Fair Point Marina
Published: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
“It doesn’t get any better than this” is a favorite saying among boaters at Fair Point Marina, a beautiful 100-slip marina nestled on a peninsula between Lake Ontario and Little Sodus Bay in the small resort village of Fair Haven, New York. Water views abound in all directions from the marina and the seemingly endless sunsets over the lake are quite simply some of the best you will ever see anywhere.
Set just inside the channel from Lake Ontario, Fair Point Marina has always been a favorite stop for boaters along the south shore of Lake Ontario. Sailboats cruising down to warmer waters rave about the mast stepping work at the marina, which is completed by expert hands. The marina is also a great place to provision for the next leg of a southern journey and get valuable advice for navigating the New York canal system.
Fair Point can accommodate boats up to 42’ on its fixed pier slips and up to 38’ on its floating docks. Larger boats, up to 65’ in length, are welcome to stay on the 200’ long fuel dock, which is equipped with a power pedestal for visiting boats. Weekly and monthly stays are permitted, but boaters are encouraged to make reservations far in advance as the marina sells out its seasonal slips every year.
Visit Fair Haven Nearby
Fair Haven is a charming village known for its welcoming residents, great restaurants, incredible music scene, eclectic shops, and burgeoning art community.
A summer cruiser can visit one of the many waterfront restaurants and bars in Fair Haven, which are accentuated by a world-class winery that sits on top of a 100-acre estate and overlooks the bay. Apart from some truly outstanding wines, the Colloca Estate Winery offers an outdoor wine bar with a wood-fired oven, restaurant, band stage, ice cream shop, and tasting room. Boaters can find live music almost every night of the week either at the winery or at the other lively restaurants and bars in the village.
Other attractions in town include the Sterling Cidery, Brandon’s Irish Pub, Pleasant Beach Inn, Turtle Cove Restaurant, Fly By Night Cookie Company and the Stick and Rudder, a new tapas and craft beer bar on Main Street.
At the present time, marina members and guests are required to wear a mask when social distancing cannot be maintained. Other COVID requirements, such as the requirement that no more than one person occupy the restroom facility at one time, are posted at the marina and distributed to visiting boaters. All of the wonderful restaurants, bars, and shops in Fair Haven are open, and operating under recommended CDC and state guidelines.
With its spectacular waterfront setting, easy access off Lake Ontario and the sights and sounds of Fair Haven to take in, it’s easy to see why the boaters here say “It doesn’t get any better than this!”
This article first appeared in the Fall Issue (Sep/Oct) 2020 of Great Lakes Scuttlebutt magazine.