Details for Wayfarers Cove Marina and Boatyard

Wayfarers Cove Marina and Boatyard

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Average rating 4.1 stars from 19 reviews

Address 1107 Bennett Rd.
Arapahoe, NC 28510


After hours contact

Tom McCary

Facility type

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

VHF channel

Web site

Email contact

Owner, manager



Tom McCary

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Visa, MasterCard, and American Express accepted.

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Call the dockmaster for instructions on how best to come into marina.





Tide & current additional info


Approach: 6
Transient dockage: 6
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Recently dredged, 2015, good water all the way in, keep in the center of the channel.

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

Additional info: Pilings with fingers.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 55
Beam max: 16

Other info:


Transient: 0
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

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Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

No - Cable TV in the boaters lounge only. No dockside hook up

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Liveaboard info

Yes - Full time cruisers are welcome. There is an extra fee for living aboard.


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





Yes - Dumpster











Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities

Yes - Full service yard.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - 65 ton - 19 feet 5 inch beam.

Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Wifi

Boat ramp availability




Other services


Reviews for Wayfarers Cove Marina and Boatyard
Awesome Boatyard, Great People!!!, 2016-09-30
Captain: , Chapin sc (210)

We were referred to Wayfarer's Cove by a friend who had work done on his Monk. What a fantastic referral. Tom McCary, manager, is great - very personable, very accommodating and extremely knowledgeable. Tom's staff are great - very knowledgeable and professional. It's amazing to watch them haul boats out of the water and into the boat yard. They did a great job on our bottom paint. Rick Vogt, of Vogt Yachts has a workshop on the boatyard. He installed a bow thruster on our Kadey Krogen, removed soft wood in the lazarette and reglassed and he removed soft spots from the bow pulpit and reglassed and installed a windless. The work he did was perfect. He is extremely knowledgeable and very neat in his work. He is also very personable. Asa Gatlin and Perry of Gatlin Marine Service also have a shop at the boatyard. Asa and Perry installed an inverter and new alternator and installed wiring for the bow thruster and new windless. Asa has an incredible array of tools in his machine shop and can fabricate and machine parts as needed. He and Perry were Great to work with and do an outstanding job. All in all we could not have asked for a better place to have all our work done. It was like being with your friends at the boatyard. Great boatyard, very talented professionals and great craftsmanship. An added bonus was Tom's wonderful companion, Trav - a beautiful friendly lab!

Great Boatyard, 2015-11-19
Captain: , St. Augustine, FL (50)

We had our boat here for a 2 1/2 year refit and cannot speak highly enough of the work performed by Asa, Perry & Rick. I feel that these people were more like having a lot of knowledgeable friends working on out boat.
Our refit was almost a total overhaul. More like a complete "out with the old and in with the new" for almost all the systems. The entire electrical system, both DC & AC was replaced essentially by Perry and the quality of the work was outstanding. We had a heat pump (A/C reverse cycle) installed by Asa & crew along with a generator - and again the quality of the work and the dedication of the team were truly exemplary.
Rick replaced the galley (we removed the propane system and now cook with an induction cooktop - the same system I used on land for 10 years before moving aboard). He also replaced all the windows (deadlights) of which there are many linear feet on our boat, and his work is all of the highest quality.
These notes hardly touch the surface of the work we had completed - almost all by this dedicated and knowledgeable team - and we relied very heavily on their knowledge and advice about how to solve the many problems that needed solving!
We have more work to be done later and will certainly return to have this ream take almost loving care of our floating home.

The marina itself has very friendly and capable staff but the facilities, while adequate, could certainly benefit from upgrading. Without a car there is no access to anything beyond the marina, and no bus or cab service available. We did have a car while completing the refit, and in addition the team lent us use of a truck when we needed it to move aboard.

Great repair and hurricane hole, 2015-09-14
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (952)

We spent the summer at Wayfarers for maintenance and upgrades. We cannot say enough positive things about the staff, the organization, the quality of work, the pricing, and the security.
Tom McCary, the manager and dock master, is just awesome. He could not have made our stay any better. His scheduling was right on and he kept us informed about the progress as we were off the boat traveling most of the time. He is helpful, friendly, and very knowledgeable and even accepted the large amounts of packages that arrived for us.
The travel lift accommodated our 48%u2019 Hatteras LRC weighing over 60,000 pounds. Their specialty is their bottom work and it shows. We are extremely pleased with Donnie and his guys for the concern and time they take while lifting and working on boats. We had two coats of bottom paint, the entire boat buffed, the props removed and sent off to be tuned, a transducer replaced on a depth finder, and a thru-haul fitting replaced.
Asa, Perry, Daniel (Gatlin Marine) are able to do anything above the water line. They repaired the depth finder, found the problem and repaired the sea water wash down pump, fixed an electrical problem, wired and plumbed the new galley (details below). They are extremely knowledgeable, helpful, and organized. Daniel can work on outboard motors and repaired our Four Stroke Yamaha%u2019s carburetor.
Dawson Creek Boat Yard is also on site. As we were waxing the boat, we discovered soft wood around our davit. Dave and his crew did a great job at removing and replacing the bad wood, the fiberglass work, and painting. He also repaired a crack in the inside of our side-console dinghy. Dave has a special non-skid procedure for decks that is beautiful and long-lasting. We observed an amazing extension he did on a catamaran. So, we highly recommend them for any paint, fiberglass repairs.
Last, but certainly not least, our galley refit done by Rick Vogt (252.671.6978). Rick gutted the old galley, removing some cabinets, the old countertops, and appliances. He did a fantastic job with the new cabinetry; building and matching the wood and stain with Alfromosia wood that is throughout the boat. We choose a beautiful marble looking solid surface for the countertop which we extended, under-counter mount sink, new cook top, oven, garbage disposal, and existing refrigerator and washer/dryer moved. We installed mirrors for the back splash and two new receptacles. Rick was able to do the entire job with great precision and detail (except for the plumbing and wiring %u2013 see above). He was able to find room for additional storage and made us new cabinet to take advantage of that unused space. Rick was a joy to get to know and has a lot of experience with boats, building boats from the ground up. He is very precise, has an artist eye, detail orientated and careful protecting the part of the boat he is not working on. We appreciate all his hours of hard work while we enjoy our beautiful, new galley.
Jimmy Watts (ex-Hatteras employee) replaced 3 pilothouse windows, repaired the others, and the salon windows as well as welding the bracket on the anchor roller.
We replaced our 65# CRQ even though we had never had problems with it with a 100# Manson and 300%u2019 for 3/8%u201D chain as our old chain had extreme wear. This caused some modifications on the roller. Chuck Courtney, Power and Sail Boat Repair (252.670.3159), was able to modify the bracket and got the new parts made and installed. We appreciate Chuck%u2019s fast turnaround of a day as we were very anxious to start cruising again.
The marina and all the subs on the property work together to fulfill any needs you may have.
When observed on the charts, it appears there is not enough room to enter the marina. The channel was dredged in June and Tom will assist with directions. The best time to enter is when the winds are out of the NW. It is deep enough and very secure.
This is a boatyard not a marina so keep that in mind. It is also a very secure hurricane hole but it is very isolated. It is 9 miles from Oriental and 24 miles from New Bern. Enterprise Car Rental in New Bern will pick up at the marina.

Summer 2015
Once again, we returned for the summer and once again, very pleased with the exceptional work.
We had the boat hauled, bottom pained, c-cock removed, buffed and paint touch ups. Donnie and his group are top-notched and care is given when lifting the boat. We are a 48%u2019 Hatteras LRC they can lift with no problems. The lift is in great shape and serviced as needed.
We replaced our old Galley Maid sea-water flush heads with Raritan fresh water flush. Gatlin Marina, Perry and Asa, did a wonderful job removing, re-plumbing, re-installing. They also removed and installed a new water heater. Rick Vogt, who upgraded our galley last year, hung new wallpapers in both heads and installed new flooring as well as a repair on the dinghy cradle.
Asa and Perry also installed 8, 6 volt batteries, building a new battery box, installed a Balmar Voltage Regulator and Balmar Smart Gauge.
Daniel, Roy and Asa drained, flushed and replaced engine coolant, fixed a mounting for the generator
Tom McCray, the manager, is wonderful at scheduling, ordering parts and keeping everything organized. Plus, he is fun and very helpful.
Everyone is very friendly, professional, efficient, and helpful. They even helped remove our old mattress that took 4 guys, 1 hour.
In addition to their great workmanship, it is located in a hurricane hole.

bottom job, 2015-08-20
Captain: , new bern, NC (100)

Had a bottom job done May 2014. Everything seemed great until we had boat pulled in Savannah Ga. Oct. 2014. We asked the yard in GA. to Pressure wash bottom. We were informed that the paint was peeling so bad that if they pressure washed bottom all paint would be gone. All I have been able to get from Tom at Wafarers cove is excuses. He refuses to admit the bottom was not sanded properly. POOR WORK

Good Spot, Off the Beaten Path, 2015-08-17
Captain: , Oriental, NC (71)

This is a good marina, especially for weathering a storm.
Slips are finger piers, and docks are a bit worn, but serviceable.
Staff is great, faciliities are clean.
Entry is tough (tight and sometimes shallow)
Have not used the boatyard yet, it has a great reputation for quality and cost.

nice out of the way place, 2014-11-28
Captain: , Hampton (80)

It has been a while since we were here but we like this place and found the amenities and staff to be excellent.

Great work yard!, 2014-03-06
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (432)

Tom the manager is very helpful and friendly. This is a supreme hurricane hole and a great yard. We did a winter layup last year for some work and some time out of water and the rates were affordable and the service timely.

Entrance channel requires some patient caution as seen in my photo here. Plenty deep (6'+) but nar-row.

Could not get in, 2013-11-25
Captain: , Portsmouth RI (275)

We arranged to have tour boat hauled. Drove down, got a tour and were shown the channel with the "green sticks" marking the shoal. We draw 5'6". Motored down from New Bern on a day when Tom said there should be lots of water. Spent an hour running aground, getting free and grounding yet again. Finally gave up. Was lucky to get out without damage or a tow. Went back to New Bern arriving after dark. Seems like nice folks but can't comment on the yard because I could not get in.
Boatyard folks were not helpful, they went dark on phone and radio communication when we could have really used some advice and only called back after many voicemails 2 days later with interesting excuses.

Pretty basic (or rundown) but GREAT PEOPLE AND WORK, 2013-11-22
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (2982)

Facilities could definitely be updated, but there are some definite positives: If waiting for work by one of the "partners" (there is a painting operation, Dave, a mechanic operation, Asa, and a "all else", Tom, who are "partners here), you pay NOTHING for lay days. We were waiting for a paint job for a total of 5 weeks and paid NOTHING to keep the boat here while we were doing the other refit work (the 5 week wait was broken down between grinding, priming, and finish coat).

Not Fancy But All We Needed - Great Repair Facility, 2013-10-12
Captain: , Cleveland (2029)

Newest Update! 9/2013: We returned in May to again leave our trawler for 3 months with the work of having the shaft log replaced by Dave and crew. Not only was the work completed on time but also at the quoted price. This might be a first for us! Amy was very diligent in sending pictures of the progress as we were not able to be there to watch the progress.

The job was completed in the most professional manner. We will not hesitate to return for any fiberglass (or mechanical for that matter) work. Well done, Wayfarer's Cove!

Update 10/15/12: After heading north to spend some time on the Chesapeake and spending only one day traveling, we discovered a leak in the shaft log. We returned to Wayfarers Cove 4 days after we had left! Tom was great about getting us hauled back out and geting started on solving the problem.

Although we weren't able to fully repair the leak, we were able (with the help of Don and Dave) to determine the boat was structurally sound. Our plan is to return next spring and have the shaft log replaced.

Workmanship was excellent - price was right. Definitely will return to have the remaing job completed. DYI is encouraged!

September 2012:
We left our 36' trawler here on the hard for 2 1/2 months - July, August. Due to the contour of the land around this marina, we were very confident that in the event a hurricane would blow this way, the boat would be fine.

Laundry and lounge are available. Wifi as well although we did not take advantage of it so not sure how well it works.

Tom is a wonderful person with whom to work. Everyone was very friendly and helpful when we returned to the boat mid-Sept and spent a week or so getting the boat cleaned up and ready to travel again. No problem working on the boat on the hard.

Downside: there is nothing around this marina! Other reviews indicated Enterprise in New Bern would pick you up here but as we had family in the area we did not have a need to pursue this option.

All markers are back in place. Stay dead in the center of the channel for the deepest water. We marked a minimum of slightly over 5 feet at the lowest spot. Most of the channel was 6+ feet.

Funky but great!, 2013-05-29
Captain: , Oriental, NC (150)

What can I say ... this is a funky marina ... but what a great place ... Tom is there to make your stay good ... a boat yard with the ability to do anything ... prices are great ... great hurricane hole .... we love it!

Good Boatyard, 2013-01-22
Captain: , Between Boats, USA (623)

We recently decided to get our annual bottom job at Wayfarers Cove after calling the other five yards in the area. We weighed the idea of do-it-ourselves again, or pay for a turn-key job. Remember when booking the yard: They allow do-it-yourself work to be done, but NOT bottom painting. However, his prices are quite good.

Tom runs a nice place and has a good crew. As it turns out, our simple bottom paint job inflated to a full blister and barrier coat job. After talking to a few people about the work, I felt good about having them do it. Although, it took 13 weeks as we had a few weather setbacks and their holiday break came in the middle of the project. No points off for that.

Anyway, In the end, we were very happy with the job, the service, and the yard itself. I will give some bullet points:

*The yard it DIRT and not gravel, you are going to get very dirty.
*The entry channel is very narrow and tricky to navigate (a little scary too), although, it is marked pretty well and we see 48' Krogens in there, so there IS room.
*The lift slip is 15' high. Kinda weird for first timers.
*Water and power (120V) are nearby most places.
*Bathroom facilities are ok, but just ok. They could use some attention in the near future.
*Well protected from wind.
*Pretty far from civilization.
*According to our sources, Wayfarers has THE BEST fiberglass fabrication and repair guy in the area, although, we did not have a need for his services.

The final point is the most important to me: Tom sticks by his prices and informs you if there are changes! The other yards we have experienced in this area will only give you approx. prices and will not always communicate changes along the way. While I understand the industry well enough to know that isn't always possible, I have yet to have someone hit their quotes. They are usually WAY higher. Tom seems different. The price he gave me for the work, he stuck to. That is the #1 reason I will probably go back there again.

**NOTE** We did NOT stay in the marina portion of Wayfarers Cove. The only comment I can give about the marina is that it looks in need of a LOT of attention. The fixed docks are wavy with large gaps between boards and it would not be my first choice of home ports.

Best Kept Secret, 2012-11-18
Captain: , Havelock, North Carolina (10)

A very nice quiet marina. Best place in Eastern North Carolina to ride out a hurricane. Full service yard with skilled artisans, do-it-yourself options also. Not a glitzy place, but very down to earth and welcoming.

Want to get away!, 2012-05-31
Captain: , Philadelphia (331)

Channel markers have been replaced, and the entrance and marina recently dredged. This is a special place, one of the best huricane holes in the Carolinas, quiet, rustic and rural. The help is fantastic!

Hurricane Irene Damage, 2011-09-28
Captain: , New Bern (10)

Hurricane Irene did little damage to Wayfarers Cove. However, the entrance markers in the Neuse River were damaged. Red #2 is gone, and a couple of dayboards are missing. The channel is OK, but seems to have shifted a few feet east. Work to re-dredge and to replace the missing markers is being scheduled.

Great place to have animals., 2010-10-05
Captain: , Minnesott beach NC (107)

We often come back to Wayfarers Cove. You will enjoy this marina if you are looking for peace and quiet. Your dogs will love to romp around here and are most welcome to be here. Extremely protected and friendly atmosphere. Love it!

Wayfarers Cove, 2010-04-23
Captain: , Bear Creek (235)

Narrow entrance, and normally 5.5ft depths, may be more or less depending on the wind tide. Super protection, yard does good basic work at a great price. Harbor master doesn't monitor VHF, need to call in advance, and have cell to make call on approach. Grocery about 3 miles, New Bern Enterprise will pick you up.

Yard Service, 2007-09-19
Captain: , New Bern, NC (16)

Yard service on recent blister repair and bottom job was excellent. Yard personnel have over 25 years experience. Price was significantly less than competing yards. Strongly recommend the yard.

New Owner, 2007-02-01
Captain: , Minnesott Beach NC (81)

The yacht basin has new owners who are developing the 30 acrea property. The marina facilities are under renavation with the repair yard in full opperation and a large portion of the old dock and slips still in use. Channel shoaling has always been a problem but dueable at 5.5 feet draft until the next dredging.

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