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.
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
- VHF: CHANNEL 9
- Maritime Center Manager: Sarah Schroeder
- EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Tim Mills – VIA CHANNEL 16
- Perrotti Park, 39 America’s Cup Ave., Newport, RI
For more information on the Maritime Center CLICK HERE.
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