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Dinghy Docks, Racks and Ramps

Convenient Locations and Affordable Rates

The NBPA oversees the dinghy docks, ramps and racks for residential, commercial, marine industrial, and transient use.

Dingy docks:

  • Pope’s Island Marina - East Side of marina off Route 6 parking log
  • Gifford Street - Follow channel west of Palmer Island to Gifford Street boat ramps
  • US Coast Guard Park - South of State Pier next to the schooner Ernestina

Public boat ramps:

  • Gifford Street - Western end of hurricane barrier
  • West Rodney French Boulevard - south of hurricane barrier
  • East Rodney French Boulevard Boat Ramp - Clark's Cove south of hurricane barrier

Dinghy Racks:

  • Gifford Street - Western end of hurricane barrier

The Harbor Map shows the general location of the boat ramps and dinghy docks.

Rates and Fees for Dinghy Docks, Racks and Ramps


  • Marina Facility Use Fees
    •  $7 Daily use
    • $150 Seasonal Pass
  • Recreational Ramp Use
    • $7 Daily Ramp Fee
    • $55 Seasonal Ramp Pass
    • $25 Seasonal Recreational  Mooring Dingy Ramp Launch (includes Parking)
    • $40 Dingy Rack Space
    • $150 Dingy Dock Space


  • Commercial fishing Permit Ramp Use (must present permit when applying)
    •  $7 Daily Ramp Fee
    • $25 Seasonal Commercial Ramp (includes Parking)
    • $25 Seasonal Commercial Mooring Ramp Launch Pass (includes Parking)
  • Commercial Charter Ramp
    • $20 Per Vessel Daily Ramp Fee
    • $150 Seasonal Pass
  • Commercial Hauling Ramp Use for Boat Launching
    • $300 First Vessel Seasonally
    • $75 Second Vessel Seasonally (and each additional vehicle

 The NBPA Commissioners vote on and set the rates, and rules and regulations for all categories of mooring customers and boat ramp users, which are published in the Official Mooring and Anchoring Regulations (effective date July 2011).  The NBPA Official Rules and Regulations (effective date February 2009) cover general Harbor requirements and policies. They are available in both hard copy and on-line

Harbor Attendants are responsible for assigning moorings and keeping track of user applications submitted annually. The Harbor Attendants also manage the annual billing and disseminate copies of the current Mooring and Anchoring Regulations. As required by Massachusetts General Law, waiting lists are maintained for mooring assignments. The Harbor Attendants also oversee the administration of ramp fees and conduct enforcement of the voted rules and regulations for boat ramps.

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