The City of Bar Harbor's Harbor Department is the port authority, and the Harbormaster is responsible for the operation and maintenance of harbor facilities and services including the assignment and regulation of moorings. Bar Harbor's 6-member Harbor Committee meets on the second Monday of each month.
The Bar Harbor Cruise Ship Committee was created in early 2010 to advise the Town Council on all cruise ship-related matters. Specifically, the Cruise Ship Committee is tasked with conducting reviews identifying operational and environmental issues and recommending Passenger Service Fees, Port Development Fees, and the use of those funds. The Committee also maintains and promotes Bar Harbor's industry relations and communications and reports on the state of these relations each year.
The Bar Harbor Cruise Ship Committee has a resource group of six members representing the Chamber of Commerce, CruiseMaine, the bus company supporting the Bar Harbor cruise ship industry, the local taxi-tours industry, the cruise industry itself, and the scientific community.
Bar Harbor's Harbor Department is responsible for managing the city's municipal pier. The Department issues registration letters each spring. At present, there are no moorings open in the inner harbor at Bar Harbor, but other mooring areas in town have available space.
The Bar Harbor Municipal Pier Marina is open seasonally. Amenities at the Bar Harbor Municipal Pier Marina include a launch ramp, restrooms, and a restaurant. The Pier has one transient mooring with water hook-up and 30 amp electricity.
The fee for Transient Overnight Dockage is $3 per foot per day. The fee for Transient Day Dockage is $1.50 per foot per day. Residents pay $1.50 per foot per day for overnight dockage, and $0.75 per foot per day for day dockage.
The cost for shore power hook-ups range from $6 to $20 per day, depending on the desired amperage (30 amp is $6, 50 amp is $12, or 100 amp is $20). Water hook-ups are $30 per day. Mooring rental is $30 per day.
Annual mooring registrations are $30 per year for residents of Bar Harbor, $40 per year in the Inner Harbor for residents, and $60 for non-residents. The fee for Bar Harbor Mooring Wait List Administration is $10. Non-passenger Head-of-Pier Rental is $100 per day.
Skiff permits are $30 per year for residents of Bar Harbor and $60 per year for non-residents. Winter storage in Bar Harbor costs $0.30 per square foot per year for residents and $0.60 per square foot per year for non-residents.
Bar Harbor is a popular destination for cruise ships. Those interested in the 2012 Cruise Ship Schedule (PDF) can visit the Bar Harbor website.
The Bar Harbor Regency Hotel has a gated marina in Frenchman Bay that can accommodate vessels from 9.1 to 45.7 meters (30 to 150 feet). Marina facilities at this Bar Harbor hotel include 30-, 50-, and 100-amp electric power and potable water hook-ups. The marina has a T-shaped floating dock that is 61 meters (200 feet) long and 42.7 meters (140 feet) across the top. Docking at the Bar Harbor Regency Hotel marina costs $3 per foot per day and includes access to guest facilities. Reservations are advised, as space is very lifted at this Bar Harbor marina.
Guests have access to a self-service laundry, an outdoor pool and Jacuzzi, a fitness room, a putting green, and a jogging/walking path. The Bar Harbor Regency Hotel offers on-site dining at Stewman's Lobster Pound, the poolside Tiki Bar, and the Edenfield Restaurant. Guests can also get free local transportation on a seasonal basis through the The Island Explorer.
The Bar Harbor Yacht Club is just five minutes from downtown, yet it may be hard to find. One of New England's oldest yacht clubs, the Bar Harbor Yacht was established in 1885. Five generations of Bar Harborites have enjoyed membership in this club. Existing members recommend new Bar Harbor Yacht Club members.