Scituate Harbor contains about 13 thousand acres (21 square miles) of waterways. Included in this are five beaches, four rivers, and the large sheltered Scituate Harbor. Town Pier is home to a working fishing fleet.
The Scituate Harbormaster's Office ensures water safety, enforces maritime laws, and assigns the mooring and slips owned by the town. During the summer, as many as 14 people staff the harbormaster's office, but three people staff the office year-round. The offices are open seven days a week from 8am until 4pm from mid-May through Mid-October and from 8am until 4pm Monday through Friday the rest of the year.
There are two municipal marinas in Scituate Harbor that offer transient slips and the use of patron slips when they are not there. Slip reservations are first-come first-served, and payment in full must be made before arriving to guarantee the reservation. The Scituate Harbormaster determines where transient vessels will be moored. Fees are $3 per foot per night. Available facilities include bathrooms and showers, water, and garbage disposal. An ice machine is available with cubes ($2) and blocks ($3).
Both marinas are within walking distance of restaurants, laundry service, and charter fishing boats. There are also hotels, bed and breakfasts, a food market, banks, and gift shops nearby. The 18-hole Widow's Walk Golf Course is about two miles from Scituate Harbor.
Scituate Harbor Marina has both transient and seasonal slips that can accommodate boats to meters 21.3 meters (70 feet) long. Dockside depth is 1.8 meters (six feet) at low tide. On-site services at the Scituate Harbor Marina include a gas and diesel fuel dock, dockside power, bathrooms and showers, oil, fresh water, and ice. The Scituate Harbor Marina is located near to downtown and to the local public beaches of "Sand Hills." The marina was renovated in 2003 and has new docks, pilings, and fuel system.
The Scituate Harbor Maritime Center (SMC) is a multi-use facility for visitors to the Scituate Marine Park. Visitors to the SMC will find opportunities for education, history, recreation, and environmental activities while learning about Scituate Harbor's maritime history and enjoying the open space of the Park. The SMC is open year-round and has public bathrooms open to all. Facing Scituate Harbor, the SMC has a 50-person capacity meeting room available for rent and a large parking lot. The Scituate Harbormaster oversees the Scituate Maritime Center Foundation in scheduling and rentals at the SMC.
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