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Sunbury Crab Company Marina

Posted by admin | Posted on 06-08-2008

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10A. Sunbury Crab Company Marina
(912) 884-8640
Statute Mile 620

Lat/Lon: 31 46.300 North/081 16.660 West
Location: along the western shores of the Medway River, on the charted Sunbury Channel, north of Dickinson Creek
Transient dockage: available
Transient dockage rate: $1.75 per foot, per night, 30 amp power hookup- $5.00, 50 amp power hookup- $10.00
Type of Dockage: floating wooden slips and face docks
Total number of slips/berths: 15
Dockside Power Connections: 30-50 amp
Dockside Fresh Water Connections: Available
Showers: Available (Climate Controlled)
Swimming Pool: Available
Restaurant: on-site
Restaurant Recommendations: Sunbury Crab Company, 912-884-8640
Provisioning Possibilities: IGA Supermarket and Food Lion 10 minute ride away via marina courtesy car
LPG (Propane) Availability: LPG tank refill on site
Free Wi-Fi Internet Access: Available
Gasoline and diesel fuel: available
Depths:10-feet if you can avoid the river’s unmarked, but correctly charted shoals

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Comments from the Cruisers' Net Community (25)

We stopped here in May of 2012 on our way north during our Great Loop trip. Elaine welcomed us at the dock and invited us up for a couple of free beers. We were disappointed to find the restaurant closed the day of our visit, so Elaine called her sons, opened the restaurant just for us and cooked us a wonderful meal. True southern hospitality and a very gracious lady. Don’t miss Sunbury Crab Co.
Joe Apicella

Although my visit to Sunbury Crab Company and Marina has been over a year ago, I feel compelled to submit kind words and a hearty recommendation for this excellent marina and restaurant whenever I find the opportunity.

Everyone is always looking for a little local knowledge and treasured stopovers when traveling the ICW. Sunbury is one such place that flies below the radar of most cruisers. Located along an isolated stretch of the GA coastline and several miles up the mostly uncharted Medway River, the marina & restaurant are not well known. One trip there and you will never pass this stretch of the ICW without making Sunbury Crab Company & Marina a regular stopover.

The marina & restaurant are owned and run by Elaine and Bernie Maley and their sons. They literally catch the crab from the river, cook them, bring to your table, mix your drink, and do it all! During weekend visits I think Bernie even plays in the band. I wrote a review for TripAdvisor and called this place a little piece of heaven and the keys all bundled together. For Elaine and her family it is their paradise, and they are willing to share with everyone who stops by.

I suggest calling ahead to make reservations. Calling is much better than email for some reason. After the first couple miles off the ICW the Medway River is not marked. There is a tricky crossover point with 5′ or less water at low tide. After my visit there I marked the channel on a chart and sent to Elaine. It is now posted on their web site.

There are many good articles and reviews about Sunbury Crab Company on the facility’s web site. Believe every word you read! While the crabs are excellent, I think the boiled shrimp are the best I’ve ever eaten – and believe me I’ve eaten a lot of shrimp!!

James Newsome
Contributing Writer – SOUTHWINDS Magazine

Sunbury Crab Company – neat place to eat. Nothing in town, but the marina is worth it for old south charm.
John Winter

Stayed at Sunbury May 23, 2013. The dock is great and the restaurant is fantastic (see web site for days open). They are very friendly, kind people.

I printed the map on their web site and followed it – be careful not to cut the corner on the entrance to the Sunbury Channel – otherwise navigation is a cake walk, and never less than 14 ft. or water.

There are few alternatives in this area, and although it’s a way off the ICW, it is a great place to visit. This is our second visit, and I am sure we will stop there again as we pass through Georgia.

We stayed there one night in May 2012. We went there for the food and were disappointed to find the restaurant was closed. When we arrived the owner, Elaine, and one of her sons met us at the dock with 2 cold beers in hand, compliments of the house. When we told her how disappointed we were that we couldn’t eat there, she opened up the restaurant for us and had her son prepare a wonderful meal for us. As someone who catches and eats blue crabs every summer on Cape Cod, I wanted to watch how a “professional” crab picker picked crabs. Her son was only too happy to show me. He brought 3 crabs to the table and picked them all within 3 minutes, then gave me the crab meat as an appetizer. Elaine sat with us during dinner and told us about her family, her business, and the area history. Needless to sat we were thrilled with the stay and will make it a point to stop there whenever we go by.
Pat and Joe Apicella

I intend never to pass mile 620 again without a visit to the Sunbury Crab Company. The best crabs I have had anywhere, hands down. I saw them in the bottom of the boat a few hours before. They try to catch only what they will serve that night each day. You won’t find fresher without catching your own. The marina and the owners make this a very friendly stop.
There is also a very interesting anchorage up the river around the bend with vertical bluffs falling into the water. Very deep but you can find shallow water upstream with some protection from the fast current. I sheltered from very strong winds both here and at the marina.
Lots of history here you would never expect. It was once the major trading port in Georgia.
My SBO post on Sunbury:
Roger Long
S/V Strider

Cruising up the [Medway River] was easy. It is well marked and has adequate water depths. We draw 3 1/2 ft. Docks at Sunbury Crab are fine and the food there is GREAT. Best fried shrimp we have ever eaten.
Captain Bren

We have stayed here in the past for several nights. We love it.
The channel has a few markers, but you can follow your chart for the deep water which meanders from one side of the Medway River to the other as you go west to the marina. We encountered nothing less than 8 ft. on our way up, but most was much deeper.
If you like fresh Blue Crab, then this is your place. They bring you a big bucket of them and a mallet to open them up. The restaurant
owners go out each day to harvest their crabs, so you cannot find anything fresher. Delicious.
The docks are OK, not great. You tie along their long face dock and it is a fair walk to shore. There are really no facilities on shore other than the restaurant.
There is one reason to go here, and it is the fresh Blue Crabs. So good!!
Marc and Shelley Colby
M/V Rock Chalk
Endeavour 44 Trawlercat

Another neat run. There is one marker that as you travel from the south, and then have to make a turn to starboard to cross over the river appears to be out of place on an island, but as you get closer, it makes sense. It is an easy navigation, but there are many shallow spots that if you watch your charts, they are plotted correctly. Strong currents, but since you tie to a face dock, it is not big deal. Neat old GA area with nothing there, but if you want to eat, make sure the restaurant is open when you go.
John Winter

Warm Hospitality With A Tropical Ambiance.
Sunbury Crab Company Restaurant and Marina just 6 miles off the AICW at MM 620 on the Medway River provides a safe haven and memorable dinning experience. A convenient overnight stop for the waterway traveller or a pleasant place to tarry awhile. The deep water approach on the Medway River is straight forward as long as the chart is studied before hand.
Family owned and operated the restaurant is open Wednesday through Sunday. The layout and colored lights are reminiscent of the islands. A varied menu, but dependent on season, the locally freshly caught shrimp, oysters, fish and crab are outstanding. All dishes are cooked to order and the menu moderately priced. Live music on occasion.
Floating docks, running in line with the current flow, are wide, stable and supported by tall pilings. Water and electric pedestals allow for dockage for up to 12 boats in the 40 foot range. Diesel fuel and ethnol free gasoline is available dockside. No pump out facility at this time. Head and shower facilities are available ashore.
This is much more than just another marina stop as the Maley family, Elaine, Barney and sons Joe and Clay offer a most friendly, helpful welcome to fellow sailors.
The shrimp boat, SEA TRAWLER, Captain Dennis Murphy, regularly docks here to unload his daily catch. These delicious freshly caught shrimp are available for sale.
Colin Day, Jean Henderson . Trawler: LILY MARIA.

I, too, have nothing but great things to say about the Sunbury Crab Company. Last year I pulled in there with a very sick admiral (wife). These folks were terrific! Not only did they transport us to the nearest hospital (Savannah), but they also picked us up when she was discharged and brought us back to our vessel. Not only that, they kept their restaurant open so we could eat when we got back. I, we, owe these folks big time, but they never asked for anything extra … I had to practically push it on them. We will stop in there again, whenever we get the chance.
Lance Rutallie

I came in on a 40′ sloop Braveheart…Spent two-three days under repair en route to Southport NC Home Port.
These People were Great To Me..Helped get me to rebuild shop and I found the Son’s who run the place to be Solid People..I was solo and had broke my finger a week before landing there..I want to Thank Them..Thank You
I was the Gunsmith if you have forgotton me..
Thanks Again,
Mark Shibles

We made the trip on 9/16/11. 8.4 miles off the ICW per my GPS. Not a bad trip. I just plotted a course using updated charts and the best water and do not remember any real shallow spots, we draw 3′. The marina is a little rough and we were not initially met, perhaps if we had called on the phone. Fuel $4.75 for gas, water, electricity, ice, wi fi are available. No showers but the owner (Elaine-very nice lady) allowed us to shower at her house right next door to the restaurant. The restaurant is a family place and very unique with great food. The clam chowder was excellent. Email r267890@pbtcomm.net and I can send you my GPS data in Garmin or .gpx format.
Lady Soul II
M & M Rhett

We 2nd that recommendation for stopping at the Sunbury Crab Company! On our way north in June we stopped for a visit…..terrific atmosphere, great food, wonderful service, and friendly staff. It would have been our loss if we had not made the 7 mile trip off the ICW to experience the setting and the hospitality.
Tom & Sue board m/v Marbles

We spent last night, November 12, 2010 at Sunbury Crab Co. We were the only boaters here. Very nice people, although no one greeted us at the dock, no problem docking ourselves. Elaine, the owner, was great, she even let us take showers in her house! Had a hearty seafood dinner at the restaurant and really enjoyed the southern hospitality. Will come back for sure! Was worth the diversion off the ICW.
Captains Wendy & Lee aboard Peacemonger headed for Captiva.

October 31st, 2010, 7:29 pm
It is now October 31st and we are at the Sunbury Crab Co and am so pleased that we choose to add this as one of our stops while en-route from Charleston, SC to Jacksonville, FL. The hospitality at the dock and at the restaurant was excellent and the food was delightful, although it has been a long time since I had to work that hard to get the meat from the crab to my mouth.
We took a walk after dinner but the only tour site recommended was the cemetery but given that it was Halloween and that the no-see-ums were bad and hungry we chose to be casual and retreat back to the boat after a quick walk.
The access to the Sunbury Marina is easy especially on a rising tide, so if in the area don’t waste passing a trip up the Medway River without visiting this location that offers a discount for AGLCA members. Also thanks to the Favors for suggesting the stop on their blog, the owners were still telling stories but for now it is back to scratching the no-see-um bites.
Gerald and Cheri Wallace aboard m/v Takes Two

After reading the above postings we called Bernard and secured reservations for last night, a very cold December Sunday. We were directed to their website for directions, which after careful reading took us right in…deep water most of the way, and we did not encounter any real skinny spots Note that it is almost 7 miles in, BUT WELL WORTH THE DETOUR. They are the third set of docks on the Sunbury Creek Canal and have a large flag on their fuel dock, which is up from the face dock. They are the nicest people, so hospitable and the food is GREAT. We had a special shrimp chowder and then a bucket (a big bucket-chock full) of Blue Crabs. It’s also a great place to stretch your legs, a short walk takes you to an old, and now well tended, graveyard. A really lovely family run marina and restaurant. We will definitely stop again on our way north next Spring. Thanks for the tip! Ade & Jo Salzer-M/V Wandering Star
Jo & Ade Salzer

We left Savannah today and are currently docked at Sunbury Crab Co Restaurant and Marina up the Medway River @ mile 620 on the AICW. Elaine has extended a discount rate of $1.25 plus elect for AGLCA members (regular $1.75) and the 4 of us boats can attest to the down home hospitality that Sunbury has to offer. It’s one of those unique experiences like Hoppies or Bobbies Fish Camp except with real nice floating docks. They have a restaurant and bar on sight…we’ve been to the bar and it is truly unique…more later on the the restaurant. If you’re an AGLCA member and heading down the coast or when you’re heading up in the spring you should plan on making this a must stop.
Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet

Subject: Sunbury Crab Co.
Cruising News: Sunbury Crab Company. We saw the sponsorship ad at the top of this page and took a detour up the Medway River to the Sunbury Crab Co. It’s a new floating dock in front of the restaurant. It was a lovely trip up the river and the owners were friendly and enthusiastic. We found a lobster bucket with coffees and a newspaper when we got up in the morning!) It’s a bare bones marina with electricity and water. More to come in the future? The restaurant is not to be missed if you like blue crabs and other nicely prepared sea food in a rustic setting.
Allen Ames

Not been there by water, myself, but talked to those who have. No problem, if you follow the charted deep water. Fun restaurant. Band on the weekends. Pool and a couple of rooms for anyone wanting to get off their boat for a night. Nice family owned restaurant.

Subject: Sunbury Crab Restaurant & Marina
Cruising News: WOW!! We usually make the long slog from Isle of Hope to Golden Isles Marina in one day.. Timing the tides makes the treck long and difficlt. Today we took your advice and stopped at Sunbury Crab Restaurant and Marina on the Medway River. Approach is very easy, the welcome is genuine, and the food is wonderful. If you are tired of the long slog……make sure and STOP AT SUNBURY!! Floating docks, fuel and great food!.
Carol and Dick Rosenberg
Carrousel Fleming 55

The Sunbury Crab Co, on the Medway River, is only 5 mile off the ICW and provides a real nice place to sit until the next day to make the next run down to the Little Mud River & Jekyll Creek. The people are really nice & the food is GREAT !!
Larry Hemmerich

Cruising News: Once again we must report that SUNBURY CRAB is a wonderful [lace to stop. The entry up the Medway River is deep, the docks are protected and new, and the food and the people are just first rate! If you want a great place to stop between Isle of Hope and Golden Isles, this is it!!
Carol and Dick Rosenberg
CARROUSEL Fleming 55

We are staying at a very quaint Marina on the Medway River. Sunbury Marina. A nice stop for us slower boats from Savannah-Brunswick Ga. The food is excellent
Bob & Becky

Subject: Sunbury Crab Co
Cruising News: “Mangos” spent two pleasurable nights at Sunbury recently and enjoyed every minute. The owner/operators are the Maley family. Follow the outstanding directions on their website or call them up and they will guide you in. Foating Docks are new. Seafood at the restaurant is simply outstanding. Call ahead for hours. Friendly and accommodating fokes at the Crab Co and worth the extra time for a little side trip off the ICW.

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