Details for Grand Mariner Marina and Restauant
Name

Grand Mariner Marina and Restauant
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.2 stars from 22 reviews

Address 6036 Rock Point Road
Mobile, AL 36605-9777

Phone251-443-7540;251-525-8395

After hours contact

Laura Carlson 251-751-9467

Facility type

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

Notes



VHF channel

16/68

Web site

Email contact

doranmvdlcd@aol.com

Owner, manager

The Carlson Family

Harbormaster



Dockmaster



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Accepts Visa, MasterCard, and AmEx.

Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Seasonal

Additional info:

Approach

Call on the VHF for directions in from the ship channel. Or call 251-525-8395

Be sure to follow the channel markers even though it may be tempting to stray outside. There are many boat skeletons out there in the shallow water after Hurricane Katrina went through.

Tide

3

Current

Weak

Tide & current additional info



Depths

Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:

Slips

Transient: Unknown
Total: 120
Transient price: $0.80/ft (2017-08-16)

Other price info: Plus 650 foot transient pier. 1 free night with 100 gallons or more of fuel.

Moorings

Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: 30 amp 110 volt and 50 amp 220 volt

Pricing info: Included

Cable TV (and pricing)

No

Phone hookup (and pricing)



Water (and pricing)

Yes

Dinghy access



Liveaboard info

Yes - There are a number of liveaboards at Grand Mariner Marina.

FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: ValvTect

Gas price$3.49/gal (2017-08-16)

Other price info: Includes tax. No ethanol.

Diesel price$2.40/gal (2017-08-16)

Other price info: Discount on dockage when you buy fuel, 1 night free with 100 gallons or more.

Propane

No

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

No - The transient/fuel dock area is relatively easy for a wheelchair or walker. Most other docks are too narrow for wheelchair/walker use. Most changes in elevation are accompished by steps rather than ramps, even access to the restrooms and showers is by steps.

Launch service

No

Pump out

Yes - At the fuel dock.

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes - Dumpsters on parking lot and trash cans near office.

Showers

Yes - 2 showers Very clean. There are 4 steps to get to the level the showers are on. One shower is quite large and includes seats for the handicapped.

Heads

Yes - 2 very clean.

Laundry

Yes - There are 2 washers and 2 dryers. Each requires $1.50 per cycle. 2016

Grocery

Yes - snacks onsite, groceries nearby.

Hardware

Yes - Marine supplies.

Restaurants

Yes - Mariner Restaurant on site. 251-443-7540

Bars

Yes

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities

Yes - Provide a full range of high-quality, professional services: hulls, shafts, propellers, painting, marine air conditioning, rigging, canvas, fiberglass repairs.

Haul out capabilities

No

Storage facilities

Yes

Fishing supplies

No

Chartering capabilities

No

Internet access

No - Available in the dock house.

Boat ramp availability

No - There's a boat ramp nearby.

Transportation

No

Other services

Divers and delivery captains.

Attractions

Belligraft Gardens, USS Alabama Battleship

Reviews for Grand Mariner Marina and Restauant
Grand Mariner Marina , 2017-05-03
Captain: , New Orleans (20)

We spent some time at this marina, although it's not the newest; the kindness of the family makes it "one of the best". Recommend having the bronzed flounder at the restaurant, delicious. The owners (sisters) are so kind, and caring, they can't do enough to make your stay comfortable. Good depth, docks are old but in good condition.



In Transition, 2017-03-13
Captain: , Dog River, AL (64)

The marina and restaurant are to be auctioned on April 8, 2017. The previous operators (Collins Managament) were removed by the owners - the heirs of the Carlson family that operated Grand Mariner for years. Many of the pilings in the covered docks are very thin under the water line. Several of the liveaboards here trash the property and the docks.

This was one of the best marinas on Mobile Bay a few years ago - it now needs work and TLC - hopefully the new owners after the sale will bring this marina back.

We have moved our boat as have several others who have been here for years. Would come back in a heartbeat if repairs and improvements are made and if there is good management in place.



Overnight stay, 2016-10-27
Captain: , Sandusky. Ohio (10)

Stopped here for one night while we were on the Loop. Staff is friendly, and helpful. Ate at the restaurant, which was pricey, but good. They had us tie up at the gas dock and at night all their lights are on, people are walking past at all hours, or just hanging out talking. Felt a bit like a fish bowl. The dock is fixed and when the tides came in I had to pull a chair over to climb in and out of the boat. Showers were dirty in the evening and since I saw them being cleaned in the morning, I'm guessing it's more because of customers than a lack of care of staff.



Fast Gas Pit stop, 2016-09-01
Captain: , Mobile, AL (41)

Easy in and out. Located on the channel at Dog River bridge.
Fast fuel pump, friendly staff. Convenience store and more.



Limited gas supply, 2016-08-08
Captain: , New Port Richey (310)

Stopped in to fuel and eat. one stop simple right. WRONG ok started filling gas when a drunk employee (off the clock) tried to help by saying they where out of gas and we could only get 100 gallons. Only advised them when we pulled up we needed about 350 gallons. Spoke with the manager and she stated they where low and let us get 120 to even out the tanks, we stayed and went to eat. WOW 100 % turn around Great food and friendly staff. The upstairs got the stars back for the downstairs. Marina is for boaters to fuel, eat, fun times and move on.



Easy access and good people, 2016-05-09
Captain: , Huntsville (40)

I moved Blued from another marina in the area to Grand Mariner after speaking with TJ (Owner manager). We wanted to get a few non essential things fixed, added, changed. With only having a few days to spend working before we had to return home, TJ had Blued hauled within 2 days after we arrived at the marina and gave us plenty of time to get things finished before Blued was put back in. The prices are great, the people are fair and upfront about everything, and I feel comfortable leaving our boat there under their supervision while we are at home in North Alabama.



Fantastic people, truly accommodating, and a very nice little restaurant, 2016-05-01
Captain: , Corpus Christi (40)

Great people run this place and they really take pleasure in making sure everyone is comfortable and enjoying their visit. Definitely worth the visit.



A great place to eat and they will come and get you., 2015-11-13
Captain: , Portland,Oregon (330)

We were staying across from the restaurant and they sent over a boat to come and get us! We found out they have moorage for transient boaters at a very competitive rate and are now a Looper Sponser. Stop and check them out.



Great Stay, 2015-11-10
Captain: , Portsmouth, VA (430)

Most helpful on docks, accommodations well kept; restaurant on site was terrific; owner opened just for group of loopers! A real plus



Best of many, 2015-11-09
Captain: , Ocean Spings Mississippi (215)

I cruise the Mississippi Sound regularly and have stayed at many of the marinas in the area. Grand Mairiner is by far my favorite because of the ambiance.



Grand Mariner Restaurant is worth the stop, 2015-11-08
Captain: , Port Isabel, Texas (102)

Stayed across the river at Turners after TowBoat US escorted us in with a mechanical issue but took the dinghy across for a bite to eat. Soooo good! Their fried crab claws are famous for good reason, and their West Indies crab salad ( more like crab ceviche than a salad) is a real treat to be eaten on crackers. the list goes on. New owners are revitalizing the place and offering discounts on diesel and fees while holding to the traditions of friendly staff and great food. Next time we go through I'd like to stay there as the convenience of a full service Marina with a restaurant is a great resting spot along way. Lots and lots of Loopers coming through there. fun place to meet people, have a beverage, a great meal, and watch some Alabama football.



Management changes, easy in and out., 2014-04-25
Captain: , Absarokee Mt (1228)

Good stop, helpful people. Good for mail drop, Barbara is there only on weekends now, Steve and Brandon are Dockmaster and assistant. Can bargain for good dockage rate and fuel prices. Cats have been thinned out. Steve lives on site, contact him at 334 488 3294 for after hours. Resturant is excellent.



When you get here your're home!!, 2014-03-08
Captain: , Nashville, TN (206)

They give discounts on fuel & dockage if you are staying over night. Bigger discounts for more than one nights stay. The restaurant has very good food and is right above the fuel and transit dock. Make sure to get the laundry ready to take advantage of the wash/day prices. I don't know what made me stop here instead of across the river where since 1994 I've always stayed but my crew and boat couldn't have been in better hands as I had to fly home for a few days when life altered my cruising. I give this older marina a 3 star and the staff, service and prices a 5 star. (And thanks to Andy for his home grown flowers he brings to the ladies. They lifted my spirits.)




Came in after dark in rough seas and high winds, 2014-02-20
Captain: , Columbus OH (86)

This marina saved our bacon. We had traveled from Pass Christian expecting to stop earlier in the day. No marinas would answer the phone until we contacted Grand Mariner. They met us at the dock and helped two worn out sailors settle for the night. The restaurant upstairs served great steaks with excellent sevice. They are the "Friendly Marina"!



southern hospitality at its finest, 2014-02-12
Captain: , Sidney (10)

Stayed here for 10 days while touring around doing a bit of boat maintenance. Very friendly and helpful crew here, Brandon and Steve could not do enough to make us feel at home. Fuel prices the lowest we have found on the loop so far. Dockage also extremely competitive. The Mariner restaurant upstairs as good if not better than other seafood restaurants in mobile. We ate there at least four times.



Our #1 choice on Dog River, 2013-11-15
Captain: , Pensacola (460)

This is a family owned marina that has been our #1 choice whenever we have been transiting the Dog River area over the years. Although it has suffered from hard times in recent years, a huge effort has been made this year, in particular, to turn things around and to attract more transient boaters: competitive dockage rates (and free night with fuel purchase), matching local fuel prices, super clean restrooms, laundry area etc.

The people running the marina are all great: Barbara (owner), Steve (dockmaster) and Brandon (dockhand) could not be any more helpful and welcoming. They really do go out of their way to be accommodating.

The Mariner restaurant upstairs is an added bonus with their good food and bar area.

It is sad to see so many boaters pass this marina by -- coming in only for a pump-out before going to other nearby dockage facilities.... Yes, it is rustic -- and there are a few cats who call the marina home (which is not a bad thing!) -- but it is worth giving it a chance when visiting Dog River!



Comfortably casual, 2013-01-16
Captain: , Kelso, Wa. (884)

Extremely friendly and helpfull. Stopped for a few days, Willie helped with the lines when we pulled in and he was always there when we had a question or request. I'd give it 5 stars if the place didn't look like the last two major hurricanes had not been so rough on it.

Restaurant as good or better than the best in Mobile.



Harbor master Barbara makes the difference, 2011-07-20
Captain: , Kemah, Texas (245)

She is one of the friendliest and most helpful people we've encountered at a marina. The restaurant upstairs had excellent food and the transient dock was quiet and away from the crowd at the restaurant and fuel dock. Definitely worth a visiit!



Nice, Friendly Stop, 2011-01-13
Captain: , Grove, OK (337)

We wanted to stay here because of the restaurant on site....as opposed to Dog River across the water. Restaurant definitely worth the stop. Friendly staff. Watch the depths coming in.



Home on the river., 2009-01-19
Captain: , Hite, Utah (15668)

Grand Mariner has a friendly, homey feel. It was a nice place to leave the boat while we conducted land travels.



Great Mom & Pop operation, 2007-10-27
Captain: , Inver Grove Heights, Minn. (535)

very accomidating, everything you need



Easy Going, 2007-02-22
Captain: , Snellville, GA (162)

Nice marina with a very laid back aura, very good stop off heading north or south by river. VERY well protected waters

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