-07-31
Captain: , Great island boat yard Harpswell, Me (61)

Passing through Camden needed work on chart plotter as it refused to turn on. Spoke to Susan who expertly sized up the situation over the phone and sent Mike 8:00 AM the next day. He was very professional and an excellent trouble shooter. He worked steady diagnosing the problem and fixing same. 1hour 45 min he was done and problem solved. Could not have been a better experience. When I went over to pay Susan came in to meet me with the bill for $125 which was very reasonable. Interesting also that Susan is the Wayfarer CEO..Pretty good.....2017 Have been back here three times and the service is wonderful. Now owned by Lyman Morse, Staff can't do enough. The restaurant The Rumb Line needs to work out a few bugs but good just the same. The dock staff Nancy, Charlie and their crew are first class.

Hard to Beat, 2016-08-15
Captain: , Chebeague Island (437)

Camden is a regular stop on our cruising itinerary and having Wayfarer there is great. Fuel is as competitively priced as any in the state and it's always good to buy from a high-volume provider in terms of quality. Really enjoyed the Rhumb Line restaurant, which isn't so "touristy" as other restaurants across the harbor. Food was delicious! There is no more quintessential harbor than Camden if that's what you're looking for.

A week here, 2016-08-13
Captain: , Charleston, s.c. (100)

M/V MUSIC, Eastbay 45

We were thoroughly pleased with our stay here. The staff was welcoming, friendly and professional. We asked the service department to look at two issues. Both were handled expeditiously at a fair price. And the icing on the cake: a bar and restaurant, Rhumbline, now serves right on the docks. It really gets no better than cocktails and dinner here, with other boaters, overlooking Camden Harbor. Congratulations to Lyman Morse.

Great People. Nice Town, 2015-09-08
Captain: , Haarlem Netherlands AMEL 54 (402)

We moored here as part of the OCC Maine gathering. Arranged a mooring some weeks before and were assigned a nice mooring considering our size (54ft). Town pretty and, as mentioned in earlier review, great library with great WIFI. Good stay.

Great Marina, nice people, 2015-08-16
Captain: , Longmeadow, MA (70)

We spent 2 nights at Wayfarers and were very impressed. First and foremost the people working there were all very friendly. We enjoyed monitoring their radio traffic and listening to them direct boats. In addition the facilities are great, some of the nicest showers I've seen at any Marina. Camden is a cute little town with an active harbor, restaurants, shopping and ice cream. It was a good spot to while away a coup,e of rainy days during our charter. if you're so inclined, check out the local library, very pretty, historic and comfortable place to hang.

Under New Management, 2015-07-07
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1011)

Lyman Morse, the renowned Thomaston, Maine boatbuilder acquired Wayfarer on July 1st, and expectations are high that new management will bring many positive changes to an already excellent facility.

One of the best, 2015-07-04
Captain: , Constitution Marina, Boston (80)

Wayfairer is a great marina. We stayed in a slip at the head of the harbor and found the slips to be of high quality. The staff are very helpful and courteous. The restrooms and showers are free. The marina launch will come to your boat and take you across to the town, although the walk is only ten minutes. The combination of the fantastic marina and the outstanding town make this a go to destination.

Five star facilities, repair service up and down., 2015-04-28
Captain: , Camden, Maine (741)

I'm sad to update my review from way back when AC started, but I'm sure many boaters who've visited Wayfarer in the last 14 years will want to know that Ben Cashen, dockmaster par excellance, passed away on Sunday, April 26, 2015. He was way too young to get blown away by cancer, and Camden Harbor is in mourning. There are many fine remembrances of Ben on Facebook.

(original Wayfarer review #2 below)

I know Jeff Siegel and trust that his very negative review is based on a real experience. However, even Jeff noted that Wayfarer's facilities are first class. Combine those with a harbor as special as Camden and I get five stars.

Update 4/14/2010: I'm now a regular Wayfarer yard customer, and happy that I am. They stored my boat for the winter, replaced the cutlass bearing, painted the bottom, polished the topsides, and put her back in the water today. The work was first class and ended up costing pretty much as estimated.

Excellent Stop, 2014-08-28
Captain: , Cincinnati, OH (290)

I'm uncertain about the distinction some reviews make about "inner" vs "outer" harbor. We stayed 3 nights on one of Wayfarer's "MAX 50" moorings in the Sherman's cove area. Winds were generally from the SE at 10-15 and we did not have any issues.

Agree with others that the Wayfarer staff is outstanding; polite, personable and profession.

Camden was a delight. Check out the library as a resource for local history and what to do in the area. The staff of the visitors center even directed us there to find out what was going on!

Tired of chowder and lobster during your tour of New England? Check out Long Grain, and Comida Latin Kitchen. We had excellent meals and service at both places.

Provisioning is easy at French & Brawn Market Place: a 5 min walk from the Harbor Masters office where the Wayfarer Launch will do a drop off an pick up.

Best Marina we have been to., 2013-07-29
Captain: , Colchester VT (380)

We were traveling with another boat and Nancy helped us get a spot together on a floating dock way up in the very end of the harbor. We were as protected as you can get in this harbor. It was great. We were right around all the Windjammers!! They were so accomodating and friendly. The showers are best we have had cruising -- they even have a free courtesy car you can use for 2 hrs to get provisions. Laundry - $2.oo for wash / same for dryer. Clean - great. Camden should not be missed.

Do not moor in the outer harbor, 2013-07-26
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (972)

We contacted Wayfarer to make reservations for the inner harbor after reading all the reviews. When we arrived, they escorted us out to the outer moorings because of our size (48%u2019 trawler). We were concerned due to previous reviews. We called the free launch and reserved the courtesy car to provision. That evening we went to dinner at Paper 40 %u2013 excellent! Highly recommend for an unusual, delicious Italian flair dinner. We returned to the boat which was pitching and rolling severely. The winds were SW at 6 knots. We could not wait until daybreak to leave Camden. It is a lovely, fun town but listen to the warnings, DO NOT get a mooring in the outer harbor. It is hard to fathom that 6 knot winds can be so miserable.
The Wayfarer launch drivers were pleasant and mannerly. However, Ben, on the dock was rude, unhelpful, and annoying. We actually went to discuss purchasing a new dinghy. After this, the other reviews, the misleading information that we would be in the inner harbor, Wayfarer does not deserve our business.

Unbelievable..., 2013-07-23
Captain: , Epilogue (326)

We were staying on a float on Camden harbor. While walking around Camden, I walked through Wayfarer Marine...sort of a busman's holiday since I used to own and run a boatyard on the Chesapeake for 25 years and i enjoy looking at other facilities.

Since I had the privilege of serving on the Clean Marina committee in Maryland. I was impressed at the general appearance of the yard and that they had labeled waste oil, antifreeze, etc. disposal drums.

I called to inquire about winter storage and spoke with Doug Woodbury, a service manager. Having just changed the oil on our boat, I asked if I could use their waste oil facility. He said sure and there is a charge. Since at my boatyard in Maryland (and most others), we received waste oil from the public for free, I assumed the charge would be nominal.

So I took my 3 gallons of waste oil over to Wayfarer in the dinghy. When I got there I called Doug again and asked him what I should do with the oil. He said he would send someone out. When he arrived he said the charge would be $20 per gallon. I was literally stunned at this and reacted unwisely with a two word expletive. When I tried to apologize for my comment, the person said to take my oil and leave. I did.

Later I called Doug back and expressed my amazement about the charge. He said that Wayfarer has lots of employees and needs to be profitable and that the state of Maine is the primary problem and the reason they charge so much.

I called the Maine Dept of Environment. I was told that the state does not impose any fee on the disposal of waste oil and that I could take it to many auto parts stores who then sell or give it to greenhouse operators for heating fuel, etc.

I called Doug again, which was a mistake. When I told him what I learned, he proceeded to tell me that the boat service industry is small and close in Maine and that he might tell other service providers not to do business with me. I was pretty much dumbstruck and asked him to repeat what he had said and he did...same thing...basically a threat!

Had I read Jeff Siegel's comment about his experience with winter storage at Wayfarer before I called about winter storage, I would not have never had this totally bad experience. I wonder if Doug's boss knows this and encourages this behavior. I'll bet not.

Worth every penny, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Annapolis (264)

After a miserable rolly night on a mooring we begged to stay at the dock. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Nice showers and laundry. If you're on a mooring and need to visit the fuel dock, call ahead to get into the queue. There are some excellent restaurants in Camden. Had the best meals at Francine Bistro, Atlantica and 40 Paper.

Busy Place, 2012-09-21
Captain: , Deer Isle, Maine (514)

Tied up here overnight in August 2012. Facilities were clean and easily accessible. The town has good restaurants and shops. The harbor was very busy, but I guess you don't come here for solitude.

First Class Marina, 2012-08-19
Captain: , Seattle, WA (415)

Wayfarers Marina is a First Class operation. Excellent facilities and incredible staff, can't say enought about how helpful and friendly everyone at the marina was. We had to have our boat hauled for a prop problem on short notice and they did an awesome job. Additonal bonuses for us: launch services, coffee/latte right at the marina, loaner car, great marina store and awesome staff. Not the cheapest but the marina takes cares of everything for you. Camden is also a lovely little town to explore. Be sure to go up to Mount Battie to see the view of the harbor, incredible.

Simply The Best, 2012-07-27
Captain: , Hilton Head (130)

Wayfarer is the place to layover on the Maine coast - especially if you need some service work done on your vessel. Spent several nights at the marina and found it first rate. The office staff could use some polishing but the service guys were top notch. Had my engines serviced and the prices were fair, the guys pros and the work done perfectly. A rare and wondorous experience! In the same class as Atlantic Boat Yard at Great Bridge - just reliable guys who price their work fairly and do it right the first time. Camden is a lovely bustling kind of place with lots to do and wonderful places to dine. Makes cruising fun!

Great Place, 2012-07-16
Captain: , Cleveland, OHio (421)

We stayed two days at Wayfater's and had a great time. Special thanks to Nancy, Assistant Dockmaster, for sharing her local knowledge on where to go next.
Bathrooms are really clean, washerdryers are $2.
TOAST is a great place for breakfast. Short walk to many other
places to shop and eat.

Camden is a must stop for anybody cruising Maine.

Wonderful, wonderful.., 2012-06-28
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1144)

Loved our stay here. 4 days. Ben, dock master a real pro and young dock crew trained and very friendly. Great location across from downtown, short fun walk to town and everything you need when you get there. View and photo op from Camden Deli unsurpassed. Quiet and beautiful nights. Car, laundry, showers all perfect. Gas grill for staff-- they let us use. TOAST-- on premises breakfast and lunch spot with custom provisioning to take with you by seasoned chief who has extensive experience on large yachts. Perfect! Note: re previous reviews especially from Captain Jeff Siegel and Captain Ellison, we did not have any yard work done but I did note what appeared to be a very positive attitude across the board. New leadership?

Great staff, best heads and showers I've seen!, 2012-06-03
Captain: , Shelter Island, NY (114)

Our cruising plans changed due to WX and needed a place to leave our 37' LNVT tug for 2-3 weeks. Dockmaster Ben very helpful as well as Nancy ands Holly in the dock house who went the extra mile to get their Wi-Fi back up for us. A first class yard with immaculate facilities!

Solid service, 2011-08-22
Captain: , Hampton, VA (2573)

It was unclear where we could anchor with sufficient swinging room so we took a mooring.

Dockmaster, launch captain, and office staff all went out of their way to assist us. Loaner car was a real bonus!

The outer harbor is a roll hole, 2011-08-13
Captain: , Cassiopea A (507)

Wayfarer moorings are in the outer harbor. In a fresh southwesterly, it's quite rolly. If available, the floats in the inner harbor are easily worth the $15/night price difference.

Otherwise, we've always had a pleasant experience staying a Wayfarer's.

Pricey for Maine?, 2011-07-20
Captain: , Stuart, FL (1019)

$4.25 a foot plus $30 a day for 50 amp service seems a bit high. Paid $2.00 a foot at Rockland (Journey's End). Staff is nice and helpful and Camden is attractive. Showers and laundry are very clean and free pump out at the fuel dock.

Wayfarer & Camden, 2010-10-26
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (10)

We brought our boat up from FL in May and have had a slip here at Wayfarer all season. The staff has been exceptionally helpful and goes out of their way to make sure we have everything we need and are happy and content. We had full service done this summer on engines, transmissions and genset. Prices were less than I had been paying in Palm Beach, FL area. We have decided to store our boat here this winter at Wayfarer so that we will have more time next summer here in Maine.

Camden is fantastic - beautiful location, friendly people good food

Good Hurricane Hole, 2010-10-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Camden is a neat place to stay. Decent price for the area. Good mooring balls and shuttle service

Nice place to be a transient boater, 2010-09-02
Captain: , Morehead City (160)

We didn't have any work done on the boat, just had a mooring ball. Our experience was very positive. The facilities are very good and the staff couldn't be more helpful (maybe they are trying harder). Anyway, their launch will take you to their dock or the town dock. They do have a courtesy car but it was in use when we went to use it so one of the guys just gave us his truck to use to go to Hannaford. The town is lovely and we think it was one of the prettiest ones we visited, although in Maine, they are all lovely! Great little Thai restaurant within a block of the town docks. Everyone we met was very friendly.

good place to pick up a mooring, 2010-08-31
Captain: , New York, NY (200)

Very friendly people. Prompt launch service, showers, and courtesy car included in mooring fee. Clean facilities.

Bring a big credit card!, 2009-06-07
Captain: , Fredericton, NB, CAN (477)

I concure with Captain Siegel.

I had some work done on my Yanmar engine. It was a new engine, it was warrenty work and I was charged five hours labour for less than three hours work. I was charged labour time for the mechanic to look up how to do the work. And then he was wrong. I sat beside him and told him how to fix it. I even told them what parts to order.

I decided to pick up a spare impeller and when the service guy brought it out I was charged a higher price than was on teh box.

"Those are old prices" was his comment.

Nice moorings, free launch, 2008-08-25
Captain: , Charleston, SC (215)

We spent several nice nights here. Moorings are well maintained, launch friendly and prompt. Some moorings are a little crowded, so check your swing circle. They seem confused about whether or not a mooring is availble, you need to check back with them often about status. Fuel dock can be crowded at times, we had no problem by picking an off time. Dock staff very very helpful, assisted with lines, took trash.

Nice Place but a rolling night, 2008-08-03
Captain: , Saint Petersburg, FL (181)

Wayfarer Marine moorings are well-maintained and they offer free launch service. Unfortunately, the mooring field is very open and we rolled the entire night. They noticed our trawler rolling and offered to put us on the fuel dock after hours and we could "settle-up" later. Not sure what that meant, but was nice to have the option.

Bad Experience, 2007-02-18
Captain: , Chesapeake (261)

I do not doubt that this is a fine marina, BUT my experience wasn't very good. I was leaving Camden last summer (06) and want to take on fuel. They weren't open and it was 8:30 AM. Well they asked us to come back in a half hour...well geez. Think we waited a while, and then left. Not customer friendly. Probably have a "corner on the market" and can do as they please.
John Salyer
Yankee Belle

Be very careful..., 2007-01-19
Captain: , MV Red Head (61778)

Their facilities are exceptional. So are their prices. I had a pretty bad experience with this marina after storing my boat there over the Winter. Their quotes for projects changed over time - and they always got higher. Much higher. Two to three times the original quote. When I asked them about this I was given a quote that I will never forget: We're not Welfare Marine, we're Wayfarer Marine...

I think that quote says it all about this facility. They will never see me back there. Ever.

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