Brewers Dauntless Marina has 140 seasonal slips, 60 moorings, and transient slips for visiting yachts, as well as a solid team of people to cater to your needs and wants, whether you want to access their free WiFi, go swimming in a sparkling swimming pool, or check out fun dining and shopping options in the area.

Providing full-service on a year-round basis, Brewers Dauntless Shipyard and Marina has several tempting and accommodating services and amenities. They offer climate-controlled, well-lit, fire-protected buildings that provide complete boatyard services. Brewers has a 35-ton open-end travelift, a 20-ton hydraulic trailer, and 15-ton crane, which all enable them to cater to over 200 yachts.

They also have an advanced spray booth and can maintain brightwork, restore damaged fiberglass, color-match gel coat, and make major fiberglass modifications, using various laminating resins. They have a number of mechanical, refinishing, electrical, carpentry, and rigging services. Their floating docks come equipped with ample power, water, cable TV, and free WiFi Internet. There’s a swimming pool at the Shipyard (which is also available to the Marina), as well as a picnic area with BBQ grills.

You have to be quite creative to become bored while at Brewers Dauntless Marina because they have several options for how to spend your time. Abby’s Place is a casual waterfront dining area overlooking the marina and Connecticut River. Some other great options are Olive Oyl’s Carry-Out Cuisine, Sweet P’s Ice Cream on Main Street, shops like Toys Ahoy and Hattitudes in Essex Village, golf courses, tennis courts, and the Essex Steam Train.

Formed in 1917, Brewers Dauntless Shipyard was named after the schooner Dauntless, which was part of late-1800s America’s Cup yachts.

With a total of 140 seasonal slips, 60 moorings, and transient slips for visiting yachts, Brewers Dauntless Marina has a launch service available from May 1st through October 31st.

Brewers Dauntless Shipyard

37 Pratt St.
Essex, CT 06426
Manager: Doug Domenie
P (860) 767-0001
F (860) 767-3074
VHF Channel 9
Lat/Long 41° 21′ 15″ N / 72° 23′ 15″W
Buoy ref: ‘R 26’

Brewers Dauntless Marina

9 Novelty Lane
Essex, CT 06426
Manager: Cy Libby
P (860) 767-8267
F (860) 767-0356
VHF Channel 68
Lat/Long 41° 20′ 58″ N / 72° 23′ 03″W
Buoy ref: The marina’s well-marked entrance channel is between day markers 25 and 26


By Laura Dunn, Southern Exposure