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Safe Harbor Onset Bay



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3 Green Street
Buzzards Bay, MA 02532
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58 Reviews

by sailormd on Sep 18, 2019
Safe Harbor Onset Bay is one of my favorite New England marinas. I always stop in here on my way through the CCC. It’s easy to get to with excellent channel navaids. The staff, especially Brandon, is most helpful and courteous. Facilities are clean and comfortable. I enjoy riding my dinghy around the bay. The only negative is lack of walking distance restaurants and grocery store, but I can easily bike to town. I plan to return each time I cruise northward. Mitch Gilbert s/v Pleiades, Westbrook, CT
Marina Response:
Thank you for staying with us - it's always a pleasure to have the 'Pleiades' join our fleet for an evening or two! Hope to see you soon!

by miker1944 on Sep 16, 2019
Great people and a good facility. We stopped using Sandwich for fuel both north and southbound since we stopped here a couple of years ago. We now always stop for fuel and water and try to stay a night or two each way.
Marina Response:
Thank you - It's been a pleasure having you with us and we look forward to your next visit!

by zlaxref on Sep 03, 2019
Awesome as always!! Showers well lit and clean. Staff always very helpful. Can’t wait to stop there on my way back home
Marina Response:
Here's to a safe trip! Thank you for your kind words - our team is rounding into shape for a beautiful fall on Buzzards Bay. See you soon.

by whlittlefield on Aug 30, 2019
Great people, great facilities, and great location
Marina Response:
Thank you for visiting with us again! It is always a pleasure to have the 'North Star' join our fleet. Can't wait for your next visit!

by sloopjohndee on Aug 24, 2019
Would have been four stars, reduced because at 7am Saturday when we went to shower there was NO hot water in either men’s or women’s room. Otherwise fuel dock was efficient and moorings were convenient.
Marina Response:
Certainly not a great start for your day - Please accept our apology. Our hot water heater had shut down at some point late yesterday. Once we were aware of the problem it was quickly restarted and put back online with hot water by 7:30. We know that we can't go back in time but our team hopes that you will look past this mechanical failure and visit us again!

by behickey on Aug 21, 2019
Informative e-mail sen out prior to arrival. Very friendly staff who helped out in difficult docking conditions. Good facilities - showers, wi-fi. One negative is the distance from “downtown” Onset - about a 15-minute walk.
Marina Response:
Distance to town, unfortunately, is something over which we have no control. A great alternative to the half-mile walk would have been to take advantage of the harbor shuttle service which will pick you up and deliver you anywhere within Onset Harbor.

by dt2718 on Aug 21, 2019
Marina sits in the middle of Onset Harbor which is well protected from the winds in most directions. We fueled up before getting our slip assignment. Staff was very helpful getting us set up in our slip. Roland stuck around to make sure we were settled. Onset is a pretty little town with several restaurants within a 15 minute walk. It is also a great stopover if you’re going east up the Cape Cod canal since it’s less than 10 minutes to the Bourne Railroad bridge. We’ll stop by on our way back from Boston. Great staff and good restrooms and showers.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your review! We enjoy having you stay with us and look forward to your next visit here. Enjoy the summer!

by rjcolston on Aug 18, 2019
Our second visit on our way back south from Maine. Roland and staff were ready with the work boat to get us secured to the dock, which was accomplished quickly and without any difficulties. Enjoyed a great visit for two nights this time and found it very comfortable and relaxing. Visited town by launch for lunch and then walked to Stonebridge for a cocktail in the evening. Roland and his staff took great care of us and we will visit again when our travels take us up Buzzards Bay in the future.
Marina Response:
Thank you! It was wonderful having you both with us and it was our pleasure helping to make your visit comfortable and relaxing. We'll be standing by for your next visit - hope to see you soon!

by dvitagliano on Aug 17, 2019
Always a pleasant stay...Roland and team are very professional and accommodating. The bathrooms/laundry facility were very clean. Harbor is calm and is a great stop over for us after a week in MV or getting thru the canal making our way to/from home.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your review. Our team puts a lot of effort into everything that they do and it feels great when it's noticed. Please visit us again whenever you are in the area!

by ericstotz on Aug 13, 2019
Couldn't have been better! Roland and his crew are first class, and were extremely helpful in all aspects of our overnight visit. Great little town within an easy walk from the marina. I highly recommend the Onset Bay Marina.
Marina Response:
Hi! Thank you for your great review and recommendation. We are always happy to help and it's great to hear that you enjoyed your visit. Hope to see you again soon!

by ctsail on Aug 06, 2019
Nice place to stop on your way to or from Cape Cod Bay. Clean facilities and very helpful staff.
Marina Response:
Thank you very much for your kind review! We all hope to see you on your next passage through Buzzards Bay and the Cape Cod Canal. See you soon!

by charles9871 on Aug 02, 2019
Great help once they could get to me. Very busy day for them but they were terrific! 8/2/19: Great, well trained dock staff, took great care of us! Maybe there are cheaper alternatives, but I'll stick with the positive performers!
Marina Response:
Thank you so much for your kind words and for your patience! It was great to have you here and we hope that you can stay with us soon!

by gregoryortega on Aug 01, 2019
A must stay for any reason. This is my second stay inside a week. Incredibly friendly and accommodating staff. They bay itself is breathtakingly beautiful. I could go on with superlative after superlative but suffice it to say that the welcoming atmosphere is second to none.
Marina Response:
We can't thank you enough for your giving us a try and then for returning so quickly. Onset Bay Marina is proud of its facility and of its people and comments such as yours tell us that we are on the right path. We enjoyed your company and hope that you will visit us often. Thank You!

by tidetogether on Jul 30, 2019
The staff was the what made this place so special. The facility is top notch. Everything was clean and very organized. The "team" as they refer to themselves was simply outstanding, very courteous and professional, but yet had great personalities. Wish we could have stayed longer, but we will be back. Tide together
Marina Response:
Thank you - We really enjoyed the life and spirit that your group brought to our docks that weekend. Thank you for your kind comments about our dock team (they are a one-of-a-kind group). Hope to see you soon!

by madupont76 on Jul 28, 2019
Your marina and staff were Amazing!! Thabk you Roland for your hospitality!! We will see you again!!
Marina Response:
Our team works hard to do those things that make each of our guests' stays memorable. It is so nice of you to give us such a kind review. Thank You!

by lindabunce on Jul 28, 2019
We had a fantastic night! Thank you Roland for your hospitality.
Marina Response:
We are very happy that you had an enjoyable stay with us and look forward to your next visit - soon we hope!

by jimtass on Jul 17, 2019
We had a very nice two day stay. The dockmaster Roland is always a pleasure to work with. We will look forward to going back and seeing everyone again.
Marina Response:
It was wonderful to have you with us again and, certainly, great to meet your family. Our team wishes you a great season and we hope to see you again soon. Thank You!

by aschlaff on Jul 13, 2019
Everything was great. Helpful and friendly staff, easy access from the Cape Cod Canal
Marina Response:
Thank you - but you did the difficult part (finding your slip at night)! We are happy that you 'found' us and that you had such a pleasant stay. Please visit us again when you're out in Buzzards Bay!

by karstan3 on Jul 12, 2019
Instructions were emailed well before our arrival we had a great dock assignment and were welcomed by a alert and expert dock crew Many thanks to Roland
Marina Response:
Our dock crew - like so many others - works hard on docking and line handling. We are very pleased to have received such a nice review from you. We can't wait for your next visit. Thank You!

by ngrenet on Jul 11, 2019
Lovely marina. Extremely friendly and helpful staff. We’ll be back.
Marina Response:
It was our pleasure to have you as part of 'our fleet' and understand that you are already returning. Thank you for the kind review!

by ejjawhite on Jul 10, 2019
Nice quiet anchorage with all the amenities you’d want: fuel, showers, laundry etc No launch service though, but I can understand that in their situation.
Marina Response:
Thank you for staying at Onset Bay Marina! We are fortunate to have the town launch covering the harbor for all of the marinas.

by rwtomey on Jul 10, 2019
Wonderful old fashion charm. Extremely clean marina and dock hands who go way out of their way to be helpful. We had a very enjoyable stay at Onset Bay and would highly recommend this marina to anyone travelling near the Cape Cod Canal. You won't be disappointed.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your review! Our team is still learning the ropes and it is great to hear that their work is noticed (and appreciated)!

by wc12174 on Jul 08, 2019
Onset is awesome a hidden gem Onset bay Marina is awesome the staff is friendly and helpful will be back again next year
Marina Response:
Indeed, Onset Harbor is a great place just off the Cape Cod Canal. Our dock team was happy to help you and we'll be standing by for your next visit! Thank You!

by jonesea on Jun 16, 2019
Great people especially the dock hands. We came in and it was gusty and they really have us a hand to ensure safety and a smooth docking. Thank you.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your kind review. Our young team is working to improve daily and your encouragement helps us grow. Please visit us often!

by cfiset on May 28, 2019
Onset Bay Marina - thank you for yet another amazing overnight with you! From the treats for the kids to the morning coffee - we are blessed! Alyssa best of luck in your new adventures, Roland thank you for watching over us and always lending a helping hand and COLIN!!!!!!! You saved us and we are forever grateful - your cat like, superpower reflexes is the reason our boat is still intact...we thank you beyond what words and my scraped bloody legs can say - THANK YOU Cat (Bryan, Victoria & Jacob) - C’est La Vie
Marina Response:
Your review is pinned to our dockhouse wall. It was fun having you as part of our fleet and hope that you and your family will treat this as a second home. Thank You!

by svmisty on May 24, 2019
An amazing marina! Stayed here after fouling a prop in buzzards bay and couldn’t have been happier to foul a prop. From the moment we coasted in to the dock the staff at Safe Harbor Onset Bay Marina helped to get us back up and running and provided a lovely place to stay until the weather cleared up and we could navigate buzzards bay. Whether waiting to go in to the cape cod canal or staying on the way out or just to visit this is the best possible location! Just a short walk from a quaint town and restaurants and providing clean functional facilities and a lovely scenery it’s a quite wonderful place to stay. And once again I can’t say enough great things about the staff, the friendliest and most helpful people around! Thanks Roland and Alyssa!
Marina Response:
Thank you for your note! A tough start to the year and we hope that the remainder of your trip home was uneventful. Come visit us anytime!

by gregbowl on Oct 16, 2018
Great place to tuck into while transiting the Canal. Good protection, great facility, nice people! Been stopping in here for years, highly recommended!
Marina Response:
It is always a pleasure having you at Onset Bay Marina, and we really appreciate your review and recommendation. Until next time!

by mvmarisat on Oct 07, 2018
Best staff on the canal Service is fantastic My west canal favorite
Marina Response:
Love to hear it! Thanks for the review.

by sbasile6600 on Sep 30, 2018
Dealing with bad weather, I needed a marina with short notice and a late arrival. Roland was able to accommodate me even though the marina was full and busy with fall haul outs. The facilities were new and clean and the Dockwa app made booking easy.
Marina Response:
We were very happy to be able to provide you a safe stay! Come back and stay with us again soon.

by haleyanna on Sep 09, 2018
We have stayed at Onset Bay Marina twice, in July and in September. We find the people friendly and facilities are clean. The fuel dock is easy to access and Dock Master Roland is very helpful. We will definitely recommend this marina to our cruising friends.
Marina Response:
We sincerely appreciate you choosing Onset Bay Marina for two stays this summer, and thank you for your recommendation! Please come back and see us again when you are in the area! Happy boating!

by mmehigen on Sep 07, 2018
Great hospitality, felt very welcomed. Staff very helpful. Could not ask for better customer service. Great spot to stay at, for a stopover, or a to time a canal trip. Even had dog cookies! Definitely a keeper, we will be back. Great job by Roland and his crew.
Marina Response:
Thank you so much for this review! It made our day! It was a pleasure having you here at Onset, and we are happy to hear that you will be back. See you next time!

by mlmiceli on Sep 05, 2018
Friendly staff. I was late in arriving and the gas dock attendant stayed until I was moored and provided information about the marina.

by philipl on Sep 04, 2018
Super support staff.

by rigirly on Sep 01, 2018
Staff was the friendliest we have met all season. Extremely helpful and welcoming. Email received the day before with instructions was nice. Hope to return next season.
Marina Response:
Your review made our day! Thank you for choosing Onset Bay and for taking the time to leave us your feedback. See you next year!!

by ebudelmann on Aug 19, 2018
Love the renovated ladies showers.

by bobb on Aug 18, 2018
We love stopping at this marina because of it’t location to the Canal. Diesel fuel prices are some of the lowest around, and include Vavetech. Showers are nice and convenient. Always enjoy being greeted by Roland. He is always pleasant, calm and more than willing to help with anything he can. Thanks for all you do......
Marina Response:
You're very welcome! It is always a pleasure having you here at Onset Bay Marina. Thank you for your great review. See you next visit!

by jamesave58 on Aug 14, 2018
The dock master Roland, and Alyssa were very helpful both on the dock, and in giving us information about the local area including the towns launch service.
Marina Response:
We appreciate your review and are happy that we could help! Our team is dedicated to making your stay enjoyable and convenient. Hope to see you again soon!

by chrisd on Aug 14, 2018
Stayed at Onset bay coming and going from RI to Maine. Great and convenient spot right off the canal. Quiet peaceful moorings, friendly and helpful staff, and very fair prices for fuel, ice, and moorings. Clean bathrooms and showers (yeah!) and a safe place to be in a storm. We'll be back.
Marina Response:
Thank you for the glowing review and for choosing Onset Bay Marina! We are very happy to hear that you enjoyed our team and facilities. Clean bathrooms and showers are a "must have" in our book :) Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

by mmtoland on Aug 06, 2018
We were only in Onset overnight, before going through the Cape Cod Canal in the morning. I appreciated the email several days before our arrival with details about the Marina. Also got an email with our mooring assignment. The dock staff were friendly and competent, and got us on our way quickly.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your review and feedback. Our goal is to make your stay at Onset Bay Marina as convenient and enjoyable as possible, and we are happy to hear that you had a nice visit. Please come back and stay with us again soon!

by mconsiglio1 on Jul 18, 2018
Great place. Staff and the people there were great.
Marina Response:
We appreciate your great review and thank you for choosing Onset Bay. Hope to see you again soon!

by aequitas on Jul 08, 2018
Had a terrific overnight at Brewers Onset Bay Marina. The staff and especially Roland Murphy were great. We'll come again!
Marina Response:
We appreciate your great review and are happy that you chose to stay with us at Onset Bay Marina. Roland is a great addition to the team, and we are happy he was able to assist you. Looking forward to your next visit!

by dammeyers on Jun 26, 2018
Vet quiet and nice marina. Great service at the fuel dock. Beautiful setting. Town and great walks just a dinghy ride away with two good dinghy docks, one in Town.
Marina Response:
Thank you for choosing Onset Bay Marina and for taking the time to leave us this great review! It is great to hear that you enjoyed the marina, the service at the fuel dock and the town. Please come back and stay with us again soon!

by tshepley on Jun 19, 2018
Onset Bay Marina is a very picturesque, recently re-furbished facility with very welcoming staff in manager Roland and dockmaster Alyssa. They go out of their way to make your experience a personalized pleasure. Onset is a little jewel that is off the main track and worth the visit. Two thumbs up!
Marina Response:
Thank you very much for your awesome review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our facility and staff. Please come back and see us again soon!

by howsweetitis on May 30, 2018
Just Spent two night at Onset Bay Marina on very short notice and the stay was great! The Dockmaster Alyssa could not have been more helpful. I pulled into the fuel dock due to severe weather and by the time I was done filling up she already had a slip for me. All of the other dockhands had were friendly and helpful with local info and catching my lines. I look forward to staying there next year as well!
Marina Response:
We appreciate your great review and are happy that we could help you here at Onset Bay Marina. We also look forward to see you next year!! Take care.

by midnightexpress on May 11, 2018
Roland and Alysa are great! Easy dingy row from mooring field. Nice 1/2 mile stroll through local neighborhood to down town area. Laundry mat, country store with everything you will need including wine/beer/booze, numerous restaurants Stay here at least twice a year. Always nice. limited current makes dingy to/from docks easier. On approach be careful not to confuse the canal green with your smaller #1 green- could be a rocky mistake.

by maryanntrask on Sep 04, 2017
We loved ! Roland and Alyssa were so helpful and always available. Can't wait to come back next year.

by captain5008 on Aug 18, 2017
This is our second time visiting Onset. This is a wonderful small and quiet marina. The crew was friendly and helpful for any of our needs.

by northstar1 on Aug 15, 2017
Pleasant stay, with helpful staff. easy in and out to CC canal, good fuel prices. Will stay again.

by cleenill on Aug 15, 2017
Good service at the docks.

by trh on Aug 15, 2017
Great, convenient stop at south end of Cape Cod canal. Roland, the marina manager, and his dock hands were knowledgeable and helpful. Minimum amenities at the marina and in town. Fuel and pump out and WORKING wifi were a plus. Would definitely stop here again if it fit our float plan.

by mentalblock on Aug 13, 2017
After coming in for fuel, we took a mooring on a Thursday night. The staff were helpful and pleasant. The choice of having 87 or 89 octane gasoline was rare. The fuel dock is easy to access and there is fresh water for wash down. They don't have a launch service but the Town of Onset launch was pretty convenient.

by captjoyce on Aug 08, 2017
Quiet peaceful marina with very friendly and helpful staff. Plenty of assistance docking and navigation to marina. Would definitely stay here again.

by whomper on Aug 06, 2017
Sailed up from Newport and stayed at the marina waiting for the morning tides into the CCC. Fabulous in every way. Highly communicative with us when inbound on Dockwa. Stopped for fuel ($2.709 for Diesel on 8/3/17), the hopped over to our slip. They put us (48' sailboat) on a T-head. Marina has clearly had a lot of recent improvements (docks, fuel, etc). Way more help than we expected tying up. Cute town...bit of a walk in, but a few places for dinner, ice cream, etc. Would definitely stop again if the opportunity presented.

by mullark64 on Jul 20, 2017
Brewer Onset Bay Marina was a perfect spot to stay overnight! The marina staff were friendly and helpful! The shops and restaurants were close by as well. Will be back.

by margozink on Jul 16, 2017
Improved facility since Brewer purchase. Some confusion with dockage request, which was straightened out upon arrival. New fuel docks and other amenities. Able to call directly to marina staff with inquiries about dockage facilities.

by seasaw270 on Jul 05, 2017
Great marina, great dock hands nice,social spot

by robbjf on May 14, 2017
Early in the season, just opening. Walked to town for dinner.

by ritkin on May 12, 2017
Stayed one night on a mooring waiting to enter Canal on early morning tide. Great protected spot. Great help from Roland in guiding us in.

About Safe Harbor Onset Bay

Safe Harbor Onset Bay is a full-service facility offering slips, moorings, racks/valet, storage, and transient service. We provide a relaxing transient stopover for those boaters passing through the Cape Cod Canal. We are just a sextant's throw from Cape Cod and the Islands. A nice place to visit for adults and kids, Safe Harbor Onset Bay offers unmatched services and facilities. We are the leader when it comes to refinishing with the Awlgrip and other fine painting systems and are experienced with all phases of structural and cosmetic fiberglass repairs from swim platforms to cockpit extensions. We have a fully equipped mechanical shop staffed with factory-trained technicians in gasoline & diesel engines and outdrives.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical


  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Dry Storage
  • Floating Docks
  • Ice
  • Launch Ramp
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles
  • Oil Recycling
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Winter Storage
  • Wireless Internet



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