Edgartown, MA 02539
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About Edgartown Harbormaster
Welcome to Martha’s Vineyard’s historic Edgartown Harbor!
The 2024 boating season begins Memorial Day Weekend and lasts through the Fishing Derby.
- Dockage reservations open Wednesday 14-February-2024 at 10:00 AM
- Mooring reservations open Monday 04-March-2024 at 8:00 AM
MAIL SERVICE UNAVAILABLE — We strongly discourage mailing anything to our office at this time. Any attempts to do so are at your own risk as there is no guarantee they will be delivered or picked up at the post office in time irregardless of shipping method or tracking number status - USPS service is experiencing severe processing delays and long wait times at the post office - UPS and FedEx service are experiencing significant delivery delays 6/30/2024
All reservations must be made online through Dockwa or on our website ONLY. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE OFFICE FOR RESERVATIONS. Be sure to set up and login to your Dockwa account in advance as reservations sell out fast. PLEASE UPDATE CREDIT CARD ON FILE. IF CARD IS DECLINED YOUR RESERVATION WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. ALSO IF YOU ARE HAVING ISSUES ON MARCH 1 PLEASE REFRESH YOUR PAGE OR REACH OUT TO mayday@dockwa. Please do not call the office.
During peak season, we are on duty from 07:00 AM to 12:00 AM. To reach us, hail “Edgartown Harbor” on VHF Ch. 74. If you do not have a radio, call our office at (508) 627-4746. Our CHECK IN TIME is 11:00 AM and CHECK OUT 10:00 AM. In the event of an emergency after hours, call 911 -- the Communications Center will dispatch appropriate units.
The Edgartown Harbormaster Department oversees all permanent, seasonal, and transient moorings in Edgartown waters, which are designated for transient use for vessels up to 65-feet in length. Transient moorings cost $45 for any length of stay within a 24-hour period that cycles from 10AM-10AM and are distributed on an assigned-basis as they all accommodate different vessel lengths. There are no more first-come, first-serve pick-up moorings and day-trips pay the same $45 rate as overnight vessels. All vessels arriving without a reservation are to hail us on VHF Ch. 74 for availability.
We strongly encourage all visiting yachtsmen / yachtswomen to reserve in advance as Edgartown is one of the busiest and most popular ports in the United States and frequently sells-out. To reserve, visit our website, www.edgartownharbor.com. For weekends and holidays especially, be sure to book when our calendar opens on March 1st at 08:00 AM EST sharp. There is a TWO WEEK LIMIT ON MOORING RESERVATIONS FOR JULY & AUGUST. Edgartown does not force rafting, but will allow one additional vessel of equal or lesser length/beam to raft if given expressed permission by the moored vessel for an additional $20 the card on file will be charged.
All town moorings in Edgartown waters are “fair weather" moorings and are therefore not sufficient for safe holding during severe weather. The Town of Edgartown is not responsible for the mooring tackle or any damage to your vessel caused by weather-related events.
Our department operates two fixed docks available for vessels up to 70 and 100-feet in length at a rate of $6 per foot, 50-foot minimum (vessels under 50-feet are charged $300 flat-rate per night) with a one-week limit per calendar month for July & August. They are located at North Wharf opposite the fuel dock and include water and electric. DOCKAGE DOES NOT COME WITH PARKING
FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVE DOCKAGE
In addition to our two transient docks at North Wharf, there are four first-come, first-serve finger-piers for vessels under 30-feet in length and 4-feet in draft. These cannot be reserved in advance and are available for an hourly rate. They are located at the foot of Main Street in between the Mad Max Marina and the Edgartown Yacht Club and are denoted by the right-green paint on the pilings.
Located at the foot of Main Street on the west side of the Edgartown Yacht Club (A-Frame building extending over the water) is a floating dock rafted alongside a row of red-painted pilings. Be certain to bring a dock line no less than 15-feet as the dinghy dock is often several boats deep, and to leave at least 8-feet off your bow. If you plan to be absent for more than a day, please utilize the launch service to help curb overcrowding as a courtesy to those actively commuting throughout the day. We also appreciate when our guests report any non-tender vessels occupying the space and will respond, remove, and relocate at our earliest ability to do so. PLEASE DO NOT KEEP YOUR DINGHY TIED FOR LONG TERM TIME, WE WILL BE TICKETING DURING THE SEASON. In addition to the primary dinghy dock, we have short-term tie-up available at North Wharf for guests using our complimentary showers, heads, and trash drop-off facilities.
The Town of Edgartown contracts launch service with a private company. For the last decade, that launch has been OldPort Launch, which can be reached on VHF Ch. 68. Please contact the launch directly for hours as they change seasonally.
Located diagonally across the channel from Green Channel Marker #9 is our floating water barge secured by two ball-shaped blue moorings on either side. It is free to use, accessible 24-7 on a first-come, first-serve basis, and equipped with two hoses. Vessel can tie up on either side of it.
Edgartown Harbor offers free pump-out service to all vessels in Edgartown waters via a pump-out boat that will pull alongside. To request a pump-out, hail “Edgartown Pump-out” directly on VHF Ch. 74. You have to be on board at the time of a pump-out.
Block and crushed ice can be purchased at North Wharf Supply ship store located on 1 Mores St, right near our office/heads/showers, the Paper Store, and various package stores in town.
The anchorage area is located in the outer harbor across the channel from the lighthouse and to the port-side of Red Nun #8 along the Chappaquiddick shoreline. It is serviced by the launch, well protected by Chappy's bluff from the light, prevailing southwest breeze, and all sand on the bottom making for easy holding. Vessels anchoring must be out of the channel and swim zones and all engines must be shut off 150-feet and less from shore. Anchorage in Katama Bay is only open at the harbormaster’s discretion when strong winds from the North/Northeast are present. Please hail us on VHF Ch. 74 to inquire about status.
GROCERY & PHARMACY
While there are smaller provisions shops in Edgartown, the primary grocery store for the town, and much of the island, is Stop & Shop, located on Upper Main Street. It is about 0. 8 miles (15-20 minute walk) from the dinghy dock but can also be accessed via the free Park & Ride Shuttle operated by the Vineyard Transit Authority. The shuttle leaves from Mayhew Lane every 15-20 minutes during high season. Further up the street from Stop & Shop is their pharmacy, also accessible by foot or the Park & Ride. The island's primary hospital is located in the Town of Oak Bluffs and accessible via bus or car. Safe Harbor Ship store is located right next to our office / near the heads and showers on 1 Mores St. Here you can find ice, provisions and snacks. They are open in the summer contact Safe Harbor for hours.
This is strongly discouraged and not recommended. Any yachtsmen leaving the island and their vessel unattended for any reason must advise the Harbormaster Department and provide emergency contact details and an island contact when absent for several or more days.
Edgartown is a beautiful harbor and we look forward to sharing its beauty and character with you.
The Edgartown Harbormaster Department
The 2024 season will run from Memorial Day Weekend through the Fishing Derby. Reservations open on the following dates and can only be booked through Dockwa:
Dockage: 14-February-2024 at 10:00 AM EST
Moorings: 04-March-2024 at 08:00 AM EST