by Peter F. - Verified user on Aug 13, 2022
Going to Westport MA is a special treat. If you like nature, this is the spot. Seabirds, a dozen active Osprey nests and fish life like we've never seen before.
F L Tripp has a long history as a family operation with nice, nice people that takes good care of their customers.
On our most recent stay, we had engine trouble while leaving the harbor at the end of our stay. We grabbed on to a mooring as our engine died and radioed Tripp. They were very concerned. They were short staffed that day. Within 5 minutes they were back to me. The boss, a topnotch mechanic, would be right out - engine fixed and on our way.
They also have a great launch service that will take you to a nice seafood restaurant on the water and pick you up after.
This is a cruising highlight.
by Elizabeth G. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2022
Westport is still a hidden Jewel! The Staff is fantastic and the Ship’s Store is well stocked! There are Miles of preserved land, beautiful Osprey nests and of course, The Back Eddy Restaurant! Horseneck Beach is a great location to walk, or just relax on and of course, it still has the infamous Tide Ride inside the harbor, at the beach nook. We will be back every year!!
by Nathalie G. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2022
First time. Will be back.
Super friendly staff. Helped us navigate the tricky channel and guided us to our mooring and made sure we were tied up correctly. Spent time giving us recommendations. The river inlet is beautiful and protected. Sandbar at low tide where all the locals go. Great place.
by charlie d. - Verified user on Jul 06, 2022
2nd time here and again enjoyed the stay. Tripp is wonderfully old school and no frills but staff is friendly and helpful. New moorings are a bit further from the dock but in a very pretty location and easy to pick up in the significant
current. Beach is beautiful and the Westport Harbor Sea Farms Oyster Bar at the head of the harbor is great, complete with dinghy dock. No problems with depth in the channel.
Departed one hour after low and saw nothing less than 9-10 ft.
Update July 2022. Still a great stop and friendly crew but call Tripp or Harbor Master for instructions. Serious shoaling in parts of the channel. Mid tide and several 6’ spots.
by Jonathan G. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2022
More of a boatyard than marina. Moorings were not properly rigged to pick up pennants with bosthook, often pennants were badly fouled with chain.
by Jeffrey T. - Verified user on May 21, 2022
Friendly staff, good fuel, basic facilities, it all works. Very nice resteraunt down the road, walking distance. Channel on way in is narrow and not very deep, buyt we made it with our 4.5 foot draft at 1/2 tide, better to be closer to high tide, stay near green bouys.
by timothy - Verified user on Oct 10, 2021
Very friendly and relaxed.
by Thomas J. - Verified user on Sep 07, 2021
Good service at the fuel dock. Moorings are kind of far away but they have a good launch service. The moorings are difficult to pick up, and not assigned, you just grab one of the ones with the little yellow balls, so that works. I was expecting the mooring ball itself to be yellow, and it isn’t, there is just a small yellow ball float attached to a white and blue mooring ball, so that was a little confusin, but it worked out fine. Nice little harbor, well protected, but has a river current.
by Jim R. - Verified user on Sep 06, 2021
Mooring was way way out in the harbor. No real landing area for dinghy or pets.
Shallow water everywhere in the cove. If you draw anything be careful traversing at low tide.
by David s. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2021
Tripps is still a classic boatyard. All you need without a lot more. Friendly, knowledgeable staff.
by Julien B. - Verified user on Aug 16, 2021
FL Tripp & Sons was terrific and adaptable as we lengthened our stay several times to accommodate family issues.
by Louise R. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2021
Didn’t use any facilities other than a mooring, which we found incredibly hard to snag and pull up on the bow of our boat - it was really a struggle and took two of us. Also very difficult to drop it the next morning at low tide- we thought it would be easier to release, but again, a struggle. The pennants were too short and we’re vertical the entire time.
by Bernard A. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2021
Beautiful views! Worth a visit! Tripp Moorings are one of our favorite spots. Don’t miss The Back Eddy! And F.L. Tripp Marina fixed our overheated generator which had been recently serviced by our home marina. They had left out the strainer! Thanks to F.L. Tripp we were up & running in a few hours! Thanks Arie & his team.
by Rick L. - Verified user on Jul 24, 2021
Terrific service. Launch is very responsive. Transient moorings are too far if you’re rowing and they are definitely not in the no wake zone.
by Rick S. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2021
Fantastic company. Staff and services are first rate. How can you beat a water taxi for $1 each way. Thumbs up for this Marina and quiet location. A true gem!!!
by Debbie S. - Verified user on Jul 15, 2021
Protected mooring field. Nice location. Very helpful.
by Chris B. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2020
I'm giving a 4 rating because, while the reservation process was straight forward, the actual execution of picking up the mooring was a nightmare as others have said. I called on the radio as I was coming up the river. I got an immediate response from the launch driver who directed me to pick up any of their transient moorings that have a yellow ball attached to the mooring. With the current, maintaining position alongside the mooring and pulling up the very short mooring line was almost impossible. I barely made it on the third try but would have left if I hadn't. We did take on fuel and water at their dock which went smoothly. Being a Sunday afternoon there was a lot of traffic coming and going but it quieted down significantly after about 6 pm.
by Rebecca L. on Aug 29, 2020
Got a mooring along the channel with scenic, natural surroundings. Friendly launch service was available for $1. Not much within walking distance; only restaurant was closed on a weekday. Dock staff could be better trained.
by Michelle & Joe b. - Verified user on Aug 27, 2020
FL Tripp and Sons was very accommodating. Adolino was so helpful We met such wonderful and friendly boaters at the marina. Westport is such a nice place to spend a weekend.
by William G. - Verified user on Aug 21, 2020
Always interesting and beautiful on the Westport River. Had dinner with great friends. The bridal pennants on our mooring off of buoy 20 could have been longer so it was difficult to cleat them with the pull of the brisk current. Also, dingy dock space was sparse.
Very attentive staff and all in a great stay. Thanks!
by Brian M. - Verified user on Aug 16, 2020
Beautiful spot.. first time here.
Was easy to find the transient mooring with help of marina over Dockwa’s messaging feature.
Things to know for first timers...
1. Fairly strong river current ., pay attention
2. When no wind a bit buggy
3. Twin/ bridle style mooring lines are short and dirty.. glad I had 2 Dyneema bridle extenders to cow hitch on the ball
4. Launch stopped at 8p on a Thursday night do we took the dingy to the Back Eddy restaurant... pork and clams were great
by Peter J. - Verified user on Aug 02, 2020
Mooring was very remote, actually just barely inside the harbor. Unlike most other marinas, launch service was not included. It was available at a per-trip cost. Usually I tip the launch operator about the same as I would have had to pay for the ride here, but the tip doubles the cost.
by Brenna G. - Verified user on Aug 01, 2020
We had a very nice stay at Westport harbor on a FL Tripp Mooring ball. Our one comment is that the mooring pendant is ridiculously short especially given how the current rips through there. If the pendant was any shorter it would have been unusable for us.
by Todd S. on Jul 21, 2020
I had a good experience dealing with friendly and helpful staff when I had a few questions regarding mooring availability. Prompt, helpful service when I called (on VHF CH9) to ask which mooring to pick up. VERY close to an amazing beach. Beautiful area. I will admit that since we visited while quarantining/distancing due to COVID-19 concerns, that we did NOT visit the nearby restaurant(s), and did NOT use the showers or other facilities ashore... so we didn't really get to completely experience the place like we might have during another time. We just wanted a mooring to tie up to, and a beach to retreat to where we could have some quiet space to relax, and that's exactly what we got. We navigated the chanel in VERY heavy fog... and a decent amount of current, but it was very well marked, and we had no problems. No complaints. I suppose if I wanted to be super-picky, I'd point out that our mooring pennants were too short, and I had to use a dock line to extend and reach to my bow cleats... but that's nothing worth deducting a star for. This would make a great stop-over en route between Block Island and the Cape Cod Canal area... also a short/easy sail to Cuttyhunk Island and other great spots to visit. We'll likely visit again!
by Charles B. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2020
Lovely area. Stayed isolated. Didn’t use any services. Been there many times before and enjoyed showers store and hospitality.
by Win B. on Jan 29, 2020
Very pleasant stay - arrival and departure directions were spot on. don't let the long passage in/out deter you. with the current launch service is a must and very personable drivers. looking forward to a return in the future.
by Dale R. - Verified user on Aug 19, 2019
A historic boatyard with nice people but pathetically poor bathroom and shower facilities.. Very close to impressive beaches and next door to the Westport Yacht Club but not close to much else.
by Edward A. - Verified user on Aug 09, 2019
Great facility - wonderful people! Had never been into Westport before - staff was encouraging - navigation straightforward. Amazing location - gorgeous beach a short dinghy ride. All shore services were all we needed: showers, ice, fuel, and a sweet ship’s store. Launch driver even offered to bring us to the local restaurant!
by Steven L. - Verified user on Jul 28, 2019
Picturesque spot and readily accessible moorings. Terrific marina personnel make you feel at home.
by Linda B. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2019
Very Clean facilities did have a request there was no communication as to their not being able to fulfill.beautiful beach area would definitely return
by Martin G. - Verified user on Jul 18, 2019
staff very helpfull, we get stock in a mooring line and they come immidately to help us.