4.5 stars. We love Manteo. Would be 5 stars if we could have made contact with someone prior to arrival or if the dockmaster was onsite during posted hours to check in. Be that what it may, we got the slip we preferred and arrived without advance reservations. Was perfectly quiet and what we were hoping for. For Mariners, the army corps of engineers maintains local hydrological reports to help with navigation. If you’ve got a 6’ draft like us, you will do some dredging on your way in and out of Manteo. Study the charts in advance against the survey reports and try to ignore the depth finder a bit. There’s deeper water to be found once you are at the dock. Power pedestals and water connections are showing their marine age, but they’re still in working order.
Excellent and courteous Dockhands make the grade 4 star instead of 3. I've been coming to CM for 35+\_ years and recall when this place was in its hey-day. The marina docks are really showing signs of wear in some areas, the marina is really shallow at low tide and in need of dredging, the fishermen (mates and captains specifically) they cater to are in most cases arrogant and standoffish, so if you are a transient boater, you might go to south jersey marina or Cape May marina for a more friendly experience. At canyon club, we woke up 3 mornings in a row to find our fishermen dock neighbors left multiple bags of trash sitting on the dock which ultimately ended up strewn across the water and piers. While the marina offers a free shuttle service, it stops at 730, so if you go into town for dinner, prepare to uber or taxi home because crossing the bridge at night is risking your life.
Cool concept and really worth the stop for the museum, especially for kids. Dockhand was full of hustle, but not the most knowledgeable (A+ for effort and friendliness). Unfortunately, we had to use all of our hoses plus some of the marinas to get fresh water to reach the boat. 240v electric was a challenge at only 200v, so our electric motors were all overheating and not functioning properly, most particularly A/C and it was hot and humid. Had to cycle genny and do my own multimeter diagnostics on all dock power, which was far from the boat due to earlier arrivals getting the limited number of close hookups. I think I had a total combination of 5 50/30a power cords to get power to the boat. Last gripe, the heavy rain causes certain slips leasees to walk through gravel and grass, making a total mess of the boats. All in all, still just shy of a 5 star experience. Would definitely go back.
Good location. Overpriced to dock in someone's back yard with a cheap inter-city gate which works intermittently. Power good, water spigots broken. Inexperienced and really bad dockhand(s?) who were never around when needed. Oh, and they don't answer the radio. The cross current is a bugger if you catch it wrong and your bow flare may take out an electric stanchion. There is a good brewpub next door to celebrate your arrival, however.