Details for Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 31 reviews

Address 1701 J.E.L. Wade Dr
Wilmington, NC 28401


After hours contact

Patricia Donovan Bennett - 910-233-1463

Pro-Op message

Call us today for details about a FREE WEEK OF DOCKAGE at the Cape Fear Marina and Bennett Brothers Yachts. Deep water and a secure hurricane haven. We offer pump outs at every slip, along with free ice and WiFi. Hurry and reserve your slip before December 1st. Call 910-772-9277 for more information.

Wilmington is a charming historic city with shops, museums, restaurants, farmers markets, theaters, and plenty to do for all your crew! The Wilmington Inter'l Airport is just 5 minutes away.

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Patricia Donovan Bennett



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - NO
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - NO
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 190
Beam max: 30

Other info:


Transient: 10
Total: 75
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2016-10-12)

Other price info: Electric, water, pump out and ice are included in transient rate only.

Weekly rate $7 per foot per week.
Monthly rate $9.00 per foot per month. Electricity is metered. Water, pump out, and ice are included.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: Power at each slip.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Avaiable at each slip.

Dinghy access


Liveaboard info

Yes - Very friendly marina with lots of liveaboards.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Propane tanks can be easily exchanged/refilled.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Very pet friendly.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Pump out at every slip.


Yes - Included








Yes - Coin operated washers and dryers available.


Yes - Excellent grocery stores nearby including Whole Foods, Harris Teeter, and Trader Joes offering a variety of options.


Yes - Onsite stockroom and usual next day delivery for non-stock orders. ACE Hardware 5 minute drive away and West Marine 15 minute drive away.


Yes - Extraordinary number of great restaurants in the area, offering any type of cuisine from simple southern style to elegant four star.



Hotels or motels

Yes - Hotels within 5 minutes of the marina in downtown Wilmington. Many good bed and breakfasts in the historic district. Wilmington has major chain hotels including the Hilton, Best Western, Fairfield, Holiday Inn Sunspree, etc.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Bennett Brothers Yachts repairs and restores both power and sail, specializing in outfitting boats for long term cruising. With a team of experienced craftsmen in all disciplines of yacht repair including mechanical/electrical, electronics, paint/fiberglass and carpentry. Projects of any size are handled with care, from small ding repairs from a close encounter with a dock to a transom extension or repower. Bennett Brothers Yachts services and installs popular brands like Nothern Lights, Yanmar, Westerbeke, Raymarine, Simrad, Dometic, etc.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 70 Ton Marine Travel Lift. Haulout facilities can accommodate boats up to 70 tons, 90 foot LOA, and up to a 24 foot beam as well as deep draft. Catamarans can be hauled with the extra wide lift pit.

Storage facilities

Yes - Short and long term dry storage are available with Bennett Brothers Yachts on a high bluff hard packed marl surface. A proven hurricane safe haven, many boaters find it convenient (and often reflected in a discount on their insurance premium) to spend it safely on the hard. Monthly maintenance checks can be done to insure your boat is well taken care of.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - Local sailing and power fishing charters located 5-15 mintue drive away.

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. WiFi throughout the marina.

Boat ramp availability

No - There is a boat ramp 5 minutes away.


Yes - Easily accessible via MLK Parkway/I40, Third Street in downton Wilmington, 5 minutes to the Wilmington Airport. Enterprise Car Rental will pick you up and offers a preferred rate to Bennett Brothers Yachts customers. Yellow Cab is 100 feet away.

Other services


Wilmington awarded USA Today's Best Riverfront City in the USA 2014! Museums - Cape Fear Museum, Cameron Art Museum, Latimer House, Bellamy Mansion, Restaurants - too many to mention. Wrighsville Beach, one of the top 10 beaches in the USA as awarded by National Geographic, is just 15 minutes away, with all kinds of water sports including surfing, SUPs, Kiteboarding, and home to many prestigious triathalons and races. Don't forget phenominal sportfishing and great offshore sailing conditions.

Reviews for Bennett Brothers Yachts/Cape Fear Marina
Great Repair Facility, 2016-08-11
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (51)

We left our boat for bottom paint, running gear paint, new dripless shaft seals, transmmission oil change, new aft sunshade fabrication, varnishing brightwork and buffing/waxing (and some other misc items) while we took a break from the Loop late June to Early Aug. BBY did agreat job, costs were within reason of original estimates (there is always something extra that needs attention on a boat) and done in a timely fashion. We had arranged for them to check AC, strainers etc. One morning we received an email stating that the AC pump quit running, they had located and installed my on board spare and would I like them to order a new spare? They also gave us rides to and from the airport which is only 5 minutes away. They also reviewed all work done to explain what was done/found, etc as work progressed. Boat was clean and securely tied in the slip when we returned. I would not rate their costs as inexpensive, but the work was done in a quality manner. I guess anything on a boat is expensive though.....

Amenities are disappearing, 2016-07-30
Captain: , Wrightsville Beach (10)

Amenities are disappearing but fees have remained unchanged. WiFi disappeared two months ago, security gate was distroyed be a delivery truck a month ago and is yet to be replaced. The men's room & shower is closed for repairs, it's like living in a boarding house with 30-50 strangers that only has one restroom.
If it were not for business in the area I'd be long gone.

maintenamce and storage, 2016-07-18
Captain: , naples (10)

the team were very helpful and the service was terrific

Not the marina I came into, 2016-06-16
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (185)

It must be noted that Bennett Brothers Yachts and Cape Feam Marina are two different entities. BBY is the boat yard, repair facility, and brokerage. Cape Fear Marina is the docks and dock house. It is managed by a slip owners association, which operates in a manner similar to a Home Owners Associatiion. While BBY owns a large number of the slips, it is not a majority owner.
That distinction being made, this is not the same marina I came into a year and a half ago. The slip owners association seems to keep its head in the sand. As a consequence, there are areas of the docks whcih threaten to let you fall through. There are sheets of plywood on the bath house floors to keep people from falling through soft spots in the floors. Due to lack of foresight, we will be without WIFI on the docks through much of the summer. One contract ran out at the end of May, and there was no move to contract for a new provider until the original contract ran out.
If you need to have work done by BBY, and you don't plan on staying on your boat, this is a place to come. If you wish to leave your boat in a hurricane hole for the season, this is ok. If you wish to liveaboard, I can no longer recommend this marina.

Em & Bev on M/V Quimby, 2015-12-30
Captain: , Meredith, NH (638)

Have stopped here twice now. We thought we had been well service the first time but later learned parts they installed were the worst available after the parts failed in about 4 months. We stopped again in October at which time they streached our stay out 1 week & attempted to streach it at least another 2 weeks. They spent several days diagnosing an engine oil leak problem, said it would take 4 - 5 days to get the parts then did not order the parts at the end of the week. On both visits they have streache our stay out & have tried to install parts of poor quality in the first place & more than needed on the second visit. We had told them we wanted to store our boat here upon our first visit but on this visit they informed us they doubted they would have room for us even though we palnned to have extensive hull & deck work done. We will not be back!

Cape Fear Marina, 2015-11-27
Captain: , Leamington, Ontario (620)

Us- 47' sailboat, 6' draft, 66' air draft.

Docks are getting old, loose boards on walkways. Fast current, dirty water, had to clean strainers every other day. Nice laundry area, dead mosquito wallpaper not attractive, toilets not cleaned as they should be on men's side of showers. Nice charcoal grill available with free charcoal and starter fluids, free bag of ice daily. Long ways from downtown if no car, no provisioning close by....kind of out of the way. Flies get ravenous at sundown. No fuel available.

We hit a birdge and this marina was our saving grace., 2015-04-11
Captain: , South Bristol Maine (10)

Unfortunately due to engine complications and strong currents my boat drifted into an opening bridge and fortunately the damage was minimal (spreader was broken, shroud damaged, jib ripped). We stopped at this marina because it was the only one around but I know now thats that proably because no other marina can compete with Bennett Brothers. They fixed our boat in 4 days, the dockmaster found us a welder who repaired our spreader for extremely cheap (and the work was amazing). All the marina staff are extremely skilled and friendly. Some of them drove me and my buddy into town for groceries. Weather you hit a bridge or not I would highly recommend this marina for anyone traveling the ICW. Without them I would have never been able to make it to the Bahamas.

great place, 2015-01-24
Captain: , Halifax (20)

very good stop for repairs, great people all around

Quality work, 2014-12-26
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (41)

Had the hull painted and several other small repairs done while out of the water. They did not like the way the finish looked when completed and told me they were going to sand it down again and start over. The final job looked great. I would highly recommend Bennett Brothers to anyone looking for quality work

A Pleasant Surprise, 2014-11-06
Captain: , Castine, Maine (2964)

We spent a week plus a couple weather days at Bennett Brothers and were amazed at the many things there were to do in Wilmington! Fabulous restaurants, entertainment, a wide selection of grocery options (Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Harris Teeter), we even went to a Farmer's Market. We got a great deal on a Hertz rental through our Gold membership - they even picked us up - so we could really check things out. There is also a special deal through the marina for Enterprise discounts.

It is primarily a boat yard but the other facilities we found to be very nice. The staff was friendly, helpful, and professional. We snooped around the yard and were impressed with what we saw. This would be the perfect place to be "stuck" for maintenance or repairs as there is so much to keep you occupied while your boat is being worked on. We got a few estimates on some future projects and hope to do just that!

A mop would go a long way., 2014-11-04
Captain: , Freeport (10)

Stayed at CFM while passing through. I stayed for three days and my husband a few days longer. I think the ladies room should be cleaned more. Not sure if they clean them every day but while I was there, there was some hair left behind that remained for the 3 days I was there. It looked like the garbage was emptied but not to much else was done. Same way with the laundry room. Not cleaned while I was there. They also seem to have started a log collection. They tie logs to the dock and they seem to keep them for a while. The times I went near the bathrooms/laundry/deck area the manager seemed to always be sitting there smoking. His time would have been better spent cleaning. Would not stay again and would not recommend.

Hurricane Arthur made us do it, glad we did., 2014-08-24
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (532)

Arrived 7/2/2014 to ride out Hurricane Arthur. BBY is a hurricane rated marina. Michael, the dock manager met us and was very friendly and professional, even predicted wind pattern for storm and put us in a slip so as our bow would face the brunt of the gale winds. Nothing luxurious, a working yard/marina, but overall a pleasant stay, even enjoyed viewing downtown Wilmington's July Fourth firework show from the docks. Good laundry and shower facility, was a long walk to the marina facilities, though. No car available, and locals advised not to walk or ride bikes to the city, so we stayed put and didn't venture out.

What a great deal!, 2014-07-13
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (370)

When I heard that the Cape Fear Marina was offering a week's free storage, I decided to take them up on it and use the chance to drive home for a week.(We are doing the Great Loop and had been traveling for two months) We were actually gone for nine days and expected to pay for the extra days, but were not charged because we had a little work done on our return. The work was done professionally and quickly on very short notice, and at a minimal cost. Al Noble, the service manager was very helpful, as were his technicians Eddie and Chris.

Usually if something seems too good to be true, it is. Not in this case.

Friendly & Helpful, 2014-07-02
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (46)

The Bennett Brothers team is extremely friendly and welcoming!

Great Marina, 2014-06-17
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (282)

We had a great stop here. The folks here were super accommodating and friendly. I needed to complete some work on my engine and Eddie the mechanic even came by to check on it and make sure I didn't have any questions.

The facilities aren't a spa, but they are clean and more than adequate. The docks are in good shape. The wifi worked fine while I was there, but they were even starting the process to upgrade it and make it better. The setting is beautiful.

For on shore activities, a car is a necessity. Enterprise is nearby and will pick you up and drop you off.

It's a hike up the river, it in our mind it is really worth it.

Best kept secret in wilmington Area, 2014-06-13
Captain: , Charleston SC (693)

Full Disclosure: I frequently keep my boat here and I really like the place so I may be somewhat biased.

BBY is a bit out of the way for people on the ICW but worth the visit if you need ANY work done. There is a draw bridge (Isalbel Holmes Bridge) that has a funky opening shedule (10:00, 14:00 and any time before 0600 or after 18:00 hours). The bridge tender is a sypathetic guy but his hands are tied in this matter. You can usually tie up temporarily on a face dock at the small marina (Sawmill Creek marina- no phone available at this time) on the east side of the river right down stream from the bridge to wait for an opening.

Cape Fear Marina's mechanical staff is first class as is their paint and FG operation. They have a large crane on call if needed to pull masts. Their rigger is really good! They can haul really large vessels as well (70 tons, 90 feet and 10' draft).

I started out contracting jobs to individual craftsmen when I began restoring Willet. BBY's GM talked me into coming to BBY (close to where my boat was originally built) in 2011 and I found better work at overall lower net costs per project. I stopped again this year on the way back from Maine to have them do a couple more projects and then moved my brother's boat here from Washington DC for work.

Hey, you can always find something to kvetch about anywhere but these guys are the best I've found south of New England.

Another nice reason to visit is the Wilmington Waterfront that really hops in the summer as well as many great (not terribly expensive) restaurants such as the Indochine on Market Street or the Dock Street Oyster Bar. There are several High end restaurants as well as a myriad of Bars and Bistros along the waterfront of the old town. Bennett Brothers (Cape Fear Marina is about a $4.00 cab ride (about 5 minutes) from Wilmington Internationan Airport.

Wonderful Group, 2014-04-07
Captain: , League City, Texas (252)

We kept our boat here for the winter while we went home for the holidays. After returning we had the boat hauled for a cleaning and some repairs on a few thru hulls. They did a superb job and was comparably priced to our home port service centers.

They are fairly close to downtown as the crow flies but it is not an easy area to get around by foot.

Very, very close to the airport which we found handy for our purposes.

Outstanding Service Department, 2014-03-27
Captain: , Southampton NY (10)

I asked Bennett Brothers, based on an enthusiastic recommendation from a very experienced boater on Yacht Forums, to do some complicated and unusual repair work on my 30+ year old Hatteras 56 motoryacht. This required many, many man-hours of thoughtful, careful work. Ultimately, more than 15 repairs were made, and every one of them was done right.
Both Al Noble, who heads the Service Department, and Dale Jones, who is exceptionally knowledgeable about old Hats, were a pleasure to deal with, repeatedly demonstrated their broad and deep experience with complicated and sometimes outdated electrical and plumbing systems, could think outside the box when they had to, and always aimed to please.
I heartily recommend Bennett Brothers to anyone who can get his boat to Wilmington. It will be well worth the trip.

Questionable practices, 2014-01-21
Captain: , Earth (232)

The marine facilities are great and staff friendly but the boatyard seems to have questionable practices. We were towed there on instruction from Progressive insurance with a bent rudder and crack in engine compartment as well as cracks midship in the cabin and on one of the stantions. The boatyard hauled out the boat and started with repairs even before the insurance adjuster got there. Then they started other repairs when they got an estimate from the insurance without any authorization. When we questioned it and requested a detailed estimate on what they planned to do, they were reluctant to give it and it turned out that they were planning to slap some 5200 on the crack in engine compartment with a leak. They advised the adjuster that the damage inside the cabin was cosmetic while the head door does not want to close and shifted. They also charged for 2 hours consultation and a bolt that snapped on the rudder mounting was not fixed even though the mechanic noticed it and undertook to replace it. The rudder was removed twice and it was still not fixed. Judge for yourself.

Good Marine Services, 2013-10-13
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (250)

We recently had our boat hauled at Bennett Brothers to have a prop shaft recoupled. BB has a full service facility with a 70 ton travel lift and will let you do you own work on your boat. We also had a raw water sea cock replaced while hauled. The BB people were knowledgeable and friendly. Al Noble, the service manager, is a good guy and was easy to deal with. Once back in the water, we stayed a few days longer to get a new water pump installed. The bath house facilities are not new, but were clean and certainly very adequate. Plus you get a free bag of ice every day. Fuel is available by truck at a great price, but you do have to pay the hourly rate for a BB employee to pump it.
Whether docking or hauling out, it's best to approach at slack time due to the river current which can be a little tricky. Call ahead for information on when the slack tides occur.
There is nothing within walking distance of BB, but downtown Wilmington is only a couple of miles away by car. Lots to do and see in Wilmington and some great restuarants.

Overall, I would recommend Bennett Brothers for repairs or a stop over when cruising.

High quality, competent, dedicated, 2013-08-08
Captain: , Chicago, Il (55)

Stopped on the way north and left boat for about 10 days, had some work done and was pleasntly surprised at the level of service provided by Patrcia Bennet along with manager Steve (even drove us to airport). All the staff was competent and accomadating, including having someone meet us when we came in on Memorial Day when yard was closed. The only criticism is the taxi service was problematic; certainl not the marina's fault.
i would have no qualms about leaving my boat there again. It's worth the short trip off the beaten path.

Quick haul of repairs, 2013-06-26
Captain: , Isle of Palmes SC (30)

We had a bad backer plate on a seacock. They worked us in and did a quick haul. we were on our way in six hours at the quoted price. what else can you ask for.

Fair marina, outstanding repair facility, 2013-05-01
Captain: , Bayfield, WI and the ICW (1259)

A long ways up there and not a really fancy marina, but close to the airport (they gave us rides there!) and a great repair facility. Talk to Al if you're having trouble figuring out what's wrong.

Friendly, fast, free!, 2012-12-22
Captain: , Topsail Beach, NC (480)

We had picked up a coupon for a week's free dockage at the AGLCA rendezvous and decided to take advantage of it. While there we had them work on leaky hatches and cracks in the forward lockers. We were on a pretty tight time schedule, but they got the work done and we were very pleased.

The floating docks are great, the facilities adequate. I would give them 5 stars if they had a courtesy car. Actually, we had our car with us this time so didn't need transportation. But if I had really been a transient without a car the location is not great. However, you can dinghy about a mile and be in the heart of downtown. But current is very strong at times, so be careful in the dinghy!

Overall, a fine facility especially if you need work done.

Captain Betsy Johnson
Rick 'n Roll

Great Service Department, 2012-11-02
Captain: , Little River, SC (1967)

We took advantage of a weeks free dockage that was handed out at Trawlerfest-Baltimore and were not disappointed. We wethered Hurricane Sandy here and felt quite safe. We took the opportunity to have some extensive repair work done and I have to say that the repairs and service people were first class. Facilities were always neat and clean. Pumpout at every slip. The only downside is that you really need transportation for groceries, supplies and to visit Wilmington. Enterprise will come and pick you up and have special rates - we paid $45 for a full size car. I would recommend this marina and their service department to anyone.

A Port in a Storm, 2012-10-29
Captain: , Westport CT (250)

We learned about this marina at their booth at the Annapolis Power Boat Show (2012). As we were traveling south on the AICW we decided to visit and as luck would have it, hurricane Sandy was approaching. We were greeted at the dock and stayed for the duration of the bad weather. We were secure and safe. The folks here are competent, met all our needs and made some repairs for us as well. Definitely recommend a visit for a good place to stay out of a storm, for repairs, and for simply visiting Wilmington.

Outstanding Service, 2012-10-10
Captain: , Solomons, MD (110)

Our boat was trucked from Texas and delivered to BBY. Steve, Bryan, Ollie and the yard crew did an outstanding job of recommissioning the boat quickly and their work is first class. Our little trawler got the same care and attention as the multi-million dollars yachts. Their location is convenient to the airport, downtown Wilmington and "hotel row" on Market Street.

Great Service, 2012-05-09
Captain: , Saint Simons Island, GA (115)

Had the boat overlanded to here from Texas. Steve Wallace and staff were superb in handling all the issues of re-commissioning. Upon initial departure struck a log in the river; had to be pulled and prop repaired. Everyone went out of the way to be supportive.

Well done!, 2011-11-11
Captain: , Geneva, Illinois (90)

Full high quality service. Knowledgeable and clear communication provided regarding services to be rendered. Willing to support with any boating information needed. Timing with bridge opening and current can affect arrival and departure. Transportation needed to provision, tour, etc.

Friendly Staff, 2010-06-02
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (297)

Dockhands are friendly and willing to help out.

Take in the sights while your boat is repaired, 2010-05-20
Captain: , Palm Coast (792)

Stopped here to have some minor repairs done and visit Wilmington at the same time. The Service Manager Bryan handles the service department and the marina. This is a full-service boat yard capable of all levels of service and repair. The facility is in first class condition.

The only drawbacks are the location which is not downtown but not far away either. Yellow Cab will get you there or Enterprise is less than three miles away. The other consideration is the current which can run at 2+ knots and making docking tricky.

I would not hesitate to return here if I was seeking a full-service yard on this part of the ICW.

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