Boat Slips

The Town of Fairfield has two public marinas providing slip space for almost 700 boats. South Benson Marina accommodates 600+ boats from 14'.1 to 36’.   Historic Ye Yacht Yard, located on picturesque Southport Harbor, accommodates 65 small boats to a maximum 14' in length.  There are wait lists for all slips.

Slip Sizes
The Town of Fairfield offers five different types of slips based on boat dimension and demand:
Slip Location and Size Boat Dimensions # Slips
Ye Yacht Yard - Small Under 14' 65
South Benson Marina- Small 14'-1" to 22' long, not wider than 8'-6" 356
South Benson Marina - Medium 22'-1" to 24'-0" long and not wider than 8'-6" 62
South Benson Marina- Large 24'-1" to 36'-0" long and not wider than 13'-0" 166
South Benson Marina - Large - Premium North I Dock* 24'-1" to 36'-0"long and not wider than 13'-0" 34

Slip Fees
Slip fees at South Benson Marina are based on the size of the slip that the vessel occupies not the length of the vessel.  Please note that electricity fees are mandatory for Large and Premium North I Dock slips.  Ye Yacht Yard Fees are $15 per foot plus CT State Use Tax (6.35%). 

How to Obtain a Slip
To be considered for a boat slip, you must be a permanent resident of the Town of Fairfield.  Boat slips holders from the preceding year are invited to return yearly.

There are wait lists for all slip sizes.  If vacancies occur, the slips are filled by the appropriate waiting lists compiled by the Parks and Recreation Commission from approved applicants on a first-come, first-served basis.  Visit our wait list web page for more information on the wait list process. Contact the Marina Department for an application.

Slip Renewals
Applications for slip renewals are sent out electronically in mid-December to slip holders from the preceding year.  The Renewal Deadline is always at the close of business (4:30 PM) on the 3rd Wednesday in February.    Visit our slip application web page for details and deadlines on South Benson Marina slip applications.

Slip Assignments
Slip assignments are made at the discretion of the Marina Coordinator based on safety and maneuverability.  Boat owners are not guaranteed the same slip assignment from year to year.  Requests for slip assignment changes may be made to the Marina Coordinator.

Boat Measurement
Boats in the Small (14' to 22') and Medium ( 22'1" to 24') categories are measured from the lifting eyes or D-Rings on the transom, to the furthest point of the bow. This includes anchors, bow rails, navigation lights, pulpits and bowsprits. Any portion of the boat extending rearwards will not be factored into the measurement for the Small and Medium categories. Outboard motors, lower units, outdrives, trolling motors, swim ladders or platforms do not affect the measurement. This is due to the "Frog-Hook" style dock hardware we use which creates a fixed space of approximately 48" and does not affect the distance which a boat may protrude into the gallery or channel between docks.

Boats in the Large (24'1" to 36')  category are measured for "length over all", which includes all attachments and/or protuberances such as; anchors, bow rails, navigation lights, pulpits and bowsprits. As well as outboard motors, stern rails, rudders, mizzen booms, davits, wind vanes, swim platforms or ladders. This is the footprint of the boat and is a true reflection of the space occupied.

For more information visit our Frequently Asked Questions web page, call (203) 256-3002 or go the Marina Department in Parks and Recreation Department 75 Mill Plain Rd. Office hours are from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM Monday - Friday.