Safe Harbor Dauntless

$5.15/ft - $5.25/ft


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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50 Reviews

by 474283 on Jun 27, 2022
While the launch driver was very nice, I was not impressed with the manager. We asked to be moved to another mooring closer to our friend's boat and were told by the manager that they could not do that. Now they have 15 transient mooring listed and there were only two boats using the moorings all weekend. Plus, the current is very strong where we were moored, and it was difficult to pick up the mooring. I also asked if I could come into the service dock for water and was told I needed to check with the manager who was not available. While I saw regular customers using the service dock, it appears that this facility caters to their regular customers and has little to no interest in transient customers. I would not suggest this facility for an enjoyable stay in Essex.
Marina Response:
We're sorry you didn't enjoy your stay. We assign locations according to the number of transient moorings available and the size vessel each mooring anchor is able to safely hold. As such, we are not always able to accommodate customer requests to move within the mooring field. Safe travels wherever your journey may take you next!

by bho on Jun 12, 2022
Two nights on a mooring while attending the CT Sea Music Festival. Helpful staff. Launch operation until 11pm Fri & Sat allows enjoying the concerts to the end and leisurely walk back.

by bozsail on Jun 08, 2022
Excellent stay, as always.

by ehatch on Jun 05, 2022
Got a mooring where we wanted Launch driver was friendly
Marina Response:
We appreciate the review and enjoyed having you at Dauntless Marina. Please come back and see us again soon!

by dennishr36 on Oct 24, 2021
Nice location. Friendly and helpful staff. Essex is a charming town.

by rebeccaturner19 on Oct 24, 2021
We stop at Essex every year and love the marina and staff including the village of Essex. This Fall we were delivering a boat from Annapolis, MD to Portland, CT. I told the boat owner we should stay at the marina allowing everyone some needed rest and long hot showers. I was very disappointed to learn there was no hot water because the propane delivery was delayed for several days. Had I known we would have anchored and saved the mooring fee.

by akfinger on Sep 26, 2021
essex harbor is spectacular in the fall and the amenities were first rate - great access to all restaurants

by jnr2757 on Sep 11, 2021
Launch driver, gas attendant and manager were all friendly, welcoming and knowledgeable. Launch driver went out of his way to be helpful and was a great conversationalist. Very pleasant experience.

by ckrayer on Sep 07, 2021
We had a lovely stay! My wife cracked a rib leaning over the pulpit to grab the pickup on the mooring, and the very nice launch operator stopped by to check on her. What a nice man!! The younger launch operators were very friendly and helpful as well!!

by anooge on Sep 07, 2021
Just very easy. Dinghy dock is close, launch service is nice, easy to throw out trash.

by pthoman on Sep 06, 2021
Always a pleasure - Cy and his staff are always professional and friendly. We visit every year.

by jworth3 on Sep 04, 2021
Nothing but good to say about our stay on a mooring here. Will definitely stay here next time we visit Essex.

by daearle on Aug 18, 2021
Fine facility, welcoming and helpful staff.

by jdrinane on Aug 11, 2021
Very nice and accommodating. Good albeit brief visit.

by chrisbeach59 on Aug 08, 2021
Launch driver was great. Very nice and efficient dock staff on the fuel dock. Great location, short walk to town. Will definitely stay here next trip to Essex.

by smitten1974hatyf on Aug 07, 2021
Quiet, not crowded, and beautiful. Easy walk to Gris and other restaurants. Great launch crew and never had to wait more than a few minutes. Bonus was $3.35/gal for diesel.

by tranquilitysabre38 on Aug 03, 2021
We've traveled to Essex by car a couple of times for the Seven Seas Cruising Association Gam; it's nice to finally arrive by our boat!! The staff is pleasant, helpful, and very capable. The facilities were very clean; the main dock has everything there for your convenience. Essex itself is stunning. Go visit the museum, the shops, enjoy the wonderful dining options, and if you time it in the park!

by sinterklaas59 on Jul 25, 2021
Always nice. Facilities are clean and staff is really helpful.

by bettycaffo on Jul 24, 2021
Always a pleasure. Very personable dock and launch staff, nice showers and laundry.

by wall259 on Jul 07, 2021
Great service. Calm harbor. Essex is beautiful and the people are very nice. The employees were all so helpful and polite. TIP: they have laundry at $5.00 a load (wash/dry) but you need quarters! Bring a few rolls with you if you plan to use this service. They were not easy to acquire.

by blueeagle on Jun 23, 2021
We took a mooring so comments apply to the mooring side. Launch runs until 9 p.m. now on weekdays. Wifi is adequate (3 or 4 mps) on near mooring we had. Competent dock and launch staff. New (to us) showers, head and laundry are very nice. Over and under laundry machine does not allow dryer and washer to work at same time. Altogether good experience.

by krivacsy on Jun 13, 2021
Wonderful! Clean private showers. Nice staff.

by elschwieb on Jun 12, 2021
Very nice, well managed, and clean marina. It was a perfect vantage from which to explore Essex. The launch crew were prompt, efficient, and polite. Highly recommend.

by bsail on Sep 22, 2020
Would recommend...excellent location.. Very friendly staff..launch service is prompt and included in mooring fee.. Will definitely visit again next year ..

by wires on Sep 19, 2020
Upon arrival the dockmaster answered the VHF instantly and described the mooring location. I was amazed the mooring rates were such a value. We did not use the launch, but it seemed to respond to others quickly. The facilities very good. We spent a quiet first night and it is interesting to watch the strong current move the boats against a fair breeze all around. We took a walk around town the next day and made arrangements for takeout from Sirens, a restaurant on Essex Island. The food was good! I hope they stay it is easy to reach by dinghy, and with COVID nice to bring it back to the boat. In the evening the wind picked up from the NNE and with a pretty good fetch upriver the mooring area got a little bumpy. However, good visit.

by avante on Sep 07, 2020
Wonderful Staff...they guide you to your mooring. The Marina is in an amazing location, for nature photography. There is everything: jumping bass, bunker, herons, swans, seagulls, cormorants, and many Osprey. This is a gorgeous Marina!!

by marcochelo on Sep 05, 2020
Beautiful facility with incredible views of the CT river. Friendly and attentive staff, charming village. We will be back.

by frstm8 on Aug 25, 2020
Lovely stay in Essex! Facility was clean, well maintained and friendly staff. Laundry facilities are lacking though with only ONE WASHER & ONE DRYER!

by piberman on Aug 23, 2020
First class secure friendly clean marina facility equal to the best on the East Coast. In an idyllic country setting with splendid vistas. Has all the amenities with courteous office, dock and service staff. Most attractive facility on the CT River equal to the best in New England. A secure “hurricane hole”. Just a few steps from Essex - the premier CT River town with a notable history. Those who visit for a “short stay” tend to stay quite a while ! Some time for years.

by deepharbor on Aug 20, 2020
We have stayed many times and always a good experience. The code to the showers and heads in the welcome email was incorrect so you should check with staff first. That may mean walking out the dock as the office is closed in what seemed like a Covid precaution.

by maryjean on Aug 20, 2020
We had a very pleasant 3 night stay at Safe Harbor Dauntless on a mooring. The Dinghy Poker Run activity was a lot of fun!

by wfkeyt on Jun 29, 2020
Another enjoyable visit. The staff was pleasant, engaging and helpful in every interaction. Esuring set up was appropriate, safe and allowed for easy options for all we needed. Location is wonderful of course.

by rigger708 on Jun 16, 2020
Wonderful people. All went as planned. Facilities were very clean. Looking forward to going back after the town opens up more.

by skimmer352 on Oct 14, 2019
We were promptly greeted by Cy and he brought us to a mooring. The launch was quick to pick us up and bring us back to the boat when we called. Showers and bathrooms were well lit and spotless. This was a great location to be close to downtown shops and restaurants. We stay at Safe Harbor Dauntless every fall. Great place, and great staff!

by williamscady on Sep 18, 2019
Dauntless: Staff are excellent and very friendly. Facility is always spotless. We make a point of staying here at least once or twice each season. Bill

by vanvliett on Sep 16, 2019
Great stay! Great staff! Clean, up to date facilities. Great launch service. What more could you ask for?

by edwardatcarr on Sep 01, 2019
Great staff. Very accommodating, and anice experience overall.

by deckersr on Aug 20, 2019
Great location on the river. Directed to a mooring by the launch. Launch driver made sure the pennant was clear of tangles. Prompt launch service. Fuel dock easy to approach and dock hands helpful with lines. Fuel, water, and pump out at the dock or call CT pumpout boat for service at the mooring. Laundry and showers available.

by 5oclock1 on Aug 19, 2019
Everyone treated us so well. What a great time we had. The club, the town, the pool. Amazing.

by hjrecla on Aug 08, 2019
Absolutely great! Highly suggested stop.

by goldmans on Jul 05, 2019
Great location. Launch service excellent

by gerardw on Oct 16, 2018
Worst marina experience we've had in 18 years of boating. We booked a transient reservation to stop overnight on way to winter storage. I checked the website to verify it was a deep water marina -- we need 5' 3" -- and they list 11 feet. I called ahead to verify the pumpout was working to avoid a $150 fee for pumping it out after hauling. As we are backing out of the slip the shipyard employee yells at my wife on the helm that she'll run aground if she back to the right (the logical way), and then continues to mansplain to how to manuever the boat (she's been doing this for 18 years). When we get the dock he says "Oh the pumpout is broke." When I asks what he suggests we do, he says "Should've pumped out yesterday," which wouldn't have worked since we stayed on the boat overnight. --- Update: Manager of Essex facilities reached out to me following review and has offered a future night stay as compensation and agreed to address the employee behavior (turns out we could have gone to the Dauntless Shipyard facility for the pumpout).

by captainentitled on Sep 04, 2018
Great staff. Very personable. Everything is ship shape and very punctual.

by wardar on Aug 20, 2018
Launch service was great with friendly helpful staff. Mooring was near Essex Connecticut Museum. Showers were clean. Took taxi to Essex Steam train for ride up river and ferry to Gillette Castle. Griswalds Resturant is walking distance with great food.
Marina Response:
We appreciate your review and feedback about the team, facilities and local area. It sounds like you had a nice visit, and we hope to see you again soon! Take care.

by eas4 on Jul 22, 2018
We got fuel here and were assigned our mooring ball by the woman who gave us fuel. They were helpful, telling us about local eateries and they had a launch service that only ran until 9:00 p.m., and so we chose to use our dinghy to go to dinner in town. It was a short walk to town from this marina.
Marina Response:
Thank you for your review and for staying with us at Dauntless Marina. It's great to hear that you enjoyed dinner by dinghy and got to explore the local area. Please come back and see us again soon!

by lplecity on Jul 07, 2018
Very accommodating. Great launch service
Marina Response:
Thanks for your great review! Come back and see us again soon.

by mbrownmsb on Sep 01, 2017
Excellent service. After hailing them on Channel 68 they immediately sent launch to guide us to our mooring which was well maintained amd had a large pennant. The restrooms were lean. The young staff was cheerful and offered to help with everything.

by ibis on Aug 29, 2017
One of our favorite stops. Excellent, clean facilities and a friendly, helpful crew.

by sconcelman on Jul 12, 2017
We had not been to Brewer Dauntless for three years but nothing had changed. Everyone was just as friendly and helpful as they were before, with the same harbormaster and the same great launch service. Hope to don't have to wait another three years before we make it back!

by adamwaller on Jun 06, 2017
Brewers Dauntless in Essex is a beautiful, well maintained marina. Great facilities. We met wonderful neighbors at our slip and enjoyed a night out with them. We are looking forward to returning in July.

About Safe Harbor Dauntless

Situated on the west bank of the Connecticut River, 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.


  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical

Listed Pump Prices

Last Updated on 07/02/2022 4:29PM

  • Regular Gas: $5.869

  • Diesel: $5.889


  • Floating Docks
  • Ice
  • Launch Service
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles
  • Restrooms
  • Security
  • Showers
  • Travel Lift
  • Winter Storage
  • Wireless Internet
  • Travel Lift



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