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Cape Fear Marina-Bennett Brothers Yachts

Posted by admin | Posted on 07-07-2008

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66. Cape Fear Marina-Bennett Brothers Yachts
(910) 772-9277

Lat/Lon: near 34 15.293 North/077 56.878 West
Location: guarding the easterly banks of the Northeast Cape Fear River, just north of the 42-foot Isabel Holmes – Highway 117 bascule bridge
Transient dockage: available
Transient dockage rate: $1.50 per foot per night (10% dockage discount for Boat/US members)
Type of Dockage: floating wooden slips and face docks
Total number of slips/berths: 70
Dockside Power Connections: 30-50-100 amp
Dockside Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available (climate controlled)
Laundromat: Available
Restaurant: taxi ride necessary
Restaurant Recommendations: Phoenix Cafe (910-343-1395), Pilot House (910-343-0200), Circa 1922 (dinner only, 910-762-1922), Le Catlaan, Deluxe Cafe, Dixie Grill (breakfast, 910-762-7280)
Provisioning Possibilities: Food Lion supermarket 10 minute taxi ride away, convenience store 5 minute taxi ride away, and on Saturdays local farmer’s market 5 minute taxi ride away
LPG (Propane) Availability: Marina staff can sometimes provide transportation to nearby U-Haul Moving & Storage or convenience store at Third St (910-762-8708) where LPG tanks can be refilled
Free Wi-Fi Internet Access: available
Waste pump-out: available
Depths: 6-26 foot depths

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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (9)

We’ve stopped here before. liked it, and will stop again. The dockmasters are very helpful and gave us good info on highly qualified assistance we needed from Bennett Brothers. Also, very nice people live here on their boats. We’ll be back.
Bru Brubaker

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We would like to report a positive experience on repairs, technicians, and personnel at Bennett Brothers Yachts, Wilmington, NC. The employees are extremely hard working, knowledgeable, collaborative, and fairly priced. I would look forward to doing business there again.
Bennett Bros. is located on the Cape Fear River, a short dingy ride to the historic downtown.
We have no commercial connection with BBY; just want to report the satisfaction with our experience.
Bill and Laura Bender
Kindred Spirit III
Grand Banks 42 Cl

We keep our boat in Southport and brought it to Bennett Brothers for some pre-cruise work in January of this year. I have to say that the quality of service was excellent – both technically and for the project management. Steve Wallace is an outstanding Manager. In short – friendly folks, great service at a reasonable price and without unhappy surprises. Before we departed south Steve told me to contact him if we had any questions or problems on out trip. I did so on a couple of occasions and he came through with solid information and, in one case, a source for a failed pillow-block. I highly recommend them.
S/V Haanli

Bennett Brothers Yachts has the best “in my opinion” on the east coast GAI am a member of the Cape Fear Marina and have two 50 foot slips. This Cape Fear/Bennett Bros. is a definite hurricane hole and well protected. Just my 2 cents. Come on up but make sure you call them ahead of time….. it can get populated fast….. 910-772-9277.

We stayed one night at Bennett Brothers in early April. The facility was fine. If the current is strong, it might be a little tricky getting into the slip. We talked with a gentleman who works at the marina about continuing up the Northeast Branch of the Cape Fear. He was very helpful.
Jean Thomason

We went up to Wilmington for repair work at Bennet Brothers. We have a cat 23.5 beam. They have a 24 foot travel lift. The work was professional and price for repair work were given before the work. Two issues are when you go up the Wilmington River is try to plan it with the tides, and the bridge to Bennet Brothers opens 6pm to 6 am on demand, then at 10 am , and 2 pm.
John Pholeric

We always divert up river to this facility. The floating docks are very well maintained. Pumpout is routine on Fridays, or on request. Pricing is very attractive for dockage.
We rely on the expert yard for cogent recommendation and quality work.
Management: Tricia Bennett, Owner and Steve Wallace GM are immediately available if questions occur with which people at the operating level may need help.
Although there is no useful public transportation nearby, an Enterprise facility a couple of miles away has good pricing, and weekend specials. Wilmington itself has every level of store needed, including Harris Teeter, Food Lion, Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot. Many Department Stores and Specialty shops are also there.
It’s a great stop.
Stephen Deitch

We had work done there this Spring and were very pleased with the results. The docks are nice floating docks just north of town…not a great location for sightseeing unless you dinghy about a mile southward, but a great location as a hurricane hole or to get work done
efficiently and reasonably.
Betsy Johnson
Rick ‘n Roll

The “Salty Southeast Cruisers” may find this useful.
Beth & I on Nightingale were headed north a couple of weeks ago, but instead of stopping in Wrightsville Beach with all the transients, we asked for a slip we could hold for 6 – 7 weeks…we have grandchildren here and were going to stay for a while.
None of the marinas in the cruising guides wanted any part of us. We guess there are a limited number of transient slips here and everyone we called wanted to save theirs for the transients…and get the $2 per foot, the electricity $ and sell diesel fuel. I guess we can’t blame them, but it didn’t help us any.
We were referred to Bennett Brothers Yachts in Wilmington, and couldn’t be happier. This is a clean marina, adjunct to a full service boatyard. Everyone we have met on staff could not have been more service oriented. And while we’re here we will use the yard. BBY is just north of downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear River. It is about an hour north of the AICW cutoff (Snow’s Cut) at our sailboat speed at slack water.
Downsides? No fuel dock. River current…but you always have to account for that particularly upstream. It is a bit isolated. BBY has a discount arrangement with Enterprise for anyone staying longer term. Since we will be here for some time we did rent a small car. Pumpout is at every slip and security is excellent with a combination locked gate at night.
If it is appropriate for our fellow cruisers, we strongly recommend Bennett Brothers.
Beth & Stephen Deitch

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