We originally had a 4 day reservation until the weather changed and we were hit with extended gale conditions. Our 4 day stay was extended to over 2 weeks. During this stressful time for us as we were running against date restrictions, Lee was most accommodating. Lee went as far as to keep a very watchful eye on our boat during the high winds when we were called out of town for a few days. He stayed in regular text communication to calm any concerns we had. This was not our first visit to the transient dock and will not be our last. Lee makes you feel so welcome, like a welcome friend coming for a visit. This rating needs extra stars * * *
We made our reservations about an hour before arrival and we were given the choice of 2 slips, side by side. As we would be arriving after closing, there would be no help available and the wind was strong. Upon arrival, both slips were occupied and we had to back out of the fareway, we saw that there was a slip available on another dock but by taking it were we messing up another reservation? We took it. The slips are narrow (at least in the area we were in) so broad beamed boats should clearly ask about the beam of the slip assigned. We did not utilize the laundry room or bath house so I will assume they are in average condition. This marina and the entry channel are quite shallow if you venture a speck outside of the channel or away from the T-heads. All in all, I would return here but I would be sure to arrive early so a dockhand can confirm slip availability. Second, I would return knowing to expect the basics and be pleasantly surprised if my expectations are exceeded.
We miss seeing Randy (the personal touch) and having someone willing to remove trash or help out with small requests like giving local knowledge and directions. Going to Dockwa totally removes all human contact. The "facilities" that are available are 2 blocks from the dinghy dock and there is a failure to mention that the showers are outside and cold water only (beach wash off showers) As for a mooring field, it meets all of the necessary requirements. There is a well maintained mooring.
We were towed in after losing our hydraulic steering system. We were first taken to another large boatyard across the creek where our stay was horrific at best. Once we found Rick, and got towed over here our entire experience turned around. Clean, fresh smelling bathhouse and laundry facilities, close walk to the city bus line to get anywhere in Annapolis, and very dog friendly grounds and neighborhood for getting out and stretching everyone's legs. From both an emergency maintenance perspective and a live aboard sailor/cruiser's perspective, I highly recommend EYC.