Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons


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145 S. Montowese St.
Branford, CT 06405
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM

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162 Reviews

by William V. - Verified user on Nov 14, 2023
Excellent service, staff and all around yard!

by Chris S. on Oct 28, 2023
Nice place, good facilities.

by David E. - Verified user on Oct 20, 2023
Easy, efficient docking. Clean, well kept facilities. Helpful staff. We make a couple of stops here each year on our way up and down LIS.

by Dave N. - Verified user on Oct 17, 2023
Communication was good and had a competent dock hand available

by Stephen Prockl S. - Verified user on Oct 14, 2023
We had a very good stay at SH Bruce & Johnson’s. A special thank you to Al the staff, especially steve in the dock house, Allie who helped us with lines getting in and CJ who was extra helpful with our departure (much appreciated). The facilities are top notch, clean and organized. I did not want to leave and we met some very nice fellow sailors too. A great experience.

by Tom t. - Verified user on Sep 27, 2023
Outstanding facility and services. Beautiful harbor. Fantastic overall experience!

by Ron S. - Verified user on Sep 10, 2023
Great Food Need Extension Cords. Lol. Long story.

by Salvatore c. - Verified user on Sep 04, 2023
Fun marina, good food, nice staff.

by Arthur B. on Aug 29, 2023
Great marina to stay at. Clean showers and bathrooms. Staff very friendly and helpful. Restaurant on site is a throwback to old seafood restaurants and love that they have fried whole belly clams which are next to impossible to find on menus these days!

by Dr. Brian R. - Verified user on Aug 26, 2023
Great people and great service

by FRED F. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2023
Competant dock crew, frindly and curtious. Repair crew very knowledgeable and careful with our boat. Great restaurant on site

by Jesse L. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2023
Great stay. Staff picked up vhf right away and gave us clear instructions to find our slip. Pool has just been renovated.

by Charles M. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2023
Always nice to stay here. Nice staff, nice facilities.. pool, showers, restaurant. Lenny’s seafood right down the road!

by Mike C. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2023
Excellent. Dock master was very quick to accommodate us. Dock hands were very helpful on a windy day! Thank you it was a great experience!

by Keith p. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2023
Great people, very helpful. Highly recommend anyone to stay at any of the Safe Harbor facilities

by Margaret A. on Aug 17, 2023
Great stay. Excellent dock hands. Nice facilities. Would definitely return and recommend it.

by Joshua S. - Verified user on Aug 16, 2023
Everyone was incredibly helpful, professional and kind. 5 stars !

by Henry S. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
Basically very nice. Dock staff were friendly. Men's facilities could use an upgrade. It would be great if they offered a shuttle into town.

by Rod C. - Verified user on Aug 12, 2023
An favorite stop every year . Great staff, clean, super friendly fellow boaters

by Matthew B. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
Bruce & Johnsons is our home away from home. They sent two dock hands for both our arrival and departure. :) Great facility. Clean bathrooms. VERY friendly staff. We try to stop there coming and going from our home port. Fair dockage rate as well.

by Karen V. - Verified user on Aug 04, 2023
When arriving for fueling until we pumped out and guided to our slip the staff was phenomenal. Professional, kind and most helpful. Dinner at restaurant was very good. Bathroom and showers exceptionally clean and well lit. Thank you for a great stay!

by Phillip H. on Aug 03, 2023
We love it here! Excellent restaurant as well! Definitely recommend. A Great place to go. We will be back!

by robert g. - Verified user on Aug 02, 2023
great spot this time .... really one of the best weekend's of the summer
Marina Response:
Thanks for your review! We look forward to your return to Bruce & Johnson's.

by Edward K. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2023
It's always a pleasure to stay there.

by Edward K. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2023
First rate marina, helpful staff. Pool, restaurant on site.

by chris s. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2023
Great staff, facilities and restaurant.

by Scot M. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
Great service, great dockhands, extremely friendly. That is why I come back every year!
Marina Response:
We are always happy to have you here at Bruce & Johnson's! Thank you for the review and for making us an annual stop. Looking forward to your next visit.

by Michael S. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2023
Other then being a bit buggy sitting outside at the restaurant, it was a wonderful weekend.

by William P. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2023
Excellent marina experience. Staff is always knowledgeable, accessible, and a pleasure to work with. Highly recommended.

by Savin K. - Verified user on Jul 17, 2023
A little chaos when we arrived as the dock staff could not find our reservations (2 boats) and were unsure where to put us. Staff had two hand held radios and both were failing. Otherwise, staff was great getting us tied up and the facility is big, clean and full of amenities. Chaos on arrival is reason for the 4 stars instead of 5.

by Richard D. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2023
We stayed 3 nights, very helpful deck hands for docking, pool was clean, had an emergency issue with my mid shroud being loose, they scheduled a fix the next morning and were very helpful. Overall staff was great and Branford is a great place to go for walks and runs. Only 1hr away from Thimbles too (by sail) too. Why 4 not 5 stars? They need to update their handouts, pump out isn’t 7 days a week, should not that and a few of the places on the local businesses were out of date, small stuff overall. would strongly recommend to friends.

by James Z. - Verified user on Jul 12, 2023
Clean facility. Great marina. Clean, well maintained with super dock hands. Excellent Resturant on premises. Newly remodeled large pool. Close to restaurants and Thimble Island Brewing Company!

by Alex W. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2023
Wonderfull docks and most helpful staff. Great restaurant on premisses. Looking forward to our next visit. Alex W. / Serenity

by Kenny M. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2023
The deckhands were super helpful and gave us ideas for restaurants. We’ll be back soon.

by Ronald R. - Verified user on Jul 08, 2023
Nice restaurant on premises.

by Steve G. - Verified user on Jul 07, 2023
Helpful dock staff, great restaurant, easy fueling.

by Marc M. on Jun 28, 2023
Always a great time. Nice staff and clean marina. Always look forward to come back.

by Drew D. on Jun 28, 2023
Fabulous trip ! Got slip instructions ahead of time which allowed me to prepare prior to getting up the river. The dock hands were great, restaurant excellent, clean pool, grounds and bathrooms. Going back again if they will have us .

by Roy S. - Verified user on Jun 17, 2023
Great service, great people and a beautiful marina.

by Robert B. - Verified user on Jun 06, 2023
Excellent, goody bag, well kept grounds, free Pumpout, friendly people, great restaurant, and very nice restrooms. Thanks for the hospitality!

by Fred S. - Verified user on May 23, 2023
Outstanding personnel and facilities. Been many times, will return

by Mike C. - Verified user on May 22, 2023
Very nicely maintained marina. Great floating docks, friendly and helpful dockhands - even in the pouring rain. Thank you!

by Erik L. - Verified user on Sep 25, 2022
Nice facilities… nice location… helpful staff!

by Joe c. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2022
Always a good experience - the staff is helpful, friendly and ready to help when needed. The heads are clean and the showers have plenty of hot water. Nice to have a Ship’s Store on site. We don’t hesitate to recommend a stay here.

by luigi z. - Verified user on Sep 18, 2022
it was pretty good. no complaint
Marina Response:
Thanks for the review. Come back and see us again, and we will try to earn that last star!

by Mike R. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2022
Lovely marina with a fine restaurant and beautiful grounds Dock staff very helpful and accommodating. We’ll be back!!

by Dale G. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2022

by Mark F. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2022
Excellent marina to stay for Brandford CT. Local restaurants were close by. Marina was clean, bathrooms and showers were decent as well. Dock hands were nice guys, very helpful. Dockside bar and restaurant was pretty good and reasonable. No reservations are taken so plan accordingly.

by Joseph D. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2022
Helpful dock staff, bathrooms are clean, great on-site restaurant!

by Robert M. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2022
Great stay, Great staff and Manager

by Tab H. on Aug 15, 2022
I want to thank Tom for working on getting us in. Also the dock staff was quick to catch us and release us. Town is 1.4 miles away so take bikes. Take the dinghy to the Stony Creek Brewery up river

by Scott L. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2022
We've stayed here before this visit. We found the bathrooms have gone down hill. They were not clean and are in need of an update. Many of your other marinas(ie; Greenport ) have a boaters lounge where you can get coffee and sit and relax. This morning we were unable to get a cup of coffee because the ship store was closed. I would suggest a shuttle to town(like Greenport). Btw, Greenport Stirling is our favorite marina. We visit there every season. Regards, Scott

by Matthew B. on Aug 09, 2022
Bruce & Johnson's is an excellent marina! We have been staying with them 2-3 times a year since the 1980's. Good dock staff. Nice docks. I typically call ahead and they are always willing to move boats around so we have an "easy" slip.

by GARY & Debbie R. - Verified user on Jul 22, 2022
we only spent one night because the power to run our boat correctly was severely insufficient. the dock and fuel staff were very pleasant and helpful, they just could not accommodate us because that was all the power they could supply.

by Michael K. - Verified user on Jul 14, 2022
Easy docking; great facilities, restrooms and shout out to the Dockside restaurant

by Rich F. - Verified user on Jul 11, 2022
Short & sweet. Clean and well kept marina. have been going there for years

by Gary J. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2022
Pleasant staff and clean facility

by Ed R. - Verified user on May 30, 2022
Enjoyed our time at the marina.

by Tony C. - Verified user on May 21, 2022
Tom, was very accommodating and found a safe dockage for since were hobbling in on one engine. TC

by Seth F. on May 21, 2022
Very nice place to stay. Plenty of deep water, water and power at dock, and the staff was extremely friendly. Good bike access to town, and they have a good restaurant on the property too. Clean bath house, and a small ships store. I would stay there again any time! If you are not familiar with the harbor entrance be sure to check your chart carefully coming in. Read the directions on the marina website and look out for the cow and calf rocks. When I was a kid there were always some boats that hit that every summer.

by James K. - Verified user on May 20, 2022
We asked for a tee end, they gave us a tee end. Directions for finding the dock were excellent. Restaurant was quite good. We didn't need any additional services, so I cannot comment on their mechanics, etc. But for an overnight stop between New York and Newport, this one was excellent.

by John M. - Verified user on Oct 10, 2021
Awesome time with amazing friends

by Chris T. - Verified user on Sep 15, 2021
Great facilities. Clean bathrooms

by Christopher S. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2021
Great staff! The staff was attentive to anything we needed. The marina has a nice facility to shower and do Landry in. Picnic tables and grills are plentiful at the docks. The Dockside restaurant is great but it gets packed at night. The pool is really nice to cool off in. Highly recommend this marina as a stop for any boater.

by Nicholas C. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2021
Great professionally run facility including 50T travel lift & large maintenance facility. Dock staff quickly relayed dock slip location and then assisted in docking. Very helpful information bag/packet. Great restaurant w/plenty of outside dining seating. (Great pool& kiddy play area). A bit of flood/ebb current to take into account when docking- as noted in Dockwa write up. Pay close attention to staying in charted channel, especially at low tide. Last 1/2 mile before transient slip has a series of piles that marks limits of right side of channel when approaching slip area. Will definitely say at B&H when going past this area of Connecticut shore ( only 2 miles off LIS when on E/W transit of Connecticut shoreline)

by Debra B. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2021
I am a new boater, this was my first time bringing a boat into a marina setting. We had a really hard time getting into the slip, almost collided with another boat, gave the boat too much throttle, and almost ended up on the dock.... I had anticipated having help, was told all along I would have help, but no-one showed up when I said I was coming from the launch at 11:30 on Saturday, a known arrival time for us. When I called back after we tied into the slip, I was told that "you are short-handed, sorry about that, too many other boats coming in needed their attention..." It was almost very costly. I was very shook up, it was a terrible beginning.

by Michael G. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2021
Please read the review. The dockmaster and hands were great, the docks were fantastic. Everything except for one thing was exceptional. The one complaint was a big one. The filth of the bathrooms was beyond comprehension. Both bathrooms were practically unusable due to feces all over the toilet seats but it didn’t matter because most of them were clogged and overflowing. I was lucky enough to get to the bathroom early while the cleaning crew, one guy was cleaning them so I did get a clean stall but later on they were all disgusting again. Too bad too because the weekend would have been a solid 5 stars and even 3 was a stretch considering the mess.

by Christine D. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2021
First time here and we booked to come back next week!! Beautiful marina!! Staff amazing! Restaurant good! Marina docks and facilities are very clean and well maintained. Boat owners are friendly and welcoming. Our only recommendation would be cushions on pools lounge chairs or sling back type..the current hard plastic ones are quite uncomfortable. Restaurant chairs could also use cushions.

by James C. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2021
Our location was a bit tight, but nice that we were on the main path to the pool & restaurant. Staffing shortages occur at the marina- kids back to school, etc. Nice neighbors helped us in. We'll return!

by Barry L. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2021
Very nice place. Excellent dock hands, the heads were clean, the grounds beautiful.

by Albert Z. - Verified user on Aug 31, 2021
Dan was courteous and helpful on arrival. Facility is clean and spacious. Would like to return.

by Ganna P. - Verified user on Aug 30, 2021
Great marina with awesome facilities. Loved the service! We will be back!

by David L. - Verified user on Aug 26, 2021
Nice facilities. Great and helpful staff. Enjoyed going into the town.

by Frank M. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2021
Very courteous staff. Friendly people and restaurant onsite was very good. My only complaint is that place marina is not dog friendly. Signs everywhere telling you to keep digs out. Most pet owners know the drill and don’t need signage.

by Michael M. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2021
Stayed just one night. Great guy at the fuel dock. Arrived late and great instructions for tying up.

by Michael N. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2021
Another great stay at Bruce & Johnson's! Clean marina, great dockhands. Great restaurant. Beautiful pool. And Stony Creek Brewery is a short dink ride up the river! This has become one of our favorite transient stops!

by Vincent P. - Verified user on Aug 15, 2021
Wonderful, Relaxing spot. Restaurant was very good too. Enjoyed the pool. We'll be back again. Thanks

by Fred M. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2021
Staff is very helpful and pleasant. Facilities are clean and well maintained. Dinner at Dockside was great.. Have been here several times in the past and it never disappoints. The bar is high and many other marinas could benefit from how Bruce & Johnson operates and treats its transients....

by Ruth M. on Aug 11, 2021
wonderful marina. stayed there both on our way up and our way back. great service at the dock, nice facilities--love the pool and restaurant. one tip: when telling people where there slip is would be useful to explain that there are a whole set of lettered docks to ignore before you get back to area where the slips are--and then dont just say A 21, indicate if it is the north or south side.

by William M. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2021
Excellent facilities, friendly staff, nice wide slips, and a VG restaurant !

by Skip K. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2021
Friendly, clean and very accommodating!!

by Tom W. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2021
Beautiful facility, great help getting docked. No breakfast restaurant, and the marina store is very limited on supplies—no food or drinks

by Keith R. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2021
Once again a great stay! Very nice Marina. Highly recommend.

by Nick R. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2021
Great - the staff was wonderful on a very busy weekend. Love staying there.

by Paul L. on Jul 24, 2021
Our 5th time there. Wonderful staff. Tom is great along with the rest of the dock staff. None better any where we have been!! Great Restaurant. Bath rooms and showers and pool are always clean and checked. Many grills located around the property with plenty of seating!! A Perfect destination We always come back!!!

by Marc M. - Verified user on Jul 22, 2021
Nice large marina….the dock staff was great ….beautiful pool…restaurant on the premises….large floating cement docks…..and with boats We had a small problem but Chris sent some one down to get me fixed….a true reason to be a Safe Harbour member….special thank you Chris

by Rich M. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2021
Great staff; extremely responsive and great facilities

by Craig C. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2021
Great service and friendly folks, marina services above par

by Joyce -. on Jul 18, 2021
Great place to stay. Nice docks, big pool, clean bathrooms and friendly, helpful dock staff. Special thanks to Chris for helping us out! When you are away from your home port and you need assistance it means a lot when someone helps you.

by Tim H. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2021
We have stayed here before and keep coming back. The dock hands were as helpful as always and we found the shower facilities to be clean and accommodating. We most like the restaurant right there. A very good option in this part of the Sound. Update: stayed again and enjoyed it. A few notes: 1. The bottom of the keel rested on the bottom at low tide. So, we could not have left then if we had wanted to. 2. Went to Lenny’s for dinner — really terrific. Dockside at the Marina was good, too, but Lenny’s was better. It is only a short walk away.

by Kenneth M. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2021
Good dock staff. Nice marina. Good restaurant on property.

by Michael S. - Verified user on Jun 28, 2021
Great marina, helpful staff.

by Bill b. - Verified user on Jun 22, 2021
Always nice. Lovely and quiet

by Tim G. - Verified user on Jun 07, 2021
enjoyed the visit this weekend

by Anonymous on May 13, 2021
Pros: Adequate restroom and showers. Well kept facilities and dock. Staff in the store were friendly when leaving (which is only time we saw anyone). Cons: No one answered phone/radio on a Sunday when we needed a place to stay. Channel is advertised as 8' but we touched bottom with 6' draft. We were leaving early but waited for them to open so we could pay. Never saw a dock attendant or anyone else to help. Still charged us $170 for a 36' boat, early May for just a few hours. That didn't feel right.

by David N. on Oct 19, 2020
Nice people, great facilities, always a pleasure to visit!

by Douglas R. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2020
Great place, great service, look forward to another visit.

by edward h. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2020
Great except for humidity & heat. Dock staff very friendly and helpful. Nice slip on AA dock north plenty of room. starboard side tie as requested. Definitely plan on returning.

by Peter C. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2020
Staff and Facilities are Amazing ! 5 STAR place !

by Michael h. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2020
Helpful and knowledgeable staff.

by Joseph W. - Verified user on Aug 09, 2020
Lovely place to stay. Clean and well maintained. Staff friendly and professional. Only negative was virtuall no one wore masks, except staff. Hard for marina to enforce.

by Joseph P. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2020
Nice docks in good condition and large safe facility. However, signage is confusing, very easy to dock in wrong area. Nobody met us at our dock upon arrival, had to call to confirm our arrival. This was after communicating via radio. Real negative is lack of store if you need any provisions. Can’t even buy a bottle of water on premises.

by Bernard A. - Verified user on Jul 25, 2020
Wonderful place! Will definitely return!

by Paul on Jul 25, 2020
Nice stay and we were put on the T head which makes it easy to get on and off the dock. The crew on the dock helped us tie up but you wonder why they don't realize if you tie up the bow line aft and tight while still coming in the bow is going to slam into the dock. It's one way to get there.

by Mena m. - Verified user on Jul 20, 2020
It was a night mare waiting for a slip assignment. We were told 3 different slips and constantly being told never mind as they found us a new slip. The put us in a very small slip for our boat. About a foot of clearance in the slip. We had to take our dingy completely off our boat and carry it across the dock to drop in the water. We told the dock hand that we were not happy to where they put us for the slip. And he made no effort to move us. And there were other slips available in the bigger slips. We have friends traveling with us and there boat was only 2 feet larger and they were given a larger slip with plenty of room to drop the dingy right off there boat.

by Gregory J. - Verified user on Jul 20, 2020
Staff extremely helpful and friendly.

by Bill B. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2020
Always a great stop. Dockhands are great and more than willing to help. Dockside restaurant is always good. Bathrooms clean.

by Lori G. - Verified user on Jul 10, 2020
Great staff. Enjoyable restaurant. Still can't pump diesel fuel from last year... Need to fix. Also need to dredge.

by Al T. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2020
Always a great time!! Thank you for the clean and updated bathrooms and showers. Very much appreciated!!! And thank you for Having the pool opened!!!

by Dr. B. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2020
Great Marina! Beautiful pool, friendly people and just a great stay!

by Craig B. - Verified user on Jun 28, 2020
Fantastic!! Such a nice place!! The staff and the faculty are top notch!!!!

by Thomas L. - Verified user on Jun 28, 2020
Our sailing association comes here every year (weather permitting) as part of our multi-location 10 cruise program. We have had over 20 boats. Tom has been AWESOME here at Bruce & Johnson's at Branford CT. Grouping us together as much as possible. This is one of the most fantastic facilities and a BLAST to sail to across the Long island Sound from Mt. Sinai/Port Jefferson NY Pavilions to hold our Cruisers Party, a restaurant on premise. A few suggestions might be better store and ice hours or maybe an ice vending machine or vending gallery since there is no 7-11 or stores easily reached on foot. Coffee I think (am heading out now at 8:30) is in the "office" or store and limited by those hours. Just trying to bring it up to optimum!!!! Prices have gotton very competative in the last years. Concrete docks and the entire property are magnificently clean, ship shape, and well done.

by Richard P. - Verified user on Jun 27, 2020
We stayed overnight at a slip during a sailboat delivery from western Long Island Sound to north of Boston. The entire facility is extremely clean, neat, and very well maintained. The slips are in great condition and hookups are easy and convenient. The staff was fantastic, from the dock hands, to Tom and others in the main office and ship’s store, to the gentleman at the fuel dock. Everyone was polite, courteous, and extremely helpful. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience. Thank you!

by Robert L. - Verified user on Jun 22, 2020
Very nice facility. Stayed on Dock A. Very friendly boaters on this dock. Staff was very attentive and helpful. Dockside Restaurant was open and the meal was good. Sat outside on a nice summer evening and watched the sunset. Worth a visit!

by Todd F. - Verified user on Jun 22, 2020
Great marina, great staff and we had a great time. Definitely will be back.

by Craig P. - Verified user on Nov 06, 2019
Although technically closed for the season they went out of their way to accommodate us after Long Island Sound got a little rough. Wonderful friendly place to visit and will make sure to stop there again. Can’t thank them enough.

by Wayne G. on Sep 06, 2019
We had the best experience at Branford Marina, it started with the awesome dockhands who were there to assist us with docking and welcoming us to the marina. We needed our new boat service as it was overdue and we travelled from PEI Canada down the coast and could not get service anywhere as they were all too busy, but Branford fit us in and were so professional and accommodating. Thanks to Chris and all the boys at the service center we were so appreciative of their time and professionalism. They went above and beyond for us and we will definitely be back....thanks Boys! Wayne and Michelle Gray...Spectacular!

by John B. - Verified user on Sep 02, 2019
The Marina was fine except they put us on the service dock which had only 3 feet clearance at low tide and never told us. We draw 5.5 feet and got stuck in the mud. Had to wait 3 hours past the time we wanted to leave for the tide to come in. Thus making us travel in the bad weather we had hoped to avoid by leaving earlier.

by Jorge L. - Verified user on Aug 29, 2019
Beautiful marina with great location and very helpful people. The hands at the dock were friendly and took got care of me, directing me to my slip and helping with the docking lines. The overnight stay was quiet and very pleasant.

by Warren D. on Aug 27, 2019
Great pool, docks, resturant and dock hands. Full time slip boats owners very friendly. Needed to pay close attention to outside harbor channel markes from branford reef, lots of rocks.
Marina Response:
We appreciate your feedback! Thank you for choosing Bruce & Johnson's Marina. Hope to see you again soon.

by FRAnces S. - Verified user on Aug 26, 2019
Quiet and secure. Only complaint was that process for signing up for WiFi dragged me thru page which tried very hard to get me to pay for it when in actuality it was free.

by John F. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2019
Outstanding marina! Excellent facility and service. Good showers and heads. Good restaurant on dock.

by Peter F. on Aug 20, 2019
This place is a 10, both as marina and a boatyard. Top quality facility and staff make this place exceptional.

by chris W. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2019
First rate facility. Restaurant is a destination spot on its own. No chandlery to speak of and not very close to a downtown.

by Vincent P. - Verified user on Aug 11, 2019
Always clean and welcoming. Wish they had free transportation to town.

by David D. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2019
Always a pleasant stay! Capt Dave vessel White Knight

by Hugh E. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2019
Great staff. Well kept dock and the restaurant was perfect. I had a huge fuel leak and their staff stayed late to help clean up. Knowledgeable yard manager and crew in the ships store. Good people here.
Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us at Bruce & Johnson's. We appreciate your feedback and will look into this situation. Hope to see you again soon!

by Jason B. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2019
Great facilities, nice people.

by David D. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2019
Great marina, restaurant and pool. Dock kids were very nice.

by Bill M. - Verified user on Jul 13, 2019
The crew at Branford did an incredible job, we had a small issue that was taken care of quickly and professionally. I highly recommend Branford Bruce and Johnson. SV Optimistic

by Warren B. on Jul 09, 2019
Great service!

by Anonymous - Verified user on Jul 07, 2019
Clean marina, nice pool, friendly staff. Great fish restaurant

by Joseph A. - Verified user on Jun 30, 2019
well protected, very clean, great dockhands, restaurant on Premises, would return!

by Alex R. on Jun 25, 2019
Very accommodating marina, were happy to help with anything we needed. Great restaurant right off the dock and nice clean facilities.

by George G. - Verified user on Jun 24, 2019
Very accommodating, easy to find, great location, great service, great amenities.

by Richard F. - Verified user on Jun 24, 2019
Very clean well maintained marina .Dock hands are very helpful . Restaurant very good comfort food .Will be back

by Michael S. on Jun 23, 2019
If I could give Bruce and Johnson six stars I would. We were fogged in, the stove was acting up, and we were hungry and thirsty. Tom and his fantastic crew took us in hand with generosity, efficiency, and a welcoming spirit, turning a major annoyance into a delightful respite.

by Geoff P. - Verified user on Jun 10, 2019
Everything about the Marina and location was perfect. Need a breakfast truck in the AM though!

by Robert H. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2018
Good facilities, could add some more amenities. High quality docks. Dockhand who greeted us was knowledgeable and told us everything we needed to know. Weekend shuttle service to restaurants would be nice, as the on-site restaurant does not take reservations and the line was (not surprisingly) long on the August Saturday eveing we stayed. The wait for an Uber to an off-site restaurant was a bit long given the suburban location.
Marina Response:
We appreciate your feedback and will take your ideas into consideration. Thank you for staying with us at Bruce & Johnson's. We hope to see you again for a future visit!

by Gene F. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2018
Good restaurant on site

by Bruce T. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2018
From the time we first docked our boat at Bruce and Johnson’s Marina, to when we finally headed home, the experience was wonderful. Dock boys were very helpful in helping us dock. We always enjoy the restaurant and it continues to be a favorite eating place for us. The grounds are perfect for our needs enjoying the swimming pool and the eating areas. Everybody is very helpful and makes our stay so enjoyable. We always come with a group of us from home and make sure that we do this trip every year.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your wonderful review and for choosing Bruce & Johnson's each year! We love hearing that you enjoy the facilities, the area, and our team. Already looking forward to seeing you and the group next year. Until then, happy boating!

by Greg P. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2018
Great spot. Clean well run. Great staff. Amazing restaurant (Dockside)

by Debra O. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2018
We will definitely be back. Loved it!!

by Arkadiy S. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2018
As always, predictably great marina with good accommodations, clean and plentiful. Service team is always on-hand to address issues. It is our regular stop over destination.
Marina Response:
We enjoyed reading your great review! Thank you. It is always a pleasure having you here at Bruce & Johnson's. Looking forward to seeing you next time. Take care!

by Peter G. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2018
Great spot for an overnight!! Deck hands were great, met some great folks! Would highly recommend!!
Marina Response:
Thank you for your great review and recommendation!!

by Michael G. on Aug 09, 2018
Great marina offering excellent service. The channel is very well marked, and is easy to enter. Fantastic dockhands, really clean (air conditioned) showers all in a really pretty location.

by Hartley G. on Jul 27, 2018
Always friendly and helpful, the youthful staff are very energetic and ready to help you in or out. Floating docks makes it effortless!
Marina Response:
We appreciate your great review and thank you for choosing Bruce & Johnson's. Our team is great and always full of energy, and it makes us happy to hear that you agree! We hope to see you at the marina again soon.

by Tarik S. on Jul 22, 2018
Safe Harbor/Bruce & Johnson marina is a great place stay. All of the staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful. The marina management team (Tom and Bruce) went out of their way to help us and make us feel at home. The marina grounds are impeccably maintained, the slips are just right, and the facilities (bathhouse, pool, picnic areas, shop, restaurant) are all top flight. I would recommend this marina to everyone.
Marina Response:
Wow! Thank you so much for this great review and recommendation! Our goal is to provide our guests with a first-rate marina experience, and it is always awesome to hear when our customers agree. We appreciate your business and hope to see you at Bruce & Johnson's again soon!

by Joe P. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2018
Great place. Very clean and lots to do in close proximity. Would go again.
Marina Response:
Thanks for the review and for staying with us at Bruce & Johnson's. We would love to see you again. Come back anytime!

by Ron b. on Jul 04, 2018
Well operated, clean, and friendly marina. The on-site restaurant excellent. We had a slight problem (ours) with the reservation but Tom quickly took care of it. Will definitely revisit!
Marina Response:
Hi there! Thank you very much for visiting us at Bruce & Johnson's and for your lovely review. It is excellent to hear that you enjoyed the marina and our team along with the restaurant. We are already looking forward to your next visit!

by Kenneth K. - Verified user on Jun 23, 2018
Excellent facility and restaurant. Very helpful staff. A little too expensive for me.
Marina Response:
Thank you for visiting Bruce & Johnson's Marina. We also appreciate the review and hope that you will consider visiting us again in the future.

by Alex L. - Verified user on Jun 11, 2018
Great marina. Well protected, nice and quiet. Big clean bathroom and great restaurant. We chose Branford as a stop mostly due to distance between our prior and future stops, but will definitely consider cruising back this way.
Marina Response:
We appreciate the awesome review and are happy that you enjoyed your stay as well as our facilities. Please come visit us again next time you are cruising this way. Happy boating!

by Adam E. on Jun 10, 2018
Short stay, but great service as expected. Made the reservation on Dockwa and shortly after got a phone call confirming, then another asking when we would arrive as the dock hands could stay a little late if needed. Came in near high tide with a 6’-0” draft and we were fine. Channel looks narrower on the charts. Just follow the guidance and you will be fine. Would love to come back !
Marina Response:
Thank you for the great review of the marina. We also appreciate the details about your experience making the reservation and your arrival. You are more than welcome back anytime! Hope to see you soon. Enjoy your summer on the water!

by Captain T. on Apr 08, 2018
One of Jack Brewer's destination marinas. Huge! But also the place to go for yacht repairs. Particularly those scratches and dings that need special professional talent to restore your vessel to like new condition. Beautifully maintained grounds and great restaurant on site. GM Bruce Kuryla is tops.

by Edd S. - Verified user on Sep 15, 2017
I had requested an end-dock, and even though there were a few open, they gave me a slip deep in the marina. Arriving dock hand seemed very inexperienced with dock lines. No ice available. Dockhouse didn't open until 10:30am the next morning (Monday). He arrived at 10:40 and helped us reverse out. Also, the WiFi was not working anywhere in the marina. On the plus side, great restrooms and great on-site restaurant. I just wish the marina portion was better managed.

by William K. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2017
Great marina great services a bit out of town

by margo z. - Verified user on Aug 23, 2017
Enjoyed our visit to Branford to renew memories of when we had a slip there in the 90's. Very attractive setting and great on-site restaurant, Dockside

by Peter V. - Verified user on Aug 17, 2017
Nice pool facilities and clean bathrooms. Were assigned a slip in pretty skinny water, but other than that a fine stay. Good wifi and stable AC power.

by Lisa H. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2017
Prompt service and courteous staff. Clean facilities and available power. We wish our Brewers in Stamford could be as great as Bruce & Johnson!

by Domenic V. - Verified user on Aug 07, 2017
Friendly, helpful staff. - great pool and good dockside grill made the short stay totally enjoyable. Slips are tight though if that's a concern. Brewer Marinas deliver!

by Richard S. - Verified user on Jun 06, 2017
Great stay at this marina. Everyone was very friendly and welcoming, marina was easy to locate and navigate to my assigned slip. Would stay here again in the future.

by Joseph M. on Feb 24, 2012
Stayed for a week over the summer of 2011. Very nice. We loved the restaurant and food was very good. The pool, picnic area, laundry and bathrooms are all top notch. We were particularly impressed with how the friendy staff maintains the grounds. Beautiful flowers everywhere and the docks are kept very tidy. We did explore outside of the marina. Town 10 mins. away. Definitely on our list of repeat marinas. One of our favorites also.

About Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons

Upscale resort amenities meet idyllic cruising at Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnsons. The immaculate grounds are home to Member pavilions, waterfront dining, a pool, and more. Gorgeous cruising awaits at the popular Thimble Islands, and the renowned marine service team is among the best in the region.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical


  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Ship Store
  • Dry Storage
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Security
  • Swimming Pool
  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Groceries
  • Restaurant
  • Dog Park
  • Bait & Tackle
  • Floating Docks
  • Oil Recycling
  • Winter Storage
  • Travel Lift
  • Pet Friendly
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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