FOCUS ON Morehead City Yacht Basin, AICW Statute Mile 203
A SALTY SOUTHEAST CRUISERS’ NET SPONSOR, Morehead City Yacht Basin, located on the southern flank of the marked channel that runs west from Mile 203 of the Waterway, just north of the Morehead-Beaufort, Newport River high-rise bridge.
The Yacht Basin was originally built in 1946. It started out as a pier and a building with an office, lounge with lockers, and a storage room. Around 1952, Bump Styron bought the Yacht Basin and added two piers. The Yacht Basin has always had close ties to the boating and fishing in Morehead City including the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament that started in 1957. Bump himself won the tournament in 1970 aboard the “Reel King”. Legend has it that even Ernest Hemmingway at one time fished for marlin out of the Yacht Basin.
The Morehead City Yacht Basin has always been known for its customer service. James Hester, pictured below, greeted boaters for over fifty years and customers still come in and tell stories about his smiling, friendly service.
Today the Morehead City Yacht Basin provides dockage both to slip owners, renters, and transients traveling up and down the ICW. With Mike Pollard as the head dockmaster for close to ten years the tradition of excellent customer service has continued. We have a very comfortable lounge for our guests and we are a short walk to over twenty great restaurants.
In 2014, Jet Matthews tripled the size of the Morehead City Yacht Basin with modern floating docks, 87 large interior slips, and over 1,250 feet of side tie dockage to accommodate vessels up to 200 ft with 30/50/100 amp power and 2 x 100 amp pedestals.