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A47 super protected from harbor swell, rock-n-roll, surge. Bill the dock master I think is a live aboard in the Marina and super on top of everything. Young dock attendants helpful & working hard to clean crap out of the water, bring carts back to gates, etc. Our location was REALLY tight/hard for us to get in/out but Bill's team helped make it easier. Quick walk across locks gets you great restaurants, a microbrewery, and supermarket. Our first stay was on Rowes wharf were the surge drove us crazy and the slip was super expensive, this location SO much better! Easy walk to the Navy shipyard/Constitution marina if that interests you....

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Love the small town municipal marinas! Smart towns like this one are investing in docking infrastructure that brings boaters like us to their town who spend money! First class concrete floating dock with good power. EXCELLENT location to experience the town of Portsmouth. Current rips in the river and boat traffic makes it a little rolly but all bearable. Only negative for our visit was the park performances that start at 8:30pm and go till 10:30pm which were quite loud. Restaurants good, town super clean/nice/well kept, flowers in the park AMAZING! Would love to stop here again but fear after you read this review everyone will try to dock here....

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Love SafeHarbor marinas for the consistency: BIG solid floating concrete docks, good WiFi, gated marinas, great location. This one exceeded my expectations when I asked about filling a 30lb propane tank. Previous 5 marinas all said no can do, yet here Lindsey (I think that was her name) took the empty the moment we arrived, had it filled and delivered back to the boat AWESOME! I don't understand why more marinas can think out of the box/provide excellent service vs just saying no-can-do. Short walk to downtown Salem was totally enjoyable/interesting. Steve's quality market and liquor store a little bit further but had everything we needed to restock. Avoid the hustle and bustle of the big towns and come check out a small town like Salem, it's more enjoyable with less hassle. We'll be back!

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Super protected marina in a quiet cove with great views of houses on the water. Short walk to SMALL downtown but totally worth the experience. Anders the DM worked to get us in before Tropical storm Elsa hit and while storm was no big deal it was a great sense of satisfaction to be securely tied up. Floating dock we were on has dark polymer material deck that is VERY HOT on bare feet in the sun so be careful and wear shoes! LOVED how quiet this town was and we ended up hearing after not getting into Newport. Skip Newport, a much nicer small town experience with way less hassle if you come here!

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You couldn't ask for a better location in P-town. LOVED how big/steady their concrete floating docks are. Suggest bow out or bow in (N/S) to better ride the boat/ferry wakes. We were Bow to N at B-2 and it was great with views of the harbor off our transom. We talked to other boaters who were E/W in a slip and they said it rolled a bit. Loved the gated/security and the firepits are on for a relaxing sit at night. We had a blast checking out P-town and would definitely come back here! Dinghy ride around the whole harbor or anchor out to see the seals!

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You couldn't ask for a much better location in downtown Boston...but the surge, rocking and rolling is a bit annoying. Wish they had better/bigger/more secure concrete floating docks. The wood one's seemed a little wimpy for our size boat. IF you go suggest you ask to tie up in the wedge/notch with bow out so you can ride the surge.....you'll have no views though off the transom. We shoulda tried this bow in transom out for the views and maybe less side to side rolling. Bazz the dock attendant is super nice person answers all questions and is helpful. We had a GREAT time in Boston!

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Loved this location on the North Fork of LI. Town of Greenport super nice, microbrewery, restaurants, floating docks awesome, dock attendants helping us dock were perfect. Will definitely stop here again!

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Super nice location, people and the history OMG! Have not been back to the museum since the late 70's when I was young. So cool to be able to tie our boat up inside the Museum and walk around at will. Walking around after hours was nice as it was cooler and no crowds. We needed a package shipped in and a return out and the staff was SUPER helpful in making that happen for me. A short walk into the town of Mystic was well worth the effort to visit Mystic Pizza, S&P Oysters, and the ice cream shop next to the bridge was fun and tasty! Look forward to returning at some point! God bless all the volunteers that make the museum successful! DONATE! Preserve the maritime history, this place is doing GREAT things IMO....

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We showed up on Memorial day weekend and it was NUTS! Crazy clueless drunken boaters coming and going all day long to enjoy the party. The Dockmasters ability to communicate our slip arrangement was limited and frustrating. The dock hands (guys in green shirts) running around were doing the IMPOSSIBLE, helping EVERYONE! Totally appreciated they did in fact have a slip for us but I was not certain until the last minute. With all the day trippers docking what seemed like anywhere they wanted I was certain our spot was lost but I was wrong. The green shirts shoe people away from going in the wrong spots and help to ensure all boats dock safely. The seen for a weekend was amazing, fun, met some great people, had a great pizza, and a few drinks. While noisy during the day once the sun went down the place emptied out and we had all to ourselves. Would definitely stop here again! I wish every marina would publish a map on Dockwa with dock numbers/names/letters and then share the expected slip assignment the morning of our arrival so we can rig lines and fenders accordingly. Was impossible to get that info out of them by e-mail, phone, only 3 minutes before docking did we know we had a place to go.

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The dockmaster Marcellous was super helpful via e-mail, unfortunately we didn't get to see him in person. Loved this marina for being small and an easy walk to town. Hate the mega marinas with owner attitudes and a mile walk down the dock to shore. This was small family marina with wonderful neighbors, quiet, calm, protected. Plenty to see and do within a mile walk. We had a blast in Annapolis for 2 days waiting out some bad weather!

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My gosh this marina is HUGE and somewhat exposed on the open bay/harbor. We were on the inside of the outside floating T dock. Boat traffic passing buy would wake us all the time. Would have liked to take advantage of some of the amenities (pool & hot tub) but they were so far from the boat and it was cold/cooler when we visited so we didn't want to walk all the way to/from the pool in bathing suits. Water taxi to downtown Charleston super convenient, just wish it ran later in the evening. Would probably stay again in the future....

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The classic ICW stop but he Prime rib was definitely not the best I ever had, almost sub par IMO. Convenient YES, interesting/historic, worth a stop YES, but other boaters who ranted and raved about how great the Prime Rib was going to be over-hyped it IMO. Maybe they just had some bad cuts of meat that week, tough, fibrous, lot to trim off and throw away. Sides were good and I'm glad we did it! Saw some amazing boats too...will probably stop and try again.

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Waterside Restaurants/bars were closed when we visited but OMG there was so many other cool things to see and do when we visited. Their new floating docks are super impressive and docking couldn't have been easier with Seth's help. He turned us on to "Grain" a bar/restaurant on the 5 floor roof of the Hilton and it was AWESOME! We visited Nauticus and the USS Wisconsin which was fun and walked around the historic Mason District. I thought downtown Norfolk was going to be just a bunch of big buildings but there was oh so much more.....

Marina Response:
Thanks for staying with us - we love Norfolk too!
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Lee the dockmaster was the most friendly, helping, efficient dock-master I have ever experienced! Requested a reservation on Dockwa got an immediate reply. Lee offered all the information we needed to know about the tides/approach and let us choose our slip! Mike the dock hand just as friendly. Have never had a more friendly welcome to a city dock! We checked out Tight Lines Brewery and Rudy Duck both excellent places to visit. We had a pleasant one day/overnight visit in Morehead City and loved the local feel/touch. Hate the big mega marinas with owner attitudes and big fee's, love the small town local approach they do here and we will definitely stop here again!

Marina Response:
Scott, thank you very much for the kind review. Pleasure to meet yall, glad you enjoyed your stay. Sure look forward to seeing you again. Be careful, take care. May God bless Lee
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