Perkins Cove, along with Ogunquit Beach and the Marginal Way is considered to be one of the "jewels" of Ogunquit. It is an active working fishing harbor that provides the livelihood for active commercial fisherman and lobstermen in addition to being a favorite sightseeing spot for our visitors.

The Harbormaster has the responsibility of enforcing Perkins Cove mooring. They are responsible for the day to day operation of Perkins Cove that includes:

  • The assignment and enforcement of mooring locations, maintain mooring lines in the Cove.
  • The general clean up of bait wharf and cove area; keeping the docks and floats in good repair.
  • The hauling and placement of boats; in cooperation with Public Works personnel.
  • The maintenance of mooring records in cooperation with the town office.
  1. Seasonal Responsibilities
  2. Harbor Mooring

Seasonal Responsibilities

Since the harbor is a working harbor, the responsibilities of the Harbormaster will change depending on the season of the year.


  • Inspect, repair and maintain moorings, bait wharf, railway, floats, ramps, bridge.
  • Launch floats and all boats.
  • General clean up, repair and painting of docks, bridge and ramp ways.


  • Coordinate boat operations (commercial and pleasure), collect overnight fees, oversee dock time of boats.
  • Haul boats for maintenance, annual Ice Breaker repair and any emergency haul-outs.
  • General clean up of floats, ramps, bait wharf.
  • Ongoing repair and maintenance of moorings, bridge, bait hoist.


  • Inspect and repair winter moorings.
  • Haul and store summer boats and floats.
  • Prepare for storm and ice season; secure bridge, winterize water lines.


  • Ice-breaking almost daily for free flow of commercial traffic.
  • Snow removal from docks and wharves.
  • Emergency hauling of boats as necessary.
  • Construction and replacement; or repair and maintenance of floats and other summer equipment.