Details for Mid-Atlantic Christian University (free dock)

Mid-Atlantic Christian University (free dock)

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 9 reviews

Address 715 N. Poindexter
Elizabeth City, NC 27909

Phone252-334-2000; 336-681-0575

After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - NO
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Free dock built with a state grant to go along with Elizabeth City's campaign to be the best free stop for boater on the ICW. As with other Elizabeth City free docks, stays are officially limited to 48 hours.

VHF channel


Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


West side of the Pasquotank, just north of the Elizabeth City bridge.





Tide & current additional info

Wind driven tide is generally non-existent.


Approach: 25
Transient dockage: 25
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Finger docks.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 36
Beam max: 11

Other info: Recommended for smaller boats.


Transient: 8
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: Side tie availabe south of the dock along the seawall.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Nearby faucet at the head of the docks.

Dinghy access

Yes - There are cleats at either end of the dock.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - Planned pump out to open for the spring migration 2016.




Yes - In the college fitness center.


Yes - In the college fitness center.



Yes - Food Lion and Walmart are nearby call Dan and Kathy for a ride 336-681-0575.


Yes - ACE hardware is 1 mile west on Erhinghaus has a large selection of stainless steel hardware. Pelican Marina 200 yards E of the bridge has a small chandlery and can order anything.


Yes - MACU has a cafeteria open to all during the school year; $6 to $9 and all you can eat. Best fried chicken (Wednesday lunch) in the county.
Nearby resturants in walking distance specialize in fish, japanese, carib and steaks; $ to $$$.


Hotels or motels

Yes - 3 bed and breakfasts are in the downtown area with Hampton Inn and Fairfield Inn / Suites also in town.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Yanmar certified service out of Norfolk will travel here. Diesel Dawg Yacht Care, 757-651-1315.

Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Call Dan and Kathy - locals who are saving to cruise 336-681-0575.

Other services


Reviews for Mid-Atlantic Christian University (free dock)
Great Location and Ammenities., 2016-06-23
Captain: , Colorado (411)

Stayed here on 6/20/16. Great location and ammenities for a free dock. Well protected from everything except the occasional small boat throttling up after they make it past the bridge. Dan was friendly and helpful and even though he was out of town made sure we were in good hands. Nice to have a warm shower at their gym.

Only catch is that they are not setup well for larger boats. We had a 38' catamaran and it was tricky to get tied up reasonably well. There are no cleats along the sea wall. They have two lines a long distance apart (one at the fence and one goes around a tree). The only thing along the seawall are a couple of eye bolts (bolted through the aluminum hollow beam so they should hold some weight). Rumor is they will soon be adding a proper face dock and that would earn them the extra star in my book.

I would definitely recommend for smaller boats that fit the slips and OK for larger boats on the sea wall on days calm enough you can keep station without ties while the onshore lines are rigged.

Great folks, good docks and protection, 2015-02-20
Captain: , Michigan (31)

We stayed here during the Arctic blast 2015 waiting out a gale in preparation to cross the Albamarlele. Dan and Kathy went out of there way to make our stay enjoyable and comfortable. Some of the nicest folks we have meet on our journey from Michigan. Docks were in better shape and better protected than the Elizabeth City docks. Would definitely recommend it, and stay again.

John & Nicole
s/v Two Hearted

MACU docks, 2015-02-11
Captain: , Elizabeth City, nc (81)

Calm water when EC docks are rockin and rollin. Great spot for smaller boats. Construction barges are a current reality with bridge construction. Please call or text Dan at 336-681-0575 for showers and wifi access. Barges have not hit our sea wall in the last 5 years. New additional dock space is being added in late 2014 to accommodate wider sailboats and to create a homeport for Maritime Ministries fleet.

cpt Allen Madsen stayed here, 2014-08-14
Captain: , Matlacha Fl (87)

this place is great hostpitable and friendly Dan and Kathy go out of their way to make you feel welcomed and wanted they allowuse of the facilities and provide rides whe navailable only the best if your there give dan a call at (336) 681-0575 If your on your way send them a e-mail at

Good spot for easterly winds, 2014-04-06
Captain: , Ottawa (1173)

Easterly winds make the free docks south of the bridge bumpy. Moving north of the bridge solves that, and this is a good alternative.

This is one of two free spots north of the bridge. The docks are set up for smaller boats, with space for only 11' beam on the inside slips. There are also two outside slips (with pilings on one side only) where you can fit a wider boat, but it's really only suited for a 30ish foot boat at the most. We managed to get our 34' boat tied up here, but it took some creative running of lines to get our bow secure.

These slips have pretty small finger piers, so if you have any height to your bow you'll want to dock stern in to be able to get off of your boat.

Another consideration here is that you'll get lots of wakes from fishing boats zooming by.

Good spot for smaller sailboats, 2014-03-19
Captain: , Elizabeth City, NC (104)

I' m slightly biased, since I am a graduate of MACU, but regardless this is a nice spot to tie up. The view is impeccable, and the hospitality is unbeatable. If you call Dan on the VHF he will take good care of you. The only drawback is the wake from fishing/ski boats that aren' t willing to slow down for anything.

Fantastic View and peaceful setting, 2012-06-04
Captain: , Middle River, MD (354)

I had met the caretaker of the slips (Dan) through a Craigs list transaction. There are only 6 or 8 slips and they are relatively small in size (widest is 11'). But the setting is beautiful, the slips are in great shape, there is water to the docks and Dan let me use the dorm showers and laundry facilities. I was going to stay at the city docks on my way back north but the wind was blowing from the East and made them very rough. Dan also gave me the password for their wifi which worked reasonably well. He gave me a tour of his new (to he and his wife) Albin 32 - beautiful boat!

Quiet and friendly, 2011-11-04
Captain: , Marathon (275)

The slips are narrow. Our beam is 14' and we docked on the outside slip with no problems. Mid-Atlantic Christian Univ. offers showers, laundry, and a walk-in cafeteria. We were there the beginning of the weekend and stayed three nights. No barges came by.

New but hazardous free docks., 2011-06-22
Captain: , Gray Hawk, KY (76)

When talking to the bridge tender, he mentioned there is a barge that goes up river. 4 times in the last 3 years that barge has gotten out of control and hit the seawall right where the new docks are built

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