Frequently Asked Questions
Below are some frequently asked questions. If you do not see the answers to your questions here, please do not hesitate to contact us.
The Sandwich Marina has a cancellation policy based on LOA of the vessel. Reservations for vessels under 74 feet must be cancelled 48+ hours prior to scheduled arrival to receive a full refund, otherwise they forfeit the 1-night deposit fee. Reservations for vessels 75 feet and over must be cancelled 7 days prior to scheduled arrival to receive a full refund, otherwise they forfeit the 1-night deposit fee.
Annual Pleasure Slipholder Payments:
- November 15th
- February 15th
- April 30th
Annual Commercial Slipholder Payments:
- October 1st
- January 1st
- April 1st
- July 1st
- February 15th
Here is the super simple bullet form list of requirements for boat owners. The following amounts are recommended to ensure your properly covered for the following:
- Protection & Indemnity / Liability: $500,000
- Fuel & Other Spill Liability: $997,100*
- Hull / Machinery Coverage: In the Amount of Vessel
*Fuel-spill liability: Some policies only pay the cost of cleaning up a fuel spill if it occurs due to a “covered loss.” So if your sunken boat wasn’t covered because the outdrive bellows failed due to wear, tear or corrosion, the resulting fuel spill won’t be either. Sometimes fuel spill coverage is subtracted from other liability payments. A better insurance policy separates out fuel-spill liability and provides coverage up to the maximum amount you can be held liable for under federal law, the Clean Water Act, which is $997,100.
COMMERCIAL VESSELS require the following statement on their policy:
- Include in remarks on Certificate of Insurance: “Policy includes coverage for commercial operation of vessel including but not limited to charter, construction, fishing, or other marine related commercial endeavors”
Call the Harbormaster’s office at (508) 833-0808 for current pricing.
1. Complete form, indicated category (size of current vessel) and submit to Harbormaster with $10 initial fee.
2. Your name is placed on the Wait List based on date/time precedence.
3. Complete annual renewal form and submit with $20 renewal fee to Harbormaster’s office by February 15.
Ramp Hours (May 1 – October 31):
Staffed: 6:00 am – 5:00 pm/8:00pm in peak season
After Hours: Honor System – please stop at the ramp shack
Ramp Off-season Hours (November 1 – April 30):
Honor System – please stop at the ramp shack
The marina uses an honor system to pay to utilize the public ramp. Envelopes and pens are in the box outside of the ramp shack for payment.
2021 Ramp Fees:
Daily Pass : $10.00
Season Pass: $150.00
The marina uses an honor system to pay to utilize the public ramp when it is unmanned. Envelopes and pens are in the box outside of the ramp shack for payment.
A: Yes, you can change lists for size only, not type. This means you can’t change from recreational to half-slip, or commercial to recreational, etc. You can change size categories as many times as you’d like. However, changes must be done and approved prior to being officially offered a slip. Once a slip is offered in a category, it cannot be changed.
A: Yes, you can apply for the commercial waitlist, however the commercial striped bass permit does not satisfy the commercial permit requirement. The necessary permits are limited entry permits, including lobster permits as well as endorsements for sea bass pot, conch pot, scup pot, gillnet, surf clam, ocean quahog, fluke, state waters bay quahog dredging, state waters groundfish, and mobile gear coastal access for Massachusetts, or federal permits.
Please refer to the Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries or NOAA Fisheries for further clarification.
A: No, once you miss payment for the waitlist, you are permanently removed from the waitlist. To get back on the list you must reapply.
A: Length Overall (LOA) is measured from the furthest extension of the bow (including pulpit) to the furthest extension of the stern (i.e. swim platform, raised outboard engines, etc)
Half-slips can only accommodate up to a 22 foot boat.
A: Half-slips charges are similar to full-slip charges in that they are based on whatever is larger, the length overall of the boat or slip size. A half-slip is up to 22ft so the minimum charge for a half-slip is the annual half-slip rate times 22ft.
A: THERE IS NO GUARANTEE YOU WILL BE PLACED IN YOUR PREVIOUS SLIP OR THAT A SLIP WILL BE AVAILABLE. THE HARBORMASTER WILL ASSIGN YOU A SLIP BASED ON WHATS AVAILABLE FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF THE MARINA/TENANTS AND IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE POLICY.
A: THE HARBORMASTER WILL PROVIDE YOU PRECEDENCE AT THE BEGINNING OF THE SEASON FOR SLIP ASSIGNMENTS. HOWEVER IF A SLIP IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THAT YEAR YOU ELECTED TO RETURN, YOUR NAME WILL BE REMOVED FROM THE LIST AND YOU WILL NOT BE CARRIED OVER TO THE FOLLOWING YEAR.
A: YES, YOU CAN REQUEST A ONE YEAR SIT OUT; PLEASE NOTIFY OUR OFFICE BY NOVEMBER 15TH TO CONTACT THE HARBORMASTER’S OFFICE WITH YOUR INTENTIONS WHETHER YOU PLAN TO RETURN OR NOT. REASSIGNMENT OF A SLIP IS BASED SOLELY ON AVAILABILITY.