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LISTED BELOW ARE THE POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
RELATIVE TO THE OPERATION OF NED DIMES MARINA (COMPO)
AND THE E. R. STRAIT MARINA (LONGSHORE) MARINA ASSIGNMENTS

  1. Bona fide Westport residents are the only persons allowed to hold slips at either town marina.
  2. The Connecticut Boat Registration issued annually in April will be proof that the boat assigned to each space is in the name of the Westport applicant. Registration copy is to be submitted annually to the Parks and Recreation Dept.
  3. All boats assigned to Town marinas are measured by the Dockmaster prior to receiving a slip assignment. The overall length measured from any pulpit or bowsprit to the stern-most structured part of the boat (including swim platforms) determines the length used for assignment purposes.
  4. The maximum allowable boat length for new assignments is 40 feet.
  5. The Parks and Recreation Department reserves the right to change slip assignments for any reason whatsoever. Any boat that is not in its proper location or encroaches on the safety of others may be moved and the owner may lose town marina privileges. All boats staying in Town marinas after November 1 must retain liability insurance for the month of November.
  6. All boats using town facilities must carry liability insurance. Boat owners are responsible for damage done to docks or adjacent boats.
  7. Slip holders must maintain their vessels in a sound and seaworthy condition. The Parks and Recreation Department may withhold or withdraw slip space for any occupant whose vessel is considered in the opinion of the Dockmaster to be unsound structurally or mechanically, in danger of sinking or hazardous to town facilities or other vessels in the marina.
  8. Owners who sell boats during the boating season must make notification of the sale within ten (10) days of the sale. The use of a slip or drystall does not go with the sale of the boat, even for the remainder of the season.
  9. Commercial vessels are not assigned space at either marina. A Commercial vessel is defined as a vessel used by its owner or others for charter, or any other reason that would procure monetary values of any amount back to the owner.
  10. Any boater wishing to use someone else’s assigned space must first get permission from the Dockmaster. Boaters MAY NOT give permission to another boater to use the space assigned to him/her. All requests MUST have written permission of the Dockmaster.
  11. Slip holders who vacate their slips for weekend or extended cruises must notify the Dockmaster of the days they will be absent so their slips can be used for transient boats. A temporary pass must be picked up at the marina office and put on car dash board to avoid parking ticket. (Transient boat income contributes to the support of marina operations). As a safety precaution, they should also file a trip plan with the Dockmaster.
  12. There will be NO upgrading in size of boat or type of boat at either marina without first notifying the Dockmaster in writing. NO upgrading will be allowed if the upgrading constitutes a move from the applicant’s present slip. If the upgrading cannot take place at the applicant’s present assignment, the applicant may apply to the waiting list provided the boater completes a new waiting list application and remits the $50 application fee.
  13. Any slip/drystall assignee whose space is still vacant as of June 15 of each year must contact the Administrative Manager at the Parks and Recreation Office in writing as to why it is still vacant. If no response is received by June 30, the slip/ drystall may be reassigned from the waiting list.
  14. The period of berthing shall be from April 1 to Nov. 30 with no services (sales or security) during April and November. All boats must be removed from Town marinas and property by November 30. Boats remaining after Dec. 1 could be charged a $30 per day storage fee until the boat is removed. Any vessel left in the marina after December 30 will be reported to the police department.  The police will initiate proper procedures for abandoned boats or subject to be auctioned off.

    USE OF THE FACILITIES
  15. All vehicles entering Compo Beach to use the marina facilities MUST have a current Westport Vehicle Parking Emblem. Boaters will not be allowed in the beach/marina area without an emblem and MUST pay the prevailing daily fee.
  16. The dock area knows as the “wave breaker” at E.R. Strait Marina will be used as an area for availability of gas dock, servicing boats from the “Hole” and a pick up and drop off area. Boats have a maximum 30 minute tie up time and cannot be left unattended. The washing of boats at either Gas Dock is prohibited.
  17. There is no overnight tie-up at the gas docks at Ned Dimes Marina or E.R. Strait Marina except for emergency situations, and the Dockmaster will be advised of the emergency situation at the time of tie-up.
  18. Any boat owner or operator of a boat, through the operation of his/her vessel, who comes in contact with another vessel - no matter how insignificant it appears at the time - will make notification IN WRITING to the Dockmaster within 24 hours of the incident.
  19. Repair work and painting of boats within town marinas is to be kept at a minimum so as to keep floats and water clean and to avoid interfering with other boaters. Cessation of repair/painting work will be at the sole discretion of marina staff.
  20. Power washing and bottom painting of boats is prohibited at town marina facilities.
  21. Bow pulpits, anchor rollers, anchors and other protrusions must be kept within the confines of the slip so as not to overhang on walkways and endanger pedestrian traffic. Any boats which are docked “stern first” must not allow engines or swim platforms to protrude over walkways or allow pulpits, anchor rollers or anchors to extend beyond the designated slip space into the fairway. Any injuries resulting from non-compliance will be the responsibility of the boat owner and could result in loss of marina privileges.
  22. All protective padding, dock wheels or similar devices attached to slips at Town Marinas must be installed by the Dockmaster or his employees. Such equipment will become part of the dock and remain the property of the town. To assure conformity all padding must be approved by the Dockmaster.
  23. Skiffs and dinghies must not be kept on the docks or fingers at any time.
  24. Main docks and fingers must be kept completely free of gear.
  25. Dock lines should be of adequate diameter and length and in good condition. They should be kept neatly coiled so that they do not present a hazard to those walking on the docks.
  26. Boarding steps or combination steps with lockers must have the approval of the Dockmaster. Units cannot exceed 18” in width or be permanently secured to the docks. Steps must not restrict passage on main docks and fingers and must be kept in good repair and cosmetic condition. Milk crates will not be deemed acceptable as boarding platforms.
  27. Advertising signs shall not be displayed from vessels, docks or land areas adjacent to town marinas.
  28. Open fires in grills, hibachis, etc. are prohibited on floats, docks or ramps as well as on board any vessel in the marina.
  29. Storage of gasoline, alcohol and other inflammables is prohibited on docks or in lockers at any time.
  30. When a boat is unattended all cabin heaters, air conditioners, hot water heaters and dockside water pressure must be turned off.
  31. No dockside electrical box changes may be made by any boater. Electrical connections from boats to dockside electrical hookup must be made only with approved marine grade, grounded power cords designed specifically for dockside electrical service. Electrical hookups are limited to one such hookup per boat.
  32. Heads must not be pumped overboard. There is a pump-out station at the main dock at Compo for this purpose. Boaters must use biodegradable toilet paper to prevent damage to the pump out station.
  33. Bilges containing fuel or oil must not be pumped overboard. Crankcase oil or other hazardous materials must be disposed of properly (as required by law).
  34. All waste or recyclable materials are to be placed in appropriate trash receptacles.
  35. Unless permission is granted in advance by the Dockmaster, overnight sleeping is prohibited on boats at town marina facilities.
  36. Any person entering or leaving the town marina facilities during the boating season between the hours of 8 p.m. and 7 a.m. is required to register with the security guard. The guard is authorized to deny access to persons refusing to comply with this security precaution.
  37. Please keep dock carts clean and return them to the head of each ramp after use. Slip holders at town marinas are responsible for turning off water and recoiling hoses after each use.
  38. If you need assistance in docking, sound your horn twice at or near the gas dock and the staff will make every effort to help you.
  39. Sailing is prohibited in town marinas.
  40. Boaters using town marinas must keep dogs on leash and are responsible to pick up feces and dispose of same properly.
  41. Vehicles with attached trailers must park in assigned lot.  Trailers left unattached to vehicles, if not removed within 3 days will be subject to a $30 per day storage fee.  Trailers may be towed at owner's expense and subject to fine and / or loss of slip. 
  42. At the discretion of the Dock Master water service may be discontinued any time after Oct. 15 due to weather conditions.
  • First allowed launch date - April 1
  • Last allowed removal date - Nov. 30

HOURS OF OPERATION AT NED DIMES MARINA

  • April 1 to April 30 - No Services
  • May 1 to Labor Day - 8 am to 8 pm Mon – Sun and Holidays
  • Day after Labor Day to Oct. 31 -  8 am to sunset
  • Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 - No Services

HOURS OF OPERATION AT E. R. STRAIT MARINA

  • April 1 to April 30 - No Services
  • May 1 to Memorial Day Weekdays - 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 1 to Memorial Day Weekends -  8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day - 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Day after Labor Day to Oct. 31 Weekdays - 3 p.m. to sunset / Weekends - 8 a.m. to sunset
  • Nov. 1 to Nov. 30 - No Services

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION DRYSTALL ASSIGNMENTS ONLY.

The decal for your boat will be mailed to you by May 1. Vessels stored before May 1 will be removed and my be auctioned off. All vessels entering the beach must have decal attached to proper locations. 

ASSIGNMENTS ARE NOT FINAL. THE PARKS AND RECREATION DEPARTMENT RESERVES THE RIGHT TO CHANGE ANY CURRENT BOATING ASSIGNMENT.

SUSPENSION OF BOATING PRIVILEGES, FINE, AND/OR ARREST MAY BE IMPOSED FOR THE VIOLATION OF POLICIES AND PROCEDURES.

THE TOWN OF WESTPORT IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THEFT, VANDALISM OR DAMAGE TO ANY VESSEL ON TOWN PROPERTY. PROPERTY OWNERS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR SECURING THEIR VESSEL.