Charts: NOAA 13229
If approaching from points north and east, it’s best to clear Bird Island Reef (marked by the G “3” bell) then head to R “2” at Centerboard Shoal and turning northwest and picking up the buoys through Sippican Harbor. (Note: Boaters approaching from Wareham and the Cape Cod Canal in shallow-draft (less than 3’) vessels may be able to shortcut between Bird Island and Butler Point, but beware the long sandbar extending from Bird Island and the boulder field along the point.)
The approach from the south is equally straightforward. Steer for R “2” at Centerboard Shoal and then proceed as above. Be sure to keep a good distance off Converse Point, for the shallows here are peppered with rocks.
As you enter the inner harbor at GC “7”, the channel narrows. Follow the buoys closely, as a shallow (4’ MLW) bar extends west from Ram Island. To the west are big rocks. After clearing the bar, the channel takes a sharp turn to the east to pass around a rocky islet. The anchorage is just east of GC “9”. The Beverly Yacht Club, Bardens Boatyard, the town dock and the dinghy dock will be visible some 100 yards to the northwest. From here the channel runs northwest to Burr Brothers Boatyard at the very northern end the harbor (do not cut the channel markers as your approach Burr’s, as the channel is bordered closely by mud flats).
- Barden’s Boatyard (508-748 -0250): Full-service marina and boatyard located on west side of harbor, next to the harbormaster’s office. Offers fuel (by appointment), haul-out, storage, electric, hull repair and more.
- Burr Brothers Boatyard (508-748-0541): Full-service, family-owned marina established in 1947. Located at very northern terminus of harbor. Offers transient slips and moorings, as well as launch service, electric, water, ships store, gas/diesel, haul-out, rigging, canvas work and more.
- Beverly Yacht Club (508-748-0540): Private club founded in 1872 and offering service to members of reciprocal clubs. Located next to Barden’s Boatyard.
- Pump out: Free pump-out is available via boat (VHF 9) or at the town dock.
- An anchorage with excellent holding ground is located at the southern end of the harbor, just north of Ram Island. Affords good protection from prevailing southwest winds. A public dinghy dock is located at the town wharf adjacent to Barden’s and the harbormasters office. Dinghies can be left here for up to 3 hours. Skiffs can tie up here unattended for 20 minutes, unless permission for longer stays is granted by the harbormaster.
- Shallow-draft vessels may also be able to anchor inside super-protected Hammetts Cove, which has a mud bottom.
- Very large vessels can anchor in the outer harbor, south of Ram Island.
- (508) 748-3535
- Harbormaster Website
- The Marion town ramp is located next to Burr Brothers at Old Veterans Memorial Park, but there is no parking available for trailers. Two large public ramps with parking are available in nearby Wareham and Mattapoisett.
- No information available, although Marion Harbor is a terrific place to kayak. Kayakers can put in at the launch ramp or the sandy beach next to the harbormaster’s office. Parking is available at the latter location.
- Marion General Store (508) 748-0340: A short walk from either Bardens or Burr Brothers. Carries basic groceries, beer and wine.
- Cumberland Farms: Convenience store located at the intersection of Rte. 6 and Front St.
- Wareham Taxi (508) 295-5459
- Sippican Café (508) 748-0176: Imaginative cuisine in an intimate setting just minutes from the harbor.
- Brew Fish (508) 748-2986: Lively restaurant and bar with wide range of craft brews. A short walk from the harbor.
- Uncle Jon’s Coffee & Café (508) 748-0063: The best coffee and pastries in town, plus lunch items to go for boat picnics. Within walking distance of the harbor.
- Cilantro (508) 748-2700: Thai cuisine in a small restaurant within walking distance of the harbor.
- Santoro’s Pizza & More (508) 748-9599: Greek-style pizza, subs (and more) on Rte. 6.
- Village Landing B&B (508) 748-0350
- Pineywood Farm B&B (508) 748-3925
- Buzzards Bay Regatta: This large regatta is held in early August and hosted by the Beverly Yacht Club. The BBR is a well-attended series of races that draws sailors from all over the country who come to take advantage of the Buzzards Bay’s prevailing summer southwesterlies. Classes include 505, Ensign 420, Vanguard 15, Rhodes 19, PHFR, Multihull, Laser, J/80, J/24 and Etchells.
- J80 Buzzards Bay/Fleet 12: J80s sail in several events through the summer and early fall.
- Marion Art Center : The Marion Art Center, Inc. was established in 1957 as a non-profit community cultural organization dedicated to promoting the visual and performing arts. The building was originally a Universalist Church, circa 1830. After a series of major renovations, the building functions well for the various activities that take place here.