About Us

About MacDougalls’

MacDougalls’ is Cape Cod’s ultimate full service yachting center and marina. Discover world class service at our immaculate facility just 5 minutes from open water.

Convenient Location

Falmouth Harbor is the most convenient starting point to cruise Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket and coastal New England. The MacDougalls’ marina spans over five waterfront acres of Falmouth’s inner harbor. It lies at the heart of scenic Cape Cod and its beautiful cruising waters on the Vineyard sound. The marina is minutes away from the village of Falmouth, within walking distance of beaches, shops, and waterfront restaurants where the sights and activities of picturesque Cape Cod can be enjoyed.

For more information on what the Falmouth area has to offer, please visit the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce website.
Falmouth is due north of bell R”16” at latitude 70 36’ west on Cape Cod’s southern coast.

Pride in Craftsmanship

Our world class facility combined with a staff consisting of the most talented craftsmen, mechanics, and customer service representatives make MacDougalls’ the right choice for your next project. Decades of technical and project management experience make MacDougalls’ the top choice for yacht refits, projects, upgrades and insurance work. Our full service capabilities and large part inventories help keep all facets of your project in house where it can be managed under the watchful eye of our managers.

Mission Statement

MacDougalls’ Cape Cod Marine Service is the premier full service yacht yard and marina facility in New England. We maintain excellent relationships with our customers, employees, and vendors through both professional and attentive service and the highest quality of products and workmanship provided at a fair exchange of value. We are always mindful that we are dependent on a clean and useable marine environment which we will protect and preserve.

History of MacDougalls’

At the start of the 20th century catboat builders Crosby, Bigelow, and Phinney were immersed in a fierce rivalry for their unique, yet popular catboat designs. In 1911, in an attempt to separate himself from his rivals, Captain W.W. Phinney moved his boatbuilding operations from Cataumet to Falmouth Harbor, which had recently been created by the dredging of a tidal estuary, formerly known as Deacon’s Pond, by theU.S. Army Corps. By 1938, an aging Captain Phinney, beset with bad knees, sold the boatyard to William MacDougall and his two partners for a sum of $18,000 and the assumption of a $25,000 mortgage.

On September 21st, 1938 a hurricane struck Cape Cod, providing Cape Cod Marina with an opportunity to expand its business. Another growth spurt occurred at the onset of World War II when the boatyard was enlisted to convert some 25 sailing yachts, leased by the US government for the duration of the war for $1.00, into coast watchers for the defense of local waters.

In the mid 1960’s, William MacDougall managed to buy out his original partners and bring his children into the business. In 1972, after a decade of family ownership, the MacDougalls’ of Falmouth sold Cape Cod Marina to ORE (Ocean Research Equipment). In 1986, when ORE was contemplating closing the Cape Cod Marina and replacing it with a condominium development, the McNeil, Mooney and Berwind families joined together to purchase the yard and save it from an untimely demise. In 2001 the Berwinds became sole owner of MacDougalls’ Cape Cod Marina.

In 2006 the MacDougalls’ facility was upgraded and expanded with a state of the art paint booth that can accommodate vessels up to 80ft, a complete engine repair shop, and designated electronics, sail loft, rigging, and winter workshop areas. It is a fully ‘green’ facility with a best practice approach to energy efficiency, air quality control, recycling, and waste management.