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Charleston Maritime Center

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Basic Marina Information:

Phone: (843) 853-3625
Statute Mile: 465
Lat/Lon: Near 32 47.321 North / 79 55.483 West
Location: guards the western flank of Cooper River’s Town Creek Lower Reach channel, 0.4 nautical miles south of marker #2
Depths: 3.5 ft.
Address: 10 Wharfside St
Charleston SC  29401

Service Details:

Transient dockage: Available
Transient dockage rate: $1.90 per foot,per night
Boat/US Dockage Discount: 40 cent per foot, per night discount
Type of dockage: floating wooden slips and face docks
Live Aboards Allowed: no
Total number of slips/berths: 20
Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

$4.00/ per night - 30 amp hookup, $7.00/per night - 50 amp hookup
Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
Laundromat: Available
Restaurant: many within a fairly long walk
Restaurant Recommendations:

Safron Cafe and Bakery (breakfast and lunch, 843-722-5588), The Ordinary - fabulous seafood (843-414-7060), Slightly North of Broad (843-723-3424), Garibaldis (843-723-7153)

Provisioning Possibilities: Excellent Harris Teeter supermarket 1/8 mile away
LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

Marina staff can sometimes provide transportation to local U-Haul dealer (843) 723-1605 1/2 mile away for LPG tank refill
Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
Waste pump-out: Available
Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available

Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

Reporting Date: July 16, 2018
Gasoline Price: $4.02
Diesel Fuel Price: $3.18
Any Boat/US Discount: 10 cent off per gallon


Reviews from the Cruisers' Net Community (23)

  1. Doyle Evans -  June 7, 2014 - 5:29 pm

    Recently stayed here for three nights. Tugs and boats leaving a wake is not the issue. A strong east winds (10 knots plus) and this is not the place to be. Other than that this marina is located well for walking and touring the city. If you bike go down East Bay St. and straight across the Hwy 17 Cooper River Bridge (protected bike/walking lane). Then you can take the boat taxi back if you like along with your bike straight to the Maritime Center. Nice round trip! Good views from top of bridge.

  2. Dave Boxmeyer -  March 11, 2014 - 3:22 pm

    WE just spent two weeks here. This is a great place to stay. It is right in downtown Charleston and you can walk or take the free trolley just about anyplace. The price is right and the marina people are very friendly and helpful.

    They provide free wi fi and laundry. There is only a single bathroom and that is only available during the marina hours.

    Space is limited as the place has shoaled in pretty good so unless you draw almost no water most of the slips are not useable. The only drawback are the wakes from the many tugs and ships operating in the harbor.

  3. Karen & Dennis Baldger -  June 20, 2013 - 10:04 am

    So much to see and do and the Charleston Maritime Marina people were wonderful and worked with us. Our bikes came in handy and got to see a lot of the beautiful parks and history. The rolling at the docks wasn’t great, but for the most part a great place to stop as not too far from anything and could walk to so many places.
    Karen & Dennis Baldger
    360 Sundancer
    “Shell Seakers”

  4. Peg and Jim Healy -  May 3, 2013 - 4:37 pm

    The Charleston Maritime Center around the battery is greatly preferred; closer to downtown, easy walk to provisioning at Harris-Teeter, and more welcoming and appreciative of your business!
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

  5. Tract Hellman -  May 3, 2013 - 1:58 pm

    Great Location, easy walk downtown, fuel prices are good. The facilities are a long walk from the docks. NO hiding the chop with winds out of the North or Northeast and then you add commercial traffic and can be kind of rough in there.
    Tract Hellman

  6. Ted -  May 3, 2013 - 1:50 pm

    Stayed several nights at the center. We did have to plow a bit of mud at dead low tide with our 5’3″ draft to get to our slip. there is a shallow hump inside to the southeast. Once at our slip we had several feet at low tide.
    Walking to Harris Teeter is easy, a very well stocked market.
    We loved the easy access to the historical district. Biking or walking is great.

  7. JackP -  May 2, 2013 - 1:31 pm

    Cheapest fuel south of Myrtle Beach with Boat/us discount
    Charleston Maritime Marina is best entered at slack tide. Does not have protection against strong northeast winds with subsequent surge! There are definite ship wake issues. Fish is four blocks away, and the Harris Teeter is expensive, but has anything you could ask for. The Aquarium is right there and worth a visit. Patriot Park is a water taxi ride away and a nice afternoon. The aircraft carrier was quite interesting.

  8. Bob & Sandra -  May 2, 2013 - 9:42 am

    We’d tried more than once to get in. Last fall we were successful and secured two nights in November by calling a week in advance. Our experience there was positive. The staff was helpful. We didn’t find a problem with boat wakes, but we may be more tolerant than some. Harris Teeter was a short walk away and was a great place to provision. While I can’t name a particular restaurant, we’ve eaten at a few and found them to be really good. We enjoyed the short walk to the old marketplace and downtown.
    Our boat is a Beneteau 36CC sailboat with a 5.5 ft draft.
    Bob & Sandra
    Carpe Diem

  9. John Stevenson -  June 21, 2012 - 3:53 pm

    Have stayed at the Maritime Center marina 3 times, most recently June, 2012. It is my preferred marina in Charleston for the berthing rate and the great location for both groceries (H-T) and restaurants (many). The freighter and Navy traffic in the Cooper River can send a surge into the marina, but power boat wakes on the Ashley River can do the same for the marinas on that side of town.
    The marina has recently upgraded the free laundromat to two machine sets, so it is possible to get a complete laundry done in a reasonable amount of time.
    For me the only drawback to the marina is the limited number of slips, especially those for boats over 40′. The last two time I was at the marina I had to tie my 42′ sailboat to a 30′ floating dock. That’s not really a problem for me with a mid-ships lifeline gate. Boats with the gate further aft will want to back into one of these slips. If you are not comfortable tying to a 30′ dock, then make a reservation on one of the 40′ docks.
    My recommendation is to stay at the Maritime Center if you are going to spend some time in Charleston. If you are just stopping for a night on a forced march up or down the ICW, then by all means use the Ashley River marinas as they are much more convenient.


  10. Jim Laudermilch -  June 14, 2012 - 12:38 pm

    We spent the winter this year at the Charleston City Marina (Megadock) and were very pleased with it. I would not go in to the Maritime Center on the Cooper River or the City Marina on the Ashley side at other than slack tide if I didn’t have to. The current can be quite swift in either. Lots of folks love the Maritime Center for its proximity to the Harris Teeter, the hardware store, and the dog park. It is also a shorter walk to the main part of town. We like the City Marina much better for a variety of reasons – the docks and the bath facilities, the friendly and helpful staff, the van which takes people downtown every hour on the hour and to West Marine (and an adjacent Harris Teeter) every day at 11:30 AM. The pumpout boat come to your boat pretty much on demand for $5. The dockage prices aren’t
    > that much higher than the Maritime Center, but the fuel prices aren’t cheap by any means. If you make a reservation ask to be on M dock near the bath house if possible. This shortens the walk to the parking lot. If you get at the end of the Megadock your shoes will get lots of wear during your stay. I would suggest you read the reviews of both places in Active Captain. Good luck!
    PS- If at all possible, time docking at Charleston Marine Center on or near slack. The current can make things exciting. Ask the guys there when it [slack tide] is when you call them for a slip, they’ll help you out.
    Jim Laudermilch 48 Hatteras motoryacht “Snail’s Pace”

  11. Capt Bob Kovach -  March 30, 2012 - 3:52 pm

    Charleston Maritime Center Downtown. Biggest thing it has going for it is the local super market. Pretty reasonable, Small not many slips. Wide open to tourist and the local tour boats operate out of there as well. If you stay six months put out every fender you have because it can get really rocky rolley in there with wakes coming into that small basin from the harbor and a wind from the wrong direction sends waves rolling in bouncing off the walls inside.
    Capt Bob Kovach
    M/Y ALLEZ! MT50 WB

  12. Jack Robinson -  April 4, 2010 - 11:34 am

    Great Marina. Reasonable ($1.50 for BoatUS, deals on weekly and monthly), friendly, helpful staff. Close to very good grocery, city library, coffee shops, restaurants, gym, movie theater and walking distance to historic Charleston’s great old homes, Battery Park, good restaurants, galleries, museums, bus and trolley lines etc. Some pretty good surge on tide changes, but not unreasonable. Definitely the place to stay if you are passing through and want to see some of Charleston. City Marina on the other side is a little far out.

  13. Steve Sipe -  November 27, 2009 - 11:22 am

    We just left Charleston Maritime Center, stayed 3 nights. It’s our 2nd stay. We stayed previously at City Marina aka: MegaDock on the other side of Charleston last year, nice facility, but too rich for our blood. Lots of big high end boats if you like walking the docks. The Maritime Center is more low key, less expensive, and only blocks away from things. There’s a Harris Teeter close by, an easy walk to a terrific grocery store. They have one of those RedBox DVD vending machines, my 1st encounter with one, and I’m hooked. A buck for a DVD rental.
    The Center may be a bit more exposed to passing wakes, and has more fetch in a NE wind, can get a bit rocky, but not always, and is much
    closer to town and the historic section, many restaurants if that’s your thing. We travel with dogs, and we found the folks there to be dog friendly, and there’s a huge field/park across the street, little traffic. Next door to the Aquarium, lots of interesting neighborhoods and beautiful old homes to see within easy walking.
    Staff was very accommodating, always offered to help with lines. BTW, best approach is in slack tide, second best is flood, ebb can go pretty
    quickly, and I’ve witnessed some folks having trouble with the current during docking. They’ll help you, there were 2 guys there to take our
    lines, and they were very helpful.
    Saw police on bike, by car at least once a day in the area during our stay, there are always lots of cruisers coming and going, so I’d guess
    it’s pretty secure, although not gated.
    4 stars from me.
    Steve Sipe
    Solo 4303
    lying Ashepoo River by Fenwick Cut

  14. Rick Emerson -  November 6, 2009 - 7:03 am

    We’re currently tied up at Charleston Maritime Center. Yes, it can be occasionally rolly and current can be an issue, but the location is better than most others, that rely on a water taxi or hourly van to get to the center of the city. And the price is hard to beat. Also, the laundry is FREE!! There’s one home washer and drier and NO quarter bandit. Whatta deal! Finally, a big Attaboy to Jeff (dockmaster) and Alex of CMC for getting us tied up without a surprise or ding.
    Rick Emerson

  15. Larry and Suzi -  November 1, 2009 - 7:46 am

    We were at the Maritime Center end of Oct 09, rates were $1.60 ft with BostUS discount. The staff was great but we found the rolly situation very uncomfortable. The laundry is free but there is only one washer and dryer so don’t plan on getting all your laundry caught up unless you are there a long time. The walk to town is easy and Harris Teeter is wonderful. Great wine selection there as well.

  16. Unknown -  October 6, 2009 - 9:38 am

    Charleston Maritime Center has a good weekly rate, is convenient and lots of boats left there for several weeks.? Open to wakes from Harbor, but if you won’t be on board it won’t be a problem.?

  17. Unknown -  July 30, 2009 - 8:52 am

    We just spent a week at the Maritine Center, the rate is great by day and for a week you get two days free. Fantastic location, we were still finding great places within a two block walk the day we left. Try the East Bay Deli and the Bakery right across the street.
    Hal and Cheryl Baker, onboard Mas Bueno in N. Myrtle Beach

  18. Hal and Cheryl Baker -  July 27, 2009 - 2:17 pm

    The location is so good that we were still discovering great places within a couple of blocks until the day we left. Everything from Blockbuster to bike rental to decent tours is right at your dockstep. The breakwater dosn’t stop many of the rollers from the bay, but it is worth it for the location and price.
    Hal and Cheryl Baker

  19. Peg and Jim Healy -  July 27, 2009 - 8:19 am

    Peg and I use the Charleston Maritime Center. Jeff Davis is the dockmaster, Vic Smith is the marina manager. Contact number is (843) 853-3625. With BoatUS, it’s $1.40/ft/day. There is a weekly rate. . There’s also a
    BoatUS discount on fuel. If you decide to go there, tell Jeff we said “Hi!” and will see him in November.
    The Maritime Center is near Harris-Teeter (grocery store), and walking distance to the Charleston Welcome Center and IMAX theater. It’s next door to the aquarium. It’s also easy to get to Patriot’s Point, where the
    Yorktown is moored, and a CG Cutter and a Viet Nam Memorial maritime museum complex.
    The Maritime Center is exposed to wakes from the Cooper River, and it’s somewhat choppier than the City Marina. But, there’s much less traffic in the area, and it’s far easier to get in and out. Watch for strong ebb and
    flood currents on the Cooper River. The tides in the harbor run to 6 ft or more.
    Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary,
    currently at Rock Creek, Pasadena, MD

  20. Bob Baker -  July 27, 2009 - 8:13 am

    Last time we were in Charleston we stayed at the maritime center on the north side of the city across from patriots point and loved it. Closer to the city and $1.40 FT in April 09. GREAT grocery store nearby within walking distance, (Harris Tweeters). Close to bus line and much closer to walk to the city than the city marina.
    The docks are susceptible to waking but not bad most of the time. We will go back.
    Summering in Old Saybrook CT
    Ray and Linda

    We stayed at the city marina in Charleston when we were there this spring, but other loopers stayed at the Maritime Center which is on the other side of the city right downtown and a few blocks from the Market. I believe it was much more reasonable and close to everything.
    Barbara Benjamin
    Golden Lily – Nordic Tug 42

    We were in Charleston last month and the Maritime Center is the best deal downtown. The tall ships were in town and so the Maritime Center was unavailable to us at the time. Still, it’s right downtown and reasonable, as mentioned in another post, any of the other reasonable marinas require a car. Golden Lily is right on, and it’s good to hear from Golden Lily again (Joe Wheeler the last time).
    Don & Rebecca,
    m/v Andante, Monk36

    We second the comment regarding the Maritime Center, which we stayed at last Nov. Very convenient to the downtown market, restaurants, etc. (means walking distance for senior citizens) with a grocery mid-way between the market and the MC. It was a pleasant stay. A tour boat docks there and the working port is nearby – those are the only distractions we can recall.
    Bob Baker

  21. Roger Privette -  July 22, 2009 - 9:22 am

    To access the downtown restaurant’s in Charleston we like to tie up at the Charleston Maritime center located next to the Aquarium. We then walk into the city to eat and get a rickshaw back to the boat. It’s a great way to enjoy downtown. After hours you can dock at no charge or I have many times.
    We recently attended a wedding and reception downtown so we moved the boat that morning and paid the overnight rate which was very reasonable. After the reception we had a rickshaw peddle us back and spent the night right there. Great place to access downtown.
    Roger Privette

  22. Bob Scalia -  July 22, 2009 - 8:23 am

    The Docks at Charleston Maritime center are floating concrete, the cost is 1.20 per ft. (they may have a discount for longer term) and it is closer to town and only two blocks from Harris Teeter (great grocery store) and the staff are great. That’s where we stay every time we are in Charleston.

  23. Mike Scheuer -  July 21, 2009 - 3:23 pm

    We are leaving Charleston this morning after four nights at Charleston Maritime Center. It is very nice and $1.20 a foot with BoatUS vs $2 at the municipal. It is also much closer to sights and provisions. It is a block from the aquarium where the trolley picks you up and takes you thru the historic area and the visitor’s center where you can get other trolleys to anywhere in town. It is 2 blocks from a big grocery (Harris Teeter), produce store,and hardware store. It is 3 blocks from a pharmacy (RiteAid). The washer and dryer are free for boaters and the staff is very nice. It is also the water taxi stop to take you over to the USS Yorktown or on a harbor tour and the dock for the tallship, Spirit of South Carolina.

    Subject: Charleston Maritime Center
    Cruising News: I believe you are overstating the depth issue. We are currently at CMC at the innermost slip and we have around 5\’ of water at low tide (further out it is deeper). The inner half of the harbor is shallower, but there are no slips in the inner half. I\’d second the awsome service and great location. The only downside is if there is a good wind out of the northeast, the breakwall is not effective and it gets a rolly. FYI: $6/ft/week BUS (but check as they said new rates may be coming out soon).
    Mike Scheuer


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