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Spring Boat Launch Day(s)
Jocelyn Marine will be launching our boats earlier than usual this year due to the tides. The first launch date will be Saturday, May 4, 2019 and the second on Monday, May 6, 2019

Fall Boat Haul-Out Day(s)

The following days have been scheduled with Jocelyn Marine.
The current scheduled date(s) are: TBA

Important Information and Links For All
New England Aquarium's Marine Animal Rescue Team - Update 4/20
Boating Laws and Responsibilities
Personal Watercraft Safety Laws
Laws Governing Vessel Operators Towing
(a person(s) on water skis, aquaplane, kneeboard, tube, or a similar devices)
U.S. Chart No. 1 | Symbols, Abbreviations and Terms used on Paper and Electronic Navigational Charts provides descriptions and depictions of three nautical chart symbology sets.
Federal Requirements


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Assistant Harbormasters
As of April 1, 2019

Tim Furlong
Marc Holey
Captain Carl Jenkins
Joshua Mahoney
Joel Marie
Michael Schultz
Stephen Schultz

New Kayak and Pram Storage Guidelines

Residents are encouraged to register kayaks with the Nahant Harbormaster regardless of where they are stored.

Approved storage locations:
Tudor Beach Kayak Storage Policy (Approved 6/15/2016)

  1. Kayak must display a valid identification sticker issued by the Harbormaster
  2. Kayaks must be stored in designated area (between posted signs on west end of beach)
  3. Kayak storage season begins May 1st and ends November 1st.
  4. The Town of Nahant reserves the right to remove all kayaks found in violation in violation of this policy.

Download the Kayak Release of Claims Form

Nahant Town Wharf Pram Storage Policy
Due to limited space, prams may only be stored at the Nahant Town Wharf under the following conditions:

  1. (A) The pram is primarily used to transport people/equipment to a vessel moored in the harbor immediately surrounding the Nahant Town Wharf. (B) That vessel moored in the harbor must have a current mooring permit. (C) The registered mooring must be used at least fourteen days during the current season
  2. Current pram storage agreement on file
  3. A current pram sticker must be displayed on the transom
  4. The pram must be stored in an approved space.

Download the Pram Release of Claims Form

Notice to Boat Owners with Moorings in Nahant
Warning The Nahant Harbormaster's office will begin tagging illegal moorings during the month of August.

Per Nahant Mooring Regulation 5A:

"Moorings not renewed by June 30th will be considered illegal and removed at the owner's expense and shall be delivered to the possession of the Harbormaster until claimed by the rightful owner or disposed of in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 91."

Current Year

Current Mooring Application

FY'21 Boat Declaration Form

Please Note: Your Mooring Permit Applications will be considered incomplete and returned if submitted without a completed Boat Declaration Form.

About the Application:

The interactive application (click above to download) is intended to be filled out on your computer, printed and signed. Simply download the Adobe Acrobat virtual to your computer and double click on the virtual to open it. Place the cursor on any of the fields and start typing. When complete, print the document, sign/date it and enclose the appropriate fee's.

(See Section 4 (Permits and Fee's) of the Harbormaster Regulations below).

1. Mooring Permit Applications are available here on the Harbormaster's webpage. Mooring Permit Applications will be considered incomplete and returned if submitted without the attached Boat Declaration Form.

2. Fill it out COMPLETELY and return it by mail to: Nahant Town Hall (Selectmen's Office) Att: Harbormaster, 334 Nahant Road, Nahant, MA 01908. Please write Harbormaster on the front of the envelope. Be sure to include the appropriate fee with your application. $4 per foot for residents and $6 per foot for non-residents.

3.Your permit will be mailed back to you or you will be called for further information.

All boats must comply with mooring regulations as posted on the Harbormaster website.

Cost is $4 per foot for residents. Please include certificate of registration for the boat or if documented-the documentation papers. All moorings must be reregistered before May 1st or number and or mooring space will be reassigned.

Section 4. Permits and Fees:
a. Resident: All boats moored in Nahant waters shall be assessed an annual fee of four dollars ($4) per foot (LOA).

b. Non-Resident: All boats moored in Nahant waters shall be assessed an annual fee of six dollars ($6) per foot (LOA).

Note: Mooring gear left on Town Wharf property will be considered abandoned and is subject to immediate removal by the Town of Nahant.

Welcome To The Town of Nahant's Mooring Regulations. Click on the appropriate section heading on the left to view the regulations.

Winter Reminder | Section 5A Of The Regulations:

“All mooring gear shall be inspected and/or serviced annually, by the owner, certified diver, or mooring service company to determine condition of gear and to ensure compliance with these regulations”

Purpose: The Town of Nahant mooring regulations have been established in order to provide efficient utilization of harbor and mooring areas, to improve the safety of moored vessels, and to provide adequate space for the enjoyment of all the users of the harbor and mooring areas. This shall be done by controlling the placement of moorings, establishing standards for mooring tackle, and by establishing regular, systematic mooring inspection.

Definitions: HARBORMASTER shall include all assistant harbormasters appointed by the Board of Selectmen and Town Administrator and under the direction of the Harbormaster.

Boat/Vessel: Every description of watercraft, used or capable of being used as a means of transportation on the water, including, but not limited to, seaplanes, amphibious vehicles, ships, barges and water crafts and power boats of any type or kind with any means of propulsion.

Mooring: Semi-permanent ground tackle; a place where vessels are kept at anchor.
a. Individual: moorings placed by a vessel owner for his/her private use.
b. Rental: moorings installed for which any type of user fee is charged.

Mooring Buoy: A buoy marking a mooring.

Mooring Permit: Written authorization issued by the Harbormaster Department to moor a vessel.

Mooring Year: January 1st through December 31st. Mooring applications and permits will be available online or in the Selectmen's Office.

Bow Chock: A rigging fitting on the bow of a vessel, normally mounted on deck or in the toe rail, to control a rigging or mooring line.

Owner: Shall include individuals, corporations, societies, associations. clubs, partnerships, etc.

Pennant: A line, cable, or chain by which a vessel is made fast to a mooring buoy.

Resident: Any real estate taxpayer or year round tenant, non-seasonal tenant (6 months or more of the
calendar year) located within the Town of Nahant. *Proof of residency: Current real estate tax bill, non-seasonal lease or, valid Massachusetts motor vehicle operator's license, or any other ID issued by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles, listing an address within the Town of Nahant.

To Anchor: To hold a vessel in place by lowering a temporary heavy weight or anchor into the water.

Disturbing Wake: Means the disturbing water or waves that a vessel leaves behind while underway which could cause injury or damage to another person, property or vessel due to excessive wave/wake activity.

Public Landing: Includes, but not limited to Tudor Wharf, the Town owned floats and ramp areas located at Tudor Wharf.

Permit Decal: Means the mooring sticker issued on a yearly basis by the Harbormaster.

Anchorage Area: Means any designated area used for the purpose of mooring or anchoring a vessel.

Regulations For Nahant Harbor:
a. No vessel shall exceed five (5) miles per hour or cause a disturbing wake within the mooring areas, Wharf, floats or where posted. 
b. No person shall operate a boat in any designated mooring area while towing water skiers, aquaplanes or similar devices.
c. No person shall operate a vessel within three hundred (300) feet of any beach while towing water- skiers, aquaplanes or similar devices.
d. No person shall operate a jet-ski, wetbike, or similar devices within three hundred (300) feet of any beach, mooring area, swimmer, shore, or where posted, at speeds in excess of headway speed. Headway speed shall mean the minimum speed needed to maintain steerage.
e. No persons shall skin dive or SCUBA dive in any mooring or anchorage area with out first obtaining written permission of the Harbormaster to do so.
f. All person skin diving or SCUBA diving shall display or tow the required dive flag while submerged and shall surface beneath such flag.
g. Abandonment of any boat in Town controlled waterways or placing a boat on an unauthorized mooring shall be prohibited.
h. No person shall leave a boat at anchor unattended in any mooring area for more than four (4) hours unless prior approval has be given in writing by the Harbormaster to do so.

Permits and Fees:
Resident: All boats moored in Nahant waters shall be assessed an annual fee of four dollars ($4) per foot (LOA).
b. Non-Resident: All boats moored in Nahant waters shall be assessed an annual fee of six dollars ($6) per foot (LOA).
c. Secondary Moorings: Resident; four dollars ($4.00) per foot (LOA) * Non-Resident; twelve dollars ($12) per foot (LOA) *
* For vessel owners requesting more than one mooring per boat (secondary mooring) , consideration of
application will only be given if such moorings are not in an area deemed full.
d. No boat shall be moored in Nahant waters without an approved mooring permit and permit decal. A $25 later fee may be applied.
The decal shall be placed on the boat's transom (starboard side) six inches in and two inches down from the gunwale. If such placement is impossible due to hull design it shall be placed where it is readily visible.
e. Falsifying information on a mooring permit application or failure to submit a completed mooring permit application or failure to pay Town of Nahant Boat Excise Tax shall be cause for non consideration of such permit.

Moorings not renewed bu June 30th will be considered illegal.

Mooring Specifications: (Effective Jan. 2000)
All moorings shall meet the minimum standards as set forth below prior to placement. These standards are set for normal weather conditions. In the event of gale winds or stronger and/or extreme tides, it is the mooring owners responsibility to ensure certain precautions are taken (see storm precautions last page).

The Town Of Nahant realizes that mooring loads are variable, that it is impossible to say that all boats of equal length require the same size mooring, and such standards can not be applied to all boats.

The Harbormaster of his/her designee (upon harbormaster approval), reserve the light to require a boat owner in increase the minimum mooring standard for any vessel should they feel the minimum standard would be inadequate for the vessel because of unusual design, such as but not limited to, excessive weight, windage, or draft.

Furthermore, the Town Of Nahant shall not be held liable for any damage inflicted if a minimum standard mooring falls.

Mushroom Anchor:

Boat Size

Mooring Weight

Bottom Chain

Top Chain



50 lbs





75 lbs





150 lbs





200 lbs 





250 lbs 





300 lbs





500 lbs




Over 40'

Harbormaster Approval

Helix Anchor:
The following specifications shall be considered the minimum allowable specifications of a Helix mooring system .
a. The shaft must be a minimum of 1 1/2" thick and a least six feet in length.
b. The shaft and helix must be of galvanized or other non-corrosive metal, such as stainless steel.
c. The shaft must be designed to allow the bottom chain to swivel around the shaft and to be replaced when necessary .
d. There shall be a minimum of two helixes attached to each shaft with the lower helix being a minimum of 8. in diameter and the top helix being a minimum of 10" on diameter.
e. All chain and pennant specifications will remain the consistent with the mushroom anchor chart.
f. Installation of Helix moorings must be done by a certified mooring contractor approved by the Harbormaster. The installer must demonstrate knowledge of the proper installation procedures and own the necessary machinery and gauges necessary to properly install the mooring system.
g. It shall be the responsibility of the installer to assure that the proper size and length helix is used according to the subsoll's within a given mooring area and for the vessel to be moored.
h. The installer shall record the position of the helix mooring by a GPS fix and record all the mooring specifications including the length of the shaft, depth of mean high water, torque reading at set, all sizes and length of ground tackle. All information shall be virtuald with the Harbormaster's Office.

AII Moorings:
All Moorings must be renewed no later, than May 1st of each year. Moorings not renewed by June 3Oth will be considered illegal and removed at the owner's expense and shall be delivered to the possession of the Harbormaster until claimed by the rightful owner or disposed of in accordance with M.G.L. Ch. 91. 

The sale of a boat does not include the sale of the mooring location~ Permit holders must notify the Harbormaster immediately upon sale of vessel.

Only authorized companies or individuals may service and/or do mooring work in Nahant waters. A written permit must first be obtained from the Harbormaster's Office. This shall not prohibit a mooring owner from setting or servicing his/her own mooring.
Any mooring other than a mushroom anchor or helix mooring shall be at the sole discretion of the Harbormaster.

Pennants shall be made of Nylon or Harbormaster approved type line. Chain length shall be 21/2 times the water depth at high tide. Bottom chain shall be 1/3 of the total length of chain.

Pennant lengths shall be a least two times the distance from the water to the bow, plus the distance from the bow to the mooring cleats.

Mooring pennants will not exceed 50% (LWL) of the vessel to be moored.

All pennants shall have proper chafe gear attached so as to cover an area one foot on either side of the bow chocks.

Moorings found to be inadequate with regards to the Town specifications as detailed shall be corrected by the owner within seven days of notice by the Harbormaster. Written notice to the Harbormaster detailing the corrective action taken by the owner and date corrective action was taken shall be required.

Mooring buoys shall be inflated, formed, molded or fabricated from white Styrofoam, rubber, plastic or fiberglass. Each buoy shall be white with a blue, horizontal stripe. Each buoy shall be identified by the owners mooring permit number in block lettering, not less than 4. in height and of contrasting color to the mooring buoy. Mooring buoys to be readily visible at all tidal ranges.

All mooring gear shall be inspected and/or serviced annually, by the owner, certified diver, or mooring service company to determine condition of gear and to ensure compliance with these regulations.

Placement of Moorings:
Moorings shall not be placed, altered, or shifted except under the direction of the Harbormaster or his/her designee.

No person shall move or interfere with moorings belonging to another person except under the direction of the Harbormaster or designee thereof and/or the permission of the vessel owner with a valid mooring permit for that location. No person other than the Harbormaster shall move or interfere with any vessel moored in the harbor who has a permit for that site.

The Harbormaster may limit the size and lengths of vessels moored in Nahant waters if in his opinion this is warranted due to congestion, t~\ease navigation, or as a measure of public safety. The mooring permit may be suspended or revoked by the Harbormaster whenever in his opinion the boat and/or mooring unduly threatens the safety of the mooring areas or the reasonable use of the areas by other boats.

Moorings that are placed in a location other than that as permitted by the Harbormaster shall be grounds for revocation of the mooring permit.

Wait List Procedures:
In areas that have in the opinion of the Harbormaster in consultation with the Town Administrator, reached the maximum mooring capacity a waiting list shall be established.

For areas where no additional space is available, individual applicants for mooring space shall be placed on a waiting list at the Office Of The Harbormaster.

Entries shall be kept in chronological order according to the date the application is received- The waiting list shall be renewable at the end of each calendar year.

It shall be the responsibility of the applicant to notify the Harbormaster, in writing, between January 1st and March 15th of each year of his/her desire to remain on the waiting list.

When a mooring space becomes available, the Harbormaster shall assign the mooring space to the first individual on the waiting list with a vessel appropriate for that particular location.

Unless otherwise provide for, these rules and regulation shall be enforced by the Harbormaster, Assistant Harbormasters', and by police officers empowered to patrol the waters of the Town of Nahant.

In the event that any provisions, section or clause of these regulations is hereafter found to be invalid, such invalidity shall not affect the validity of the remaining regulations.

Compatibility With Other Governmental Regulations:
Nothing contained herein shall be held or construed to supersede or conflict with or interfere with or limit the jurisdiction of the United States Government or the Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, except that in case of concurrent laws or regulations, the more restrictive rule, law or regulation shall apply.

These regulations establish the procedures in which moorings may be approved in the Town Of Nahant.

Any person violating these rules and regulations shall, for each offense, be punished by a fine of not more than twenty dollars, each day of the violation constitutes a separate violation. M.G.L. Ch. 45. Sec.24

Appeals Process:
ny person aggrieved by a refusal to permit a mooring, or any condition or restriction imposed relative thereto, may appeal in writing to the Town Of Nahant's Harbor and Marine Advisory Committee within fifteen days of such refusal or Imposition.

The Town Of Nahant's Harbor and Marine Advisory Committee shall consider such appeal and render a written determination as soon as practical.

If a mooring applicant is not satisfied with the determination of the Harbor and Marine Advisory Committee, he/she may appeal to the Town Administrator and further to the Department Of Environmental Protection In the manner prescribed in M.G.L. Ch. 91.

Non Payment Of Fees and Taxes:
No mooring permit shall issue until all fees and taxes from previous years are paid in full.

Authority To Make Regulations:
These regulations are promulgated under the authority of Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 102; Sections 21 through 26, and Chapter 91 by the Harbormaster on, 4/1/99) and approved by the Town Administrator on, 4/1/99 and by the Board Of Selectmen on, 4/1/99 .

The Harbormaster using his/her discretion and after consultation with the Town Administrator and the Harbor and Marine Advisory Committee, may deviate from these rules noted above if deemed to be in the best interest of the Town Of Nahant.

Robert W. Tibbo , Harbormaster
Jeffrey Chelgren, Town Administrator
Michael R. Manning, Board of Selectman
Vacant Seat , Board of Selectman
Richard J. Lombard,, Board of Selectman
Approved as to form and content Charles H. Riley Jr. ,Town Counsel

Storm Precautions:
Hurricane season generally lasts between August through October. Beside high winds, you can expect higher than normal tidal conditions, rough seas and tidal surges in excess of ten feet. Plan well ahead of the storm and be prepared. Get your boat out of the water if at all possible and place well away from areas of storm surges and high water.

Make storm plans with your boat hauler, or a marina in the event of a storm. If you are unable to have your boat hauled or move to a more sheltered location, you should double up on your pennant with additional lines, increase your moorings scope, place storm anchors, etc. Remember the Town Ramp will be extremely busy. If you can't haul your vessel:

You should remove from your boat:
All sails, roller furling, etc.
All dodgers, biminis and enclosures
Antennas and electronics
All removable equipment (rafts, deck chairs, boxes, etc.)
Ship's papers and all valuables
Portable fuel tanks (gasoline and propane)
Pump bilges dry and remove fresh water from holding tanks.
Batteries should be fully charged, pump switches and intake aren't jammed and work freely.
Check and add chafing gear.
Secure all hatches, windows, port holes, sea cocks. Shut off fuel lines to engine and cooking appliances.

Once Your Boat Is Secured, Leave. Never Stay With Your Boat During The Storm



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