Safe Harbor Great Island



Day Trip
Not Offered
419 Harpswell Islands Rd.
Harpswell, ME 04079
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM

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82 Reviews

by Paul B. - Verified user on May 17, 2024
I almost don't want to say too many great things about Safe Harbor Great Island because I'd be more than happy to keep it a secret !!! Love to have it stay as she is...beautiful, quiet, peaceful, professional...tucked away in a quintessential Maine surround !!! this marine is a perfect stopover or destination if one is requiring such and more than that it offers the FINEST service or refits at a FAIR price in a spectacular setting with the bonus of AWESOME people who really do care a lot about you and your boating experience...if you stop over once or ask them to service your vessel, you'll be back for sure ! thanks for all the great everything SHGI !!!
Marina Response:
We are glad you think this secret is worth sharing. Thank you for your feedback. We promise to be mindful and not to let the marina/boat yard culture change as the business grows. It is our intention to deliver the same professional, friendly service you have come to expect.

by Chris P. - Verified user on Mar 19, 2024
I have yet to find a more welcoming yard. Great people, great service, well maintained facility and nice protected safe harbor
Marina Response:
Thank you! We are happy you to hear that you feel the warmth, kindness, and skill of our team.

by Joy F. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
Great facility, wonderful crew. Iris Eats is a fine!!! Only wish they had longer hours!
Marina Response:
Joy. Thank you for your feedback. We look forward to your next visit. Iris Eats is growing and always looking for ways to expand their hours. Something new this season will be The Market. The Market will offer essential provisions, grab-and-go meals, beer/wine, flowers, etc. This will be operated by the Iris team. They hope to offer this expanded service 7 days a week and later into the evening. The Market will be located under Iris Eats, on the lower level. Let us know what you think.

by John F. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Kristen DM and Steve SM are outstanding, as is the help and facility. Great and protected spot.
Marina Response:
Thank you, John. We look forward to hosting you again in 2024.

by barbara m. - Verified user on Aug 29, 2023
We arrived under tow - impeller issue. At 8 the next morning a tech was on board. He efficiently and professionally fixed the impeller and a couple of other problems. The staff is professional and the facility is impeccably clean and tidy. It’s a 10 out of 10.

by Peter T. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2023
Great staff. Great Location,
Marina Response:
Great to know! Thank you.

by Andrew R. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2023
Beautiful location. Marina Manager Kristin and staff are responsive, attentive and accommodating. The same goes for the service side. They do what they say, and follow up to ensure things were done correctly. The facility is clean, the docks are in excellent shape, and the staff terrific. Clearly a well run marina and service operation. Looking forward to returning.

by Ron M. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2023
Nice facility, just about everything is new, staff couldn’t be more helpful!
Marina Response:
We are glad to know you enjoyed your stay and our facilities.

by David B. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2023
Great facility and great folks.

by Mary S. - Verified user on Aug 18, 2023
Fantastic team, great facility. Needed service on our generator - Scott met us fast, 10 minutes upon docking! Got us up and running. IrisEats cafe was great too! Will be back!

by Keith M. - Verified user on Aug 18, 2023
Great; nice friendly folks.

by Barry S. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
This yard is an awesome yard and a great model for others to aspire to. From a very clean and organized facility to people who are friendly and happy at Great Island it certainly is refreshing to see. We enjoyed walking the docks, the laundry and the Iris Eats. The members of Great Harbor, the staff and technicians all present a very positive and friendly welcoming tone. Thank you! Barry and Suzanne

by George H. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
Great job overall. The dock crew was exceptional in every way. Nice quiet evening.

by Susan P. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2023
Great mooring field. Dock staff very helpful. Nice facilities. Plan to return soon.
Marina Response:
Thank you for bringing your cruising group to Safe Harbor Great Island. It appears all enjoyed the evening events at Iris Eats. Glad you took advantage of this option. See you next year.

by Edward P. - Verified user on Aug 12, 2023
Very Very quite, 6 + miles to town or provisions, On site restaurant open breakfast and only, closed Monday & Tuesday WiFi and Cell sketchy Newer Dock, Great staff. Exceptionally clean
Marina Response:
Thank you for sharing your experience. We expect Wi-Fi boosters to be installed on our new dock system in time for the 2024 boating season. Iris Eats is, indeed, closed on Mondays & Tuesdays. On Wednesday, Iris Eats is open 11:30 - 7:00 for lunch and dinner (and live music on the deck when weather permits). Thursday - Saturday, Iris Eats is open 8:00 -3:00 for breakfast and lunch. And on Sunday, Iris Eats is open 8:00 - 2:00 for breakfast/brunch and lunch. Be sure to check-in re: updates as these do change seasonally. Hope we will see you again!

by Joshua B. on Aug 09, 2023
Helpful staff, nice facility.
Marina Response:
Thank you!

by Thomas S. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2023
Awesome beautiful spot very helpful staff. Great facilities

by Lisa - Verified user on Aug 04, 2023
I was here on a club cruise. I was so impressed by the highest level of service we received. Young dock staff couldn’t be more helpful, friendly, and professional. Dennis, their small engine mechanic was brilliant in helping me solve dinghy outboard problem. Getting fuel and water was easy. Showers clean. There is a small restaurant on the property called Iris Eats which is excellent. Highly recommend this marina.
Marina Response:
Wonderful. We are very proud of our young dock staff, and of Dennis, our master technician, too. We are so pleased to hear that you enjoyed your stay. See you again!

by Frank s. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2023
Just a beautiful place to spend a night. Or a season
Marina Response:
We think so; glad you agree!

by Michael M. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2023
This is a really squared away and very knowledgeable operation.
Marina Response:
Thank you!

by Kenneth P. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2023
Thanks to the crew for a very enjoyable stay in Harpswell. Your laundry was "exceptional", folks were very helpful in many ways, the docks are really clean, and your office is beautiful. And our emergency need for a Verizon store was met with a short taxi ride and a stop at Hannaford's for groceries. Highly recommend.
Marina Response:
Fantastic. Glad we could serve as a one-stop-shop port of call on your cruise. See you next visit.

by Douglas H. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2023
Great service. Beautiful marina.
Marina Response:
Thank you. We hope to see you again soon.

by Jeffrey N. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2023
Excellent, well run facility with a great staff.
Marina Response:
Thank you!

by Laurie R. - Verified user on Jul 22, 2023
Quiet location, thank goodness the cafe was open (until 3 pm) when we arrived. There is nothing else to walk to. Recent investment in the docks and amenities are beautiful.
Marina Response:
Glad you got to experience Iris Eats while visiting Safe Harbor Great Island. Iris East is currently open Wednesdays, 11:30 - 7, for burgers & bowls (as well as live music on the deck, weather permitting). On Thursday, Friday and Saturday you will find breakfast & lunch offerings from 8 - 3. And on Sunday, the Iris team serves from 8 - 2:00. Hope these hours will synch up with your next visit. Hope to see you again.

by Pamela H. - Verified user on Jun 22, 2023
We can understand why friends in Marblehead over-winter their boat here. Great facilities and the dock hands were wonderfully responsive in helping us to squeeze into the fuel dock. Well protected if the weather kicks up.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your observations. We look forward to your next visit.
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About Safe Harbor Great Island


Safe Harbor Great Island is located just 40 minutes north of Portland, in a naturally protected and beautiful cove. We have a happy and welcoming operation. Our modern boat yard facilities include a custom post and beam building housing offices, a ship’s store, and guest amenities. Iris Eats, is an excellent eatery located onsite! While staying in our marina, you also gain access to our experienced riggers, and expert mechanical and electrical service techs to keep you up and running.

Safe Harbor Great Island cares for over 200 boats in the winter and keeps over 100 in the marina for the summer. We offer “shipyard” capabilities with the personal and friendly service. Over half of our customers come to us from other New England states. A parade of boats makes the 120-mile trip between Safe Harbor Great Island and the Cape Cod Canal every spring and fall. We paint, repair, repower, and refit dozens of sailboats and motor yachts annually. We have extensive indoor storage facilities which allows our crew to function efficiently, year-round.

Transient slips and moorings are available; for reservations, please call, email, or book via the Dockwa app. Waste pump-out equipment is provided on a no-charge basis. Safe Harbor Great Island monitors VHF channel 09, and uses 10 as a working channel.

Safe Harbor Great Island-AT-A-GLANCE:

Picturesque, peaceful, natural hurricane hole

57 marina slips – 40 moorings

Vessels up to 70’ LOA, 8.5’ draft

ValvTect fuel, block and cubed ice, free pump-out and water

Free WiFi, customer lounge, large, clean restrooms and tiled showers, laundry facilities

Cafe onsite - Iris Eats serves savory breakfast & "cozy gourmet" sandwiches, sweets, soups, and gorgeous charcuterie boards, featuring local ingredients. For current hours and more information about catering & provisioning, call Elyse at (207) 406-2052, or visit

Friday Night Music Series, there are several opportunities to catch live entertainment at the water's edge throughout the summer season.

Give us a call (207) 729-1639 or email our Marina Manager at [email protected].


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water Hookup
  • Electrical


  • Service & Maintenance
  • Ship Store
  • Dry Stack
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Launch Ramp
  • Groceries
  • Restaurant
  • Floating Docks
  • Oil Recycling
  • Land Storage
  • Travel Lift
  • Captains Lounge
  • Pet Friendly
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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