ThE Boat yard
Brown’s is a full service yard, with moorings, shower, a small chandlery and fuel dock. Brown’s shop is a treat and more or less where the waterfront news is found and disseminated to both local and foreigner alike. Located east of North Haven’s ferry landing, the yard was started in 1888 at the old clam and lobster processing factory. Fourth-generation Foy Brown is still building wooden boats here, ranging from traditional lobster boats to a radical Phil Bolger design. In addition to our moorings, there is space alongside, in 5 feet of water at low. Gas, diesel, water, ice, and electricity may be obtained at the floats, and there is a chandlery. Our yard has a 15-ton boatlift and can handle hull and engine repairs. Or you can do them yourself.
North Haven is located in the center of Penobscot bay approximately 12 miles NE from Rockland Harbor and 9 miles East of Camden Harbor. The summer winds usually blow southwest, gaining a moderate breeze about mid afternoon. The Island has four principal anchorages with numerous nearby anchorages for the cruising yachtsman. When approaching from the south, southwest, you will note the Fox Island Thoroughfare which runs between the Islands of North Haven and Vinalhaven. It is marked by a granite obelisk known as The Monument and Brown’s Head Light on the west end of the Thoroughfare. Approximately half way through the Thoroughfare, approaching from the SW you will find the town center of North Haven on the port bow. This is the largest anchorage on North Haven and is serviced by Brown’s Boat Yard.