Essex, a favorite port of many cruisers, is situated 2.5 miles above the Connecticut River bridges. This town is compact and its attractions are easily accessible by foot from the marinas and town dock at the western edge of the Connecticut River.
First settled in 1648, Essex rapidly established itself as a Colonial boatbuilding center. Over the centuries hundreds of boats have been built here including the first American Man-o-War ship. Even though the lofting sheds are gone, enough flavor of the town’s maritime past remains to make it a magnet for visitors touring by land and water.
The Waterway Guide Team has gained extensive boating knowledge over the years, and now we are sharing all of the tips, skills and tools we’ve picked up along the way!