Details for Southall Landings Marina

Southall Landings Marina

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Average rating 4.2 stars from 23 reviews

Address 333 Mainsail Dr
Hampton, VA 23669-1783

Phone757-850-9929 (Fax: 757-850-0082)

After hours contact


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Facility type

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


BoatUS discounts

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info: Open year round


Both Salt ponds and Southall have a narrow approach after passing marker R4. The channel gets small with a rocky jetty to the north side and mid-length breakwater on the south. Just before you hit the breakwater and enter the inlet there has been shoaling right in front of marker G5. There is a sharp turn to port as one passes marker R6 which you can't see around because of a big home built on the south shore. Stay in the middle. Once around the corner, there is 6-7 foot depths to the marina.

Feb. 2011 Update. The channel was dredged to 7 feet MLW in January. However, once you make the corner there is still shoaling. This also is due to be dredged but at this time there is no set date for accomplishing that. It is best to call the marina for updates before entering for the first time.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 50
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: $1.25/ft (2016-10-27)

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Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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

Additional info:

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Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

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Diesel priceUnknown

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Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out



















Hotels or motels


Repair capabilities

Yes - Mobile certified Yanmar Mechanic. Diesel Dawg Yacht Care, 757-651-1315.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Check with dockmaster for details.

Boat ramp availability



Other services

Pool and tennis court.


Reviews for Southall Landings Marina
Great Marina- except for the city maintained channel, 2017-08-16
Captain: , Hampton, VA (81)

We kept our sailboat here for most of 2016 and absolutely loved it. Amenities were great compared to most local marinas. Really enjoyed it during the summer with the pool and tennis courts. The walk from the parking lot to the slips is pretty long however we had no complaints over it. Occasionally the dockhands will give rides to your boat on a golf cart but don't rely on it as they were often busy with other tasks. Security at the marina is good. During north winds the marina experiences some stiff breezes. Slips do not have floating piers and during a tropical storm (Hermine) we were not able to access our boat due to the water level at the piers. The reason we left was because of the Salt Ponds channel that was poorly maintained by the City of Hampton, our boat drafts 5ft and at or near low tide we could not safely pass through the channel. We use our boat far too much to have to constantly play the tides to get in or out. It is advertised to have 8ft at low tide, I can assure you this is not true. If draft is not an issue for you I would recommend this marina.

Friendly Marina, Helpful Staff, 2017-05-30
Captain: , Mooloolaba (692)

There are two marinas in the Salt Ponds inlet. Southall Landing and Salt Ponds Marina. We stayed at both. Southall has a small floating dock, one boat only, but it is predominately fixed peers. Bathrooms and facilities are nice but can be quite a walk from the slips. There is a well established owners group here who have been here generally for many years, are very friendly as are the dock staff. Protection is good in the inlet. Probably better on the East side than the West. We enjoyed our stay.

inexpensive GEM, 2016-12-22
Captain: , Elizabeth City NC (51)

GREAT AMMENITIES. excellent bathrooms, showers, a sauna, full fitness center, racketball courts, floating transient dock with power. great staff. its a bit of a walk to the bathrooms and office, but its worth it. car service available to get anything you need within 10 minutes.

Nice facilities and great people, 2016-11-17
Captain: , Hampton, VA (150)

We have been at Southall for 4 months and absolutely love it. The facilities are very nice and well maintained. The docks are well maintained and are in good condition. The only drawback is the lack of floating docks but it really is a non-issue. During Matthew we had to make a couple line adjustments due to the extreme tides but other than that it's never been an issue. The marina does not have fuel but does have a pumpout and fish cleaning stations. The dockmaster is very nice and always helpful if you need anything. The boaters are always around and many of them take their boat out on regular occasions. It%u2019s great to see an active boating community.

I work here alot, 2016-10-13
Captain: , Norfolk (56)

I have worked at all the marinias in Hampton and Norfolk. This one is one of the most friendly and secure. It's a hike to the bathhouse but the dockmaster is most always on hand during business hours. The docks are the older non floating kind but are in great shape. I slip fees are low also. I'm a certified Yanmar mechanic in Norfolk, Diesel Dawg Yacht Care. Love working here.

Nice marina, on the wetlands. Great view and lots of amenities, 2016-06-16
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (407)

We were only here 1 night, but the rates for a month or more are very competitive here and we may leave the boat here for a while if we have to leave the area. This is a beautiful marina that is part of the Southall Landings condominium development. It was about $1.50 per foot plus $6 for electric.

The docks are 28 years old and in good shape, although they are not floating docks. There is some tide coming in here, so if you crash occasionally, like we do, you need to take your time. Also, you got that expensive bowthruster for a reason, didn't you? You might as well use it.

They have a pool, nice shower facilities, a washer and dryer to use, and a helpful staff - Thanks Steve! The setting is beautiful. When we entered, the shallow depths made us nervous in the inlet, but it only got to 7 feet at low tide as far as we could tell.

You might neeed Uber or a taxi for shopping, there isn't anything in walking disctance, but we were able to get to a nice Farm Fresh grocery store a few miles away.

I would recommend this place. It is very nice.

Well protected, good pricing, great customer service, 2016-04-28
Captain: , Sarasota, FL (60)

I'm a full time cruiser and spent Nov 2015 to April 2016 at this marina.

PROS: Excellent pricing/value and well protected from weather. Went through a couple of 50 kt winter storms with very little motion in Salt Pond - a really calm body of water with very quick access to the Chesapeake (5 minutes). Docks are gated and the marina is within a gated community: feels pretty secure. Steve Snaidman, the marina manager, is friendly and helpful and up-front about everything - a rarity and a pleasure. Bathrooms/showers are adequate - maybe a grade of "B." Utilities never failed - up-to-date power supply and great water pressure.

CONS: A car is nearly a must if you have any significant errands/shopping. While you can walk to grocery and an Ace Hardware, it's a long walk. The better of the available grocery stores is 2.6 miles, and a nice, full-service laundromat is about 4 miles away (there may be limited laundry access available at the marina office).

NOTE: Hampton prohibits "liveaboards" - apparently by city ordinance. If you're a cruiser looking for a long-term stop in the area, make sure to identify yourself as a "cruiser" rather than "liveaboard." Most marinas in the Hampton Roads area will tell you that they don't accept liveaboards.

Beautiful, well protected marina - potential ICW hangout, 2015-08-01
Captain: , Hampton, VA (20)

Southall is one of two marinas in Salt Ponds a very well protected site. The Salt Ponds channel was fully dredged again in May 2015 and there is 8' MLW in the channel and 6' MLW within the marina areas. This is a very active sailboat marina with clean restrooms, friendly staff, wonderful views and great place to use your kayak. Steve the marina manager can help you getting to a large food store 2 miles away, a West Marine 5 miles away or finding a good marine services supplier if you have a problem.

Southall Landings, 2014-12-03
Captain: , Hampton, VA (20)

Clean facilities, cheapest slip rental in the area, helpful friendly staff.

new to it but I love it already, 2014-11-29
Captain: , Hampton (80)

just bought a boat docked at SHLM and I love the place. great manager full of knowledge and straining at the bit to help. we look forward to being part of the community there. best kept, cleanest marina ever.

These guys are the best. Great marina. Good people., 2014-05-15
Captain: , Palm Coast, FL (10)

The private access showers and restrooms are always immaculate and include saunas. Found more sailing knowledge in one place having coffee with Steve and Jeff than at my sailing club back home. I needed to replace a topping lift and they provided me with a bosun's chair and a block and tackle system that Jeff designed. My wife tailed while I hauled myself up the mast to connect the new cable.

Awesome Marina, 2014-02-13
Captain: , Phx, AZ (10)

I have kept my cat there for the last two summers and Steve, the manager is the best. He is always looking out for the boats and gives email updates when storms are on the horizon. I am an out of town owner and really appreciate his hard work!!!

southall landings marina, 2013-06-05
Captain: , New Bern, NC (30)

Excellent location and well protected. Dockmaster experienced and knowledgeable. Friendly. Nice showers, head and pool. Small store in dockmasters office.

Captain: , Hampton, Virginia (20)

This marina is my home port. I keep my 50ft. trawler there for the past 4 years. The marina does not have floating docks, nor fueling facilities, but it does have a very good dockmaster/manager named Mr. Steve Sneidman. The marina is well maintained and the slips are currently being dredged to 6 feet at low tide. In summary, the rates here are amongst the least expensive in the area and I recomend the establishment. Thank you, Captain Mike De Long aborad the trawler 'Covenant'.

Nice marina, friendly people and beautiful view, 2012-10-28
Captain: , Lansdale, PA (330)

We come here to visit friends and always enjoy the hospitality of the marina staff and slipholders. The marina is clean and well kept and the Salt Ponds area is so pretty.

A very nice place, 2012-09-06
Captain: , Hampton, VA (116)

I have berthed in Southall for well over a year and have enjoyed every minute. The staff is so nice, so helpful. They really go out of their way for you. The marina is well protected. Facilities are quite adequate and clean. The pool is great. The channel has been dredged and should be ok even for deeper-keeled boats. Salt Ponds Marina (just on the other side of the fairway) has a fuel dock, so fuel is no problem. Both marinas have pumpouts.

This is a fine marina. I recommend it for either transients or permanent slip.

Nice marina, but U have to grease your hull to get in/out at low tide!, 2012-06-11
Captain: , Gloucester, Va (222)

We original bought our last boat at SouthHall, & the marina itself is very nice, but the channel getting in & out is a bit treacherous at times. You literally have to sail your keel through a pocket of dredged shoalling, which is only about 6 feet wide at the 90 degree turn to the marina. It is inaccessible for boats with more then 5.5 or 6 foot draft. I was told that some bigger boats were literally trapped inside the marina until it was dredged periodically. The breaker rocks to the north entrance & wooden breaker to south side are boat killers if you were to loose engine power when entering. You have to cut through breaking waves at shore line, so your engine better be in tip top shape! South Hall does have nice bathrooms, pool, work out room, small ships store & friendly staff, but there are no haul out or gas facilities in Salt Ponds. Closest repair facilities are several hours sail north on Back River.

Good Marina - Friendly people, 2011-08-17
Captain: , Atlanta (100)

Stayed a month. Nice people, good rates. It's a little tight getting in but not a problem.

Great People, 2011-04-06
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (695)

Great friendly people and nice facilities. Good clean showers, nice pool, washer dryer. Fun place to stay due to the great people. A little away from stores and restaurants except for one restaurant at the salt pons marina. Great protection.

Southall Landings Marina, 2010-07-21
Captain: , hampton (70)

Nice marina frendly staff and boaters , good Y.C. 30 and 50 amp power nice pool and tenis courts

went to see, 2010-03-18
Captain: , Deltaville Va (531)

my wife and I went to see this marina for a change of homeport it's in a condo area and gated but the code to the gate is on the sign out front (so what good is the gate ?) The docks do have a gate on them that takes a key card. No haul out, no parts store and you have to drive one of the poor parts of town to get there. In short it's just a place to park your boat.

Southall Landings, 2008-07-20
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (63)

What a great place. After searching the bay from Annapolis on down we found Southall Landings and have been here for the last three years. Very well protected - we weathered out TS Ernesto here - and the friendliest staff and boaters around. Protected, yet the bay is so close that leaving the marina your engine won't even be up to temperature when you get to the bay.
Sadly Jerry, the former marina manager, had to leave due to medical problems. Bub Southall has taken overall charge of the marina with L.T. Williams as the Dock Master and the weekend guy is Steve S. All do a fantastic job of keeping us happy.

There has been some problems with the channel shoaling but lately, this year at least, the city has been quick to bring in a dredge to set things right. At the moment (July-9-08) controlling depth at low tide is about 5.5 feet but the dredge is quickly working it's way through the channel and we should be back to 8 feet or better soon.

No fuel, or restaurant/bar at the marina but both can be found just a little further down at the Staltponds marina. The very good side of this is they also don't have the noise, stink, or traffic that goes along with the fuel dock and Bar/Restaurant. To get to the Bar/Restaurant is just a couple minutes away by dinghy of you want to go.
For transients looking for laundry facilities and near by shopping, you are out of luck. They are not too far, but out of walking distance for all but the very hearty. However, quite often you can find another boater who will give you a ride, or loan you their car for a quick run. Clean showers, pool, and a small ships store are a plus.

My Home Port, 2007-06-20
Captain: , Southall Landing, Hampton, VA (13)

This is a nice place to keep my boat as I live in the condos as well. there is a small ships store with a great harbor Master (Jerry Powell). He works hard to provide great prices and good care of the docks.

Everything is great here except three things. No restaurant, no fuel and no floating docks. All of these exist just across the inlet at Salt Ponds.....which is a source of envy for us......

In our favor, we are friendlier and enjoy our neighbors more perhaps as we have more locals.

both marinas are having the same issue about shoaling at the entrance to the inlet. Last years digging opened up a good deal of it, but some 6 footers still have real problems getting in at low tide. The channel is very narrow. It will need dredging again in the near future.

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