June 2018 Newsletter



Happy Summer! 
Marina Staff

Webcam undergoing some required repairs- will be back in action soon!!!

  If you are interested in our Hurricane Club Program for 2018, Contact our   Dockmaster  for information.

to our very own
Michael Hardison
for his great achievement!
(article credit to State Port Pilot, www.stateportpilot.com)


What's all the talk about Southport Marina? See for yourself:

  A "Must" stop for either ICW or offshore cruisers, 2018-04-20

Captain:  Mike Zimet, ORIENTAL 

Southport Marina offers a first class experience. Great docks (although passing traffic can make it bit rolly during the day), experienced dock hands, a great welcome package, and clean and accessible showers and laundry, close access to provisioning and good eats, and perhaps the best reason to stop is the nightly weather and navigation brief given by retired USN Meteorologist Hank Pomeranz. I have attended 4 briefings over the past several cruising seasons and these briefs and the user friendly handout are simply indispensable. Kudos to Southport and Zimmerman for their sponsorship. Even for those vessels not cruising the ICW, the offshore aspects of the weather and navigation briefs are helpful for route planning and crew peace of mind. Southport is a great stop and made mandatory due to the ICW migration season briefings (Spring and Fall migration seasons). 

  Great Marina, 2018-03-27
Captain:  Joe Yeye, Rock Hall, MD 

I am a bit reluctant to give them five stars because they might become so popular that I might have a problem reserving a slip in the future. It's a great marina and a lovely town.


Spiritus, Apr 20, 2018
Boat Type: Power
LOA: 36'
Draft: 4.0'
Rating: 5-Stars

The ONLY negative about this marina is that at times it can be exposed to wind-generated wave action. Otherwise, the entire staff is very professional and willing to accommodate. Facilities such as the showers, laundry room, ship store, fuel dock, picnic and gathering areas are extremely well looked after. The downtown area is a convenient walk to the North Carolina Maritime Museum, cafes, stores, and numerous restaurants. A great location to have friends or family come to spend some time with you while you're cruising.

Wanderer, Apr 24, 2018
Boat Type: Power
LOA: 40'
Draft: 4.0'
Rating: 4-Stars

Yes this place costs more (but not outrageous). But the location can't be beat if you want to see Southport, or just eat out. 

If you arrive when the dock crew is there, you are in luck as the guys are the best and very skilled. They try to leave the south facing open till the last as it is easiest to get into unassisted if the dock crew have gone home. This spot can be a little rocky as it is open to the ICW and the south breeze, so use use a few extra bumpers for a peaceful night.

The laundry was clean and working. Wifi at the end of the dock was weak, but OK up by the laundry (if you want to stream a movie while the cloths cycle through the wash.)

Wifi strength was only complaint.

Jean ColemanMakin Memories, Apr 27, 2018
Boat Type: Power
LOA: 41'
Draft: 3.5'
Rating: 5-Stars

Not only is this marina well appointed and close to town, the staff is amazingly helpful. Not to be missed is a FREE seminar each night on what to expect in navigating the Cape Fear River and the ICW up to Norfolk. Hank gives full weather forecasts and areas to beware of for your trip. These seminars are every night for two weeks in the spring and again in the fall.

Thank you for all the positive feedback from our slip holders and transient customers we have been receiving on Active Captain, Waterway Guide, and Salty Southeast Cruisers' Net...please continue to let us know how we are doing!

20% of every Boat Ramp Use Fee collected at Southport Marina is donated in 
support of the NC Maritime Museum at Southport!
Southport Waterfront Market
Starts May 2-August 29
Every Wednesday

The location on the Fort Johnston Garrison Lawn overlooking the Cape Fear River is a treat in itself. You can browse the beautiful local produce, baked goods, and handcrafted items spread under ancient live oak trees. There is a breeze off the river as well as music in the air as entertainment is always available.  

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We Proudly Sell ValvTect Marine Fuel!!
  We are honored to have been named 2014 ValvTect Marina of the Year, and take pride in selling ValvTect Marine Fuel!!  
"ValvTect Marine Gasoline is "specially formulated" for marine engines and is designed to prevent the problems of ethanol gasoline, such as phase separation, moisture, poor stability and the formation of power-robbing carbon deposits."
"ValvTect Marine Premium Diesel contains BioGuard™ biocide, lubricity improver, water dispersant, corrosion inhibitor and fuel stabilizer and is specifically formulated to prevent problems caused by the reduction of sulfur content."
Information found at www.valvtect.com
Guess what....we're now on Instagram!!  See awesome photos and stories by following @southport.marina 
     Don't forget to check out Southport Marina's official Facebook page!  Stay up to date on the latest happenings with updates from the staff!  

Thanks to all our Fathers's
from Marina Staff
June 17, 2018
Come dock with us for a weekend or a night  and enjoy music and  our town!
Just a few blocks from the Marina.

Hurricane Season is here!
Are you prepared?
(see our Hurricane Club information at the top of our newsletter)

With the start of the 2018 Atlantic hurricane season on Friday, June 1, Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS) urges boaters, marinas and boat clubs to prepare now for a potential landfall, and offers free help onlineThe national advocacy, services and boating safety group says that it doesn't take a direct hit to damage or sink recreational vessels or to cause havoc at boat-storage facilities.

The Carolina Crab

Forget Carolina blue or Duke blue. When it comes to crabbing in North Carolina, there's only one shade that matters: Atlantic blue. Blue crabs are the backbone of our state's crabbing industry, and they're so plentiful that even novices can get a permit and throw out a crab pot. Try your hand at crabbing this year, or simply visit one of the legendary seafood markets along our coast. However you get your claws on these tasty crustaceans, you're in for a treat.

Lump Crab Cakes with Dijon-Dill Sauce
We love blue crabs for the important part they play in our state's fishing industry - and for their unbeatable flavor.


Have you ever asked yourself 
"What's included in a Seatow membership"?

Fishing Report Pic Patty and Nic


About Southport Marina

Southport Marina is a full service marina, spectacularly located where the Intracoastal Waterway, the Cape Fear River & the Atlantic Ocean meet.  Offering in-water slips, dry stack and hurricane protected storage, it is one of the most amenity-laden marinas on the East Coast.  Close to the quaint & historic town of Southport, the marina is a natural stop for sailors and boaters traveling from Maine to Florida.


For more information contact Hank Whitley at: