Details for Jennett Brothers (free dock)

Jennett Brothers (free dock)

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Average rating 3.8 stars from 18 reviews

Address Elizabeth City, NC


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Docks belong to Jennette Brothers Food Distributors, and one must sign a liability waiver in their office next to dock. This waiver requires that you have insurance, so skip this dock if you don't, or are uncomfortable with waivers of the hold harmless and indemnify type. Pedestrian gate to the dock is locked at 09:00 pm or earlier during off-season/weekends. On Saturdays the gates may be locked by 2:00pm and locked all day on Sunday. As a condition of staying, they request you visit one of the restaruants they service each day you stay and fill out a survey card about that restaruant.


Nice spot when the winds are pounding the City docks. You only need to walk into building and sign a waiver for docking there. Bridge tender, Jack, can tell you more. He is a great source for local knowledge. He also offered to lend his car.

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Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

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Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

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Size restrictionsLOA max: Unknown
Beam max: Unknown

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Transient: 5
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Free


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
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AC power30 amp - NO
50 amp - NO
100 amp - NO

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Water (and pricing)

No - There is a spigot but it is turned off and not for use by boaters. There is no water or electricity available.

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Gas priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: This property serves as a foodservice distributor so pets are not allowed relief on the property but you are permitted to walk your pet through the property on the walkway to the street and then on to the nearest grassy area.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





No - No trash cans.


No - Nearby Fitness Center allows showers for $5.








Yes - Within walking distance.


Yes - Within walking distance.

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Internet access

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Reviews for Jennett Brothers (free dock)
Protected Free Dock , 2016-09-22
Captain: , Gulf Breeze, Fl (6909)

TS Julia was making weather that was making the City Docks roily so elected to stay a Jennette Bros. Nice deep (12' at dock) water easy direct approach piling line the bulkhead making it an easy very secure docking. No power (some around but they specially request that you not attach to it. Sign the waiver and you are good. all the surveys forms were missing so didn't fill one out but ate at the Cypress grill, excellent.. This is not a peaceful dock. You are next to the bridge and the trucks in the adjacent yard come and go and most with loud generator powered refrigeration. The security gate may stay open later then 7pm however you must check with the office so as not to be trapped outside the compound. You are locked in at the dock so are very safe but unless you can scale 10' fences with bob wire make sure the the gate will be open if you leave.

Protected dockage, 2016-01-29
Captain: , Fort Myers, Florida (687)

This company is great! Very stout dock to side tie to. Room for 3 or 4 boats, more if rafting works. Being North of the bridge there is much less wave action and you are protected from the wind in most directions. Ate at Cypress Creek Grill. Food was superb and reasonably priced. Very friendly city! Will be stopping here again!

FREE DOCK: Nice welcome, 2015-11-25
Captain: , Fort Myers, FL (742)

Coming southbound, we were disappointed to have just missed the last bridge opening before dark. We thought we would have to anchor and dinghy to shore, and then we discovered this FREE DOCK adjacent to the northwest corner of the bascule bridge! Jennette Bros. is a family-owned food service business and they are happy to contribute to Elizabeth City's reputation for hospitality by extending this great fixed dock with room for about four boats to tie up alongside (more if folks are willing to raft up). We spent a Tuesday night there, and the food service trucks were coming and going until 9pm or so. So it's not a tranquil place, per se, but it is just as convenient to the downtown stores and restaurants as the FREE Town Docks. We walked one block to Fitness Warehouse and enjoyed an unlimited hot water shower. We expected to pay $5 each but the very kind folks there insisted on not charging us. Something else to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! We also recommend the Cypress Grill Restaurant. Not too many restaurants are brave enough to offer brussel sprouts - they were perfectly prepared and delicious!

bridge construction made this dock unusable 11/11/2015, 2015-11-11
Captain: , city island (382)

The bridge is being rebuilt, and there was a tug and barge in the area of the dock, so it is unlikely that you can use their docks for a while....
Otherwise, if the docks at Elizabeth City were full, this looks like a solid bulkhead. There is a big sign that says dock and dine, and as others have mentioned, you have to eat at one of the good restaurants they supply seafood to.

Nice Overnight or Short Stay Stop, 2015-10-13
Captain: , annapolis (453)

Nice bulkhead. I docked at west end in 7.4'. Arrived late sunday afternoon and departed 0700 Monday. Office closed so did not sign waiver. Regardless, nice tie up and will visit again and if office is open sign waiver etc.

Carolina hospitality , 2015-06-02
Captain: , Washington, NC (40)

Jennettes Brothers dock is very nice if you don't need services but want t tie up in quiet water, have a good meal ashore, and an early start up the canal in the morning. Sign the waiver and write a review of a restaurant. We chose the Cypress Grill and found it t be excellent.

Great Spot, 2015-05-20
Captain: , Venice (650)

The town docks are not designed for a trawler and even with a sailboat they are tough to deal with. We stayed here one night and although the bridge is noisy (where do people go at 3:30 in the morning?) it was better that the downtown noise from the Potato Festival. If you are headed north, leave very early to make the 8:30 lock opening.

Good Protection - No Hassel Free Dock, 2014-10-22
Captain: , Kinsale, VA (91)

Have been through EC numerous times, but first time we tried the Jennerette free dock. 'Byron', the person in the office where we checked in was most hospitable, friendly, and informative. We plan to be here at least 3 nights, as a huge cold front is making the Albemarle Sound a bit 'lumpy' for us 'old-but not BOLD sailors'.
A great place to eat is is Bryon's Hot Dog Stand (eat in or take out) on Poindexter St, about 2 blocks from the Jeanrette Dock (also quite close to the 'Rose Buddy' docks). Great hot dogs, and BBQ!

Truck and Traffic Noise, 2014-10-15
Captain: , mayo, md (63)

This is a great location in a southern blow but just be aware of the trucks in the yard running all night and the traffic crossing the bridge. Room for several boats and more if you raft.

Basic, free dock, , 2014-05-04
Captain: , Poughkeepsie, NY (6077)

It's a dock, nothing else. Take care coming in, the pilings are coated with creosote, if you touch, you'll know it. Also watch out for some protruding bolts on the pilings. Small, overhanging tree branches are a nuisance, not big enough to be a problem. Beware on Saturdays and Sundays, the gate may only be open in the morning or not at all.

We've stayed here 6 times, every time with a dog. It has always been okay to walk the dog quickly through the property to the street where he can do his business.

There is great protection from a south wind (our reason for coming here) but you trade that for bridge traffic noise although it doesn't bother us.

Go inside the office to sign the liability waiver where you are asked to state your insurer, no proof is asked for, just your signature. You are also requested to dine out at one of the local restaurants. We chose Cypress Creek Grill and had a very good lunch (crab cake sandwiches and a tuna roll).

NO PETS ALLOWED, 2013-12-04
Captain: , North Fort Myers, FL (519)

Stopped here on way south and found that the rules/gudelines they provided when we checke din at the office specified "No Pets allowed on Jennet Brothers Propertiy" Noise level is a little higher than desired from the trucks at Jennet Brothers that seem to move in and out at all hours. The bridge so close also added to the noise bu that does end late evening. Would stay here again except for the "No Pets Allowed"

good night stay, 2013-05-18
Captain: , Sarnia, ON (330)

This idea of Dock & Dine works for everyone. Secure area for overnight stay. Friendly office staff. We elected to dine at Quality Seafoods, good food, good value, short walk. Be sure to visit the Albemarl Museum.
The bridge traffic and noise does go on through the night.

Free* and protected, but..., 2012-12-12
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (1081)

The protection of the dock is great and it is almost free if you plan on eating out at local establishments anyway. We stayed here for a couple of days having arrived on the weekend off-season without trouble. The gates were closed all day on Sunday and most of the day Saturday and as such we used our dinghy to go south to the main city docks. There is substantial noise here from the bridge and bridge construction work. Stopping in the office on Monday to be respectful and ask about the docking situation we were politely presented with the waiver, but didn't qualify for it as we have no insurance. We were informed we couldn't stay and we left later at our own convenience. Between the gate closings, noise, leaves from the trees, and the insurance requirement, I'd rather be at anchor, but if those bits work for you, then you could be happy here.

Waiting Out the Nor'easter, 2012-11-07
Captain: , Annapolis (1465)

Stayed here for four days while a Nor'easter made its way up the coast. Well protected from NE/NW wind (and most other directions, too).
No one asked us to sign any waivers...
Had a great lunch at Sidney's restaurant.

Free for Food, 2012-09-27
Captain: , Topsail Beach, NC (480)

Any time you use the words "free" and "food" I'm happy. This is a free dock...all you have to do is buy food. You are given a list of numerous local restaurants that are supplied by Jennett Bros. Distributors, and all you are asked to do is eat at one of them and turn in a comment card about the restaurant....easy. We ate at Cedar Creek Grill....excellent food and superb service.

The dock is fine, easy to tie up. It is just as good or better than the downtown docks, and almost as convenient. The area is secured at night...a big plus.

We would highly recommend this as a stop in Elizabeth City!

Good docks, good location, 2012-05-05
Captain: , Cape Coral, FL (1541)

We chose to stay at the Jennett Brothers dock because our catamaran wouldn't fit in the free slips downtown and the SE wind made staying on the downtown bulkheads a nightmarish proposition. Yes, the lower areas of the pilings have creosote; we put fenders out and crossed them with our fender boards to keep the boat way from the pilings; and we tied our lines to the top of the pilings where there was not creosote. There's a bit of bridge noise, no power or water, but the water was flat calm. Jennett asks that in return for the free dock you patronize one of their restaurant customers so we had dinner at Cypress Creek Grill just down Water Street - GREAT meal. We also attended the Rose Buddies Wine and Cheese, 4:30 dockside at the city docks.

Good stop, and very nice of a private company to open their docks to transients. Thank you!

Basic dock, 2010-10-30
Captain: , charleston (831)

This is a good alternative when the Elizabeth City free docks are full. Even though there are no facilities available that is not a problem. Fortunately someone on another boat had a saw so the overhanging tree branches were taken care of. Still were included in the Elizabeth City "rose buddies" cocktail hour.

Courtesy Docking at Jennette Brothers, 2009-10-29
Captain: , Aquia Harbour, VA (1177)

Just north of the Elizabeth City Bridge, Jennette Brother's Food Distributors allows boaters free use of their bulkhead. The bulkhead is very protected from wind, wake and waves, although a little isolated from the other Elizabeth City docks. It is about a three block walk to Mariner's Wharf. There is room for about 5 boats along the bulkhead and of course, in bad weather rafting should be considered. Watch out for the low hanging branches on the trees that line the bulkhead. Boaters must register and sign an insurance waiver. Although the property is locked at 9 pm, someone is on duty who can let you in or out after that hour. That was not a problem for us. There is no electric and there is no access to trash cans or water to fill tanks. Morning departure from this location could be inconvenient since the bridge has restricted openings during rush hour, however the wind protection and easy access makes this a very desirable place to dock.

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