Great power, nice people, close to town
There is no arguing that this is a fantastic location for accessing the downtown Portsmouth area. But it is a spot in the river where the current and boat wakes make for an unpleasant experience on board. Dave, the Dockmaster, is very helpful and accessible. He splits his time with the Badger Island East Marina which is not a bad thing. In fact, he was able to bring me a block of ice from the other marina in the skiff that he runs back and forth. Although there are gates, I would not say that the marina is secure. But we had no problems with strangers on the dock. Aside from the dockmaster and the folks that we traveled with, we never saw any other people at the marina.The docks and utilities are good and we loved wandering around Portsmouth. I think that if I were to return, i would stay at the Badger Island marina and just take the ten minute walk into Portsmouth over the bridge.
Portsmouth is a great walking city and this location puts you at the heart of the waterfront. The marina docks lead right onto Bow Street in the city center which is truly a pleasure to visit. Downtown Portsmouth is rich with history, arts, entertainment and numerous restaurants and pubs.The city is a destination in and of itself. Your slip is a great place to watch the commercial ships and tugboats pass by as the sun sets over historic Badger’s Island, Maine’s southernmost point.
Marina at Harbour Place is just passed the new Memorial Bridge, which can be reached on VHF Channel 13, or wait for the preplanned opening every half hour during the daytime. Please note the current is strong here. But, it is parallel to the docks so if you just stem the current, even a beginner can make a perfect landing every time. For the easiest approach do not attempt to dock with a following current. If you are able, plan to arrive during slack tide.