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Wilmington City Docks

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Basic Marina Information:

Phone:(910) 520-6875
Lat/Lon: Near 34 14.333 North / 77 57.099 West
Location:will be spied along the easterly banks of the Cape Fear River, in downtown Wilmington, just west of the high-rise Hilton hotel
Depths: 8 ft.
Address: N. Water Street
Wilmington NC  28401

Service Details:

Transient dockage:Available, Dockmaster on duty Wednesday to Sunday only
Transient dockage rate:$1.25 per foot per night
Type of dockage:floating wooden slips and face docks
Live Aboards Allowed:
Total number of slips/berths:30
Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

$3.00/per night - 30 amp power hookup, $5.00/per night - 50 amp power hookup
Dock. Fresh Water Connections:Available
Restaurant:many nearby
Restaurant Recommendations:

Pilot House (910-343-0200), Phoenix Cafe (910-343-1395), Circa 1922 (dinner only, 910-762-1922), Dixie Grill (breakfast, 910-762-7280)

Provisioning Possibilities:convenience story within walking distance, taxi ride necessary to reach local supermarkets
LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

Walk of some five to six blocks will take you to U-Haul Moving & Storage or convenience store at Third St (910-762-8708, 508 North Third Street) where LPG tanks can be refilled
Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available


Reviews from the Cruisers' Net Community (5)

  1. Paula Spence -  September 4, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Last night someone boarded our boat while we were sleeping. The person tried to take our TV but it was bolted down. He quickly grabbed the first two things he saw that he could carry – my husband’s laptop and (of all things) a small fan. We never heard a thing and didn’t discover the theft until 5:45 a.m. when Jim got up and found the saloon door wide open. We’re are very grateful that nothing else was taken and even more so that no one (including the bad guy) was hurt or worse. So how did this happen? We certainly have to take some responsibility for it. We were tired and were focused on our plans to leave in the morning instead of being in the present. Either one of two simple things would probably have prevented this. We have a very simple motion detector “driveway” alarm which we had set every night except last night. We also have a procedure for verifying that the door is locked which we had done every night except last night. We let ourselves get too comfortable with a place we’ve stayed at three times but have learned a very valuable lesson and actually got off pretty easy. Bottom line – if you stay here or at any unsecured dock, be vigilant with your security measures!
    Paula aboard m/v Sea Eagle

  2. Paula Spence, M/Y Sea Eagle -  September 2, 2013 - 5:30 pm

    We spent Labor Day weekend here (our third visit). Still love downtown Wilmington. It’s so alive with people and places! Went to the free Friday night concert and then the Farmer’s Market on Saturday. The only negative with the area is that there is no grocery store within walking distance so make sure you’re stocked up before you get here. There are two negatives about the Cape Fear River. 1) Lots of large logs always floating down the river that get jammed under your swim platform or between your boat and the dock. We ended up putting out large ball fenders to make more space. 2) Repeatedly being seriously waked by all sized boats and even jet skis. I ended up calling one of the tour boat companies to complain (nicely, of course) and they did slow down quite a bit for the remainder of our visit. But I really wish the city or someone would look into making the area near the docks a no wake zone.

  3. Tom Callan -  May 14, 2013 - 11:29 am

    We traveled up the Cape Fear River in Sept 2012 to stay at the Wilmington City Dock and enjoy the sights of this charming mariners city. Docked across from the Battleship North Carolina, the City dock is affordable with water and power, but no other services. Great location to tour the city (shops and restaurants). Loved the Front Street Brewery – great food and drinks. Only concern here is debris in the river. Pulled 3 TREES out from under and between my running gear so be careful. Worth the trip and would definitely go again.
    Tom Callan

  4. Tom Callan -  March 5, 2013 - 4:09 pm

    We were in Wilmington for a few days, but would have gladly stayed longer. Water and power available, but no fuel or other services. (Told you can use Hilton facilities but not comfortable with “sneaking” around.) Location can’t be beat for browsing, shopping and dining. Highly recommend the Front Street Brewery for excellent food. Directly across from the BB North Carolina. Watch out for floating debris and ensure you check your stern for trees (in my case 3) fouling the running gear.
    Tom Callan

  5. Paula Spence -  September 28, 2012 - 10:45 am

    Just spent a week here on the dock in front of the Hilton. Would have stayed a month but the city will only give a daily rate and it was just too expensive to stay longer. I am utterly enchanted with downtown Wilmington and the city dock access to the area is excellent. The wooden River Walk runs for a mile along the riverfront and is just alive with walkers, runners, etc. We even had a very large 5k race group come running by one afternoon. The battleship North Carolina is right across the river and open for touring. The Cape Fear Museum and the Wilmington Railroad Museum are both within walking distance and very worth the time. Farmers Market on Saturday morning, beautiful old homes, gorgeous old churches, lots of shopping and plenty of restaurant variety, Wilmington has it all. The only negatives are dock cost, being waked fairly frequently and many large logs floating up and down the river.
    Paula Spence,
    M/Y Sea Eagle


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