Our History

Founded in 1988 as the vibrant, waterfront centerpiece of Norwich’s Downtown, the Marina at American Wharf is located at the head of Thames River, and mouth of the Yantic River in beautiful Norwich, CT.

It provides both a community-gathering place and access for boaters to Connecticut’s largest attractions such as Mohegan Sun just three minutes away.

From fishing and recreational boats to the finest yachts, this 200-slip Marina offers dockage and a full range of services and amenities for both seasonal and transient boaters. The Marina and professional staff can accommodate vessels up to 200’ and offers a full-service marina with a facility for events, swimming pool, restaurant, his & her locker rooms and more!

Since 1988 the Marina at American Wharf has hosted Norwich’s July 4th Extravaganza and fireworks display, an event which brings tens of thousands of people and family fun to the waterfront to light up the night sky in honor of our nation’s independence. Mark your calendars and make sure to join us each year.

Mike Valentine
Marina Manager

Mike Valentine has been serving as the Marina Manager since May 2006. He started with the Marina as a dockhand, then a supervisor, during summers while he was in college. For Mike, being the Marina Manager is all about connecting with the customers. “We have a lot of repeat customers, and it’s very fulfilling to see people come back again and again. I’ve seen people’s kids grow up and people who retire and get to enjoy their boats more. When you have a connection it doesn’t feel like work,” Mike said. “Everyone comes here for recreation, and I do everything I can to ensure that people enjoy themselves while they are here.” A native of Norwich, Mike grew up in nearby Salem, CT before earning a degree in History at Boston College. He spent time in California, before coming back to Norwich to assume his role as Marina Manager. For questions about the Marina at American Wharf, please contact Mike Valentine at 860-886-6363 or

Jason Steed
Property Manager

Jason is the Joyal Capital Management Property Manager, tending to the needs of the Company’s various real estate properties in Massachusetts. He is serving as the project manager for the extensive renovations at the Marina at American Wharf, which is his top priority to meet the aggressive timeline required to complete work on Marina by spring, 2012. Jason describes himself as a hands-on kind of guy who can fix anything. He is a licensed contractor with a background in the construction business. He has worked for Joyal Capital Management for seven years, and until recently he had his own home improvement business. Jason is from the Marshfield/Duxbury area of MA, and has lived in Carver, MA since 1985. He earned a degree from the New England Institute of Technology in Rhode Island. For more information about Joyal Capital Management properties, please contact Jason Steed at 800-56-JOYAL