Town of Marblehead
188 Washington Street
Marblehead, MA 01945
Information and Regulations
Town regulated harbor areas include the main Marblehead Harbor, the west harbor located within Salem Harbor, and the various coves and harbor areas north of the Town. There is a potential for 3,000 mooring spaces within these areas. Anchorage in the unrestricted waters south of the Causeway is regulated by the Coast Guard.
Mooring and Anchoring
Use of harbor mooring space is regulated by the Town, and a permit must be obtained from the Harbormaster before installing mooring equipment or anchoring any boat in the area. Mooring permits are limited in number and are only transferable within the immediate family. One can expect to be placed on a long waiting list. Mooring permit holders are urged to inform the Harbormaster or their yacht club when their mooring is available for temporary use. The Eastern, Corinthian and Boston Yacht Clubs jointly maintain guest moorings at the harbor entrance. Persons in need of a temporary mooring should contact these sources or the Harbormaster.
Mooring Permit Application and Waiting List Policy
Piers and Docks
Pier construction into the waters off Marblehead must be approved by the Army Corps of Engineers. Contact the Harbormaster for the details of the procedures involved.
Private floats (floating docks) moored in the harbor must also have a permit issued by the Harbormaster. Floats may be stored at Riverhead Beach during the winter under the auspices of the Recreation, Parks, and Forestry Department
Tucker's Wharf Dockage
Vessels requesting transient dockage at Tucker's Wharf may do so beginning March 1. Reservations may be made by phone or by written request as well as by VHF radio and will be assigned in the order in which they are received. Rates and requirements can be found in the Tucker's Wharf Dockage Policy
Public Landings and Floats
The Harbors and Waters Board and the Harbormaster are responsible for the powered fishermen's conveyor belt at State Street Landing and the commercial and recreational floats at
- Commercial Street
- Crocker Park (swim float)
- State Street (public landing)
- Gerry Playground (public sailing program floats)
- Village Street (public landing)
- Cliff Street Boatyard (public landing)
- Parker's Boatyard (public landing)
Tucker's Wharf is a Town-owned landing with laundry, showers, and restrooms for visiting boaters. For further information about public landings, contact the Harbormaster's Office.
There are four Town-owned boats. The Harbors and Waters Board and the Harbormaster staff operate and maintain
- The 31-foot Stacey H. Clark, a patrol boat that is equipped for fire-fighting
- A 25-foot Boston Whaler used for general police and rescue work
- A 21-foot environmental pump-out vessel, for pumping out holding tanks
Harbormaster boats are operational from May through October. Call 911 for emergency assistance on the water or use marine frequency VHF Channel 16. Call the Harbormaster for harbor maintenance, mooring and pump-out assistance. The Harbormaster also assists in rescue operations with other agencies, including the Coast Guard and other area harbormasters.
Municipal costs of maintaining the Marblehead Harbor and Water facilities, floats, equipment, boats, staff and services are met by harbor-generated revenues, including permit fees and excise tax returns on private boats.
Mooring Permit Fee, yearly, due by February 1. Call the Harbormaster's office.
$6.50/foot main harbor, $4.00/foot West Shore
Manual for Marblehead Waters
This is a manual of rules and regulations
that govern the waters of Marblehead, is a yearly publication that is available at the Harbormaster's Office. The Harbor and Waters Board's annual report is included in the Town Report.