Essex Island Marina

Essex Island Marina


We've exhibited at the Connecticut Spring Boat Show (formerly ) for nearly 10 years, from Mystic to Milford, and to its current home at Safe Harbor Essex Island / Essex Island Marina.

The show raises money for Sails Up 4 Cancer - and without any events this spring, the organization could probably use your help.

Please consider a donation to Sails Up 4 Cancer this (and beyond since the day's almost over).

Tagging a few folks with whom we have shared umbrellas, laughs and cocktails at this event over the years...
Hopefully we'll see you there this time next year!

Nautical Circuits, LLC, Boater's Buddy Marine, Boat Safe Connecticut, BoatiqueUSA, WindCheck Magazine Andrew Canepari
This girl was seen in the Deep River/Essex area. She's very scared. If you see her, please call the numbers on the flyer immediately

Was family owned and operated from 1955 - 2014, when the Schieferdecker family sold the facility to Essex village is a short ferry ride and walk away.

Essex Island Marina, located 5 scenic miles from the mouth of the Connecticut River, provides a boating destination unlike any other. Staying overnight, the weekend, or longer our experienced staff welcomes you to our quaint little marina and town. After strolling in town, come relax by the pool and enjoy the view of the serene Connecticut River. As evening approaches, stoke up the charcoal grill

Operating as usual


So long, and farewell. The Schieferdecker family has sold the marina. We would like to thank all of our customers, guests, staff, friends, and extended family from over the years. It has been a long run, but our voyage has come to an end. Thank you and stay tuned.....


Essex Island Marina's cover photo


So Long, Farewell


Happy 4th of July!!!! The boating season is off to a great start, despite Hurricane Arthur. Welcome Huntington Yacht Club. Hope you have a great rendezvous.


Ferry hours from May 23 - September 1
Sun - Thurs: 7:30am - 11:30pm
Fri, Sat, and Holiday Eves: 7:30am - 1:00am


Memorial Day weekend is quickly approaching. Don't let the weather forecasters get you down. Set sail and come enjoy the beautiful Connecticut River and town of Essex.


Happy May 1st. The season has officially started, welcome back to all of our seasonals.

The Ferry hours from May 1 - 21 are:
Sunday - Thursday: 7:30 am - 10:00pm
Friday & Saturday: 7:30 am - 12:00 am


Spring has arrived, despite the snow. The ferry officially started running and the river is on the rise.

Ferry hours of operation: April 15 - 30, 7:30-6:00.

If you are planning to come down to the marina, the river is starting to flood. Please be aware, depending on the severity of the spring flooding, water may be over the road.


HAPPY NEW YEAR!! Ring in the new year by planning your 2014 summer cruise. It's the best way to warm up in the cold and snow.


The ferry hours for the remainder of the season:
Daily 7:30am - 6:00pm, until December 15.


The Essex Board of Trade is holding their "Evening of the Villages" Event tonight at the Deck. Come enjoy food, fun, and a tea cup auction. Tickets available at the door.


Fall Ferry hours:
Sun - Thurs: 7:30 - 10:00
Fri., Sat., & holiday eves: 7:30 - 12:00


Thank you T.O.N.E (Tartan Owner's North East), for holding your rendezvous with us. Hope to see you again soon, until then we wish you calm seas and fair breezes.


Hot and steamy summer weather is predicted for the holiday weekend. Perfect for being on the water and on the boat. Come and spend the long weekend, slips available.


The Hot Steam Jazz Festival is this weekend at the Essex Steam Train. Come enjoy a weekend on the water and amazing jazz.


Happy Memorial Day!! Thank you veterans and troops.


Memorial Day weekend is less than a week away. Call and reserve your favorite spot.


This Saturday, May 11, is the May Market and Burning of the Ships Parade. Come and enjoy the festivities.


Today officially starts our season. Welcome back summer. The new ferry schedule until Wednesday, May 23 is:
Sunday-Thursday 7:30 - 10:00
Friday & Saturday 7:30 - 12:00
See you around the dock soon.


Please check out the Visit Connecticut page on FB. We are trying to get Essex to be the #1 town. Let them know you love Essex and Essex Island Marina.


Spring is officially here. The ferry started service today. Now thru April 30 the hours of operation are 7:30 am - 6:00 pm.


Happy Spring!!! Time to get the boats ready to go in the water and to make your summer reservations.


Come and show your Irish spirit. Essex Go Bragh parade is tomorrow, Saturday March 16, 2013. Don't be green with envy, celebrate St. Patty's Day Essex style.


On such a cold and blustery day, it's hard to believe spring is just a month away. Call and make your reservations today.


Happy New Year! Looking forward to the 2013 boating season.


Happy Veteran's Day. Thank you to all the vets out there, and for everything you do for us!


The ferry will resume service tomorrow, November 1. Hours of operation 7:30 am to 6:00 pm.


The clean up process continues. Ferry service will still be suspended tomorrow, October 31.


WE SURVIVED!!!! :). All the boats made it through. We did sustain some minor dock damage, but all and all faired very well. Let the clean up begin. The ferry is still shut down, will update when ferry service resumes.


The wind is dying down, and the water is receding. Will update again when daylight comes.


All boats secure. The wind is super intense. Now we just wait for the surge to come in. Thanks everyone for keeping us in your thoughts.


Sandy is throwing a lot of rain and wind at us, but after last check everyone is still fairing well.


Storm Update: Just completed a line check. Everyone is riding well. Ferry service has been suspended until further notice. The Town of Essex has shut down Ferry Street. Will continue posting updates throughout storm.


Happy Columbus Day!! (The unofficial end to the boating season. Time to start tucking the boats in for their long winter naps.) Thank you to all our wonderful customers for a great boating season. Wishes to everyone that 2013 is as good or better.




Ferry Street
Essex, CT

Opening Hours

Monday 8am - 5pm
Tuesday 8am - 5pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Thursday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 5pm
Saturday 8am - 5pm
Sunday 8am - 5pm

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