MM 000.4 TIdewater Yacht near ICW mile zero
We decided to go past Old Point Comfort Marina since the Chamberlain Hotel (almost the only place to eat) and the commissary have both closed. I couldn't get Waterside on the phone, so made a reservation here. It was a mistake.
They charged us $!.30/ft plus $5.00 for 30 amp and the marina was subject to a LOT of wakes. I could hardly get off the boat because the boat was bobbing around so much. They have fixed docks, so I had to climb over the lifelines.
The anchorage right outside the marina is free, but it is even more subject to wakes (and wind) than the marina. It is also sort of dirty with stuff in the water.
The photo shows the marina and anchorage from the ICW (on the left) and looking down the dock towards the restaurant and office (on the right)
Equipment: It was a warm day, and they are supposed to have a pool in the floating docks, but it was closed. The advertised "internet access" was $3.00-it is free most places. And the store charged $2.15 for a loaf of bread, and $7.15 for some light bulbs. The restaurant is also expensive.
Their website says: "Transients Welcome
Annual Slips Available. (They have 100 transient slips)
325 floating & fixed slips
in a protected basin
3 new A/C Bathhouses
New 180' T-Dock
Located in heart of all
Walk to antique shops,
banks, movies, restaurants,
museums, & post office
New Floating Pool & 2 party
Satellite TV, Electrical
30/50/100 amp, On site
Complete Marina Ship's Store
with charts, shoes, groceries
& accessories Halfway point between New York
and Florida, Mile Zero on
A service department & Fast 60-Ton
River Ferry, Laundry, Rental Cars &
One of the area's best restaurants -
Best Texaco fuel prices with diesel
Minutes away from Norfolk
International Airport & MacArthur
Shopping Center featuring
Next to Holiday Inn & New
Renaissance Convention &
New Yacht Club meeting facility
1? Personal Property Boat Tax
(LOWEST in Virginia)
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Mile Zero Anchorage
The anchorage at Hospital Point (mile zero) is quite famous (the local name is Holiday Harbor). We've never used it as it is unprotected from wakes (large merchant ships and tugs violate the "No Wake" signs frequently) and subject to quite a bit of debris, and also not very quiet. We've always gone to one or another marina either in Hampton, Norfolk or Portsmouth.
Equipment: Allow extra scope at anchor.
The first picture shows an empty anchorage in December. The second one shows the anchorage south of Hospital point over the wave guard of the marina at sunset, with an inset of the chart.
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MM 000.6 Free Docks, Boat Ramps and Marinas
According to the City of Portsmouth web page, in addition to the Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Tidewater Yacht, Ocean Marine, and the anchorage at MM Zero, there are many other facilities available in Portsmouth.
The other marinas include
PORTSMOUTH MARINAS & SERVICES:
Nautical Boats and Marina
3825 Adams Street
Fax (757) 686-5383
Boatyard, 200 slips, wide piers.
Portsmouth Boating Center
1244 Bay Street
Fax (757) 397-6923
Dry Storage, service, brokerage, slips (has been $1.20/ft with 25% Boat US discount), travel lift.
Scotts Creek Marina
6 Harper Avenue
135 deep slips ($1.00/ft with 25' minimum), swimming pool, full service, fuel & ships store.
Virginia Boat and Yacht
3515 Shipwright Street
Complete travel lift service, monthly slip rentals, engine & fiberglass repairs, brokerage, fuel, towing.
Equipment: The website says:
"Cruise into Portsmouth at Mile Marker Zero on the Intracoastal Waterway and discover the perfect get-away destination. Home of the deepest natural harbor, Portsmouth gives boaters and their vessels easy access to the ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. This maritime community caters to more than 12,000 boaters annually and is equipped to handle boats of all shapes and sizes.
"Free two-hour docking on the Portsmouth waterfront at High Street Landing (pictured - sign says "No Overnight docking" and ferry is on the left) and North Harbor . If you come late and leave early there will probably not be a problem with overnight docking.
"A location in the heart of all waterfront festivals
"Walking or biking to many area attractions
"Dining at numerous restaurants within walking distance of the Olde Towne waterfront
"Daily ferry service to Norfolk?s Waterside ? a five-minute ride aboard the Elizabeth River Ferry "
PUBLIC BOAT RAMPS:
Portsmouth City Park Boat Ramps
140 City Park Ave.
On the Western Branch of the Elizabeth River
Free Paved Parking for 80 Boat Trailers
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MM 000.7 ICW Ocean Marine
This marina looked like a ghost place when we went past - I am assuming that some soft structure (like one that was covered with tarps) was torn apart in Isabel
Ocean Marine is a Factory Authorized Dealer for
Borg Warner :: CAT :: Cummins :: CruisAir :: Crusader :: Detroit :: Hino :: Lugger :: MAN
Mercruiser :: Northern Lights :: Onan :: Twin Disc :: Volvo :: Westerbeke :: Yanmar :: ZF
The mega yacht portion of the operation can lift yachts 235+ feet in length and accommodate yachts up to 400+ feet in length for alongside services. The facility features an 80-ton Travelift, a 1,250-ton Synchrolift, a rail transfer system, and a mega yacht service building. The Travelift is located at the southern end of the facility and is available for lifting smaller yachts out of the water. The Synchrolift is used to elevate mega yachts out of the water (the technology used in a Synchrolift ensures even pressure is being placed on the keel while it is raised out of the water). Once a mega yacht is raised out of the water, the yacht is placed onto a rail transfer system which allows yachts to be moved to one of seven exterior or two interior workstations. The mega yacht facility will feature indoor repair facility with two workstations with an overall dimension of 140 feet by 240 feet and a vertical clearance of 80 feet. The indoor portion of the repair facility will enable workers to repair yachts year around.
Equipment: We have not stayed here. The marina has floating docks.
Slip sizes range from 35 feet to 65 feet. In addition to 36 transient slips, there is an additional 1,000 feet of linear dockage to accommodate yachts up to 400+ feet in length. Each slip has hook-ups for electricity, cable television/internet, telephone, and potable water. Fueling and pump out ($5)services are also provided. There are also laundry facilities. They have a well stocked marine store, and a courtesy car for shopping. I don't know the current rates, but two years ago it was $1.25/ft.
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