One of the best ways to experience Bermuda’s clear waters and scenic views is by sailing into the island. In fact, this is the main reason why Bermuda has always been an ideal destination for seafarers. However, there are, of course, a few challenges involved in using a boat or yacht for entering the island. One of them is finding the right place to berth your vessel.
But before you can sail your boat to other water areas in Bermuda and safely berth your vessel, you have to enter through St. George's Port first as well as clear customs and Bermuda immigration at the Ordnance Island. Once done, you can then head to your chosen marina to moor your yacht. Most marinas on the island have facilities that you can enjoy. Here’s a short list of marinas in Bermuda with their location and amenities:
The Waterfront Marina
Situated at Hamilton, this yacht marina offers up to 50 berths for visiting yachts. It has a 24-hour self-service fuelling, dock carts for hire, restrooms, and other convenient items. Its central location also provides convenience to its customers. The Waterfront Marina is near essential amenities like the Miles Market and Tone Zone Health Club. There’s also a PW Marine on site. It offers everything from engine parts and boat supplies,, which allows you to service your yacht to keep it in good condition.
Royal Bermuda Yacht Club
If you are looking for a marina with berthing services and a rich history to go with it, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club is what you need. It is the oldest Yacht marina in Bermuda and the broader Western Hemisphere having been established in 1844. The marina can accommodate yachts of up to 150 feet and has 130 well-serviced berths.
The Royal Bermuda Yacht Club overlooks the Hamilton Harbour in Hamilton and is a full-service facility with excellent docking services, laundry, running water, and yacht repair services. The club also hosts international events from time to time including the Charleston to Bermuda Race.
Pier 41 Marina
Pier 41 is situated at the Royal Naval Dockyard in the west end of Bermuda. The marina allows for berthing of vessels including ships of up to 115 feet. You do not have to worry about power as the marina has both shore and portable power as well as pump out and fuel services. Shower and laundry services are also available.
You can acquire whatever supplies you need at the Dock shop be it food or supplies for your marine adventure. If you would like to take part in water activities like snorkeling or diving, the Watersports Center onsite is a perfect place to book your excursions.
Captain Smokes Marina
Captain Smokes Marina is a boat marina offering Mediterranean style mooring located on the East End of Bermuda at St. George's town. The marina has fresh water, 110 and 220 voltage electricity, electrical hookups, bathroom, showers, and internet.
The marina has picnic areas and barbecue grills that are well maintained and tailored to suit the needs of visitors. You will also find boat repair services and a hardware store for your supplies not far from the marina. The marina is only a five-minute walk from St. George town.
About Bermuda Boatyards
While a good marina will ensure safe-keeping of your vessel, Bermuda boatyards are there to offer repair and maintenance services to keep your yacht in tip-top shape. Some Bermuda boatyards like Convict Bay Boatyard offer both off-yard and on-yard services for boats while others like Mills Creek Marine Ltd in Pembroke focus in spray painting and fiberglass repairs. However, in case of emergency repairs, it is advisable to contact the Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre for help.
Every facility, be it a boat marina or a yacht marina in Bermuda, has different offers and opening hours. It is essential to have a look at the available options before deciding on where to berth or repair your vessel. This not only saves you from possible inconveniences, but also ensures you get value for your money.