Details for Eastern Shore Marine (soon to be renamed Fairhope Docks)

Eastern Shore Marine (soon to be renamed Fairhope Docks)

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Average rating 3.9 stars from 41 reviews

Address 848 Seacliff Dr
Fairhope, AL 36532


After hours contact

Facility type

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


VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

Ed Wall



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover. Checks with proper I.D.

Payment discounts

Boat U.S. fuel discount $.10/gal (100 gal min), 25% slip discount.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Near marker 72.

October 7, 2016 dredging is ongoing.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 80
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: 11
Total: 65
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2016-10-18)

Other price info: 25% discount if BoatUS, first night free for AGLCA memebers who buy 100+ gallons of fuel.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 110 and 220 volt.

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Discounts:
Boat US - $3.51
100gals+ - $3.41

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Discounts:
BoatUS - $2.62
50+ gallons - $2.52
100+ gallons - $2.42



Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out







Yes - One for each gender, they are located in the only restroom for each gender.


Yes - One for each gender. The shower is also located in the one gender specific restrooms. Additional restroom with no shower is available.


Yes - One washer and one dryer. $1.50 for washer and $1.00 for dryer, 2016.


Yes - Publix , Winn Dixie, Walmart, Piggly Wiggly all within 2 miles of the marina via courtesy vehicle.


Yes - Marine supplies.


Yes - Over 30 nearby (within 1 1/2 miles).



Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service boat yard. Authorized AWLGRIP paint, service on all makes and models of engines, custom wood work, prop and shaft repairs.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 35 ton lift.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free passworded email.

Boat ramp availability


Yes - Courtesy van to Fairhope and Daphne. Hertz and Enterprise rentals available with pickup and delivery at the marina. Uber also services the location.

Other services


USS Alabama, Fairhope Mardi Gras, and Historic Fairhope.

Reviews for Eastern Shore Marine (soon to be renamed Fairhope Docks)
Fairhope Docks, Fairhope Al, 2017-09-17
Captain: , pensacola, fl (10)

On October 15, 2017 the City of Fairhope, Al will resume management of it's marina facility currently doing business as Eastern Shore Marine. Concurrent with a significant program of repairs and improvements the facility will reclaim it's historical name Fairhope Docks. Come enjoy Fairhope, Al and watch Fairhope Docks get reinvented for your enjoyment!

Marginal Marina, 2016-11-26
Captain: , Burnt Store Marina (20)

Wonderfully helpful people work here and Fairhope is charming with darling shops and excellent restaurants. That being said it can only be reached by a harrowing bicycle ride on narrow, shaded, hilly roads, taxi or their less than stellar courtesy van (if you can get signed up fast enough, to get it?) There appeared to be only one restroom for each sex and one washer and dryer and it's a big marina. There was a funky gathering area with grills, a frig and such but never saw anyone use it? The boats docked out by the entrance have nice views but are subject to even more rock and rolling than we in the covered slips received and that was a lot!!! Those in the covered slips had to contend with the noise and ugliness of the shipyard. Lastly, the finger piers were so narrow that they were harrowing. As much as I liked the people and town, I wouldn't return here.

Friendly Spot!, 2016-10-12
Captain: , Cleveland (2083)

First stop off of the rivers. As the marina says "why go west when you're really headed east?" so we tried this marina instead of Dog River this time. With the first night free for loopers it can't be beat RR are functional - maybe not the best. Courtesy car allowed us to check out Fairhope. It has just about any kind of store you are looking for. Liveaboards are friendly as are the staff. If you draw more than 4' you may want to wait to go in with mid tide or highter. Quite bouncy the night we stayed with winds on the bay coming from the NW - minimal breakwall at all for the harbor.

eastern shore could be a great stopover with some work, 2016-08-08
Captain: , Guntersville, AL (54)

We made the trek across the bay to Eastern Shore and were disappointed with the lack of nice facilities. We did get to stay under cover, which was nice but this is a boatyard, not a transient marina. The boatyard was unkept and could use some lessons from across the bay.
They were out of Diesel the day we were there (a Saturday). Their gasoline price was actually $.50 more than the price posted at the pump. a quantity discount was given of $.20 gallon but still left gas prices at one of the highest on our whole trip. The ice machine had been broken for 2 weeks and with no other options we headed out up the TennTom without ice.

Good place to stay, 2016-03-08
Captain: , La Crosse, WI (941)

Great people, courtesy car available. The town of Fairhope is a great place spend a day. The restrooms and showers are well worn but reasonably clean.

A Diamond in the Rough, 2015-12-09
Captain: , South Portland, Maine (847)

Velomer recently had occasion to have extensive shaft repairs done at Eastern Shore Marine in Fairhope. I cannot recall ever being treated with the high level of professionalism and superb quality or repair work at any time since we have owned this boat.

The repairs involved diagnosing a shaft alignement issue (a bent shaft and misalligned rear strut missed by the repair facility that replaced our prop in Canada), removal of same, replacement of same, realligning the engine, realligning the rear strut, replacement of the engine shaft coupling, replacement of the cutlass bearings (2) and fiberglass repair of the shaft log.

The estimate by Ed was timely and accurate, allowing immediate commencement of the work after review by the Boat US Insurance adjuster. The work also involved several hauls to check allignement and proper positioning of the spur cutter. The accuracy of the tolerances has since allowed us to experience vibration free operation for the first time since we purchased Velomer 5 years ago.

In short, the work done by Ed Wall and his staff of professionals, including Bobby, Mike and particularly Dewal repaired Velomer with attention to details and consumate quality of work that I have rarely seen in my 50 plus years hanging around and playing with boats.

I have no financial interest in this facility, I am just a very satisfied customer.

I would return here in the future without hesitation and whole heartedly recommmend this marine facility to anyone needing repairs after negotiating the rivers south from Chicago.

The town of Fairhope also afforded great entertainement for the two weeks we were there on the hard and in particular the bienets at Penni Pete's were the best we have ever eaten.

Great staff, service, and town, 2015-11-08
Captain: , warm waters (828)

Ed and Marianne Wall have a great team: Justin, Keith, Mike, Katherine, Duel (sp?), Bobby, and the other Keith took very good care of us. We arrived just before a storm hit. Ed and Justin helped us fuel up, pump out, and get secured in a covered slip before the rain hit with serious force.

We had planned to stay a couple of days and decided to have a few things checked while there. The boat was pulled, and the props were found to be loose and dinged up. Within 24 hours, the props were repaired beautifully and we were back in the water. A plus: we were able to stay aboard while the boat was in the yard. After the boat was back in the water, Mike replaced both prop and rudder shafts packing. He was professional, knowledgeable, and efficient. He also noticed a small leak and brought it to our attention.

Both Mike and Keith were very knowledgable about local water conditions, anchorages, etc. Keith was on hand for most of the time we were there, staying late and arriving early to make sure things were moving along smoothly and lend assistance.

We met Keith in Demopolis. It was his info regarding the town of Fairhope that really made us want to visit ESM. He was correct on every count. We have stayed in many wonderful marinas. What makes them great is being able to explore the local area without needing a car. The towns of Fairhope and Daphne did not disappoint. There were two courtesy cars, and we did enjoy the use of them, too.

It was a 1.25 to 1.5 mile walk to a fully stocked Publix. After Sea Cliff Dr (where the marina is), the whole town has wide paved walkways and bike trails. Great shops, restaurants, a farmer's market on Thursday afternoons, library, history museum, street sculpture, etc. We enjoyed a few hilly bike rides (less than 5 miles) to WalMart, Radio Shack, Advanced and O'Reilly auto parts, and both towns (Daphne & Fairhope).

Restaurants we can recommend include Tamara's (the gumbo was chock full of tasty sea creatures) and Vinny's Pizza (the lobster ravioli and shrimp pizza lived up to the hype). We cannot recommend Buck's for breakfast. Locals seemed to favor it, and it did have charm along with a friendly staff, but the food was mediocre, at best.

Another highlight was buying fresh shrimp off the boats in the mornings, prepping them in the covered common area with other Loopers, and sharing the different ways of fixing them for dinner.

Overall, this was an enjoyable stay with many of the features we appreciate when pulling into port.

Overall, this was a wonderful stop. We enjoyed the facility, the staff, the service, and the surrounding areas of Fairhope and Daphne.

Friendly Staff, 2015-09-28
Captain: , Beaufort, SC. (10)

We really enjoyed our stay here. Staff was very friendly and experts on the area. City of Fairhope was delightfully charming with restaurants and botiques around every corner, picturesque views with on of the best sunsets I've ever seen.

Also had transmission work done while at Eastern Shore Marine. Mechanic was very handy and polite, had our problem fixed in no time. All around a great place to stop and rest or get some work done on your vessel.

Beautiful Marina, 2015-09-24
Captain: , Louisville, KY (15)

We stopped here at Eastern Shore Marine for 2 weeks while making the Great Loop. They have great rates and big supporters of the AGLCA, loopers get the 1st night free, 2nd night free with 100+ fuel purchase. If you're a looper you should defintely stop at least for one night since its free, especially if you need to fill up.

The town of Fairhope is so charming, its the reason we stayed for so long. The Marina has a transient van which makes it easy to access town and get to see and do more while in Fairhope. Great restaurant and shopping all around town and very walkable once you get to the downtown area. I recommend eating at Thyme by the Bay...excellent food and view.

Bottom Job, 2015-09-18
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (10)

Recently had my vessel hauled here while passing through. Got a bottom job, and some engine work done and prices were best in the area. The staff did a great job all the way around. They have a diesel mechanic on that can fix anything and was very helpful, they all seemed to go out of there way to accomodate us for about a week. Courtesy van was also a great added bonus, it gave us plenty of opportunities to see Fairhope. If you're a looper and need some work done this is your place to stop.

Great Service and Friendly Staff, 2015-09-17
Captain: , Miami, Fl. (10)

We stayed here a few nights over the summer and the staff was very accomadating and friendly. Very knowledgeable about where to go and what to see in Fairhope.

They have very reasonable prices for all that is offered (bathroom and shower facilities, courtesy van, wifi, electric, water, pump out, gas) only a $1.25/day and Loopers stay 1st night free. Also the courtesy van was a huge plus, it allowed us to explore the city of Fairhope.

We will definitely be staying here our next time through Mobile Bay.

Great place., 2015-07-29
Captain: , Fairhope YC (20)

Yard owner is kind of difficult

Disappointing , 2015-06-28
Captain: , KENTUCKY (60)

Hospitality is not what you find here. Our visit we miserable and we felt unwelcomed. The liveaboards acted as of we were a nuisance.

The slips are not well protected either. The rocking was horrible and we also slammed into the dock all night. They tried placing us in a slip way too big for our boat and we could not even reach to tie off. We ended up along the side of a dock.

There is no store there, but there is a courtesy car. They want a 10 deposit for that and the car's speedometer and gas tank guage do not work.

We only stayed because we needed supplies and the waters were rough. We should have gone somewhere else though.

Marooned at Eastern Shore, 2015-05-29
Captain: , charleston (831)

Flooded waters on the Tenn-Tom have left us marooned at Eastern Shore Marine. Not a bad place to be for days or even weeks. Fairhope is a charming town. Loaner car makes everything available. Marina is quiet, lots of liveaboards, beautiful sunsets, small beach on site for dog swimming exercise. Ed Wall is very helpful with all our needs. Only downside is dryer is not working.

Great location and great service, 2015-04-07
Captain: , Naples, FL (682)

Fairhope is one of nicest and friendliest places you could hope to visit with tree lined streets, restored buildings, vibrant community etc. And Eastern Shore Marine (ESM) is the best place to stay while visiting Fairhope. Despite some reports to the contary, we have visited here three times and had no problems with our 4ft draft.

This is not a resort marina with paved paths lined with gardens. But it is a friendly family business with all the facilities required for a comfortable stay. It is a serious and competent repair yard with some very skilled people. In particular, the fibreglass and wood working is first rate with a master shipwright/cabinet maker available. Prices for repairs are very reasonable and represent good value for money in my view.

We used ESM to modify our aft teak hatch and to rebuild the aft cabin top. With all these jobs there is always scope and schedule growth as unknowns are revealed and this job was no exception. But the owner Ed Wall worked with us to stay as close as possible to his initial and very reasonable fixed price quote. The stories of scope growth and price escalation in boat yards are stuff of legend, making ESM's code of behaviour all the more remarkable. I would use ESM again for repairs.

Fairhope is a must see destination, 2015-02-27
Captain: , Cincinnati (252)

If you are coming through Mobile Bay it would be a shame not to visit the town of Fairhope, great dining and shopping options, one of Americas great small towns. Eastern Shore is really the only access point. The marina is nothing fancy, but it is well maintained and everything works. Staff is friendly and helpful. Amazing sunsets! Stayed Thanksgiving 2014

Fair and Square in Fairhope, 2014-12-16
Captain: , Nashville (118)

The folks here are superb in professionalism, craftmanship and courtsey. Spent 10 days due to mechanical difficulty and the crew went out of their way to see to it we got precisely what we needed. Entrance into and out of the marina was well marked and reliable. Use of the courtsey car was a great benefit. ESM showed great support for loopers too. They've a boat yard and can haul nearly any size boat.

Don't be a river dog, come here, 2014-11-14
Captain: , Nowhere,OK (1314)

Love this place. It takes less time to get here than to Dog River. Great fuel prices, first night free for loopers, buy 100 gal of their discounted gas stay the second night free.

We stayed on the covered slips, we got invited over for two nights of the locals hanging out. More food that you can think of.

Take the loaner car or the taxi ($8 each way). Brand new Publix, lots of great places to eat and trendy shops down town.

They are building facilities as people come and they have a great start. For those of you that got service in Demopolis, these are the same mechanics. So now you can stop in Demopolis, get a partial fix, parts ordered and the same mechanic will be with you here.

Can't say enough good things about this marina.

Great People and Place, 2014-11-09
Captain: , Put-in-Bay,Ohio (204)

Fairhope is a great town with places to go and things to do. 1000% better then in Dog River.

The people should get 6 stars!, 2014-11-02
Captain: , Falmouth, Maine (40)

Facilities- docks, heads, utilities - are adequate but not fancy. We used the courtesy car to see the wonderfully charming town of Fairhope and its environs which include every service you might need and great dining. What made that experience easy and fun was the help from Debbie in the office. Dealing with a tricky engine problem was facilitated with Ed's help, including a reference to a nearby Volvo tech who fitted the last piece in the puzzle. Ed is also helpful with his first-night-free dockage for Loopers and fuel discounts for all. We found their fuel prices lower than quoted in earlier reviews. Don't miss this part of Mobile Bay and let Eastern Shore make your discovery of this special area even better! Our dog Radar gives this Marina 5 woofs.

Service & Draft, 2014-10-21
Captain: , Fairhope Alabama (10)

Great sevice and awesome sunsets, I have 70 ft Hatteras with 5.5 draft and have NO problems getting in. I went in at low tide 10/17/2014 and had 6 feet water. Fuel dock you must aproach to the left of channal. Great place to stop or stay!!

Old short docks, 2014-10-20
Captain: , Phoenix (580)

The staff here is very friendly and helpfull. The docks are very old and really not set up for trawlers. The docks are very short.There are a few with longer docks but most were taken. We were lucky and got on a longer dock but it was exposed to the wind and waves from the bay. Good fuel prices and a courtsey van to see Fairhope.

Depth of Channel and area, 2014-10-16
Captain: , Fairhope, Al (10)

No problem with depth in the channel coming in or at slips. Fairhope has great restaurants and real neat place to visit. Courtesy car available and great fuel prices.

Great place to refuel, 2014-07-05
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (270)

We came in for fuel and staff is wonderful. Debby stayed with us during our long fueling process and was great. She loves her job and it shows. Took an hour to take on 350 gallons so pretty slow pump but the price was right

SHALLOW look out , 2014-07-03
Captain: , Sarasota (205)

If you have a larger than 3' draft. Don't try this place. We had called ahead and gave all pertinent information to reserve a transient slip. Given an excellent quote on fuel prices. After a long day of cruising we radio'd to them several times with no response. As it is a small place we could see the fuel dock and headed there only to run aground. Still no one answering radio or phone. We had been given a slip assignment so we attempted that but left very frustrated aand with a girl finally on the phone saying but we have a 70' boat here often. Instead of trying to explain to her about what draft is and why it is so important I just hung up and got the vessel safely to the Grand in Pt Clear.

Very Friendly Service, 2014-05-08
Captain: , Gulfport Small Craft Harbor, MS (168)

Stayed for just 1 night in my 31' sailboat. Debbie and Debra were extremely helpful and friendly. Transient rate is very low. Don't forget to ask about the BoatUS discount. The creek is relatively narrow but no problem manuevering my boat into the slip. Very quite at night. Bathroom/showers are nice. And they let us use the Courtesy Car to drive into downtown Fairhope to shop/dine. Recommend you get into town before 5:00 as that is when most of the stores close. Highly recommend Tamara's was excellent. Definitely will return to ESM next time I am up the bay on a sailing trip.

Wonderful place; great work, 2014-01-24
Captain: , Bull Shoals, AR (10)

This is our third visit to Eastern Shore Marina, a spot that we always look forward to visiting. Ed and his staff go out of their way to be helpful whether it is their professional work on the boat or helping us find great restaurants. Though it is an older marina, we give it 5 stars because of the consistently stellar service and the spotless restrooms. Fairhope is a charming town with an interesting history and a fantastic place to visit, to eat, shop, and to stock up on provisions. As an extra perk, the sunsets are spectacular.

Great Folks, 2013-07-30
Captain: , Dog River, AL (64)

We have had our first boat ever, a 1987 Sea Ray 300 Sedan Bridge, here since we bought it in June. The people at Eastern Shore Marine are fantastic. From the first phone call, the first visit, and through all the "rookie" questions, Ed, Debra, & Debbie have been patient, infromative, and make us feel like family.

Their work is top notch, explained, and they make sure you understand not only what was done but why. Prices for the repairs and the slip rates seem very reasonable.

If you get a chance to stop in for a few days, get some repairs done, or make this your nautical home port, Eastern Shore Marine is a great place for all three.

Great staff and location, 2012-10-31
Captain: , Mesa AZ (1609)

A bit rolly if wind out of west. The town is terrific. Eat at Tamara's for a great meal! Downtown is prosperous (due to unique tax structure) with many fine bouteques. Ed and Debra are most welcoming and the other folks are really helpful. Will stay again.

Good Place to Visit Fairhope, 2012-09-18
Captain: , punta gorda, fl (1448)

Four stars for location and friendly staff. And, nearby Fairhope is a neat little town. The marina is inexpensive and has a courtesy car. On the negative side the heads/showers are rather minimal, the docks are not in the best of shape, and there is some exposure to West winds. But, we would stay again.

We enjoyed it and would stay again, 2011-12-11
Captain: , Earth (561)

This is an older working marina, a bit rolly, but with a free night and boat us discount the price is fantastic. Courtesy van, and extremely friendly staff. Bathrooms are acceptable, there is a small beach right on the bay and the sunset watching was spectacular!
upscale it isnt, but we enjoyed our stay and would stay again.

Rock & rolling, 2011-12-04
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7375)

We spent a week at ESM, weathered in with high winds. Most every night was very rocky as marina has little protection from any direction except due east. As others have pointed out, more of a boat yard than a marina. Overall grounds not very well kept, garbage everywhere, used boat parts, derelict boats, some of which may be due to resident fishing fleet. Showers not well cleaned. Staff very nice & helpful, courtesy car readily available for two hours (2 couples = 4 hours). Fairhope close, good (but expensive) shopping, restaurants.

Eastern Shore, 2011-11-27
Captain: , Mystic, CT (382)

This is an older, working marina. Many hurricane damaged boas are still on the premisies. Town of Fairhope, approx. 3 miles away, is a charming town, with many shops. The staff is very friendly and helpful; Sarah was waiting at the dock to help with lines. A terrific high spot for viewing spectacular sunsets. Courtesy van was acceptable, two hour use limit. Good fuel price with Boat US and other discounts. Downside: only one washer and one dryer and only one toilet per gender. Publix grocery store is a nearby bike ride, or use the courtesy van

A great stop, 2011-11-23
Captain: , Houghton, MI (156)

We always like to stop here, say hi to Chuck the Cat, do some good food shopping after 4-5 days on the river

Eastern Shore Marina, 2011-11-20
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1637)

Good place to spend a ffew days on transit north or south. We usually stop here as the prices are resonable and the people are GREAT!
Not to mention that Fairhope is as near to a picture perfect town as there is.
We went to the tree lighting for Xmas. It was very beautiful and they even had SNOW! Granted it was artificial, but they had placed snow makers on top of the poles around the main intersection in town for the cerimony.

A Mixed Bag, 2011-11-13
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

Fairhope is a charming town, and this marina has its charms, as well. The staff are very friendly and helpful; Sarah was waiting at the dock to help with lines. Very pretty location, with a great high spot for viewing the spectacular sunsets and a lovely upscale neighborhood to walk. Acceptable courtesy van, good fuel price with Boat US and other discounts. Downside: substandard laundry facilities (only one washer and one dryer) and only one toilet per gender. Slips aren't great.
Lots of shops and restaurants in town, three miles away from marina. Strong bikers can bike to town (lots of hills to conquer). Great Fly Creek Cafe is a mile walk away, or dinghy the 25 feet.

Captain: , Annapolis, MD (343)

We give this 3 stars because the staff was so friendly and helpful and they had a good deal on dockage - free night for Looper's. The $3.99 fuel price is after all reductions for Boat US and quantity - normally it's $4.30 a gallon (diesel). Other than that, it's not very impressive. Marina is exposed to any winds with a westerly component. We've seen cleaner heads on the New Jersey Turnpike. No carts to move things to the boat, but they do have a functional courtesy car. No cable. No Wi-Fi although our Verison air card worked OK.

Nice people, no fuel, 2011-06-18
Captain: , Bonita Springs, FL (413)

The marina staff are very helpful and having a courtesy van is great. However, we called ahead and were depending on diesel fuel to head up the rivers. After we tied to the fuel dock they told us they had no fuel. Again they were very nice about it but we had to now travel 20 miles out of our way and lost the whole morning.

Friendly Staff, Great Maintenance, 2010-11-19
Captain: , Bay Point Marina, Marblehead, OH (180)

Free one night dockage for AGLCA/Boat US members. The staff is very friendly and willing to help you with anything. I mentioned a window wiper motor problem I was having and the foreman was right on it! Not only did he fix the problem correctly, he saved us from having to purchase a new motor which other marinas had recommended. We were docked next to the internet box and had fast service, the network is secured by password. Courtesy van to Fairhope. Fairhope is a small town definitely worth shopping through, many small shops and a very quaint, well kept town. We were very please with our stay, the only reason we didn't rate this a 5 star is due to the rocking motion of the boats when the wind is out of the West. Glad we stopped.

Repairs, 2009-04-18
Captain: , Fairhope, AL (167)

They hauled my 38 foot boat to wax the hull and change the oil. Lowest bid of anyone on the bay, or Orange Beach, for that matter, and then they deliverd 25% under their bid! On time and nice work, nice people.

Service, 2008-01-20
Captain: , Hampstead, NC (12)

We had our boat pulled and blisters fixed and bottom painted and they did an excellent job. Also Ed Hall was very helpful. His staff would do anything they could to help us.

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