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Great spot to take advantage of all the incredible amenities Pink Shell Resort has to offer. We loved using the several pools, beach, and water-side service. We took out paddleboards, free for guests, and enjoyed drinks watching the sunset. Dave the harbormaster is top notch and works hard to ensure you have a great stay. Easy to hop on the tram to get to other parts of the island. Highly recommend for anyone wanting to explore Fort Myers Beach.

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Great spot to explore Sarasota. Centrally located to shops, restaurants, and the botanical gardens. We grabbed a mooring ball, which felt very secure and generally protected. Got a few wakes from boats coming in and out and some chop from wind from the bay, but otherwise good spot. Quick dinghy ride and easy tie up to the docks and easy access to showers, laundry, bathrooms. Friendly staff, but wish we could have booked online and had access to a mooring map ahead of time as just hard sometimes to communicate via phone when out on the water.

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A favorite marina on the west coast of Florida. It has a limited number of slips, but that’s part of its charm. Loved the pool and hot tub and easy access to free laundry. Another great perk is you can hop on the water taxi (for half the price) to access a private beach on the gulf side–or grab a meal at their restaurant. Clean bathrooms and showers. Very helpful staff who were great during our whole trip, but it took several calls back and forth to exchange dates and credit card numbers, etc. Would have been easier if could be done all electronically.

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A great, small marina that provides access to all of Tween Water’s resort amenities. When you’re there you have to spend time at their pool, or should say pools, because they have 2 hot tubs a large pool, and a smaller pool in their “serenity zone.” Good laundry and clean showers/bathrooms that were close to the dock. Wish could share our info online before docking as had to write down credit card number once we checked in and fill out paperwork that could easily have been shared ahead of time. Otherwise one of our favorite spots when spending time on Captiva Island.

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Great marina and services. Transient dock is in great shape. Bathrooms and showers clean and nice to have separate facilities just for slip holders. Staff are great. Easy walk to downtown Gulfport with fun restaurants. Highly recommend!

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Very fun town with tons of shops, restaurants, and breweries. The marina is centrally located so once you dock make sure to go check out all Dunedin has to offer. Staff very friendly and responsive. Have to fill out a form electronically and provide verification of insurance before you can even enter the harbor. It was great to communicate all this via email, but would be easier if could use one of those platforms that already can provide this info and even pay online. They don’t have a ton of transient slips, and mostly is a first come first serve system, but if you’re lucky to get in you won’t be disappointed.

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Long floating dock to accommodate transient boats. No water or electricity at the time of writing, but glad to have a spot to tie up to after an 80 mile Gulf crossing. Very big sport fishing marina and fun to see the catches being brought in by boats coming in from a fishing day on the Gulf. Would be nice to be able to make and have your reservation info electronically as you can get out of service and hard to hear on the phone when you’re out in the gulf. Friendly dock hands and staff and helped us tie up in some currents that were pretty strong because of tide.

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Good stop to stage for the Gulf crossing. Fuel and pump out with friendly and able dock hands. They had great communication on the radio and managed a large number of boats that were coming in. Clean bathrooms and showers and laundry is always a plus. We checked in at the fuel dock when we were fueling up–took a little while because they had to find our paperwork with our boat info and then had to ring us up there. All boats had to check-in at the fuel dock, which delayed the fueling up process a bit as boats were waiting in the channel. They managed the crowds well, but would have been easier if there was a way to do it electronically before we arrived. Make sure to check out the bottle house while you’re there!

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Within easy walking distance to downtown Appalachicola. Docks are right under the hotel rooms and have access to a bathroom and shower (there’s only one for boat guests). Slips are on floating docks and are mostly for smaller boats (under 40) but a couple that can creatively accommodate larger boats. No dock hands to help tie up. Very friendly staff, but have to give all your information over the phone, which was hard to do when on our boat, and then had to write it all down again on paper once we checked in. Have a good BoatUS discount, but had to track down our membership number, whereas would’ve been easier to provide all ahead of time. Beautiful views and fun to watch the shrimping boats come in and out. Awesome town.

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Cool cove right off of Mobile Bay. Our slip was pretty well protected when some other boats in other marinas in the area got tossed around in some wind. Can dinghy to some fun restaurants. Be sure to check out Mobile Bay Yacht Club for a drink or dinner and some great bay views.

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Peaceful, quiet, basic boating amenities you need while cruising down the Tenn-Tom. Clean showers, bathrooms, free washer and $1 dryer. Bay Springs Lake is awesome to cruise around and anchor in countless remote coves.

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Easy access to shopping and movies and bikeable to a great state park. We had to provide all our info over the phone and then again in person where they required us to provide proof of insurance. Understand every marina has their own policies, but would be way more efficient if could do provide this all ahead of time instead of at the checkin. Wasn’t aware of an extra tax as well once we got the final bill--would have preferred to be able to see all the pricing up front when booking. Otherwise great facilities, clean bathrooms and showers and walking distance to some fun spots.

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A good place to stop and prepare for the final stretch down the Tenn-Tom, as it is the last full-service marina until Mobile. There is a great boaters lounge, deck, and facilities within easy walking distance to the slips. Ample washers/dryers and clean showers. Plus a great deck to hang out for docktails. Have a courtesy car you can check out to run errands. There is a packet of info they give you when you check in, with helpful info, but wish it could be available electronically, as never had it when we needed it.

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A great spot to prepare to leave for the lock the next day. The harbormaster was extremely helpful in helping to guide us into the marina and find our slip through a tricky and skinny channel. Only two bathrooms for the whole marina--one mens and one womens with the showers inside, so if someone is showering, the bathroom is taken, which is limiting for the size of the marina. Good courtesy car system and helpful information given to explore the town. Still had to give out all of our boat information there--would be easier if could of been able to provide that info ahead of time, especially when everyone checks in all at the same time.

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It is easily located off of the Tennessee River and close to downtown Guntersville (but need a car or bike to get there). Showers and bathrooms were clean and accessible to slips--some were available to public (also clean) and showers you had to get a keycode to use. We had to call to get price and directions over the phone and had to provide all of our boater information to the dockmaster once we got in which took a while because their computer had to reboot. Easier if could have provided all of that information ahead of time. Friendly staff.

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Friendly staff, great courtesy car, and access to a nice park perfect for a run or walk along the river. The restrooms are located in the restaurant (which you have access to 24/7). However there is only one shower for the whole marina. Had to call to make a reservation and given directions to our slip over the phone. As a visual person, it would be great if there was a map easily available to be able to see the marina in advance so we had a better idea of where we were docking. If able to get into town, great historic spots from Helen Keller’s birthplace to Muscle Shoals Recording Studio, all within a 15 minute drive.

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Great protected cove perfect for exploring Kelleys Island. Friendly dock hands and clean and accessible bathrooms/showers. Recommend to explore this fun spot.

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Stayed here to get some work done on our engine. Beautiful new docks in a quiet cove but accessible to downtown by foot or by dinghy. They're still building so didn't have showers and or full bathhouse when we were there, but has a ton of great potential and very friendly staff.

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Great location to explore Chicago. Safe and secure docks, even in some big winds that can come across Lake Michigan. Bathrooms, showers only OK but worth it for the proximity to everything Chicago has to offer. Easy to communicate with staff and make reservations.

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When we finally were able to get a spot, we stayed on the North wall. We arrived late afternoon on a weekend, which was one of the busiest times for the docks. It’s a bit of a free-for-all, and first come first served. There wasn’t space for us when we got there, but luckily rafted up with a friend until we saw a spot free up later that night, as a good chunk of the boats head out after eating dinner downtown. Since we pulled in after hours, we ran into the harbor masters walking the docks taking payment from boats that pulled in after they left. We caught them right before we were about to pull out (and we were happy to pay for our night) but would have been way easier if there was a more seamless process to ideally reserve a spot and check in all at once. Fun town with lively restaurants. Did not use any of the bathrooms/showers.

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We’re so glad we chose this marina in Erie, PA. Showers/restrooms are in the club house, which you have access to 24/7 as a transient and are accessible and clean. Also can use their grills, laundry machines, and ice machine--huge plus! We had to call a few times and leave a message on the phone and crossed our fingers that we would get a call back in time to confirm we could stay there for the night. Luckily we did, but had to make a backup plan just in case as weren’t sure we would be able to get through in time, and possibly why some transients chose the other marina to stay in. The few members that were around, very friendly and welcoming.

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Great safe harbor off of Lake Erie. We watched an incredible storm come across the lake, but felt very secure tied up to their docks. Great bike/walking path to Geneva on the Lake which has fun restaurants and things to do for a summer tourist spot (must stop at Eddies Grill!). Bathrooms/showers as basic as can get, but get the job done and easily accessible by almost every slip. Laundry can be a haul depending on where your slip ips. A bit of a walk to the main office that also is the main store/restaurant to use in order to pay for your slip/get the bathroom codes etc and get in touch with the harbor staff. Friendly and helpful staff.

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Great access to Cleveland and steps from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Pump out comes right to your slip (at no charge when we were there) and sturdy, new floating docks. Easy access to clean bathrooms and showers (no laundry though). When we were there office hours didn’t start until 10 am, so when our friends pulled in before the dockmaster arrived, luckily we were there to give them the codes and run down--would have been helpful if that was available without needing to access the marina staff. Definitely worth spending a few days to explore all Cleveland has to offer.

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This is the marina to be in to explore Detroit--which has a ton of fun activities and good restaurants to offer. It however was one of the worst check in experiences, due to the clunkiness of the Michigan State reservation system. We had originally booked for 3 days but then wanted to extend it but the system said our slip wasn’t available, even though there were tons of open slips in the marina. So we had to go through a lengthy check in process to be able to stay in our slip and have the system register we were in the correct slip. Friendly staff, free laundry (which is huge!), and great access, but the reservation system could use some help.

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Beautiful marina off of Lake Michigan. Very remote, which can be challenging if you need boat repairs, but perfect if looking for pine trees and serene beaches off of Lake Huron. Great general store with awesome pizza right across the street, definitely worth checking out. Came in after terrible weather after hours and had to try to find our slip only with directions we were told over the phone, would hvae been nice to have a marina map, especially after the day we had on the lake. We also chose to move our slip our second day so we could get out easier. Staff were attentive, friendly, and great to work with, but would have been nice if there was a way to communicate with them if they were out of the office attending to other harbor needs. Highly recommend stopping along your Great Lakes passage and taking advantage of seeing the lighthouses and beauty Presque Isle has to offer.

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Protected cove right of of the channel that leads to Lake Michigan. We took bikes to the Cheboygan State Park to hike around which was a beautiful trail with tons of lake views. Really don’t like the Michigan State online system so we bypassed that and had to call for a slip. We came in after hours so had to decipher where to go based on what we were told over the phone a few hours before--would have been helpful to have an easily accessible map online. Friendly staff and clean bathrooms/showers that were easily accessible from our slip.

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Quiet marina right off of downtown Mackinaw City. We are not a fan of the Michigan State online reservation system so called to make a reservation. It was a bit into the off season so no problem getting a slip, but wish it was easier to see what the prices were for dockage (next door we learned was cheaper after we docked). But attentive staff who helped us fuel up and pump out. The channel to enter is a bit tricky if not paying attention (would be helpful to have a map) but plenty of depth and room once you can see the path in.

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One of our favorite stops on Lake Michigan. Small marina but had great docks, showers, and bathrooms. It is right on the lake but well protected from wind/waves and has an easy entry/exit. We are not a fan of the State of Michigan reservation system--its clunky and hard to navigate, so we chose to call to reserve a slip. We had no idea the marina often gets booked up far in advance. We were lucky as we were just a few days after the season’s rush but have heard other’s haven’t been as lucky and had to be turned away. Beautiful, quaint town with a great beach to watch the sunset. We biked to Sleeping Bear Dunes which was beautiful.

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The club house with restrooms and showers and laundry were open to slipholders 24/7 which was great and appreciated. You also could dine at their restaurant or grab a drink at the bar. Pool was closed when we arrived. Had to walk all the way up to the club house (which is a bit of a way since we were docked on the other side of the docks) to check in with the bartender in order to finish registration and pay for our slip. But couldn’t be a nicer community of boaters and recommend stopping (and going to their events if you’re lucky to be there at the right time!)

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Right within walking distance to the mainstreet of Grafton, which has a ton of bars, restaurants to explore. Great running/biking trail also right off the marina. We ate at the Grafton Oyster Bar for our wedding anniversary and had incredible bread pudding. Pool right there, but didn’t use. Clean showers and bathrooms and laundry room. The check in is also the checkout for the ship/gift shop and had to wait a little bit in line for customers before being able to check in for our reservation--so had to track down the bathrooms and code first before checking in. Courtesy car was available to take to Walmart about 20 minutes away, which was very helpful.

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This is the best spot to dock the boat if you want to explore St. Louis (which is worth exploring!) They also were offering a buy 3 nights get 3 free, which was a great deal. Great pool, bathroom/showers are clean and accessible, and had a decent ship store. Easy walking to parts of downtown (Old Bakery Beer is a must-stop). Have to rent a car or take an Uber to get to St. Louis (~30 min drive). Check in took a bit longer than expected, as had to do it at the fuel dock and there was only one attendant who was working hard to get the stream of boats coming in fueled up and moving on. Great looper docktails every night.

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Tucked in a small cove right after the Pickwick Dam, it was a great spot to spend the night, and probably as close to being at anchor without actually being at anchor. We took a tour of Shiloh Battlegrounds the next day after we learned a local tour guide offers to pick you up at the marina and give a private tour of the grounds. Very interesting and worth the experience. It was hard to find what the dock rates were as it wasn’t online or on Navionics, but decided to go for it because of its location and serenity. There was a green channel marker next to a no-wake buoy coming in that made it a bit confusing on which direction we had to enter to come in. We called but was hard to communicate on the phone and ended up having to backtrack once we saw some skinny depths on our depth sounder. Would have been helpful to have a marina map beforehand. Bathrooms close by but showers you had to bike to the campground to use. Friendly staff.

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Beautiful marina tucked back in a cove off of the Tennessee River. Warm showers, clean and close bathrooms. And they have a courtesy car that we took to provision and get our booster shots, which was great. Super friendly dock staff and had one of the most efficient fuel-ups and pump-outs of the trip. Coming into the channel though there was a green channel marker that was in between another green marker and a red one, so it was a bit confusing coming in (and depths were skinny). Would have been easier if we were able to see a map of the marina and channel in advance to refer to so we had a bit more confidence coming in.

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Joe Wheeler State park is in a beautiful cove, with an easy entry and exit. It was unclear where the transient docks were and we ended up docking near the fuel dock because we couldn’t get anyone to answer on the phone when we were coming in and had to move to another slip once we checked in. The marina amenities (showers, laundry, bathrooms) were clean, and we took advantage of them all, but are a bit of a walk, farther down the dock. Loved the hiking trails and being surrounded by Alabama nature.

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