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    • Camden TDA/Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 771-8333
      EMail: dscwelcome@camdencountync.gov
      Website: http://www.dismalswampwelcomecenter.com/
      Statute Mile: 28
      Lat/Lon: Near 36°30.325 N / 76°21.316 W
      Location: along the eastern banks of the Dismal Swamp Canal
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 2356 US-17
      South Mills NC  27976


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: Free
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden pier
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 4 + rafting permitted
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Available
      Navigational Detail: Read Details


      Reviews from Cruisers (16)

      1. Capt. David Grimes -  June 23, 2014 - 3:33 pm

        We traveled southbound in August, 2012, at < 6 knots with two of us on the flybridge looking for debris in the water. We hit no fewer than 5 submerged objects. Fortunately, our hull sustained no damage, but we will not venture into the Dismal Swamp Canal again. We saw numerous floating logs tied to brush along the bank with flimsy rope.Capt. David Grimes

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      2. Jim and Sandy Davis -  December 2, 2013 - 9:55 am

        Thank you for all you have done. This applies to all your staff as well. It has always been one of our favorite stops.
        Jim and Sandy Davis
        S/V Isa Lei

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      3. Ginger Thompson -  November 30, 2013 - 8:08 pm

        The Welcome Center has provided so much needed respite over the years while cruising. The staff certainly are always very informative, and encouraging no matter what time of the day we have visited. Its great to have ‘the Dismal Swamp’ available to us; such a blessful experience – its like riding down a country lane viewing nature in its natural sitting. For me its a ‘slice’ of America, kinda like Yellowstone (a piece of history that I wish everyone could experience). My husband as well as fellow cruisers we know, are praying that tax dollars don’t ever allow it to go away. We encourage everyone to try it – along with a stop by to talk with Robert Peak & say “Hello” to his pal, “U-Turn”; since he’s an extremely sweet pet, you might wish to have a doggie treat ready.

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      4. Jean Thomason -  November 30, 2013 - 11:08 am

        Absolutely agree with the comments above. Add that a visit with Robert Peak, lockmaster at Deep Creek is one of the pleasures of the trip. For a small adventure, take the dinghy, canoe or kayak up the feeder ditch, use the marine railway to get it to lake level and enjoy the almost perfect roundness and natural beauty of Lake Drummond (just be sure to note a landmark so you can find your way back off the lake).
        If you visit the state park and walk or bicycle on the trails, take seriously the warning about Lyme disease carrying deer ticks. We didn’t and had multiple tick bites resulting in a round of antibiotics when we reached home a few days later.
        Jean Thomason

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      5. Sarah Weeks -  November 30, 2013 - 4:57 am

        Greetings,
        The winter schedule at the Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center starting Dec. 1st is as follows:
        Monday – Saturday 9am- 5pm
        Closed Sundays
        Thanks,
        Sarah M. Weeks

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      6. Penny Leary-Smith -  November 29, 2013 - 9:19 pm

        I have now been retired 3 years, after 23 years as Director of the Dismal Swamp Welcome Center. I want to thank each and everyone who choose to travel the Dismal Swamp Canal. I realize the dockage is small but most the time it will meet your needs. It is the only place where you can witness nature at its best and learn of its history. Bike rides are available, clean restrooms and grounds. Try it once and I promise you will return……..”Happy Cruising”

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      7. Lee Haefele -  November 16, 2013 - 3:06 pm

        Just a note about Dismal Swamp Canal…. Not only do you need to watch the depth, with a sailboat, you need to watch the trees overhead too. When calculating your speed, the shallow depth limits your boat speed, ask the lock tender what daily distance to expect. There is also not room to pass slower boats, unless they agree to pull off to the side. Still a very nice, pretty route and Elizabeth City is wonderful.
        Lee Haefele

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      8. Cathryn and Bob -  May 2, 2012 - 2:18 pm

        We spent one night at the free dock at the Visitors Center. The next morning we rode our bikes along the adjacent bike path, then moved 6 more miles up the Canal and spent a second night tied up at a free Corps of Engineers dock (only 20 feet long, so we took up more than the entire dock but would have let others raft to us). After we tied up there, we took our
        dinghy 3 miles up the Dismal Swamp Canal Feeder Ditch, right across from the dock, to Lake Drummond, which provides the water they use to keep the Swamp at constant level. It was a beautiful trip, and at the canal-lake junction, there is a tiny rail “trolley” you operate yourself to take your dinghy around the dam and into Lake Drummond, which was beautiful and no other boats were there. Great adventure!
        Cathryn and Bob
        aboard “Next to Me”,
        42′ Jefferson Sundeck

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      9. Bill & Laura Bender -  July 30, 2009 - 10:20 am

        We cruised the Dismal Swamp for 2 days last week spending a night at the Visitor’s Center. The 5 women in there were wonderful!!! We used their book exchange. Their nature center has been open only a year and it is very well done. Wish I knew the ranger’s name at the bridge that crosses the canal to the center, but he was born for that job. He has so much information, can answer all questions, and obviously has a love for what he does.
        Bill & Laura Bender
        M/VKindred Spirit III

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      10. Clif & Peta Lewis -  July 28, 2009 - 11:01 am

        The welcome center was a pleasant overnight stop. We arrived late in the afternoon. The lady at the desk was kind enough to give us a ride up the road to get pizza if we wanted. We declined because we had food on board. We signed the cruisers log they have there
        Clif & Peta Lewis
        s/v Immanuel

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        • Gennaro D'Urso -  December 22, 2016 - 5:26 pm

          Can you please provide my contact details to Clif and Peta Lewis, I would like to ask them a question regarding their catamaran. Much appreciated. Feel free to give them my phone as well if you have their contact info,

          Thanks, gdurso@geneticnetworks.com

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      11. Pat Kenefick -  July 27, 2009 - 2:53 pm

        We stopped and tied up at the rest area for the night on our early June cruise up to Norfolk. We were quite fortunate in that we were able to get into the last open slot along the bulkhead; if I recall there was a total of 4 boats and that’s all. Unfortunately this night was definitely one of the hottest nights so far this summer, so without being able to use the air it was not a great night. The grounds were well kept and clean; rest rooms the same. For one night it is ok and thank goodness it is there as we were exhausted when we reached that point coming from Elizabeth City. Don’t know what we would have done if it had not been there quite frankly
        Pat Kenefick

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      12. Arnold Parkinson -  July 27, 2009 - 8:49 am

        I was a tad dissapointed with the Visitors Center – perhaps expecting too much. But they really don’t have much but a far too small dock and toilets. I spent one night rafted up to another boat which I don’t really like doing but left first thing in the morning. Maybe if they had fuel and water and a small store……..
        Best wishes
        Arnold Parkinson
        The British Club Worldwide
        http://www.britishclubworldwide.com

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      13. Capt Jock -  July 23, 2009 - 10:33 am

        The welcome center is rarely crowded and a pleasant and convenient stop…a nice place to meet other folks who are taking a break from the wake-makers!
        Capt Jock, formerly of DREAM MAKER, presently of HOME AT LAST

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      14. Wayne Thomas -  July 23, 2009 - 9:55 am

        Enjoyed our overnight stop here very much after the stress of so many bumps along the way. We needed the rest.
        Wayne Thomas

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      15. Ted Jones -  July 23, 2009 - 9:51 am

        The Welcome Center is even better than ever as there is a new Dismal Swamp museum located on the opposite canal bank. Access is provided by an interesting (and clearly very expensive) hydraulically retracted floating bridge. The museum itself is relatively small but provides a comprehensive history of the canal with many illustrative examples. When one views the panel about birds, the sounds of their varied and colorful songs emerge unobtrusively from the background. We stayed one night at the Welcome Center and were happy to become reacquainted with our friend Penny Leary-Smith who has run the the facility from its inception. We are always delighted to stop there whether by car or by boat, and always do.
        Our half-dozen sailboats were joined at the welcome center by a 45 foot multi decked power boat. This is unusual, as most power cruisers prefer the Virginia Cut route where they are not limited to 6 knots and where the risk of hitting debris with their screws is less, or so it is believed.
        Ted Jones

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    • Mariners’ Wharf City Docks

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 335-5330
      Fax: (252) 335-1733
      Website: https://www.visitelizabethcity.com
      Statute Mile: 50.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 36°18.022 N / 76°13.083 W
      Location: lining the Pasquotank River's western banks (in the heart of downtown Elizabeth City) just south of the U.S. 158 bascule bridge
      Depths: 8 ft.
      Address: 707 E Fearing St
      Elizabeth City NC  27909


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: free dockage for 48 hours
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden slips
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 14
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Restaurant: many within walking distance
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Andy’s Pancake & Steakhouse 252-335-4700 Hoppin’ Johnz New South Cuisine 252-679-7716 Ghost Harbor Brewing Company 252-599-1030 Down Town Dawgs 252-202-3534 The Mills Downtown Bistro 252-621-1471

      Provisioning Possibilities: Take taxi to Food Lion Supermarket, some 2 miles away - free bicycles with baskets are also available at the Visitor's Center immediately south of the docks
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available


      Reviews from Cruisers (25)

      1. Karen and Lee McClellan -  August 26, 2018 - 3:23 pm

        We did the Albemarle Loop in May and it was incredible. The next stop was Elizabeth City: the Albemarle Bay Museum, great restaurants and, of course, the memorial to the famous “Rose Buddies”. It is so worth doing the Albemarle Loop, one of the highlights of our (AGLCA) loop.
        Karen and Lee McClellan
        AGLCA Forum

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      2. Alan -  March 29, 2014 - 2:45 pm

        AMEN! Kudos to Elizabeth City! Another 2 day dock courtesy city in North Carolia is Edenton. Another beautiful stop.
        Alan

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      3. John Kettlewell -  March 29, 2014 - 2:44 pm

        What a great city! I’ve been visiting by boat since back in the day when the original Rose Buddies greeted everyone at the docks, and I go out of my way to return the favor by purchasing groceries, eating out, and patronizing other local businesses. One of my favorite ICW stops and a great reason to take the Dismal Swamp route.
        John Kettlewell

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      4. Lee Haefele -  November 16, 2013 - 3:02 pm

        Just a note about Dismal Swamp Canal…. Not only do you need to watch the depth, with a sailboat, you need to watch the trees overhead too. When calculating your speed, the shallow depth limits your boat speed, ask the lock tender what daily distance to expect. There is also not room to pass slower boats, unless they agree to pull off to the side. Still a very nice, pretty route and Elizabeth City is wonderful.
        Lee Haefele

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      5. Devin Taylor -  October 22, 2013 - 4:52 pm

        We had a wonderful stay for 2 nights at Elizabeth City after an eventful transit of the dismal swamp. The only navigation hazard was the duck weed [being cleared as of 10/17/2013] in and around the Deep Creek Lock. Robert is doing all he can to clear the weed which should be gone as the north wing abates this week, call him if concerned. We had a blocked strainer but after clearing it all was OK. After the DC bridge there was no weed to worry about and no other hazards for our 5′ draft IP45.
        Elizabeth City exceeded our expectations for free dock space and great hospitality. There is good shopping 1.5 miles from the dock and great shops and restaurants on the wharf. We thoroughly enjoyed a great value meal at Groupers! The visitor center had a Rose Buddies reception with free wine and cheese and it was great to hear about Elizabeth City and meet fellow cruisers. The museum is well worth the free entry and soon the theatre season will start too! Please pay these folks a visit – you won’t regret it!
        Devin Taylor s/v Moosetracks

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      6. Chuck and Susan Baier -  October 13, 2013 - 10:15 pm

        Construction has begun on the heads and showers and the contractor wants to have them done by Thanksgiving. Here are a couple of photos.
        Chuck and Susan, Trawler Beach House

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      7. Danny -  September 9, 2013 - 8:54 pm

        We cruised in here on August 29 and left on the 31. This was the first we had stayed at these docks. Docks were nice but finger piers are short. Could be a problem for some boats. Also the heavy creosote on the pilings made a mess of my lines.The town is a great place to visit. Easy walk to several restaurants and bars. We recommend Cypress Creek Grill and Groupers. Nice museum close by that you can spend several hours. It would be nice if they had some bathrooms.

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      8. s/v Skye -  May 25, 2013 - 9:56 am

        Interesting comment by Grey Ghost. We stopped on the way south last fall and the rose buddies put on a program in the large tent for a 30 person group of transients. We got our rose! Learned much about the area.
        s/v Skye

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      9. Gray Riddick -  May 12, 2013 - 9:44 am

        Stopped in Fall of 2012 at city dock and Rose Buddies/volunteers were no more – still good stop (without dock hands or electricity) with good size city resources including a great museum.
        Gray Riddick
        Gray Ghost

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      10. Tom and Kaye -  October 19, 2012 - 4:38 pm

        Our home is in Kinsale, VA, and we have just made our 6th stop at the Elizabeth City Visitors Center, and of course were greeted by ‘Rose Buddy’ Gus! The folks in Eliz City are most friendly, accommodating, and we can’t say enough good things about our experiences at our favorite stop on the ICW. So take our word for it and stop on your next trip ‘North’ or ‘South’. You won’t regret it!
        Tom and Kaye aboard the S/V SHEARWATER

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      11. Bill Watson -  October 8, 2012 - 11:59 am

        Cruising News:
        Elizabeth City is always a great stop for cruisers. A great place to talk with some of the boaters you’ve been traveling with and get ready for the trip across the Albemarle. Especially want to thank Jessica and Susan at the Convention and Visitors Center for their help when I found out that I needed to get some parts and do some rewiring.
        Bill Watson

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      12. Doyle and LaVisa (Halifax) -  September 6, 2012 - 11:59 am

        Stopped off here doing the Carolina Loop. Met Gus who stated he is last of the original Rose Buddies. Unfortunately we stopped on Labor Day and everything was closed. Gus said they do not get the boats they use to due to the economy. We stayed here many years ago and I recall it was a full house. This trip we were the first boat in awhile. Can’t beat the rates but if you desire more services I suggest cruising a short distance north to Lambs Marina. BTW – the Carolina Loop is a nice cruise and everyone should do the Dismal Swamp at least once. May not be there forever.

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      13. Roger Montembeault -  May 22, 2010 - 10:23 pm

        Several of us opted to take the Dismal Swamp route north so we could experience Elizabeth City and the “Rose Buddies” that we had heard about on many occasions. We arrived on Fri. night and attended the rose buddies welcome complete with beer, wine and snacks and useful information about our stay. Dave gave us good info on the trip north to mm 0 and Steve Atkinson (sp?) the former mayor was exemplary in his welcoming us to his town. We liked what we saw (especially the free dock) and decided to spend an additional day in E city spending cash on restaurants, farmers market and Karen even found a dress for our son’s wedding in Nov at a small boutique near the docks!
        Elizabeth City is a must stop on the loop. Don’t pass this one by – it’s a gem.

        Roger & Karen Montembeault
        m/v Karen Anne
        1986 KK Manatee

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      14. Paul Dolan & Family -  November 4, 2009 - 12:49 pm

        Dear Mr. Young,
        My family and I aboard S-V Whirling Dervish docked at the city docks in Elizabeth City on our trip south after exiting the Dismal Swamp. WOW, what a welcoming place! Every cruiser coming through the Dismal Swamp should stop at the free city docks and enjoy this town!
        Paul Dolan & Family
        SV Whirling Dervish
        November 1, 2009

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      15. Arnold -  October 14, 2009 - 2:27 pm

        Mile 50.9 – Elizabeth City. Another example of the well known hospitality of dockeepers Sam and Doug and others helping to welcome boaters. My Chinese motor scooter had suddenly stopped working – an emergency in my book since I have found it so useful for getting to grocery stores. Having determined it was an ignition coil failure, Susan Hartley of the Welcome Bureau not only ran me some 8 miles to only scooter store in town – but waited there as we tried to find a replacement part and ran me back! Fitted the new coil, paid the $50, pressed the button – Bingo! – I was back in business at 45mph and 126 mpg……..
        The Farm Fresh grocery store will still pick you up and take you back – but the week before some boater got the service but bought only a single pack of cigarettes! Now that’s just not fair folks! Great showers at the Fitness Center – $2 but well worth it. The nearby coffee shop sells a great Reuben sandwich. It’s hard to beat Elizabeth City for a free 2 or 3 day dockage.
        Arnold

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      16. Arlington(Sonny) and Nancy Lambert -  September 19, 2009 - 10:44 pm

        Hello, Mr. Young,
        My wife and I recently cruised up to Virginia from Florida. Our route north included taking the Virginia cut in lieu of the Dismal Swamp Canal route. On our return, however, some fellow cruisers told us it would behoove us to take the Dismal Swamp and make a stop in Elizabeth City, NC. They said the city is boater friendly and we should have an enjoyable visit.
        We followed their advice and took the Dismal Swamp route, arriving in Elizabeth City on Monday night, September 14th. We met two other cruisers at the Visitors Center on the Dismal Swamp canal and arrived with them at Elizabeth City simultaneously. We checked in with the tourism center and were given a rousing welcome. They catered to our every need, including offers for rides to grocery stores. laundromats, to purchase ice and pretty much anything else we needed. The dockage was COMPLIMENTARY and they also provided Wi Fi computer service. Later in the day, a representative came by each boat and advised that they were hosting a wine and cheese reception for the visiting boaters. We decided to attend and were greeted by a member of the “Rosebuddies”. This is a group that was started many years ago for the purpose of making cruising boaters feel welcome in Elizabeth City. Part of the reception was giving a rose to each female member of a boating party. In addition, the Mayor of the city was in attendance at the reception and made it a point to greet each boat owner and their respective families personally. I don’t believe I have ever visited another town anywhere in the United States in a boat and had the mayor come out and greet us. Mayor Steven Atkinson told us about the many services and programs that are available to us cruisers as well as their many attractions, especially the Albemarle Museum. Lastly, the rosebuddy who spoke to us advised us on additional areas of interest to boaters together with local knowledge of the water which enabled some of us to shorten travel time and several miles on our way south after leaving Elizabeth City.
        I have to say that as one who has been cruising for over twenty years, never have we been received so warmly as we were in this small town waterfront town in North Carolina. They are currently promoting “The Carolina Loop” for people in North Carolina, Virginia, and other areas. They have a brochure on their website that provides a detailed explanation of the trip.
        I am sure you have probably been made aware of this city, however, I felt I would be remiss in my duty as a fellow cruiser if I did not tell you what a great time we had on our visit. My wife Nancy and I would highly recommend spending time there. Also, we wish to congratulate Elizabeth City Tourism on the splendid job they did making all of us cruisers feel welcome. We will visit this charming city again.
        Arlington(Sonny) and Nancy Lambert
        S/V Sonrae 79 CSY 33 Hull #10
        Fleming Island, FL

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      17. Arnold -  July 30, 2009 - 9:12 am

        At Elizabeth City docks, if you’re nice and friendly to the dockmasters, they ‘ll show you two hidden spigots for topping off your water tanks………. No fuel alas – but there is at the marina just south – who also sell block ice
        Arnold

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      18. Clif & Peta Lewis -  July 28, 2009 - 11:05 am

        We did not get to experiance the well known welcome of a rose and wine reception. The man who used to do it had passed on. We had breakfast at a little place in town that took you back to old days. We stayed there for 3 days, also the day before we left we met a South African couple who were delivering a 44ft. Knysna catamaran to Annapolis. We developed a relationship because my wife is originally from South Africa. The girls still keep in touch. We enjoyed Elizabeth City for our short stay there.
        Clif & Peta Lewis
        s/v Immanuel

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      19. Arnold Parkinson -  July 27, 2009 - 8:52 am

        Elizabeth City is always great. When I was there a Canadian owner suggested a pot luck supper which in turn led to a party and singing songs from a variety of countries represented. Dockmasters Sam and Gus are very friendly and will let you stay more than a couple of nights if the docks aren’t full. Good fish restaurant near the dock. laundry withing walking distance and a breat Farm Fresh grocery store who will pick you up and return upon request.
        Best wishes
        Arnold Parkinson
        The British Club Worldwide
        http://www.britishclubworldwide.com

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      20. Bill & Claudia Bagwell -  July 24, 2009 - 10:37 am

        As to EC’s hospitality, we cannot overstate how welcome we were made to feel. Even had the Mayor (Stephen Atkinson) come by and introduce himself. We stayed at the city dock, which is free. It was about half full. We went to dinner at a restaurant, Montero’s, named after the owner and chef, who came and picked us up in his car and took us back to the boat when we were through. The food was fine.
        Bill & Claudia Bagwell
        M/V Runaway

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      21. Ted Jones -  July 23, 2009 - 9:48 am

        On to Elizabeth City where everything I’ve heard about their fabulous welcome is evident even though Fred Fearing, the last “Rose Buddy” has died. In his place is a granite marker describing the rose buddies and their legacy. Instead, we were greeted by the Elizabeth City mayor himself whoat the traditional wine and cheese party told us about his plans for expanding the services available. He is a boat owner and is a strong advocate for the city docks. He even set to to help late arrivals with their dock lines. A call to the local supermarket brought a courtesy car driven by the store manager himself, and he drove us back to the docks when we had made out purchases. This is one of the most complete supermarkets I have ever been in.
        The only negatives about Elizabeth City is the lack of fuel service at the docks. Jack Wisner and I walked a couple of blocks to an automotive filling station and lugged back a six gallon jug of fuel. There presently are no fuel docks in Elizabeth City, and out next available pit stop was Dowry Creek Marina where we later had difficulty fueling from their high speed pump whose nozzle will not fit in most sailboat’s deck plates. The lack of heads and showers is high on the mayor’s list of new services which he feels need to be provided at Elizabeth City.
        Ted Jones

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      22. Nita and Rick George -  July 19, 2009 - 7:46 am

        ELIZABETH CITY (8/17 – 8/20). You have to know where the water spigots are buried – a city worker who was watering flowers in the park one morning showed us. The Chamber of Commerce no longer deals with the waterfront, but the Convention & Visitors Center (252-335-5330) has taken up the cause and Susan was very helpful. She is in the brick building immediately south of the docks. Groupers restaurant is also there, was the only place open on Sunday night, and we thought it quite good. We also did the Colonial (great basic supper and breakfast), Cypress Creek Grill, and Rachel’s, all very nice and reasonably priced. We stayed at EC three nights and would have gone to Pelican Marina for the third, but they were not taking transients – something about all slips privately owned and full – so we stayed at Mariners’ Wharf with the city’s blessing, there being only two boats in port at the time. The best discovery was the Lowry Oil Company (252-335-4283) who can deliver diesel directly to the boat at a very reasonable price for a minimum 100 gallon order. And the Farm Fresh supermarket about a mile and a half from the docks will pick up cruisers for grocery shopping. All in all, EC was a very enjoyable layover.
        Regards, Nita and Rick George aboard MV Hale Kai

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      23. Capt. Miles -  July 16, 2009 - 1:41 pm

        Message: Claiborne,
        The free city docks in Elizabeth City were full yesterday when we arrived. We noticed a trawler tied to the long face dock just north of the Elizabeth City bridge, and the bridge operator said we could stay there. The docks are part of the Jennette Brothers food distributors service. This locally owned company will make you sign a form excusing any liability, but otherwise they are very accomodating to cruisers when the city docks are full. No power, but water is available.
        The Dismal Swamp was beautiful with the changing Fall colors, with depths averaging 7 ft.
        As the morning temp. was 42, we\’re heading south!
        Capt. Miles

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      24. Bob and Claudia -  July 16, 2009 - 1:30 pm

        If you are looking for dock space in Elizabeth City and all the “in town places” are taken, for the price of signing a waiver you can dock North of the bridge on the West side next to the Jennette Bros Provision Co. building. Say hello to Eric the bridge tender.

        When we passed through Elizabeth City last summer, the docking looked a little tight for us and we were going to just anchor. But, “some guy” waved us over to the area just about 50 yards south of the free city docks and helped us tie up. I was a little concerned since the bulkhead had a sign “no docking”, but since the “some guy” turned out to be the mayor, we were all smiles. How many places do you know in which the town’s mayor grabs a line for visiting boats???
        Ken

        Hi,
        We had the same experience in early Oct when pulling in late, about 1700, at Elizabeth City. The guy ran across the park and waved us in to where the tour boat used to dock. The pilings were a little treacherous, but we managed to tie and enjoy the evening. Our two dogs enjoyed the park as well as ourselves. The mayor is Steve Atkinson and he was heading to the Annapolis sailboat show the next day, so I gave him my card so he could use the Annapolis Yacht Club. A very nice fellow and a credit to the city.
        Bob and Claudia

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      25. John and Dottie -  July 15, 2009 - 7:20 pm

        Subject: Elizabeth City
        Cruising News: As one of the early boats heading north on the ICW. It was refreshing to find the hospitality of the Elizabeth City Mayor.
        On April 1, at about 4:30 in the afternoon we arrived at the Elizabeth City Dock.
        A short time later the City Mayor approached us and offered the hospitality of the city. Explaining all that was available in town from dinner theater, great places to eat, museaums, Post Office and Library as well as free wi fi at the dock.
        What a great feeling being made so welcome after a long days cruise.
        Cudos to Elizabeth City
        John and Dottie on the DAR SEA

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    • Albemarle Plantation Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 426-4037
      Website: http://www.albemarleplantationmarina.com/
      Lat/Lon: Near 36°05.049 N / 76°24.377 W
      Location: found on the northeastern shores of Yeopim Creek, off the northern shores of Albemarle Sound
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 421 Albemarle Blvd
      Hertford NC  27944


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.60 per foot per night
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden slips/face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 166
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $6.50/per night - 30 amp power hookup, $10.50/per night - 50 amp power hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available
      Swimming Pool: Available
      Restaurant: Clubhouse Restaurant and Dockside Cafe
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      With 2 restaurants to choose from boaters can experience fine fining at the Clubhouse Restaurant or casual dining at the Dockside Cafe. Lunch and dinner are available 7 days a week and Sunday brunch is served at the Clubhouse Restaurant”

      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: November 12, 2018
      Notes: ethanol free/new hours for January and February-10:00 to 2:00/closed Tuesday and Thursday
      Gasoline Price: $3.75 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $2.99 (All Taxes Included)
      Any Quantity Discount: 10 cents off per gallon for 200 gallons or more

      Reviews from Cruisers (4)

      1. Karen and Lee McClellan -  August 26, 2018 - 3:17 pm

        We did the Albemarle Loop in May and it was incredible. Our first stop was Albemarle Plantation, everyone was so so gracious and hospitable. You have access to all the amenities club restaurants, pool, laundry, tennis etc.
        Karen and Lee McClellan
        AGLCA Forum

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      2. Doyle Evans -  November 5, 2015 - 11:13 am

        The Albemarle Planation is part of the Albemarle Loop. This loop offers free two day dockage and sometimes free power at each stop. Ports also include Elizabeth City, Hertfort, Edenton, Plymouth and Columbia. The Albemarle Plantation is a very boating friendly community and welcomes loop visitors. This was our first stop after exiting off the ICW. We had a port engine issue coming in and the dockmaster recommended Daneker Marine. These guys came out to the marina ASAP and repaired our problem and got us back on the water. So, we cannot say enough about the marina and residents in this area. We highly suggest spending time exploring each port-of-call on this loop. Each marina offers a unique variety of things to see and do.

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      3. Dick Parker -  August 22, 2014 - 3:18 pm

        We spent Saturday night, 08-16-14, at Albemarle Plantation Marina and enjoyed a very pleasant experience. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful and the facility itself was well maintained, although showing a few signs of age. The showers and bathrooms were as nice and clean as any we have ever used. The pool was large, clean and very refreshing on a hot day. We decided to rent a golf cart and put it to good use in exploring the massive property. We did not get a chance to try the restaurant as it was being used for a private golfing event. This marina is off the beaten path but worth the effort in getting there.
        Dick Parker

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      4. Bill Jackson -  October 5, 2009 - 10:52 am

        Hello Claiborne,
        This is a brief heads-up as to something that appears to have a lot of boater potential.
        You may know that Albemarle Plantation has changed ownership recently. The new owners are from Raleigh (1), and Greenville (3) and have a Raleigh firm managing the place. They have made a number of very positive changes. One of the most dramatic, to date, is happening now at the marina. The park is being landscaped and there are planned upgrades to the hospitality center in the works. One of the objectives in all of this is to attract more cruising boat traffic.
        I am going to cc this note to Kyle Corkum, who runs the management company, so when all is in order he can alert you with a more detailedpresentation, or ask me to do it.
        Regards,
        Bill Jackson

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    • Edenton Harbor (City Docks)

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 482-7421
      Website: http://www.edentonmarina.com/
      Lat/Lon: Near 36°03.355 N / 76°36.639 W
      Location: overlooking the Edenton city waterfront, north of marker #8
      Depths: 8 ft.
      Address: 607 W Queen St
      Edenton NC  27932


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.00 per foot, first 2 nights free plus electric
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden slips
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 15
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $3.00/per night - 30 amp power hookup, $6.00/per night - 50 amp power hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available
      Restaurant: several within walking distance and more accessiblle by city marina courtesy van
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Watermans Grill (dinner only and closed Sunday evenings, 252-482-7733), Edenton Coffee House (breakfast and lunch, closed Sundays, 252-482-7465), Kristy's Place (lunch and dinner - closed Sundays, 252-482-7655), 309 Bistro (lunch and dinner - closed Sundays and M, 252 482-0997), Downtown Cafe and Soda Shop (252-482-8300, open 7 days a week for lunch), Bayside Marina & Grill (accessed via marina courtesy van, 252-482-5343, open Tuesday - Sunday Breakfast and Lunch, Nothin' Fancy Café (accessed via marina courtesy van, 252-482-1909, open Monday - Saturday for Lunch and Dinner, and lunch only on Sunday), Emilio's General Store and Take Away (252-482-8240)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Courtesy van piloted by dockmaster provided to Food Lion supermarket and Farmers Food
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Courtesy van piloted by dockmaster to Food Lion for LPG tank exchange or AmeriGas for LPG tank refill 2 miles away
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Waste pump-out: Available, $5.00 per pumpout


      Reviews from Cruisers (6)

      1. Karen and Lee McClellan -  August 26, 2018 - 3:21 pm

        We did the Albemarle Loop in May and it was incredible. Next we went to Edenton, a great historical town with good restaurants and shops. We visited the local coffee shop both mornings and met some of the movers/shakers of the town (retired guys); they were fun to talk to.
        Karen and Lee McClellan
        AGLCA Forum

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      2. Jim Ward -  August 13, 2018 - 4:22 pm

        Wonderful city dockage. Overnight free and electricity reasonable ($3 for 30a, $5 for 50a). Neat Southern town with good places to eat and even a courtesy car to go to a grocery store. Dockmaster A Richie welcoming and helpful. Well worth a visit. Jim

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      3. Alan V. Cecil -  July 13, 2015 - 2:45 pm

        Close to Chesapeake Bay boaters who have a yen for new territory without having to go up the Atlantic coast. Autumn is a wonderful time to do the Albermarle Loop and Edenton is so quaint and the marina is “right down town!” Please don’t miss the famous “Bell Battery” adjacent to the municipal marina in Edenton. Cannon made from church bells in North Carolina which were “melted down” to make cannon “For The Cause!” Very noble and patriotic!

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      4. Tom Goodman -  May 31, 2014 - 12:56 pm

        That is our Monk 36 “Journey” docked in Edenton. We had a wonderful visit in this welcoming historic town. The following day we visited Plymouth, NC. Which we highly recommend. We are from Swansboro NC and are headed to the Chesapeake Bay for the summer. We completed the “Great Loop” in April 2014. Love your site.
        Just realized that is my good friend Jim Healy’s Monk “Sanctuary”. Great article!
        Tom Goodman

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      5. Kathy -  May 31, 2014 - 12:51 pm

        It was great to read your write up. Just wanted to let you know about the Edenton Yacht Club. We welcome out of town visitors at our events. Join us at a party just to say hello, or participate in one of our races if you’re in the mood. Visit our website http://www.eycnc.org to see what is happening with the club when you are in town!!
        Thanks,
        Kathy

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      6. Alan -  March 31, 2014 - 9:27 am

        Another 2 day dock courtesy city in North Carolia is Edenton. Another beautiful stop.
        Alan

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    • Manteo Waterfront Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 473-3320
      VHF: Monitored: 16         Working: 9
      EMail: contact through website
      Website: http://marinas.com/view/marina/4416_Manteo_Waterfront_Marina_NC
      Lat/Lon: Near 35°54.568 N / 75°40.113 W
      Location: located on the western shores of Doughs Creek, northwest of marker #10. For a video on the entrance channel, see /?p=147472
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 207 Queen Elizabeth Ave
      Manteo NC  27954
      Dockmaster: Carl Jordan


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.65 per foot, per night + utilities high season, $1.40 12/1-4/30. Discounted Weekly, monthly, winter and annual rates available.
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden slips
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 50
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 30/50/100 amp power hookups available

      $3.50/per night – 30 amp hookup, $7.00/per night – 50 amp hookup $14.00/night - 100 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available, town water
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant: LaDolce Vita (will pickup or deliver)
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      1587 Restaurant at Tranquil House Inn (highly recommended for lunch and dinner, 252-473-1587), Avenue Wat erfront Grill (252-473-4800), Th e Hungry Pelican (lunch onl y, 252-473-9441), Lost Colony Brewery & Cafe, Ortega’z Southewestern Grill and Wine Bar (252-473-5911), Darrels Restaurant (breakfast, particularly the blueberry pancakes, 252-473-5366)

      Provisioning Possibilities: “The Stockade” well stocked convenience store within walking distance; local taxi service necessary to access supermarkets on Highway 64 – ask the city dockmaster to call a taxi for you or rent a bicycle dockside for the 1/2 mile ride. Rental cars also available if you wish to explore the Outer Banks.
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      LPG tank exchange available 3 blocks from marina at Ace Hardware (252-473-2033), and tanks can be refilled by making an additional two block walk to Outer Banks LPG and Appliance Company (252-473-3200)
      Dockside Cable Television Connection: Available

      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available, free
      Waste pump-out: Available, $5.00 per pumpout
      Navigational Detail: Read Details


      Reviews from Cruisers (12)

      1. John Winter -  August 10, 2015 - 8:55 am

        Visited here recently twice. A great stop and stay for at least two days. Rent car from local Ford dealer is best. The channel while challenging for first timers is actually easy. This channel is a good example of fear of unknown.

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      2. Jim and Talley Powell -  May 12, 2012 - 6:23 pm

        Cruising News:
        What a swell place to spend a couple of days. All of the docks are in good repair, and most of the city has recovered from Hurricane Irene. There is an excitement in the air as if something was about to happen. Children actually play in the streets here. The waterfront invites residents and tourists alike to walk along its length. BBQ pits and picnic tables! Park benches! I keep looking over my shoulder to see if Norman Rockwell is drawing all this, or is it really happening. Someone should make a list of the best Cruisers Restaurants and put the Full Moon Restaurant and Brewery at the top of that list. Their shrimp and crab enchilada is the best in the whole world. Come tie up here. Eat here. You’ll like it here.
        Jim and Talley Powell

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      3. Jean Thomason -  June 20, 2010 - 11:18 am

        Manteo is a local cruising destination for DOVEKIE and we usually stay for a week (the 7th day is free) at the Waterfront Marina. We come here for all the things there are to do. In town there is the Boat building facility of the NC Maritime Museum and a replica of the Roanoke Marshes screw-pile lighthouse, as well as shops and restaurants. Several excursion boats leave from the waterfront including a pirate experience for young children and parasailing boats. Across from the waterfront is Festival Island with its museum, good film, replica of the Elizabeth II sailing ship, living history encampment, Indian village, art shows and concerts. The Pioneer Theater shows one movie at 8:00 PM and costs $5.00 admission. On Saturday morning a craft fair/ market is set up near the waterfront. There is a fine bike path from town to the northern end of the island where one will find the Ft. Raleigh National Historic Site, the Waterside Theater (Lost Colony and other productions), and Elizabethan Gardens. There is also an NC Aquarium a little out of town. We are here June 14-21, 2010.

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      4. Claiborne -  June 8, 2010 - 8:46 am

        Greetings from Manteo, NC,
        If you are still headed north and are not past Oriental yet one should consider heading from the Oriental/River Dunes Marina area out to Ocracoke and then up the Outer Banks to Manteo.
        This past weekend (always the first weekend in June) was the Ocracoke’s “OcraFolk” music & storytelling festival. What a great weekend to be anchored out in town, along with 27 other boats in the harbor! It’s a great stop and a neat town to visit, the anchorage is well protected with pretty good holding! If you are headed that way BE SURE and hold to green #11 as you are headed into the harbor, bad shoaling on the red side of #10!!!
        Manteo, NC is also a nice stop, complete with a free city dock to tie up to. The town is very quaint with lots of little shops and eateries, omelettes at the Magnolia Grill should not be missed!
        Life’s2Short has really fallen in love with the state of NC and all the wonderful cruising it has to offer. Don’t be in a rush to get north, slow down and enjoy all the Outer Banks area has to offer. Gads, it sounds like I’m a poster boy for the NC travel & tourism council……
        Hope everyone is enjoying the water under their keel!
        Todd & Brenda Lanning
        Life’s2Short

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      5. Claiborne -  July 27, 2009 - 3:04 pm

        We were traveling South in early June on our sailboat. Coming off of the sound to begin the trek to Manteo I found to be “confusing” ; once rounding the Northern section of the island the channel was quite clear all the way into town.
        This was our second trip and stay in Manteo by water. My wife especially enjoys staying in Manteo – obviously the shops which are also suffering this year and some gone due to the economy. One of the items that really makes this a great stay is the park across from the docks; beautiful grounds and free concerts if you catch it on Fridays. Last year we saw the Chinese Acrobats and this year we caught the NC Symphony ; outside , under the stars and FREE. Excellent stop. Ortegas on this trip was good and Poor Richards for standard fare sandwiches, burgers etc.
        Having a 48 ft. mast we had to take the route from Manteo down to Wanchese and out to the Pamlico. All well marked and as opposed to last year I found point of transition from Green to starboard to Red Right return marked very well although the numbers have apparently changed ; did not match the chart marker numbers – had I not been through here before I may have really been confused because of this number situation.
        Pat Kenefick

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      6. Claiborne -  July 27, 2009 - 11:36 am

        Manteo – we sailed from Ocracoke there last year and loved it. Caught over 50 Spanish Mackeral on the way in and stayed three days. The city dock folks were friendly and it is an easy walk over to the Elizabeth II. Rental cars are sparce so reserve in advance.
        Wright and Gladys Anderson
        First & Ten

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      7. Claiborne -  July 24, 2009 - 10:41 am

        We went to Manteo the next day, the Sound was calm. Plenty of crabpots though. You only have to follow the markers into Manteo, and you’ll be fine. The channel going out Roanoke Sound has the red markers on the left, the cut channel into Manteo has them on the right (you’re returning). Keep that in mind and you’ll have no problem. Had a very good dinner at the restaurant 1587, I think it is, next to the Marina.
        Bill & Claudia Bagwell
        M/V RUNAWAY

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      8. Claiborne -  July 23, 2009 - 2:12 pm

        We visited Manteo in June 2009. No shallow spots in the channel that I recall. Our route from Manteo was through the channel east, then north that leads into Albemarle Sound. I nice restaurant, the Full Moon, is directly across the street from the town dock master’s office. Friendly people in town. We enjoyed the side trip to the Outer Banks. Very nice clean showers and laundry at the marina.
        Rick

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      9. Claiborne -  July 17, 2009 - 9:01 am

        Subject: A visit to Manteo
        Message: This is a great stop. We stayed at the Manteo Water front [Marina] & enjoyed the town & people very much.
        A word of warning.. as you enter the channel to Shallowbag Bay channel be sure to keep the green marker (coming from the north) to your right AND DO NOT ENTER THE CHANNEL until you pass the green marker. We rubbed bottom by entering too soon.
        Larry Hemmerich

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      10. Claiborne -  July 16, 2009 - 1:32 pm

        John and I have just completed our visit to the Outer Banks, NC (after leaving Coinjock) and found it to be very interesting and well worth the stop.? We based our visit in Manteo, on Roanoke Island at the Manteo Waterfront Marina where Carl Jordan is the dockmaster (252-473-3320.)? This is very centrally located and many restaurants (our favorite, Full Moon Cafe, was right across the street) and shops were close by. We rented a car from local Ford Dealer R D Sawyer which picked us up and delivered us back to the marina–a la Enterprise.? (Enterprise is located ‘out on the island about 30 minutes away’.)?
        We drove out on the Island to Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, Hatteras and saw most of the sites including the Wright Brothers Memorial. I would recommend this stop which is a little off the beaten ICW track.? From Hatteras we crossed the Pamlico Sound and Neuse River to join back with the ICW and ended this part of the journey in Beaufort, NC.
        Heading south–
        Susan and John Hauge and Lily
        on “La Garza Verde”

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      11. Claiborne -  July 15, 2009 - 12:11 pm

        Trish and I did this trip this past November on our way south. We went from Elizabeth City, where the mayor stopped by and spent an hour or so with us aboard Great Expectations; a very friendly place, to Manteo where we stayed at the Waterfront Marina.
        The trip was about 42 statue miles and quite uneventful with the exception of where you turn to starboard to enter the channel to Manteo harbor. There is major shoaling there and the buoys are confusing at this spot. Just take it slow and be careful to follow the right marks. We made it into Manteo without issue but gently hit bottom on our way out.
        We really enjoyed this stop. It was lovely, boater friendly and not crowded. I am sure you will enjoy it as well.
        Jim Riordan
        Great Expectations
        aboard the C Horse

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      12. Claiborne -  July 14, 2009 - 8:28 pm

        We arrved in Manteo, Roanoke Island on June 2nd after two worthwhile days at the national park dock (you can anchor free in Silver Lake or pay 60c ft with Golden Age pass) on Ocracoke Island. This dock was the PT Boat dock in WW2 when they were deployed to respond to the German subs crusing our coastline in the early days of the war. What an interesting place—market where you get fish swimming in the morning for evening grilling, nice beaches, time moves a little slower here. The North Carolina Teacher Education Center rep gave of a tour of the old Coast Guard Headquarters which they have renovated for upgrading teacher skills–kind’a teachers Camp David retreat.
        The town dock here in Manteo is a great location from which to enjoy local activities and tour the Outter Banks. Will be here till 8/1 when we head to the Chesapeake with extended stops in Baltimore and month of Sept in DC.
        Based on our trip up the Pamlico if weather is favorable in the future we will use this route verses the Pungo Canal etc to go north and south as we have done that route a number of times now and advantages are out weighed by the abundance of stumps and deadheads that are ever present –besides Manteo and Ocracoke are stacking up to be absolutely wonderful places to stop with tremendous variety of history and current day attractions.
        Thanks again and safe travels.
        Howard H Cole

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    • Dowry Creek Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 943-2728
      VHF: Monitored: 16         Working: 71
      EMail: dowrycreek@gmail.com
      Website: http://www.dowrycreekmarina.com/
      Statute Mile: 131.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 35°31.978 N / 76°32.133 W
      Location: lies along the Pungo River’s northern shore, north-northwest of marker #15
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 110 Spinnaker Run Rd
      Belhaven NC  27810
      General Manager: Teresa Zeltner
      Dockmaster: Nicole Zeltner


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.50 per foot per night
      Boat/US Dockage Discount: 10% Discount
      Other Dockage Discount: 10% discount for Yacht Club members, U.S. military, and veterans.
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden slips and face dock
      Live Aboards Allowed: yes
      Monthly Dockage Rate:

      $8.00/ft per month

      Monthly Dockage Rate Notes: $6.00 per foot/week; $8.00 per foot/month; discounted annual rates available
      Total number of slips/berths: 73
      Dockside Power Connections: 30 50 30/50/100 amp power hookups available

      $6.00/per night - 30 amp hookup, $8.00/per night - 50 amp hookup, $20.00/per night -100 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available, Free
      Swimming Pool: Available, open May-November
      Restaurant: Several available in nearby Belhaven via marina courtesy car
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Fishooks (252-943-9948), Georgie’s Oyster Bar (252)-943-2102 , Spoon River (252) 945 3699, Jacks Tavern (252)943-6100

      Provisioning Possibilities: Food Lion supermarket available in Belhaven via marina courtesy car
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Use marina courtesy car to access gas station in Belhaven for LPG tank refill 5 miles away
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available, get password on check in
      Waste pump-out: Available, $10.00 per pumpout if staying overnight, $15.00 per pumpout otherwise
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: November 12, 2018
      Notes: ethanol free/87 octane
      Gasoline Price: $3.50/not available at this time (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $2.95 (All Taxes Included)
      Any Quantity Discount: 5 cent discount per gallon over 200 gallons; 10 cent discount per gallon over 500 gallons

      Reviews from Cruisers (27)

      1. Harold Egor -  July 12, 2015 - 1:42 pm

        This marina is the best on the ICW. Car, pool and club house are outstanding. It is quite and clean. We had beer can chicken at the club house and watched captain Ron with fellow cruisers, a night to remember. If you need a place to rest for a couple days, this is the place. They make you feel at home.
        In the morning have coffee on the deck and watch the humming birds.

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      2. Bill Denison -  May 20, 2013 - 5:13 pm

        This is one of my favorite places to stop whenever heading north or south from Albemarle Plantation. Staff is very friendly and knowledgable. Rates are good and there is a lovely club house where there is a social hour each evening. Loaner cars are available for trips into town.
        Bill Denison

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      3. Tomfoolery -  May 14, 2013 - 3:08 pm

        Dowry Creek was a fabulous place to be! We were there with about 12 other boats waiting for Hurricane Sandy to pass! Mary and her staff could not have been more cordial or helpful! We had full use if her pool house and were told we could stay there if we felt uncomfortable due to the storm. We had cocktails or a potluck every night and seminars during the day! We felt like kids at Camp Dowry Creek with Mary as our Camp counselor. There was a courtesy car to use for shopping or dining. The showers and laundry were clean. The sailors quickly became close friends and shared experiences!
        We made friends there who will be friends forever! Mary offered us all a great rate due to the storm. She and her staff went out of their way to make sure we were all safe and happy! We hope to return in May northbound!
        Happy to have chosen Dowry as a safe place. It is protected from NWE but in far enough that we hardly rocked!
        Tomfoolery

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      4. Captain Steve Atkinson -  May 14, 2013 - 3:04 pm

        Without question, this marina is a must stop traveling N. or S. Excellent facility, fuel, clean restrooms, vehicle for your use, easy access with help from the staff. Great hospitality room for potluck meals. Relax!
        Captain Steve Atkinson

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      5. Edward Hart -  May 14, 2013 - 1:51 pm

        Dowry Creek is a nice stop. It is a clean friendly place. They supplied transportation for trips into town. The only downside to the Marina is, it is less then 30 miles south of the Alligator River anchorage and that is not a days run for me. On the way south, everyone stops at Alligator River mile 103, so they at least want to make it to Belhaven, before they stop.
        Edward Hart

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      6. Bob and Margaret Kaine -  October 28, 2012 - 3:12 pm

        We are here to tuck in out of the storm and Mary and her staff made us feel very welcome. No electrical outages. Mark and Diane from Chart Guides are here and they helped organize things to do including: Yoga; seminar classes and discussions. Great Happy Hours and Potlucks. We lucked out and are not bored.

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      7. Beverly Feiges -  June 20, 2012 - 10:21 am

        We seldom go to marinas, and there are all sorts of places to anchor out nearby, but this time we stopped just to be sociable, and we were not disappointed. There is a lovely pool, important when the weather is hot, and Mary gathered up everyone she could and had a gathering in the party room, just because I mentioned we were hoping for some visiting. You can’t get more gracious than that. We will make this a must do stop in the future as so many of our friends have always done.

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      8. Marshall and Patty Timm -  May 13, 2012 - 7:53 am

        We totally agree! Dowry Creek is our favorite stopping place and Mary and her crew are tops!
        Marshall and Patty Timm

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      9. Jim and Talley Powell -  May 12, 2012 - 6:25 pm

        Cruising News:
        We all tend to remember things being bigger, prettier, and brighter than they really were. Then we return to the best marina on the entire AICW, Dowry Creek Marina, and we see that it is just as big, just as bright, and Mary is just as pretty as we remember. Maybe even more than we remember. And, suddenly, the whole world is a good place to be, and Dowry Creek Marina is the best place to be. Wherever we cruise, we always measure how far we are from Mary, and how long it will take to get back to her.
        Jim and Talley Powell

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      10. Doug Jacoby..m/v CHANGER -  November 9, 2011 - 9:32 pm

        Made our first visit to Dowry in early Nov 2011. Will be back. Mary is a great host, the folks around the marina are a good group of cruisers who enjoy what we are all doing. Clean facilities, good staff and a very nice daily social gathering each evening…quick easy on / off the AICW.

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      11. Jim and Talley Powell -  October 26, 2011 - 5:26 pm

        What can be said after everyone has already sung the praises of Dowry Creek Marina? Only that this is the nicest facility we have ever been to. This isn’t just a bunch of cruisers. It’s family. Every evening you miss the ones that sailed on, and welcome the ones that just came in. You search the room for familiar faces, and always smile when you see Mary.
        Jim and Talley Powell

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      12. Captain Ted Jones -  November 3, 2010 - 5:58 pm

        It was our plan to put into Dowry Creek Marina, just a few miles further on the Pungo River, for fuel, water, and ice. We had discovered Dowry Creek Marina when it was new, a dozen years ago. It was started by Ted Klapperich and his family, but Ted died early in 2007 according to Maptech’s Embassy Guide. We had stopped there in 2008 and found things in disarray, but when we stopped on our way north last spring everyone was cheerful and helpful. The marina appeared to be doing well although there were a number of vacant slips.
        Captain Ted Jones

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      13. Captain Ted Jones -  July 14, 2010 - 2:48 am

        The slog to Belhaven wasn’t nearly as bad. We desperately needed ice and given the high loads we had put on the Yanmar, I thought it prudent to take on fuel from our ice provider. A call to River Forest Marina failed to elicit a response. My second call was to Dowry Creek, who responded immediately with full docking instructions. We went to Dowry Creek which I have preferred anyway. They had four bags left, I took them all. It was the fastest pit stop on record, and we were fueled and iced in jig time and outta there lickety split.
        Captain Ted Jones

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      14. Dick Litchfield -  May 24, 2010 - 10:16 am

        We hunkered down at Dowry Creek Marina for four days (11/10-14/2009) to ride out the effects of a nasty front and Hurricane/TS Ida. Riding out the wind and rain was not bad, but it wasn’t pleasant either. The piers were almost ninety degrees to the wind so we were broadside to the wind which gave us a pretty good heel right in the slip.
        We enjoyed happy hours and pot luck dinners with transient boaters from England, Canada, and US. One night all the transient boaters and Mary, the Marina owner, piled in to several vehicles and went into Belhaven for dinner. We dined at George’s Sport & Oyster Bar. It’s nothing fancy, but obviously a locals’ favorite. Seafood was either grilled or steamed, no deep fry stuff here. Hatteras style clam chowder was steamy good, but a little heavy on the potato. The grilled Crab Cake sandwich was tasty, but not as spicy as I like it. We all returned to the boaters’ lounge for after dinner libations and conversation.
        A great place even in bad weather.

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      15. Claudia Young -  April 22, 2010 - 11:06 am

        04-17-2010
        We stopped off at Dowry Creek Marina 3 years ago and had a great time. We are returning to Virginia and decided to stop off at Dowry Creek again. We are the only transients here tonight. We took part in the nightly cocktail hour at the boaters lounge and we had a wonderful time. I do hope many more boaters will decide to stop off. We need to keep Marinas like this in business for future generations of boaters. If you want to have a memorable evening on your way up or down the ICW stop off at Dowry Creek Marina. You won’t regret it.
        Claudia Young

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      16. Larry Morrow -  February 19, 2010 - 8:55 pm

        Stopped at Dowry Creek Marina on Feb. 18th. We were greeted at the fuel dock by 2 liveaboards who expertly tied our dock lines. Mary, the owner, was very friendly and made us feel very welcome. The water is turned off because of the cold weather and the diesel was $2.65 gallon. We were able to watch the Olympics that night due to great reception on the dock.

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      17. Arnold -  October 14, 2009 - 2:39 pm

        Mile 132.3 – Dowry Creek Marina. Another very friendly and delightful marina for either fuel or transient layover. Just a gorgeous club house and bar, swimming pool and first class showers and rest rooms. Owner Mary Klapperich keeps everything in shipshape condition. Easy markers in and out.
        Arnold

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      18. Greg Timko -  October 8, 2009 - 11:06 pm

        Stopped there three times. Last Fall stayed for two days due to weather. A wonderful place to be, so kind and caring. I share a minute at the site she has for her husband, a Vietnam Vet, and a Marine> I share this moment to reflect, alone with him, and what we shared. He will always be a “Brother In Arms”. May God Bless You Always. You will always be remembered. That is one reason why I return each year.
        See you soon————-

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      19. Bill & Laura Bender -  July 31, 2009 - 9:16 am

        We’d heard so many positive things about Dowry Creek Marina that we stopped there mid-July 2009 for 1 night. Mary has fresh veggies in a basket on the porch –ours for the taking. We enjoyed the use of the pool, lounge, laundry facility, and courtesy car. It’s a long trip into Belhaven for groceries but a nice, restful stop.

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      20. Ric Seymour -  July 31, 2009 - 9:10 am

        I stopped at Dowry Creek Marina once on the way south last November and again on the way north in late April and early May. I stayed two days in November and a week on the way back in April and May. This is a truly great marina and a great place to relax for a couple of days. Mary, the owner, will let you use the marina’s SUV to go to town and stock up on supplies and visit the local restaurants. All she asks in exchange is that you put gas in the vehicle. Dowry Creek Marina has wonderful bathrooms. Each bathroom is complete with its own commode, sink and shower. No gang showers and slippery floors. They are also kept spotlessly clean. Friday night the marina hosts a get together with light snacks and drinks.
        The marina is extremely well protected. The approach to the marina is clearly marked and had 8’ at MLW plus the marina has around 8’ at MLW. I’m 47’ LOA with a 6’ DRAFT and the marina is very easy to get in to, out of and visit the fuel dock. Dowry Creek has diesel, gasoline and a pump-out station at their fuel dock. They do enough volume to maintain fresh fuel. There are plenty of liveaboards, seasonal renters and dockhands to help you get into your slip anytime of the day or night. Due to severe head winds and thunderstorms I was late getting to Dowry Creek in April. I called the marina and told them that I could not make it there by 6:00pm and it would be closer to 7:30pm. They told me that would be fine and had four people at the slip when I got there around 8:00pm in the dark. They helped handle my lines in a 20 knot crosswind. That was much appreciated. The marina is also very pet friendly.
        As a bonus I caught the largest Speckled Trout of my life fishing from the bow of my boat while in the slip.
        I recommend this marina without hesitation.
        Regards,
        Ric Seymour

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      21. Rick -  July 24, 2009 - 8:56 am

        We were at this marina in 2008. Very nice people. Loaner car available. Great, great, great boaters lounge and pool. The photos they have in the lounge of the hurricane that hit NC a few years back really ripped up their docks, so the message was clear……..don’t get caught there in strong SE winds. We planned to stay one night and ended up enjoying the place so much we stayed for 3 nights just because it was so relaxing.
        Rick

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      22. David Hughes -  July 20, 2009 - 12:57 pm

        Dear Claiborne,
        I just spent a pleasant evening in the Dowry Creek Marina. It is still a premier facility with excellent service. To enter you turn to 350 from marker 15 and it heads you directly into their channel. The charts can be misleading because they show a sand bar to port. The channel is 7 to 8 feet. The fuel and pumpout stations are direclty ahead on your starboard side. When heading to a slip stay close to the docks because the opposite side in the grasses is shallow. I wish we could have stayed longer to use the pool and clubhouse. We did take advantage of the free loaner car to drive to Belhaven. Incidentally, their website quotes $ 0.75 per foot but it is now $1.25, but that is a good value considering the facility and prices elsewhere.
        Best regards,
        David Hughes
        Expedition

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      23. Steve and Ruth Schmedtje -  July 20, 2009 - 9:53 am

        We had a wonderful stay ay Dowry Creek Marina just north of Belhaven. It is right on the ICW, has a peaceful setting and the dock crew were waiting for us at 7pm. Others who were staying there said they never miss it. We later saw their full page ad in Skipper Bob. Wish we could stay longer.
        Thanks,
        Steve and Ruth Schmedtje
        aboard m/v Mistress on the endless Alligator River NC

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      24. Bob & Joyce Mueller -  July 20, 2009 - 9:52 am

        For those of you heading heading north past Beaufort, NC a really nice stop at MM131.7 is Dowry Creek. Beautiful clean restrooms/showers, swimming pool waiting for inspection to open, lounge suitable for looper get togethers, car available for provisioning, tennis courts and $1.25 per foot. Fuel is available. This is run by the recent widow of a U S Marine.
        Bob & Joyce Mueller
        Sheetless

        Subject: Dowry Creek Marina
        Cruising News: Just a note on Dowry Creek Marina on the Pungo River in NC. We stayed at Dowry Creek on our trip north last year. We were shocked after staying four days to be told that their rates were not the $0.75 / foot that was advertised on their website, but instead were $1.50/ ft. We paid without comment. This year as we PASS Dowry Creek I checked their website again and sure enough they are still advertising at $0.75 /ft. I also run a business and I would never let my prices on lumber I sell online be wrong for a Minuit never mind for a year. I felt entrapped last year and will never return. This is a very bad business practice which I can not help but wonder if it is deliberate.
        Joe Pooler

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      25. Claiborne -  July 15, 2009 - 7:11 pm

        Dowry Creek Marina is my home tonight. Nice facilitises and staff. Not Cable but wifi works great. Captains lounge with nightly get together. They also have courtesy car for trip to Belhaven for food or booze or….Channel depth coming in was between 8 to 10 feet. Docks are fixed with about 15 foot finger piers so some lines will have to be hung on pilings. Southeast to south, souteast is exposed but other directions are protected. They also have a pool and seem to have tennis courts. Chairs and patios for lounging in the sunny weather. Small ships store. Easy in and easy out from ICW.
        Take it easy have a nice evening.
        Pat Banyas
        s/v Marguerite

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      26. Claiborne -  July 15, 2009 - 12:18 pm

        Kismet arrived at Dowry Creek Marina @ MM132 on the NC ICW today just in time to beat the high winds. If you have not been before this is a nice place with a friendly staff. The daily rate is $1.50 plus electric, diesel fuel is $1.99 if you stay at the marina and $2.09 if you do not. Gas is $2.38 and $2.48 and they have a courtesy car available for up to 90 minutes.
        Jim & Lisa Favors – Kismet
        Fathom 40

        I agree. We have been to Dowery Creek several times and enjoyed each time. Very friendly people. Nice Captains Lounge, very clean facilities, barbeque and grill area. Our Power Squadron has been there for rendezvous several times.
        Rick Johnson
        Rick ‘N Roll II

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      27. Claiborne -  July 14, 2009 - 8:25 pm

        While I generally anchor out most of the time, Dowry Creek is a ‘must-stop’ for me. Aside from being one of the friendliest marinas on the AICW, they are well protected . . . . Mary is doing a great job of maintaining the facilities and ambiance that makes Dowry Creek such a great stop. I have left EOS there twice for a month and, in addition to being very reasonable, found that she was very well looked after. An additional plus is that if you need a good mechanic, Capt. Frank Smith is on of the finest around. ….anyone know of a good place north of the 32 parallel?
        Bill & Ana
        Knot Tide Down

        Dowry Creek Marina (MM131) With all due respect to the recent post, this marina is not well protected from the south and south east (also possibly east) as the photos in their scrap book will attest. Other than this, I couldn’t agree more with anyone who praises the facility and people at DCM. It is super friendly, laid back and oh so comfortable. Just watch the forecast and choose another spot if winds are predicted to be strong from the SE quadrant.
        Rick Parish
        s/v Sea Breeze

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    • Belhaven Town Dock on Wynne’s Gut

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: 252-944-0066
      Website: http://belhavennc.us/post/5/town-dock.html
      Statute Mile: 135.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 35°32.223 N / 76°37.354 W
      Location: lies in the charted cove indenting the northeastern shores of Pantego Creek, northwest of marker #9 and Belhaven Waterway Marina. Local hospital overlooks the opposite side of the cove from the city docks
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 315 East Main Street
      Belhaven NC  27810


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available, Maximum stay of three nights
      Transient dockage rate: $1.00 per foot per night
      Type of dockage: Facedock
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 4-5 spaces
      Dockside Power Connections: 30 amp power hookups available

      $5.00/per night - single 30 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available, available
      Restaurant: several within walking distance
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Fishooks (252-943-9948), Georgie’s Oyster Bar (252-943-2102)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Cruisers may be able to rent a marina golf cart at Belhaven Waterway Marina next door to facilitate a visit to Food Lion supermarket 2 miles away
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      walk to nearby Riddick & Windley Ace Hardware (252-943-2205) for tank exchange, or propane tanks can be refilled six blocks walk away from marina at Amerigas Propane (252-943-3547)
      Waste pump-out: Available, $5.00 pumpout


      Reviews from Cruisers (8)

      1. Jim Murtha -  November 16, 2013 - 3:43 pm

        Stayed at Belhaven town docks 11/9/2013. The entrance is directly above the Waterway Marina. You must navigate between a group of old pilings to reach the long face dock. The first length of dock has a low wooden fence and we were told it is for short tie ups only (a pump out is in this area). As you continue in the basin there are electric & water connections. Looks like there may be space for five or six vessels. We saw depths at the seven and eight foot levels.
        Earlier we had attempted to phone the dock master but couldn’t contact anyone. Shortly after we finished docking the dock master came over and said we should expect a few more vessels and should be ready for tight quarters. The fee was $1.00/ft and included electric and water. Self operated pump out was via a $5.00 token. The dock master said the town had yet to post any signs or entrance aids at this dock.
        The docking was fine although no other vessels ever showed up. The dock master mentioned the “new free” docks so we thought we would check them out as we took a walking tour of town. We walked the river front all the way out of town till we reached a fenced commercial facility about 1/2 mile out of town. We took several grassy paths out towards the river but never located these new docks.
        The town itself appears a little down on its luck as though “its time had passed”. The few people we encountered on the street were friendly as was the dock master.
        Jim Murtha

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      2. Jim -  October 16, 2013 - 8:34 am

        WOW! People actually complaining about not getting a free dock?? Has anyone tried to get a permit for a dock lately? And why threaten to skip these small towns and not help them pay for the upkeep of their docks. Will you be happy when no shoreside facilities are available to us transients.
        Jim

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      3. Danny Styons -  October 16, 2013 - 8:34 am

        I rode to Belhaven by car last Wednesday to check out the docks, as we were planning a trip and this was on our list of stops. Boy am I glad I did! There are no free docks down town. They are as you said 1.00 per foot plus power. The free docks are a long way from town. I have hard time calling these town docks. They are up a path I wouldn’t think about walking at night. The docks were completely covered with sea gull poop! No lights. I can not imagine someone staying at these docks. I would feel munch safer anchored. Our new plan is skip Belhaven.
        Danny Styons

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      4. Keith -  June 6, 2013 - 9:05 am

        There is power and water as well a pump out.
        At the very end of the main channel just before the bridge. Have to go in through a very small channel lined with rickety pilings. Looks improbable, but it is there. Wouldn’t have found it without the photos.
        Keith

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      5. Mike and Gail Preston -  May 2, 2012 - 3:10 pm

        We stayed at the new town dock at Belhaven, NC this last week.
        Narrow entrance, but basin to turn around. Room for three to four boats depending on size. Tie to poles, no cleats. No water or power, No assistance unless someone is there.
        Right in the middle of town, short walk down to Georgies Sports and Oyster bar, where the seafood is great. Sitting at the bar the guys will shuck your steamed oysters. We rafted up to companion boat comfortably for the night.
        I would stay here again.
        Mike and Gail Preston

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      6. Keith and Joy Reising -  May 2, 2012 - 3:09 pm

        Belhaven has new town docks in the center of town with no fee ! No electric or pumpout for free but nice.
        The best seafood we have had in a long time is 4 blocks from the dock at Georgies in Belhaven. Georgies is a great value too.
        Keith and Joy Reising
        aboard “Great Mates II”
        44 Atlantic MY

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      7. Roger Hitchner -  March 12, 2012 - 3:57 pm

        Great News! I will make it a regular stop. And if there is any $$$ left over, how about installing a HarborCam so I can see from the waterway if there is room at the dock? Just asking.
        Roger Hitchner
        Painter, Hershine 41

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      8. S/V Faith -  March 12, 2012 - 3:57 pm

        Had the opportunity to be the first boat docked at the ‘New’ Bellhaven Town dock. Spent the night of 28 December there while aboard a Pearson 424… found pleanty of water for the 6′ draft. We took soundings in the dingy before we went in, and found 8′ all the way in (stay close to the old pilings). The entry channel has good water just stay in the middle until you see the new dock (near the hospital). Stayed the night with a friend on a Southern Cross 31 and were joined by another sailboat the next day. Local paper came out and officially pronounced the dock “open” (we made the front page).
        The dock was constructed with money from a grant, and while no signs are up now, there is to be a 24hour limit. Trash disposal is available, and there is a public restroom across the parking lot. Close to the hardware store, and restaurant… great stop!
        S/V Faith

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    • McCotters Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 975-2174
      Website: http://mccottersmarina.com/
      Lat/Lon: Near 35°29.317 N / 76°57.491 W
      Location: on the western banks of Broad Creek, south of marker #6
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 179 McCotters Marina Rd
      Washington NC  27889


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.00 per foot, per night
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 190
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, climate cotrolled
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant: Courtesy car available to take cruisers to restaurants in Washington, NC
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Bill’s World Famous Hot Dogs (252-946-3343), The Blue Door Cafe (252-940-4555), Down on Main Street (252-940-1988), Meeting Place (lunch, 252-975-6370), Pia’s of Washington (252-940-0600)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Courtesy car provided to local Piggly Wiggly 6 miles away and Food Lion 8 miles away
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Marina staff can provide transportation to nearby Mack Jones Seafood for LPG tank refill 2 miles away or gas company for LPG tank refill 6 miles away
      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Waste pump-out: Available, free if you do your own pumpout, $30.00 if marina does pumpout


      Reviews from Cruisers (6)

      1. Scott -  July 26, 2016 - 9:50 am

        McCotter’s seems to be a laid-back, easy to just relax environment. Good price, reasonable cleanliness, reasonable repair on the docks. Only problem, which is a significant concern for the younger boaters, is the Wi-Fi notoriously goes down on the weekend just when we need it most.

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      2. W. Merriman -  July 23, 2014 - 9:28 am

        I stayed at McCotters Marina 3-5 July 2014. The first problem I had was identifying which marina was McCotters. Then I noticed two subjects waving me in. These two individuals got me onto a finger pier where I tied in. I found out they were not McCotters employees, but a couple of guys that had boats in the marina. I made contact with the office and they were very friendly and helpful for the rest of my stay. McCotters has a small pickup truck as a courtesy vehicle that I was able to use to go to Little Washington.
        Again I want to stress that the employees were very friendly and helpful. Having said that, [spiders are a big issue at this marina]. They are everywhere. As I walked the docks looking at other boats, my initial impression was, “Don’t people come here and take care of their boats?” Most of the boats had 3-5 clearly visible spider webs on them. Some had more. I later found out that the problem is there are so many spiders that they build new webs almost as fast as you can destroy the old ones. I was back at my home port for 3-4 days before I got rid of the spiders that had taken up residence on my boat.
        As a final note: Hurricane Arthur (Cat 2) came through while I was at McCotters Marina. I put extra lines on the boat and road out the hurricane without any problems. To the best of my knowledge there was no damage anywhere in the marina. During the hurricane the water rose more than a foot. Afterwards, the water was blown out of the marina and several boats sat on the ground all morning. A couple boats pulled out into the open area of the creek and anchored during the hurricane. They were still there the next day. So I would rate this marina as a good hurricane hole.

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      3. Matt Richter -  November 14, 2013 - 8:03 am

        My family kept our Post sport fishing boat at McCotters back in the 60’s and 70’s, many great memories as a kid around that dock in those days. I remember a character with a boat named “So Good Foamy”. Boat never left the dock as far as I can remember although he was there every weekend in the summer with the hatches up working on the engines, cold one in hand! That was his therapy, what’s yours?

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      4. Lee Gunter -  November 11, 2013 - 6:34 pm

        As a circumnavigator I know boating embraces all manner of people and places. If you want the Hilton, McCotters Marina isn’t it. However, if you want a laid back, easy to work with marina with old fashioned values, this is it. Mark Henley was responsive and responsible, and took care of our trawler when we weren’t around. Most of all he was honest, that rarest of traits in a now-we-see-you-now-you’re-gone business world. The facilities are simple, the environment at the marina, serene. Overall it’s quiet and relaxing. Serenity and simplicity mixed with quality service when you need either one.
        Lee Gunter

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      5. Bruce Billings -  May 14, 2013 - 2:59 pm

        McCotter’s Marina is a good facility for repairs. Bob is the chief facilitator, Mark Henley the owner, and Shirley Long the sail maker and canvas person. All are very easy to work with and accommodating. They have a rather complete ship’s store and if they don’t have it they will get it for you post haste. They do mechanical work and repairs of all sort and Shirley has a complete sail/canvas operation. Unfortunately, no fuel. For fuel one must go next door to the Washington Yacht and Country Club which sells fuel to the public, both diesel and gasoline, and is the only place easily accessible and the only place for diesel west of the Pungo River at Belhaven. Most of Cotter’s docks are new after the terrible fire of a few years ago and the docks are fully serviced.
        Bruce Billings
        “Coaster”
        Chocowinity, NC

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      6. Mark Henley -  February 16, 2012 - 11:33 am

        February 2012
        McCotters Marina is better than ever! Even though 2011 presented some challenges for this North Carolina landmark our full service marina and boat yard is bouncing back stronger than ever.
        As many of you may know a boat fire in January spread to the docks, destroying the North Boat House that had stood watch over Broad Creek for over a half century. Then hurricane “Irene” stormed through in August claiming the two remaining boat houses. These two events brought an end the “boat house era” at McCotters.
        Through it all the McCotters Crew has continued to serve the boating community providing dockage, on-land storage, boat repair, maintenance, custom canvas and sails, sail repair, rigging, boat brokerage and a ships store.
        Going forward McCotters will be in the unique position of offering the regions most experienced repair and maintenance crew combined with new docks. We are excited to report that three of the four docks are already open and construction of the fourth dock is well under way with completion within weeks.
        The McCotters crew wishes to thank its many loyal customers for their continued support over the last year and invites boating friends old and new to come be a part of the rebirth going on at McCotters.
        New slips available on a first come first served basis. Come see us!
        Mark Henley

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    • Washington City Docks

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 940-1231
      Website: http://www.washingtonnc.gov/boating-information
      Lat/Lon: Near 35°32.565 N / 77°03.521 W
      Location: along Pamlico River’s northern flank, west-northwest of the charted 7-foot railway bridge
      Depths: 12’ to 24’ at docks, 9’ to 12’ approach channel from R16 in Pamlico River to the railroad trestle, and from trestle to docks,14 to 20 ft.
      Address: 301 W Stewart Pkwy
      Washington NC  27889


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.25 per foot. Dockage is also available at no charge for up to 48 hours along four 80-foot parallel docks, on a first-come-first-served basis. Stays longer than 48 hours on the free docks are $0.75 per foot per day. Short-term docking also is available for $10.00 for up to six hours, including electric, water, and access to showers and laundry facility.
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden piers and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 36 slips plus free parallel docks
      Dockside Power Connections: 30 50 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $3.00 per night $5.00 per night 30A - $3 per night, 50A - $5 per night
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available, City water at all slips
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled heads and showers, handicap accessible
      Laundromat: Available, Boaters facility in new Dock Station, $5 fee
      Restaurant: Many within walking distance
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Apollos Steakhouse – American steakhouse that also offers Greek cuisine. Large covered deck overlooking the water. The Bank Bistro – New Southern Cuisine. Offering music and located in an historic bank. Bill’s Hot Dogs - A local tradition, known throughout the Carolinas, with a secret chili sauce. The Coffee Caboose – Coffee, lattes, cappuccino, and pastries. Located in an historic Norfolk Southern Railway building. Down on Main Street – Casual dining and bar with a patio looking out on the water. Grub Brothers Eatery – Upbeat, casual dining and bar. La Bella Slices and Ices – Specialty pizza, salads, subs, and pasta dinners. La Perla Panaderia and Pasteleria – Bread rolls and sweets with a Mexican flavor. The Mecca Grill – Homemade southern style breakfasts and lunches. A local tradition. The Meeting Place Café – Lunches and brunch in an historic building downtown. On the Waterfront – Seafood and steaks with outdoor riverside seating, and an informal oyster bar. Rachael K’s Bakery – French style boulangerie and café

      Provisioning Possibilities: Walmart, Food Lion, and Piggly Wiggly supermarkets are 1.5 - 2 miles from the waterfront. Limited provisioning (milk, eggs, bread, etc) is available within 4 blocks of the docks.
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Propane is available about 3 blocks from the docks.
      Waste pump-out: Available, Pumpout available, $5 fee


      Reviews from Cruisers (14)

      1. John Clark -  August 15, 2017 - 11:14 am

        Great little marina off the beaten path. Location is right in the downtown of Washington NC. For a small town there is a lot of activity at the waterfront, early morning walkers, a picnic lunch crowd, and evening family strollers. Marina/waterfront park staff are all nice and helpful.
        We sailed a boat with 66ft mast and 6.5ft draft without issue coming in from the Atlantic at Morehead City and then taking the Core Creek stretch of the ICW. Hit bridges at low tide and you are good.

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      2. Susan Landry -  May 4, 2014 - 11:21 am

        We enjoy side trips off the ICW instead of just rushing north and south. One recent side trip we took was to Washington, NC. The free town docks are in a well protected basin and across the street from the historic district.
        Susan Landry

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      3. Normandie -  October 30, 2013 - 3:48 pm

        Rick,
        Thanks so much for posting this! Our trip to NYC and back to Beaufort has been great fun, and we’re looking forward to this next week in Little Washington. Hope some of your readers will drop by Sea Venture to say hey.
        I did want to let you know that if folk read Becalmed thinking it’s a traditional romance, they’ll be disappointed. The story is much more women’s fiction, as a single woman sailor tries to figure out what she really wants.
        Blessings,
        Normandie

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      4. Rick Brass -  October 28, 2013 - 9:24 am

        It isn’t often that you hear of an author doing a book tour aboard a 50 foot sailboat, but that is just what Normandie Fischer is doing. She is a Beaufort area author, sculptor, and live aboard sailor who has been traveling the ICW to promote her novels, She will be doing a book signing at the Washington City Docks on November 4th.
        Cruisers are invited to visit Washington and attend the event. Little Washington is a picturesque and hospitible town, on the Pamlico River a few miles west of the ICW. The Washington City Docks offer transient slips up to 80 feet loon, with depths up to 20 feet, including 400 ft of dockage that is free for the firts 48 hours.
        While in Washington Normandie Fischer will be talking to High School Students and Book Clubs in addition to her Yacht Party Book Signing on Dock B on November 4 from 4-6pm.
        Romance novels aren’t really my milieu, but I’m told that Becalmed is a pretty good read.
        Rick Brass

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      5. Wooduck -  July 27, 2013 - 3:03 pm

        Love little Washington. NC Estuarium is epic! 3 story interactive sculpture of complete water cycle, donated by artist! Great volunteers. Closed on Sunday.
        Wooduck

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      6. Colleen and Stan -  July 25, 2013 - 5:14 pm

        Greetings, we loved going to “little” Washington, NC, free docks with restaurants and everything within walking distance, folks friendly and old town village atmosphere, although a Walmart, marine stores, etc only a few miles from the docks. There is a great consignment store on Main Street as well as many galleries, etc. We simply fell in love with this town.
        Cheers, Colleen, Stan and Maybea2
        on the Next Endeavour

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      7. Bruce Billings -  May 14, 2013 - 2:55 pm

        Washington has very nice docks with or without electric. One needs only to radio Washington City dockmaster on channel 16 to gain accommodation. There is also a mooring field directly across from the city docks and the city has a dingy dock. Sanitary facilities are located in a trailer at the west end of the docks pending a new building in the next year or so.
        There are numerous restaurants on the Main St., about a block away, which cater to most any taste and budget. All locals have their favorites so it would be best to inquire of the dockmaster relative to the various venues and their offerings.
        Groceries, Wal-Mart, and the ABC store are more than a mile plus away so transportation is necessary for supplies. West Marine is in town and is within walking distance. Directly next to West Marine is Washington Crab & Oyster Co. which claims to have the largest selection of seafood in Eastern NC.
        Unfortunately, no fuel is available in Washington but there is a pump out facility at the docks.
        Washington has numerous small boutiques, stores and galleries on Main St. but aside from Main St. there isn’t a lot to see or do. It’s basically pretty quiet.
        When venturing to Washington be sure to follow the channel which is well marked being aware of Grandpap Island which is just east of the railroad trestle and is semi-submerged with but a few dead trees showing. Be careful going through the railroad trestle which is quite narrow and can be difficult depending on wind and wave. West of the trestle is a no wake zone all the way to the docks and/or mooring field. There is plenty of depth west of the trestle. Not so to the east.
        Bruce Billings
        “Coaster”
        Chocowinity, NC

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      8. Gray & Betty Riddick -  May 10, 2013 - 1:36 pm

        If time permits a visit to little Washington would be a treat. Dockmasters, water & electricity, decent showers and very few transients competing for your time. Several convenience stores close as well as West Marine. Within easy walk restaurants recommended:
        Grub Bros
        Down on Main
        On the Waterfront
        Don’t miss a visit to the Estuarium for an education on the second largest estuary in the U.S.
        Gray & Betty Riddick

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      9. Brian Walter -  January 20, 2013 - 6:59 pm

        We spent a week there last Fall to escape hurricane Sandy. Very friendly. Very helpfull, great town. Several locals came to the boat to offer rides to groceries, laundromat etc. Will go back.
        Brian Walter

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      10. Jim and Talley Powell -  May 7, 2012 - 8:47 am

        So much fun coming to Washington N.C. by boat, rather than so many times by car. This little town is just on the edge of renascence, and they want cruisers to be part of it. The Dock Master, Guy Blackwell, also works at the local West Marine, and is full of information and local history. The city merchants have put together a “Welcome to Washington” bag stuffed full of coupons, business cards, flyers and advertisement for businesses all within a four block walk of the docks. We even ran into people we know. Charming town full of friendship, promise, great restaurants, and art galleries. Come here. You’ll love it.
        Jim and Talley Powell

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      11. Gordon and Jessica -  April 25, 2011 - 3:47 pm

        We spent a couple of pleasant days at the Washington waterfront docks last on a short cruise from our home port of Oriental. Washington is a nice town, and the people are absolutely fantastic. Blew out half my mainsail luff slides on the way up; nice slip renter on the dock took me up to West Marine (thanks Scott!!), but they didn’t have any. Called Pacific Seacraft (relocated here from CA in 2007) and the owner, Steve Brodie, brought some to the docks; when they didn’t fit, he took me the 9 miles to McCotter’s to get some. How do you quantify that?

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      12. Rick -  July 24, 2009 - 9:17 am

        Washington is great. Several restaurants. The Map Room has excellent food with a creative flair. We were fortunate to be there on a Friday night when the town had bands of every type playing in the streets. Nice town dock. West Marine within walking distance.
        Rick

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      13. Wayne Thomas -  July 23, 2009 - 10:22 am

        Enjoyed Washington, NC. Bought a new 8D battery at West Marine and one of the employees delivered in his truck. No charge and wouldn’t accept a tip!
        Wayne Thomas

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      14. Jim -  July 17, 2009 - 9:03 am

        Claiborne
        I have been spreading the news about your site and am working on Mimi’s Cafe in Little Washington about you. They overlook the downtown docks and will even deliver to your boat! Her SO is a boat bum and she was a charter chef in another life.
        Jim

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    • R. E. Mayo Seafood Docks

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (252) 745-5331
      Website: http://www.remayoseafood.com/
      Statute Mile: 157
      Lat/Lon: Near 35°14.638 N / 76°35.462 W
      Location: flanks the western shores of the “Hobucken Cut” portion of the North Carolina AICW, south of the Hobucken Bridge, and north of marker #21
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 183 Mayo Rd
      Hobucken NC  28537


      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $0.40 per foot,per night
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden covered slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 25
      Dockside Power Connections: 30 amp power hookups available

      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Provisioning Possibilities: extensive variety store, plus fresh and frozen seafood market on-site
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas & Diesel Available


      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: November 12, 2018
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $3.13/no fuel at this time (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $3.07 (All Taxes Included)
      Any Quantity Discount: 10 cents per gallon discount for purchases over 500 gallons or more

      Reviews from Cruisers (5)

      1. Kathrine Noel -  April 21, 2014 - 6:48 am

        We spent a night on the RE Mayo dock and found everything to be as described. There were three sailboats tied up that night along with the fishing vessels. As others have said, the electrical leaves a bit to be desired, but at 0.40 a foot, it’s fine! You’ll need plenty of fenders also. We purchased some delicious shrimp (it was frozen, shrink-wrapped). There is a very well stocked convenience store across the Hobucken bridge. My husband also said that the ships store at RE Mayo is also well stocked.

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      2. Catfish Younce -  December 3, 2013 - 10:44 pm

        I’ve worked out of Mayo’s many times in the past. Their ships store is not a “West Marine”, but rather more of a commercial fishing marine supply. It has always had what I needed to get the job done (ships husbandry-commercial diver). I highly recommend them for what your BOAT needs!
        Catfish Younce

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      3. Edward Hart -  May 14, 2013 - 2:09 pm

        I have spent 4/5 nights at RE Mayo and the best thing going for it was the price, I think it was about 0.60 a ft. and the cheapest fuel on the ICW. The docks are built for shrimp boats not yachts.
        Edward Hart

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      4. Gregory Han -  May 14, 2013 - 10:36 am

        I spent the night at Mayo dock for the first time this spring. It was blowing so a good dock was welcome. There is a 250′ or so alongside fixed dock. It was in good repair but the electric was not working well. There were two power points with 30 and 15 amp plugs. One had the 30a missing and the other did not work. The 15a worked fine. I came in late Sunday so there was no one there to ask or help out. Still a bargain at $0.40/foot. We did not try to buy any seafood.
        Gregory Han

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      5. Footloose -  May 14, 2013 - 10:28 am

        R E Mayo – we stayed there for one niight, about the end of April. Were able to buy some great, freshly caught flounder fillets, and the dockage was only $10/ft. Nightime traffic was quiet. The only problem was obtaining water, as a large shrimper blocked the only faucet. Their 110 volt electric showed reverse polarity, so we didn’t use it and chance the cost of electrical repairs.
        “Footloose”

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