Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea


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Day Trip
Reed Park
Manchester, MA 01944
Check-in after 04:00 PM
Check-out before 10:00 AM
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Marinas dark
52 Reviews

by larryproulx on Sep 15, 2021
Tied up in late afternoon in order to patronize local restaurant. Worked great! As an aside, neighboring Salem has "public" dock space with a "strictly enforced" 20 min limit. Good for picking up Pizza?? Only other alternative is a private marina that is kind enough to let you stay for any part of a day for $4/ft. Use Dockwa Manchester - Great docking arrangement and great town to visit.

by morgansway on Sep 11, 2021
We have been in 3 times and this time we finally got room at the dock. $8 to stay for the day I thought was pricey but if we had gone to the beach it might have been worth it. We just went for lunch. Not too much to do in the area. Nice spot to stop though

by melloplumbing on Sep 08, 2021
This was an amazing experience. It was our first trip to Manchester and itvis our new go-to spot. The Harbormaster Brian was very accommodating and directed us to our dock, he got back to me within 10 minutes of my reservation on Dockwa. The harbor is simply beautiful with gorgeous views and many unique boats, especially thecsail boats. Our dock was right where everything is such as restaurants and souvenir shops. Tobtop it off, a Dunkin Donuts for the morning time!!! Highly recommend!!

by rustyanchor11 on Sep 08, 2021
The crew at the Dock were awesome and so friendly. This was my first dockwa experience and it went smoothly and the crew working gave me some great tips going forward too. Awesome town!

by stevetodisco on Sep 05, 2021
Made room for us and we’re very helpful securing the boat.

by janicehurlbert on Sep 04, 2021
The gal that checked using was awesome. Helped us dock and then a very nice kid helped us out! Super service!

by lacharrette on Aug 31, 2021
Pleasant staff and a great location! This was perfect for the night as we had a guest aboard who was flying out of Boston the next morning and the commuter rail is right across the street. Restaurants and groceries are also a short walk away. The edge of the dock was lined with old firehose attached accordion style, offering good protection while docking. There are no bathrooms or showers and no hookup for electric or water, but hopefully that will change in the future.

by senddag on Aug 30, 2021
easy app to utilize!!!!!

by seahawk19 on Aug 28, 2021
The young lady on duty was wonderful..she was very accommodating as she was able to find us dockage..

by geomutch on Aug 28, 2021
Nice town to visit. We'll protected harbor and dock with helpful friendly staff. Good restaurants and a grocery store. Commuter rail access is very close. Will definitely put this on the return list. PS... No power and limited access to fresh water on the dock.

by shaman3 on Aug 09, 2021
Easy to use excellent service

by scrimsaw on Aug 04, 2021
Easy docking and helpful information

by time2pursuit335 on Jul 26, 2021
Always an easy stop with a welcoming staff member. Appreciate the consistently good service. Thanks

by cbird5564 on Jul 26, 2021
Great visit! Was planning on a couple hours but stayed about 6! Great docks, really nice staff including Max and Brian the dockmaster.

by romagnoli on Jul 23, 2021
Effortless docking, clean docks and great help. They were not clear that the first half hour was free.

by mdejoie on Jul 14, 2021
Helpful dock hand, close to town. Easy in and out channel.

by savagesoul on Jul 12, 2021
Nice dock and short walk to lunch The dock girl was very friendly and easily found our reservation

by elliegransbury on Jul 11, 2021
Yesterday I docked my boat at this marina. I payed and went to get some food. When I returned to my boat, I noticed some people moving it forward on the dock. I asked them what was going on, and they were generously helping me. The dock attendant had moved my boat so far back while I was gone that my motor was slamming into the boat behind me. When I alerted the attendant of the problem and the damage he had caused to my motor, he stated that he “thought it was only hitting the rub rail” on the boat behind me. This is unacceptable. He failed to offer any compensation.

by jibb227 on Jul 11, 2021
Amazing and the gentleman working the dock was great! And found us a spot on a busy Saturday and helped tie us up.

by wshreffler on Jul 09, 2021
Beautiful sheltered harbor with walk on access to the beautiful little downtown. What’s not to like??

by mysteryman on Jul 06, 2021
Super friendly dockhands!

by dede on Jun 18, 2021
Great spot. Easy to get in. So happy to be able to make a day trip reservation in Manchester!

by vpcu1tdo3m_6qbzxayjt on Jun 07, 2021
The young man on the dock was extremely patient with me while I was trying to log into my account. He was polite and pointed out some jellyfish to the children on board-he was a big hit!

by reid7343marina on Oct 25, 2020
The Manchester Town Landing is a great destinations on the North Shore for day trips or overnights. The docks are in excellent condition (all face dock so easy in and out), and the crew that works there are always friendly and helpful. The location is great as the landing is located "downtown" so you have a park next door, Captain Dusty's Ice Cream (seasonal), Cala's restaurant, Crosby's Grocery Store (so you can arrive without groceries), and many other restaurants and shops to explore. Note - There is no shore power (yet?), but overnights are easy. DR

by hcairns on Oct 23, 2020
The charm of the harbor and the village make for a great day trip! The Harbormaster was at the dock and told us about using Dockwa. This is new for us transitory boaters. It would have been great if we learned of the charges beforehand but not sure how that could be communicated.

by alzager on Aug 29, 2020
The dock is very conveniently located, the harbormaster staff was very cordial and the sweet town is very conveniently located. However, $3.00 per foot to dock with no amenities at all (no water,electricity, showers, etc.) is a bit high.

by tj35974 on Aug 23, 2020
Great location, great dock helpers, wonderful stay!

by cbeaudet on Aug 22, 2020
Great! The convenience, access and protected harbor are always a plus with plenty of quick assistance from the Dock Masters. I will certainly be back!

by pnneilson on Aug 03, 2020
Are used to be free for a transient tied up but eight dollars is not too bad also they have too many spots reserved for overnight given the current environment

by blee247 on Aug 02, 2020
Very helpful and accommodating staff. Great location in downtown Manchester plenty of restaurants within walking distance. Would give it 5 stars if they had facilities. No bathrooms or showers. Also, be ready for the occasional train to pass through last one ran by around 10pm on Sunday.

by pasersky on Aug 02, 2020
The harbor is beautiful, the restaurants and stores easily accessible and the Town makes the whole experience enjoyable.

by bumpye on Aug 01, 2020
Easy in, easy out. Very pleasant and helpful dock hand.

by gregbruett on Jul 20, 2020
Excellent Harbormaster Dock Hands on reservations and accommodating dock space for overnight stays. Very attentive Harbormaster Dock Hand "Mattie" in particular assisting in navigating Dockwa app setup and confirming reservations. All other Harbormaster assistance's while at the dock were excellent!

by g8osc1qswinpinpna8js on Jul 19, 2020
Reserved two nights here at the town dock through Dockwa. Unfamiliar with the harbor, I called on VHF channel 9 for directions but no one answered. This was daytime and several people with radios were actually standing on the dock at the time, but apparently declined to answer. As we arrived no one moved or looked our way so we landed ourselves and tied up. As soon as we were tied a young person with a clipboard arrived to greet us. There were two such young people but all they do there is something to do with clip boards. Over the two days we were there several other boats arrived and no one assisted them in docking either other than maybe pointing to a space along the dock. We helped them all if we were there. Let us be generous and assume it has something to do with the virus. The town is beautiful and the dock is right in town. There is no electricity or water at the dock. Water is available at the top of the ramp. Bring a bucket or something. There are no bath or shower facilities either. Dockwa lists the cost at $3.00 a foot per night or $8.00 per hour for daytrips. This is inaccurate or deceiving at best. We were charged $99 per night for two nights for our 33' boat AND $8.00 per hour for the hours of 10am to 4pm between nights. I found this outrageous, but the Harbormaster opined it was "Just like a hotel." I did inquire about pump-outs and I was immediately serviced by a pump-out boat that parks at the dock. I was grateful for that. The Harbormaster informed me that there is at least six feet of water dockside. Nice town to visit. Fabulous location for the docks. Questionable pricing policies. Dockhands of no use in docking, only clipboarding. No facilities. No electricity, so who needs a shower anyway?

by waegmont on Jul 16, 2020
Idyllic harbor and setting. Unfortunately the town dock is next to the train and that is a little disruptive. Right now they are doing construction through the night. Great staff, good helpful folks.

by rjh on Jul 10, 2020
Big improvement. Plan to use to get to restaurants.

by stevenandrada on Sep 23, 2019
Always nice there, love the restaurants.

by mtravers on Sep 16, 2019
Manchester By The Sea. Great support from the dock! Will use it all the time!

by zvqxchrj_mb7bu7vlase on Sep 15, 2019
Excellent service and friendly dock staff. Definitely a repeat visit. Quaint seaside community with great ability for provisions, shopping and wonderful restaurant gathering spots for friends to share good times.

by 339024 on Sep 02, 2019
Really nice time had ice cream at Captain Dusty’s

by gorgonshead on Aug 15, 2019
Great place to visit. A hidden gem. We’ll be back!

by pcarlton on Aug 05, 2019
We stayed for an hour and had a nice lunch in town. Great new layout with lots of space. We will be back.

by ultraccd on Aug 05, 2019
Great brand new docks and super friendly and helpful harbormaster. We will definitely return again.

by jstrattonm on Aug 04, 2019
great location and the harbormaster and his assistants were welcoming and very helpful.

by silva on Jul 29, 2019
The Harbormaster representative treats visitors with kindness, intelligence, and a cheerful disposition. Although the new facilities are also awesome, my ratings reflects mostly his contribution to the overall experience.

by tadf on Jul 19, 2019
Great stay. Town dock is brand new. No water or power, yet; but the location to town and the friendliness of the dock workers more than made up for it. It does get shallow at low tide so if you draw more than four feet, be careful. One of the nicest harbors of our five week trip!

by afgardner on Jul 16, 2019
Easy and right next to the restaurants!

by tcrawford525 on Jul 08, 2019
The deck hands were extremely polite and helpful. We will be back. Great docking

by peabodychr on Jul 06, 2019
Dock master was very pleasant and helpful. Great facility.

by observer on Jun 24, 2019
We had a fantastic stay on the brand new docks right in the heart of town. The Harbormaster and his staff who manage the docks could not have been more helpful and friendly, ensuring we had the best stay possible. We have already booked a weekend in July and another in August!

by pemisu12 on Jun 23, 2019
Nice friendly and helpful staff

by kenn71 on Jun 17, 2019
5 stars, easy docking and friendly attendants

About Town of Manchester-by-the-Sea

Manchester-by-the-Sea is one of Massachusetts’s hidden treasures. The town’s new transient docks offer visiting boaters direct access to the center of this quaint New England town. Right from the docks you can walk to a variety of restaurants, shops, parks and beaches.

Enjoy a meal at one of the many restaurants Manchester has to offer, or if you’re looking for a relaxing day on the beach, Singing Beach, is walking distance from the docks. The walk is shaded and you can pick up an ice cream cone or a cup of coffee on the way.

Manchester-by-the-Sea is a beautiful harbor and we look forward to sharing its beauty and character with you.

-The Manchester Harbormaster Department

Booking Info

Max LOA: 60' Max Draft: 7'

Day Trips are $8/hour

  • No advanced reservations for Day Trips. Day trips are first come first serve. Upon arrival, request your reservation on Dockwa to allow for processing of payment.
  • Please leave a Special Request on your reservation indicating the number of hours you plan on staying and we will add on to your reservation accordingly.


  • Water


    • ATM
    • Floating Docks
    • Groceries
    • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles
    • Pumpout
    • Restaurant



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