Under Sail to Martha's Vineyard


Sailing on MV by Louisa Gould

What can possibly be a more perfect way to travel to the Island of Martha's Vineyard than by boat! To assure that ever moment of time spent here is a hassle-free delight, securing your dockage or moorings well ahead of the summer season is strongly recommended.  This is particularly true for the peak boating season of July 4th through the third week in August.


If  your schedule allows, a visit during June and September offers great weather, fair winds and less competition for prime marina space. Whenever you make Martha's Vineyard your next port of call, we're sure that the following information will help make your planning a breeze.


Website and Online Reservations

Begin Monday Mar.  3, 8 am, 60 ft max; 2 weeks max stay July & Aug                                                            
Dockage: Begin Friday, Mar. 14, 10 am; Telephone Reservations only: 508 627-4746;
Mon- Fri 10 am - 1 pm.

Edgartown harbor is among the busiest pleasure boat harbor on Martha's Vineyard. Its spaciousness, available services, and the easy accessibility of island attractions explain its popularity. Plan and secure your spot early.

Edgartown Harbor on Martha's Vineyard

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster - 1 Morse Street 508-627-4746.
  • Edgartown Marine - 508- 627-6500. Also offers a seasonal waterfront location with larger buildings off-site.
  • Mad Max Marina limited prime dockage available. 508-627-7500

Boat Supplies, Repairs & Services

  • Edgartown Marine - located inside the harbor on your right before the ferry crossing.  Launching, hauling, indoor & outdoor boat storage, boat service & repair. Year-round, full-time certified boat mechanics, Yahama Sales & Service + more. The only 25 ton travel lift on the Edgartown Harbor. Ship's stores & provisions open 7:30 am daily
  • Martha's Vineyard Shipyard is year-round in Vineyard Haven and has a summer location in Edgartown at 45 Dock Street offering the basics. They can also send out a boat/mechanic or get you what you need within the day or next day. 508-627-6000.

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Website and Online Reservations begin Feb. 1st  at 12 am. Confirmations will be sent via e-mail.
Oak Bluffs harbor is smaller than Edgartown but unique and also very popular. Power boaters enjoy Oak Bluffs' numerous slips and their proximity to night life and dining. Book harbor moorings early as they are in high demand.

Oak Bluffs Harbor on Martha's Vineyard

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster: 508-693-4355
  • Dockside Marina & Marketplace provides dockage and fuel. 508-693-3392.

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No harbor reservations, space available on first come first served basis
Vineyard Haven is the Island's main port of entry. The town, as well as private companies, offer moorings for visitor's enjoyment.

Vineyard Haven Harbor on Martha's Vineyard

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster 19 Owen Park Way - 508-696-4249.
    VH Launch Service (on channel & 7) or 508-693-4658
  • Owen Park with public restrooms and a children's swing abuts the Town Dock. Dockage is by the hour. Moorings are located in the outer harbor.  A launch service is available.
  • Coastwise Packet Dock, run by the Douglas' (owners of the Black Dog). The launch brings you to the dock where the restaurant is located on the harbor. Coastwise is located just left of the  SSA Dock, which is dead center. 508-693-1699.
  • Tisbury Wharf Company is at 144 Beach Road, and immediately on your left upon entering the harbor.  Fuel and ice are available. Tisbury Wharf can accommodate boats up to 200 feet. 508-693-9300.

Boat Supplies & Repairs

  • West Marine Express, 52 Beach Road, in front of Vineyard Haven Marina. If they don't have what you need in stock they will have is brought over from the larger Falmouth store ASAP. 508-693-2906
  • Gannon & Benjamin Boatyard, 30A Beach Road. They design and build new wooden boats, in addition to repairing just about anything. 508-693-4658.
  • Martha's Vineyard Shipyard 164 Beach Rd. Boat supplies, mechanics, hauling services and storage provided, read full service shipyard. 508-693-0400.

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Space available on first come first served basis
Boaters really enjoy the compact nature of Menemsha Harbor. This is the quintessential New England harbor. Also, dockage in Menemsha offers the advantage of ocean sunsets, a rarity for us on the east cost.

Menemsha Harbor on Martha's Vineyard

Moorings & Dockage

  • Harbormaster 508-645-2846.
  • Menemsha is a small harbor, so call in advance. The tides run very strong into the harbor and along the beach approaching the entrance from the North.

Boat Supplies & Repairs

  • Menemsha Marine Repair.  Lynn Murphy specializes in diesel engines, but can help direct you to where/what you need. 508-645-2883.
  • The Martha's Vineyard Shipyard can send a boat or truck up from Vineyard Haven harbor (see above).
  • Menemsha Texaco, fill up your boat and get snacks inside. 508645-2641.

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  • Virtual Tours of Martha's Vineyard here
  • For maps of Martha's Vineyard click here
  • Information about Island towns is found here
  • Martha's Vineyard Beach Guide here
  • Boating Directory

Thanks to Island photographer Louisa Gould for her contributions to this article. Visit her online photography gallery here

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