Anchoring is permitted outside the fairways, channels, mooring fields, or other restricted areas. If uncertain, contact the harbormaster Alan Twombley at (207) 781-7317.
Portland Yacht Club accommodates visiting yachts up to 59 feet long with deep water access on their moorings, based on space availability. PYC has ten moorings for visiting yachts and more when members leave for extended cruises. Contact Heather Sheehan, Waterfront Manager (207) 781-9820 Ext. 20 in advance to make your reservation. PYC monitors VHF Ch. 68. Their fees range from $45 to $55 per night, depending on boat length. This fee includes access to many club services, including launch, dining room, showers, etc.
Handy Boat has fifty transient mooring rentals for boats up to 65 feet, plus dock space and many services. Among the many respected people at Handy is Senior Marine Systems Technician Roger Hellyar-Brook. He is a former instructor at the nearby Landing School (a highly regarded Maine boat-building school). He is an expert in all areas of marine and diesel repair and a great raconteur — he has a million stories. The Dockside Grill on the grounds of Handy Boat is excellent. You can take the launch in for dinner or bring your own dinghy to the dock. Dockside Provisions is a convenience store at the top of the pier to purchase many essentials, including food and fuel. Hail them on VHF channel 9.
Falmouth Town Landing hosts the largest recreational anchorage/mooring field north of Marblehead. There is a public beach and boat launch ramp. All moorings are privately owned and unlikely to be available to transients. PYC and Handy are better bets for a rental mooring. The Town Landing also offers a pump-out service. Contact Harbormaster Alan Twombley at (207) 781-7317.