Yachts For Sale In Branford
Branford is a suburban coastal Connecticut town in New Haven County on the Long Island Sound, just 6 miles east of downtown New Haven. Branford has 6 historical districts listed on the National Register of Historical Places (NRHP); Branford Point, Canoe Brook, Route 146, and Stony Creek/Thimble Islands Historic Districts, noted for buildings in the Federal, Arts & Crafts, and Queen Anne architectural styles. Individual historic homes and properties are also included in New Haven County’s NRHP listings for a total of 30 places! Harrison House & Museum (1724), complete with period furnishings, items, archives, barn, and herb garden, is a prime example. Historical Branford Center’s Main Street is lined with many shops, restaurants, coffee shops, and more. The central Green (a remnant of colonial days) is encircled with churches, town hall and other government buildings, and is the site of concerts and other community events, like the annual Branford Festival typically held in June, that had to be canceled in 2020 for the first time in 36 years due to health safety concerns. It has also been the Branford High School graduation site. Branford features 20 miles of Long Island Sound coastline that includes the renowned, historical Thimble Islands, a small archipelago of glacial rocks ranging in size from 17 acres to stepping-stone size that emanate from the mouth of Stony Creek Harbor.
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YACHTS LOCATED NEAR Branford Connecticut
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90' Outer Reef Yachts 900 MY 2022
Essex, Connecticut, United States
74' Burger 74 Flush Deck Motoryacht 1970
Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
69' JFA 2003
Stonington, Connecticut, United States
59' Prestige 590 flybridge 2020
Mystic, Connecticut, United States
53' Custom Stone Shipyard 1937
Stonington, Connecticut, United States
52' Sea Ray 52 Sundancer 2007
Old Saybrook, Connecticut, United States
50' Sunseeker Predator 50 2019
Chester, Connecticut, United States
50' Alden CB 1985
Stamford, Connecticut, United States
49' Beneteau America 2015
Westbrook, Connecticut, United States
45' Ocean Yachts Convertible 1996
Niantic, Connecticut, United States
44' J Boats J44 1990
Westbrook, Connecticut, United States
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Branford was settled in 1644 and incorporated in 1685 from land purchased from Matabesech Indians in 1638 by the first English settlers. The town name was taken from Brentford in England. The Dutch had set up a trading post at the mouth of the Branford river in the 17th century, that was the origin of historic Dutch House Wharf. The settlement grew throughout the 18th and 19th centuries, and in the late 18th century, the first shoreline community, Stony Creek was settled. Indian Neck and Pine Orchard followed, becoming permanent in mid-19th century. As with any area, the railroad brought new manufacturing industries to Branford in 1852. The Stony Creek quarries especially benefitted from construction of the railroad. Mid-19th century Branford became a popular resort area and about 20 hotels opened along the shoreline (Indian Point House, Montowese House, Sheldon House). But by mid-20th century, Branford shifted away from resort hospitality to become a typical New England coastal suburb. The first hospice facility, Connecticut Hospice was founded in 1974 (no longer in service).
The Branford Electric Railway Association’s Shore Line Trolley Museum features exhibits and rides in a historic setting. Tickets and boarding of the restored antique trolley car are at Sprague Station in East New Haven for a scenic excursion down the Branford Electric Railway through shoreline salt marsh. Beginning 1900, the trolley provided passenger service from downtown New Haven through East Haven into Branford. From 1907 to 1937 the trolley line was extended through Pine Orchard to Stony Creek. It was discontinued in 1947 and the museum immediately took over operations of the line, making it the oldest continuously operating suburban trolley line in America. Added to the NRHP list.
Indian Neck on Branford’s central coast was a tourist destination in early to mid-1900s, with trolley service from New Haven, but faded out as the town became more commercial and people had their own vehicles making other places accessible. The Stony Creek Brewery opened in 2015 in the historic Indian Neck area. Stony Creek is centered on a Long Island Sound harbor on the southeast coast of Branford. This historic area has the quaint ambience of a small New England seaside village. Just offshore are the Thimble Islands, the pink granite bedrock archipelago that is a rest stop for migrating seals. The pink/orange tinted granite that Branford is known for, is still mined at the Stony Creek quarry today. It was used in the construction of New York City’s Statue of Liberty Museum that opened in 2019.
The Thimble Islands have deep water sheltered anchorages once used by infamous Scottish pirate, Capt William Kidd, who sailed the Thimbles in 1665. He supposedly used Kidd Harbor of Kidd’s Island (named after Capt Kidd in 1854) to hide his ship and attack other unsuspecting vessels as they passed by. Another unsubstantiated folklore is that he hid his looted treasure on Money Island. The Thimble Islands consist of 23 wooded, inhabited islands (most, if not all, are privately owned), and numerous barren rocks, submerged ledges, and reefs only visible at low tide. An access road links the Thimble Islands to the Stony Creek area, and all are included with Stony Creek in the NRHP list. During the 19th century, an important oyster farming industry thrived around the islands and a mansion was built on Lewis Island from oystering wealth. Horse Island, which is the largest at 17 acres, is owned by Yale University as an ecological lab that is maintained by the Peabody Museum of Natural History.
Outer Island is part of the Stewart B McKinney National Wildlife Refuge can be visited daily from May 30th – Sept 25th, from 8am to sunset. Faculty of Connecticut State University’s Central & Southern campuses coordinate research and educational activities in partnership with the Refuge. Visitors can kayak up to the beach or arrive by small motorboat, like a tender, and side tie to the floating dock, or take the ferry or water taxi for drop off at the floating dock. The scenic islands are a popular destination for cruising boaters. Trespassing on private islands is prohibited.
Thimble Island Cruises located at 4 Indian Point Road, offers seal watch cruises beginning in April, departing from the Stony Creek dock aboard the Sea Mist. The Sea Mist also features a 45-minute narrated tour of these famous and legendary islands, and has an onboard bar, “Sand Bar.” Next door on Indian Point Road, is The Thimbleberry for excellent ice-cream and lunch. The Thimble Islands Ferry Service is nearby. Lenny’s and Dockside restaurants are also close by, as are the two breweries named for Branford landmarks, Thimble Island Brewing Company and Stony Creek Brewery.
Town of Branford/Harbor Master has jurisdiction over the 20 miles of shoreline, the largest in Connecticut. Branford River and Harbor have 13 yacht clubs and marinas, 1456 boat slips, and 65 moorings. A primary function of the Harbor Master is assignment of mooring locations and administration of mooring permits. Mooring locations are Limewood Beach, Haycock Point, Hotchkiss Grove, Pine Orchard, Juniper Point/Pleasant Point, Stony Creek Harbor, Cut-In-Two Island Area, Thimble Islands. Contact Harbor Master online to apply. There may be a waiting list due to increased demand for the 300 permitted moorings in his jurisdiction. Town of Branford also operates pump-out service.
Although the town of Branford’s plentiful shoreline has 13 marinas, this popular recreational boating area is quickly booked up. Goodsell Point Marina on Branford River reopened in 2020 with 80 new slips under the management of neighboring Branford River Marine and is already sold out. Only water restricted slips for boats under 24ft are still available. There is a waiting list for slips.
Safe Harbor (membership) Bruce & Johnson’s is a marina with upscale resort amenities, immaculate grounds, and is conveniently located for cruising the popular Thimble Islands. The marina features 650 slips on floating docks with 25 transient slips for vessels 20ft to 60ft LOA, 18ft max beam, and 7ft max draft. Dockside depth is 7.5ft, tide range is 6ft. Fuel dock with high-speed pumps offers Valvtect gas and diesel. Slips feature 30 & 50amp power, water, cable TV, WiFi, pump-out, restrooms, showers, and dock carts. Amenities include laundromat, kids playscape, fire pit, fish prep table, swimming pool, ice, grills, Ships Store, and onsite restaurant (Dockside Seafood & Grill). The renowned marine service team offers full-service restore/repair and maintenance, welding, rigging and more. Hoists and lifts. Self-service yard. Book slips and service via Dockwa.com. Be sure to call ahead for transient dockage if sailing in for restaurant.
Dockside Seafood & Grill is a waterside restaurant at Safe Harbor Bruce & Johnson’s with indoor and outdoor patio dining and bar. Every entrée is a chef’s specialty, serving the freshest seafood and produce. Open seasonally. Features events such as beer and wine tastings. Drive or sail in—check with marina for transient slips available for restaurant.
Branford Landing Marina is a small, family-run marina on the western shore of Branford River with 30 slips on floating docks for vessels up to 55ft LOA. This sheltered, protected marina is the last on the navigable dredged channel, with tide range of 6ft and dockside depth of 8ft. Marina features 30amp electric, water, restrooms, showers, ice, snacks, and onsite restaurant. There are 4 transient slips. Fuel dock offers gas and diesel. The waterfront patio restaurant is right off the docks. The marine full-service yard features repairs to both gas and diesel engines, hull, props, etc., and maintenance service, travel lift, forklift, and crane in converted brick factory buildings. Branford Landing Marina is close to Branford Railway Station and closest marina to Branford Village Center with shops, restaurants, provisioning, and services.
Dutch Wharf Boatyard & Marina on Branford River owned and operated by Paul Jacques since 1986, was started by his father in 1955 as a small boat-repair yard. The marina features 65 slips on floating docks for vessels up to 55ft LOA, 17ft max beam, 7ft max draft, and a dockside depth of 10ft. Amenities include 50amp power, pump-out, WiFi, restrooms, and showers. Diesel fuel is available. Slip priority is given to winter storage customers; call or email for availability or book with Dockwa.com. The full-service boatyard features a team of marine professionals. Services include hull, engine, props, refinishing, repowers, carpentry, rigging and more. Travel lift. Marina is walking distance to Stony Creek Brewery and Nellie’s Seafood.
Branford Yacht Club (Membership) marina consists of 5 floating docks with 250 slips and 23 river stakes to accommodate vessels up to 60ft LOA, 18ft max beam, 8ft max draft, and dockside depth of 10ft. Fuel dock offers Valvtect gas and diesel. Slip amenities include water and electric hook-ups (30 & 50amp), WiFi, pump-out, restrooms, showers, grills, ice, oil recycling, pet friendly, and lawn sports (bocce, corn hole). 5 short term (transient) slips, seasonal and annual reservations via Dockwa.com.
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