Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina


Dock
$2/ft - $5/ft

Mooring
$47.01

Day Trip
First-Come, First-Served
11 Ferry St
Essex, CT 06426
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
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59 Reviews

by tyler993 on Jul 18, 2018

The staff is great. Pool is very nice and docks are being updated each year. Would recommend for groups looking to be docked together. Definitely coming back.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the great review and recommendation! It's great to hear that you got to enjoy the pool and our team. Looking forward to your return!

by adamwaller on Jul 14, 2018

One of the most picturesque spots you will find, plus immaculate, friendly, with unexpected amenities.

Marina Response:
Wow! Thanks for the great review. Our location is gorgeous, and we LOVE sharing it with our guests. We sincerely appreciate you choosing Essex Island Marina, and we look forward to seeing you again on your next visit.

by rmuhlbauer on Jul 09, 2018

Spacious facilities ashore and a nice level of privacy facilitated by the fact that the marina is on an island. The facilities were clean, the docks well-kept, and the staff was very friendly and helpful. With Marley's restaurant closed, the new restaurant will be a welcome addition for full convince within the marina.

Marina Response:
Thank you for your great review and feedback! We love hearing that you enjoyed the facilities and that our team was helpful. The new restaurant is going to be a great addition to Essex Island. Please come back and stay with us again soon!

by sdratch2 on Jul 09, 2018

I must say that the marina, the stay was wonderful. As a transient, I enjoyed the nice people on my dock as well as the facility. HOWEVER, I do have a concern that I hope doesn't come back to haunt me or my engines. While making my slip reservations months earlier, and after confirming with dock hands the day before, I had asked to be placed in the NW corner of the marina. I also expressed the fact that I was told last year that the far I dock was too shallow to accommodate me. I reassured them both times that I was OK with anything in that area. Upon my arrival, the dock hands signaled me to approach the I dock broadside and waved me in. As I am approaching the dock they continue to wave me in past the dinghies tied up until I am in the mud. I felt my rudder and props digging in. Spoke with the dockmaster, Stephanie, and expressed my dissatisfaction. I usually never complain, but I do feel this was completely avoidable and have concerns for my boat. Someone dropped the ball. Whether it was an unskilled or poorly trained dockhand or someone else. Hope to hear from someone in charge or someone that has the authority to make sure this never happens again to myself or any boater. Expect that Safe Harbor will do the right thing.

Marina Response:
We want to thank you for choosing Essex Island and for bringing this incident to our attention. Our General Manager will be contacting you to talk more about your experience.

by boatfun on Jul 08, 2018

Our stay wasn’t as good as it has been in the past. I was put in a slip that didn’t have adequate amount of water so at low tide was sitting in mud. There was no restaurant on the island and the docks around back need attention. Staff was helpful and pleasant as always.


by reelmagic on Jul 05, 2018

Staff very helpful and knowledgeable.... Always a pleasure to stay at Essex Island Marina.... Many improvements recently.... Bathrooms/Showers excellent

Marina Response:
Thank you for your review! And thank you for choosing Essex Island. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed our upgraded facilities and that our team was helpful. Looking forward to your next visit!

by lastmistake on Jun 27, 2018

Second time we have stayed here and time the service has been fantastic! This is the most helpful and friendliest staff and crew we have met anywhere along the east coast. Marina is in a great location and Essex is a great town to visit. We will definitely be back and would recommend staying here to anyone traveling up or down the sound.

Marina Response:
Wow! Thank you very much for this awesome review and for staying with us at Essex Island. It is great to hear how much you enjoyed our crew. Everyone loves coming to work here, and genuinely enjoys helping out our guests. We sincerely appreciate your recommendation and are already looking forward to your next visit. Happy boating!

by bushey723 on Jun 19, 2018

Fantastic staff and facility. We own a smaller 20' center console and they treated us like we rolled up in a 60' yacht, prime docking and attentive staff. Made our night stay in town seamless and enjoyable. Will be going back for day docking and future over nights. Facilities are top notch as well. Location to downtown Essex is a must visit if passing through.

Marina Response:
Thank you very much for your review. We are so happy to read that you enjoyed your stay, our dock team, and the location. We are grateful for all of our customers so it is important to us to give everyone our best service. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!

by kburtt on Jun 18, 2018

The marina is located in a great location in Essex village. A short (really short) ferry ride puts you in the middle of Essex village where there are plenty of shops and restaurants. The are quite a number of transient slips that are easy to get in and out of. There are plenty of friendly and helpful dock hands to help with your arrival and departure. The grounds are beautiful and clean. A fun weekend destination

Marina Response:
Thank you so much for taking the time to leave this helpful review. It is great to hear that you had a fun weekend at Essex Island Marina and were also able to enjoy Essex village. Please come back and stay with us again soon!

by alacrity43 on Jun 16, 2018

Was great to have the dock crew meet us at our mooring. They were very courteous and helpful.

Marina Response:
Thanks for the five-star review. We appreciate the feedback and are happy that you found our team to be courteous and helpful. Please come back for a visit again soon!

by rmtoedter on Jun 11, 2018

Essex Island Marina continues its excellent reputation and expands upon it under the new Safe Harbors ownership. The new floating dock extending from the dockmaster's office was wonderful, and the dock staff was well-trained and knowledgeable. The facilities are being re-developed nicely. We had a great time and give the Essex Island Marina our highest recommendation....... Bob & Lori

Marina Response:
Hi Bob and Lori. Thank you for the awesome review and recommendation! We are happy to hear that you like the new dock and that you found our team knowledgeable. We are excited about all of the redevelopment going on at the marina as well. Please come back and stay with us again soon!

by serenity on May 31, 2018

Fantastic marina with most helpful staff. I asked for slip that was easy to get to and was given face dock that made for a perfectly easy arrival and departure. We also appreciated clean bathroom and showers. We are looking forward to visiting again in near future....Alex & Linda

Marina Response:
Hi Alex and Linda! Thank you for the great review. We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed your stay with us and that the facilities and staff were to your liking. We also look forward to you visiting again in the near future. Until next time!

by mdhay on May 30, 2018

Stephanie was great, she helped sort thru all sorts of issues i was having with my new SH number, making appropriate reservations, making future reservations and dealing with me more than what was necessary/required. Essex is a great harbor to visit and Brewers Essex helps make it work.

Marina Response:
We appreciate the great review and are happy to hear that Stephanie was able to help you with your issues and reservations. We agree, she is great! Thank you for your business, and we look forward to seeing you next visit. Happy boating!

by jddiana on May 28, 2018

The dock master, Stephanie, is a class act! The marina is clean, is in town, and has great restaurants a short distance away. Always love coming here ! Just spent two days here and the review is the same - GREAT!

Marina Response:
Thank you for the great review and for choosing Essex Island Marina! We appreciate the feedback and hope that you come back and stay with us again soon. See you next time!

by cjb347 on Oct 17, 2017

Definitely a great weekend! Great sea glass class and meet lots of nice people. Band on Saturday night was great. Again Lynn and Steph and rest of staff hosted another great weekend😍


by tbm930 on Oct 17, 2017

Very helpful staff, beautiful clean restrooms and showers . Beautiful areas to explore with a dingy.


by crownjewel41 on Oct 14, 2017

Our club kicked off our season on Memorial Day and wrapped it up here on Columbus Day Weekend. Essex is a quaint New England town with a variety of shops and restaurants within walking distance of the marina. Thank you, Stephanie and staff, for a memorable weekend.


by cindyandtim on Oct 08, 2017

Was given wrong info when docking- so initial arrival not impressive. The first friday bbq didn't have food ready at 630pm and was out of food by 730- so had to go to store for more. Ladies room could use at least one handicap railing since they have no handicap toilets that are taller. Sat went well and that bbq was very nice-overall we made the best of it and enjoyed ourselves. We would go again.


by andrewporto on Oct 05, 2017

Marina was clean, good amenities, very friendly, and fun. The Griswold inn nearby is a night destination. Nearby Hamburg Cove is a good spot too. -1 star for lack of night life.


by turbocouch on Oct 02, 2017

We visited the Brewer Essex Island Marina for the Brewers Rendezvous weekend. This is not our first visit. The staff of this facility is top notch, and I mean everyone I met was helpful and accommodating. From the incoming docking experience and check-in, to the meals at the cafe, we were impressed. It is a busy marina, and for an end of the season event they had plenty of staff on hand to see things went smoothly. The bathrooms were kept clean, and the showers were very well maintained. No shortage of hot water. Private locking stalls for the showers. Certainly, the management of this marina really cares about the this place. As an Operations Manager, I know this level of attention to detail does not come without personally walking through the facility on a regular basis and following up to make sure everything is in acceptable for customer presentation.


by tennis895 on Oct 01, 2017

Always a great time at Exxex Island. The staff is fabulous !


by bchirgwin on Sep 25, 2017

Amenities were great. Staff was very accommodating. Very relaxing


by fergy on Sep 19, 2017

Great time everyone was very nice !! A nice bar and lounge on the island would be nice so you wouldn't have to go in town all the time !


by kparker on Sep 11, 2017

Talk about service! We reserved a slip for a round trip sail from Noank to Essex. Wind, current and rough seas delayed our arrival until late on Friday night. To make matters worse, our engine quit while only a few yards off the dock but with no sails up, or wind, we were in a tough spot. Luckily, Christian responded to our hail even though the office had closed. As we started drifting off into the night (and the mooring field!) Christian told us to hang on and he would track down a work boat and assist. Just in the nick of time, he appeared out of the dark and shepherded us into a slip. No small feat! I'm sure there are many facilities and personnel who, given the circumstances, would have simply told us to drop the hook and wait until morning. We were on an 18' Goldeneye with no head and wet from head to toe. Incredible service above and beyond! I'll never stay anywhere other than Essex Island while sailing in the area. What a fine organization!


by kparker on Sep 11, 2017

Talk about service! We reserved a slip for a round trip sail from Noank to Essex. Wind, current and rough seas delayed our arrival until late on Friday night. To make matters worse, our engine quit while only a few yards off the dock but with no sails up, or wind, we were in a tough spot. Luckily, Christian responded to our hail even though the office had closed. As we started drifting off into the night (and the mooring field!) Christian told us to hang on and he would track down a work boat and assist. Just in the nick of time, he appeared out of the dark and shepherded us into a slip. No small feat! I'm sure there are many facilities and personnel who, given the circumstances, would have simply told us to drop the hook and wait until morning. We were on an 18' Goldeneye with no head and wet from head to toe. Incredible service above and beyond! I'll never stay anywhere other than Essex Island while sailing in the area. What a fine organization!


by convertito on Sep 06, 2017

We have visited Essex Island Marina twice this summer and enjoyed it enormously. The grounds and service are both outstanding.


by captainwheeler on Sep 06, 2017

Essex Island Continues their excellent so well known hospitality within the Safe Harbor flagship! The Marina continues to make improvements in the well warn dock systems and is truly a flagship marina in location, service, and hospitality. Thank you to Stephanie! I will be back many time! Captain Wheeler


by reelscream on Sep 06, 2017

Was at Essex Island Marina for the Branford Yacht Club annual rendezvous. Beautiful grounds, great service, very friendly and helpful staff and dockhands. Pool is great! The only issue was that we were put on a fixed dock which made boarding difficult at low tide. I should have specified that I needed a floating dock when making the reservation. Great time!
We Returned for a second stay on Labor Day weekend along with about 20 other boats from BYC. Had a great time. Once again, the staff was excellent and friendly. The dockhand who helped us upon arrival took it upon himself to stop back on the second day and ask if we needed anything. Nice touch!

Friends from our Yacht Club stayed downriver at one of the other marinas on the Connecticut River. Boats were damaged when a squall came through. Our boats were well protected up river. Looking forward to coming back next season.


by dsleiman on Sep 05, 2017

Great location, helpful staff.


by loon on Sep 04, 2017

We had a great stay from Aug 27-31. Extended our stay due to bad weather, and easily accommodated. Enjoyed town, Ubered to Old Saybrook for about $23 R/T, Marley's, Black Seal, Abby's, Griswold....all lovely. Facilities and staff very nice.


by kevinendlesshorizons on Sep 04, 2017

All the staff at Essex Brewer Marina are helpful! A special shout out to Steph who not only found a way to accommodate us with a last minute need for a reservation but went above and beyond to help us find and get to a car rental place. Steph goes above and beyond and its obvious that she is truly interested in helping! Thank you - very much appreciated by me and my family.


by hsbmdb on Aug 30, 2017

Wonderful place to stay, didn't want to leave. The place is beautiful, clean, and relaxing.. will be staying there again...


by maxum29 on Aug 29, 2017

Originally planned on staying one night, but once there, it became clear that one night wouldn't be enough. Staff accommodated our request (for an extra night) without any hesitation. Grounds and facilities were very nice and well kept. Bathrooms were clean, but a bit out-dated. Downtown Essex remains "quaint", but is lacking quick serve store (for newspapers, coffee and pastries) and liquor store. Hope to go back, before 2017 boating season ends. Staff was outstanding - and helpful with docking and departing. All-in-all, a great boating destination !!


by billt on Aug 22, 2017

Great service and lovely spot.


by donbiro on Aug 22, 2017

Had a fantastic time. Thanks to all employees. Everyone was helpful. Brewers must treat there people well. A-1


by alfranke on Aug 22, 2017

We had an outstanding Milford Yacht Club Cruise and Rendezvous at Brewer Essex Island Marina this past weekend. Stephanie (Manager), Jack (Dockmaster) and the rest of the staff were extremely helpful, friendly and accommodating. The grounds and setting are beautiful. A minute-long ferry ride takes you to historic downtown Essex restaurants and shopping. I would highly recommend this destination.


by fullcircle on Aug 15, 2017

Great staff, nice pool.


by markskaplan on Aug 14, 2017

Very nice marina. Location is nice and sheltered. Facilities (bathroom, shower, etc.) all very clean and up to date. Launch drivers were great. Nice accessible dock for our sailboat. Easy to get in and out of with water, pumpout, and fuel. Short walk to Main Street in Town.


by cbucket3 on Aug 10, 2017

The grounds are beautiful and everybody was very nice I would come back again


by jspina54 on Aug 08, 2017

Great place and great staff! Very helpful...the area is well maintained and access to town is easy!


by ttmspt on Aug 08, 2017

Dockmasters Jack and Stephanie were awesome. It was our 2nd visit and we will be returning.


by WBPROP23 on Aug 07, 2017

well run marina - clean -excellent docks & facilities


by mikebobba on Aug 07, 2017

Very accommodating team and very well kept marina. We will return.


by lucasd2008 on Jul 31, 2017

Spider issue is very strange.Nice people running marina.Clean and well manicured.Need a place to get a cocktail


by poweryachtsman on Jul 31, 2017

Except for the non floating docks,the marina has all that any yachtsman needs Docking crew helps to the nth degree Fellow yachtsman surrounding us were happy,friendly and very helpful if needed Essex town charming. Griswald inn meals supurb


by tkess162 on Jul 28, 2017
 Everything a Marina should be.

by starpilot on Jul 26, 2017

Terrific. Fuel dock crew was excellent. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Love coming here. Will come back


by mark10 on Jul 25, 2017

essex island is a great marina , our favorite stop in the northeast , workers are friendly and well trained grounds are great and town is cool . We will be back !


by kevintblanco on Jul 25, 2017

Spectacular! Staff was friendly and helpful.


by scotm666 on Jul 18, 2017

I always try to stay at Brewers. The service is fantastic and everyone is friendly.


by mapjack on Jul 18, 2017

Staff here is fantastic! Brewer has made many improvements since it's recent acquisition and has maintained the laid-back feel of the island. The only drawback is that the town has lost many of the stores that are necessary to boaters. There is no longer any convenience store, pharmacy, liquor store, etc, within walking distance. All are now vacant or replaced by high end clothing and antique stores.


by trafalgar1 on Jul 14, 2017

The marina was 5 star. My only complaint was that the bathrooms were not as clean as they should have been. Their maintence needs improvement in this area. Otherwise everything was


by captainkev on Jul 10, 2017

Nice marina, close to town. Good biking along fairly rural roads. Bathrooms are clean. This marina is buggy and you need to keep your cockpit lights off unless you want to clean up dead bugs.


by clowenthal on Jul 07, 2017

The staff was fantastic and extremely helpful and welcoming!


by denniscatino on Jul 06, 2017

Stayed here for 4th of July weekend. Great marina and great staff. Will be back in September.


by sabercat on Jul 06, 2017

Great! Stayed for three nights and enjoyed the property, pool and lawn games. Staff was helpful and everything was clean. We loved Marley's Cafe and ate there for a breakfast and a group dinner. The food was excellent. Some docks should be updated but we did see that improvements were made since our stay last year.


by mims723 on Jul 05, 2017

Peaceful but to quiet for a holiday weekend. Restaurant on island was either CV completely booked or closed


by jpierce71 on Jul 04, 2017

Nice facility. Close to town. Good restaurant on island. Friendly staff.


by ccrizk on Jun 26, 2017

AAA+++ - Loved the site, the pool, the charm of Essex village

About Safe Harbor | Essex Island Marina

Previously known as a Brewer Yacht Yard facility, Essex Island Marina is now proudly owned and operated by Safe Harbor Marinas after the two companies merged in 2017. Essex Island is the perfect resort marina nestled in the protected waters of Essex harbor. The 13-acre private Island, accompanied by a complimentary ferry service, has 125 slips accommodating vessels up to 200’. A short walk into historic downtown Essex, this picturesque setting truly has something for everyone. Named ‘"The Perfect Small American Town’," Essex offers great shopping, dining, and museums to visit while still giving you the opportunity to enjoy the unmatched beauty of the Connecticut River. We also offer plenty of outdoor fun including a nature/dog walk, shuffleboard, oversized pool, volleyball and plenty more!

Planning a Rendezvous? Yacht Club Event? Business Conference? We have you covered! Essex Island is an ideal location for your all of your group gatherings! With several different areas, we are the perfect venue for any event.


Services

  • Gas
  • Diesel
  • Water
  • Electrical

Amenities

  • Cable/Satellite TV
  • Captains Lounge
  • Floating Docks
  • Ice
  • Launch Service
  • Laundry
  • Maintenance Facilities
  • Medical Facilities w/in 5 Miles
  • Pumpout
  • Restrooms
  • Restaurant
  • Ship Store
  • Showers
  • Swimming Pool
  • Travel Lift
  • Winter Storage
  • Wireless Internet

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