Details for Downtown Marina of Beaufort

Downtown Marina of Beaufort

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 179 reviews

Address 1006 Bay St
Beaufort, SC 29902-5597

Phone843-524-4422 (Fax: 843-524-8437)

After hours contact

Facility type

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


Statute Mile: 536.5

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

Rick Griffin


Rick Griffin


Michael Bradley

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

MC, Visa, Discover, and American Express.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Statute Mile: 536.5
Located on the Intracoastal Waterway by Marker #239. Unremarkable just mind the current as it can be swift. Note the mooring field immediately adjacent to the marina.





Tide & current additional info

Try to arrive at slack tide.


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 15
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 130
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 25
Total: 100
Transient price: $1.95/ft (2017-08-21)

Other price info: Transient dockage is both alongside and in slips.

Weekly is $1.75 per foot per day (7 day minimum).
Monthly is $15.00 per foot.


Transient: 16
Total: 40
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: First phase of the mooring field is installed, April 2014. 16 transient moorings.

Rates are $20 per day and $105 per week.

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

Additional info: Although this is only a 208V system, the power is reliable up to that voltage. The City has approved funding to upgrade the dock power, but the schedule is loosely: July-December 2012. Power is flakey, and gets worse the more boats are tied up.

Pricing info: 30 amp: $5.00/day or $45.00/month.
50 amp: $7.00/day or $70.00/month.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Cable TV is provided free of charge for short-term customers on the transient areas only. Inner docks where long-term boats are placed can have cable service installed by the local provider.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - The daydock/dinghy dock, just west of the marina, is provided free of charge by the City of Beaufort and is not operated by the marina facility.

Liveaboard info

Yes - $70.00/month fee.


Fuel brand: Valvtect

Gas price$3.39/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: $0.03 discount over 500 gallons and $0.05 discount over 1,000 gallons. No ethanol. Valvtect treated gasoline.

Diesel price$2.61/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: Includes tax. $0.03 discount over 500 gallons and $0.05 discount over 1,000 gallons. Valvtect treated diesel.


No - Available by courtesy car or taxi.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: This is a great place for dogs. There are pick-up bags scattered about. A nice walkway along the water that leads to a park. There is even a drinking fountain for your dog.

Disability access

No - Ramps are very steep at low tide.

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - There is also a pumpout boat at the marina.


Yes - At the ships store.


Yes - Recycling as well - right behind the office out on the dock.


Yes - Three showers (makes for no waiting).




Yes - Well kept. Three washers and three dryers.


Yes - 1-2 miles away. Easy bike ride to BI LO. The courtesy car is available on a first come basis during working hours. Due to the demand for the car, it is limited to one hour. Boaters are asked not to cross the Lady's Island bridge because of frequent openings for waterway traffic that delays the return of the car and keeps others waiting.

Farmers' Market, downtown, Wednesdays 3 - 7 pm.


Yes - Ship's Store and Lowe's is a short ride away.


Yes - Restaurants are one of the main reasons to stop in Beaufort. There are over 12 interesting restaurants, worthy of a dining experience, within a few blocks of the marina, ranging from ice cream shops to a high end restaurants.

Check the reviews and you will find restaurants that cruisers enjoyed. Marina staff will also help you with dining plans.


Yes - A number within 10 minute walking distance.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Within walking distance.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Will provide contacts.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Yes - Wet storage available.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - The courtesy car is first come, first serve and cannot be reserved. Has a time limit of one hour. As a courtesy to the boaters waiting, the marina asks that the car not be taken across the swing bridge due to frequent openings for waterway traffic that delay the return of the car. Also available are taxis, Uber and car rentals.

Other services

Gated security.


Beaufort is chock full of history as far back as the 1500's. There are various tours including walking, carriage and vans. The marina staff can assist with bookings. There are a number of festivals throughout the spring and summer as well.

Reviews for Downtown Marina of Beaufort
First class all the way, 2017-06-11
Captain: , jacksonville, FL (340)

Clean, friendly, right downtown, pleasant city. A bit pricey, bu worth it.

Wonderful Waterfront Town, 2017-06-05
Captain: , Chicago (630)

Docked on outside of the facedock. A number of loop boats were there. Docks fine. Bathrooms very tired although showers look to have been updated recently (we didn't use them). Bathrooms clean but peeling toilet seats, old sinks. Just tired.

Wonderful waterfront town. Fabulous walking path where our girls could run and play complete with a great playground. Wonderful carriage ride around the historic homes. Great food along the water. Great breakfast at Blackstone's Cafe.

Great Service, 2017-05-23
Captain: , Charleston, SC (220)

The marina was booked for 4/28-30/17 because of Blue Angles at MCAS Beaufort. Staff put me #7 on waiting list, and I was lucky enough to receive a call the next day. Docked my 55' inside new face dock. I was #1 of four arriving together, and the dockhands worked the list efficiantly and in order. Office staff was very courteous and helpful.

The current was strong, but more or less parallel the face docks. Coming from St. Johns Yatch Harbor, the current at Beaufort made reapplication of deodorant unnecessary.

I had been planning to dock at Port Royal Marina but couldn't get both nights. Beaufort is lucky to have at least two top notch marinas. As an added bonus, the Blue Angels practiced over the town and marina for about an hour just after we tied up. It was a better show than the show.

The older docks are pretty worn but sturdy. I was surprised at the smallness of the cleats and especially so on the new docks. And the angle on the ramps at low tide are spectactular. I asked how many times people have fallen. Apprantly many. These are my only deductions. Good stop.

Great Place, 2017-05-22
Captain: , Bristol, RI (350)

Enjoyed our staff with helpful staff and dock hands. Great information about the town and places to see and visit. Hope to return.
Thanks, All!

Great marina in a great city, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Punta Gorda, Fl (960)

Right on the ICW and very protected. Good wifi/showers/laundry/ship store. The loaner car works to get to grocery and West Marine. Easy walk to beautiful downtown Beaufort. Nice shops and dining. Horse carriage tour starts nearby. Pleasant bike ride thru city. Very friendly people that love their historic city. This is a must stop for us.
April 2017: still a great stop--friendly marina folks and townspeople and merchants. Great dining options. Good fuel and pumpout. Starting to get new dock boards installed.

Welcoming marina. Great town., 2017-05-05
Captain: , Baltimore (181)

We arrived on the eve of a storm and were given a nice protected slip. lots of current and a little exposed to the wind, but secure docks and very helpful and welcoming staff on the docks and in the office. Right at the charming historic district. We lucked out to be there for the Taste of Beaufort Festival.

A Little Disappointed, 2017-05-04
Captain: , Georgetown, MD (372)

I'd have to say I was disappointed with the marina. The staff is very good however as they helped guide me to the dock in the current and helped with pumpout and everything else we needed. There was a strong wind and the river was like a washtub and the docks reflected that action as they are not very wide, made of wood, and rocked and rolled with the water. The ramp to the floating dicks is very, very, steep at low tide and a hazard especially when trying to go down. The bathrooms and showers were not very clean. The public ladies room was cleaner than the marina ladies room.

Beaufort is a very nice small town and we enjoyed our visit finding a couple of stores that we had not seen the likes of in other towns. Definately worth the stop, just disappointed in the marina. Better weather may have made a difference.

3 night stay, 2017-05-01
Captain: , Grass Valley, CA (310)

Spent three days here (ha, next to the Nina and Pinta again). Beaufort (historical district) is a really cool town. Take full advantage of the walking tours around town. Great history and beautiful houses. If you can take one of the Gullah tours to The Ladies Island.

The marina is quite nice marina, good laundry and bathroom facilities. Docks are in good shape, the fuel dock has all new planks. We stayed on the inside of the fuel dock, where the Pinta and Nina blocked most of the wind and small waves. The currents pretty fast, but the marina has a nice wide fairway between the face docks that make maneuvering easy.

Marina car is available with time limit of one hour and you cannot cross the bridge to the Ladies Island (it gets stuck quite a bit they say). WiFi was o.k., but in the waterfront they also provide a really fast free WiFi, but its just out of reach of the marina.

Great Stop, 2017-04-24
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (1421)

Great stop for a couple of days. The dock was great and the dock hands were a great help. Having the town right there is a great opportunity to walk. West Marine is 2.2 miles away. This is a great dog walking town. One of the resturants we went to had a doggy menu of great gourmet meals prepared by a local pet food group. The marina has a courtesy car on a first come first serve basis

Regarding the mooring field....., 2017-04-18
Captain: , Huron,OH - Little River, SC (680)

As a previous poster indicated, the balls closest to the marina are too close.... they told us we could not use them with our 38 feet..... reserved for35 feet and under.
For planning purposes, they will not reserve a mooring ball, even on the same day. It makes it hard to plan your stop if you do not know if there will be a spot for you when you arrive.
The bath facilities are dated and in need of some work, but they are private to the boaters even though they are located in a public area.
The town, however, is worth the stop.

Great two night stop 4-12/13-2017, 2017-04-18
Captain: , Corpus Christi (110)

Dock personnel answered the radio quickly and kept 5 incoming boats organized and safely docked while taking care of pump out and fuel for the boats that needed those services. We were placed on the inside of the T face dock with swift current but were quickly secured to the floating dock. Enjoyed the horse trolley tour while staying at the marina. Facilities are clean and well run by a hard working staff. There are very good restaurants nearby.

Definition of Pride and Professionalism, 2017-04-17
Captain: , Mayport Florida (452)

Great overnight stop. Super clean bathrooms and showers, wonderful marina store fully stocked with everything you need (boat parts and cold beer). Extremely curteous staff. New floating dock and fuel pumps. As long as you come in +/- 1 hour of slack water, no problems docking. Great town that is very accessible right outside the marina office. Love the southern charm!

Bee-you-ti-ful Beaufort, 2017-04-10
Captain: , Annapolis (170)

Good marina, excellent showers, bathrooms could use a little updating and thorough cleaning. Staff is very helpful and extremely pleasant. We biked to Port Royal on the Spanish Moss Trail to hunt for sharks' teeth at Sands Beach (no sand). Did find two tiny teeth! The trail isn't finished but there are signs to help you.

Another Southern Gem, 2017-04-08
Captain: , Eagle (292)

We were here Apr 3-8. Smaller marina sits on the town adjacent to a waterfront park that winds along the river. Big tide and current.
One can walk for hours looking at magnificent antebellum homes. Revolutionary and Civil war history. Great Ship Store. Great staff. Good showers and toilets. Poor Wi-Fi. Quiet and calm. Lovely town with unique shops and Art Walks and multiple restaurants. Happy place. Easy access to grocery in courtesy car.

Mooring Field Warning, 2017-04-03
Captain: , Hudson, WI (21)

Decent marina and great office staff, but two warnings about the mooring field:
-Do not let them put you on the balls next to the marina. The spacing is too tight and with the wind and tide we came broadside against an aging Chris Craft next door. Ours is 34' and both boats were tied to pennants with less than 2' of line. No damage, but given the prevailing tide and wind conditions they should only assign short boats there.
-There is a sunken boat below mooring B3 that can cause problems at low tide, a fact the dockmaster forgot to tell us when he said we could take any other ball to avoid hitting the Chris Craft. He apologized but we still had to move twice. They should mark that ball with a notice.

Cute small town, nice stop, 2017-03-25
Captain: , Port Aransas, TX (1283)

We stayed 1 night 3/20. Docks in great shape but face dock is exposed to wakes and wind. Baths / laundry are very nice, courtesy car was available but we didn't use it. Location can't be beat - right in old town with lots of shops, restaurants, lovely walkway along riverfront for dog walks. Wish we could have stayed longer.

Great quick stop!, 2017-01-01
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (513)

Stopped here for one night on our way December(crazy I know). Quick in and out with helpful staff and a great location to downtown with great restaurants within walking distance. Docks were decent, stayed on the large outside finger pier with no issues.

Very good stopping place, 2016-12-01
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (559)

We stopped here on Thanksgiving day and stayed 8 nights, mostly to visit friends in the area. The marina is fairly easy in and out, just be conscious of the strong tidal flows.We came in with an incoming tide, but the assistance of the dockmaster allowed us to safely back our 45' sailboat alongside the inner fuel dock. The people here are great and very helpful. There is a park very close by to walk your dog or just sit and watch the river. Being just a block off the main drag means shopping, restaurants and pubs are all close by. Pretty much everything you need is close by. This would be an excellent choice for a long term stay. We'll stop here again for sure.

Good Stop for a night or two., 2016-11-26
Captain: , Westport CT (484)

Stayed 11/17 ...Have always stayed at Lady's Island but they were full. Downtown worked out as a fine alternative.

Dock staff was very helpful fueling, checking in and in letting us pick a slip for 5am departure that worked with the current.

Docks are a little tired but for one night no issues....great being downtown and we had an outstanding dinner...walking distance.

Ended up "cabing it" to west marine...piggly wiggly in same shopping center. Had courtesy car but already checked out.

Lady's island still my first pick but this is a good alternative.

city dock marina Beaufort, SC, 2016-11-25
Captain: , Brooksville (40)

close to many shops,loaner car for groceries, very helpful dock hands

Great mooring deal, 2016-11-21
Captain: , Salem Ma (790)

$105/week firts come moorings. Comes with secure dinghy dock, showers, internet access etc. Right in the old downtown area for resturants etc. Didn't see any close grocery store or liqour store but rented a car for a few days ($33/day) to sightsee and shop. We were traveling offshore and it was 3 hours in/out but we feel it was worth it.

Rude staff, 2016-11-14
Captain: , Ocracoke, NC (70)

On 11/10/16 around 1:15pm, we pulled into the Downtown Marina, being our first time in Beaufort, thinking it was the free day dock. A gentleman came from the dock office up to us. We said to him "Hello, how are you?" and he just stared at us like we were stupid. He replied "What's up?!" in a tone that made us feel we were intruding. We asked him if it was the free day dock "oh no no no no" He pointed us in the right direction, but only after he was extremely rude to us. Normally we pull up to a dock and the help is friendly and inviting. If the Downtown Marina would have been our destination, this gentleman would have made them lose our business.

Nice Town Poor dock management, 2016-11-04
Captain: , Beverly, MA (1242)

Docks are as stated, some even lean to one side. Current is very strong and going inside the fingers can be very difficult. Dock hands not much help. Fuel hoses strew over the docks making for hazardous transit. Town is great, take the van tour might get a song or two from the guide. Loaner car a plus.

Welcoming town, 2016-10-30
Captain: , Marion, MA (472)

The Downtown Marina marina is physically tired. The people aren't. The dock are sufficient, the showers/ restrooms are clean, the wifi is iffy, the security is good. Not a boatyard situation but that will do so their best if problems are present.
The town is terrific, oriented to tourists/ transients. Not a boatyard m

Location and staff great, 2016-10-25
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1896)

Docks are old but serviceable, power was good 212 volts on one 50 plug, dock rent $1.95' plus $10 50 amp plug. Town is quaint and a large number of restaurants available. 15' water at low tide at outside face dock.

Great Small Town, 2016-08-14
Captain: , Ft Lauderdale (221)

Nice stop along ICW. Great walking town with plenty of shopping and restaurants. Spent one night on outside of face dock. Current was manageable at 45 mins before high tide. Dockhand there to help tie up. Docks are old and tired but adequate and proximity to town makes up for what the marina lacks. Cable TV worked, did not make use of the pump out or fuel dock. Easy and close area to walk pets. Excellent diner at Saltus River Grill which is a five minute walk.

Very Nice Visit, 2016-08-06
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (986)

8/4/16. Previous issues have been corrected. All pedestal lights are working. Beaufort is a great location, excellent restaurants and shopping. Courtesy car added a nice touch as we needed to use it this trip. Stiff currents can make docking a challenge but our 6 boat group had no problems. Dock staff were immediately there to help.

5/11/2015. This time we experienced a decrease in the marina. Very dark docks with many power pedestals unlit. This coupled with an increase in dock clutter made for interesting after dark coming and going. Staff remand eager to help but the city should put some effort in sprucing up the facility. 6/11/13 - Excellent ICW marina. Staff were very helpful. Nice facilities and situated in a must see city.

Dirty diesel, 2016-05-05
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay (62)

Spent a few days after coming in offshore from Bahamas. The docks and location are great. Staff is friendly and helpful, but very busy. Disappointed in the help we got tying up, in a difficult down current situation, the one dock hand was no help at all. The more experienced guys are great, but the younger guy we had was not. Thankfully, we didn't fill our tanks at the fuel dock. I did refill my portable jugs. When we later put these into the tank, I found a significant layer of dirt on the bottom of each jug. This definitely originated at this marina, and was far worse than anything we saw in the Bahamas. Can't recomment the fuel dock.

Good Municipal Marina, 2016-04-18
Captain: , Chattanooga (220)

Friendly staff in this beautiful, historical city. Water is "rolly" because of the strong currents. Facility is in the perfect location even if it is a little aged. Ship's Store is ver nice. Welcome packet is very complete and helpful.

Nice little town, 2015-12-27
Captain: , Arizona (43)

Easy dockage, wifi not strong enough to reach the T-dock. Only 2 dock carts that they lock away at night. They have a car for your use at 1 hour at a time. The owner will call you if she thinks your late... showers clean, Don't use the 3rd washer in it doen't spin...
Nice place to stop and see the town of Beaufort.

We had lunch at Luther's burgers, and the biggest wings- hickery rub they were the best.
We joined Hemmingway's Christmas for 'orphans & Strays' party great food, drink and new friends.

Took a Mooring at Downtown Marina, 2015-12-09
Captain: , Bristol, RI (772)

We love time in Beaufort. We decided to take a mooring as the current and tides are significant in this location. The mooring was in good condition and held us securely. Moorings are close to each other. Suprised that the marina does not welcome dingies for boats on THEIR moorings and instead indicated we should use the public access dock which is not secure. We had no problems with security but felt we should have access to the marina if renting a mooring. The marina apears to be in fair to poor condition and needs an upgrade to reach the standard that this great town deserves.

Good moorings in historic district. , 2015-12-01
Captain: , South Freeport (750)

Mooring field is near marina dinghy dock. Showers and bathrooms, loaner car, pump out and fuel. Located in the middle of historic part of Beaufort.

Loaner car (one hour at a time), but also one can take a dinghy trip across the river and under the bridge. This gets you to several convenient docks for groceries, hardware, etc. (see anchorage and marina just upriver of bridge).

Great Location, 2015-11-25
Captain: , Oriental, NC (190)

We stayed here twice in last 60 days because we enjoy downtown Beaufort. The staff makes every attempt to be helpful and knows how to get a boat in with wind and tide. The dock facility itself shows lack of maintenance. Non-existant Wi-Fi, cable is a big "?", pump out facility sometimes works but when it does they can pump in your slip via boat, at high tide they could not pump fuel because the line kinked as it came from shore to dock, doggie pick up bags were not refilled for several days so those who did not carry their own didn't bother, bathrooms and showers were kind of clean but showed lack of maintenance. Access to a courtesy car was a huge plus as we made a trip to food store and West Marine.

4 kn current, excellent dock hand , 2015-11-01
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1007)

Roberto and Maria

This is one marina that you let the dock hands tell you what line to give them first. Steve used to captain a tug, so he is an expert at boat handling. He's very helpful and has an excellent attitude.

Many marinas on the way south offer courtesy cars, which is a huge benefit for provisioning. This is the only marina that has a "first person standing in office when car is returned, gets the one car". This is very problematic. I went up once and the car was due back "in 20 min". I went back in 30 min, and it was gone again. So this time, not to miss it in case it was back early, I waited in office. After waiting about 30 minutes, I told the woman at the desk that I was stopping in ladies room. When I returned about 3 minutes later, the employee said that this other person showed up and demanded that she be handed the key because I was in the bathroom!

Here are policies of some other marinas: Beaufort NC has four courtesy cars, so it's never a problem getting one. Isle of Hope and Moorhead City take car reservations when you reserve your slip, and you can have car for 2 hours. Isle of Hope has two courtesy cars.

I think if this marina would be willing to have a second car, it would be put to very good use, and appreciated by guests. Guests shouldn't have to stand in office for an hour to be "first in line" to get the car. People like to plan their day, and knowing in advance what time you can have the car, is very helpful.

Nice place to stop., 2015-10-30
Captain: , Wickford, RI (456)

There is a wicked current here. BUT the dock hands really know what they are doing. Listen to them, and docking and undocking is a not a issue. It's right is Downtown Beaufort, hence the name. It's a nice place to explore. They have a courtsey car you can borrow for up to 1 hour. It's first come first serve. They have a pump out boat. Which is a real nice touch, they come to you.
We difinitely will be back. Next time to spend more time there.

will not return, 2015-10-22
Captain: , Hilton Head Island, SC (365)

The good... Nice location but I live on HHI and can drive there for the galleries, shops and restaurants...
The bad...
Traveling with two other boats... Would not put us together on the face dock "because he wasn't sure what other boats might come in" ... Oh, we had made reservations but actual customers were not as important to please as potential ones... Was out next to (2 feet away) a home improvement live aboard doing fiberglass sanding all afternoon... Constant whine of power sander and fiberglass dust all over... Had to ask that he stop at 5pm for our dock party ...

Oh, the face dock was plenty clear all afternoon and evening ... Showers and restrooms not great...

I feel they live off Lady's Island Bridge schedule and the buzz of a great little town...

I will not be back to an inhospitable place...

Nice stop right on the ICW, 2015-08-18
Captain: , Newport Beach, CA (410)

Had a nice stay in Beaufort. Marina is nice. Courtesy car is a terrific amenity. Town and restaurants are close and excellent. Lots of history within easy walking distance.

Good alternate to anchoring, 2015-06-26
Captain: , St Louis (1085)

There is a wicked current here and we also had a few storms and 20 kt winds, so we were happy to be on a mooring ball. Our catamaran did a lot of swinging at tide reversal. Call on the radio before grabbing a ball do they can assign you one. There are 16 but 7 seem to be permanently assigned. The remaining 9 are very close together so approximately 5 are useable. We had access to showers, laundry and crew car (West Marine & Bi-Lo grocery but won't let you take it across the bridge to Publix). Great access to town. Do the carriage ride. (Lady Island marina brought their pump out boat over for a free pump out. They would be our second choice.)

Mooring balls are good option, 2015-05-27
Captain: , Phoenix, AZ (960)

We stayed on the mooring ball here and loved it. The pennants are very large and heavy, but no real problem. The dinghy dock is nearby. The balls are set pretty close together but we did not have a problem, although it gets close at tide change. The town is beautiful and within walking distance. The marina let us use the courtesy car. Bi-Lo grocery and K-Mart about 2 miles.

Excellent Location, 2015-05-21
Captain: , Grand Island, NE (240)

Excellent Location

Professional Staff

Walkable to River Front

Saltus restaurant always surprises and exceeds expectations

Strong current

Great Spot to stop, 2015-05-02
Captain: , Sarnia (371)

We stayed here in 2013 and again on Apr 26/27 this week. Staff are very friendly and helpful. Great selection of restaurants within walking distance. Trolley tours are fun and full of historical facts. Dock is in good shape, many boards replaced recently. Faciilities are very clean.

Sunday 26 April 2015, 2015-04-26
Captain: , Colonial Beach, VA (650)

Went to Town Marina at Beaufort for fuel. Once tied up I asked if they had newspapers. Dock hand said he did not know. He did not offer fact that there was store at end of pier, which we knew from previous stops. We said we wanted fuel and we started the process. I asked him to watch gallons input as I could not see the speed of the pump and he said only if he didn't get busy. My wife went to the store and tried to get a paper. Dock hand said we could move to free dock -- we had not even finished fueling. Wife was back prior end fueling. I paid and dock hand threw lines on board boat without discussion --- and wind was blowing 15 knots. They showed they did not care for us and I'll never be back. The real issue was that we were only customer in sight and not many boats on docks for being in the season. I have had better experience in the past and wonder if it might have been an anomoly due a poor dock hand. Don't know for sure -- but definitely a very bad experience.

Super-friendly marina, 2015-04-25
Captain: , Ludington (100)

We found this marina to be one of the friendliest and most welcoming marinas. Wonderful staff. Current VERY strong here, so plan to come and go at slack tide. We loved the small town of of the highlights on our trip.
Patriot - Ludington, Michigan 4/25/15

Mooring ball, 2015-04-19
Captain: , Austin, TX (877)

Grabbed a mooring ball, get there early if during busy season. We got the last ball available and we arrived about 2:30. Easy access to walk around downtown. Noah's is a close by, but very small grocery store. Stocked with a good assortment of items.

Showing Some Wear, 2015-04-12
Captain: , Wicomico Creek, MD (494)

Docks are showing wear, pumpout was broken when we stopped. Current made for challenging docking. But probably one of the best small towns that can be explored entirely by foot.

Convenient , 2015-03-18
Captain: , Cape Cod, MA (179)

Nice marina convenient to Beaufort shopping and restaurants. Had dinner outside at Saltus. Good food and very nice outdoor space. Although showers and laundry are in same building as public restrooms, they are restricted to marina guests. Good fuel price. Docks are now clean, and fuel lines could be a hazard if you don't watch where you're going.

An excellent stop-over, 2015-03-14
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (666)

There for two days (12/27-28). Stong tidal current. Able docking assist, no fuss about where we put boat. You do have to share on-shore facilities with the public. Beaufort is a great town that takes pride in itself. Nice waterfront park. Breakwater Restaurant is a very fine eatery. The low country boil at Plums is serious down-home eating.

Additional note: We experienced significant saw grass deposits with the tides that builds up between the dock and hull. It also can jam up under swim platforms. This is not something the marina can deal with. It is a minor bother and should in no way detract from use of the marina!

Update: Early March 2015. A return visit. We were less impressed this time. Docks were foul with bird guano. The fuel lines are left laid out on the docks and not safe at night. The office staff are friendly and the location close to the charm of Beaufort make it a good stop.

Very close to town, 2015-03-06
Captain: , Hampton, VA (271)

I like this place because it's ckose to town. There is a courtesy car available for 1 hour trips. Clean and secure.

Small Slips, 2015-02-20
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (745)

Put our 35' boat in a 25' slip. Just OK. Bathrooms were just OK. Nothing really special about this marina. OK stop if you need to get off the water. Safe enough.

Marina right on the doorstep of beautiful historic coastal town, 2015-02-16
Captain: , Iuka, MS (1130)

Needed to re-provision, so it was really nice to have a courtesy car provided. Great restaurants and historic neighborhoods within strolling distance. We visited in April, 2014. We observed some, less agile, boaters having difficulty with the dock ramp which can get very steep at low tide.

Great town....marina needs an upgrade, 2015-02-01
Captain: , Green Cove Springs Florida (22)

Stayed here for several days in Nov 2014 on our way down the ICW. The staff at the dock are attentive...with the strong current and tides everyone needs to be. It is great to have access to a loaner car. But the docks and showers need an upgrade. The town is great to visit.

Maybe a bad day? yep! , 2015-01-29
Captain: , Quantico VA - Amelia FL (677)

This is a quick update to my original post from early Jan: it apparently was just a bad day. Below freezing weather (causing the slow water fill mentioned), short on sunlight (time of year), and enough cold to have all our fun meters frozen in the low position. I'll make it a point to give them another try and have increased my star rating to match others that have so many good things to say. Still, if you pump a $100.00 of fuel (showing on the pump) take an extra $20 to pay the state tax and leave a tip once you get inside. The pump does not show the state tax, it is added after the fact. Was offered a loaner car in an e-mail following my original post so only time precluded provisioning. I'll be back. Great follow up by the management to let me know they care about what we write here on Active Captain.

Earlier post "Stopped for fuel and water before we headed outside. Priced fair but I need to research the added tax to my fueling (after the fact). Pumped fuel, read the price, then went in and the dock master added 6% to the bill. Dockhand (only one on) was not exactly a "service oriented" guy in this service based industry. Might have been the cold, but he was! Water pressure was nonexistent -took forever to just top off. I'll try elsewhere next time past. They couldn't even tell me where to get a loaf of bread in a town I've heard so many good things about. "

Tom & Ellen OConnor, 2015-01-13
Captain: , Sackets Harbor, NY (10)

Stopped here overnight to find much improved docks and a upgraded electric system. They have installed a new 220 volt system and many new power posts. Friendly, helpful staff and still a great town to visit

Nice Marina, 2015-01-05
Captain: , Traverse City, Mi (281)

Fairly priced. Convenient downtoen location. Excellent staff.

Great Choice!, 2014-12-09
Captain: , Rockland, ME (283)

Grabbed one of the new moorings (just put in summer of 2014). Friendly folks in the ship store and great location near waterfront park and Bay St. where all the shops/restaurants are. You can also get tours and carriage rides right here. U.S. Post Office is 2 blocks up and don't miss McIntosh's Book Store across the street. Lots of good used books and new titles including local authors, history and culture!

Most Helpful Marina on the ICW, 2014-11-24
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (282)

Very friendly staff and accommodating. Mandy went way out of her way to help us with a speical request we had. Beyond the call of duty but made our trip south the best. Facilities are clean and the marina is gated at night. Beaufort is much like Savannah and worth the time to walk around the historic homes and learn the history. Good biking also.

We ate at Plums and had the worse service we have rec'd in memory. And... the bad service came with an attitude. However the food was not bad once we got it. All said I would not go back as there are other options for a great meal.

Downtown Marina, 2014-11-23
Captain: , Hampton, Va (270)

Spent 2 nights. Staff excellent in docking assistance with strong currents. Facility is clean and there is a courtesy car for use.

Moorings too close, 2014-11-03
Captain: , LaHave Nova Scotia (41)

Great spot. Very nice marina, close to town. Courtesy car is a real bonus. Showers are very clean but curtains don't go all the way across.. Negative is that the mooring balls are way too close, they are designed for 35 foot boats yet they allow any size to go on them when in reality they are too close for even 35 footers. We had a 49 foot trawler beside us who we kept bumping into. We could see most of the other boats were bumping into each other as well.

Lin, VA Beach, VA , 2014-09-21
Captain: , Virginia Beach, VA (174)

In November 2013 wanted to stay 2 days so they insisted I use inside non- transit dockage a 42 boat in a side to 50 space ( bad idea) was told 50 ft from dock to beware of strong side to current eddy. Opps ..... Concrete piling collision. Poor dockage assistance and poor Capitan! Live and learn. Stay on transit dock as current rips and there is limited space for maneuvering at many inside slips. Great town! 5 star town 2 star marina service.

Electric upgrades/Dock Maintenance, 2014-09-12
Captain: , Ladys Island (67)

I am happy to report that Downtown Marina has completed the electrical upgrades to the transient dock from 208V to 220V. In addition all dock connectors on that dock have been replaced along with all cleats being repaired or replaced as needed, and the deck boards have been turned over or replaced to improve appearance. Turning over the boards is ongoing throughout the rest of the facility.

great onernight, 2014-08-24
Captain: , jacksonville florida (10)

Stopped on way from newport RI heading south. Dock staff was great .Not sure about po fee, but we punped out for free . Walked into town found great BBQ on riverfront .

Nothing special here, 2014-07-12
Captain: , palm harbor (190)

Stopped on may way up and back from Charleston in mid June and mid July for one night. We were on the face and open to the current in the river. The docks are in need of some work and better float as they are not too high out of the water. Bathrooms are just ok.

Fuel office does not open until 830. The guy running it was very nice and efficient.

If it wasnt for the need for diesel I would have stayed at Lady Island Marina just on the other side of the swing bridge.

No security, 2014-06-07
Captain: , catskill (290)

When you need it most, there is no security here. No cameras, only gates. The staff was snobby. keep going, I hear its better up stream!

Dock repairs needed, 2014-06-05
Captain: , San Francisco, CA (312)

We stayed on dock here for 7 days, departing yesterday. we love Beaufort and the location of this marina, but the facilities need some help. The wood docks are deteriorating, although they have replaced many boards. The power and cable outlets are corroded. We had no trouble getting power but the huge yacht next to us did. Cable quality was very poor because of the corrosion.

Staff is friendly, coffee and snacks and nice clothes and shoes are available in the Ships Store.

The showers do not have much privacy but are clean and good water pressure. They could put a curtain across the shower room entrance so the folks using the bathroom don't see the showers in the mirror.

The current really does rip through here. Try to arrive and depart at slack!

mixed feelings, 2014-05-26
Captain: , iuka,ms (222)

the staff was very helpful efficient..the downtown is great and easy to get to..the two negatives were the wifi which i was unable to log on to, and more importantly atleast three of the power posts on the transient dock kept tripping their breakers, the problem is very, very old plugs and breakers that need to b replaced..we still love the town,please fix the glitches

Pretty good, but........................., 2014-05-19
Captain: , St. Petersburg, Fl (70)

Not much privacy in the shower area. One simple shower curtain over the entrance(they ought to have a door) would make it much better.
The current can be tricky, but its not impossible.
I was unable to use the wi-fi while there. There is some sort of snafu with logging in. Plenty of signal strength.
Good access to main street shops. Nice park and waterfront.

Not worth it for the price, 2014-05-09
Captain: , Warwick, RI (432)

Do enter at slack tide. While we were here there were antics, weeping and gnashing of teeth as boats tried to arrive or leave from the docks due to the current.
The mooring balls are too closely spaced. It is close to downtown Beaufort which is good for a day but everything for provisioning and supplies is across the swing bridge.
We were told the loaner car isn't allowed across the bridge except for propane.
Also, the docks are open during the day and right next to the park, so lock your boat if you leave.

Mooring Field, 2014-05-02
Captain: , Georgetown, South Carolina (91)

We just spent 3 days at the brand new mooring field at the Beaufort Downtown Marina. Let me first say, that for everyone's sake, that they can make this a success. But, they are first going to have to work around a few big problems.

The moorings are supposedly state of the art and have wonderful pennants on them. However, they are spaced much too close together to allow for adequate swing room given the strong current that is in the Beaufort River. Several boats, us included, had to move when the wind shifted to avoid hitting the boat on the adjacent mooring.

Their second, and probably bigger problem, is the boats that anchor outside of the mooring field. When we arrived, there was one boat in particular that was actually on top of two different mooring balls when it swung. Given that strong storms were on the way, we expressed our concern to the dock master and were informed that they were aware of the problem. Said boat was supposedly broke down and had been there for several months. The boat did drag anchor during a storm with 40 knot winds and hit the boat next to us. There is apparently a city ordinance against anchoring here, but they don't seem to be doing much to enforce it.

We really enjoy visiting Beaufort and very much want to return here. Hopefully, the marina can work out their problems.

Mooring field is open, but . . ., 2014-04-30
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (1356)

Moorings are solid helix type. Same contractor who installed St. Augustine and Titusville, installed these.

Watch out for boats anchored near the mooring field. If you feel uncomfortable, ask to have your mooring reassigned.

We had a 40+ squall blow throw and a 50' wooden ketch dragged onto our 36' sloop. The ketch got hung up on our bow and the mooring ball. Mooring held over 50,000lbs of combined boat weight! Luckily, we suffered only cosmetic damage (no bent or broken stantions) before the ketch spun off and continued down the line before their CQR locked back into the mud.

Finally, marina is very strict with the loaner car. You have to provide them an iterary prior to using it. Also, the car cannot be taken across Lady's Island bridge to Publix which is only 2 miles from the marina.

mooring field is open, 2014-04-28
Captain: , Las Vegas (322)

We are the first paying customers in the field and it is a relief to have a ball in this windy and deep anchorage. S/v Tarsie took a ball last night and this morning the manager, Rick, said go for it. 16 balls for transient boats.

Moorings installed but not in use, 2014-04-24
Captain: , Annapolis (308)

The new mooring field is in place but not in use yet. We stopped to get fuel/water/pumpout and anchored out. Still plenty of room to anchor. Mooring field is being "reviewed" and may still get some work before being ready for use. Help at the dock is totally dependent on which person you get; one man is very helpful and friendly while the other has no interest in doing any more than absolutely necessary. You need to supply your own hose to get water at the fuel dock. Pumpout at the fuel dock is working and the pumpout boat appears to be operational, too. As others have said, town is great and dinghy dock, laundry and store are good.

Great Location, 2014-03-23
Captain: , Deltaville, VA (602)

Beaufort Downtown Marina is a large marina directly on the Atlantic ICW. Easy walk to several excellent restaurants and shops in downtown Beaufort. Transients are placed on a long floating dock. There is a slow zone from bridge to bridge on the ICW that is largely ignored so expect to be rocked by wakes.
Restrooms and laundry are a long walk from the transient docks but they are large and clean. Gas, diesel, electricity, water, and cable TV are available at the dock. WIFI signal is too weak to reach the transient docks which is the only thing that keeps this marina from getting 5 stars. Courtesy car is available on a first come, first served basis for one hour per customer. Nice ships store on site.
The city of Beaufort is a nice stop. Emily's restaurant has exceptional food and service with entrees in the $25 range.
Highly recommend!

March 14, 2014, 2014-03-16
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (10)

We tied off of the sea wall and went inside to register. The lady there told us there were two cruise ships coming in that night and we could not stay on the wall. We could go the the Marina and pay the fee there. So we anchored our in the mooring field. The next morning, there were no cruise ships! We were not impressed with Marina at all. They need to keep it up better. It does have a lovely park though.

Great Place to Stop, 2013-11-29
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (250)

Stopped here for 3 nights. Lots of tide here, but great floating docks. First rate bath house and store, very friendly and helpful people. One-hour loaner car. Lots of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance of docks. Easy approach.

Paul and Sandy Tyndall
Going Yahweh
Ocean Alexander 44

Super location, 2013-11-27
Captain: , cushing, maine (482)

We spent two nights here and found that it served our needs well. The staff is a little laid back, but this is the South. They were all pleasant and helpful. Pump-out was not working, but they had borrowed a pump-out boat and we got pumped out or free because the equipment didn't work all that well. Beaufort is a lovely town and has a lot of good walking. The marina has a courtesy car that is available for one hour at a time on a first-come basis. We plan on returning in the spring.

Previous reviews accurate, 2013-11-23
Captain: , Baltimore, MD (1190)

We found the reviews for this marina to be fairly accurate. Docks are old but stable. The 50A socket on the face dock only had one leg working. Cable TV only provided a few analog stations. That said the people were very nice and helpful. No doubt this would be a great stop if the city ever upgrades the facility.

Great town, 2013-11-21
Captain: , Pasadena,Maryland (510)

Cable not available at inner piers. Current can be a problem when docking/departing. Beaufort is a very interesting stop; lots of historic area to see. Location is excellent. Showers, bathrooms OK.

Good Stopover...but...., 2013-11-04
Captain: , Vancouver, Canada (487)

We stayed for two nights and we would agree with the previous reviews. Try to arrive at the turn of the tide. The electrical sockets do have issues some work and some are just taped over (as if there is not a maintenance program). Whilst we were there the pump out was not working (maintenance) and neither was the pump out boat (it was full!). So a little disappointed with the lack of focus on customer satisfaction, it was as if the staff would get around to it....sometime. On the positive..great one night stopover...reasonable fuel prices...great courtesy car. The marina team need more focus on the customer and having a pump out or electrical sockets working is VERY the marina staff needs to get a sense of urgency about emergency maintenance repair support (dispensing fuel and handling docklines is just a part of the comprehensive experience). We saw lots of boaters going alongside for fuel, water and garbage and anchoring time we will probably do the same.

Nice people, nice place, 2013-10-28
Captain: , Sanford, Fl. (887)

10/28/13 A few observations.The marina has nice wide fairways. The docks while not new are serviceable and seem to be maintained. This is our second stay and still have not witnessed a power problem myself. However, when we docked the dock helper said "since the guy right next to our power pole wasn't using it, it probably had a problem so try the one off our bow".

We spent 2 nights here and really enjoyed our stay. We have heard a lot about electrical problems here prior to coming but we did not have any issues on the face dock with 50 amp power. The town is fun and very close by.

Great Stop with Lots of History, 2013-09-05
Captain: , Corpus Christi, TX (732)

We enjoyed our stay last week of August. Lots to see in town, and marina courtesy car and discount card for grocery store were great assets! The staff is great, but the docks and facilities are really aging, though adequate. Lots of current flowing through the dock, and high tidal range, but that is nothing that can be hellped.

A Quiet Marina, 2013-08-25
Captain: , Le Marin (70)

We left our boat one month in this small family marina. Shower very clean, a free car (1 hour) to make your shopping
Very good atmosphere, very quiet.
A professional diver can scratch your hull, very good.
the mechanic " Your 1 " is has, my opinion, to avoid.
Pascal a French in the Usa.

Improvments comming ??, 2013-08-03
Captain: , Jacksonville Fl (1550)

We heard from a local merchant the city is about to approve some much needed upgrades to the dock and utilities. Now if they could just build a very long face dock. Backing into one of the inside slips or finger docks against their raging current is a challenge.

Stopped 8-3-2013 to fuel up. Water was very rock-rolly as apparently the no wake zone is no longer enforced. Had several runabouts and fishing boats buzz by with complete impunity. Dock worker said DNR only shows up for special events and enforcement is now very lax.
They also no longer allow the courtsey car to cross the Lady's Island bridge to shop at Publix.

Great visit late July, 2013-07-24
Captain: , Charleston, SC (20)

7-22-2013 Capt G Haliscak, Ruffinit, 39' Cruisers 4050 MY. Arrived early afternoon. Fueling was quick. Staff friendly & helpful. Riverfest is 19-28 July. Lots of activities & vendors on waterfront. Ate at Emily's a couple blocks away. Highly recommended. Expect a strong current. Had a great moonrise & sunrise view at the dock. Good security. Courtesy car available for an hour from 8-5 but not to cross the bridge. Plenty of areas for dogs at marina. Previous notes on power apply. System not upgraded yet. We had 50 Amp with no problems for the 20 hrs we were connected.

A three star marina in a five star town, 2013-06-06
Captain: , Key Largo (152)

So frustrating to have a wonderful town like Beaufort with great restaurants, historic sites and tours, fine art and much more so under served interns of quality of docks and power and pump out and so much more. But go ahead and tolerate it for the visit. But be sure to write to the town council and chamber of commerce! Really ..

not well maintained, staff hard to catch on the radio, 2013-05-12
Captain: , Halifax Marina Daytona Beach (300)

the Marina is at a great location, gates for nightime

Beaufort downtown Marima, 2013-04-29
Captain: , Philadelphia, PA (90)

Think you have this rated too high. Lots of current, wide open to E, S W wind. Max power is 206 so cannot use 50 amp plug in unless want to burn up some of your electric motors. So, just like anchoring. Would not stay here instead of Port Royal unless you needed to tour Beaufort which we needed to do with family. Saltus River Grille excellent dinner of Low Country specialities. WREN not open Sundays but been there before - unique & very good.

Downtown Marina Beaufort, 2013-04-29
Captain: , St Paul, MN (180)

Agree with nearby reviewabout unfortunate low voltage at the dock. Dock staff (very helpful) is aware of the issue and are pressing management to upgrade.
Like many municipal marinas (generally competent and good values), budgets seem ultimately to be decided by elected officials and regardless of a marina's cash flow, there's always a strong temptation to postpone maintainence.

Great stop., 2013-04-12
Captain: , Richardson, TX (552)

Have always wanted to come in to this marina and town and neither disappointed. Staff were friendly, docks were in great shape, bathrooms spotless, close to a great town. The Piggly Wiggly is a 25 min walk and I did the extra 10 minutes to get to Bi Lo which I was told was a better store. Great way to see the back streets but if walking is not your thing, they have a courtesy car. We'll be back. Oh and they recycle at this marina, a big plus for me!

Great for a vist to Beaufort, 2013-03-05
Captain: , Hamilton (348)

We were here for a 2 night stay. Fantastic location in a great town.

Convenient place to be!, 2013-01-16
Captain: , new bern (317)

We are tied up on the inside of the face dock and it feels snug.
Downtown marina is so convenient to town and this is a friendly place. Cable tv, wifi. and courtesy car are nice perks. Bathrooms are a little worn but ok. River walk park is delightful and the fried calamari appetizer served by waitress Mandy at Panini's is not to be missed!

Great location, charming town, 2012-12-14
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (780)

easy walk to everything, terrific horse drawn cariage tour right nearby, beautiful antebellum homes, lots of movies made here, historic and scenic town, lots of good restaurants and a great marina with decent staff. who could ask for more?

The Best Place to Stay, 2012-12-12
Captain: , deltaville (90)

Easy access to most everything. Stayed here several times on the ditch trip, never a problem.

Beautiful dock in the heart of town, 2012-12-09
Captain: , Tracys Landing, Maryland (350)

Beaufort has an amazing waterfront area. We got in hours before the Christmas ships came through. Everyone was in a festive mood. Only drawback was the loud bar music until 2am, but to be expected when docking downtown.

great historic town, 2012-12-04
Captain: , Herrington Harbour, MD (680)

Stayed for two days to see the old historic buildings. Marina staff
good and the docks are good too. Very quiet in the area so no wakes or fast boats. Internet barely worked.
A good easy place to stop with long straight docks.

Great Place to Stop, 2012-11-19
Captain: , Annapolis (1465)

We always enjoy stopping in Beaufort. Had a wonderful lunch at Nippy's on West St.

They are gradually replacing the dock boards...Didn't notice any shore power problems.

Office/Store staff are fantastic! Courtesy car will get you most places.

Although the dinghy dock apparently does not come under the purview of the Marina, something needs to be done. There were five "John" boats tied up there leaving room for only four dinghies at best. Most of these were full of water and had been there awhile. Many cleats broken or missing.

Update: Thank you Beaufort for listening to boaters! New cleats on the dinghy docks. We had no issues with the 50 amp power.

Great stop off point on our way south to Hilton Head Island, 2012-11-15
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (280)

Nice marina just south of the Ladies Island Bridge. Beautiful town and location. Easy in for fuel and slip for the night at slack tide. Hands at the dock were very helpful.

Great location, 2012-11-04
Captain: , Rock Hall, Md (230)

Crew was helpful. Docking can be a challenge. You can walk right into town. There is a beautiful harbor trail. Lots of restaurants, bars, bagel shop and stores near by. No grocer close by.

Great Place to Wait out Sandy, 2012-10-29
Captain: , Toronto (40)

We came in 10/25 due to Storm Watch for Sandy, and have not yet left. Docks are OK, no issues with our 50 amp service and office and dock crew have been good and helpful. Courtesy car as mentioned by others is available, and laundry facilities were newer and cleaner than many we have used, but the ventilation could be better as it is hot and humid in the laundry at the end of the day. Highlight for us was the Fall Home and Garden Tour sponsored by Historic Foundation of Beaufort. Two days of walking all over the city, enjoying fascinating homes, history and people. Great place to sit out the weather!

Very Nice Town, 2012-10-26
Captain: , Southport, NC (716)

The Town is beautiful. Bicycles if you have them are a great way to tour the town. We rented some fot 1/2 day. I believe Beafort is the most beautiful town I have ever seen. Restaurants, shopping, carriage tours etc. are all great. The town has spent a fourtune on the downtown area. It's a huge destination for everybody. Several tour buses come in daily. So why upgrade the marina? Cruisers come anyway. We we warned about electricity problem by the dockmaster so we used it very little, plus the weather was cool. I wouldnt have wanted to be there in August. They charge extra for power, even with all the troubles. The dock is the most run down dock I seen in two years with loose boards etc., but the dockmasters are very friendly and helpfull. The current is real strong and can be a challenge to tie up. Restrooms are clean and laundry good. Ships store is nice with a loaner car for use up to an hour. We had a great time here and will come back. Why fix up the old tired marina when people keep coming anyway. To me its too expensive for what you get, but hey, we saw Beaufort.

Good place to stay, 2012-10-14
Captain: , Shinnecock Bay, NY (610)

Came down from Seabrook Island and stayed two nights. Shpwers were OK, ship store more of a souvenir store, lots of t-shirts some marine stuff, beer & wine, no groceries.

Charming Southern Town, 2012-10-10
Captain: , Amelia Island, FL (507)

The marina is right in the heart of downtown Beaufort. The whole town is an easy walk from the marina. The staff are most helpful and know what they are doing. They know the river and the currents alongside the transient dock. Electrical power problems are a known issue that we were informed of up front. It was cool while we were here so we didn't run the A/C hence we had no problems with the power. The facilities are clean and the Ship's store, although small, is nicely stocked. Beaufort is a charming southern town that has retained its antebellum character. A must stop and the downtown marina is the place.

Great location, 2012-09-02
Captain: , Hilton Head Island, SC (377)

We arrived at 1830 and intended to spend a quick night and leave the next morning enroute to Hilton Head, but you know what they say about "the best laid plans." The town turned out to be so charming and the marina so convenient that we didn't leave the dock until 1515 the next day (which put us in Hilton Head at DLW, but that's another story).

We called the marina at about 1745, and told them we would be in their area in about 45 minutes. The response was that they were closing at 1800, but we could tie up anywhere we liked since they had plenty of open spaces. We elected to tie up on the end of the T-dock. As others have pointed out, the current at this marina can be very strong. We had no trouble with our arrival because the tide was near ebb, but our departure the next afternoon was rather spirited due to the swift current.

The marina is located adjacent to a very attractive city park and practically in the heart of the downtown area. We walked to Emily's restaurant which had been recommended by a resident of the marina and had a good dinner albeit with somewhat leisurely service. We then strolled through the waterside park on our way back to our boat. The next morning, we walked back into town and had coffee at a place called Common Ground. It's right off the waterfront park, and the view of the river and the park from their back porch is very relaxing. Their coffee and other food is pretty good as well.

We walked through the town and enjoyed the many interesting shops. Speaking of which, the marina store is well-stocked with items for boaters as well as general merchandise. While we didn't make use of the bathroom, laundry or showers, we noted that they are posted off-limits to the general public which has its own bathroom facilities. All-in-all, we enjoyed our Beaufort layover and would recommend the Downtown Marina to anybody passing by this quaint town on the ICW.

Power Problems Persist, 2012-07-08
Captain: , Cruising (3310)

The rumors of power problems were brushed away despite repeated questions to the gals answering the telephone. When we tied up the head dockhand gave us the concise, straight information: yes, power is a problem - he says amps too low, and that the City has provided funding to upgrade - but no better schedule than "July-December 2012".
Until the power is fixed the marina shouldn't charge for power that must be reset every 2 hours or less. The whole point of coming to a marina on a blistering hot summer day is to have a little air conditioning. Yet if we don't keep coming back to check the boat every 2 hours, we might find our ice cream in a puddle on the galley floor. The marina should be up-front about it.
Also, the harshly-worded No Wake signs through this entire section of the ICW seem to get little regard from the locals. It's rolly here from wakes, and a little enforcement of the rules would go a long way towards improving the wear on our fenders.
The dockhands are excellent. The office staff is very friendly.

Southern Comfort, 2012-07-02
Captain: , St. Thomas, USVI (624)

This marina was very well maintained, inhabited by a number of nice people and close to their amazing town. We were there on a day when they had the local farmers market and picked up some excellent veggies and peaches. Thanks to the woman on the marina office for giving us the tip about the market. This is an ideal spot that we will definitely spend more time at on the return trip.

Beaufort Marina and Area, 2012-06-21
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (348)

Great location! The Staff is very friendly and helpful. Be aware that the power is still an issue and the current is wicked.
Many good restaurants within walking distance. Found a great restaurant for Frogmore Stew (3 mile bike ride but well worth it!). We would definitely return but only when the current is slack.

Great stop, but be aware of power probs, 2012-06-11
Captain: , St. Petersburg FL (187)

Having read Randy's review, when we called ahead for a slip for the night, we asked about power problems. Two people told us there wasn't any power problems, so we reserved a slip. The two dockmasters were most helpful with fueling and docking.

Plugged in our two 30-amp cords, and yup, one side was dead. Same problem we'd had at Maritime Center in Charleston. We re-tested the boat side, and isolated it to the dock. We ended up using two power poles, and that solved the problem. Obviously, this wouldn't work if the marina had been full.

Enjoyed dinner on the back porch of Luther's, overlooking the riverwalk.

Great stop, 2012-06-06
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

UPDATE - We stayed again on 6/4/12 and they are still having power issues. We had to turn off everything if we wanted airconditioning in our cabin during the night. They indicated they finally got funding to upgrade the power so call ahead and see if they actually do it. Before we stop here again, we will check for the power upgrade.

We've stayed at this marina a few times and it's been great - except for one thing - they don't have enough power to the docks! We've tripped the breakers multiple times. Otherwise, the folks are great and the town is right there. They have a courtsey car, 1st come, 1st served and you can have it for an hour.

Great Marina, 2012-06-03
Captain: , Ophelia, VA (849)

We have stopped here several times over the last 5 years. The staff are really courteous and marina clean. It is so convienent to the downtown, and there is a lovely walk along the waterfront. Restaurants are great - especially Plums. Docks are beginning to show wear. Saw same broken/loose cleats we have seen before. I wouldn't trust the cleats to stay there through a high wind period.

Too Expensive, but Great Location, 2012-05-21
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We love Beaufort and stay here all the time, when we want to spend time in town. Otherwise, stay at Port Royal which is cheaper and easier to dock at.

Great location!, 2012-05-19
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7374)

Older, but solid floating docks. Good power, cable tv signal. Security gates on docks, showers in the evening. Very nice park runs full length of waterfront, lots of dog walking space. Swings all around the waterfront path. One block from downtown for some shopping, groceries & etc. will need car (1 hr loaner provided) or bike. Numerous restaurants within vacinity, moderate to expensive. Even with band playing until 2:00 AM, quiet marina.

Captain: , East Falmouth, MA (1633)

It has everything all the reviews say. The only problem with this marina is the very strong current. We arrived about 11AM and were put in a non transient slip between 2 live aboard boats, not on the transient dock. When we prepared to leave the next am, the current was so strong on our stern we didn't even attempt to depart. We had to wait until slack current at 10:20 and by then it was too late for us to make Charleston at a reasonable hour. We moved the boat to a transient slip, bow into the 7AM current for an early departure. A good decision as we were told a Grand Banks tried to back out into the current that AM and did some serious damage in a collision with another boat. If you choose to stay here, and I would again, just make sure you are in a position to depart when you want to. I also think the marina staff could be more up front in advising you about this when you arrive.

Very helpful mechanic, 2012-04-30
Captain: , Solomons, MD (232)

Our windlass was broken when we arrived at the marina. They suggested Joe Bonturi (843-379-5632) who proved very helpful despite the many problems we encountered replacing our Lewmar V2, because the replacement didn't fit where the old one (also a V2) had.
Highly recommend Emily's for shrimp and grits.
Try not to get stuck on the face dock. It was blowing in the 20s and we found that very uncomfortable but the marina would not move us inside although there was space and many others went there. We ended up staying 4 nights.
So 3 stars for the discomfort but 5 stars for telling us about Joe Bonturi and being such a pleasant town to be stuck in.

Beautiful Town, Great Marina, 2012-04-27
Captain: , MV Red Head (3106)

Beaufort is a charming town with lots of good restaurants (we ate with a group of boaters At Emily's and had a terrific meal), nice shops, and lovely streets to stroll down. The staff is terrific. The dockhands were professional and did an excellent job of getting us settled in. Make sure you stop by the Ship's Store and say hello to Mandy. Her smile will brighten you day.

There's a nice walkway along the water and a beautiful little park where the crew had a play-date with two Goldens from the boat behind us. We love this town and the marina is perfectly placed to walk to any of the sites. We will be back!

A favorite spot., 2012-04-20
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1290)

Nov 11-12, 2011 and April 15-16, 2012

A charming town to visit with revolutionary and Civil War historic homes. Some shops and many good restaurants. Because currents races through this area we recommend arrival at slack water or only with aid of the very capable dockhands. Reasonably priced at $ 1.75 ft. The use of a loner car is helpful to shopping for groceries, West Marine and Kmart. You just can not take the car over the bridge. Nice water front path to jog on and into downtown. Nice swings on the water front. Laundry, showers and bathrooms are nice and clean.....3 washers and 3 dryers.

Nice marina, good location for exploring Beaufort, 2012-04-18
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1521)

We came in at noon so we could spend the afternoon exploring Beaufort. Great location to do so with the historic section of the city within walking distance. We bought tickets in the marina office for the horse drawn carriage tour which provided a nice overview of the city and gave us some history. There's a post office just three blocks away. Bathroom are fine, and there's three sets of washer/dryers in the marina lounge. Nice facility, though beware the current which can really run at max flood and ebb.

Great Stop for USMC Graduation, 2012-03-15
Captain: , Georgetown (290)

Refueled and stayed on outside dock to avoid swift current. Enjoyed the Red Carriage tour, Hemingways and Paninis for lunches and Plums for dinner. No wait to use the the courtesy car to BiLo (strict one hour limit and request for adding gas). Ready to leave dock at 11am, until we discovered Lady's Island Bridge will not open from 11am to 1pm. Great Ship's store, decent laundry price $1.25 per machine. Nice park, shops and restaurants within walking distance. Marian on the phone was unaware of the free dock for the day, but a traveling companion found it on the south side of the marina close to shore, then anchored for the night on the northeast side of the bridge for less current than the anchorage south of the marina.

Only stopped for fuel but it was nice, 2012-03-11
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

Good quality staff, very friendly and helpful.
Came out in a downpour to help tie our lines.

Great town, 2012-03-10
Captain: , Bristol, RI (866)

The marina is a little worn but it the location more than compensates. A wonderful town for walks and some good restaurants. Had a great meal at Emily's restaurant and tapas bar. As others have noted, be careful of the current. It's strong and seems to have an eddy that can set you sideways.

Great marina, 2012-03-07
Captain: , N Fort Myers, Florida (516)

This was a pleasant surprise. Great floating cement docks, Clean showers and restrooms, great staff, loaner car, lots of good restaraunts and sightseeing in a quaint little town. It was $82 per night for a 44 ft boat with 30 amp electric. Weather kept us there for 3 days, but had a good time anyway.

Docks need some work, but otherwise it's great, 2012-02-13
Captain: , florida (230)

The dock boards are old and a few are broken. When the dockmaster wasn't busy, he was pulling up the boards and flipping them over.

The dock hands were all adept at their jobs, and Beaufort itself is a wonderful stop. The marina is right downtown. The waterfront park is beautiful.

There are many pubs and restaurants along main street, but our favorite is Hemingways which faces the park. It's small and intimate, and the lunches are fabulous. It's not easy to find. Their motto is "A nice place to be! If you can find it!". Just walk along the buildings facing the park and you'll find it.

Once Again it's the People, 2012-02-06
Captain: , Vero Beach (527)

Strong currents. Significant fouling. Men's showers below standard. "No wakes" seems to be less inforced than before.

Dockmaster and the rest of the management are great.

Panini's Pizzas (changing its name soon) a major reason to stop here.

One of the best!, 2012-01-25
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (435)

This is one of our favorite stops on the ICW. Marina is very convenient to a beautiful town with great shopping and restaurants. If you have time, consider visiting the Hunting Island State Park for great beachs, hikig and biking.
Marina staff is alsways very competent and helpful. On this stay, Michael did a superb job.

Spoiled by cement floaters?, 2012-01-22
Captain: , Pinnacle, NC, USA (1422)

The competent, proffesional and friendly staff guided us in with 20kt winds and 2kts of current in mind, without a hitch. The city park at the top of the ramp was inviting, as were the adjoining restaurants. Secure bath and shower facilities are adequate but the wooden floating docks are in need of maintenace. Our finger had a list and wobbled about under foot.

Perfect New Years Eve, 2012-01-02
Captain: , CHARLESTON (330)

First time here and couldn't have asked for a better stop. Great help at the docks, fabulous celebration of fireworks and bands for the New Years! Everyone was friendly and loved this marina!!

So glad we stopped here., 2011-12-17
Captain: , Red Lion, DE (712)

This marina has just about all that could be asked for. The marina store had items I could not find elsewhere and a good selection of NOAA charts. The personel were pleasant to deal with and the courtesy car was a big plus. Will definately make this a regular stop in the future.

Wish we could have stayed longer, 2011-12-16
Captain: , N. Myrtle Beach (343)

Great help at the docks but watch out for the fast current. Wonderful location with great restaurants and local ambiance. Didn't know so many movies have been made here including two of my favorites; Big Chill and Forest Gump. Take a bicycle and enjoy the town!

unfriendly, 2011-12-06
Captain: , Pawleys Island (114)

hmmmm. reading all these other reviews makes me wonder. The two dock boys were very unfriendly and appeared to be disturbed by our arrival. they were helpful but never a smile or comment. The vessal next to us apparently LOVED Frankie Vali and needed to see his ear specialist about hearing aids. Wouldn't stay there again so we don't BOTHER the dock boys.

Very Friendly People, 2011-11-25
Captain: , Winthrop, MA (896)

We spent two nights there. We did hear the band, but was not disturbed by it. We went to the Episcopal Church for Thanksgiving Dinner. Free but accept donations. Wonderful time and very friendly people. The courtsey car was great. There is a discount card on the key ring for the Bi-Lo Supermarket.
The current is strong so plan on entering and leaving accordingly.

Close up the boat late on weekends, 2011-11-24
Captain: , Westbrook, CT (453)

The marina has all one could want - great help, courtesy car, shopping, great restaurants within walking distance, great showers, but - on the night before Thanksgiving, the noise from a band in a nearby bar was a bit overwhelming.

Right in Town, 2011-11-21
Captain: , City Island New York (600)

Excellent stop to visit the town, good shop and they have a car that we used to go get groceries. The dock hands are friendly and helpful. Take a carriage ride (w/e only out of season discount tkts in Marina store) to see the old houses and get the history. Very pleasant stay.

Good Place, 2011-11-18
Captain: , Deltaville, Va. (210)

We had a nice time here. The marina has good bathrooms and showers, good laundry and is close to a cool downtown. Grocery is a hike away (or use the car) it's easy to time your departure with the bridge or tide, depending on direction of travel, so pay attention to that and it will make your life easier and travel faster. We had several friends in the anchorage which looked to be a good option if you don't need power or are not escaping weather as we were.

Nice place to overnight, 2011-11-18
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

Facilities were excellent including restrooms/showers. The current can be strong but two dockhands were there assist. Will definitely stop back again.

Power Issues, 2011-11-04
Captain: , Branford, CT (1003)

We stayed there 11/2/11 and had no problem with our 50 amp service. We ran heat, refrigerator, hotwater and assorted lights.

The fuel dock at the town Marina, 2011-11-03
Captain: , Whitfield Estates, Sarasota, FL (1001)

This is a fantastic place to stop. Get here before they close so you can get the 4 digit code to the gate. They have a shower room outside the gate so you need the code to get into the shower room and back into the marina. There are restaurants just west of the marina. A good 3 minute walk. If you get in late please wait around until 8am when the place opens and the fuel dock opens at 8:30am

great stopover, friendly, 2011-10-30
Captain: , new orleans (92)

the marina staff are great,they are very good at getting you docked even though there is a good current. very friendly town dog friendly and easy to shop and find resturants. ships store is quiet well stocked with very fair prices. we will be back.

Knowledgable dock staff, 2011-10-29
Captain: , Sunset Beach, NC (1146)

The dock staff advised me on how to approach the tie up and his advice was right on. Even though there is a strong current there if it is outgoing it will tend to push you out. They advised me to back in which I did and in the AM I was able to drive out no problem.

In 2011 Still a nice older marina, great location, 2011-10-18
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Coutesy car, free wifi, 30 and 50 amp, shopping accesable, take the $15 buggy tour.
@ $1.75 I have had worse with less.
close to bars and food , and with car , shopping.
Swift tides, time your departures.

Love this town, 2011-08-07
Captain: , Palmetto Fl (545)

Beaufort is a great little town. Stayed on our way through in April and again on our way back in Aug. Same high quality stay both times. Great facilities, ship's store. Helpful staff. Dog friendly. Love the waterfront park setting. Current can be an issue for docking. Plan to arrive at slack tide. Can be a little rolly in the marina when the tide opposes the wind.

Lovely little town, 2011-06-16
Captain: , Newport Beach, CA (100)

Stayed one night and had no prblems with 50 amp power. Great location and some wonderful resturants. Courtesy car was great. Will stop again on the way South

Serious Electricity Problem, 2011-06-08
Captain: , Macatawa, Michigan (80)

We stayed at this marina for two nights. It is in a prime location and the people working there were nice and tried hard. But the marina, at least on the long face dock has a serous electricity/voltaqe problem. We were told to only run one air conditioner at a time and every boat on our part of the dock had circuit breakers trip, some repeatedly. The boat immediately across the dock from us never was able to get any power no matter which dock station they plugged into. They had to run their generator the whole time they were there.

The dock personnel work for a company that leases the dock from the city. Neither the dock company nor the city will spend the money to upgrade or repair the electricity problem.

Darrel Peters
Aboard "Present Moment"

Power Issues, 2011-06-04
Captain: , Daniel Island, SC (310)

Inadequate 50 amp power on outside face dock. We use two 50's and tripped breaker at 18 amps. City owned and leased, the two parties need to work this out. Wound up on generator power all night. We won't be back until this ongoing problem is fixed.

Nice but rough, 2011-05-17
Captain: , Murfreesboro, TN (360)

Old wooden floating dock in need of repair. Outside T dock is really rough during tide changes. Pretty park is nice for dogs. Lot of good places to eat within walking distance.

A nice place to spend a down day, 2011-05-17
Captain: , Knapps Narrows Md (450)

Beaufort is a great town to spend a lay day in. The marina staff is very friendly with a well stocked store and a free loaner car to reprovision(first come first serve) Good restaurants and a great town to walk around. Fuel is reasonable, pump out works and is $5

Good Dock Staff, 2011-05-10
Captain: , Charleston, SC (250)

Stayed here twice in the last thirty days - once on inside and once on outside of face dock. Inside is the best due to wakes of passing boaters. Dock staff very good at helping you dock and leave with both wind and current to contend with. It's a good stop and shouldn't be missed.

Homey Marina, 2011-05-02
Captain: , Buffalo, New York (1809)

Enjoyed a very pleasant stay at the Downtown Marina, where all team members were helpful and knowledgeable (docking expertise against tide and wind, local knowledge for food, markets, and shopping, etc.). The facilities made chores easy (laundry, courtesy car for groceries, hair cut, etc.). Many good restaurants within walking distance, and, a great farmer's market in Port Royal on Saturday morning. The marina "regulars" were very friendly, as well - which made it feel homey. The only thing on my wish list would have been to be somewhere other than right next to the dock house, fuel pump, and trash, so that we could enjoy the beautiful sunsets. (I understand the logistics of getting boats in and out of the marina, but, felt penalized for staying more than one night....)

Still Needs Some Investment, 2011-04-29
Captain: , Charleston (105)

The general manager proactively responded to the following review and said that the airconditioner was in the process of being repaired.

Great location but...

The showers are OK but do not appear to be air conditioned.

A new twist. I asked for outside the face dock when I made the reservation. Was told that it could not be guaranteed. Arrived around 4. Only two boats on the outside. They demanded that I go to the inside of the face dock because other boats may come in later even though they were expecting no more boats that day. The next morning the face dock was still two thirds empty with only two boats.

Seems like they went out of their way to make my life difficult.

Beautiful town but..., 2011-04-22
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

The dockhands were very helpful but felt the rest of the staff to be very rigid with their hour use for the courtesy car. We know others need to use the car but the attitude and signing papers made us feel very uncomfortable-have they ever waited in a deli line? We have used courtesy cars in many other marinas and never had this experience.

Very Frindly Bunch, 2011-04-22
Captain: , Beaufort SC (273)

Nice bath house clean Restrooms. Good Captians store. Very close to restraunts. Dock hands are very knoledgeable and helpful. Plenty of space unless its a holliday.

Nice town and Friendly Staff, 2011-04-13
Captain: , Mullica Hill, NJ (688)

We stayed one noght and found the staff friendly and helpful. The current is really fast, but the dock hands are knowledgeable and if you liisten to them they will get you safely in. The fl;oating concrete dock was wide and very stable. The courtesy car makes shopping easy and the town and restaurants are an easy walk. Beaufort is woth a visit.

Historic town, fair marina, 2011-04-07
Captain: , Essex, CT (1224)

The docks are in need of repair/replace and during a hig wind night, one of the power/water pedestals fell over and water gushed. Staff ok, but often don't seem interested. They do try to situate the boats properly for easy leaving.
Great to have a courtesy car. Laundry room is spacious and only $1.25/load
Stop at the visitor center for walking maps. Panini's has yummy thin crust pizza and a good atmosphere. Plum's is good too and we enjoyed a lovely lunch on the outdoor back porch last fall.
Be aware that the Pump out hose is extremely short.

worth a return visit, 2011-04-02
Captain: , New Orleans, LA (671)

Time your arrival away from the strongest tidal current. Dock staff gives good advice. The floating docks are a bit old, and at a very low tide the ramp from the docks up to the bathrooms is so steep that it's like climbing a mountain. The location and convenience more than compensate for these small shortcomings, and the office staff have good suggestions about what do do in town. Our favorite restaurant is "Plums" -- try their crab cake.

Nice stop, nice town but brutal tides, 2011-03-21
Captain: , Savannah,GA (376)

We stayed over two nights on March 17 & 18. It was during a "spring" tide and the currents were ripping. Tried to help a trawler get docked and it took a half-hour to get his boat tied the currents were so strong.

Enjoy this place a lot. Go to SaltUS resturant and sit next to the sushi bar when Quinton is working there and tell him that "Olive or Twist" sent you and he will treat you good.

Good dock at beautiful town, 2011-03-13
Captain: , Nashville, TN (290)

Beaufort is as pretty a toen on the iCW as you are likely to find. Marina office is right at the start of good restaurants and shops, Curtesy car available for trip to market, Docks are floating and in decent shape but current really rushes through the area.

Dockmaster was Great and Helpful, 2011-02-18
Captain: , West Palm Beach, FL (82)

I arrived in a small boat in late January, 2011. Dockmaster was very helpful in my first attempt at docking in a 4-knot current. Marina office staff could have been a bit more friendly, but not really a problem. Great location right in the historic section of this small town.

Great town, sad marina, 2011-02-14
Captain: , Kilmarnock, VA (300)

We really like the town of Beauford it is a charming and pleasant small town. One of the many reasons the ICW is so much fun. The marina is unfortunatley does not live up to expectations. While the staff has been friendly and helpful the ships store is great and there is a loner car, the docks are in need of work and the power from the docks is 208v and by the time it gets to the face dock it is something less. The power pedistles are sad looking and you worry about how safe they are. The one we initally plugged into was wobbly and had rusted connectors. We decided to use our generator. There is bird poop along the dock that you need to be careful and hose down to avoid tracking it onto the boat. If you can work past these issues it is a wonderful town.

a nice facility, 2011-02-08
Captain: , millsboro DE (300)

This is a good place to hang it up for a night the marina is close to the town and is well cared for

fun town and good stop, 2010-12-09
Captain: , Wilmington Deleware (330)

We love the town of Beaufort, but the marina is lacking. We called ahead and made our reservation. When we hailed on the radio we had to repeat all the details again and then the dock hand was clueless. The current here is very strong and it is best not to be on the face dock. The docks are narrow and aged and you should always keep an eye on your dingy, as there has been a lot of theft here. But the town and setting are wonderful and still worth a stop for a couple of days.

Great location and convenient to everything, 2010-11-19
Captain: , Miami Beach, FL (87)

Having read about the currents I timed my arrival for slack water and had nothing to be concerned about. Having seen the currents later, I can see what the fuss is about so just plan accordingly. Dock decking tired but docks fine. Bathrooms very clean and ships store is very nice. Courtesy car, but everything seems to be within walking distance. Staff in marina store is wonderful and made some great recommendations. Plan your arrival and plan your departure with the slack water, this is a must-stop destination. I would give the marina (and the high fuel prices a 3 star rating, but the ships store and staff, as well as the location make this 4 stars.

Don't follow advice of dock crew if in sailboat (reason for one star), 2010-11-10
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (6077)

We were docked on the inside of the outer long dock where fuel is available. We had requested an outside dock but were assigned the inside instead. All was fine until it was time to leave the next day. The sailboat behind me went first. Picture a "U". We and the other boat were docked on the insdie of the "U" on the right. The current was raging down into the bottom of the "U" at about 2 kts and add to that about 10 to 15 kts of wind also towards the bottom of the "U".

So what instructions did the dock hands give? Power forward against a line so your aft will swing out into the current and then just back out (starting from a dead stop). The sailboat behind us made a valiant try but the current and wind swiftly threw the aft section around and he wound up sideways headed for disaster towards the bottom of the "U" shaped docks. Somehow he managed to turn the boat 180 and power olut (the dock hands were shaking their heads at such poor boat handling skills...)

Now it was my turn. Stupidly, I lisltened to the dock hands and tried the same dumb tactic. I too went broadside to the current and wind (in a 42 ft boat!) but did manage to turn the boat into the wind with two forward and reverse actions while approaching within inches of disaster - banging into the vacant dock I just left but with a whole boat and no damage to me or the dozens of other very expensive boats nearby.

It was heart stoppiing time. Needless to say, I will never return to this marina. One last thought, the captain is always responsible for whatever happens but getting supposed experienced advice that can lead to disaster is unprofessional.

First Stop here in 5 years, 2010-10-24
Captain: , Lancaster VA (393)

We had stayed here some years ago but stopped when they redeveloped the waterfront. The changes are very nice and the marina staff was helpful. Showers and restrooms are clean. Docks are in good but not excellent condition. Current always an issue here but staff will often of possible give you a choice of where to dock given your comfort level. Wh had an excellent meal with nice thin crust oven pizza at Panini's Cafe on Bay Street

Poor dinhgy tie up for anchored guests, 2010-10-23
Captain: , Nashville,TN (437)

A sign says dinghies must tie on shoreside of decent floating dock but cleats are small, few and inadequate, without locking holes. Concrete pylons are covered with oysters and there's no protection for inflatable tubes. Several seemingly permanent "derelict" boats take about 1/3 of the space. Not very welcoming to those trying to come ashore and spend their money. These problems would be VERY easy to fix. What a shame. Marina staff said it's not their responsibility, write the town council.

Nice stop over, 2010-08-14
Captain: , Warsaw, Ky (875)

Nice family owned marina. Helpful staff and dockhands. Clean laundry room and shower facilities. Good ships store. Cable available at some slips but not all.

Easy access to downtown area with a number of good restaurants. Parking pass while staying at the marina.

Nice area to tour, can do walking tour around town, but having a car would be helpful. Marine Corps museum at Parris Island is worth the time.

Courtesy vehicle available in 1 hour increments. Publix just across bridge approx 10 minutes or so away.

Stayed at the marina for 12 days. Will stay there again when in the area.

Less than Friendly, 2009-11-25
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (330)

We didn't stay at the marina, but stopped in for fuel. It was busy but the staff was not helpful or friendly and seemed put out that we were spending $1000 on fuel from them.

Great Location!, 2009-11-13
Captain: , Mystic, CT (270)

Reasonably priced marina right in downtown Beaufort. Staff was friendly and helpful. Bathrooms and showers were clean. Laundry was clean but a bit expensive. Beaufort is one of the prettiest towns on the ICW and this marina puts you close to all it has to offer.

Location Location Location, 2009-11-02
Captain: , Miami, fl (3646)

Fall 08: right where you want to be downtown Beaufort. Decent docks but iffy power (one dead leg on one 50amp outlet, and popping breaker on the other one). Ridiculously short pump out hose. Helpful staff, right next to this beautiful southern town and a courtesy car make up for the power headache.

Fall 09: power still very iffy. bad breaker on one 50amp, 208v on another one, one 95v leg on the only second 50amp outlet within reach. and the 30mps are not on opposing phase so forget using a smart Y.

Good access to Beaufort, 2009-10-28
Captain: , Little River, SC (101)

The docks are rough. The town is easy to visit from this marina. Several good resturants in walking distance.

Good location, 2009-08-29
Captain: , South Portland, ME (537)

The marina is OK. Docks ar ein good shape and the service was good. Good location to explore Beaufort. Current is strong coming into the dock.

Site to See, 2009-06-05
Captain: , Collierville TN (977)

Old docks but friendly and helpful dock master. Swift currents but they run parallel to the docks so not too much of a problem. Better to be on the inside if there is a blow. We were there for Easter for 10 days in 09. The town is cute, historic, and friendly. Courtesy car available.

Great Stop, 2009-06-04
Captain: , New Rochelle, NY (1000)

I spent three days here in January '09 and one night in May. The location, staff and store are very good. The docks are in need of some TLC. The restaurants are close and they are good. Hemingway's is a great little drinking bar with good food and they are dog friendly, both the two and four legged variety.

Lots of Current but worth the stop, 2009-06-03
Captain: , clear lake texas (435)

The staff leaves at 5 and there can be a swift current. Face dock wind and current can be a problem. The dock has a lot of motion.
6 tides. Nice park with pleanty of places to eat.Coursity car avalible. Neat town, worth the stop!

Nice Marina, 2009-05-27
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

Nice ppl. Allows a 1 hour free, then following hours are at $.50 a ft if you want to fill up on water, drop off trash or go eat.

Not so bad, 2009-05-25
Captain: , Key Largo (5457)

Coutesy car, free wifi, 30 and 50 amp, shopping accesable, take the $15 buggy tour.
@ $1.75 I have had worse with less.
close to bars and food , and with car , shopping.

Worth the stop., 2009-05-22
Captain: , Beaufort, SC (261)

Have had a good experience docking here several times. Plenty of good food and beverage in easy walking distance. Friendly, interesting town. Marina folks helpful, restrooms clean. Strong tide and can get bumpy on windy days. Good place to stop at the end of the day, stroll the waterfront park and pick a nice place to eat.

location, location, 2008-03-20
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

Good biking town, marina is close to everything. Assistance with docking is good, Courtesty vehicle, Exposed to south wind. Strong current.

getting tired, 2007-12-04
Captain: , Carolina Beach, NC (391)

docks rough, staff doesnot clean off bird guana, cable tv doesn't work at half the pedestals, bathroom sorely need a face lift. Unless you just want to see Beaufort, there's a better marina just down the river.

giving thanks, 2007-11-22
Captain: , Belhaven, NC (363)

A small crowd of snowbirds just returned from a fabulous Thanksgiving Dinner prepared, served, and given to all for FREE at the Episcopalian Church. Southern hospitality doesn't get any better than that! This is a beautiful, bike friendly, little town, and the Downtown Marina is top notch in all ways. The dock masters are experts at talking skippers in to a slip in all currents (which are considerable).

Worth Staying, 2007-04-14
Captain: , Nashville, TN (21)

The crew is great in handling and giving directions for landing. This area will have 7' to 10' tides. Floating docks. Resturants and shops abound this area. The walking tour for 2.5 hrs is quite informative and interesting; Worth staying a couple of extra days

Downtown Marina, 2007-03-18
Captain: , Melbourne, FL (112)

Really small launch ramp. Very high tide range up to 9 feet. Strong currents.

Downtownarina beaufort, 2007-02-04
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

A very good stop. Many stores are close by as is the historic district.
A good ship store on premises with a COURTESY CAR , a rarity on the east coast. ANDINA FOSTER'S place is a short walk. Great for lunch and adult beverage.
If the current is runnign do not hesitate to request a slip or dock with which you will be comfortable in accessing.

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