Details for Delaware City Marina

Delaware City Marina

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 159 reviews

Address 302 Canal Street
Delaware City, DE 19706


After hours contact


Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager






Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

BoatUS discounts 10% off guest dockage with BoatUS card.

SeaTow discounts 10% off guest dockage with SeaTow membership.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


The approach from Delaware City is straightforward. It is tight to turn around for boats over 65' in length. The approach directly off the C and D Canal is only for small craft with a low bridge just before the marina (clearance of less than 8 feet).

Docking is parallel to the creek. Currents can be strong especially on single engine boats. Call the marina for instructions.

You may want to then turn your boat around during slack tide for easier un-docking. The dock personnel have developed a technique to turn your boat around using your lines and the current. This can be done when you arrive or when you leave the next morning.





Tide & current additional info

The channel is about 100 feet wide so turning around can be difficult for boats over 50 feet. The strong current can be more of a problem than the canal width, however. It is best to dock at slack tide.


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 12
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: If you leave the C and D Canal at Reedy Point and travel up the Bulkhead Shoal Channel, you have plenty of water and no bridges to contend with.

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

Additional info: The docks are Sullivan docks.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 75
Beam max: 30

Other info: Vessels over 65 feet should call prior to entering the channel.


Transient: 25
Total: 100
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2015-08-23)

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp is $8 per night. 50 amp is $10 per night.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access


Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: It is reported that you can send a form to the state of Delaware and get some of the tax refunded.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - D-Dock ramp is handicap accessible.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - No charge with an overnight stay.


Yes - 8 lbs. bags of cubed ice and block ice.


Yes - Recycling is also available.


Yes - Very clean, the women's facility is especially nice.




Yes - 2 sets of washer and dryer. $1.50 per load. Each machine takes quarters only.


Yes - A mini-mart is available a short walk away.


Yes - Onsite - some.





Hotels or motels

Yes - In-town guest rooms and guest houses are available.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - There is a 35-ton Marine TravelLift and Crane service with manual lift capability.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - A bait and tackle store is on-site.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Sightseeing, fishing, sunset, and birding is available.

Internet access

Yes - The WiFi signal does not stretch more than 100 feet surrounding the main office. The laundry room is best place for a connection. There is a table with chairs to sit down and get connected.

Boat ramp availability

No - There is no ramp on site. The state ramp is across the Delaware City Branch Channel with three lanes and acres of free parking.


Yes - Enterprise and Hertz are located at a reasonable distance and offer pickup service.

An exceptionally clean public bus route has stops in town that includes one stop that is 20 feet from the closest West Marine, and many other stops are within walking distance of many major stores.

Other services


Fort DuPont, Fort Delaware, birding at Pea Patch Island, and Forged Creations, world class blacksmith shop in town. Fossil hunts at Fort DuPont site.

Reviews for Delaware City Marina
One of the Best!, 2017-08-16
Captain: , Rifle, CO (80)

Dockmaster can be a bit abrasive, but knows his stuff, follow his instructions! Facilities a little care worn, but all very good. Nice town, Lewinsky's on Clinton St great. Also a great bike path back up the canal, almost back to Chesapeake City. Great lunch stop at restaurant at mid-canal marina w/ a state park nearby will 9 miles of gravel bike trails.

AND we got a written Thank You note!!

Worthwhile stop priot to heading south on DB, 2017-07-23
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (400)

Generally, agree with other reviewer comments. Staff is very helpful and knowledgeable. No need to limit arrival to slack water, but probably avoid times between one hour before to one hour after either max flood or max ebb currents. You will want to make your final approach to the dock while heading into the tidal current. Plenty of room for a 50-footer to pivot around in the channel. Otherwise, the dockhands are skilled at swinging our boat using your lines while dockside. Two private toilet and shower rooms. They are old, basic, and cramped, but adequate. Wifi was terrible dockside, but good when outside marina office. Dock master Tim provides a daily 5 P.M. brief on the forecasted Delaware Bay currents and sea state for those that are southbound. Highly recommend this brief, Tims forecast was spot on the two days we were involved. Another boat came in the afternoon of the first day saying it was terrible, as Tim forecasted. Second day was a fast, smooth sleigh ride nearly all the way to Cape May. Also, ask them about their availability of farm fresh vegetables, from their farm to your boat that same afternoon. Excellent. Town have little to offer.

This is the place to stop, 2017-07-22
Captain: , jacksonville, FL (340)

Pleasant people, expert dock hands, good electric, good wifi.

What else do you want?

Don't let the previous review turn you off!!!

Tim is a rock star!, 2017-07-14
Captain: , Seabrook (30)

In addition to all the praise below about friendly attitude and exceptional weater briefings, etc., this marina also out did West Mariine. Twice! I was looking for a reverse Y connector that would allow me to connect my boat's 50 amp cord to two 30 amp recepticles. I ordered one from West Marine and had it delivered to Halfmoon Bay so we could intercept it on our way down the Hudson from Quebec. When I opened the shipment a black tar-like substance, which I assumed was a heat sink compound, had leaked out all over the box and ruined one of my shirts. When we made it to Cape May I returned the shipment at the local West Marine store. The store manger was very accomodating. and refunded my money. He didn't have a replacement but overnighted one from another store. The right box arrived the next day as promised, but with the wrong connector inside. Our next stop was Delaware City Marina where mentioned this story to Tim at 5pm on July 13th. He offered to get me what I wanted, and even the fact that I was leaving the next day before 8am was not a problem. Sure enough Tim was at my slip at 6am on July 14th with a reverse Y in an unopened box, and even helped me test it to make sure it worked!

Tim told me he can do this with many parts, something I never would have guessed for relatively remote location.

This was our 4th stop at Delaware City Marina and we will definately be back. Thanks Tim, you are the best!

Best owners and staff, 2017-07-09
Captain: , Fort Myers Florida (11)

Stayed several nights, had a haul out and left our Ranger Tug there for over five weeks. Great place to stop and great people to deal with! You can't beat the weather, tide and current information they provide to help you get safely to Cape May!
Larry & Betty Matlack

Great Staff, 2017-07-04
Captain: , San Diego (300)

Dockmaster Cory and owner Tim were very nice and professional. Cory and his crew flipped the boat around using our lines and the current. They made sure we were secure and welcomed us. At 5pm owner Tim gave us a weather, sea and current briefing for our entire route and told us the exact time to leave the dock to ride the current all the way to Cape May. A wonderful service that was much appreciated. The marina itself is pretty minimal. Wifi doesn't reach the boats. Didn't check out the bathroom or shower. Nice ships store. Locked gates to dock with codes for after hours. Entering the channel there was low water 5.1feet two hours after low tide but plenty of water down the channel and at the docks. Nice stop over between Philly and Cape May.

Captain: , Cambria, CA. (60)

Thank you to Tim, Beth, Cory, Sean & Chalie. We enjoyed a wonderful meal at LEWINSKYS in town.

Dockmaster is rude , 2017-06-17
Captain: , Carolina Beach, NC (40)

Unnecessarily abrasive and belittling.

make this your staging stop, 2017-06-13
Captain: , Marthasville (573)

Well run facility with great dock handling and support. The daily 5pm briefing by Tim is a benefit on top. Supplies, fresh seafood and a post office nearby.

A great place to stage your run on either direction!

Definitely coming back whenever we're in the neighborhood.

Cute Town, Good Marina, 2017-06-12
Captain: , Mooloolaba (692)

If you stop here, take the time to walk into town with lots of Ante Bellum Houses.
Good, well protected, floating docks with very competent dock staff. The one bit of valuable info we got here was a site showing the currents on the Delaware River and Bay. This is the site used for the briefings: Click on "Currents" "Forecast Guidance". Excellent website.

Do as I say, 2017-06-06
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (1421)

We stayed there in May during a bad weather window. We are a 25' Wide Powercat and Tim gave us exact instructions on what he wanted us to do. Sometimes, as a Professional Captain, you don't want to listen to the people on the docks because of mistakes that they have made. Here... You listen to TIM! His experience at his marina will make you safe and sound. He will probably manually turn you around once you dock. Do what he says :) Be sure to bring your rye sense of humor and you will fit right in. His 1700 trip planning meeting is both informative and entertaining as you interact with all the other boaters there. He will recommend times to leave and if you want to leave at 5:15am (sunrise) he will be there. If you have to come in late, he and his crew will be there. As for the town.. it is cool... there is a bus that can take you to West Marine, BJ's, Staples and other places. You can eat yourself silly right there at several places. If you need to have your pooch groomed, like we did, one of the best groomers are right there. Overall... A 5 star area. If you are a looper, The Harbor Host, Foster, is a fantastic representative for AGLCA and shows the help that you recieve by members of the looper community.

One of best marinas ever, 2017-06-04
Captain: , Ocala FL (515)

We've been full time cruisers for 2 years and have completed the Great Loop. This has to be about the finest US marina we've been to.
They had a great evening weather briefing on the Delaware Bay. They stayed open for our late arrival and had 2 dock hands there (boy did we need them!).
WARNING: do NOT attempt to enter from the C&D canal old channel - you MUST go out into the river. The "bascule bridge" is now a FIXED bridge with a vertical clearance of less than 4 ft.
Laundry, bath and book exchange are excellent.
The ONLY negative is that the alongside docks are very lengthy, but fully handicap accessable.
Lewinsky's on Clinton serves excellent lunch.

Outstanding marina and staff, 2017-06-03
Captain: , New Buffalo, Michigan (780)

Tim, Cory and the entire staff are outstanding. Everything previous posters say is true. Great directions into the harbor, excellent ability of staff to get you docked and spun around for ez departure. My windlass motor died and Tim came to the rescue by putting me in touch with his supplier. Couldn't rebuild mine but found replacement motor and are shipping further along. Absolutely the best.

Absolutely Amazing!, 2017-06-02
Captain: , Charleston, SC (250)

We arrived at dead low tide - was given very precise instructions how to enter the canal from the river. Depth sounder showed zero water under my keel(Grand Banks42) but soon cleared - we never touched. Got to the dock and two very capable dockhands got us temporarily tied up then manually turned us 180 degrees so that we could leave the next day. Great attitudes - very friendly. Tim's wind and current conditions @ 1700 is very informative. Next morning, they help everyone off the dock in a logical, safe manner!

A 5 +++++ Marina Our 6 Visit here over the years has not disappointed!!! Love it!, 2017-06-01
Captain: , Bristol, RI (350)

Our fond thanks to Tim and staff for always making our visit to Delaware City Marina a pleasurable one. Our last visit was 5/30/2017. The dock set up is perfect for arrivals and departures as the staff positions the boat for easy release. Boats are greeted upon arrival as well as at departures not matter what time of the day. We seem to be the boat that enjoys early departures 0530 hours and Tim accommodates that. His weather and conditions of Delaware Bay are spot on. A captain usually knows what to encounter along the way prior to departing. DCM still remains a 5 star marina with a professional personable staff in a location that aims to please. Feeling like a local makes us feel at home when we are there. We always look forward to our visits where we always seem to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.
Thanks to Tim and his crew for another great experience. See you in the fall.
{ All the following is still true: Previously written :Second visit: Delaware City Marina is still a 5 star marina as far as we are concerned. This is our second visit. The consistency of the staff shows that the staff are happy here. The docks are still in good shape and the staff could not be more professional or helpful. Their knowledge of the canal and its currents assist in their ability to safely dock each boat with ease.The dock prices are extremely fair.} The showers are old but well maintained. The washers and dryers are excellent, deep and work very well with one round of wash and one round of dry. The weather briefings are informative and welcomed. The patrons are friendly, and after a few days seem like family. The staff provide excellent information about the town and all that it has to offer. We received many good recommendations for restaurants, simple groceries, and walks. The town's quaintness is special. The Marina's staff helps you enjoy it. THanks again to the staff for sharing their expertise with us.
First visit: We had planned to continue our trip to Cape May, but the weather was not cooperating. We called Delaware City Marina and made a reservation. Upon arrival to the outside of their channel, we ran aground. Tim and his deckhand, Corey, came out and skillfully and gently pulled us out of the mud. Once at the dock, one long face dock, Corey expertly spun us around so we would be facing out when we left. The staff gave us many suggestions for dinner and places to viait. The folder they provided us gave us much local information. The town is very welcoming with a local market just outside the marina. Each night Tim provides captains and crew members with a very informative weather briefing focusing on the uniqueness of Delaware Bay and wind, current, wave height, and weather info. These help captains looking for the best weather window to continue their journeys. The quaintness of the town is inviting. This is a definite stop. Thank you, Tim, for your expertise and professionalism. It is evident you love what you do. It is also visible that your staff enjoys working for and with you. We were impressed. You provided everything we needed. Thank you!

Must-Stop Marina, 2017-05-27
Captain: , Grand Rivers, KY (150)

The tides and currents of Delaware Bay, the Delaware River and the C & D Canal are extraordinary enough that NOAA uses them as examples in defining terms like "hydraulic currents" and "progressive waves."

You'll want to understand the dynamics of these bodies of water before messing with them. And that makes Delaware City Marina a must-stop in transiting the area.

Each evening, Tim, one of the marina's owners, holds a planning session for boaters intent on transiting the area. And it's a master class in seamanship. You'll come to understand more about the perils and inside tricks of navigating the Bay, River and Canal than even many experienced locals do. And you'll be a better mariner for it.

Delaware Bay Marina is friendlier than most, situated in a beautiful, historic village, and protected from all manner of wind and weather. It has an excellent ship's store and is an easy bus ride from nearly everything you'd want.

But the real reason to stop here is to deepen your knowledge of some of the most challenging waters on the eastern seaboard. Tim makes it fun, and sometimes there's even complimentary wine at the briefings.

And you'll depart safer and smarter than when you arrived. You'll also get a practicum in warping boats on and off docks in a current. Nobody's better at it than these folks, and I guarantee even experienced captains will learn something.

Great stop while waiting to head down deleware, 2017-05-24
Captain: , Herrington Harbor North (220)

We stopped for night before headingdown Deleware. Got the 1700 weather brief and it was outstanding. No issues docking and watching our boat get flipped around was a hoot. Good restaurants in walking distance.

Great stop, 2017-05-16
Captain: , Portsmouth, RI (137)

Decided to try the Delaware City Marina rather than continuing as gale force winds were forecasted for Sun. evening. We had never been in there before and were impressed by the detailed instructions re the approach into the marina. We were met by Tim who took great care securing our lines and giving us local info. We hoped to head out mid day on winds were supposed to lay down somewhat. When we told Tim on Mon that we were thinking of leaving he said he thought that was not a good idea. He reeled off data re conditions going down Del Bay and convinced us Tues looked much better. Late yesterday he held a weather seminar for the 3 transient boats using a site called Delaware Bay Operational Forecast System. This site has raw data showing winds, currents etc. Fascinating and really helpful info.
Tim was out on docks to help w/ our lines at 5:30 this morning-unbelievable and much appreciated!!
Also, reduced dockage rate if you have to stay due to weather.

Perfect starting point before crossing the Delaware Bay, 2017-04-22
Captain: , Dronten, NL (140)

I completeley agree with all good previous reviews. The top resource is Tim who knows the Bay and provides precious advice on how and when to cross to Cape May. His daily briefing at 17:00 is a must. We peacefully crossed the next time. Many thanks to him.
Additionally, Wiso's takeaway is a short walking distance from the marina and offers fresh seafood.

Bad vib and I wouldn't stay here, 2016-10-08
Captain: , Salem Ma (790)

We anchored out and wanted to do luandry and they seemed to the only one around. So we took our dinghy in to the marina going pasty the free town dock. Asked at the office if it was OK to have our dinghy at the dock while we used the coin operated machines and they siad it was fine. After a while a marinia guy came and asked if "that is your dinghy" and we said it was and he said it was $10 for 4 hours and then proceeded to give us a hard time because we achored and didn't pay for a slip. I had been considering coming in for a slip for 4 days while we waited for a hurricane to decide what it was going to do, but after this we moved on to elsewhere.

A very nice unexpected surprise, 2016-08-02
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (82)

The entrance is tricky as noted earlier but the staff nailed down the directions - our sailboat draws 6 feet and had no problem coming in at 1 hour before low tide. Expert and courteous staff. They helped us flip the boat around in the basin for the next morning departure. Nice facilities. Very small town with a couple of dinner options. Was a pleasent stay for one night. And yes, we did get a very nice card in the mail thanking for choosing their marina - - very nice touch!

This is a MUST STOP MARINA, 2016-07-26
Captain: , Pensacola Fl (80)

they have great fresh fuel, a Delaware Bay weather seminar every night, and a marine travel lift. the places to eat near by are awesome. Bob and Austin are both incredible dock hands and the owner Tim is a frendly gentleman. thanks for having me and i ook forward to coming back.

Forrest DeMaria

An excellent marina located in a charming small town, 2016-07-22
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (666)

The tricky bit. The entry is shoal challenged but the guidance from the marina on entry (40' from the green mark, steer to the ferry, steer to the second fire boat, favor the center in the channel.) We came in at low tide and saw 6'. Current is strong but the dock staff are expert at turning your boat around so that it faces out for an easy exit.

Fuel and pump-out, well stocked marine supplies, good water and electricity, clean restrooms, single washer and dryer, good lending library. Tim provides the daily weather review at 1715 and he has made a careful study of the weather on the Delaware Bay.

Town center of Delaware City is a short walk away along a promonade. Two restaurants, ice cream, and a small food/convenience store.

Stayed again on the 17th of July. At the time there were problems with the fuel pump but expect this has been repaired. BTW, they pump out for free.

And a very nice touch, expect a thank you card in the mail.

Safe Haven, 2016-07-06
Captain: , Noank CT USA (10)

Spent 4 days in Delaware City Marina due to unfavorable weather/tides in Delaware Bay. Best marina service I have ever experienced. Tim's 5:15 pm weather briefing helped us select best departure date. Tim and his crew helped all boats departing with tide at 5:00 am.

Great service, great team., 2016-07-03
Captain: , Dover, DE (70)

Outstanding service, great weather discussion at 5:15PM daily.

Bike Path Now Fully Open, 2016-06-30
Captain: , Essex, CT (1225)

The existing bike path, the length of the canal and nicely paved, was just extended right into town - in fact, goes right thru the marina!

The marina has bikes available so for a nice, long ride along the canal.

Tim is the Best of the Best, 2016-06-24
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

Tim is the absolutely the most competent Dock Master/owner I've ever met. Everything is great. I saw 7+' under the boat at the entrance (stay close to the Green w/in 20') 12' at the dock. Value priced and a most strategic location to run the Delaware Bay/River/CD Canal. Quaint town with some tourist value in Forts Delaware and Fort Dupont. Returned on 05-28-14 and it is just as good as before. Call ahead as it does fill up! As a measure of his service oriented nature, he and his dock assistant were at the dock at 0500hrs.(seriously)!!! to get everyone leaving to catch the most favorable currents and weather off the dock in an orderly and safe manner as the boats had filled all the dock space with as little as 8' between boats. This level of service is unknown anywhere else we've been in our 31,000 miles of cruising. His 1712hrs weather briefing is also the best I've ever attended.
Stayed again 06-24-2016. Prior accolades are still valid.

Hidden Gem, 2016-06-19
Captain: , Charleston, SC (210)

A must stop. Great marina and great team. Tim and Austin do a fantastic job. they guide you very professionally through a trick entrance and accomodate all your needs. Even provide a weather briefing for the Delaware Bay passage. Town also great. Good food at restaruants and pleasant atmosphere.

must stop in route, 2016-06-15
Captain: , Pensacola, Florida (90)

stayed 4 days weather problems, Tim the owner gives an info gathering at 5:15 pm good info for the trip north. prices were fair, town and restaurants were great, especially Lewinsky's on Clinton and Crabby Dicks. Tim and dockhand were great.

Perfect layover, 2016-06-12
Captain: , Honolulu (712)

Perfect place to layover after C&D or a trip down from Philly, prior to heading for Cape May. Easy dockage and the staff are excellent at guiding you through the sometimes narrow channel. Clean well kept facility. Free pumpout...

Best Del Bay info, 2016-06-01
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1550)

Great stop if getting ready to transit down Del. Bay. Tim can tell you when the currents are best to help you get a good passage down the bay. Facility is clean, staff helpful, and aneat small town to explore.

Great Marina and Town, 2016-05-01
Captain: , Solomons, MD (20)

Excellent place to stop before or after transiting the C & D canal. It is a MUST if you need minor repairs or even a short haul. Great restaraunts... Crabby Dicks has some of the best seafood and awesome atmosphere and...DOG FRIENDLY!!!. Lewinsky's on Clinton has great live music and a suprisingly gourmet menu for "bar food."

The canal has very strong currents. Be cautious. For sailboats, have an anchor ready to toss out if you loose power. There is a low bridge to the south of the Marina, and if you loose you loose power, you need to stop immediately and get a tow from the Marina.

The Marina staff is excellent and will help you with anything you need.

Great Marina, 2015-10-15
Captain: , Senaca Lake Geneva, N.Y. (230)

Called on phone and got good instruction how to enter their canal. Tim /owner, Tara / staff, and Taylor / fuel dock are very helpful and knowledgable. NICE 2day stay 10/12,13/2015 Clear bathrooms and good ship store.

Worth a Stop, 2015-10-10
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (420)

Dockmaster Tara is the best I have come across. Very specific guidance for entry and for docking in strong current. Also gave good overview of what to expect in town.

Friendly marina and town, 2015-09-30
Captain: , Marion, MA (50)

After a long day and adverse current in the C&D canal, we stopped at Delaware City marina. The entrance is very narrow, we were told to hug the left bank and still touched bottom at 1/2 tide (6-9" draft). Sarah is the dockmaster and is very capable and direct, with many orders on entering and docking. A current of up to 3 knots runs through the narrow canal and her help is appreciated. Diesel, gas, water, electricity and pump out is all available. There is a small marine store with adequate supplies. A 1/4 mile walk takes you to a small, historic downtown, with a number of restraunts and shops.

Return from Cape May, 2015-09-30
Captain: , Haddonfield, NJ (144)

During our return trip from Cape May we decided to stop in to the Delaware City Marina for a night. We were greeted by a very knowledgeable and helpful staff. A short walk in one direction got us a local crab eatery which was excellent and the other direction took us into a quaint little town where we had an ice cream dessert.

Super helpful, 2015-09-08
Captain: , Atlantic Highlands NJ (20)

Stayed there several times. Over the top friendly and helpful. Nice ship store, nice gifts. One of the top ten marinas in the east. may not have all the frills of a large expensive marina, but everything you need. Tim is a great hands on owner. Town in very cute. Jim

July cruise stop, 2015-07-29
Captain: , Forked River New Jersey (70)

This marina was an unexpected gem for our July cruise. we needed a stop over for our next day to Cape May. getting to the dock was interesting with the single line of floating docks along the old canal. but as we arrived we were meet by three dock hands to turn us around and tie us up. When we checked in we got a package and coupons for the local resturants. The next morning at 6 AM we were helped off the dock by the owner. All and all and good experiance.

Best Marina of the Trip, 2015-07-24
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (20)

Left Jacksonville to start the Great Loop eight weeks ago. Came out of the C&D and weather was not right to cross the Delaware Bay. Went into DC Marina and then learned about Delaware City Day on Saturday, so of course we had to stayu for the festivities. Tim and his staff were the most accomodating and helpful folks we have came across. I can't believe anyone would post negative comments about this marina. I highly recommend this as a stop on your journey. The town is quaint and the shops are awesome. Also be sure to visit Cary sp? and his wife at the Blacksmith shop. Two really awesome people who went out of their way to make us feel welcome. Definitely a five star marina and staff!!

Great time here, love being close to town, 2015-07-23
Captain: , Nowhere,OK (1314)

Went for Delaware City Day for the massive fireworks display, Tim was able to find a place to squeeze me in.

Still interesting getting into the marina, the tide can rip at mid tide. I called in and got detailed instructions. With a warning about the current going my way, and since I was single handing today, I took my time going in. I got guidiance from the dock and was quiclky tied up.

We had good wifi access up at the lift where we were, but our always ready wifi booster make the signal rock solid.

Delaware City Day was as advertised, a long parade with bands and every fire truck from 10 miles. The town square had great food and kid activities.

Fireworks were amazing, it was 30 minutes of "grand finale" stacked back to back. We were 300 yards from the launch point, the most amazing fireworks we've ever seen.

We got our "weather briefing" on the event schedule that was delivered to the boat.

I had forgotten to check fuel prices before we left, Delaware City was about 30 cents a gallon less than any place in the Upper Chesapeake.

Revew from 28 May 2014
Interesting getting there and docked, but the owner Tim was great. Nice floating docks, very clean faclility. Small store with sodas, books, cards and a small selection of marine parts.

Best feature is that it's only moments from town! 5 block walk takes you to Crabby Dick's, the place to go for seafood in Delaware City. Their welcome pack includes free crab balls, well worth the walk.

over night stop, 2015-07-14
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (57)

Had a great experience. Found the help to be very professional and excellent customer service.

Excellent staff, decent facility, 2015-07-08
Captain: , Pasadena, MD (1496)

Approach can be difficult. The marina is a series of floating face docks along the north side of the old canal. Currents can be very strong at ebb and flood, and the entrance is very narrow. There is a green marker on a dolphin at the canal entrance. You must pass close by that marker, but with strong cross currents, you must also be able to avoid being swept into or away from it. Once inside the canal, the deep water channel is narrow, with shoaling along the north shore. These conditions are subject to frequent changes. CALL THE MARINA FOR LOCAL ADVICE BEFORE ENTERING THE CANAL, ESPECIALL AT LOW TIDE!. Once docked, the facility is fine, with clean, modern restrooms, showers and laundry, and a well-stocked ship's store on site.

Caution..., 2015-07-07
Captain: , Philadelphia, PA (141)

I've thought long and hard about this review. Our experience here from Nov. to Apr. 2014/2015 was SO bad, and it got SO personal, I had to literally wait to get my thoughts together and give a fair and intelligible review. I want to detail my experience, but there's just no way to do that evenly, so I'll just give an overview.

If you don%u2019t want to read the whole review, the highlights are:
-Expensive Fuel
-No wifi at docks
-Limited amenities
-Clumsy haulouts
-Unprofessional atmosphere
-Owner is dishonest, unprofessional, unsafe, unstable, and abusive to customers
-Not family friendly
-Dockage is cramped
-Transients and commercial customers treated well at the expense of seasonal/annual customers

For background on experience, I grew up cruising the Chesapeake Bay and worked for several years as a licensed master on commercial vessels. I have worked with a wide variety of marinas and yards - both commercial and recreational - and this is the first time I felt I needed to literally warn people about a business. To be fair, I understand that the owner of Delaware City Marina, Tim, treats transients well. My family was a living aboard, so the only thing I can say regarding transients is that the woman running the office, Tara, is phenomenal. She is exceptionally knowledgable, professional, and a pleasure to deal with. Greg is another staff member worthy of mention as he is also exceptionally friendly, knowledgeable, and helpful. As a transient it would also be important to know that diesel at this marina is often a full dollar more expensive than average. Also, without external Wifi booster, there is no internet at the docks. Bathrooms are nice, though not consistently temperature controlled. I would not recommend this marina if haul out or repairs required. Haulouts are expensive and clumsy. I had to haul my Jeanneau 47 to replace my packing gland and I have the strap marks to prove it.

As for my experience. I spoke to Tim a few weeks before bringing my boat here for the winter. He was initially accommodating and we agreed on date of arrival and a price. When I got the boat there, Tim doubled the agreed price. I had asked about Wifi and when confronted he stated that if I had so many demands and was going to be so much trouble, the new price was what it was. To be clear, I had only asked when discussing specific berthing. This man is not the same person from one encounter to the next, and is extremely sensitive to literally any question regarding his facilities and/or access to advertised amenities. I was eventually able to get our rate down to what was originally agreed.

It became known later that children are a serious problem for Tim. My wife and I live aboard with our two toddlers. We are responsible boaters and take safety - especially theirs - extremely seriously. We were put on a dock as far from any other people as possible through one of the toughest winters memorable. The marina is on a canal, requiring us to drive to showers and water. We were able to work out a deal with The Canal House (a tourist rental across the street) for water, which was extremely helpful.

Of the many incidents with Tim over the winter, one was most notable. In early March the marina called me at 8:30am ordering me to move my boat to another dock %u201Cwithin the hour%u201D. At this time, the canal was packed with 8-12%u201D thick chunks of broken up ice sheets about half the size of my boat flowing at a decent clip from the direction of the intended dock. Within minutes marina staff were at my boat pressuring us to move. We later found out that Tim was in a dispute with a sailboat that was being stored on contract in water behind us regarding power consumption. It was immediately clearly unsafe, unreasonable, and unprofessional.

The anecdotes regarding Tim and Delaware City Marina are plenty - both in the marina and town. It%u2019s rare that you come across anyone having anything to do with boats who doesn%u2019t know Tim, and I%u2019ve never heard anyone say a positive thing. From denying damaging boats, to verbally abusing customers, this place definitely has a reputation. If you plan to store here, know that in the summer your spot on the dock is not in fact your own. Tim will move your boat as he sees fit. Dockage is limited in season and boats are kept literally so close together that one bow often overlaps the next. A quote from Tim is that you only pay for the length of your boat, and thats all you%u2019re guaranteed. My parent%u2019s stored here and have regularly had boats stored under their sprit, and over their stern.

In the end, in April two boats left with us and moved our boats to Summit North Marina in the C&D and have been extremely happy (despite Summit%u2019s drawbacks) in comparison - it%u2019s nice to be treated like a customer again.

Location and marina staff make this a worthy stop, 2015-06-28
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

Tricky entry to city channel, but dock master will guide you in with thorough instructions and be ready to catch you. Historic town and Civil War sites.

Great Stop, 2015-06-19
Captain: , Rising Sun, DE (210)

We stayed 4 days waiting for a weather window on Delaware Bay. Very knowledgeable and helpful staff. Several good restaurants in town. If you're held up by weather on the bay they only charge $1 per ft for weather days.

These guys saved the day for us!, 2015-06-19
Captain: , Levittown, PA (20)

We recently ran out of fuel just short of their Marina on a trip down the C&D Canal toward Baltimore. We called 10 minutes before they closed and asked for help. Cory told us they would send someone with fuel and they would stay open until we were taken care of. The tow boat arrived with fuel and by the time we returned and fueled up, it was 90 minutes past their closing time. Tim, the Manager, and Cory couldn't have been more helpful and feiendly. Im sure they had better things to do than take care of 2 guys who should have better planned their trip. We will always stop at Delaware City Marina on any trip on the Canal.

Great Facilities, 2015-06-07
Captain: , Delaware City Marina (10)

Besides the A+ staff, the facilities the marina has to offer are always well maintained and held to a high health and safety standard. According to the Delaware Clean Marina Program all marinas generate some waste; waste that could threaten human health, be hazardous to wildlife, and be costly to coastal communities. Delaware City Marina offered numerous recepticals for safely dispposing of our waste. Not one can was septable to spillage from high winds or into water ways. The staff offers numerous small covered cans, an 8 cubic yard waste receptical as well as a 4 cubic yard recycling receptical. Its always heart warming to see a company care about the waterways and the wildlife that call them home.

Expert help via radio at dock, 2015-06-05
Captain: , Bay City , MI (40)

Came into dock on Memorial weekend with a little current. Great instructions to pull into a tight space on a face dock. Made it easy. All abord thought Deleware City was a great stop within short walking distance. A must see if you have time on the Great Loop.

garbage pick up, 2015-06-03
Captain: , Dog River Al (21)

A small thing but kinda bugs me They have no trash cans and say you take your garbage withyou, I could see if it was a island or something buit it is in the city and you can see garbage trucks going by they a just to cheap to have a garbage pick iup and it seems like that is the genaral sttitude that they are just trying to get a much as they can. thats one of the things that I go to a marina instead of anchoring

Fun marina and wealth of information, 2015-06-01
Captain: , Holland Michigan (60)

Delaware City is a fun place to stay, small but fun place to visit and the marina is excellent. They are a wealth of information for boaters and seem to really care about the sailors and power boters passing through.

A Decent stop on the way back North., 2015-05-21
Captain: , Antigonish, NS (20)

Stayed 3 nights in Mid May. The dock mater and staff, were very curtious. The smalll store was sensibly stocked, although the electrical fittings I needed were unavailable there. They ordered some cruising books for us that arrived the next day. We were able to catch a bus in Delaware City, which stopped at a good mall with a West Marine and grocery store. Restrooms and showers are OK.

Not Worth the Effort, 2015-05-19
Captain: , Bear, DE (10)

It starts with a shallow entrance and strong current. Boats coming from the boat ramp go faster than the no wake posted and the owner of the marina (Tim) does not do anything about it. All he cares about is making money any way he can. I agree with the post about the poor repair service. Tim tries to do all the work with the marina staff even if they do not have that much experience with that particular type of work. Tim is all smiles to get you into the marina. In my opinion, he does not charge a fair price on fuel or repairs. The one good thing I do have to say is that Tarra and Charlie are good workers. You can tell that Tim does not treat his workers nicely. The docks are narrow and rock with the boats that do not follow the no wake. Boaters that know this marina leave for other marinas. That tells it all.

Good Transient Stop, 2015-05-15
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (532)

We were at Delaware City Marina two nights 4-30 & 5-1-15. The approach is a little spooky, narrow and lots of current, time for slack if possible, but if you contact the Marina they will give you excellent instructions on approach and departures. Tara met us on the dock and was so competent that I had to ask if she was former military. No, "I have had good training over the past five years." Dock is all tie along, floating, in good condition. Easy. Wi-fi was just and out as usual. Plenty of help getting settled in. Well stocked marine store and cozy little bathhouse/laundry. Everything neat and tidy. Reasonable prices. Big town park close by to walk the dog. Very small town with good bike/walk paths. Restaurants and good little bakery in walking distance.

Second visit, 2014-10-21
Captain: , Meredith, NH (638)

Wonderful people. Could not be more helpful. Outstanding advice on transit in Delaware Bay. We highly recommend them.

Caution, for docking only, 2014-10-09
Captain: , Hampden, Me (10)

I made the huge mistake of leaving my boat there over the winter starting on the day after Thanksgiving, and they do make a very good first impression. Very folksy and seemingly very nice. So, I went ahead and arranged to have my engine removed and sent out for remanufacture as well as to have a new exhaust system installed on my engine and genset as well as some other minor work done. At first it seemed very businesslike and Tim kept me apprised of the progress, reassuring me that work was going well and they were under their original estimate. With a launch date of late May, there was ample time to have all tasks completed but when we arrived at the yard on schedule, almost NONE of the tasks had actually been completed so we were suddenly in scramble mode trying to get launched in time to get to our destination before the end of my vacation (2 weeks). He tried to blame it on unforeseen problems with a couple of the parts they had chosen to repair locally rather than have fabricated but if they weren't trying to do the work at the last minute (after having the boat all winter), it wouldn't have been an issue and anyone who's ever worked on a boat should know that and plan accordingly. Both mechanics are nice guys but I gradually learned are marginally qualified to do anything more than routine work. Rub rail was badly dented and teak caprail was badly gouged during haulout but nobody saw anything and Tim seemed angry and wouldn't take responsibility when I brought it to his attention even though the gouged teak hadn't even yet turned gray so anyone could see it was very recent damage. The reinstalled engine was wired wrong so alternator was excited even with ignition key turned off, which cost me almost $1000 to troubleshoot elsewhere. MaxProp was installed but incorrectly pitched despite my cautions to them regarding the heavy weight of my boat and my request to be included in their call to PYI. They ignored my request to be involved in call to PYI and didn't mention weight of boat to PYI and proudly told me that PYI didn't even ask about weight, and then proceeded to set the pitch too high so engine wouldn't come close to reaching rated RPM, which required a subsequent haulout at another marina to set correctly. Charged me for 2 hours labor to troubleshoot my genset that would not run after being reinstalled by them and diagnosed an inoperative fuel lift pump. I later discovered they had turned off the fuel supply to the genset and the lift pump was fine. To top it all off, after not having the boat even close to ready on schedule, I was hit with a final bill almost 50% higher(!!!) than their original estimate (even though I had already paid them an additional $3000 for some additional issues that had cropped up during the winter(Purchase new raw water strainer and bilge pump hoses and replacing melted wiring connector they had discovered.) and Tim had gone from being smarmy nice to beligerent, claiming to be "unappreciated," boo hoo.

After happening to be around for several, I grew to get quite a laugh out of his "briefings" about the perils of the Delaware Bay while speaking in a very stern and authoratitive sounding voice, cautioning boater$ they better not head down the bay that day so would have to stay at his dock an additional day. He does have good info on the current in the little canal where the marina is located (so does almost every other local boater) but I'd take everything else he has to say with a huge grain of salt. I never heard him say anything in one of his briefings that isn't common knowledge to a typical cruiser. Despite what he implies, there's nothing more scary about the Delaware Bay than any other inland bay along the east coast that has a current and tides, and any decent cruising boat/skipper can handle the conditions there just as they can anywhere else. Tim arrogantly laughed out loud at my plan to take the boat north in late May during a 2 week stretch because of the "gales" in that area that time of year. That seemed odd so I checked and there is no history of gales that time of year and there was no forecast for gales, and the pilot charts say that gales that time year along the NJ or Delaware coast are almost non-existent.

I did like the friendly workers in the yard and I got the same good first impression of Tim as many other cruisers have, but when it comes to having any serious work done on your boat, take it elsewhere, anywhere elsewhere! The marina is well located for a quick stopover when headed through the C&D canal and Delaware City is a very nice little town, but after my experience with Tim, I wouldn't go near the place if it was free! This is my third cruising boat over the last 25 years and I've never had an experience with a marina like this ever before.

Great staff and facilities, 2014-10-04
Captain: , philadelphia (440)

Coming in is a little hairy (we touched bottom with a 4' draft), but the dockhands walk you through it on the radio so there's generally no problem. Once docked, the location is great, the town is nice, and the marina staff really cater to the needs of transients (weather and tide advice, etc.). Definitely a worthwhile stopover.

just our speed, 2014-09-19
Captain: , South Portland, Maine (847)

When we arrived, Tim was on the radio with instructions on handling the currents coming into the original canal to get us tied up safely and oriented to the area. He and his sweet wife, Beth, manage this marina with professinalism galore. While there is not much happening here, as compared to Atlantic City and well just about anywhere else we have been, the marina is well protected and very welcoming and just our speed. I had time for a nice bike ride to Reedy Ppint and the start of the C & D. Tim has been around boats since before Jonah and gave us excellent tips on our route down Chesapeake Bay. If you go to Crappy Dicks for their Crab Imperial, ask for Lyn, she's a hoot.

A black smith shop, 2014-09-02
Captain: , Grand Haven (470)

Strong curent in the cannel but, the dock hands are top notch.
Down town area is small with great resturants and a Black Smith shop with all the trimmings.

Excellent Service, 2014-07-18
Captain: , Edisto Island, SC (100)

We decided on Delaware City
Marina after reading reviews of other marinas on C&D Canal & weren't disappointed. Staff excellent & friendly. Tim's help on getting down the Bay a BIG bonus. All other accolades are correct. On the way south called at 11 AM with a problem, told to come in. Mechanic got to us that afternoon & helped resolve problem. This marina is customer committed. I highly recommend it.

A great stop before Delaware Bay, 2014-07-14
Captain: , Northport MI (405)

This is a great marina - for its amenities and the knowledge shared by Tim, the Harbor Master re: strategies for transiting Delaware Bay to Cape May when the weather, wind, tides,waves and all else have dire forecasts or are iffy! Crabby Dicks restaurant's food was far better than the Yelp reviews!

very welcoming and friendly marina, 2014-06-25
Captain: , Loenen aan de Vecht (10)

We planned not well, coming with the tide from the CD-Canal we had 3 knots against us the 2 miles to Delaware City, where at low water we just made it over the bar entering the harbor. We had not made a reservation at Delaware City Marina, but "no problem, we'll find you a place".
At the end of the day the harbor master, assisted by his old dog, had a planning session for those wanting to sail to Cape May the next day: weather, tides, currents, sea state, refuge harbors, timing, concluding that we (having a 5 knot boat) best leave at 6:30am and then, optimally using the currents, would enter the Cape May Canal at 3:15pm.
We left at 6:30, entered the canal at 3:13pm. Very good planning!

Bas & Monique o/b SV Selena

A Must Stop @ Marina, 2014-06-17
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, Fl (440)

The other reviews are spot on. A great place to stop. This was our first time here and ended up staying several days due to weather. When passing through here in the future we will make sure we stop here. While we were here a 100' yacht pulled in & stayed a few days. So channel entry is not a problem. Just listen to the instructions when you call in.

A Real First Choice, 2014-06-17
Captain: , Houston, Texas (970)

Finally a First Choice that is a heads and shoulders above all the other First Choices we have encountered..

A perpetual current runs though the old canal here, but the staff is expert at getting you tied up for fuel and pump out and then at your place on 'the' dock. The restrooms and showers are clean and nice and there is good wifi at the laundry.

Tim's briefing for the next day's conditions to go down Delaware Bay are exceptional. The prognosis for the next day were bad, so we all stayed another day to wait for better conditions. The next day Tim and staff were there at 7AM to get six of us away from the dock and down the bay.

WE enjoyed walking through the town to the ice cream place. If you need to get to a hardware store, supermarket, or West Marine, a bus runs at least hourly to stops close to them in a nearby town.

Great marina, 2014-06-16
Captain: , Oriental, NC (110)

We have stayed here three times or so. Tim, the marina owner, is very helpful and nice, shaking hands with his returning customers. It is a narrow channel with a single, long line of floating docks. Tim meets the arrivals at the dock instructing the captain just how to get tied up to the dock in the strong current you are likely to face. The town is small and walkable. The restaurant, Crabby Dick's, dominates with an imposing building and great food and beer.
Tim provides an evening Captains meeting for those going south on the Delaware. That is particularly useful because he reviews wind, waves, and current. The trip to Cape May is a breeze for sail or trawler when the conditions are right.

Very Professional Staff, 2014-06-13
Captain: , Racine, WI (371)

Great overnight stop, weather briefings are spot on right down to the effect of the tides on each hour of travel. Tara, Corey and Tim were great. Tara providing accurate directions to enter the marina, Tim and Corey at the dock to help land and turn us around and Tim for the weather briefings. We did stay an extra day due to weather conditions and our travel day was calm and uneventful a good crossing to Cape May. Thanks guys for all your help.

Great Stop!, 2014-06-11
Captain: , Beach Haven NJ (150)

Fine stop - long face dock - help with docking in current, and with leaving. Very competent dockhands. Fabulous weather briefing in the store every evening - DON"T MISS IT. Forecast of river and bay conditions extremely helpful. Bakery, too. Repairs on site.

Great marina and staff, 2014-06-08
Captain: , Fort Myers Beach, FL (361)

Tim will do anything he can to make your visit enjoyable. They offered rides to the grocery store, information about the town, advice on Deleware Bay, etc. Tim's briefing is definately a must.

There is no concern about the narrow one way chanel and turning around. Just let them turn you around. THEY KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING!

We enjoyed Deleware City on our bicycles. At Tim's suggestion we attended the Memorial Day Service in the park. It was very well done and respectfull.

This marina is a must stop on our list.

Excellent guest service, 2014-06-06
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1997)

The staff were super friendly helpful and had there docking procedures down pat
The town won't take you long to tour but we did stop for oysters and beer at Crabby Dicks that were OK.
Looper discount of $1 per foot was awesome.
Just follow the advice of staying close to the green my depth alarm went off several times at the entrance hump low tide showing around 6'
Would definitely stay there again

Excellent Choice, 2014-06-05
Captain: , Evansville, Indiana (65)

If you are looking for a marina with a staff that is truly dedicated to your safety, enjoyment, and comfort. Stay here.

Tim, Dockmaster and owner, is on the dock with a handset offering helpful suggestions to the the docking Captain. Tim's years of experience and knowledge concerning wind and current and how they move your boat in his marina are invaluable.

The laundry has two washers and two dryers in a large room with comfortable seating. It also has magazines, books, and a TV.

The ladies shower area is clean, modern, spacious and private. There is a basket of goodies on the sink vanity with a variety of useful items, even some disposable tooth brushes with toothpaste. The best feature of the ladies shower is the fresh flowers on the vanity.

Most evenings at 5:15 they give a Delaware Bay briefing on tides, currents, and wind. I highly recommend this marina and the good things it offers.

Plan To Be There, 2014-06-05
Captain: , Little River, SC (476)

5/30 -6/1/14 Ditto all said about the dedication to boater's saftey and satisfaction by the owner (Tim), dockmaster (Cory), office staff (Tara), and service manager (Charlie). I had prearranged to have parts there based on my engine numbers, but they were not the ones needed when I got there. Charlie got the correct parts made on a Saturday and had them installed by late afternoon in time for the tides and currents meeting at 5:15. Tara made an extra trip to the post office to forward a package that didn't make it while I was there. I truely believe there not much these folks won't do to make you feel good about choosing their marina for a night or two. Thanks to all....

Enjoyable stay and helpful staff, 2014-06-02
Captain: , Austin, TX (877)

we enjoyed our stay and the helpful staff. We ate carry out dinner at Wiso's, very good and a block walk from the marina.

Wonderful Place, 2014-05-30
Captain: , Tarpon Springs (983)

All I can do is endorse the previous reviews. Tim and Corey are great, they take care to secure you well and the right way round, and Tim was there to cast off everyone's lines in the morning. His weather/current briefing for the passage down Delaware is invaluable. The town is terrific too. Getting in and out of the canal was not a problem.

Stop worth your time., 2014-05-14
Captain: , Meadville MS (76)

We came into the small chanel under the direction of the Harbor Master Tim. We will say he is the most helpful one we have ever experinced. We were crossing the Delaware Bay the next day and after all boats were docked for the night he gave an informative talk on the Bay weather the following day. Tim was there till 7:30 and back at 5:30 for the sailboats that needed to leave early.
We highly recommend this marina. Crabby Dicks on the waterfront is a great place to eat.

Best Marina I've ever been., 2014-01-29
Captain: , Solomons, MD (60)

Exemplary service, advice, and accommodations. The entire staff was fantastic and the owner, Tim, took quite a bit of personal time helping troubleshooting an engine problem. He even drove my wife to a nearby township for groceries. He also offered to drive us to a local marine store. Just fantastic facilities. Thank you so much.

Be careful of the current in the old canal (2kts+). It can be quite harrowing and the 5th St. drawbridge is permentintly down so be careful not to lose steerage or propulsion on approach. The marina can only be entered from the north.

Nicest folks you'll come across!, 2013-12-16
Captain: , Crockett (610)

We've been here twice before and after transiting the Delaware Bay and really enjoy the hospitality!

Upon entering you feel that you have made a turn down an irrigation ditch, but you'll see the docks on your SB side with the marina staff standing by to help with lines. Depending on your wishes they'll help you get turned around so you're facing out for departure.

Both times we've been here were Wednesday nights which is customer appreciation night at the local pizza joint where you can get a large pepperoni delivered for $5 and great steamed shrimp on special at Crabby Dicks.

Nice marina great owners, 2013-08-28
Captain: , Old Greenwich, CT (21)

We really needed to stop sailing after the canal and Delaware City Marina was the place to stop. Owner Tim guided us expertly from the dock with precise directions for maneuvering the boat to lay alongside as he helps us play the channel current to advantage. He was there the next morning at 5 am to help all of us who were leaving on the early tide. Good facilities top to bottom.

Calm waters, 2013-07-31
Captain: , Charleston, SC (140)

Very quiet stay. Charlie was great at getting us fuel and a pump out. Unique way to tie up but effective. Small town! Walk anywhere. Tim was a delight along with Astro. Grilled out on the boat after dark and the mosquitos drove us into the boat for cover. Will return for haul out and cleaning on return trip from Philly.

quiet marina but can be a bit buggy in summer, 2013-07-23
Captain: , Atlantic City, NJ (320)

Nice marina with fuel, pump out station, showers and restrooms. Also has a deck with grills. I have stayed there a few times befor making passage through C&D. Make sure to stay in channel as gets very shallow quickly. Walking distance from Delaware City downtown with bars and a noce restaurant on the point.

Tim is the best?, 2013-06-29
Captain: , North Carolina (344)

We stopped here to position ourselves for our trip to Cape May. Marina is about a mile in a channel with strong currents. Tim had us tie up on the starboard and then he used our lines and the current to reverse the boat so that we ended up completely turned around and tied up on the port side. No worries ? you are ready to leave in the morning.

Tim gives a weather briefing at 5:15 each afternoon. He shows everyone how to work with currents that are happening in the areas that folks are headed and when the best time is to leave (when possible). We followed his suggested leaving time and had an easy trip to Cape May.

BTW, Tim was on the dock at around 6 AM the next morning to help folks leave. He definitely goes above and beyond the call of duty.

Outstanding Service, 2013-06-29
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (161)

We stayed here on June 20 and had an outstanding experience. The young lady on the VHF guided us into the long entrance channel from the Delaware River and told us areas of low water to avoid. Fueling and pump out was fast and efficient and supervised by Tim. We turned around in the narrow fairway and positioned the boat bow-out for departure. Needing to have prescriptions refilled, we were given a ride to New Castle by the young lady in the office. This was way above and beyond normal, and was very much appreciated! The town of Delaware City is very quaint and has several restaurants that are within an easy walk of the marina along a brick paved harbor walk. Tim gave us a personal briefing on what to expect weather and current wise on our next day's cruise down Delaware Bay to Cape May. The next day we found he was dead-on with his forecast and advice. Very impressive! I was impressed with the stock of parts and filters in the marine store. We highly recommend this nice marina.

Chuck and Susan Codding
M/V Blue Moon
Home Port Jacksonville, FL

Captain: , Green Cove Springs FL (1394)

Based on 6-23-13 review and others we decided this was the
place to stop. They talked us in on the VHF with excellent instructions to their channel. Tim and Corey are excellent! Very capable folks who really take care of customers. They know how to handle dock lines. when they receive them. Turning the boat on the dock lines. after fueling was a education. They should name it the Delaware Shuffle. At 11:00 PM Tim knocked on the boat and warned of heavy weather in the area and suggested we double up dock lines as a pre-caution which we did. This is a very secure and protected place and most of the storn passed at a safe distance. Service on fuel dock excellent and competitive prices. Well stocked ships store. Our visit was a very satisfactory and rewarding experience

Tim's the Best, 2013-06-23
Captain: , Chattanooga, TN (554)

We arrived at Delaware City Marina in mid-June. Tim and Corey, his summer intern, met us, and we had a pumpout in no time. They met us further down the long dock and turned us with our lines to face the direction of the current in the morning.

They had an extensive gift/marine store and showed us what would remove the lower ICW mustache from the boat. Magic Acid worked. Restrooms were clean and neat, women's more so than men's.

The best thing about his marina is Tim's knowledge and advice on sailing down the Delaware River/Bay. He rated the next day as one of the best of the season and was 100% correct. The Delaware was calm. We received a tidal push, as predicted, and crossed the bay in about seven calm hours.

We can't imagine attempting the Delaware without Tim's advice.

Delaware City Marina, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Oriental, NC (220)

The docks are on a narrow canal with a strong tidal current but the depth of water is good. In essence, there is one long dock and the boats can get pretty close, bow to stern, when the marina is full. This proximity could make things difficult for some boat handlers but the people there all well practiced in giving assistance coming and going to avoid mishaps. I would say that they are almost the equal of the folks in St. Augustine, FL, high praise from me. We planned to leave before 0500 one moring to catch a good current down the bay and help was at hand to get us on the way.

The facilities are good; it's just a short walk to most places in town.

Graet Marina, 2013-06-07
Captain: , Venice, Fl. (949)

Tim and his staff were great. To watch them use thecurrent to swing boats around for departure was facinating. Dailey weather briefings at 515 pm for the trip down the bay. Nice stop with restaraunts nearby.

Nice Marina, 2013-06-03
Captain: , Beaufort, S.C. (640)

We enjoyed our one night stay at Delaware City Marina. The staff was very helpful in docking and getting us settled. They were very knowledgeable and helped us to get correctly situated for the current and an easy start in the morning. The linear floating docks give a nice view of the canal. We were told the marina is situated on some of the original C&D canal. It would have been fun to go under the fixed bridge in kayaks and explore. There is also easy access via ferry to the nearby state parks.

Held here from 05/21-27/2012, 2013-06-01
Captain: , Rockport, Texas (130)

Tim and his staff are the best. From the time we arrived until the Delaware Bay calmed enough for us to leave, we were well taken care of and even got tips on wind and current analysis.
Tim also took care of our social needs....from announcing specials at the local establishments to arrangeing for us and fellow boaters to join a group of 4th graders on a tour of Fort Delaware! What a hoot!

Five stars, even with the sand gnats, 2013-05-26
Captain: , Athens, AL (641)

Can't say enough about the customer service here and a very convenient stop for staging down Delaware Bay. Nicely stocked ships store, clean restrooms, Tim and the staff are "How else can I help you" folks. The time of day doesn't seem to matter to them, just be there when the customers are coming/going especially. We like to attend church when we are at port on Sundays and normally walk or ride bikes. Since it was rainy/drizzly Tim offered the marina's golf cart. He also asked if we were interested in taking the ferry over to Fort Delaware and was going to set that up for us. We really appreciate the Looper special of 1/2 price on the slips and all of the accommodations they made for us while we were delayed there 3 days for weather. Great job, thanks.

Great stop, 2013-05-24
Captain: , Austin, Texas (1774)

This was our second visit to this marina and I have to repeat... They go way out of their way to help Boaters. The Dockmaster Tim greeted us, as he remembered us from two years ago. He drove us to the market, and was extremely helpful in making the Go/No Go decision to run down Delaware BAy. This is an unusual bay, and Tim really does understand the wind, currents, and the time to leave, or not leave.

His advice this morning to leave at 5:00 versus 8:00 am, was invaluable. We had a smooth ride but the weather turned really bad once we were in. Good timing. This is a great stop on your way north. My only complaint is to watch out for the No-See-Ums. They are vicious every morning and evening. 5/24/13

The owner/dockmaster Tim has made this a must stop marina whether you are doing the Loop or passing through. Very helpful staff that meet you at the dock with a line, as typically there is a current in this channel. The facility is very ncie, with very clean restrooms, and everything Delaware City has to offer is a few blocks away. Perfect place to stop whether you are headed north to New York, or southbound through the C and D canal.

Great stop at the end of the C, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Cape Coral FL (4187)

Easy to get into. We had the current with us through the C

Great location waiting for tides, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (6077)

A convenient stopover before heading down Delaware Bay and to get in sync with the tides. It's a great place to dock on the way north to avoid a possible C&D Canal closure due to fog. The morning we left, the C&D canal was closed due to fog! We had a great head start on everyone who stopped at Chesapeake City!

I saw 5.4 MLW on the approach from the north, passing G1 close by 20 ft and then heading directly for mid channel (marked by a red TowBoat US boat the day I was there).

The docks are very good but the dock hands are excellent. The canal is very narrow, perhaps 80 ft or so by the marina. For this reason, the dockhands will turn your boat 180 so you'll be headed back to the bay the next day. They use the current (2 kts!) to do the work, you just watch.

Delaware City is a few feet away with some small shops and a small grocery store.

Good Place to Wait for Weather, 2013-05-11
Captain: , Marblehead MA (40)

Delaware City is a sleepy little town, but the marina is a good stopover if sea conditions are looking nasty along the NJ coast. The facilities are strung out along one long canal, and internet is iffy depending on your location. The marina staff make every effort to be helpful, including as others have noted, assisting in spinning your boat for an early morning getaway.

The perfect stop, 2012-12-30
Captain: , Pocasset,MA (30)

Very convenient to the entrance of the canal after a long trip up Delaware Bay. Friendliest and most helpful staff we have encountered. They stayed late, well after closing, to accomodate our late arrival. Really interesting town with fascinating history and fun restaraunts. Staff provided good guidance for easy access to the marina. Great ship's store and gift shop.

Glad we stopped here, 2012-11-16
Captain: , Roseville MN (398)

A pleasant surprise! We had planned to go on to Chesapeake City, but it took us too long going up Delaware Bay and we didn't want to travel in the dark. The harbormaster was VERY friendly and helpful; recommended restaurants and gave us rides to a grocery and country market. We even stayed an extra day. The approach is tricky %u2013 the dockmaster helped us spin our boat, so we would be facing properly to leave against the current.

A must stop for sailors, 2012-11-01
Captain: , Oriental NC (70)

Depth not a problem getting in. Lots of current when docking side on...careful! But once docked, Del City Marina is a welcome and wonderful stop. Good everything from the help to the restroom (laundry with free dryer), short walk to quaint town, good eats, good rest stop. After the tough sail up the Delaware Bay from Cape May this is heavenly respite. Docking is tough with a strong current, but handle it and then relax! Check out the restruant jsut up the hill to the west...good crab!

Friendliest marina on the East Coast!, 2012-10-26
Captain: , New York, NY (20)

One thing to note - the 1 foot of water listed on the charts at the entrance is wrong, so don't be deterred from stopping in Delaware City - the Delaware City Marina and its dockmaster, Tim, are the friendliest!
I wrote a little bit about it in my blog... you can check it out here:

A useful location, 2012-10-22
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL Cape Cod, MA (513)

Friendly and helpful people. Right at the moith of the D&C Canal. Most repairs and all alongside, floating docks.

Service, great food and valuable information, 2012-10-17
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (980)

The dock master is a fountain of information. The Marina has clean showers and laundry rooms. They have a ships store, with an exchange library. There is a golf cart for quick trips into town.
They helped arrange our trip to the Fort.
Lovely town, great place to rest up before going down the C&D

Great Visit, 2012-10-15
Captain: , Seabrook Island SC (30)

We arrived late and the owner waited for us, sold us fuel and then took us in his golf cart to the local pub and bought us a round of drinks. Great Host. Great place to stop. Will stop again for sure.

Great stop in a nice small town, 2012-10-01
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1521)

Do yourself a favor and get off the beaten track! Take a breather at the east end of the C&D Canal and spend a day or two at Delaware City Marina. Well run marina, friendly owner, family & staff running the place; they'll meet you on the docks for your arrival and departure, talking you through what could be a tricky maneuver depending on how fast the current is running. Be sure to get your crab ball gift certificates and take the walk down to the riverfront for a meal at Crabby Dick's - we had a great meal of cream of crab soup (delicious) and a salmon BLT. Grab the brochure listing the historic homes and walk off your meal by wandering around looking at the interesting architecture. Great stop, and we'll be back next time through.

A place that should not be over looked when passing through the C&D canal, 2012-09-20
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (10)

For the cruiser, inexperienced or arrogantly experienced, the C&D canal is just a traffic way that gets them to their next destination with nothing to offer except maybe a stop in Chesapeake City for some canal side sustenance. But to the untrained eye there is one spot on the map of this area that is over looked more often than it deserves. This would be the eloquent destination of Delaware City.

When on the approach to this prime city you will contact the Delaware City Marina via telephone or VHF (channel 9&16). Regardless of your form of contact you will be greeted with the voices of professionalism by either Greg, Tara, the GM Charlie or if you are really lucky the confident voice of and owner of DCM, Tim Konkus. If you are going to arrive past the hour of 6pm then be sure to give them a heads up. At which point Tim will most certainly be your guy because regardless of his prior commitments outside of this job, his first priority is the safe arrival of visiting boaters to this fine city. He takes his hand held VHF with him and awaits your call because entering the port mouth of Delaware city can be tricky due to the nature of the Delaware River. Keep an eye out for Captain Paul, of the cities ferry, entering and exiting the port mouth. I advise entering the Delaware City Branch Channel (the original C&D Canal) head on about 20 to 30 yards out due to possible surrounding obstructions and shoals. Also make sure to enter at high tide other wise, given your draft, you will have to anchor out side the channel due to the 6ft tidal range of the channel.

Their dock is floating and runs parallel to the channel so you will most likely dock on your starboard, unless of course you need to dock on your port in which case you can cleat your bow and swing your stern around. Tim or one of his staff will be there to greet you with handling your dock lines and a warm "Welcome to Delaware City!" You will be taken up the the marina office to take care of financial business and handed a well organized folder filled with any and all info you need on the city. Once you are settled in you may be treated with a golf cart drive into town, which is a five minuet walk down the red brick side walk so don't get all greedy with thinking the golf cart is there for your convience. The walk is pleasant any way.

The city has much to do from ghost tours, to camping, to dinner cruises with Captain Paul and a list of many other things to do which you will find in your informative folder. some research. In this day and age there is no reason you can't find something to do some where unless you are like me and just show up and see what happens. In my personal opinion this is the best approach to take on anything in life.

Along with your handy dandy info packet you will be given a card per each person on board to redeem two "crab balls", a local culinary specialty, at the town hot spot Craby Dick's. Craby Dick's is owned by the towns mayor, John Bucheit, and his partner Dale. On Thursday nights they have karaoke and sometimes through out the week, and/or weekends, they have a local gentleman from Trinidad come to their deck and perform live steel drum music during dinner. Everything on the menu is delightful especaill the crab balls. A plus to coming in at high tide, in the evening, is catching the sunset on Craby Dick's deck after docking and enjoying an ice cold beer. Now in the yachting and cruising world a keen trait that develops is patients. there for don't go into Craby Dick's and expect the service of main stream places like Chilis or TGIFridays. That would be ignorant. Instead sit back, relax and let go because you are in one of the greets small towns in the eastern U.S.

Now my own personal experience would was unique, to say the least, to what most people passing through would get. So if you ever do find yourself in town and at Craby Dicks , ask the bartender Zach or manager Marissa for a shot of "Balls in your face" and they could very well treat you with the story of when I passed through town. Also if you are their for more than a day, don't just restrict yourself to Craby Dick's. There are several other wonderful establishments that offer a tasty lunch or dinner for a very reasonable price.

When departing Delaware City you are bid fair well by time and his staff with a photo of you and your vessel, someone on the dock to handle your lines and a warm, genuine "Thank you!" Not only are the citizens of Delaware City proud of their town but I'd say they are even more proud of the people who choose their city over just passing through the C&D. I will never forget Delaware City and its natives. I will continue to promote them to anyone I cross paths with who is headed their direction. I look forward to my next visit.

Well protected, great stop, 2012-09-15
Captain: , Marathon, FL (1264)

Very knowledgable competent staff. Delightful small town with a variety of restaurants and shops. Great place for dogs. We would definitely return.

Quiet gem near c&d, 2012-09-14
Captain: , Toronto (80)

Glad we discovered this great spot. We stopped over on way to c&d canal.
Tim and his staff were very helpful, easy walk to town and restaurants, great park for pet walking.
No problem turning around with our 40 ft sailboat, would make this our regular stopover near c&d.

Great place to stop, 2012-09-12
Captain: , Forked River, NJ (20)

New owner has done a lot of work to improve the marina andactively promotes the town also. The staff treats you like a hotel guest the whole time. I liked it.

Very disappointing, 2012-09-11
Captain: , holland, mi (132)

Arrived in Delaware City to the Marina expecting us and waiting on the dock. Had a hard time with the immediate criticism from Tim on my emergency rope ladder off the stern. With the need for repairs I asked Tim for both parts and welding. The parts were ordered wrong even though I took up the old with numbers on them. But the attitude when I showed him they were wrong was not accepable,
The welder did not return the phone calls, and held us up for a couple days.
After no contact, we gave up and moved along. All in all, the experience was poor. The ladies and serviceman were all nice and helpfull from the marina, but would I return. Maybe to dock But only to dock.....because of the location.

A Must Stop, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Charleston (241)

Everyone at the dock was very helpful and Tim is a wealth of local knowledge. You will learn all about the town as soon as you dock and also get some certificates for Crab Balls at the local restaurant. After dinner don't forget the ice cream shop next door. We rode bikes around town and enjoyed the stay. Tim helped us leave the dock the next morning at 6:00 AM - truly dedicated to customer care. I'll stay there for sure on my return tripl

Excellent Staff!, 2012-08-14
Captain: , Charleston, SC (422)

Staff know their stuff. Entered with a following current yet expertly guided safely to the dock. Interesting location for a marina, nice little town. Tough to turn around with the tide going with you so you'll get a quick lesson on how to use reverse. Would definitely go back again.

Great value, convenient small town, 2012-07-12
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7374)

Great place to stage for heading down the Delaware. Very helpful staff, gave golf cart ride to downtown. Offered pickup after grocery shopping down. Nice marina store, some good values. Complete welcome package for transients. Free pumpout with overnight, and AGLCA discount made marina great value. Wifi was weak, but our Mi-FI hot spot pulled in good signal. Would have stayed another night, but Delaware was calm and current mostly in our favor.

Still A hidden gem, 2012-06-22
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

With algca discount, 25% off dockage. great little town, good happy hourz, free shuttle, weak wifi, Exelent for staging for the delaware bay run.We planed the tides and got here from Cape may in a little over 6 hours Not bad for 51 miles.
In fact, crabby dicks has the best happy I have had in a while! Use the two certificates for free Crab Balls,, and the prices at happy hours are good, so is the food. Don't forget the free coffee and donuts the office for breakfast.

Very nice marina, 2012-06-20
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

We experienced the same as all the previous posts. All good. OUr boat is 45' and we had no problem turning around in the channel, longer than that may be a problem. A good experience.
NOTE: Tim is a freak as far as his knowledge of the bay. He took all of our info about going down the bay and nailed all of the conditions that we faced going down. PICK HIS BRAIN! Trust him.

Ditto, ditto, etc., 2012-06-19
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (418)

We agree with all of thearlier postings. The staff is unbelievably friendly and accomodating. Josh is the best dock boy I have come across in a long time. He really know his stuff. Tim is outgoing and helpful. This marina is definitely looper-friendly and a must stop.

Excellent customer service!, 2012-06-17
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (2870)

Rather than repeat what so many have already said, i will just state that the dock staff here (Tim and Joshua) are fantastic. Tim took a real personal interest in studying the tidal current from here to Cape May, NJ and sent over 20 minutes discussing it with me.

The town is small and genuine. It is definitely a good stop.

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1633)

The marina staff guided us in from the bay, thriugh the channel in into a slip with a roaring current. They assisted in tying up, and hooking up the electric & water. They even gave us a ride to the liquor store. Today they had fresh coffee, donuts, and bagel ready at 06:30 for everyone. They proceeded to very professionally help each of us off into the incoming current with out incedent. We didn't spend much tile there, but the town was nice and the marina itself, while not spectacular, was very well maintained and boater friendly. We will stop here again.

Not Enough Stars, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Chalreston, SC (40)

Great service! Although this marina can handle larger boats than my 32', this is not a pretentious stop-over in one of those towns that has had everything made-over and looks and feels plastic. The marina owner, Tim, calls town authentic...what you see is what you get.

The approach near Green mark #1 had about 8' of water at low tide. I followed the staff's directions and had no trouble getting to the docks. Terri and Josh met us as we pulled in and hndled our lines extremely well.

The marina is very nice, everything in it is clean, organized and you get the sense it is well-run. Fantastic bath house but small. Everything in the store was fairly priced and very reasonable. We bought most of our souvenirs of the trip from the marina. The staff is more than competent and cheery. The town people we met were friendly and talkative.

As I think back on our two week trip around the Delmarva, Delaware City was the most memorable and best stop of the ten and we would viisit it again. As our trip ages, Delaware City is the bright spot.

Great Service, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Port Lavaca, TX (451)

I must say that Tim was the best and most helpful marina owner/dockmaster that we have ever had. From the help at the dock on arrival, information packet, town information, to the dock help on leaving @ 5:20 AM. Tara also was great. I highly recommend this marina with floating docks.

Excellent Marina with Great Service, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Wilmington NC (22)

I stopped at Delaware City because of a water pump leak in my Albin 35. I was at near low tide when I entered the channel and had plenty of water coming through the opening at Green Mark 1. The staff told me to stay about 25' off the mark.

Water depth in the channel was deep but had a current pushing us along. I followed the staff's advice about the following current and was able to "parrellel" park at their face docks without any trouble. (All the docks are face docks! It make you feel as if I was at anchor without having to look into someone's port on port and starboard.)

I had called ahead about the water pump leak. They looked at it after we got settled at the dock. They ordered the parts that night, and I was able to get it fixed the next morning and on my way by 11 am at a very reasonable rate (their hourly fee is $90 per hour).

I was very satisfied with everyone there, Josh, Tara, Greg, and Charlie. The owners' helped expedite the whole process. It was a short but great visit and I will recommend them to everyone I meet.

Great Marina in a great town, 2012-06-04
Captain: , LeClaire, Iowa (449)

This marina is a little tricky getting in because of depth at canal entrance, but if you follow the staff's directions you will have no trouble. Very friendly, helpful people. Tim was up at 6 a.m. to help us turn around and leave. Excellent ship's store and laundry. We liked the face docks and the fact that the town was so close and so charming. Restaurants, liquor store and convenience store right off the marina. Recommend Crabby Dick's for lunch or dinner. Would definitely return.

Highest recommendation, 2012-06-03
Captain: , Macatawa Michigan (1144)

Only stayed one night but can't say enough about the staff at Delaware City. Stay near the green going in. Narrow channel. Deeper once in channel. Transients stay near blue travel lift. Long face dock. Talk to Tim re getting in and how to tie up re getting turned around. We are 50' trawler. Traveling with a 60'. They turned us both by hand in the morning before we left. They know the Bay, ask them for weather impact and current.

Perfect Layover, Great Town, Great Staff, 2012-06-01
Captain: , Oneida, NY (23)

I had a great time in this small village. It took me back to my roots and I felt at home. I found everything I needed in walking distance including some Rock and Roll live at the Crabby Dick's deck! Really friendly marina and a friendly town. I give it five stars even though there is no "super market" or swimming pool. The friendliness and cleanliness were so superior to everyone else that they deserve FIVE stars.

Great little marina, 2012-05-30
Captain: , Jersey City (506)

Tucked away down the former C&D Canal, this marina is very well maintained. The staff was very helpful and gave us an extensive rundown on local restaurants. We didn't stay long enough to take the tour of the local fort on Pea Patch Is.

Coming up the Delaware River from the south the canal entrance is not visible until you get fairly close. Trust the chart and follow the channel. Shallow bar at the mouth of the canal, crossed this with 1 ft to spare below the keel (6ft) at low tide.

I was comfortable spinning my 46ft Hunter in the canal (bow thruster) but had to be mindful of the current in the canal when the tide was running.

The town rolls up the sidewalks at 6PM on Friday so do your sightseeing early.

Fantastic Memorial Day Weekend, 2012-05-30
Captain: , Boston (10)

My crew and I found Delaware City and Delaware City Marina a perfect stop-over during our trip to New York. Tara took the time to tell us about all the restaurants in town and live musical events on Friday and Saturday. The marina took the time to publish a special information sheet for the weekend. It really made our stay special.

BEWARE OF PRICE, 2012-05-17
Captain: , Cincinnati (1810)

We called to make reservation using an AGLCA promotion listed on Active Captain. We were informed that it no longer appied after we mentioned the price of stay one night and get the second night for 50cents a foot and then were given the new price which was considerably more. The friendly lady stated that it was the special last year but was not this year and that she could not honor it now. Called back shortly after that to cancel the reservation and explained to an unidentified man the reason for the cancel. He rudely stated that it was not a promotion, just something someone else posted on the site and promptly hung up on me. Wouldn't stay here now if it were free. There are just too many nice marinas that want the business.

Delaware City Marina is a fantastic layover, 2012-03-26
Captain: , Stuart, Florida (30)

I pulled in Delaware City Marina expecting one thing. I left with a really big impression of great service, clean, updated facilities, and a great little waterfront town; what the marina owner's call a "hidden gem." I took the bus (for $1.35 round trip) right to West Marine's door stop and got picked-up there as well! I've got to come back in season to see Fort Delaware, a state park right in this cozy little town. I can walk to anywhere in town since its about 10 blocks by 10 blocks...and those are little, small town blocks.

A Must Visit, 2012-03-25
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (11)

Delaware City and Delaware City Marina are a perfect stop-over before or oafter doing the Delaware Bay. I stopped to wait-out some bad weather before going to Cape May. The people are friendly and the town inviting. Really made me glad to stop. It was hard to leave.

Great Place To Stop, 2012-03-24
Captain: , Philadelphia, Pa. (201)

Had to stop due to a transmission problem with our sailboat. The marina staff couldn't have been more helpful. We were living aboard and working in Philadelphia at the time. We loved the marina so much that we decided stay. Dockage is fairly deep water and the slips are uncomplicated. Great marina for restocking while transiting north or south and very convenient to the C & D Canal or Delaware Bay. We love the place!

Best stop-over I've ever had, 2011-11-30
Captain: , Annapolis (10)

Many thanks to everyone at Delaware City Marina. I've never written anything about any buisness but....Delaware City Marina changed that.

Everyone at this marina went out of their way to help me and my crew. They helped my mom, 86 years-young and who has very bad arthritis, get around the town by using thier golf cart. They got me to a market to get some fresh provisions. They arranged a cab for my cousin to get to Philly. My stay was great. They even had BLOCKS of ice in November to keep the ice-box cold.

incredible incredible...WOW, 2011-11-29
Captain: , St. Augustine, Fl (30)

Thankyou to this great crew...They helped us out above and beyond any service we have ever seen..Thankyou..Great area full of History and a brilliant friendly crew...Thanks again Charlie and Tim

Excellent Staff, 2011-11-09
Captain: , Newport, R.I. (644)

Tim, the dock master was very knowledgeable, helpful and even stayed late to help us into the slip after hours. Nice little village setting, good for stretching legs. Marina was quiet, safe and positioned well for entering/exiting the C/D. Good stay for the second time in 2 years.

Owner's words - "you sailors are all alike" LOL, 2011-10-27
Captain: , Little Heaven (40)

He will never see another dime from me. Rude !!
The townspeople were nice.

Great service!, 2011-10-11
Captain: , Boston (232)

We are staying at the Delaware City Marina and are very impressed with service! The staff was helpful in securing our vessel and the owner of the marina drove us to "Third Base Produce, The Last Stop Before Home", which has a wonderful selection of fresh fruits and vegatables. The owner also gave us great tips on where to eat and things to see in Delaware City. The high level of service that we are experiencing is rare in the marina business these days. I highly recommend a stop at this quiet and well maintained marina.

Very nice place to stop., 2011-09-21
Captain: , Longboat Key, FL (11)

From Tim the dockmaster, to his staff, this marina is impressive. Very friendly and helpful. Drove us to West Marine for a part! Gave us menus for the local restaurants. Excellent place to divide the Chesapeake Bay/Delaware Bay transit. One more thing: 2 weeks after our stay we received a thank you note in the mail. A thank you note!

Nice stop before the C&D Canal, 2011-09-10
Captain: , City Island New York (600)

Stopped here after a tiring 7 hour Delaware Bay crossing, I am glad we did! We arrived late but Charlie had arranged for a live aboard to greet us, help us dock and show us around. This is a lovely quiet marina, no noise very little traffic. They also have a lovely shop with a little of everything. We walked into town to Crabby Dicks for dinner and had a good meal, sitting outside on their terrace as the sun went down drinking "bucket" cocktails! Did not check out the facilities but the live aboard told me they were clean and just fine, he uses them all year round. There is a 10% Boat Us discount from the $2/ft. Electric is $10, I think our pumpout was free. Very nice friendly staff and boaters a good place to stop a night.

The Best of the Best, 2011-08-31
Captain: , Egg Harbor Township, NJ (30)

So I'm motoring my sailboat up the Delaware and my cellphone battery was dying. Running out of daylight I called Delaware City Marina to secure a slip for the night. It took four dropped calls on my end to make contact
The person on the other end of the line was helpful, patient, and understanding.
Do you want my Credit Card Number I asked.
Naw...we'll square up in the morning the gentleman said.

When I arrived well after business hours, they had a folder waiting for me with restroom combinations, coupons to local eateries, and other useful information. The next morning, the employees let me stay as long as I liked, helped me find my next destination on the internet and helped me fuel up. This place is great. The town is a gem and I can't wait to go back!

Comfortable Chesapeake/Delaware stop-over, 2011-08-09
Captain: , Londontowne, MD (470)

We arrived toward the end of ebb tide on 8/6/11, with both the current and a slight breeze pushing us (northeastward, at the time), but we still elected to turn around before docking, and Josh and Tara easily helped us set a spring line and then get the other lines on... for a nicely uneventful landing. We didn't need to take on fuel or get a pump-out, but it looked like it would have been relatively easy. Our single overnight stay was calm and quiet, exactly what we'd been hoping for. Internet access wasn't available at the time; since we could connect to their router easily enough, we suspect the router itself needed resetting -- but that was a late evening discovery, and everyone had gone for the evening by then. This marina isn't a resort (hence our solid 3-star rating; for instance, there's no pool or tiki bar, etc.) but we weren't expecting that. Instead, they are in a pleasant setting along a quiet canal, they provide a useful welcome package with info on local sights and services, they do have a nice area with grills and tables, an on-site store, fuel, ice, and a pump-out station -- meeting most of our requirements for an efficient layover.

A word about local restaurants, since that's often part of a layover.
- Cathy's Crab House is billed as a family restaurant, with beer and wine. It's the closest walk from the transient (D) dock). The food was OK, and priced accordingly. Plastic ware. Service was friendly and good.
- Crabby Dick's is a slightly longer walk, but the real reason we didn't go there was because were were anticipating dinner with family at the Crabby Dick's in Rehoboth Beach during the following week. Otherwise, assuming the restaurant in Delaware City is up to snuff, we'd probably choose it over Cathy's if we return.
- The Delaware City Bar and Grill says they serve breakfast on weekends, and the signs on the door suggest they open at 8 am on Saturday and Sunday. NOT! No signs of life between 8-9 am on Sunday, 8/7/11.

Will be back again, 2011-07-28
Captain: , Red Lion, DE (712)

We are currently docked here - our fourth time. Dockhand Josh was more than happy to drive me to Hertz in Middletown. All of the personel have been very accommodating. Will drive you to Crabby Diick's in their golf cart. Repaired my power cord, no charge. The only thing lacking is cable TV. Have stayed at more than sixty different marinas and this is one of the best!

Great Marina, 2011-07-13
Captain: , Marlton, NJ (171)

Been there several times now. Recieve a thank you note each time we stay there. People are great. Store pretty well stocked. Three great restaurants nearby. Food fantatstic and reasonable. Fort Delawrae historic site ferry right in town. Becoming one of my favorite stop over marinas.

Great stopover before heading down the canal., 2011-07-03
Captain: , Beach haven NJ (510)

If you spent a tough day on the Delaware Bay this is a great place to regroup and enjoy a peacefull night in a protected marina instaed of continuing through the c and d canal. The staff is great and they have a fuel dock. There is a great ships store and bathrooms are clean. You can walk down town and find some good local restaurants.

Customer Service Makes this place 5 stars, 2011-06-25
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Docking and other info is perfect from other reviews. We have been thru the Delaware River 5 times now and this was our first stop due to ratings. It will be a regular stop from now on for us. Nice walk to fort and go to the surplus sale shop at teh fort

Worth the visit, 2011-06-19
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (33)

After a day touring Fort Delaware at Pea Patch Island, dinner and music at Crabby Dick's on Friday and the all you can eat Crabs at Kathy's, I fel in love with this town. Oh, yea, the marina is superb. One of the finest places I've visited and the staff is worth the visit alone. Really a great stay and I loved every second.

Fantastic Marina, 2011-06-17
Captain: , Ft Washington (46)

A great, memorable stop-over. A must visit in a safe haven. Wonderful marina is a town filled with charm.

Very good, lots to offer, 2011-06-15
Captain: , Murfreesboro, TN (360)

Difficult to dock durning tides,fast current. People very helpful. Facility being inproved and nice town to visit with historical significants.

Exceptional marina, 2011-06-09
Captain: , charleston (771)

The friendliest and most helpful staff around has made this one of our favorite stops. Tim (owner) could not be more accomodating. He has met our every need. Towns people are very friendly also. Town has limiited shopping and a few good restaurants. Staff took some boaters to grocery store when needed. Great jumpiing off spot for going down to Cape May or up to Philadelphia.

Convenient, great dock crew, 2011-06-05
Captain: , Bay City, MI (730)

Dock crew assisted in and out. Narrow to turn, but staff made it easy. 3 washers, 2 dryers and nice bathrooms. Drove us to grocery store.

The staff make it great!, 2011-06-05
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

We went into the marina with high current. The staff was very knowledgeable and helpful with docking. When we were planning to go down Delaware Bay the staff was particularly helpful with the timing of the currents. We had a great trip all the way making maximum use of the currents. Delaware City is a small town but has things to offer and the staff provided detailed information. There is a small grocery store and liquor store within easy walking distance or the staff will take you in a golf cart. We ate at Kathy's restaurant which was very good and inexpensive. Also bought crab and shrimp at Wiso's seafood. The owner is a character with a good sense of humor. The place is anything but fancy but worth the visit for the entertainment. The seafood was reasonably priced. We rode bikes around town which is small but very bike friendly. One down side is there is only one shower/restroom for the men and one for the women. The marina is not that large so it did not seem to be a problem. We'll stop on our way back down.

Great place, 2011-06-04
Captain: , Crysler Park Marina, Morrisburg, Ont (30)

Extremely helpful staff, very friendly and johnny on the spot to help with docking. Narrow channel, but staff are experts at turning your boat around on the spot. They went our of their way to make our stay great, drove us to the grocery store, served breakfast. Very good stop.

Excellent marina, 2011-06-03
Captain: , Wilsonville, AL (300)

Owner and staff go out of their way to be helpful. Made a grocery run for boat owners. Turns boats around @ dock for owners. Makes reservations @ restaurants. Most looper friendly marina so far in 3K miles. Watches weather to keep informed of best Delaware Bay transit to Cap May NJ and on C&D Canal getting to marina. The only reason it is not 5 stars is that there is only 2 ensuite bathrooms. The owner is currenly planning to add more bathrooms.

A Gem in the Diamond State, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Newark, DE (250)

Floating docks along a narrow channel that make docking a breeze! I kept my first two boats here, each stay was under different management. The "New" marina is a far cry from the old. Secured docks, lighted electric posts, and friendly staff. Haulout, repair, pumpout, showers, and fuel on site.

Easy walk downtown to a quaint unchanged town that dates back to the revolutionary war. Many interesting characters all with tales of ghost stories. Fort Delaware has a guided tour and the boats leave from the entrance to the canal. Crabby Dicks is right on the point and serves up delicious food and drinks, and of course there are plenty of ghost stories to be heard about the building.

Great Visit at Delaware City Marina!, 2011-05-26
Captain: , Wilmington (51)

Delaware City Marina is one of my favorite destinations. When you pull in, you are right in the middle of small-town America. Very friendly and helpful staff. The docks are well protected with plenty of water depth and electrical outlets.

Hats off to Deaware City Marina, 2011-05-24
Captain: , Cortez, Fl (20)

Due to bad weather we came to marina. We found the people very informative, and helpful. They all seemed to bend over backwards to make our stay pleasant. Would recommend this marina to one and all

Best stop to wait out the weather on the Delaware Bay, 2011-05-24
Captain: , Mullica Hill, NJ (688)

With friendly helpful people it is easily a great place to wait out the weather on the Delaware Bay. It is two hours closer to the bay and makes timing the trip down easier.
Kathy's Crab Shack does a really gret job with Hardshell Crabs,

Really Great Place, 2011-05-09
Captain: , Portsmouth RI (32)

We've stayed here several times before and after transiting the C&D canal, and also hauled out for the winter here. Everyone we met was friendly and helpful, the rates were very reasonable.
A tidal current runs back and forth along the docks, which we found made the side-to docking a bit easier - get the boat parallel to where you want to tie up, then crab in/out using the current to hold you in place.
Overall, highly recommended. One of the best places we've visited.

Great place to start a cruise from the Delaware River, 2011-03-25
Captain: , Bordentown, NJ (30)

Our 2010 DRYL Cruise started her in July 2010. Tim made sure he kept all our boats together and also reserved the picnic deck for our covered dish. Since it was so hot (about 98 that day) Tim had his crew set up canopies on the deck to keep us in the shade.

This is a very small town with a whole lot things to do. We were there on Delaware City Day with a parade, street vendors and some great fireworks. A couple of nice resturants and a crab supplier that will deliver to your boat if you order is large enough.

If you visit this town, make sure you take the shuttle over to Fort Delaware. The fort was loaded with actors that portrayed the residents of that era. Well worth the visit.

I've been to many marinas that provide the same basic services but the staff makes the difference. That's why I consider this a 5 star marina.

Home Marina, 2011-02-17
Captain: , Titusville, FL (120)

Very friendly, knowledgeable and accomodating staff. Docks in very good shape, many improvements currently underway. Town a fun place to visit with great in season restaurants. New walkway (currently under construction) will provide scenic path from marina to park on the Delaware River.

nice place, 2010-10-21
Captain: , Severna Park, MD (461)

Staff are friendly and informed. a well-stocked marina store with engine parts, etc. It's a good place to hang out while you're waiting for the tide to turn on the C&D canal.

Great option compared to Chesapeake City, 2010-08-28
Captain: , Key West, FL (758)

If you have had enough of the cig.boat crowd (and your fill of the really great ice cream), and are looking to save a few bucks, as well, then consider this option. We ended up here when we were shut out of Ches. City on an August weekend and found Tim and the crowd here to be incredibly nice. Our 62 LOA trawler with 6' draft was able to do a U-turn in 2 knots of current to tie port side-to for the ease of escape in the morning. Plenty of depth except at low tide (almost a 6' tidal range), though a little tight from shore to pier. Great ship's store, a few servicable restaurants, ice cream shop, small market, two barber shops, all within a few minute's walk. Pump out and fuel here too; along with a $20K bathroom renovation.

Basic but convenient, 2010-03-07
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

Marina is actually in the old part of the C&D Canal. All slips are side-to. Previous reviews about boat size are accurate. Several decent restaurants nearby. Pleasant park & walk along old canal.

Great Expectations, 2009-08-04
Captain: , Holland, MI (116)

Marginal marina for vessels larger than 40 ft. Relatively expensive for what you get at $2/ft. Channel is relatively narrow with a good current so turning around can be a sporting event. It is a good stop before heading down the Delaware Bay and the people are friendly.

Convenient Canal Stop, 2009-06-02
Captain: , Middle R, MD-Warminster, PA (54)

Great place to stop over if you are traversing the C&D Canal. Easy entry and docking for medium size boats (up to 40ft). If you like crabs you must visit Kathy's Crab House a short walk away.

Quite stop, 2007-09-03
Captain: , Jackson Marina (32)

Spent the night here. It ws a nice quite stop over faclities were alright. Downtown was a short walk some nice shops, and resturants.

Good pre/post canal stopover, 2007-06-18
Captain: , East Greenbush, NY (745)

If you don't want to stop IN the canal, the Delaware City Marina is a good stopover. It's one long floating dock that you side tie to. The approach was easy, but there's a bridge AFTER the marina. If you are in a 40'+ sailboat, just be careful turning to go back out. It's not too big a deal. Town is a close walk, but we were there on a Tuesday and most places were closed. We draw about 6' and were fine coming through here (12'+ depths).

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