Details for Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor

Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor

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Average rating 3.4 stars from 15 reviews

Address 415 Whittaker Point Road, PO Box 357
Oriental, NC 28571


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - NO
Repair - YES
Municipal - NO
Other - YES
Other info: Brokerage

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Knute Bysheim



Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


There are two different channels in the Oriental area, our channel runs North into Whittaker Creek. The channel is marked with green #1 and red #2. The channel runs straight from #1 to #5. Once you get to #5 turn to port and our fuel dock is 400 feet ahead. Stay 25 feet off of #5. No current at the facility.





Tide & current additional info

No celestial tide but if there's a steady wind from the south then the water level drops to a point where anyone with +5.5' draft will have difficulty getting in/out.


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 9
Fuel dock: 9

Other depth info: There's a 'wind tide'. When the wind is strong for long durations out of the south, the water goes down. When the wind is strong out of the north, the water will come up.

It is reported that the channel is getting worse. In July 2011 a boat drawing 6' reported plowing throug mud for about 20' mid channel on way in with steady south winds in effect.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 140
Beam max: 50

Other info: Face dock is 135 feet long with no beam restrictions. Call Knute @ 252-670-3759 and he can let you know of the exact water depth on particular days, most all seven foot draft vessels will not have any problems.


Transient: 10
Total: 140
Transient price: $1.00/ft (2012-10-08)

Other price info: Monthly rate, $11.50 per foot.
Annual rate is $114 per foot.
All rates include electric, water, showers and swimming pool.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info: Twin 50 amp service is available.

Pricing info: Included in price.

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - Included in price.

Dinghy access

Yes - Free of charge.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: Pumps damaged by Irene. Out of service as of September 20, 2011. Call ahead.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


No - CNG exchange, no propane. Close to Village hardware for bottle fill, Knute will assist if needed.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: A real good place for pets.

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

No - Nearby




Yes - On premises.


Yes - On premises.


Yes - On premises.


Yes - On premises


Yes - Nearby Supermarket and Walmart Express are closed as of June 2016. A full service Supermarket is to open on the site of the Walmart later this summer. Some food and sundries available at Dollar General near old Walmart and at Provisions downtown.


No - Ships store no longer in operation - replaced by sailmaker. West Marine is a long walk, but managable. West Marine is an express store, not well stocked.

There's an Ace Hardware, and Marine consignment store in town. Provision company in town has reopened.


Yes - Local


Yes - Local

Hotels or motels

Yes - Local

Repair capabilities

Yes - On premesis.

Haul out capabilities

Yes - Local

Storage facilities

Yes - In the water on premises.

Fishing supplies


Chartering capabilities

Yes - On premesis.

Internet access

Yes - WiFi

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Nearby


Yes - Courtesy bikes. Owner will also assist if you have a pressing need. Enterprise in New Bern will pick you up here if you need a rental.

Other services

Sailmaker in the main building.
Post office within biking range, across the street from the hardware store.
New pharmacy next to the post office just opened.

Village Health and Fitness
1006 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571
Full health spa with showers, steam shower, and heated indoor pool. Day membership is available for $10 per day or 10 visits for $85. Just before the supermarket.


Oriental is a quaint town with 3000 boats and 500 residents. No traffic, kind of a step back in time. Local gift shops, chartering, kayaking, etc.

Reviews for Whittaker Creek Yacht Harbor
peaceful, helpful, economical, 2017-05-25
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (22)

The pool and club house were clean and quite nice. The pool opens next week. Grills by the pool! Card access to showers/toilets. It is a VERY laid back place. Sleepy.

Hug the reds on the way in. Even better can Knute and he will verbally walk you in on the vhf.

Pleasant and economical stop, 2014-10-27
Captain: , West Gardiner, ME (735)

Previous reviews that staff are helpful are right on. Some aspects are dated, but restrooms were clean, laundry was adequate, and fastest wireless I've found yet this trip.

It IS inexpensive, 2013-06-21
Captain: , Jersey City, NJ (190)

and Knute was helpful. The facilities are run down, the pool is no longer in use, and the place seems to be running down, not coming up. The transient slips are exposed to SW winds, which we had, and the boat rocked uncomfortably all night. The wave attenuater didn't attentuate.

Not the Ritz but definitely a good choice to stop here, 2013-03-28
Captain: , Port Charlotte, FL (684)

Knute the owner/ manager and his dockmaster Brian were extremely helpful and welcoming. Knute talked us through the channel on the hand held vhf, and then they both helped us get on the dock and tied up. Knute drove me into town to get fuel, and Brian offered use of the courtesy car. Laundry and facilities were at our disposal. It's not the Ritz, but they are workng on the place and you can see it is coming along. But the bottom line is, the Ritz couldn't match their hospitality, and that's worth a lot.

Great working marina, 2011-11-14
Captain: , Galena, MD (1856)

Needed place to work on dingy motor and Knute provided a covered area protected from elements and had all the cleaners and degreasers needed. Quiet marina and friendly people. Knute will go out of his way to help.

knute is nice guy, 2011-07-05
Captain: , sassafras river, md (303)

stayed here on my trip south on the icw, (sept, 2010) needed some sail repairs and minor rigging work down, between the sailmaker (tops) and Knute the dockmaster they fixed me up great. the place is a bit rough put has everything you need for a few nites stay and the local grocery, etc is close so reprovisioning is a snap.

Sorry, not a five star place., 2011-04-13
Captain: , East Greenwich, RI (660)

First, I did get diesel here. I was scared after I saw the diesel storage tanks the marina has. But I had no iissues with the fuel. The dock staff was helpful. But the facilities (docks, laundry, baths) are dated. Sadly, I think they are a bit cash strapped and things are looking a bit run down.

Friendly and helpful, 2011-04-01
Captain: , New Orleans, LA (671)

Dockmaster was incredibly helpful at tie-up, and gave us a ride in to town for dinner. The walk back was just right after a great meal at M&Ms restaurant.

Nice Clean Protected, 2011-02-27
Captain: , deale md (181)

As other have said - nice, long walk to town, but its a quit place, with easy access to thee Neuse. Mainly long-term slip holders.

No more Fuel, 2010-10-15
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We are told they no longer sell fuel. Not sure if this is 100% true. Stayed there earlier in the year, and a decent place to stay. Long walk to resturants, but many will drive you back home. West Marine is walkable, albeit a long walk.

Good owner, facilities, and "residents", 2009-08-03
Captain: , East Greenbush, NY (745)

We stopped here for about a week and a half. During this time we had to head home and both the owner and the resident liveaboards watched over our boat and adjusted lines as necessary. There's definitely the Carolina's niceness to everyone. The docks are OK, the showers are good and there's a nice pool too. The only downside is that it's a long bikeride to town. The rates are excellent with a great BoatUS discount.

Nice and Rustic, 2008-09-25
Captain: , Miami, fl (3646)

stopped overnight with a 70 footer in may 08, good stop. depth in the channel was 7 1/2 in spots (no winds) but well marked (although R3 was missing the day board). friendly staff. The onsite marine store is hit or miss, but you coudl find that part you were looking for... (we did!)

coudln't get Wifi at the end of the dock and no service thru ATT Cingular either. Cell phones were iffy too.

Great wifi, 2007-11-02
Captain: , orrs island maine (57)

We have stayed here twice and both times the people are great, the rest rooms clean and the wifi super.

Great Place!!, 2007-07-29
Captain: , Rockport,TX (1)

We're spending the summer here. Friendly town, has everything you could want and easy to get around. Great sailing area. Not a fancy marina, but we love it!

Isolated!, 2007-05-12
Captain: , fairland (2653)

Oriental rates itself as the sailing capital of the world. Maybe, but the resouces there hardly live up to that. Whittaker Creek is three miles to Oriental. There is a poorly stocked Marine Store on site, no restaraunt.. It was a good port in a storm, but little else.

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