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    • Osprey Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (843) 215-5353
      Statute Mile: 373.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 33°40.869 N / 79°02.500 W
      Location: entrance canal will be discovered along the AICW-Waccamaw River’s southern banks, a short hop east of marker #26
      Depths: 9 ft.
      Address: 8400 Osprey Rd
      Myrtle Beach SC  29588

      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available, Well sheltered dockage basin
      Transient dockage rate: $1.00 per foot per night (after third day, price drops to $.25 per foot per night)
      Type of dockage: floating wooden slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 110
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $5.00/per night - 30 and 50 amp electric hookups
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant: Marina parking lot delivery available and one local restaurant will pick up boaters and return them to marina
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      707 Diner (843-215-7707) and Delaney’s Dog Haus (“best cheeseburgers in the world,” 843-650-8336″) will deliver food to the marina parking lot – nearby Scatori’s Italan Restaurant (843-650-3370) will pick up and return cruisers to the marina

      Provisioning Possibilities: Well stocked ship’s/variety store on-site; marina staff can usually provide transportation to a local supermarket 3 miles away, or local taxi service is available
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Marina staff can usually provide transportation to Socastee Hardware (843-293-7555, 2 miles away) which offers LPG tank exchange
      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: May 21, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $3.25 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $2.80 (All Taxes Included)
      Any Boat/US Discount: 10 cents per gallon

      Reviews from Cruisers (36)

      1. Glen and Jill Moore -  May 2, 2013 - 10:44 am

        We were placed on the new docks along the entrance channel. It was the next best thing to being at anchor with natural, wooded areas on both sides of the boat. It is a long way to the marina office, but they provide a golf cart for the boats on this dock to share. Friendly helpful staff, nice facilities, great prices on dockage and fuel. Osprey is now our favorite marina.
        Glen and Jill Moore
        DeFever 40 Last Dance

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      2. Jeff Moore -  May 1, 2013 - 8:52 pm

        Spent the night right after hurricane Sandy. First class experience all around. When you pull in for fuel, they give you a free pump-out as well. It’s a little isolated, but several restaurants deliver and a couple will even give you a round trip in a courtesy car. There is a cafe during the season but not in November. They have a little ship’s store and will order anything you need. Clean heads and laundry. The kicker, though, is the staff. Other marinas should come and watch how efficiently and proficiently they operate.
        Jeff Moore

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      3. Ben Ellison -  May 1, 2013 - 1:05 pm

        Gizmo was at Osprey from late Oct until April 1, and I was aboard about a quarter of that time. Wonderful marina…quiet, super safe, and very well managed.
        The restaurant that offers free pick up and return is Scatori’s and it’s actually one of the best around. It also happens to be right next to both an excellent Lowe’s Supermarket and a Lowe’s Home Improvement Center. I enjoyed both Scatori’s pizza place and their restaurant but have not yet tried the custom $50 tasting menu that some boaters raved about.
        Ben Ellison
        Editor/Publisher, Panbo, The Marine Electronics Hub
        Senior Electronics Editor, AIM Marine Group

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      4. Michael and Jane Tigar -  December 30, 2012 - 3:43 pm

        Cruising News:
        Yes, many people have said it, but here it is again. These folks are wonderful! Lowest fuel prices for many miles, plus a Boat/US discount. The grill is closed in winter, but Miles the dockmaster, had made “chicken bog” in a pot — sausaage, rice, chicken and spices — and offered us some. This is the place to stop, just before you take off down the beautiful Waccamaw River.
        Michael and Jane Tigar

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      5. Captains Mark & Diana Doyle -  November 20, 2012 - 11:27 am

        Hi Claiborne,
        Osprey Marina is aptly named, located along the Waccamaw River (STM 373.3), where you’ll see LOTS of osprey and osprey nests.
        The facility is built around a quiet, secluded basin tucked down a narrow tree-lined channel. It’s easy to forget that crowded Myrtle Beach is just to the north, over the treetops.
        The marina is a great place to leave your boat for holiday travel. Myrtle Beach International Airport is only 14 miles away.
        The basin is incredibly protected and the owners and staff go above and beyond to make you happy and take care of your boat.
        And the rates are very competitive: cruisers should be sure to ask about their decreasing-by-the-day dockage fees.
        When you check in you receive a captain’s bag guaranteed to put a smile on your face. It’s loaded with treats that show this marina understands what boaters enjoy: goodies like travel packs of laundry detergent, crackers, and homemade local pumpkin butter.
        Sherry, we especially enjoyed the pumpkin butter! [ hint … hint ]
        Best and see you On the Water,
        Captains Mark & Diana Doyle

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      6. Jim Smith -  November 16, 2012 - 5:21 pm

        What more can I add? The friendliest staff and great facility. Good fuel prices and cheap dockage too. Twice we have been picked up by Scatori’s for dinner. What a treat and a fantastic grocery store next to restaurant. Highly recommend.

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      7. Bill Saint -  August 13, 2012 - 11:57 am

        We stayed one night on return from Bald Head to Georgetown and wanted to avoid the carnival of Myrtle Beach. What a great spot! We are a 47′ Beneteau and had no problem getting in and out. The most helpful, curtious staff we have ever encountered. Cleanest baths, laundry and marina building possible. Enjoyed an outstanding Italian dinner with pickup and return service. Couldn’t ask for more, every marina could learn from Osprey. We will be back next time

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      8. Richard Brown -  June 5, 2012 - 1:34 pm

        Stayed the night in late April on our way south to Savannah. I second the great review. Very protected and super staff. Had a great Italian dinner in town with free transportation from the restaurant. Highly recommended stop!
        Richard Brown

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      9. Larry -  June 5, 2012 - 1:27 pm

        As of 6/5/2012, the Grill at Osprey Marina is still not open. However, there is an Italian restaurant nearby, Scatori’s, that will come and pick you up at the marina. Their website is

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      10. Andrew -  May 19, 2012 - 9:41 pm

        We visited Osprey earlier this week (17th May 2012) on our 50′ Beneteau, with a 6′ draft in an attempt to avoid some nasty storms. What a great place, a real hidden gem! Great surrounding, helpful staff, including driving us into town to refill our propane tank. The marina is clean and well cared for. We will be back.

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      11. Jamiedhu -  December 2, 2011 - 6:29 pm

        I happened to stop at Osprey southbound a year ago. Returning this spring I made a special effort to reach there arriving just at closing time. No problem. I requested an easy exit space because I had one cranky engine. No problem. The staff are all helpful, cheerful and positive. They are on my list for the next trip.
        Jamiedhu aboard Gemini 34

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      12. Terry & Charlotte -  November 27, 2011 - 9:00 pm

        There is nothing I can think of to say! The personell at Osprey are just the most professional, from the highly skilled dock master to the ofgfice staff. When we pulled in we knew just what to expect. Wonderful, if you dont stop there you’ll miss a treat!

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      13. Stu Schechter -  November 19, 2011 - 9:41 am

        A quick 1/8 mile off the ICW!
        Nice snack bar.
        Great people!
        Great fuel prices!
        Good depth!
        Very reasonable dock rates.
        And with their new dock, they can accommodate 100ft boats.
        I have no trouble fueling up with my 63 Viking.
        Stu Schechter
        MTOA #3755
        M/V Evening Star

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      14. Janet -  May 2, 2011 - 7:13 pm

        Staying at Osprey due to the above reviews. Agree with all said above. Miles was excellent getting us settled in. We are still well provisioned so we did not take up the restaurant service but were told that was an excellent food and groceries.
        s/v Triple Play

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      15. Larry -  April 22, 2011 - 2:54 pm

        One of the perks of docking at Osprey Marina is the willingness of a local Italian restaurant to either deliver a meal or come fetch the crew members and take them to the restaurant. Twice we’ve had excellent pizza delivered, but this time we asked to be picked up and driven there. The driver was within a minute of the appointed 6 pm time, picking us up in his own Honda. We were served gigantic portions of lasagna and penne al la vodka, which we are still eating days later. The same pizza delivery guy drove us home to Osprey, and we were back aboard before sundown.

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      16. Skipper Jock Ames -  February 3, 2011 - 10:53 am

        I have stopped several times at the Osprey Marina for fuel (best prices) and left my boat there for a month a couple of years ago. Sheri and the other employees were helpful and friendly and the prices were very reasonable….this is a VERY nice marina.
        Skipper Jock Ames

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      17. Captain Ted Jones -  February 2, 2011 - 12:05 pm

        Osprey Marina is very attractive, having been carved out of the land. It is reached by a short canal, and is easy to miss if you’re not paying attention. It is well worth a visit. While it is not within walking reach of general services, the snack bar (operated by Sheri, who seems also to be the marina manager) serves both breakfast and lunch, closing at 1700 when the office closes. Upon our arrival, Sheri (maybe spelled differently) presented us with a bag of complimentary goodies which included a package of crackers, a block of cheddar cheese, a couple of candy bars, a key ring float, a couple of insulated drink holders, a book of matches, several pamphlets about the marina, and a list of essential services within a taxi ride including, of course, the phone numbers of the local taxis. Included with this information was the phone number of Scatori’s Pizzeria & Italian Restaurant, “Local’s favorite authentic Italian cuisine & real NY pizza.” Scatori’s will come fetch you at the marina (and bring you back) and offers free delivery to your boat. We opted for the latter (as we had when we stopped at Osprey Marina last spring) and ordered a large three-topping pizza which was delivered by a cultured and articulate young man an hour later. We devoured half of the pizza and saved the other half for later.
        Shower facilities at Osprey Marina rated a 9 with both of us. The only negative point was the lack of enough hooks from which to hang one’s clothes while in the shower. However, the showers were excellent, clean, not fancy, but with benches and chairs, substantial hand rails on two sides, and racks for soap shampoo, and whatever else one would likely want to take into the shower. Entry into the showers/heads/laundry area is provided using a magnetic key provided with the goodie bag when you sign in.
        Sheri said she would be at the marina at 0800 and would cook breakfast for us. Malla had a biscuit and gravy ($4.00), and I had the Osprey Platter ($6.25): 2 eggs, 2 sausage patties or 3 bacon slices. grits or home fries, and toast. Coffee is free, help yourself. It was all excellent, enjoyed at a window table overlooking part of the marina. We were out of there before 0900.
        Why do I go on so about this marina? On the wall near the grill is a framed clipping with the headline, “Osprey Marina and Grill named the best marina in the country.”
        When we were ready to depart, the dockmaster came down to our slip and gave O.G’s pulpit a gentle shove to help us get squared away.
        We were very glad we had stopped there and will try to do so again on our way north next spring.
        Ted Jones

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      18. Sue Sea -  June 5, 2010 - 3:04 pm

        We stopped at Osprey marina overnight on our NB journey. We found this to be a fantastic marina. Clean, Friendly and reasonable. The staff is extremely helpful and competent.

        We highly recommend this marina and plan to make this one of our regular stops on the ICW.

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      19. Pascal -  May 26, 2010 - 4:48 pm

        my favorite stop! Protected, friendly staff, CHEAP fuel, workign pump out, easy in and out.

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      20. Ted Jones -  May 10, 2010 - 1:44 pm

        1730: Osprey Marina turned out to be a pleasant surprise and the find of the Century. One enters a narrow cut on the east side of the ICW. After a hundred yards or so, the cut opens into a large basin which has half-a-dozen docks, each with 30 or 40 slips. They put us on the fuel dock so we could pump the holding tank and while there we topped off with fuel.
        The dockmaster walked me to our slip so I could see if it was okay and how to get into it, then we motored around to B-dock, slip 6 and tied up for the night. Osprey Marina is modern, clean, and has all the amenities. Nearby is an Italian restaurant which will pick you up or deliver your meal. We called and had an excellent pizza which was delivered earlier than expected. We ate half of it and have the other half for later. Osprey Marina gets our vote as one of the best deals around, but don’t blink as you pass the canal.
        (All day we had seen signs with the word Osprey, but the rest of the lettering is too small to read. We didn’t know what they represented, perhaps real estate sales.)
        0915: We bid farewell to Osprey Marina vowing to return. It’s biggest attraction to us, aside from being a great spot, is that it lets us avoid Barefoot Landing which we don’t care for partly because it has the worst, overpriced ice cream either of us has ever tasted. What a contrast: I forgot to mention in yesterday’s log that all overnight boats are given a care package which contains, among other things, a whole package of Helluvagood Cheese and two kinds of crackers to go with it, a couple of mints, a magazine, two drink holders, and a whistle with float plus information about the marina, the marina grill menu (breakfast and lunch), etc.
        Ted Jones

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      21. Clay and Mary -  May 10, 2010 - 10:43 am

        We would like to add our Vote for the Osprey Marina at mile 373 It was so nice to feel the warm welcome, to such a nice place, not only was the Marina one of the nicest we have stopped at, they made You feel so welcome and said Thanks for staying with us, with goodie bad and all. Great place, Great people, Great price!
        Clay and Mary on sailing vessel Gemini

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      22. Norman Mason -  February 3, 2010 - 4:50 pm

        Osprey Marina is one of our two favorite marinas. We were there on January 6, 2010, and had to break through a half inch of ice leaving in the morning. You cannot find a cleaner or more well kept facility. The onsite restaurant and ship’s store is excellent and most welcoming. The rest rooms are with the best we have ever seen. A very clean and complete laundry is also available.
        Considering that this is all available at $1.00 per foot, Osprey Marina is not to be missed. It is simply superb.
        Claiborne Young’s South Carolina and Georgia Cruising Guide drew us in, and it was a great choice. We recommend it to all we meet, and look forward to returning in the spring.
        Norman Mason
        MV Peggy Sue
        Monk 36

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      23. Sea Huddle -  January 18, 2010 - 2:08 pm

        stopped here for lunch on 1/16/09 great facilities, friendly people and a great hamburger. Will stop again!

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      24. Jan & Tracy Nelson -  December 14, 2009 - 10:42 pm

        I agree with all of these folks. Osprey Marina was terrific in every way! At the marina’s suggestion, we checked out Scatori’s Restaurant. The restaurant provided us transportation to and from, the food and wine tasted delicious and the presentation was exceptional, and after dinner we even picked up a few groceries at Lowe’s. Talk about great hospitality!

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      25. Jock Ames/HOME AT LAST -  November 5, 2009 - 12:25 pm

        I have stopped at Osprey Marina at least 4 times over the last few years. Their fuel prices are always the lowest in the area and their dockage is downright reasonable. Left my boat there for over a month this Spring without any paranoia…nice, helpful, knowledgable folks…can’t praise ’em enough for the way they run their business and they could not be more helpful…the grounds are well kept and the place is always clean and welcoming. Without a doubt, one of the NICEST Marinas between CT and FL on the ICW.

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      26. Brice Sumner -  October 2, 2009 - 9:32 am

        This is one of the best marinas we have found in our 33 years of cruising. We stayed there the night of 9/29/09 on our way to Georgetown, SC and look forward to another night there on our way home to Morehead City.

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      27. Pascal -  September 24, 2009 - 12:00 pm

        Stopped there for fuel and overnight in the spring of 08. Friendly folks (gave us a ride to grocery store), good price on fuel on that trip. narrow entrance but good protection, fuel dock jsut large enough for us.
        Also had a working pump out! imagine that! 🙂

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      28. Claiborne -  September 3, 2009 - 3:27 pm

        Osprey Marina was an oasis along the way. Easy in and out, and very friendly and helpful staff. We even got a welcome bag of goodies upon arrival. All that and the cheapest dockage of our trip!
        Joy and Shel Rabin, aboard m/v Evening Star

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      29. Claiborne -  September 3, 2009 - 1:59 pm

        Claiborne, I stayed at Osprey Marina in June as we were going north. It is one of those marinas I would like to visit again. It was very quiet and peaceful and the staff was helpful. The goody bag that was presented when we checked in was a nice touch.
        Don Marik

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      30. Claiborne -  September 3, 2009 - 12:45 pm

        Osprey Marina. We have stayed there several times and it is one our favorite places.. Good people and facilities as well as price. If you get there before the grill closes, good snacks and decent prices. Great place to run our dogs too. Don’t forget to walk up to the goat pasture.
        Best Regards
        S/V Chez Nous

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      31. Pat M -  September 3, 2009 - 12:37 pm

        Osprey Marina, when we were NB, stayed at Osprey on May 26, 1 night. They were extremely nice and helpful. We also took on gas and their price was the same as you had posted on your website. That was not always the case at other fuels stops. This was our second time and plan to stop at Osprey on our way south in October.
        Pat M
        MY COMPROMISE ( 2004 Carver 366)

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      32. Captain John Cashen -  July 22, 2009 - 9:19 am

        Been to Osprey Marina on the Waccamaw. Found it very friendly, room for two boats. easy fueling amd docking, very limited restaurant, but a great one nite stop.
        Captain John Cashen

        Osprey marina had the best gas prices all summer. Right at $3.00/gal. never stayed there but gas and a great burger and very friendly folks.
        Roger Privette

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      33. John C Pollitt -  July 22, 2009 - 9:08 am

        Spent a night at Osprey Marina and found it to be a very nice stopover. Friendly people, $1.00 a foot plus electric, and they even give you usuable stuff. If you’re just looking for a place to spend the night, catch up on some laundry, top off the fuel and water, I couldn’t recommend a better place in that area.
        John C Pollitt
        S/V Aria

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      34. Susann & Alan Syme -  July 22, 2009 - 8:40 am

        We just fueled at Osprey Marina at mile 373.3, just south of Myrtle Beach. Diesel was $4.16/gallon and $4.06 with Boat US discount. The marina is just off the ICW with easy access to the fuel dock and a working pumpout.
        Larry, the dockmaster is knowledgeable and very helpful. Today was just a fuel stop for us, but last year we left the boat at their dock while we travelled on land.The marina is well protected, the floating docks are new and restrooms and laundry room are modern and clean. The owners and staff take pride in their facility and it shows. We also enjoyed a good Sunday morning breakfast at the Osprey Grill, which is open daily for breakfast and lunch.
        Prior to fueling at Osprey, we called New River Marina mile 246.9 NC (which generally has very competitive prices) and were told that diesel is now $4.21/gallon. Looks like we can expect fuel prices to continue to increase as we head north and as summer approaches.
        Susann & Alan Syme
        M/V Kaos

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      35. Unknown -  July 22, 2009 - 8:23 am

        Thanks to all who recommended stopping at Osprey Marina. EVERYTHING was top notch – people, facilities, etc. An added attraction is now a restaurant – Scatori’s -thst picks you up and delivers you – plus they are right next to a LOWE’S grocery store for shopping before being returned to your boat.
        A Second to George’s recommendation. Marina very clean and hospitable. Chef Kevin Scatori is a protege of Emeril Lagasse and the food is FABULOUS. Service is attentive and sauces made fresh very day. As good as NY or N’Orleans has to offer.

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      36. George Kay -  July 22, 2009 - 8:22 am

        I have to highly recommend to all south bound [cruisers]to stop at OSPREY MARINA at mile marker 373.A dollar a ft to dock,and access to a great Italian restaurant called SCATORI,s.They pick you up,take you shopping and serve you a great Italian dinner at resonable prices.They have a great chef and HUGH PORTIONS.I plan on making Osprey Marina an annual stop.
        As Posted on the MTOA Listserv by George Kay

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    • Conway City Marina

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      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (843) 248-1713
      Lat/Lon: Near 33°49.742 N / 79°02.673 W
      Location: found along the upper reaches of the Waccamaw River, well away from the Waterway
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 4 Elm St
      Conway SC  29526

      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.00 per foot per night
      Type of dockage: floating wooden and steel face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 200 feet of dockage
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Restaurant: several nearby
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Riverwalk Grill (843-488-2500), Rivertown Bistro (843-248-3733), Carolina Skillet (843-488-0577)

      Provisioning Possibilities: 2 to 3 mile walk to a Food Lion; Call local taxi
      LPG (Propane) Availability: Available

      Take taxi to Ameri Gas Propane (843) 248-4279 less than 1 mile away to exchange LPG tank
      Waste pump-out: Available
      Gasoline and diesel fuel: Gas Available

      Fuel Prices (All Taxes Included)

      Reporting Date: July 8, 2015
      Gasoline Price: $3.39 (All Taxes Included)

      Reviews from Cruisers (3)

      1. Peg and Jim Healy -  October 31, 2013 - 11:10 am

        Sanctuary and crew made our first visit to Conway, SC, on the Upper Waccamaw River, on October 29 and 30, 2013. On the advice of the dockmaster at Osprey Marina, we departed the ICW at Enterprise Landing, at daymark G”1.” The channel in that area is narrow, and shoals to 7-1/2 feet for a short distance. Once past that area, the river widens and become a magnificent cypress swamp meandering stream. Navigation planning was only slightly more complicated than usual. “Standard” NOAA charts do not cover the upper Waccamaw. The rule is, as always when upbound, “red, right, returning.” The river is adequately marked with clearly visible daymarks. Navigation is straight forward. We stayed to the middle of the river on longer, straighter stretches, and favored the outside radius of turns and switchbacks. From the ICW at Enterprise Landing to Conway, there are three shoal areas: first, just above G”1,” second, in the vicinity of R”12,” and third, in the vicinity of R”16.” We never saw less than 7-1/2 feet in any of these areas. Tidal ebb and flood currents are insignificant for cruising boats.
        We stayed at the Conway City Marina. The marina “basin” is on the west shore of the marina. The entrance is on a curve in the river. The tidal range here is about 18″ – 24.” Reports of shoaling across the marina entrance are correct. Local guidance is to favor the green center-quarter when entering and leaving the marina basin. We were in the red-center quarter upon arrival, and even though we arrived virtually at high tide, we plowed through soft mud in the area of the entrance. The second day of our visit, we relocated to another dock at high tide. By favoring the green center-quarter, we cleared the shoaling in about 5-1/2 feet of water. There is stone rip rap on both the green and red outside-quarters of the entrance, so caution and slow speed is advised.
        The Conway City Marina is not a transient destination. As first-timers to the area, we had excellent telephone support from the attendant, and we were certainly made welcome. There is no docking assistance provided. The marina offers three docking locations. One is a floating face dock inside the marina entrance. There is room on that dock for 2, 40′ cruising boats. There is also a small resident river tour boat on the north end of that dock. Outside the marina, 1/4 mile upstream on the west shore, there are two 40′ floating docks immediately below the SC Rt. 905 road bridge. These docks are part of an extensive and beautiful River Walk system. All of the docks have 30A and 50A power. None have potable water. The docks themselves are aging, and in a generally dilapidated state of repair. Cleats on the in-river docks are loose and somewhat small for cruising boats. That said, the in-river docks do have two obvious advantages: first, approach depths are better, and second, the walk to the town is much shorter and easier. It is a very long walk to anywhere from the dock located in the marina entrance channel.
        The City of Conway is the Horry County Seat. There is A LOT of government here; a lot, including a large jail complex and the county courthouse. Discount coupons (“Discover Conway Downtown Shopping Card”) for visitors are available at the Visitor’s Center, 903 3rd Ave; (843) 248-1700. Get several cards, because you give up the coupon when you use them. History and architecture buffs will enjoy the city. There is a historic downtown walking trail. The locals are friendly. There are several good restaurant choices Grocery shopping and the post office are not within what I consider to be walkable distance. Despite the limitations, this river trip is exquisite. It is unique, beautiful and well worth the effort.
        Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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      2. Doyle and LaVisa (Halifax) -  April 17, 2012 - 1:57 pm

        We took the 15 mile trip off the ICW up the river to Conway Marina April 11, 2012. It was worth the time as the Waccamaw River along this stretch has a Tom Sawyer feel to it. The marina transient dock is basic. No water but electric service. Conway is a great town to ride a bike in with the well marked bike trail and river front park. Certainly worth a visit to Conway for anyone looking for a different stop for doing some sightseeing. Friendly people!

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      3. Jim -  October 22, 2009 - 2:57 pm

        Whenever one writes of the Waccamaw, I always take a moment to suggest leaving the ICW and following the Waccamaw 10 miles up river to the little town of Conway. Conway offers two floating docks just beynd the entrance to its marina, each for a 40 footer, plus restaurants, museums and groceries within walking distance.
        Plenty of water one Dixie Boat captain told me, “just follow the markers and avoid the lily pads.”

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    • Bucksport Marina


      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (843) 397-5566
      VHF: Monitored: 16         Working:
      Statute Mile: 377
      Lat/Lon: Near 33°39.070 N / 79°05.692 W
      Location: lies south of marker #36, along the western shores of the AICW/Waccamaw River
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 135 Bucksport Rd
      Conway SC  29527

      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available, 3/24/19 Fuel dock is up and running
      Transient dockage rate: $1.25 per foot per night, SPECIAL!! $1.00 per foot per night if you say you saw this posted on Cruisers Net
      Cruisers Net Dockage Discount: $.75
      Boat/US Dockage Discount: $.75
      Type of dockage: fixed wooden face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: yes
      Monthly Dockage Rate:

      $9.50 per foot for at least 6 months/or $10.00 per foot for less

      Total number of slips/berths: 75
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      10 cents per foot, per night for 30 and 50 amp power hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      3/24/19 Captain Bucks Port Restaurant (on-site) is closed. Smaller version of restaurant to open in April

      Provisioning Possibilities: 3/24/19 Store and campground are up and running.
      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: May 20, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $3.25 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $2.84 (All Taxes Included)
      Any Boat/US Discount: 10 cents off per gallon

      Reviews from Cruisers (23)

      1. Mark Jenkins -  November 2, 2017 - 10:19 am

        Great folks reasonably priced we will be back.
        Great Escape
        Frederick MD

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      2. David ONeill -  January 9, 2015 - 5:48 pm

        Sorry we couldn’t stick around for the party. Spent a great night at Bucksport a few days ago, and couldn’t recommend a better stop. Jeff goes out of his way to make the stay enjoyable, and the staff and food at Capt Seaweeds was great. Well worth a stop anytime.
        David ONeill

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      3. Thomas Goodman -  January 9, 2015 - 5:44 pm

        Recently, we stopped in at Bucksport Marina just to purchase sausage links that is locally homemade. The sausage was exceptional and the Marina very friendly. We plan to dock there on our way north this spring.
        Thomas Goodman

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      4. Doyle Evans -  June 7, 2014 - 5:07 pm

        We stayed 5/30/14 on our way south. Jeff Weeks the marina manager was very helpful and we were pleased with our stay. We will stop in again.

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      5. Gregory Han -  May 2, 2013 - 3:51 pm

        We stopped there going north when the wind was howling. We got a free sausage gift and their special docking rate for Boat US.
        Gregory Han

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      6. John Wild -  May 2, 2013 - 3:44 pm

        Spent one night in April. Staff was kind enough to stay late on a cold rainy night to accommodate and fuel us for early departure. We were early in season so rest. closed. First class renovations. Too early for free sausage. Great stop, Waccamaw river is always an experience and Bucksport made it better.
        John Wild

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      7. Peg and Jim Healy -  May 1, 2013 - 8:44 pm

        Sanctuary and crew stayed with Ralph and Patti on 4/26/2013. There is a new full time dockmaster there; name is Robert. They have done a marvelous job with this very extensive renovation. The docks are entirely new. There is a brand new, large, outdoor covered porch, and a brand new Tiki Hut. The restaurant has been refurbished and is very clean. Thay have added a significant facility for RVs. They have spend millions of dollars in that project, I would guess, but additional work is still needed at the shower house. I have no idea what their business model is, because the area remains a wonderful, rural area in what in one of my personal favorite areas of the east coast ICW. Yes, the sausage is back, at approximately $3.82/lb, or equivalent in dockage incentives. There is a very nice discount on dockage, sausage and fuel for MTOA members.
        Peg and Jim Healy aboard Sanctuary

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      8. Randy Hondros -  May 1, 2013 - 8:44 pm

        I stayed at Bucksport Marina on April 22 and was rewarded with a pound of the best link sausage I have tasted! Even though I arrived after hours, one of the on-site staff met me at the dock, helped me tie up, and allowed me to fill up with diesel. The dock and surrounding areas were clean and new. Unfortunately, it was a Monday night and the restaurant was closed.
        Randy Hondros
        Atlantic Beach, NC

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      9. John Beaver -  May 1, 2013 - 3:06 pm

        When coming north or south cut your day cruise short and hit Bucksport. Ralph and his wife will make you feel right at home. Great entertainment, (live) and good folks. Really good restaurant on site also. Lots of room to run the dogs. Great fixed or floater docks. Have stayed there the past 2 years and would not float by without spending at least 1 night. Tell Ralph John Beaver said Hello!
        John Beaver

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      10. Capt. Dan -  April 9, 2013 - 8:44 pm

        Ralph and crew are really doing a great job here. Rob, the Dock Master knows what he’s doing and goes out of his way to make you welcome. They have CONWAY SAUSAGE again!! Yeah, that’s the good stuff. Prices are very good and the facilities just keep getting better. Stop in for the food and music it will be worth your time.

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      11. Ralph Simms -  February 11, 2013 - 10:20 am

        Cruising News:
        Just a note to say hello to everyone and remind you to stop by and see us on your trip on the waterway. We do have sausage in the Ships Store now. We are open 7 days from 8 am till 5 pm.
        Ralph Simms

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      12. John Beaver -  December 11, 2012 - 5:52 pm

        Cruising News:
        Just wanted to let everyone know about the all new Bucksport Marina Around MM379 in SC. Ralph has completely rebuilt the marina from the ground up. Prices are very reasonable, free washer and dryer, 5 plus acres plus to let the dogs run and a great place to eat right on site. Fuel and pump out on site.The outdoor covered pavilion is up and running with a bandstand music every weekend. Complete bar and great service. Ralph also has great prices on monthly slip rentals on floating docks. Got a camper/motor home, bring it also and hook right up. Campground on site. Fantastic fishing right from your swim platform. Trailer boat landing on site.This could be the most reasonable, most bang for your buck stop in NC or SC. Everyone is very nice and accommodating. If you need to leave your boat for a couple of months, no-one will be cheaper. This has become our favorite layover in the Carolinas going north or south or just stay a while.
        John Beaver

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      13. Dan Virga -  September 17, 2012 - 7:50 pm

        A great place in a spectacular location. Good food and music on the deck (And they are adding a larger covered deck). Staff is friendly and helpful and anxious to make your stay a great one.
        Dan Virga

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      14. Mae M -  August 17, 2012 - 6:02 pm

        This location is quaint and beautiful! The view is simply fantastic and Chef Jay made our visit extremely memorable. The food was delicious and the Chef came over and talked to us, it was so personable! If you have yet to stop while heading south, DO NOT pass this place up!!!

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      15. Betsy Basch -  June 5, 2012 - 1:48 pm

        Called this morning [6/5/2012] to ask if they had Conway sausage. The person I spoke to told that they do NOT have it and that he did not know what the problem was. We always used to drop by and purchase more than a few pounds of this delectable sagey Hot and Mild sausage. Haven’t had any for several years.
        Betsy Basch

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      16. Cap'n Norman -  June 5, 2012 - 1:23 pm

        Glad to see them open yet once again; we were saddened by the appearance of the closed marina last year on our way south. We have been cruising the waterway for many years and have watched them open and close so many times we lost count. We have enjoyed many meals at the restaurant and love the homemade sausage. Bucksport is a quaint, cool and refreshing stop along the ICW.
        Cap’n Norman s/v Blown Away

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      17. John and Sarah Beaver -  May 18, 2012 - 5:10 pm

        We stayed at Bucksport on 4-5 and had a great time. Ralph sang all night and really did a great job entertaining us. We were the only boaters eating that night along with a couple other locals. It was the best time Sarah and I had had in a very long time. Food was great and very reasonable. Don’t pass this up on your way north or south. Its well worth an extra day devoted to the grand strand. Very pup friendly. Can’t say enough good things. Ralph and his wife treated us like family. See you soon.
        John/Sarah Beaver. Forget About It 3.

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      18. Jay & Susan -  April 27, 2012 - 11:12 am

        Ahoy friends!
        We are currently enjoying the warm hospitality @ Bucksport! Owner, Ralph said he will start sausage tomorrow! Best darn burgers we have had in a long time! Real meat and hand packed, yummy!
        Live music Thursday, Friday & Saturday’s. Stop in and meet this fabulous group of people!
        Be sure to say hello to Ralph!
        Jay & Susan

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      19. RALPH SIMMS -  February 10, 2012 - 9:36 am


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      20. Geoff Groat -  January 23, 2012 - 2:57 pm

        Glad to see you have these folks as a new sponsor . They are very welcoming and should definitely be a stop.
        Geoff Groat

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      21. Dick Flaherty -  January 23, 2012 - 10:52 am

        We pulled into Bucksport Marina after deciding that too late to anchor in very deep anchorage. Nice accommodations at the tall wooden dock with great dock hands. There are floating docks but not for our 21 foot beam. had dinner at the Seaweed Grill and was very pleased. the steak was exceptional and the grilled cabbage was delicious. they have been open only a short time but are off to a good start with the new owners. Many locals were coming in as we finished our early dinner. would stop here again.
        Dick Flaherty

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      22. Jay & Susan Wigginton -  November 17, 2011 - 12:07 pm

        What a wonderful surprise- Bucksport Marina & Campground, in South Carolina, is open again!
        The marina, grounds and restaurant have all undergone a major renovation. Everything looks fantastic! It is now a family owned and operated marina.
        They have some great things in the works:
        A ship store, which will carry sundries.
        Concerts on the grounds
        Sadly, the restaurant was not open, but will be on Friday (tomorrow). Dori was cooking chili and it smelled yummy! Jay is REALLY excited about the menu… inside out burgers)!
        We were greeted by the friendliest group of people we have met in a long time!
        If you are still heading south, stop in and meet Ralph and his family. You will not be sorry! 843.397.5566
        We wish them all much success!
        Jay & Susan Wigginton

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      23. Eileen Ankers -  November 16, 2011 - 1:50 pm

        Passed by 11/17/11, called and found that they are reopened. Restaurant will open this weekend. Facility looked neet and clean. Docks looked good as well. Was told that the restaurant will have an expanded menu and will be excellent. Will stop next trip.

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    • Wacca Wache Marina


      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (843) 651-2994
      Statute Mile: 383.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 33°33.748 N / 79°05.176 W
      Location: will be discovered on Waccamaw River’s eastern banks, hard by marker #57
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 1950 Wachesaw Rd
      Murrells Inlet SC  29576

      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $2.00 per foot per night
      Type of dockage: fixed and floating wooden slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 15
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 30/50/100 amp power hookups available

      10 cents per foot, per day for 30 amp and 50 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Laundromat: Available
      Restaurant: one on-site
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Hannah Bannanas (on-site, open for lunch and dinner, 843-357-3655)

      Provisioning Possibilities: Small ship’s and variety store on second floor above 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: May 20, 2019
      Notes: ethanol free
      Gasoline Price: $3.30 (All Taxes Included)
      Diesel Fuel Price: $2.95 (All Taxes Included)
      ValvTect Dealer: Yes ValvTech

      Reviews from Cruisers (8)

      1. Nancy Hankey -  June 11, 2017 - 9:42 am

        Unless you’re boating into this marina or you are a member there, stay away. I parked my car to use their services and was asked to move it to the large lot. Happy to accommodate them since I wasn’t yet a member, I moved to the lot they told me to — “big lot on the left further back”. Imagine my shock to find my car gone when I returned. Seems the marina found a money maker on the side by parking you in an unmarked lot and then having you towed from it. Want your car back? Oh, there’s towing fees and storage fees and processing fees.

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      2. Greg Larson -  April 30, 2013 - 2:28 pm

        Awesome marina. I rent a slip every year. The staff is nice and the night life even better. Vessel No Mixes

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      3. Claiborne -  March 22, 2010 - 9:20 am

        We stayed at the Wacco Wache Maina last night. Some of the nicest people at the marina that I have ever run into.
        We elected to call Russell who runs Russel’s Sea Food resturant about 2 miles from the marina. He, personally, came and picked us up, had a table reserved for us (very busy weekend night), and took us back to the marina. Food was great with more sea food options than they serve at the marina resturant.
        Capt. Sykes
        SV Aquarius

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      4. Bob Scalia -  November 7, 2009 - 11:04 am

        Claiborne, stayed at Wacca Wache on 10/28. Service was excellent, both at the fuel dock and at our slip. Fuel price was the best of the 10 fuel ups we did from Long Island to Florida. Music from outdoor restaurant/bar was good…did not try the restaurant. The Waccamaw River is our favorite section of our trip, can imagine Indians 300 years ago coasting down it in canoes…beautiful run. …Bob Scalia MV Endless Summer

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      5. Claiborne -  September 3, 2009 - 2:47 pm

        Yes, we stayed there last month and it was great! Enjoyed the food and the folks were nice. Boated up from Charleston in a 260 Sea Ray Sundancer and had no problems.
        Melissa Priola

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      6. Claiborne -  September 3, 2009 - 1:16 pm

        Wacca Wache is a great marina – very friendly and easy going. If one moors on the opposite (ie west) side of the river in a delightful quiet cove behind Richmond Island, they will even let you use the showers and restrooms FOC and pull to the dock to top up your water – their fuel cost is average. The restaurant is great – both for atmosphere and good reasonably priced food. They usually at weekends have live entertainment. Nearby Brookgreen Gardens in the town of Murrels Inlet is well worth a visit – once the home of the cosmopolitan Huntingdon family – beautiful grounds on a par with European palaces, works of art, bronze statues and a restaurant – get a taxi if you have to. If you want to get down and dirty with the locals of a weekend go to the PIT (Pawleys Island Tavern) and listen or dance to first class local bands. Murrels Inlet Hwy 17 about 2 miles from the ICW have all the big stores including two West Marines.
        On the Waccamaw – a fresh water river – you’ll see lots of alligators. But fear not – a local who has lived there over 35 years told me there has never been a case of an alligator attacking a human on the river. They have plenty to eat naturally…… I’ve seen many children swimming in mid river…… Easy to catch a big catfish. Just bait some smelly old chicken on a hook just offshore and leave it in the water overnight.
        Best wishes

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      7. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 9:42 am

        I have not docked at Wacca Wache overnight, but we have stopped there for lunch, and we went for dinner one night. The name of the restaurant is Boondockers, and it is located on the first floor of the marina building. The marina office and very small ship store have moved to the second floor, where the restaurant used to be.
        In our opinion, Boondockers is some what of a “honky tonk”, with a very active bar. The food is greasy, and is about what you would expect from a place like that. The outside area is still great, and it has a wonderful view of the ICW. The crowd there late is a little unsavory, with a lot of locals and bikers.
        Wacca Wache is in the process of selling slips, and I have heard asking prices of $149,000 and higher. A little overpriced if you ask me.

        John B. Crouch, Jr. CIC

        Leslie and I did stop for lunch at Wacca Wache Marina, and found the restaurant to be just ok. I had heard so much about it from other cruisers and was not that impressed. I first docked at the fuel dock and dock hands, I should say dock hand, was very slow in approaching us to assist. Both of us thought that the restaurant was not that clean and inviting. We decided to sit outside for that reason and met some nice folks who were heading north. We were heading south and we exchanged vital information for both directions and the next week when returning from Charleston, we decided not to stop because of our first experience.
        Lou Schwartz

        Stayed there many times in the past. This trip northbound – (May ’07) tried it again – Fuel was $2.50/gal. – cheapest on whole trip. Store now a biker bar – great food, nice people. Hamburgers at the bar. Was quiet for sleeping, but was wednesday night – could be noisey on weekend. Would stop again – midweek.
        Capt. John Wild
        EILEEN H
        56″ Alden Pilothouse MY – draft 4’6 or so

        Wacca Wache Marina is a nice stop. The restaurant is under new ownership and working hard to overcome the problems with the former owners. The food is better and the prices are reasonable. I understand a new walk-in freezer is being installed shortly so the menu can be expanded to include more items. The marina is selling slips and there are 12 owners at this time. Discounts are being offered for the first twenty contracts.
        Bob Love
        Home Port: Pawleys Island, SC

        Wacca Wace is a real cool stop as well. Most every time I was there this summer they had live music and real good food. Friendly folks as well. Face dock can accommodate a large vessel as well.
        Roger Privette

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      8. Claiborne -  July 22, 2009 - 9:04 am

        We stopped at Waca Wache Marina in May 2006 and was disappointed that they no longer have a laundry available. They now use that room for restaurant storage.We decided not to stay. Also heard from several cruisers that the restaurant was fair only
        Tom & Ellie, aboard Miss El

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    • Reserve Harbour Marina


      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (843) 235-8262
      Lat/Lon: Near 33°30.157 N / 79°07.680 W
      Location: “L” shaped entrance channel cuts into the Waccamaw River’s southerly banks, just southwest of marker #71
      Depths: 6 ft.
      Address: 2040 County Rd S-22-362
      Pawleys Island SC  29585

      Service Details:

      Transient dockage: Available
      Transient dockage rate: $1.95 per foot per night
      Type of dockage: floating wooden slips and face docks
      Live Aboards Allowed: no
      Total number of slips/berths: 55
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Swimming Pool: Available
      Restaurant: one on-site
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Reserve Harbour Yacht Club

      Provisioning Possibilities: Piggly Wiggly 20 minute walk away or you can call a local taxi
      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: May 26, 2019
      Notes: closed Tuesday
      Gasoline Price: Call marina for fuel prices
      Diesel Fuel Price: Call marina for fuel prices

      Reviews from Cruisers (2)

      1. Capt. Phil -  October 14, 2010 - 1:07 pm

        Another well-sheltered Marina with helpful management is Reserve Harbor YC on the Waccamaw River, mm 388. It’s also close to Brookgreen Gardens, a magnificent place to visit. Call them at 843/235-8262 for a monthly rate.
        Captain Phil

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      2. Chuck and Claria Grogen -  October 1, 2010 - 2:46 pm

        WONDERLAND and ODYSSEE have had a wonderful visit at Brookgreen Gardens, AICW MM 387. We stayed at Reserve Harbor Marina at MM 388, R71. They are a Morningside Marina, so with their ICW Gold Card, transient dockage was $1.75 per ft. including power. You can obtain a Gold Card at check in and then use at other participating marinas on the AICW. Staff was very friendly and helpful. Also visited Huntington State Park across hwy 17. Reserve Harbor was a great place to access the Gardens from and the Gardens are well worth a couple of days.
        Chuck and Claria Gorgen aboard ODYSSEE

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    • Heritage Plantation Marina


      Basic Marina Information:

      Phone: (843) 237-3650
      Statute Mile: 394.5
      Lat/Lon: Near 33°26.658 N / 79°10.489 W
      Location: guards the eastern shores of the AICW/Waccamaw River between marker #79 and Butler Island
      Depths: 20 ft.
      Address: 1832 Heritage Dr
      Pawleys Island SC  29585

      Service Details:

      Boat/US Dockage Discount: $.25/per foot discount
      Live Aboards Allowed:
      Dockside Power Connections: 30/50 amp power hookups available

      $5.00/per night – 30 amp hookup, $7.50/per night – 50 amp hookup
      Dock. Fresh Water Connections: Available
      Showers: Available, Climate Controlled
      Restaurant: one on-site open for breakfast and lunch only; long walk or golf cart ride necessary
      Restaurant Recommendations:

      Heritage Plantation Golf Club (open for breakfast and lunch only, call 843-237-3424 for golf cart ride, or make a 1 mile walk)

      Wi-Fi Internet Access: Free Wifi Available
      Waste pump-out: Available

      Reviews from Cruisers (1)

      1. Bruce Whyte -  January 6, 2017 - 3:25 pm

        This is a small marina on the Waccamaw River and subject to strong currents. Facilities are good with free pump outs, water, WiFi but no fuel. Marina is run by the local home owners association and employs a full time dockmaster (Ch 16). We have been there for 4 months including riding out Hurricane Matthew with no issues. Probably the most inexpensive marina win the south east. We strongly recommend it for transients ands short term stays. Closest shops and restaurants are about 2 miles away.

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