Christopher T. Sanborn
Waterfront Manager/Harbormaster

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As of September 1st we will not be accepting online registrations for scheduled pumpouts. If your vessel is in need of a pumpout, please hail the pumpout boat on VHF channel 9. All scheduled pumpouts will end on October 5th for the season.

Click here for Pumpout Request On-Line Registration Form

Click here for Vessel Check On-Line Registration Form

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Danvers Harbor
Located within Danversport’s naturally protected harbor are several private marinas including the Danversport Yacht Club, Bunky's Marina, Liberty Marina, Pope's Landing Marina and Portside Marine Service. The Crane River Marina is the Town’s only public marina and provides dockage for 68 vessels up to 25' in length. The harbor is made up of four rivers; the Danvers River, Waters River, Cranes River and Porter River. Collectively, the harbor is homeport to nearly 1,000 vessels.
Boat Launching
Pope's Landing is located less than ½ mile from Route 128 (exit 23). For a minimum charge of $5.00 ($75 for the season) you can launch your boat using our recently rebuilt boat launch ramp. The Landing also offers public restrooms, a lighted parking lot, scenic park, and picnic area. There is a thirty minute tie-up area at the public dock for boaters who want to enjoy the view and use the picnic area and facilities.
The Harbormaster's office oversees the placement and permitting of 125 moorings. Moorings are privately owned by boaters and homeowners.

The Town of Danvers is not currently permitting new moorings, however, moorings being sold are offered to waiting list applicants.

  Pumpout Services
The Town of Danvers, in partnership with the Danversport Yacht Club, is committed to improving the water quality of our rivers and streams. Our boaters can also help by utilizing our free pump out facilities and services. The Town’s pumpout boat will come to any marina or mooring in Danvers and pump out your vessel free of charge. Click here to register online to have your vessel pumped out.

Effective June 23, 2008, the coastal waters of Marblehead, Salem, Danvers, Beverly, and Manchester-by-the-Sea became a Federal/State No Discharge Area. For more information click here.

Safe Boating Day at U.S. Coast Guard Station Gloucester - May 18th For information, click here.

Vessel Safety Checks

U.S. Coast Guard

Help insure a safe and enjoyable 2012 boating season for you and your family. Have your boat’s safety equipment checked by a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. Safety checks are free, voluntary and take about 15 minutes.

CLICK HERE to schedule a Free
Vessel Safety Check!

Checklist: Lifejackets, Fire Extinguisher, visual distress signals, navigation lights, horn, numbers/registration, ventilation, backfire flame arrestor, no unsafe conditions.


A Float Plan is specifically designed to provide Search And Rescue (SAR) personnel with the critical information they need to locate you quickly. It is a written statement of the details of an intended voyage usually filed with a family member, friend, neighbor and/or marina operator on shore; a document that specifically describes the vessel, equipment, crew, and itinerary of a planned voyage. Information is organized in such a way that the holder of your plan can quickly, and accurately, convey the information to rescue authorities.

CLICK HERE to for an online version of the
USCG Float Plan.

Harbormaster’s Boating Safety Tip of the Month

Follow a Pre-Departure Checklist

Proper boating safety means being prepared for any possibility on the water. From compliance with fire safety regulations to tips for fueling up, following a pre-departure checklist is the best way to make sure no boating safety rules or precautions have been forgotten. Learn more »


Danvers Harbor Dredging Project
Completed February 2008

Pope's Landing Boat Ramp Re-Construction
Completed September 2006

What is a Harbormaster?

Harbormasters have been on watch since colonial times to ensure that shipping went smoothly and trade was regulated. Two centuries later, Section 23 of Massachusetts's code on Harbors and Harbormasters still contains the wording that permits harbormasters to direct vessels to "cockbill the lower yards ... and rig in the jib boom." Click here for more. Massachusetts Harbormaster Association

Danvers River Committee

River Committee Members

Meeting Dates

2011 Annual Report to Town Meeting


Recognizing that the Danvers Waterfront is a valuable, irreplaceable resource that is integral to the quality of life of the inhabitants of the Town, the Town’s River Committee’s primary objective is to protect, preserve, and enhance the river. It further seeks to:

• Recommend improvements and management objectives for the Town owned waterfront facilities and bridges, including but not limited to waterway fees and collection;

• Serve as an advocacy group for the improvement of the Town’s water related recreational uses and pursuits and work with Town boards to satisfy this objective;

• Raise public awareness of the value of protecting and preserving the river;

• To keep permits current and active.

Danvers Harbor Incident/Offense Stats and Analysis
Marine Theft Prevention Information

NEW - Check out our Boats & Equipment Link

Harbormaster Office Map
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Harbormaster Association
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Danvers Waterfront
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Local Navigation Information
For information on local bridge procedures and opening instructions, click here.

Some Additional Links Are Below!



United States Coast Guard Vessel Documentation Center

Caution To Boaters - Off Shore LNG Terminal

Recall & Safety Notices

Boat Accident Report Forms

Massachusetts Boating Guide

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