North Haven is both the harbor and the island. The "Fox Islands Thoroughfare" is the mile-wide strait that separates the islands and towns of North Haven and Vinalhaven. The North Haven Harbormaster handles all moorings in the Fox Islands Thoroughfare.
The Maine State Ferry Service provides transportation across the Penobscot Bay between North Haven Harbor and the City of Rockland. The Captain Neal Burgess makes three 20-kilometer one hour ten minute trip every day. Town Landing is located on the west side of the North Haven Harbor ferry slip, but it offers no facilities or services.
There are four main anchorages in North Haven Harbor, although there are also many anchorages nearby for yachts. North Haven Harbor, served by Brown's Boatyard, is the biggest anchorage on the island.
Located east of the ferry landing, J.O. Brown & Son, Inc. (Brown's Boatyard) in North Haven Harbor is a full-service boatyard offering moorings (marked "JOB"), a chandlery, and a fuel dock. Brown's shop is the local center for island news. Located in the boatyard, Brown's Coal Wharf offers spectacular views of the Thoroughfare.
North Haven Harbor's J.O. Brown & Son builds wooden boats ranging from traditional lobster boats to the more innovative Phil Bolger design. Brown's offers moorings and alongside docking space with a depth of 1.5 meters (5 feet) at low tide. The yard's floats have gas, diesel, electricity, water, and ice.
Located near the ferry terminal is the North Haven Yacht Club, known as the North Haven Casino, where visiting yachts can tie up for short periods. Guest moorings are marked "NHC." Visitors can tie up to the North Haven Harbor yacht club's floats (alongside depth of 1.5 meters or 5 feet at low tide) briefly. Downwind from the town is Perry's Creek, a quiet anchorage within a short dinghy ride from the town of North Haven Harbor.
Southern Harbor is less than two nautical miles northwest of North Haven Harbor. This less hurried North Haven Harbor anchorage is also home to Thayer's Yard, a full-service boatyard. Thayer's offers a launching ramp and one transient mooring with water and 30 amp electric hook-ups. Showers and restrooms are available. Two of Thayer's eight moorings are reserved for visitors. Thayer's is a full-service boat yard offering the full complement of repairs from cleaning to engine and electrical repairs, woodworking, and yacht interiors.
On the island's northwestern shore of North Haven Harbor, Bartlett's Harbor is a small anchorage offering great views of the sunsets. Almost five kilometers northeast of that is Pulpit Harbor with Cabot Cove's quiet protected anchorage without any services. This residential harbor is prized by the people living there for its tranquility.
None of the anchorages in North Haven Harbor allow overboard discharge, nor are there places to leave garbage. Therefore, boaters must leave with everything they bring to North Haven Harbor. Dock water is available only at Brown's and Thayer's boatyards. Visiting boaters can call for a ride to go shopping at the North Haven Harbor grocery store.
When no moorings are available in North Haven Harbor, boaters can anchor outside the moored boats where they will find a depth of 4.9 to 7.6 meters (16 to 25 feet) at low tide.