Details for Rockhold Creek Marina

Rockhold Creek Marina

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 6 reviews

Address 453 Deale Rd, PO Box 610
Deale, MD 20751


After hours contact


Facility type

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


VHF channel


Email contact

Owner, manager

Captain Jon Sheller



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: Unknown
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 40
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 50
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2014-10-02)

Other price info: Weekly: $4.50 per foot.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: $5 per day for electric for air conditioning or heat.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

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 - Free


Yes - Ice available 24 hours.








Yes - Nearby


Yes - West Marine is next door.


Yes - Nearby


Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - ABYC certified mechanics.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Open end 20 ton Travelift, 20 ton hydraulic trailer, and 7500 lb. boat forklift.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi access.

Boat ramp availability

No - Not on site but available nearby.


Yes - Courtesy bicycles.

Other services


Reviews for Rockhold Creek Marina
Quiet and Comfortable Marina, 2016-05-25
Captain: , Chantilly, VA - Deale, MD (11)

I've had my boat at Rockhold Creek Marina for about 8 months, visiting most weekends, even through winter. DIY is allowed and priced well. Jon, the owner, doesn't just manage the marina from behind a desk. He usually isn't found in the office. He will normally be found working in the yard on a boat for repairs, winterizing, moving boats with the travel lift, and more. Jon is a retired Navy officer and I have always seen him conduct himself professionally and most times with a smile.

It's not a big marina and doesn't have a lot of amenities but it's quiet and comfortable. I chose this marina because I am able to work on my boat myself and didn't need the "extras" some other marinas might charge more for. There's electrical outlets and water spigots spread around the yard to use while you're there.

There are bathrooms with a shower, deck with grills for members to use, there's a gazeebo that is useful for outside time while it rains, wifi is available, and there's a freezer with bags of ice for sale.

There's a West Marina at the nearby Harrington Harbor North, but the Deale Hardware store (.5 mile away) down the road in town also carry a very limited amount of boat supplies. A grocery store is 3.5 miles away but well stocked.

Fair, honest, comfortable, and clean, 2015-07-21
Captain: , Moyock, NC (1044)

Although there's not many available side-tie docks (to make it easy for us to get on and off our trawler), Jon had one for us when we telephoned ahead. The fixed docks are in good condition and the facilities are clean. There's also several areas for cookouts, picnics, and socializing. The people are friendly and nice. It's a good stop and pleasant. It surprised me that no one else had written a current review for 2015 because I think boating people do find and return to these reliable good places.

Fair Prices, Honest, Homey and Clean, 2014-11-10
Captain: , Yuma Az (10)

I am 70, retired, living on a fixed income and live aboard my Cal 34 Sailboat at Rockhold Creek Marina. I was brought to Rockhold Creek Marina by Capt. Mike, the BoatsUS rescue driver after my engine blew a head gasket. Capt. Mike asked me where I wanted to go, I told him I needed a reasonable priced, honest homey marina, not a resort. He, being in the know, brought me here. I was just after midnight on that Sunday in September that I arrived, I have been here ever since. I found the costs here were well within my budget.
There are 50 slips at Rockhold Creek Marina and none of them are empty. Some may be vacant while the lessee is out boating but all are rented. A testament to the reasonable prices here. There is, however, a list of customers waiting for an empty slip.
I%u2019m gregarious by nature so I talk to people. There is a story going around the docks about; The Lady from Baltimore, a Free Sailboat, a Democrat and $150. The story goes: A lady from Baltimore was given a free sailboat stored on the hard at Rockhold Creek Marina. It is murky as to whether the Marina gave it to her or the previous owner did. One morning she arrived to demand that her free boat be placed in the water. She did not know that there was an appointment list for the travel lift. Capt. Jon, the real McCoy, the one in the khaki uniform and the star on his collar, C/O and Nuclear Sub driver, happily obliged.
Taking his 20 ton travel lift he immediately lifted the boat and carried it to the water. This was also done free, usually there is a multiple hundred dollar charge for such an item. Shortly after launching it was discovered that one of her thru-hulls was severely leaking and sinking the boat. At this time a Democrat shows up with his boat going to tow the lady back to Baltimore, (funny: that word always started with an F when I was younger).
Capt. Jon, having no option but to remove the boat from the water it now hung in the straps for several hours, again without charge, while it was decided what to do. Finally, it was decided that the Capt. and his crew would repair the offending fitting. Upon completion the Capt. Presented a bill for $150 for the repair. A 1-1/4" bronze thru hull costs about $50+shipping, meaning over two hours labor for 2 men was only $100. The democrat was enraged at the price, but paid it because he wanted to tow the Lady from Baltimore. Sounded more than reasonable to me.
The Democrat must have also secretly agreed, as some weeks later he suffered a broken rudder and did not go to the 2 resort marinas or any other 10. He came to where he knew the prices were reasonable, Rockhold Creek Marina. The $60 was charged for 2 days transient dockage at $1 per foot. Not for moving the boat.
You could go to many marinas and go wrong but not at
Rockhold Creek Marina. Fair Prices, Honorable, Honest and Clean.
RP Johnson

Be wary of this place, 2014-06-27
Captain: , Solomons Island, Md (104)

A friend acquired a boat at this marina and in the course of putting it in the water, several leaks were found at the seacocks. They pulled the obat immediately and the manager/owner offerd to help fix them. Two months later as we're preparing to move the boat to a new home, he presents her with a bill for 150 dollars for his "help". About a year later I had to pull in and leave the boat there for a month due to engine problems. I couldn't contact the manager to find out where to put in so I left the boat in a vacnt slip on the end of one of the docks. When he did contact me he said he might need to move the boat. No mention of charging me for it. Sure enough, when it came time for me leave, I was charged an extra 60 bucks to for moving my boat around the dock to another slip even though the one I had been in wsaa STILL vacant. I'd avoid this place if I were you.

Inexpensive, clean, friendly, 2012-06-18
Captain: , Naples, FL (1096)

Only 35 min drive to Alexandria VA. $1 per foot incl. electricity. Super clean restrooms, potpourri scented with piped in classical music, and lending library. Outdoor seating area. Owner is very accommodating.

Only drawback is that Deale does not seem to have any sidewalks.

A great place to live or for maintenance!, 2011-09-07
Captain: , Edgewater, MD (140)

I bought a boat on the hard, stored at RHC Marina. The staff and manager were unfailingly courteous and very professional while moving my boat around the yard, and during launching. They allow DIY maintenance.

While perhaps lacking in some of the fancier amenities like swimming pools and club houses, the facilities are well kept and attractive. The scenery is lovely and the place is quiet.

Two thumbs up!

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