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    • Southport Marina’s December Newsletter, Southport, NC AICW Statute Mile 309.5

      Southport Marina

      This excellent facility and longtime CRUISERS NET SPONSOR, Southport Marina is located just west of the Cape Fear River along the northern banks of the Waterway hard by flashing daybeacon #2A. See Praise for Southport Marina for recent comments.

      December 2019 Newsletter
      Find us on Instagram and Facebook by following @southport.marina 
      On-Site Business Operators 
      Check out the dolphins swimming below as a ship passes by.
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      that we might share on Facebook or our Newsletter

      Check it out!
      ***NOTE***- If the link does not work for you, simply navigate to and find the Southport Marina page. You’ll then see the “LIVE” video to view.
      Upcoming Events in our Town
      Click the logo above for more Calendar of Events

      What’s all the talk about Southport Marina? See for yourself:
      “Great stop!!”, 8/29/2019
      Captain: TeriLynn
      5- Stars
      Allison was great help today when we needed fuel. Easy in and easy out. Seemed other boaters had a hard time understanding the No Wake zone signs but other than that, a great stop!


      “Sunday Troubles”, 7/21/2019
      Captain: BubbaThePirate
      5- Stars
      I had some troubles with a new-to-me boat. The guys at the fuel dock were wonderful! They helped me get a diver on a Sunday morning. I got some issues fixed and hung around for the tide to change to head up the Cape Fear. Nothing but help and smiles from the guys!!!


      “Great Stop”, June 9, 2019

      Captain: Nick&Barb
      5- Stars
      “This is a big marina within a convenient walk to the town of Southport. Dock staff were very polite and helpful. Bathrooms clean and convenient. Marina was generally calm and peaceful. Very little exposure to passing wakes and dock staff made it a point to radio passing boats to remind them of the no wake zone if a boat appeared to be approaching too quickly. Easy access to cute tourist town makes this a definite spot to come back to again.”
       “Nice Stop”, 2019-4-14
      Captain: RDO, 
      The marina is very well maintained. The floating docks are nice and long so you can go bow in if you prefer. It is located in the heart of the nice seaside town of Southport. Many restaurants of all shapes, sizes and taste all walking distance from marina. Staff are helpful and knowledgeable. We planned to stay one night but did two to relax a little before moving on the Loop. Only down side is groceries are not handy. 
      “Our first time, but not our last”, 2019-4-19

      Captain: Wogy
      5- Stars
      We came in here after passing by several times. They just completed dredging the marina after 6 years and we had plenty of depth. Helpful staff, well maintained docks, and clean restrooms. Town and restaurants a short walk nearby. A big plus for us was Zimmerman Marine. We’ve had intermittent issues with our thrusters for 2 years and many $$ wasted with various yards to no avail. “J” at Zimmerman solved it to our delight!


      “Very well marked Chanel”, 2018-11-10
      Captain: Bayardo
      5- Stars
      Very nice Marina, easy aproche with a Chanel very well marked. Restaurants are nearby and the marina staff are very nice. We got some fuel in a very easy way. We will back for sure.
      “Great place to stay” 2018-6-8
      Captain: GarryH
      5- Stars

      Hoping you guys are ready for Florence? Good luck! Even though they were very busy, they got us in for a few nights while we cleaned up a prop issue with local divers J&J Boat Services. Both the marina staff and Justin the diver were terrific. Went out of there way to get us back on the trip North. The town of Southport is pretty cool. Wonderful restaurants and great historic downtown. Marina power and WiFi were strong, clean floating docks and a genuinely friendly atmosphere. Definitely will be back here again.


      “Hank Pomeranz and his nightly briefings are a must for any ICW experience”, 2018-5-14
      Captain: Cathy Marco
      5- Stars
      This is the third time we have stayed at this excellent marina on our way “up or down the ICW”. The reason we come back is because of Hank Pomeranz. He presents the evening “AICW Navigation for NC and SC and Weather” briefing which is amazingly helpful. It alleviates a lot of the anxiety and gives suggestions on how to handle problem areas. Tonight a dozen of us attended his briefing and were delighted that his information is always current “as of today” with features and photos. He is worth every penny that Zimmerman Marine, Carolina Yacht Care and Southport Marina contribute to sponsor this very valuable service. Thank you!!!!!


      “First Class All The Way”, 2018-5-6

      Captain: rwidman
      5- Stars
      This is a first class operation. Everything is commercial grade, relatively new and clean and in good repair. The grounds are beautifully landscaped. It’s not too long a walk to town and it’s an interesting town to visit. Yes, more showers would be nice. That’s about the only fault I can find. I didn’t have to wait but my wife did. 5/18 – It’s always a pleasure to stop here. The staff is friendly and professional and it’s still a first class operation.
      Spiritus, Apr 20, 2018
      Boat Type: Power
      LOA: 36′
      Draft: 4.0′
      Rating: 5-Stars
      The ONLY negative about this marina is that at times it can be exposed to wind-generated wave action. Otherwise, the entire staff is very professional and willing to accommodate. Facilities such as the showers, laundry room, ship store, fuel dock, picnic and gathering areas are extremely well looked after. The downtown area is a convenient walk to the North Carolina Maritime Museum, cafes, stores, and numerous restaurants. A great location to have friends or family come to spend some time with you while you’re cruising.
      Wanderer, Apr 24, 2018
      Boat Type: Power
      LOA: 40′
      Draft: 4.0′
      Rating: 4-Stars
      Yes this place costs more (but not outrageous). But the location can’t be beat if you want to see Southport, or just eat out. 

      If you arrive when the dock crew is there, you are in luck as the guys are the best and very skilled. They try to leave the south facing open till the last as it is easiest to get into unassisted if the dock crew have gone home. This spot can be a little rocky as it is open to the ICW and the south breeze, so use use a few extra bumpers for a peaceful night.

      The laundry was clean and working. Wifi at the end of the dock was weak, but OK up by the laundry (if you want to stream a movie while the cloths cycle through the wash.)

      Wifi strength was only complaint.

      Jean ColemanMakin Memories, Apr 27, 2018
      Boat Type: Power
      LOA: 41′
      Draft: 3.5′
      Rating: 5-Stars
      Not only is this marina well appointed and close to town, the staff is amazingly helpful. Not to be missed is a FREE seminar each night on what to expect in navigating the Cape Fear River and the ICW up to Norfolk. Hank gives full weather forecasts and areas to beware of for your trip. These seminars are every night for two weeks in the spring and again in the fall.
      Thank you for all the positive feedback from our slip holders and transient customers we have been receiving on Active Captain, Waterway Guide, and Salty Southeast Cruisers’ Net…please continue to let us know how we are doing!
      Southport Marina 
      will be Closed on the Following Days
      for the upcoming Holidays.
      For Transient Dockage or  Dry Storage Launches, please make your plans accordingly.
      Here are some great
      Gift Ideas 
      for all you boaters 
      Cranberry Whiskey Sparkler
      Make this Cranberry Whiskey Sparkler for all your holiday parties! Make these cocktails ahead of time and add the champagne before serving!
      1 ounce Crown Royal Regal Apple Whisky
      1 1/2 ounce cranberry juice
      1 sprig fresh rosemary
      Champagne or prosecco for topping

      Click Here For More Cheerful Recipes for the Holidays

      Museum Visitor Coordinator Kristan Phillips welcomes Winterfest visitors to the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport. This year’s Winterfest program will be presented Dec. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m.
       Come dock with us and enjoy our town’s 
      December Festivities


      Please contact Cape Fear Yacht Club
      for more information and how to participate in the Christmas Flotilla
      or contact Woody Wilson at
      We are Proud to Announce Southport Marina has continued its efforts in being recognized as a “Clean Marina”! Click the NC Clean Marina Logo to find out how you can help!
      Interested in Dry Storage?
       Very limited space remaining!



      We Proudly Sell ValvTect Marine Fuel!!
       We are honored to have been named 2014 ValvTect Marina of the Year, and take pride in selling ValvTect Marine Fuel!!  
      “ValvTect Marine Gasoline is “specially formulated” for marine engines and is designed to prevent the problems of ethanol gasoline, such as phase separation, moisture, poor stability and the formation of power-robbing carbon deposits.”
      “ValvTect Marine Premium Diesel contains BioGuard™ biocide, lubricity improver, water dispersant, corrosion inhibitor and fuel stabilizer and is specifically formulated to prevent problems caused by the reduction of sulfur content.”
      Information found at


      About Southport Marina

      Southport Marina is a full service marina, spectacularly located where the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River & the Atlantic Ocean meet.  Offering in-water slips, dry stack and hurricane protected storage, it is one of the most amenity-laden marinas on the East Coast.  Close to the quaint & historic town of Southport, the marina is a natural stop for sailors and boaters traveling from Maine to Florida.


      For more information contact Hank Whitley at:



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