Chilmark Harbormaster (Menemsha Harbor)



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58 Basin Road
Chilmark, MA 02535
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297 Reviews

by Gary M. - Verified user on Mar 29, 2024
The moorings are not in a harbor, but out in the open, subject to swells and a 5-10 mile fetch. Very uncomfortable in any northeast through south winds. Would be fine in glass calm or east breeze. Menemsha has some small fresh fish markets, gas station conveniences, cafe and ice cream stands, but no real restaurants. You cannot overnight anchor in the pond unfortunately, which would have been way better than on a very uncomfortable mooring. Bay cops will ticket clammers without a license in the pond.
Marina Response:
Hi There. Thank you for your review. If you choose to visit again, please be aware that we offer dock space inside the harbor for power vessels. We have 17 transient wet slips and a 140’ linear dock for alongside tie ups, all with water and shore power available.

by Boris Y. - Verified user on Jan 16, 2024
other than the problems with the dockwa

by William R. - Verified user on Jan 01, 2024
Best run harbor on the east coast

by Joseph C. - Verified user on Nov 29, 2023
I hope you get all the information you need

by Betsy R. - Verified user on Nov 08, 2023
Very helpful, very happy with our new mooring spot

by David B. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
No issues. Easy to do

by Daniel C. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
Fantastic harbor, great harbor master and staff and super convenient gas station/dock.

by Richard B. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
Ryan is great to work with!

by Sam D. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
I keep a mooring in Quitsa Pond, and I have always felt that the waterways in Chilmark are always well managed. I feel lucky to be able to ply those waters. I do wish that people could be allowed to overnight on their boats on occasion.

by Blake M. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
Ryan Rossi is managing the Harbor and Menemsha Pond waterways in great form. I find him very responsive and helpful, vigilant and fair, in enforcing the rules and regulations of the Pond and Harbor.

by Tom L. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
Great summer and the harbormaster and his team are great!

by Ken I. - Verified user on Nov 01, 2023
very professional and efficient.

by Brenda K. - Verified user on Oct 10, 2023
Perfect! The dock was great and all the people were very nice and friendly.

by Brennan S. - Verified user on Sep 26, 2023
Secured 1 of 2 moorings inside the harbor. Intimate setting with the Coast Guard dock and the 2 seafood establishments onshore, but a wonderful feel to the harbor. The bike rental shop was closed on weekdays, but the bus is regular and allows ample access to other parts of the island. It was nice to be away from the frenzy that can be Martha's Vineyard and feel you've stepped back in time to a remote fishing village.

by Stephen L. - Verified user on Sep 25, 2023
Ryan is the best.

by Lawrence B. - Verified user on Sep 21, 2023
Wonderful stay. Harbormaster was super helpful! Such a beautiful harbor. Great facilities. Thank you !

by Barbara H. - Verified user on Sep 21, 2023
off season stay was very quiet and pleasant. Glad we were able to tie up to the dock as the wind was blowing pretty hard and backing into a slip would have been difficult.

by Jack S. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2023
Love this place ! If you like glitter and glamour and white table cloth, don't come here. If you would like the real Martha's Vineyard of years ago and it's people that make you feel so welcome, then this is the place to come....thank you Marshal and Katie....Ryan, Spider, and Adam....the Larsen's.... Stanley and Alissa to name a few !! see you next season !!

by Ann C. - Verified user on Sep 13, 2023
The guidebooks warned of the current but combined with odd wind gusts made docking impossible. We used a mooring ball in the outer harbor and fortunately the weather was okay to do so. The harbormaster and staff are top notch and efficient. The harbor is very tight, no finger piers and no center pilings. And there are boats rafted together in the channel so getting around isn't easy. The beach wi-fi was better than what we have at home. Beautiful remote location on the Vineyard and very well priced.

by Michael m. - Verified user on Sep 10, 2023
Always enjoy Menemsha

by Scott S. - Verified user on Sep 10, 2023
Menemsha is a hidden gem with great beaches, food and scenery. The harbor master Ryan and his crew are top notch at what the do. One of our favorite places.

by Peter R. - Verified user on Sep 09, 2023
super friendly , great service ,,

by Peter L. - Verified user on Sep 09, 2023
Absolutely our favorite

by Christopher C. - Verified user on Sep 09, 2023
Awesome Great sunsets

by Brian J. - Verified user on Sep 08, 2023
We were happy with the process, they gave us a mooring assignment by radio as we approached. We ended up moving the second night over to the anchorage past the west side of the channel entrance. This was due to the incessant swells from sound that were perfectly sequenced to get us rolling pretty good. They weren't that much better at the anchorage but at least we could set up a swell bridle to keep our bow into them. The town was great though, really good seafood right at the docks, 24/7 restrooms and a shower.
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About Chilmark Harbormaster (Menemsha Harbor)

Welcome to Menemsha Harbor. Our goal is to maintain an organized, safe, courteous and family oriented marina experience. Menemsha Harbor welcomes recreational boaters and commercial fishermen. The village's historic harbor serves as the point of departure for local fishermen, some from multi-generational fishing families. Besides charter fishing, other possibilities for recreation are the public beach adjacent to the harbor, the bicycle ferry across Menemsha Pond to the town of Aquinnah, and many excellent places to get freshly cooked seafood. It is also home of some of the most dramatic sunsets in New England.

Our harbor is currently dredged to 9 feet MLW. We have two transient moorings within the harbor which can be occupied by up to three (sometimes four) sailing vessels. In the outer harbor, just outside the breakwater, we have eight single occupancy mooring which can accommodate sailing or power vessels . If you are a sailing vessel requesting a mooring, we will assume that you want to be moored inside the harbor unless otherwise requested. If you are a power vessel requesting a mooring, the only option will be the outer harbor mooring field. We do not have a launch service, but offer free dinghy tie up at the town dock. If you do not have as tender, our staff will be more than happy to give you a ride to shore between the hours of 7am and 7pm if not busy attending to other responsibilities.

We have 17 transient wet slips, and a 120 foot linear transient dock on the east side of the harbor. On the west side of the harbor we have space for larger vessels, up to 85 feet in length. The inlet has a strong current and most of our slips are arranged for backing in between two free standing piles. Docking may be difficult for novice boaters, but our staff is always on hand to provide direction and assistance as necessary.

We look forward to seeing you in Menemsha!

Captain Ryan Rossi, Harbormaster, Town of Chilmark; Menemsha Harbor

Booking Info

Dockage: $3.50/foot

  • Max LOA: 85'
  • Max Beam: 25'
  • Max Draft: 7'

Moorings: $50 per Night

  • Max LOA: 55' for Inner Moorings & 60' for Outer Moorings
  • Max Beam: 25'
  • Max Draft: 7'

If boaters would like to request Outer moorings please include that in the special request line when submitting the reservations.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water Hookup
  • Electrical

Listed Pump Prices

Last Updated on 09/25/2023 at 10:38AM

  • Regular Gas: $5.29

  • Diesel: $5.29


  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Ice
  • Groceries
  • Restaurant
  • Dog Park
  • Bait & Tackle
  • Floating Docks
  • ATM
  • Pet Friendly
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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