Details for Port City Marina
Name

Port City Marina
Position

Display in The Interactive Cruising Guidebook
Average rating 4.3 stars from 23 reviews

Address 10 Harnett Street
Wilmington, NC 28401

Phone910-251-6151

After hours contact

910-251-6151

Facility type

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

VHF channel

16 / 72

Web siteportcitymarina.com

Email contact

info@portcitymarina.com

Owner, manager

MGR - Pete Werling

Harbormaster



Dockmaster

Josh Alther

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info



Payment discounts



Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Seasonal

Additional info: Annual, monthly, and daily rates year round.

Approach

Directions by sea (from the south): Enter the Cape Fear River at Southport, NC. The marina is located on the Northeast Cape Fear River, approximately 20 miles north of Southport. Follow the Cape Fear River north. Along the way, you will pass the NC State Port Facility, the USS North Carolina, and the scenic Downtown Wilmington Riverfront. You will pass under one bridge, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Hail the bridge on Channel 18. The bridge has a clearance of 65 feet when down and 138 feet when raised.

Directions by sea (from the north): Enter the Cape Fear River via Snow's Cut. The marina is located on the Northeast Cape Fear River, approximately 12 miles north of where Snow's Cut meets the Cape Fear River. Vere left as you come into the CF river, taking the short direction to the right is very sallow. Follow the Cape Fear River north. Along the way, you will pass the NC State Port Facility, the USS North Carolina, and the scenic Downtown Wilmington Riverfront. You will pass under one bridge, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge. Hail the bridge on Channel 18. The bridge has a clearance of 65 feet when down and 138 feet when raised.

Tide

4.5

Current

Moderate

Tide & current additional info

Minimal current (if any) inside the marina basin.

Depths

Approach: 25
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 10

Other depth info: 25 feet on the river side of the fuel dock. 10 feet on the basin side.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 400
Beam max: 40

Other info: 632 foot face dock on the river side of the pier.

Slips

Transient: 1400
Total: 84
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2016-11-04)

Other price info: Transient slips are $1.50 per foot on the weekdays. $45.00 minimum.
Transient slips are $1.75 per foot on the weekends and holidays. $52.50 minimum.

Weekly rate is $9.00 per foot. $270.00 minimum.
Monthly rate is $14.00 per foot. $420.00 minimum.
3 months are $12.00 per foot per month. $360 per month minimum.
T-heads and I-dock are an additional $2 per foot.

Moorings

Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 480 - 3 phase also available.

Pricing info: Daily:
30 amp is $8.
50 amp is $10.
100 amp is $20.

Weekly:
30 amp is $35.
50 amp is $50.
100 amp is $75.

Monthly is metered, $10 minimum.
480 V-3 Phase is metered, $50 minimum.

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - WiFi is available.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

No

Water (and pricing)

Yes

Dinghy access



Liveaboard info

Yes - A limited number of liveaboards are allowed at the discretion of the marina manager and dockmaster.

FuelGas: AVAILABLE
Diesel: AVAILABLE

Fuel brand: Ethanol free gas.

Gas price$3.29/gal (2016-11-28)

Other price info: Non-ethanol

Diesel price$2.49/gal (2016-11-28)

Other price info:

Propane

No

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Yes - 70 foot ADA ramp.

Launch service



Pump out

Yes

Ice

Yes

Trash

Yes - Plus recycling.

Showers

Yes

Heads

Yes

Laundry

No - Will have when the permanant marina office/store is built.

Grocery

No - You need transportation.

Hardware

No

Restaurants

Yes - 2 resturaunts to open late fall 2016. Dozens within walking distance or ride the free trolley.

Bars

Yes - Dozens within walking distance or ride the free trolley.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Several within walking distance or ride the free trolley.

Repair capabilities

No - 4 repair facilities within 3 miles. Bennett Bros., Bell Hart Marine Services, Cape Fear Boat Works, and Wilmington Marine Center.

Haul out capabilities

No - Haul out facilities very close.

Storage facilities

No

Fishing supplies

No

Chartering capabilities

No - Not at this time.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi is reported to be excellent, 2016.

Boat ramp availability

No

Transportation

No

Other services



Attractions

Just a few blocks from Historic Downtown Wilmington.

Reviews for Port City Marina
It's Only Getting Better, 2016-11-07
Captain: , Castine, Maine (2997)

We spent a week at Port City Marina, our first time there. The location is terrific only blocks from all of downtown Wilmington with shops, restaurants, theaters, and much more. Take a walk along the River Walk and enjoy seeing boats and the downtown waterfront. Our canine crew enjoyed that walk several times a day.

The marina is top notch with concrete floating docks and friendly knowledgable dockhands. Plus there is even more coming. There are two onsite restaurants nearing completion, a bandstand area where they hold events, and new boater facilities coming. There are dozens of reasons to take this trip up the river. The marina is terrific now and will be even better as each enhancement is completed. We look forward to returning to see all of the improvements.



Look forward to a return visit, 2016-09-06
Captain: , Holden Beach, NC (60)

We stopped in for a single night Aug 27. The planned facilities once completed will be fantastic with a great location. It is a work in progress now with temporary restrooms, showers, office ... The marina is tucked nicely off the Cape Fear and provides top notch slips in calm water. Many restaurants and shops within an easy walk or a short free Wilimington shuttle ride. The staff is very attentive and accommodating. A little more attention to timely pumping out the showers holding tank til the final showers are ready is suggested. When the master plan is complete Port City Marina will be a 5 star marina.



Great up-and-coming facility!, 2016-08-29
Captain: , Raleigh (192)

Just spent two nights at PCM. Finest customer service we have experienced at ANY marina anywhere.
We arrived after closing the first night but Josh answered the marina phone and gave us all of the info we needed to get docked. Everyone - particularly the night watch guys Dwayne and Scot - introduced themselves to us and provided their cell phone numbers "just in case". Dwayne even offered to pick us up in the golf cart if we needed a midnight trip to the head! (It was a pretty good hike from our slip)
I think we were the first ones to use the 30A receptacle at our slip. It was WONDERFUL for once to have a receptacle that wasn't worn out to the point of a twist-lock plug falling out. The docks are new and are floating concrete.
The free downtown shuttle has a stop roughly two blocks from the shore end of D dock, in front of the Convention Center at the corner of Hanover and Nutt.
Many restaurants on Front Street with about a 5 block walk.
Right now the heads/showers are in self-contained trailers up near the temporary marina office. They are new, clean and air conditioned.




new and up coming marina, 2016-07-26
Captain: , wilmington nc (30)

we heard about this new marina throught the triton out of ft lauderdale. we contacted peter and josh about a long term slip and they said when will you get here. we pretty much got to pick what slip we wanted which was nice. upon arriving, it was discovered that they didnt have the power requirements we needed. we had to move and a couple weeks later they had a new pedestal installed for us in the slip we wanted as well as two larger cleats. we hope to make this our new home port for the next couple of years. a great hurricane hole with steel pilings and concrete docks. we are watching the daily improvements take place and it is nice to watch. peter and josh have gone to all extremes to help with any problems. even letting us use their cars. two resturants on site opening in the next two months as well. location close to town is great, as we walk into town every night. great night life with live bands for free every fri night. ships store close by would be nice but everything we have needed was within four miles. going to be a happening marina when done. they are polishing the gem right now. only down side is the floating logs and trees coming down the river but this has nothing to do with them. we have told other capts about this place as we work on a 110' yacht and owner loves the town. it will be a great place for lage privite yachts to hold over. prices are great too..

Management response:
Thank you for the review. It was our pleasure to make accommodations for your boat. We love having you here! About the ship store, our plan is to have one in the new development going up behind the marina, as well as to have our permanent marina office there.




Excellent stop!, 2016-07-25
Captain: , Carolina Beach, NC (20)

We made a stop at Port City Marina for 1 night. Great facility with floating concrete docks and new construction (even though parts of it are still under construction). Josh the dockmaster answered our call immediately on the VHF radio, had us standby for a couple mins so he could meet us at the slip, helped us tie up, helped us get our power cable plugged in, and made sure we were squared away. Excellent customer service attitude, which is something that really goes a long way with me...we'll definitely be back.

The location is excellent...it's a few blocks along the River Walk to the center of the historic downtown Wilmington waterfront, with plenty of restaurants, bars, live music, coffee houses, shops, etc., to choose from. (Two restaurants plus permanent restroom/shower/etc facilities are still under construction at the marina...but the temporary restrooms/showers were clean and climate controlled, and were fine in my opinion.) The marina is just past the end of the Wilmington City Docks and the waterfront Hilton, and I really didn't find the walk to the center of downtown to be any big deal. It's a great location, in my opinion, better equipped than the Wilmington City Docks, and a stop well worth the trip up the Cape Fear River.

Management response:
Thank you for the review David! It was a pleasure having you and we hope to see you again.




Location location location, 2016-07-25
Captain: , Fort worth (172)

This is a great stop with brand new floating docks. It's so new that there are no permanent shore facilities for the marina. That didn't bother us at all.
Pete and Josh run the marina very professionally and were more than helpful.
We had a front row seat to the July 4 fireworks and a 3 block walk to historic downtown Wilmington. We had some great meals and enjoyed the town very much.
Nate Davis at Davis Diesel fit us in and repaired our old funky generator. He was great. Danny Martin fixed an AC problem. It was a new unit that was installed improperly. He had us up and running in about an hour. Best of all he billed the company in Charleston who put it in wrong. Gotta love that.
We'll be there again.

Management response:
Hi Clarke, we're very glad you enjoyed our marina. We look forward to seeing you again!




Not There Yet, 2016-07-03
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (618)

Hopefully in a short period this marina will achieve a 5 star rating. Right now you enjoy great docks and a professional marina staff. We are spending 5 days for the 4th of July weekend. WI FI is excellent. No fuel, no pump out yet. Cutting the tall weeds that have overgrown next to the side walks would be nice. Portable toilets should be closer to the transient slips, as you need to take vacation to walk to them. The live performance, and food trucks were cancelled for some unknown reason last night. Bottom line - right now they have a ways to go but we will be back!!

Management response:
Thank you for the review. Unfortunately, Frankie Ballard was cancelled due to water from the midday storm ruining some of his equipment. Pier management is working on a reschedule date, and will post it on social media (under the name Pier 33 Wilmington) once it is decided. We are working on having the pumpout and fuel systems completed. The fuel should be completed by the end of August, and the pierside pumpout system and pumpout barge should be completed by the end of September. We look forward to having you back!




Excellent cruising destination, 2016-05-26
Captain: , Egg Harbor, NJ (80)

As mentioned in other reviews, facility is still work in progress re heads, showers and other dockside ammenities. However, DM Josh (from Annapolis area) is the best, and location to town makes it all come together. German Cafe was great, plus many other restaurants, shops, museums...and Convention Center's historic photos and stories of the area not to be missed.

Management response:
Hi Gary, thank you for your review. Our facilities are under construction and believe us, we can't wait until they are completed. We hope you will come visit us then!




A gem of a diversion 12 miles off the magenta line, 2016-04-06
Captain: , South Portland, Maine (847)

We were here for a few days to visit with family and were very happy withthis first class operation of the marina. Peter and Josh were right down to assist us landing and provided lots of local information. The temporary showers and toilets are OK, wer wewre on the face dock and were very close to the head of the ramp and office. water hot, very clean, but this will be a better place for boats once the shoreside supports are built out. Still gave it a five star for the area and staff. Note: DO NOT get the bieniets at Bourbon Street, way too heavy and too much sugar, but do visit the Serpentarium, a world calss facility. As someone into reptiles, this was one of the best presentaions i've ever seen. There was a sweet bike ride around Greenfield Lake, a 10 mile route. While we were there a week ago, the Azalias were in full bloom. The Riverwalk is one of the attractions of this revitalized waterfront we enjoyed immensely.

Management response:
Hi Bob, thank you for the kind review. We are looking forward to completion of our facilities and hope to host you again then, if not before!




folie a deux, 2016-04-05
Captain: , Churn creek (21)

will be a great marina when completed. floating docks first class. temporary toilets and showers o.k. location in downtown wilmington very good. wilmington is a lovely town to walk around in spring time. worth the 12 miles off the icw up the cape fear river. lots of bars and restaurants nearby. didnt see much in the way of laundry,hardware,groceries and boat supplies within walking distance but we had friends with a car.

Management response:
Thank you for the review. When our facilities are completed, we will have all of the things you didn't see this time around. We hope you will come back when our facilities are completed!




Hidden Gem, 2016-02-09
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (10)

Port City Marina is a lovely facility with great staff who facilitate a phenomenal atmosphere. Its within walking distance from downtown and we have been fortunate to be able to use local vendors and contractors whislt moored at Port City Marina. I can also confirm that their internet speeds are great and the shore power is stable, we have been on shore power for three months without any problems. I highly recommened Port City Marina as a gerat stop on an east coast adventure, the only risk being that it might become your new homeport!!

Management response:
Hi John, you were a pleasure to have at our marina and we thank you for the kind review. Come see us again soon!




Future Gem, 2016-01-03
Captain: , Vergennes, VT (85)

With the dock and temporary facilities in place, you can see how incredible the place is going to look when complete. This will be a very busy place in the coming months

Management response:
Hi Eric, we love having you at our marina and are glad you can see our vision for the future!




Location, facilities, and area are wonderful, 2015-12-08
Captain: , Moyock, NC (984)

The facilities are in the process of being built. However, the new docks are in place and work really well. There's a free trolly within a block that runs every 20 minuntes to the historic and entertainment center. There are many nice restaurants and bars. The Dixie Grille has the best breakfast in town on Market Street and the Ghost Walk Tour from the Black Cat Shoppe, also on Market Street, is a worthwhile entertaining evening that highlights the older hauted homes on the hill overlooking the water front town. The extensive Wilmington Railroad Museum has history, memoribilia, and a large operating exhibit of model trains. The River Walk runs all along the water front with many interesting shops and places to eat. Or you can just sit on the benches over looking the river and the USS Battleship North Carolina.

Management response:
Hi Sandra, thank you for the kind words on our location, facilities, and the area around us. We are looking forward to our facilities being completed and hope you will come visit us again!




On it's way to a great marina, 2015-11-16
Captain: , Hingham, MA (1079)

The staff here is very nice. This is a new and in-progress marina with very limited facilities. In 2016, the marina will have showers, laundry, and restaurants. The trailor showers that are currently in place are disappointing and about the size of the head on my sailboat. However, the location and the new docks are great.
Note: do not do laundry at Azaleas (closest laundry) - we took an Uber here - very sketchy/unsafe area.

Management response:
Thank you for the review. We appreciate the compliment on our staff, location, and docks. We are looking forward to our new facilities being completed and hope to host you again when they are.




Great spot, will be fantastic when finished, 2015-11-10
Captain: , Miami (168)

Incredibly welcoming staff and beautiful new floating docks. Good room inside to turn around (82ft). Right off downtown Wilmington within 5 minutes of many restaurants and shops.
Very efficient in organising fuel and other needs. Thank you!

Management response:
Hello CapnKimbo, thank YOU! We really enjoy reading reviews like this one and hope to host you again sometime soon!




Southport Yacht Club visit this past weekend, Nov 7, 2015, 2015-11-09
Captain: , Southport Marina (10)

I only give Port City a 4 star rating because it isn't finished yet. I know once the facility is finished, it will be a 5 star marina. The staff was very accomodating for our group and made every effort to make us feel welcome and comfortable. The future amenities being built around the marina will definitlely establish this area as a premier destination along the Wilmington river front. I highly recommend!

Management response:
Hi Steven, thank you for your review. We are looking forward to the future amenities being completed as well and hope you will come visit us when they are, if not before!




Great place to visit Wilmington!, 2015-10-30
Captain: , Stuart, fl (10)

We stayed here for 6 weeks. Brand new marina with state of the art floating docks. Great place for a week or more stay to explore the city and events. Weekly rates are a bargain. Pete and Josh are the kind of people who make sure everything is perfect! Wi-fi is now working. It's too far to walk downtown but the free trolly is fine and Uber charged us $4 to get back one night. Once the resort is finished this marina will be "The place to stay"!

Management response:
Hi Doug, thank you for the kind review. We love having you at our marina!




Beautiful Docks, 2015-10-28
Captain: , Morehead City (390)

Beautiful Docks, these are the best/strongest made docks I have ever seen. The only thing missing is a rubber finder/rub rail. If you rub the dock it is wood.

The price for transcients is $1.75 a foot plus $10.00 per day for 50 amp power. This is too much given you can stay at the City dock for $1.25 and $5.00 and be much closser to town.

I was concerned about current inside the marrina but when i walked around the marina during peak flow in the river there was very little current once inside the fairways a couple of slips.

I only gave a 4 star instead of 5 because of the price.

Management response:
We try to provide the highest quality marina at a reasonable price, and apologize that our pricing is not what you were hoping for. In the case that you are a BoatUS member, we offer transient pricing of $1.50 per foot. Thank you for pointing out our well-made docks and lack of current inside the basin. We would love to host you again sometime!




Pleasant discovery, 2015-09-11
Captain: , Green Cove Springs,Fl (104)

We had reservations at Wilmington City Docks but when 15-20 winds blew in the docks were pretty much inaccessible so we continued a little way north and came across Port City Marina. What a gem! First class marina! Peter and Josh are very professional, friendly and helpful. This new marina has state-of-the-art floating docks, deep water, is well-protected and is easy to get in and out of. Very close to downtown, within walking distance, or if you prefer you could choose to ride the FREE trolley system. There is a lot of shopping in the downtown area too! We enjoyed a performance at UNC Wilmington - about a 10 minute taxi ride away. We were very pleased with our experience here and hope you will be as well.

Management response:
We loved reading this and think it speaks for itself- thank you! Come back and see us anytime.




Open/Operating, 2015-09-10
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (432)

Open. Friends tell me $14/foot month-to-month, $12/foot annual contract. This is a bit steep for the Cape Fear River. They've run events and promoted quite a bit, but a bit of a work-in-progress. Certainly not yet posh and splendorous as marketed. I really hope this place will be the showpiece the drawings depict. However, every date they publish has been missed.

They have bath/shower facilties in trailers. No fuel pumps yet, very spartan. Abysmally slow, sporadic construction going on forever around the marina. Will be a great place once the dust settles (literally).

The city and various investors are a little disjointed in their plans to make condo complexes, hotels, restaurants, and shops down there, but will be a showcase by 2020, I'd imagine, provided no recession recurs.

Management response:
Thank you for the review. We are looking forward to when the construction surrounding the marina is completed as well and hope you will come visit us then, if not before!




Not fully finished, but looking great., 2015-09-10
Captain: , Seven Oaks, South Carolina (245)

We came here out of desperation and found the staff very helpful and willing to work to accomodate us on very short notice. Pete was there to greet us after hours and helped us not only tie up, but get power connected. Everything is new and some things aren't quite finished, such as the lack of WiFi, though the antennas are in place. Just some more wiring to be completed.

Management response:
Hello Craig, thank you for the kind review. Our WiFi is up and running now- come and see us again!




Great New Addition, 2015-07-06
Captain: , Wrightsville Beach, NC (10)

First class docks and staff. Still a work in progress but what I see is to be liked.

Management response:
Thank you, we appreciate it!




Tons of Potential, 2014-07-02
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (46)

When built, this place is going to change the look and feel of Downtown Wilmington.

Management response:
Hi Matty, thank you for seeing our potential. We are just as excited about it as you are!


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