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Lady’s Island Marina

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Basic Marina Information:

Phone: (843) 522-0430
Statute Mile: 536.5
Lat/Lon: Near 32 25.176 North / 80 39.507 West
Location: lies along the southern shores of Factory Creek, which enters the AICW/Beaufort River immediately east of the Ladys Island swing bridge
Depths: 7 ft.

Service Details:

Transient dockage: Available, boaters lounge, loaner car, on site yoga studio,sail/canvas shop, massage therapist, courtesy cars and bikes, DIY Boaters Workshop
Transient dockage rate: $1.00 per foot per night (special rate-usually $1.45 per foot per night)
Type of dockage: floating and fixed wooden decked slips and 370' face docks
Live Aboards Allowed: yes
Total number of slips/berths: 45
Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

$7.00-30 amp power,$9.00- 50 amp power
Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
Laundromat: Available, have coin operated washers/dryer in our boathouse
Restaurant: on-site and several others nearby
Restaurant Recommendations:

Dockside Restaurant (on-site, open evenings only, 843-5247433), Next door: "Fillin Station" (Tue nite- varies; Wed nite- hamburger + hot dog dinner $4; Thur nite two chicken fried pork chops $5; Fri nite steak/baked potato dinner $12). Within 1 block: LT's Home Cooking, BBC Artisan Bakery & Cafe

Provisioning Possibilities: 2 supermarkets, including Publix, within walking distance, downtown Beaufort .9 miles away
LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

LPG tank refill or exchange available three blocks away at Graco Hardware (843-521-8060)
Dockside Cable Television Connection: Available

Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available, and it's free
Waste pump-out: Available, and it's free


Reviews from the Cruisers' Net Community (10)

  1. Dan & Jaye Lunsford -  October 24, 2014 - 9:25 am

    I’d rate this place 6 stars if I could. Quiet, well-maintained, many services within easy walking distance (groceries, hardware store, liquor store, nice bakery and many restaurants, etc). Very accomodating management/dockmaster Steve is going cruising, new dockmaster TJ started on Monday and he’s clearly committed to carrying on the cruiser-friendly tradition. Loaner car and/or bikes. A ***woodshop*** for doing boat projects!!! Longish walk or short bike ride across the swing bridge to historic downtown.

  2. Chris French -  June 14, 2014 - 8:10 am

    New owners this year. Rates are $1.25 per foot. Tried hailing them on VHF, but both were out working on another boat. Finally got their attention and was helped into the dock by Steve. Good location with many businesses within walking or bike riding distance. They have complimentary bikes. I also got a free ride to a local gas station to fill up jerry can with diesel! Deciding to stay an extra day.

  3. Joe Moran -  November 26, 2013 - 9:05 pm

    Bill’s Liquors & wines – Beaufort, SC – located within walking distance of Ladies Island Marina (great place to stay).
    Although not a brewery but a liquor, wine and beer store, Bill’s has a growler filling station in the beer section and always has 8 micro brews available in 32 oz and 64 oz growlers. Stopped by today and they had a beer tasting scheduled for this afternoon for Westbrook brewery beers, out of Mt Pleasant, SC.
    They also had Allagash Blonde Ale, Harpoon IPA, Southern Tier Pumking, Lazy Magnolia Southern Pecan, Thomas Creek Up the Creek Extreme IPA, Red Hare Rauchbier, Blue Moon Belgian White.
    They will also give you a taste of any beer at the station.
    Joe Moran

  4. Emil -  May 7, 2013 - 1:34 pm

    There is a new Dockside [Restaurant] (same owner [as the Dockside in Port Royal]) that has reopened the restaurant right next to the Lady’s Island Marina. Same excellent food. Easy access if staying at the Lady’s Island Marina or a walk/bike across the “swing bridge” from Beaufort.

  5. Rapid Roy -  May 6, 2013 - 10:04 am

    Lady’s Island marina is open to transients, but has limited services. The marina converted to private ownership dockominiums some years back. Owners who don’t have a boat in their slip rent spaces through the on site manager. The marina doesn’t have a ships store or fuel. On the plus side, it’s in a well protected location and there is a nice seafood restaurant adjacent to the marina.
    Rapid Roy, S/V “Gideon”

    Response to the above posting by “Rapid Roy” from the management of Lady’s Island Marina:
    One of the reviews (Rapid Roy s/v “Gideon”) said our slips are individually owned (as condos) and are rented by LIM. That’s not accurate, tho I can understand the confusion. Only the slips in 3 of the 5 docks that make up the marina are individually owned. LIM manages those docks/slips for the condo ass’n.
    LIM itself owns all slips in the 2 docks that are next to the boathouse and manager’s office and these are the slips that we rent out to transient and longer term guests.
    Since one of your readers mentioned it I wanted to clarify the situation. Thanks.
    Kelly Ryan

  6. Shelley Colby -  May 2, 2013 - 3:32 pm

    Rock Chalk stayed at LIM on April 13th. The people were great- loaned us 2 bikes to cross bridge into Beaufort. We ate at Dockside restaurant and enjoyed our meal- typical port food. Our only complaint was the incredible number of no-see-ums! The pilot house was
    covered in the morning and we had so many bites. Not sure the marina can do anything about that.
    Shelley Colby on Rock Chalk

  7. s/v Skye -  May 2, 2013 - 3:12 pm

    Tied up at Lady’s Island Marina from 4/19 to 4/25/13. Small marina, average facilities, good protection. Ernie, dockmaster, is the only marina person but gets help from other live-aboards to assist in docking. Entrance to creek is shoaled on north side. Stay close to causeway and south shore going into creek. Good, very busy restaurant on site but only open for evenings. Walking distance, 5 blocks, to almost any shopping or service you desire, including numerous restaurants. Our overall choice for a Beaufort marina, but not an easy choice to make.
    s/v Skye

  8. Jack Jarman -  December 8, 2012 - 2:55 pm

    Anchored close to Ladys Island Marina next am engine overheated so dinked over Marina talked to Dockmaster Ted Alcorn who started the ball rolling with getting me into a slip with the help of Ernie his assistant and talking with mechanic Jim Dehart. In the the four weeks of repair to a cracked cylinder head the staff left a lasting impression of people pulling together to help and making a bad moment into good memories . Ted and his wife Shari are seasoned sailors and know how to make your journey a good one

  9. Mark & Diana Doyle -  July 12, 2012 - 9:59 am

    Just wanted to give a shout-out to Claiborne and the SSECN, re: Lady’s Island Marina.
    When you’re travelling through Beaufort, SC, consider stopping at Lady’s Island Marina on Factory Creek (STM 535.9).
    And if you’re considering cruising to Panama and the San Blas Islands, it just became a must stop—or you’re missing a great resource!
    What’s the connection?
    The dockmaster at Lady’s Island Marina, Ted Alcorn, and his wife Shari, cruised extensively on their boat s/v Mystique, including four years in the San Blas Islands. During their time there, they were intimately connected with the indigenous community and invited to cultural events rarely attended by outsiders. They’ll generously share their knowledge and pictures of that experience.
    But even if your cruising plans don’t include the San Blas Islands, you’ll still want to view the incredible display of molas (fiber folk art) in the marina office.
    We had a great 3-day stay at the marina with its mix of liveaboard and cruising boats. The facility has private shower suites and on-site washer/dryer. Lots of practical services are nearby, including two supermarkets—and of course an assortment of restaurants, pharmacies, auto parts, paint and liquor stores, etc.
    We didn’t have a chance to eat at The Fillin’ Station, next door to the marina, but we hear the inexpensive steak specials on Friday night are to die for.
    Next time!
    Best and see you On the Water,
    Captains Mark & Diana Doyle

  10. Mike Cannady -  April 13, 2010 - 10:35 am

    A little more on Lady’s Island Marina. The canvas repair closed. Besides Groupers, a new barbeque joint: The Smokey Chef opened adjacent to the marina. The complimentary 2 hr. dockage is in effect for boaters going to Groupers.
    We’ve taken our 5′9″ draft sailboat in and out of Factory Creek multiple times this spring, and haven’t had a problem at mid- to high tide. We wouldn’t try it at low tide. Stay well away from Factory Creek’s green #1 as that’s where it’s shoaled.
    Mike Cannady


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