This summer (2012), after watching the Ocean State Tall Ships Parade from my boat, I paid a visit to the newly opened Maritime Center in Newport, Rhode Island. The Maritime Center is a great resource for visiting boaters, from daytrippers to those in larger vessels who choose to anchor or moor. It’s also a convenient spot to pick up and drop off passengers.

The center’s dock is staffed by helpful attendants and can accommodate vessels up to 40’ for a fee of 50 cents a foot per hour. It also has plenty of free dinghy space, and boaters can also beach their dinghy in front of the center. There is no tie-up limit, although all boats must be removed by 10:00 p.m. Tip: on summer weekends the docks can fill up fast, especially around mid-day, so get there early or try to plan your visit during a weekday.

Inside the Maritime Center you’ll find free WiFi, laundry, showers, vending machines, ice, a TV, lockers and a reading library. It’s a wonderful resource for boaters.

Perhaps best of all, the center is located right off Thames Street, providing quick access to many shops, boutiques and restaurants.

Maritime Center Information:

  • 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Daily Memorial Day to Columbus Day
  • Maritime Center Manager: Sarah Schroeder
  • (401-845-5816)
  • EMAIL:


  • Tim Mills – VIA CHANNEL 16
  • Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, RI
  • (401-845-5817)

For more information on the Maritime Center CLICK HERE.


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