Safe Harbor Dauntless



Day Trip
First-Come, First-Served
9 Novelty Lane
Essex, CT 06426
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
VHF 68

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75 Reviews

by Kenneth L. - Verified user on Oct 19, 2023
Very nice people Bathroom clean Stayed on a mooring Essex is quite nice

by Edward A. - Verified user on Sep 20, 2023
Just a great place to enjoy a peaceful atmosphere. Rachael is a great doc master.

by Keith p. - Verified user on Sep 18, 2023
Helpful, professional staff. Founds well kept, and clean. Restaurant is excellent

by Ken K. - Verified user on Sep 18, 2023
Rachel was very accommodating for our need of a mooring ball close in as our outboard was not working. We very much enjoyed our time in Essex waiting for hurricane Lee to pass. I would have given 5 stars but the hot water in the showers was on warm.

by Kyle K. - Verified user on Sep 14, 2023
2nd year now we have spent the weekend at Dauntless. Great spot to spend the weekend. Nice people good time! Great staff, clean showers… close to town. We will be back

by Jodi Z. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2023
We had a wonderful stay (on our very first Mooring Ball visit) at Dauntless Marina! The staff was friendly and super helpful! We used our own tender to get back and forth from land and docked on the dinghy finger. The proximity to town is delightful...just steps away from The Griz! And of course no trip to Essex would be complete without an ice cream cone from Sweat P's! And the weather was outstanding (in the 70's) and even cooler at night. Very quiet and peaceful! Thank you for an outstanding experience!

by Sandy S. - Verified user on Sep 05, 2023
it was very quite and a nice spot on the mooring. The cold showers was not ideal, not sure why there was no hot water.

by Jeffrey O. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2023
Great location, convenient launch service, friendly staff

by John N. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2023
nice little marina....great staff....beautiful bathrooms

by Douglas - Verified user on Aug 24, 2023
Good communication. Launch was free and timely. Staff were super friendly.

by Roger K. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2023
Helpful, courteous staff. Extremely picturesque town with restaurants close by. Currents in river will sometimes run opposite the wind, so you may want to rig your own bridle to fit your boat so that the mooring ball doesn’t end up somewhere under the hull. Worth the effort, though. Also, weekday experiences on the river always far superior to weekend experiences.

by Nancy D. on Aug 21, 2023
The staff here is excellent. They are very pleasant, friendly, attentive and most of all competent! They don't wait to be asked, they look for ways to help. The only negative was no hot water in the showers.

by edward h. - Verified user on Aug 20, 2023
Got a mooring where we wanted Launch driver was friendly Great time and perfect weather
Marina Response:
We appreciate the review and enjoyed having you at Dauntless Marina. Please come back and see us again soon!

by Peter G. - Verified user on Aug 14, 2023
Excellent service provided by Hamilton, Olivia, and one other young man. They were all very helpful, prompt and very good launch handlers. We enjoyed our stay.

by Henry S. - Verified user on Aug 12, 2023
Very nice staff. Very close to town.

by Bob B. - Verified user on Aug 10, 2023
Staff was extremely helpful and attentive. Location just a short walk from the village was perfect… thx!

by Joseph W. - Verified user on Aug 05, 2023
Nothing but good to say about our stay on a mooring here. Will definitely stay here next time we visit Essex.

by Erick R. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2023
Great location, great staff, friendly neighbors. Had a blast getting to know the quintessential New England town of Essex.

by will w. - Verified user on Jul 31, 2023
Everything was great!

by Debra B. - Verified user on Jul 29, 2023
Overall it was fine. The young women launch drivers and on the fuel dock were wonderful. But I could not find the launch hours on your website and no one answered the listed phone number. For the significant price increase for our mooring to 80.00 a night (we stayed 4 nights) I would think the launch would run later than 9pm weeknights. We had family here from out of state and we had to cut our visit short because the launch only ran until 9. I also looked on the website for contact email or to leave a message but nothing was available. Thank you

by Kathy W. - Verified user on Jul 19, 2023
Beautiful harbor, friendly staff and great amenities. Great town to walk around. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay.

by James D. - Verified user on Jul 01, 2023
Very nice and accommodating. Good albeit brief visit. Friendly and helpful staff

by Henry A. - Verified user on Jun 28, 2023
Very nice facilities, great locker room, pleasant staff....good launch, moorings need work..

by Laura P. - Verified user on May 31, 2023
Excellent service and facilities just very over priced for transient mooring. We have never paid over 40 even in resort towns like Martha’s Vineyard or bBlock Island.

by Rick L. - Verified user on Oct 08, 2022
Harbor launch crew is friendly and helpful. Lovely shower facilities.
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About Safe Harbor Dauntless

*For mooring reservations at Safe Harbor Dauntless, please go to Safe Harbor Essex Island's Dockwa page and be sure to select 'mooring' from the drop down when making your reservation. Also, please make a note in your reservation that you are requesting a mooring.

*For transient slip reservations at Safe Harbor Dauntless, please go to Safe Harbor Essex Island's Dockwa page and be sure to select 'slip' from the drop down when making your reservation as well as adding in a big note stating your request for a slip at Safe Harbor Dauntless.

Safe Harbor Dauntless is situated on the west bank of the Connecticut River, where stunning New England summer sunsets await. As a sister facility to the nearby Shipyard, Safe Harbor Dauntless affords Members a full-service marina experience near the charming shopping and dining of historic Essex.

Fuel dock and pump out facilities are available during the season 5/1-10/31 and then by appointment only through November.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water Hookup
  • Electrical

Listed Pump Prices

Last Updated on 05/31/2024 at 11:53AM

  • Regular Gas: $5.12

  • Diesel: $4.30


  • Service & Maintenance
  • Launch Service
  • Wireless Internet
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Showers
  • Laundry
  • Ice
  • Groceries
  • Hotel/Lodging
  • Restaurant
  • Floating Docks
  • Land Storage
  • Travel Lift
  • Pet Friendly
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles



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