Check Out Moby Dick Marina
January 2, 2017
Every day, thousands of drivers who travel Rte. 195 through Fairhaven and New Bedford, Massachusetts, pass the big, blue building bearing the name “Moby Dick Marina”, yet few of them know anything about the boating facility. Now they can via the accompanying video, which introduces 2 of the marina’s owners, John and Gia Zolotas, and provides a close look at the facility’s services and amenities. It also shows just how close Moby Dick is to many great boating and fishing destinations, including Cuttyhunk and Martha’s Vineyard.
Moby Dick is a small, quiet marina, especially on weekdays. It’s host to an eclectic mix of boats, including trawlers, sailboats, lobster boats, runabouts and sportfishermen.
Good Protection, Easy Access:
Two of the marina’s major benefits are its well-protected location and proximity to Route 195 (it takes less than 2 minutes to reach the marina from the highway).
Another plus is Moby Dick’s prices, which are a good deal lower than some of the facilities closer to the harbor entrance.
It takes most boaters around 20 minutes to cover the 2-mile distance to the New Bedford hurricane barrier, the gateway to Buzzards Bay. Along the way, many of Moby Dick’s customers stop to fuel up at Sea Fuels— just north of New Bedford’s state pier—which offers the best on-water prices in the area.
Once clear of the hurricane barrier, it’s a straight shot to many great daytrip and weekend destinations, including Martha’s Vineyard (18 nm), Cuttyhunk (11 nm) and Block Island (32 nm). Moby Dick is home to a large contingent of anglers, who love the marina’s proximity to great fishing spots in Buzzards Bay, Vineyard Sound and the offshore grounds south of the Vineyard (The Claw is some 35 miles south of New Bedford).
As for dockside amenities and services, Moby Dick offers floating docks with electric, water and WiFi. Boaters can also choose to stay on a mooring, or opt for the indoor rack storage and valet service (weekends only).
It also has dockage and moorings for transient boaters looking to stay for just a few days or up to a month, as well as a launch ramp. The ramp can also be used to launch kayaks and canoes for those who wish to explore the scenic Agawam River upstream of the Rte. 195 and Coggeshall Bridges.
Moby Dick appeals to the do-it-yourself boater, as it still allows its customers to work on their boats in the yard or storage building, which is open on weekends during the winter. The facility features 24-hour video surveillance of the docks, parking lot and building, and the facility is fenced in and locked after hours (customers can access the marine via a security code).