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Boat Slips: What You Might Not Know

Thursday, January 6th, 2011

Boat Slips

The term boat slips refers to the berths between piers or docks used to moor boats.  If you are in need of transient or permanent boat slip space for your boat, you will need to know a few things in order to find the best and right choice for your vessel.

The first thing you need to know about your boat is its measurements.  You need to know your boat’s width, draft and height.  This is very important because you need to make sure your choice of boat slips can accommodate your boat.  If you’re en route on the water in your boat and call into a local marina for temporary dockage, this is one of the first things the dock master will ask of you.

The size of your boat is also important when it comes to finding permanent boat slips.  The cost of your slip rental will be determined by the size of your boat.  Keep in mind that the bigger the boat, the more expensive the slip.  If you’re just starting to research purchasing a boat, the potential cost of boat slips should factor into your determination of which boat to purchase.

Another important thing to consider when looking at boat slips is the location of the boat slip.  Is it conveniently located both to where you want to do your boating on the water and within a range you are comfortable traveling on land to get to the boat?  Do you have easy access to open water, free from long no wake zones, bridges or other waterway obstructions?

The final thing to think about when considering boat slips pertains to those in a marina.  If you are looking into renting a slip in a marina, consider all of the preceding factors and include the additional factors associated with marina slips.

  • Are there transient slips available?
  • Does the marina accommodate liveaboards?
  • Is there a fuel dock and does it have the fuel your boat uses?
  • Are there pump out services and fresh water available?
  • Can you access your boat any time, day or night, or are you restricted to certain days and times?
  • Do slips have electrical access available?
  • What is the marina’s emergency procedures plan in the event of severe weather?

Boat slips are an important aspect of boat ownership.  Finding the right one for your boating needs is crucial to the long-term enjoyment and care of your vessel.


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Town Creek Marina in Beautiful Beaufort, NC

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010
Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC

Town Creek Marina, Beaufort, NC

Located in Beaufort, NC, Town Creek Marina is a full service marina offering a variety of services and amenities including everything from docking and maintenance to supplies and storage.  Whether you’re sailing to Atlantic Beach or to Cape Lookout National Seashore, Town Creek Marina in Beaufort is the perfecting starting point for your next boating adventure.

Offering 88 slips for dockage, monthly wet slip rates vary from USD $300 for a 30’ x 10’ slip to $650 for a 55’ slip with an additional 20% cost for outside face.  Town Creek Marina offers a 15% discount for prepaying a two month dockage rental and a discount of 25% for a four month rental.  Dry stack boat storage rates are $125 per foot with a minimum charge of $250.  Transient rates are $2.00 per foot per day for a regular slip ($9.00 per foot weekly) and $2.40 per foot daily for an inside or outside face dock ($10.80 per foot weekly); Boat US members receive a 25% discount off of these rates.

Town Creek Marina offers a variety of convenience items for purchase at their Ship’s Store including snacks and beverages, fishing bait and tackle, plus they provide complimentary wireless internet access.  Also provided are laundry facilities, well-kept restrooms and showers, plus pump out facilities; electricity is provided at each slip along with complimentary water.  Offering daily specials, FishTales waterfront restaurant is open for both lunch and dinner (closed during the winter season) and is available for events and catering.  The Tiki Bar offers a laid back atmosphere along with live music and beautiful sunset views.

Town Creek Marina offers drystack and wet slip customers a fuel discount of .20¢ per gallon off for diesel or gas plus a 15% discount on non-food items at the Ship’s Store; while Boat US members receive a .10¢ discount on diesel and gas plus a 10% discount on non-food items.  Town Creek Marina also offers a dockage customer referral program for current slip holders who refer a new dockage customer to the marina; both the new customer and the referring customer will receive a 10% discount of up to six months in duration.

Along with offering a selection of used boats for sale, Town Creek Marina is also a dealer for new vessels including Glacier Bay and World Cat boats.  Charter services are available including both ½ and full day packages for excursions like sport fishing (including bluefin tuna), inshore, seasonal, overnight, and a boating excursion designed especially for children. Town Creek Marina can also arrange for sunset cruises with a choice of three dining options with rates starting from $150.  Fish cleaning stations are provided along with complimentary ice to keep the day’s catch fresh.

The service department at Town Creek Marina features a 50-ton travel lift with fully qualified mechanics trained to provide repairs and maintenance in a variety of areas including mechanical and electrical along with external gelcoat, paint, and fiberglass.  The Town Creek Marina service department also provides courtesy cars upon request.

Flickr.com Photo Credit: 305 Cape Lookout by Andrew.Orlowski

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Town Creek Marina
Visit North Carolina


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