Details for Willoughby Harbor Marina

Willoughby Harbor Marina

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Average rating 3.0 stars from 14 reviews

Address 1525 Bayville St
Norfolk, VA 23503-1061

Phone757-583-4150 (Fax: 757-583-1846)

After hours contact

Facility type

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


BoatUS discounts

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager



Payments acceptedCredit cards - NO
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

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Tide & current additional info


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 10
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: It is reported that the docks are showing their age 2014.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 80
Beam max: Unknown

Other info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: 289
Transient price: $1.50/ft (2010-10-31)

Other price info: BoatUS discount reflected.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

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Pricing info:

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 welcomeUnknown

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Disability access

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - No charge.










Hotels or motels

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Boat ramp availability


Other services


Reviews for Willoughby Harbor Marina
Pros and cons, 2017-03-18
Captain: , Norfolk (62)

I have had my boat tied up here for 18 months.
Pros: Dean the dock master is quite responsive when I call or text him. He answers immediately or within a few hours. He texted me twice when he saw someone going aboard my boat. It turned out to be my son in both cases. Pretty nice. The fees here are the lowest in the area. The dock surface is pretty old and loose boards are promptly fixed. Bathrooms/showers are cleaned regularly and are in working order. Bohemian dock mates- no pretentious airs.

Cons: Although water is on, many of us still don't have it at our pedestal. Pipes broke over the winter and are not repaired as of May. Bathrooms/showers are pretty old. No other ancillary services: eg. Lounge, hot tub, wi-fi, etc. Security? Other than Dean being there- none that I know of.

Summer base, 2015-09-24
Captain: , Wilmington NC (400)

I have been in and out here over the summer of 2015. Kind of a central point for my sailing around the Bay this summer. Previous rating has a lot of information. In spite of the info in the previous rating I had a good stay here several times this summer. Dean, the dockmaster is off on Mondays. Very friendly and convenient stopping point with easy access to the bay.

Helpful Friendly Dockmaster but facility in very poor condiction, 2015-06-20
Captain: , New Bern, NC (30)

Over the years I have been a regular customer of the Marina but it has declined to the point where I no longer stay there. Many of the pilings are rotten to the point where they have snapped off at the waterline. At high tide use extreme caution pulling into the slips on C dock and D dock because these piling are just below the surface and impossible to see. More than half the pilings are rotted at least halfway through and are not usable, especially in bad weather.

Some of the pedestals have no electricity and very few have electrical meters that work. Despite that, the marina claims electricity rates are based on meter readings. You can expect to pay a $50 electricity bill every month regardless of how much electricity you use.

If you plan to live-aboard you can plan to be charged and addtional $150 a month per person. No services are provided other than a public rest room that is shared with the restaurant on the premises. If you don't mind showering with the general public sharing the facility you will find it generally clean thanks to the efforts of the marina staff.

No WiFi. No Cable. No security.

Over the last few years there has been several incidents of thievery at the marina. Locks have been cut off off boats and their cabins ransacked, outboard engines have been stolen and I have recently had my bike stolen off the marina grounds despite my lock and chain.

I am sad to say this marina has a lot of potential but has been allowed to slip into a state of disrepair that is reaching the point it is a potential safety hazard.

Best bet is to avoid Willoboughy Harbor Marina and cross the river to stay in Hampton or go to Little Creek.

lived here for 9 months, 2014-08-16
Captain: , Portsmouth Virginia (208)

As of spring 2014 Caitlin (the Dockmaster) has quit to go cruising. The new dock master is a friendly guy named Dean. I lived at Willoughby Marina for about 9 months and I had another boat here for years. The marina is owned by Vinings which owns several local marinas. Willoughby is definitely showing its age. I love the sailing out of this area. Between Willoughby bay, the Elizabeth River or the Chesapeake bay you can find just the right sailing. It's a great jumping off point. I always enjoyed anchoring in Willoughby bay, the helicopters do tend to stop at 10PM but not always. Norfolk Naval Base is the largest Naval base in the world, I love seeing all the aircraft carriers and subs. You can sail very close to the base because of the channel being very close where it passes, wave to the 19 year old with the machine gun. Sunset grill right at the marina has good food but the area ashore is not very pretty. If your into rough local bars Willoughby Inn is about a 5 minute walk across interstate 64 or under the highway bridge by the west end of Willoughby spit. Great sunsets setting over the James River. There is no office staff anymore so it's close to impossible to get them on the radio.

great dockmaster but not much else, 2013-06-24
Captain: , Abilene, TX (210)

pulled in late with heavy rain, Katlyn (dockmaster) had stayed after hours to help us, she was great, older facilities but sound and protected. b/c of our beam we were on the along side dock, long way from everything which in itself is not necessarily bad, however it put us close to the breakwater and that was home to the resident nesting seagull population. Any time we were on deck or dock we were continuously dive bombed by the gulls. Couldn't get off dock without getting splashed in seagull doo. Next morning boat was covered. We left Willoughby Harbor. Waterside was completely booked so we moved to Ocean Marine. It seems nice but will rate it on departure

Great People, but too much aircraft!, 2013-06-02
Captain: , Bayfield, WI and the ICW (1400)

Caitlin is the best, with all kinds of information about the area, but the docks aren't in great shape, protection from te south isn't good and those helicopters across the bay never stop. Good value, though, especially for longer term, and close to the airport.

Nice, funky marina with character, 2012-11-28
Captain: , West Palm Beach (90)

I left my boat here for two weeks in order to go home for Thanksgiving. I was able to negotiate a very reasonable rate and they went out of there way to look after my boat in my absence. Caitlyn, the dockmaster, was great and called me to tell me that she had noticed a line fouling my prop. (Ahem, I managed to snag one of my mooring lines while docking and while the Shaft Shark cut it off, the remaining line was still fouled.) Caitlyn was able to find a diver friend to remove it, again at a reasonable cost. There is a decent, though not cheap restaurant, featuring live entertainment several nights a week. There are a lot of liveaboards in the marina, and the overall atmosphere is very welcoming. The bathrooms were also very clean, well heated, and there was lots of hot water. Not for everyone, but I loved it.
If you hate the sound of helicopters, don't come here, because Navy and Marine choppers train in the Bay during the day.

Friendly place to stay, 2012-06-27
Captain: , Lake Ariel, PA (184)

We're currently keeping our boat here for the summer. Kate is a great dockmaster, very friendly and accomidating. The onsite restaurant is alot of fun to hang out at, with good food.
A 7-11 is about 1/2 mile away, but the beach is even closer. This marina is more like a friendly neighborhood that welcomes any newcomer.

Good Value, Nice Marina, 2012-05-19
Captain: , Detroit (767)

This is an older marina but docks are solid. The staff is very accommodating and helpful. Draw back is the short finger piers - only 10-12 feet long. Our 52 ft. trawler backed in and we exited off the swim platform. There is a long dock with alongside docking for catamarans and if we went back we would try to get on that dock. Bathrooms and showers are older but were always clean. Small grille/bar on site that is fine. Closest convenience store is a 7-11 about 3/4 of a mile away. Enterprise delivers cars to the marina and the airport is under 15 minutes away.

Docks are old but it is a good inexpensive place to spend the night, 2012-01-19
Captain: , Apponaug, Rhode Island (274)

This marina is very basic. Does not have fuel and the docks are old. The person who checked us in was very nice and we enjoyed a quiet stay. Again nothing to write home about but a good value then not on vacation.

Well kept, laid back marina, 2011-04-16
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (53)

Good location to have access to Willoughby Bay, James River, and the lower part of the bay. Nice Staff. Laid back. Good place to stay on the way through or keep your boat there.

OK for 1 night, 2010-11-12
Captain: , Cape May (75)

Docks are OK. Some are in need of repair. Do not use their power. Voltage fluctuations

Wouldn't stay here again, 2008-08-21
Captain: , Mashpee, MA (2)

Ran aground twice while trying to follow channel markers in. They are in the wrong place! Was told by Tow Boat that both they and Sea Tow regularly pull boats off at the channel entrance. Asked marina staff and they have a hand drawn map ready to pass out to show where you should come in.

Not too shabby, 2008-04-03
Captain: , Belhaven, NC (88)

Great location, reasonably efficient, super restaurant on site.
Very helpful people.

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