A significant easterly swell made the outer harbor extremely uncomfortable. The dockhand on duty, Jeff, said he could find a place for us. Jeff was super helpful, meeting us at the slip, taking lines, connecting shore power, all with a smile despite a steady downpour. Once at Yacht Haven, there was no evidence of the wind and swells that rocked the harbor. Very comfortable. Bathhouse so-so but a great place to be in a storm!
Keith was very friendly and helped us into the slip. Facilities were well protected from the 20-30 knot easterly winds in the Sound.
I've been sailing since boyhood, and have had a boat with my family at YHE since about 1978. I know I’m older, and romanticize the simplicity and peace of my youth, but this isn’t my father’s Yacht Haven. There are some things you should know before booking a stay here, particularly if you are looking for peace and quiet.
The docks are well maintained with wide berths and great protection. The staff is friendly and capable. The facilities are clean. But the peace and tranquility of all things is destroyed by the beer garden operated on the property. Ruined. Music played until midnight and beyond is one thing (bad music and foul lyric laced rap that I have to explain to my young children); but 20 somethings sleeping it off in their cars in the lot, racing through it at unsafe speeds, playing their own music in their cars seriously detracts from the neighborhood. Last weekend I was nearly in an accident, and the weekend before had to remind them at ten after midnight that closing time was midnight. Their patrons also have been known to help themselves to dock access, found sleeping on our boats. I’ve never felt the need to lock my boat and take the keys before.
I will spend each weekend calling police to the marina to deal with this, and have little hope that the “we’re working to resolve this” response I am getting from the local management actually goes anywhere. Bottom line is it may not be worth it to stay here. It's sad to see what was once the jewel of the Western Sound fall victim to this neighbor. I feel bad for local management; they may in fact be helpless. The spot this bar occupies would make a great pool deck.
UPDATE: I am so sorry I ever signed up to stay here. It’s like docking at a concert. Live bands or awful rap music deep into the night. This used to be such a peaceful place. I can’t wait to leave. I wish no stars was an option. This place sucks.
Keith, the dock master could not have been more helpful. The dog walk loop was great around the north side of the big building, even had some sand in an area. Fairview market is a mile away next to CVS.
Great marina and dockmaster Keith was best dockmaster I have dealt with at any marina so far. Super nice, friendly and helpful.
Great staff. Very helpful.
One of the best marinas to stay in for transient spaces. Staff very courteous and helpful. Services wee clean and plenty. Will stay again!
Very nice marina, great location, easy to get an uber and calm water. Kieth is very personable and helpful. Also good breakfast on the weekends.
Very nice and clean although I never saw any dock crew
Came in for a one day stay and it ended up being three, people were very friendly and offered help any time we needed it. Coffee and Bagels, muffins each morning made it fun.
Excellent stay. The dock staff was polite and helpful. The facilities were very clean. Will stay there again in the spring on the way back north. This Brewer marina is run just like all of the other Brewer marinas....top shelf.
Highly dissapointing experience. Worst ever. Despite 9 phone calls starting day prior to arrival did not see one person from Brewer's on the docks. Despite radio call and phone call received no guidance as to berth or location. We chose a berth at random, tied up and called in again. To add insult to injury, they turned off the water to the piers and laundry; then pad locked the toilets, without notifying us. Two young men from Brewer's did help my wife get her laundry to a nearby facility. That's the only reason of getting any star at all. We are going to ask for our money back and have decided against joining Brewer's. Simply awful!
Very friendly service.
Friendly, helpful staff. Wide lanes between piers and wide berths that are easy to enter. Immacuilate restrooms.
Nicely maintained marina with a very helpful staff. Quiet and peaceful. But the place is spread out and there are long walks to get from here to there. We were on a T-head and the internet service (important to us) was terrible.
Made the reservation in the afternoon on Dockwa and they confirmed it very quickly. Keith (dockmaster) was extremely friendly and there with an extra hand as we came in to tie up! Beer garden with live music and food trucks was open on Friday. Will come again whenever we pass through!!!
Previously known as a Brewer Yacht Yard facility, Yacht Haven Marina is now proudly owned and operated by Safe Harbor Marinas after the two companies merged in 2017. Yacht Haven Marina offers easy access by sea or land making it Long Island Sound's gateway to all points heading east. Protected by a breakwater, Stamford Harbor is divided into two branches. Yacht Haven Marina can be found on the East branch and has over 350 slips. Accomplishing a lot with a little is the hallmark of Yacht Haven. In addition to storing over 200 boats year-round in water, the service staff includes mechanics, carpenters, and general maintenance experts who can accomplish just about anything from the waterline up.
If you are looking for first-class amenities, just minutes from New York City, Yacht Haven Marina is your ideal location. Midtown Manhattan is only a 45-minute ride by train or car, and the train station is nearby. Whether you are a casual cruiser, an ocean voyager, or a competitive sailboat racer, you will find a home for your boat at Yacht Haven Marina.