Dauntless Shipyard & Marina Dauntless Shipyard & Marina Dauntless Shipyard & Marina Dauntless Shipyard & Marina

Dauntless Shipyard & Marina Dauntless Shipyard & Marina Dauntless Shipyard & Marina Dauntless Shipyard & Marina

Safe Harbor's Dauntless Shipyard & Marina are two great locations which offer modern, fully-equipped facilities and state-of-the-art service work, in a historic village known for three centuries of maritime excellence.

The Shipyard is located in protected North Cove, just off the CT River. 100 floating docks accommodate boats from 20’ to 100’. Dauntless Shipyard, c.1917, was named for the schooner Dauntless, one of the late-1800s America's Cup yachts. The yard developed a strong reputation building many wooden vessels until the late 1930s. The yard's focus turned to yacht maintenance, which it continues to do today.

The Marina is located on the west bank of the CT River just north of marker R-26 in the middle of the Essex mooring field. 35 floating docks, and a 150’ fixed dock (which also serves as the Valvtect fuel dock) can accommodate any boat. Ample electric is available from 30, 50 to 100 amp service. Additionally, the marina has 55 moorings, which are serviced by the marina’s launch.

Safe Harbor's Dauntless Marina was originally known as the Essex Paint and Chemical Company in the 1920s — until a fire destroyed the building in 1924. It was rebuilt and continued operation until 1986. The original Chandlery of Essex was constructed in 1924, and operated successfully for decades. It was eventually acquired by the Brewer Yacht Yard group in 2008 before joining the Safe Harbor family of marinas in 2017.

Full Service, Year Round, our experienced marine technicians are available to take care of your (and your boat’s) needs, year round. Offering a wide range of manufacturer-certified services, our skilled staff have an excellent reputation in the industry.

CT Certified Clean Marina. Dauntless Shipyard & Marina is proud to be recognized as a CT Certified Clean Marina.


Monday-Friday: 8:00 am-4:30 pm

Dates of Operation

Service is Year Around


Transient Dockage: $4.00/ft + electric; Please call to inquire about Seasonal Dockage and Winter Storage and Services

Other Amenities

  • Electric Hookup
  • Meeting/Event Facilities
  • Pet friendly
  • Planned Activities
  • Pool Outdoor
  • Restaurant on Site
  • Store
  • Toilets
  • Wi-Fi

37 Pratt St.
Essex, CT 06426
United States

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