Travel by Boat
Board the M/S Mount Washington in Center Harbor, Wolfeboro, or Meredith and take a relaxing cruise to Weirs Beach. You can also drive your own boat, or a rental boat, to the public docks in Weirs Beach, where there is ample boat docking space.
The Mount approaching Weirs Beach, circa 1960. Click here to see many photos of the Mount approaching its port towns: Weirs Beach, Wolfeboro, Center Harbor, and Alton Bay.
HISTORY OF THE WEIRS PUBLIC DOCKS
Around 1957 a footbridge (see the photo below) was added to the public docks, but they still had not been extended southward towards the beach. The footbridge expanded the available docking space considerably, by allowing boats to pass underneath and park in the shallow interior enclosure of the public docks. On October 27, 1958, the Laconia City Council authorized funds for construction of “Marina type docking facilities”, where “…boats could dock or leave at will without disturbing other craft, as is the case sometimes in the old style arrangments.” By the summer of 1959, the docks had been extended south another 120 feet towards the beach, providing space for “eight cruisers and a number of smaller boats.” Click here for a photo montage of the public docks in the 1950s.
Today, the docks are considered inadequate. Boats are much larger than they were in the 1950s, and the docking bays are not spread apart enough to prevent trapping. Also, the interior closure is now too shallow for docking.