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chefuno 03-03-2013 09:03 PM

Salem Harbor???
will I like a mooring in Salem Harbor?
Any advice or experiences?
is it really ice free?
thanks for any help.

DrB 03-04-2013 12:34 AM

Re: Salem Harbor???
Which Salem Harbor? I am sure there are more than the one I am moored in.

chefuno 03-04-2013 09:48 AM

Re: Salem Harbor???
Salem MA

steve77 03-04-2013 10:02 AM

Re: Salem Harbor???
I live in Salem but I keep my boat in Maine so I've never sailed here and can't tell you much. I don't think there will be much, if any, ice in the harbor. Pretty sure I've seen some boats in the water at one of the marinas at Pickering Wharf. There is a water taxi service that provides moorings and transport to and from your boat:

Salem Water Taxi | Seasonal Mooring Rentals & Launch Service

The only other thing I know about the harbor is that it's crowded.

chefuno 03-04-2013 10:20 AM

Re: Salem Harbor???
how about (free) parking?

Tim R. 03-04-2013 11:01 AM

Re: Salem Harbor???
What is your purpose? Seasonal use, live aboard, etc. If seasonal use, why not haul in the winter?

No experience with Salem although lots of commercial traffic does help keep things ice free here in Portland.

DrB 03-04-2013 11:53 AM

Salem Harbor, MA
Unless there are extreme temps in the winter for multiple days, ice is not an issue. The incoming/outcoming tides keep the harbor free.

In the winter, there are no water taxi services during the winter. Last Water Taxi services stop Nov 1 and don't start until April 30.

There is free public parking (overnight), first come, first serve in Marblehead (Village St), but not during the winter. They also pull the docks in the winter, so even if you do have a dingy, access is tough.

I don't know about the Salem side, parking wise, but I am thinking no, since Salem doesn't have many egress points unless you go through Hawthorne Cove or Pickering Wharf marinas and they are private/members only.

The harbor is "crowded", but it is also one of the larger ones in New England. It is nowhere near as tightly packed as Marblehead harbor or Rockport for example.

NaviGsr 03-04-2013 12:16 PM

Re: Salem Harbor???
Boats on the west side of the harbor used to get a lot of soot on them from the power plant. Not sure if that is still the case.

It looks like Winter Island has space and parking/launch service.


Salem waters are divided into six mooring fields:

"S" - From the Kernwood Bridge to the Beverly Bridge in the Danvers River is designated Area "S". There is a long waiting list and very little turnover.

"A" - From the Beverly Bridge to Monument Bar is designated Area "A". There is very little space here and poor access from shore. This area is predominantly used by two Yacht Clubs, the Jubilee and Salem Willows.

"L" - From Monument Bar to Winter Island Light is designated Area "L". There is space available but poor access and exposure to severe weather.

"WI" - From Winter Island Light to the Power Plant Jetty is designated Area "WI". There is available space and good access from Winter Island Park. The Park Dept charges non-residents an entrance fee to the park. Launch service is now available at Winter Island for 2006 season. Parking pass and launch service for $500 per year. Call Hawthorne Cove Marina for details at 978-740-9890 or Winter Island Park at 978-745-9430.

"E" - From the Power Plant Jetty to Derby Wharf Light is designated Area "E". There is very little available space and poor public access here.

"M" - From Derby Light to Forest River is designated Area "M". There is room in this area but the water is shallow and access poor.

Rental moorings are available through Hawthorne Cove Marina and Salem Water Taxi. All are located in area E. Both provide launch service with your mooring. The approx. price is $1000. per year.
Pickering Wharf Marina and Hawthorne Cove Marina also have slips available. The approx price is $125. per foot for the length of the boat.

Jubilee Yacht Club is reasonable and nice if you want to go around the point to Beverly.

DrB 03-04-2013 12:31 PM

Salem Side
Winter Island charges in the summer for parking, not the winter though.

Brewer Hawthorne Cove Marina is shallow. Max draft is 6-6.5 feet at MLW. Similar at Pickering. Pickering Wharf is also tight quarters for maneuvering

Salem side of harbor is more exposed. Aside from Pickering Wharf area, best spot for calm in a Nor'easter is on the Marblehead side near the Waterside cemetery. Naugus Head/Point Protects it well. As NaviGsr states: Near Salem Power plant, it's a coal burning plant, lots of soot on your boat.

steve77 03-04-2013 02:43 PM

Re: Salem Harbor???

Originally Posted by chefuno (Post 998164)
how about (free) parking?

Might be a little tough in town. Lots of metered parking, except on Sunday.

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