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Let me begin by saying that we are cruisers. We have a 40 foot monohull and were hopeful that this marina would be a good place to tuck away to work on the boat for hurricane season. We consulted the reviews here on Google and they looked good, so we meandered down the Rhode river in still 6-7 foot water towards the marina. We draft six, so we were a little concerned. Be sure to go at mid-high if you have a deep draft boat. If zero stars were possible, I’d consider it. But in thinking about it, the truly lovely folks who live on the dock are the real stars. So they get that one. The reviews here seem mostly contrived. If you read through them, they seem suspiciously positive towards the management. My theory is that they were not written by customers of the marina, but by some other party. That’s unfortunate, because those reviews misled us. The WiFi is so poor, it’s not worth mentioning. The bathrooms were remenicient of the dirtiest bathrooms I remember from my time at Boy Scout camp as a child. But in this case, picture dozens of adults all creating their regular human mess without cleanup for weeks on end. In fact, I tested this by observing a disposable razor cover in the shower on the floor. It did not move from its place for a full month. Meaning that zero cleaning occurred for over a month. This is in stark contrast to the reviews here, which describe ‘clean bathrooms’ and ‘hardworking staff’. Very far from the truth. This situation became so dire that the only option was to clean the bathroom myself in order to not vomit while attempting to shower. I figured that the act might trigger some level of interest in the state of their facility, but the management still seemed uninterested in providing any more than a dock and some electricity. Different than advertised. Note that the marina also does not have sufficient power run to the docks to power all of the shore power hook ups they have. This reality results in a sense of guilt and scarcity between the management and the folks on the dock, who are just trying to maintain a normal level of human existence. Folks are guilted about the heaters they run in winter to ensure their boats are not freezing cold. Borderline inhuman. The lounge mentioned in these reviews is more like a ratty shack where folks hide out from the heat in ‘free’ air conditioning. There is apparently a bathroom there as well, but considering the state of the main bathrooms, we gave that one a miss. It is impossible to receive mail at this place as well. A letter sent to this address ended up in some USPS vortex and the management were of no help. How does one receive equipment/parts for projects? So strange. Their accounting is also confusing. It seems that everyone pays different rates based on some arbitary system that no one on the dock understands. They do not take credit cards and even trying to find someone to give a check to was a challenge. We were charged $600 per month for our boat, but the signage by the bathroom states that a 30 foot boat costs $200 a month. $400 more per month for ten more feet? Not sure if that math works out. This place does have redeeming qualities. As mentioned previously, the people on the dock are awesome. Very friendly and they take care of each other so well. We’ll miss them. The parking is great. It’s quiet. It is close to all of the amenities you may need including supermarkets, liquor stores and coffee shops. A car is necessary, though. Hopefully all of this information is helpful to folks like us looking for what we needed. In the end, we went north to Georgetown Yacht Basin because for just a little more money, they provide spotless facilities, friendly service, a full ship’s store, a pool, a beach and more awesome things to even list here. Blue Water Yacht Center in Hampton VA is also excellent if you want to be closer to the mouth of the Chesapeake. Life is short. Skip this marina and go somewhere good. Happy sailing!

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