Vineyard Haven Launch Service

Not Offered


Day Trip
Not Offered
30A Beach Road
Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
Check-in after 01:00 PM
Check-out before 11:00 AM
VHF 72

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54 Reviews

by richard h. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2023
Moorings here can be rolly from ferry wakes unless you take one close to the breakwater, as they go more slowly as they approach the harbor. Sometimes the current can set you broadside to the waves, also making it rolly. My big peeve, however, is the cost, which is much too high.

by Edward B. - Verified user on Aug 31, 2023
Launch service is prompt and professional as in years past. Thank you Shep!

by Paul F. - Verified user on Aug 28, 2023
Good service with pleasant staff.

by Alex H. - Verified user on Aug 25, 2023
Easy mooring to pick up and easy access to town dinghy dock. Can get a wee bit bouncy if wind is from NE - but that is not often. Third year that we have stayed here.

by Jason J. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2023
All went smooth, not much more to say.

by Bruce L. - Verified user on Aug 08, 2023
Because of engine trouble we had to pass on VH. It is always great.

by Elizabeth T. - Verified user on Aug 06, 2023
I would give them 5 but when you get on the launch you are suddenly surprised with a $2 per person cash only fee each way (plus of course you’re going to tip on top of this). This should be listed on Dockwa so you are prepared. So for a family of 4 that can add up real quick. Make sure you bring the $ if you want to take the launch or dinghy over to the town docks where it’s free.

by Joseph W. - Verified user on Jul 30, 2023
Very nice experience in these outer harbor moorings. Launch service was useful, but nowhere was it mentioned that it’s $2 per person per ride, plus tip. Town dock is right inside the jetty and there is a cut right by the beach that makes it a short dingy ride. A front went through during our last night, and with its north wind it was a very bumpy five hours until it passed. It’s well protected from any other direction.

by Ghislain L. - Verified user on Jul 27, 2023
Beautiful marina, staff very helpful!

by Michael B. - Verified user on Jul 21, 2023
Friendly and helpful

by John J. - Verified user on Jul 15, 2023
Launch did not run on schedule. Stopped service one day at 6 PM.

by John H. - Verified user on Jul 13, 2023
Responsive, friendly and informative launch service. Easy access from mooring and quiet overnight. Town small but has everything

by Dave S. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2023
It was all ok until the Patrol boat circled us twice at 9am. I repeatedly said hello and got no response. He latched onto our boat still without saying a word then said when did you arrive and did you pay for the mooring. We arrived the day before at 12:45 and paid through Dockwa. He said he didn’t have that information and then he left. Strange.

by Suzanne C. - Verified user on Jul 05, 2023
Very easy place to leave your boat and enjoy martha vineyard. The launch service was very convenient. The only downside was it wasn’t running until July 1 and we came in on june 31 for the Fourth of July weekend. They quickly realized the error of their ways and got their launch up and running by6:00pm.

by Robert S. - Verified user on Jul 04, 2023
Good mooring, clean pennant, friendly service. One big star removed due to the launch fenders having creosote gum on them and marking up our topsides. When pointed out to two launch drivers, it was met with a shrug and a “there is supposed to be a carpet cover”.

by Bertrand A. - Verified user on Sep 03, 2022
Good launch service. Nice facilities on land. Would go back.

by Susan M. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2022
We have been here many times and always enjoy it. The mooring are just outside the crowded breakwater area and pretty calm. However the launch is very low and operators not as pleasant as some so if your ship rides high you may need a dinghy. Another plus is the discount on the launch for using their moorings.

by Dick W. - Verified user on Aug 24, 2022
Too choppy as it’s outside the breakwater. Not protected from a northeasterly blow. We switched to the town mooring inside.

by todd y. - Verified user on Aug 03, 2022
Proactive, courteous people and the most beautiful of settings!

by Jean A. - Verified user on Jul 26, 2022
VH is a great place for dinning and shopping. Not that calm but all depends what you are looking for. Spent 2 nights on an outside mooring with SW 25 to 30 kt & + in gust with no issues. Launch service even came to pick us up even if conditions were marginal for it. As others have posted before, VH Launch service is great and they are ready to help even in high season. They obviously have more patience than me!

by Joseph s. - Verified user on Jul 23, 2022
Nice harbor and town. Had fun.

by Ian D. - Verified user on Jul 15, 2022
Always love Vineyard Haven! Responsive and helpful on arrival, very friendly launch operators.

by William S. - Verified user on Jul 09, 2022
Fantastic response on VHF when arrived and very easy access to everything just off breakwater. We will be back! Thank you.

by Alexander H. - Verified user on Aug 26, 2021
The marina is convenient and nice but was overpriced.

by Wendy C. - Verified user on Aug 22, 2021
We really enjoy the prompt response for mooring reservations! The view outside breakwater is great. The launch drivers are friendly and skilled pilots and also add a touch of charm to the island visit. Also concerned with safety and patiently allowed us to discuss our options prior to the storm. As luck would have it we has 2 day window of beautiful weather and favorable tide to get back to RI. will always return to the friendly and skilled people at Vinyard Haven Launch.
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About Vineyard Haven Launch Service

LAUNCH SERVICE: July 1st - September 4th 2023

MOORING RENTALS: We have 10 transient moorings in the outer harbor (outside of the breakwater). Availability from June 26th through Columbus Day. Our outer harbor moorings are the white, cone shaped mooring balls marked “Rental” with a yellow reflective stripe at the top. Accepting Reservations via Dockwa or in person on a first-come-first-serve basis. No inner harbor moorings. No dockage/slips. No rafting of vessels.

PLEASE HAIL the Vineyard Haven Launch Service upon your approach on VHF Channel 72.

Transient Mooring Rental Rates: 24 Hours: $70 / 4 Hours: $25

LAUNCH SERVICE: July 1st - September 4th 2023 - Launch service to and from the inner and outer harbor is available from 8:00am to 11:00pm, seven days a week, payable by cash or check to the launch driver. Hail "Vineyard Haven Launch Service" on VHF Channel 72.

Launch Service Rates: $2 per person per trip from a VHLS mooring $4 per person per trip from any other mooring $1 per trip for a child under 12


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