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Champlin’s Marina (ch 68)

Payne’s New Harbor Dock (n/a)



Champlin’s, Payne’s, BI Boat Basin, or delivered to your boat by enterprising young men.  Flag them down early ( 8-10 am ) or hail on ch 72.


Dockside at all marinas.



Champlin’s has major facilities
Block Island Boat Basin (ch 9)


Champlin’s onsite oncall.  Holding tanks are required in the Great Salt Pond. Efficient high-speed pump-out via 3 boats on ch 73. Tips appreciated.



Champlin’s has 25 toilets and 30 showers. BI Boat Basin & Payne’s showers for marina guests only. Coin operated public showers at Fred Benson Town Beach .

Trash Disposal

At all marinas. 



Champlin’s has full laundry facilities.  20 washers and dryers.

Ships’ Stores

Small Chandleries at BI Boat Basin and Champlin’s



Champlin’s convenience store, see list of supermarkets


Harbormaster at Block Island (401) 466-3204; VHF Channel 9, 12 or 16; Harbormaster Chris Willi.  Collect fees in the mooring field by boat.  Old Harbor Dockmaster (401) 466-3235. Coast Guard at Pt. Judith (401) 783-3021; VHF Ch 16 or 22



BI Health Services, Box 919, Payne Road 401-466-2974

Summer hours 9-5 M-F by appointment. Emergency care nights and weekends.

Dinghy dock

At BI Boat Basin, near the Oar restaurant.



Champlin’s launch is free to marina guests and the mooring field.  Oldport Marine ch 68 at BI Boat Basin .

Boat Yards

Block Island has two units for hauling boats out of the water.  One is the green fork lift owned and operated by Ken LaCoste, owner of Block Island Marine. It can handle boats up to 30 feet. LaCoste also operates a marine supply store in the BIMI building. The other piece of boat-hauling equipment is a hydraulic trailer. Operated by Tony Edwards, owner of A.H. Edwards Marine, and Howie Rice, owner of Rice Construction, the trailer can haul large boats.

On call at Champlin’s: Engine, Electrical, Hull , and Electronics Repairs

Nearest yards: 

AH Edwards 401-466-2655

Block Island Marine 401-466-2028

Seal’s Crystal Ship yacht detailing services 631-484-6050.   Wash , wax, detail.  Button and canvas repair. 

Block Island Sail and Canvas 401-466-8981 does sail repair and rigging work.




Crew Trans.

Rental Cars:
BI Bike and Car Rental 401-466-2297

Bikes and Mopeds:
Champlin’s Marina
Old Harbor Bikes 401-466-2029  

Local Taxi:

Ernst Taxi, cell 782-5659, 486-0600
Oscar Berlin 466-2872, cell 741-0500
Block Island Taxi & Tours, 466-2562
Alvin Ernst Taxi 466-7739
Kirby Taxi 466-2928
Ladybird Taxi ce ll 782-5796
Mary D's Nightingale Taxi 466-9838
McGovern's Cab cell 792-1700
Minute Man Taxi 466-3131
Monica's Cab cell 742-0000
Nat's Taxi 466-5291
Riker Enterprises 466-2062
Rose Limo 466-9967, 466-2189, 466-2155
Southside Cab cell 782-7105
Sam's Van cell 741-4567
Uncle Lou 466-2124, 788-4181
Wolfie's Taxi Service 466-5550

Intercity Connections: Adventure East (718-601-4707) and Rhode Island Public Transit Authority operates buses to the Point Judith Ferry. LIRR connects with the ferry in Montauk. Amtrak at New London provides direct access to the ferry, at Westerly provides access by cab to the airport, and at Kingston RI to the ferry. 

Local Bus:  Rice Bus Charters 401-466-2044 can do a tour of the island or provide group transport to venues.

Ferries: Galilee RI to Payne’s Dock (high speed) 877-733-9425 or

BI Ferry (cars) from Pt. Judith, Providence, Newport, RI and New London, CT to Old Harbor (401) 783-4613, Viking Ferry from Montauk to New Harbor 631-668-5700 or 1-(800) MONTAUK

Airports: Service from Westerly RI (12-minute flight), East Hampton and LaGuardia NY , and Groton CT

Air service: 

Scheduled and chartered service:
Action Airlines 1-800-243-8623
New England Airlines 1-800-243-2460

Charter only: 
Resort Air 401-466-2000
Hawthorne Aviation 401-466-5511


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