Identified as \"New England's Finest Yacht Basin,\" this full service marina has been family owned and ... More
Mystic River Marina
Identified as \"New England's Finest Yacht Basin,\" this full service marina has been family owned and operated since 1957. It features transient dockage, shuttle service and car rentals, a clubhouse, a laundromat, a children's playground, an outdoor pool, a patio with barbecue grills, and a restaurant.
I have been in this marina for 4 years. Located on the Mystic river with high summer traffic.
Electric, Cable TV, Water & Wifi @ dock slips
There are no floating docks for boats over 10' beam. Seasonal people are mostly friendly and over 50 years of age, Good store for parts. Pool is sited well but sometimes is closed during summer for rumored high bacteria levels.
Nice manicured lawns but grills are filthy with caked on grime and rust. I wouldn't cook anything on them. Kddie swings.
The docks are not floating and are not made from pressure treated lumber. There are splnters and nailheads protruding from the decks. Limited fingers. There is a 2-4 foot tide difference that makes it difficult for boarding during low tides. Lighting on the docks with some lights broken and not working at all. No fire extnguishers at any dock except probably at fuel dock. No life saving rings at any dock except maybe fuel dock.
Parking lot is dimly lit. Limited dock carts usually scattered about here and there.
Dumpsters are usually over flowing by Sat evening and defintiely by Sunday. We have seen rodents there. No recycling. Marina is not on the Green EPA list and has not "pledged" to be one in the next year. River is dirty and rumored to have traces of toxic sludge on the very muddy bottom.
Bathrooms are 60's style but have new mixing valves at the sinks and new stall surrounds. Men's room has two "home style" non commercial flushes that sometimes overflow making for a mess of feces and dirty water. Showers are ok. One old hand dryer. No paper towls.
The laundry room is crampt with one old top loader and old dryer.
Clubhouse is like stepping back into the 60's. Older TV and a few tables and chairs. A few vending machiines. Fireplace. The deck attached is not PT lumber and the red paint is peeling in someplaces and nail heads are protruding in others. Some metal & fiberglass tables with attached benches. No awning. Bring your own barbecue and cook there.
No restaurant or lounge. There was one two years ago but didn't make it. You need bike to get 2 miles into town. One mile by dingy. Mostly overpriced mediocre restaurants. Good NY style pizza at Pizetta's. Good bargain.... Margaritas there also. Forget Mystic Pizza.
No fuel discount. Dockmaster is great guy but only has a few college age kids for help who disappear in late August.
Owners do not seem interested in upgrading to floating docks for boats over 10' beam. If they haven't done it in the last 50 years, I doubt there are any near future plans.
So, if you want a trip back into the 60's for nostalgia purposes, love seniors over 50, by all means this marina is for you. If you expect all the modern ammenities, a more modern scene, try Brewers or others on the River, because time has passed this one by.
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