Safe Harbor Bristol

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145 Lockwood Blvd
Charleston, SC 29403-5122
32° 47' 3.54'', -79° 57' 39.05''
843-723-6600
VHF Ch. 16
$2.45/ft
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Safe Harbor Bristol
Safe Harbor Bristol
Safe Harbor Bristol
Safe Harbor Bristol
Safe Harbor Bristol
Safe Harbor Bristol

Awards


Boaters Choice 2019Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2020Boaters Choice 2021Boaters Choice 2022Boaters Choice Elite Fleet 2023

About


Sitting on a quiet stretch of the Ashley River neighboring Charleston’s historic district, Safe Harbor Bristol bestows boaters with easy access to open water and the rich culture of one of the top cities in the country. Take your boat out for a day of wakeboarding, then come home to a meal in the heart of Charleston. Cap your evening with one of the regular fireworks displays at the Riverdogs baseball game.

Berth Capacity


Slips:148
Linear Docks:483 Feet

Approach


Minimum Approach Depth:0.0 Meters
Minimum Channel Depth:0.0 Feet
Mean Low Water Dock Depth:0.0 Meters
Mean High Water Clearance:14.0 Feet

Services & Amenities

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2024

Dockage:Yes
Water Hookup:Yes
Wi-Fi:Yes
Pump-out:Yes
Restrooms:Yes
Showers:Yes
Trash:Yes
Ice:Yes
Groceries:Within 5 Miles
Medical Facility:Within 5 Miles
Pharmacy:Within 5 Miles
Hotels:Yes
Restaurants:Yes
Max. Vessel LOA:60.0 Feet
Max. Slip Length:60.0 Feet
Max. Slip Width:16.0 Feet
Floating Docks:Yes
Oil Disposal:Yes
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Martin always takes such good care of our group. He keeps us up to date on our stay, meets us when we arrive, brings ice and puts in our coolers daily, and assists us when we leave. He's a asset to your marina! See you next year!

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Another great overnight stay ! Clean, well-maintained and helpful staff - good job, safe harbor Bristol - we’ll be back Paul M

Marina Response:
Thank you for making the voyage to Safe Harbor Bristol. It was a pleasure having you all here. We are happy to know you enjoyed your stay and we are looking forward to another Butler Rendezvous.
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We loved our transient stay at the safe harbor Bristol marina in downtown Charleston. It is very centrally located at the CHS peninsula and close to some restaurants and grocery stores. It is at the beginning of a "no wake"zone which makes mooring there very smooth. The dock master Martin Mouton is the best and very much on top of everything and very good and fast in his communication. He helped us feel like it's our home marina and provided perfect support despite a very busy 4th of July stay. Restrooms and shower were clean as well as it had convenient many trash collection areas throughout the marina. Thanks, MS

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Great 2 nite stay here. Friendly staff, nice facilities, great location near downtown. Nice boats to look at. We will be back!

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Martin is the best Dock-master I’ve ever had! He answered all our questions in detail and provided great service! Can’t wait to go back.

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Safe Harbor Bristol - Lynda and David G.Jun 23, 2024
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Excellent! Very friendly and accommodating.

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I have enjoyed keeping my boat at Bristol.

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Booked through DockWa on Memorial Day weekend. Dock master Martin was quick to respond that he confirmed our reservation and emailed us our slip assignment along with a map. He was waiting on the dock to grab the lines and get us settled in. Martin is very friendly and it was nice that he remembered us from last fall. The marina is clean and docks are in great shape. The marina is in a great location to provision. We look forward to staying here again.

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Martin was most helpful upon docking. I did have issue raising marina on 16 though. Great location with Publix right across the street for repositioning

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I'm writing this because the dock master at Safe Harbor Bristol (Martin) asked me to leave a positive review for him because the Safe Harbor Bristol marina recently has been getting a lot of negative feedback regarding his inappropriate relations with the marina's members. I personally have heard Martin speak badly about many members and many of us agree that it is best to avoid him otherwise you will get stuck listening to him complain about how his co-workers and manager (Sammy) "aren't doing their job" and "should be fired" every chance he gets! We mostly all do our best to avoid him and get to and from our boats quickly as to not have to listen to him complain about everyone — the members, the management and how he needs a raise but they (Safe Harbor) are so stingy so he has to work for other members in his off hours to make extra money. This certainly comes as a surprise considering Safe Harbor Bristol charges quite a bit for dockage! While we all do our best to be polite to Martin we all agree that Safe Harbor Bristol should be doing a better job in training their staff in regards to customer service. Many of us wish to simply enjoy our boats, not have to listen to the marina staff complain about their jobs! We certainly hope Martin gets a new, higher paying job soon and many of us have provided him with advice while he is on the search for a new job but we can only hope that whomever replaces him is given proper training on how to treat members, especially ones that know each other and pay to enjoy the marina, not to listen to the marina staff complain endlessly about other members, their coworkers and the company's leaders. His endless gossiping about members and downright negativity really puts us in an awkward place when visiting the marina and as such many of us are currently leaving to dock at other local marinas. Otherwise, the marina is in a great location but we all agree that Martin asking so many of us to leave positive reviews regarding his professionalism is indeed, grossly unprofessional and that Safe Harbor Bristol really needs to educate their staff on not only how to act professionally when in the company of members, but in how to treat members with respect and refrain from asking for favors, handouts and side jobs at every encounter. Please do better Safe Harbor.

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Martin and the crew at Bristol are always the best. What I like best is the flexibility. We were coming in on Wed but the winds and weather didn't cooperate and it would have been unsafe. Things were easily shifted a day without complexity and with ease. Just another reason that coming to SH Bristol is always a pleasure. Thanks Martin!!

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One of our favorite places to overnight. Staff is very courteous, Dock Manager Martin Moulton is seasoned and experienced. Facilities are clean, Publix is across the street, large park is close by for dog walking. Pump out available by pump out boat. The only snag is the Ashely River bridges do not open for boats using the marina. If you are sail (or power over 18’, check bridge clearance), try Safe Harbor Charleston City.

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Nice people good location to provision public’s right across the street.

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We had a great stay at Safe Harbor Bristol. The staff was very friendly and helpful . Thank you!

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Great place and staff

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Awesome stay! Super helpful and friendly staff!

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This is a great marina. Well run, great location, tops all around. It’s our new go to spot for transient slip space. Walking distance to a full service Marriott and a Holiday Inn are just icing on the cake.

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Outstanding service and courteous staff. My 2nd time there and will be back.

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Great service at this marina.

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Super easy to get in and out of marina. Martin was awesome called before we reached marina he was standing at slip waiting to help. Will be back for sure.

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Great service, people and overall great marina

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Safe Harbor Bristol - Raymond and Janet S.Aug 06, 2023
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Martin and team were so nice and accommodating. We are new to boating and they helped us get our boat docked and tied up safely. The next morning we were leaving and Martin was there to show us where to get gas and to thank us and wish us a safe journey.

Marina Response:
Always good to see new boaters having a positive experience. Thank you for allowing Safe Harbor Bristol to be part of that. We hope your expectations were met and you decide to visit us again. You are always welcome.
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Dock master was great!

Marina Response:
Thank you visiting us here at Safe Harbor Bristol. Happy to know you were taken well care off. Please come back and visit again soon.
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We were transient and it was a perfect stay!

Marina Response:
Thank you for choosing Safe Harbor Bristol. We are looking forward to seeing you again. Safe Travels!
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Great dock and friendly staff! Sammy and Jake went above and beyond!! Highly recommend...5th year coming! We'll always be back❤️

Marina Response:
We enjoyed meeting you and we are happy you enjoyed your stay here at Safe Harbor Bristol. Thank you for making Bristol your marina destination year after year. Looking forward to seeing again next year. Safe Boating!
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This was a perfect one night stay for us while we were at the Charleston Marriott. The marina employees were excellent. Sammy met us immediately and helped secure the boat and went above and beyond to make things easy for us. Everybody was friendly, and the Marina was clean and secure. We will be back.

Marina Response:
Thank you for the kind review. It was a pleasure meeting you and we are happy you enjoyed your stay here at Safe Harbor Bristol. We appreciate you choosing us as your boating destination. Looking forward to seeing you again soon!
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We visited this marina on a holiday weekend, even tho it was a busy time we recieved extremely wonderful service. The staff we encountered were super helpful! We will be back anytime we are in the area:)

Marina Response:
We are happy you enjoyed your time here at Safe Harbor Bristol. It was a pleasure meeting you and we hope to see again soon. Thank you for choosing Safe Harbor Marinas for your boating destination!
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Strong tides coming in but good staff and nice facilities and close to Charleston Marriot.

Marina Response:
Thank you posting your review of Safe Harbor Bristol! We are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope your return in the near future. It was a pleasure meeting you!
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Great marina. Martin is phenomenal and goes the extra mile

Marina Response:
Thank you Roy for taking the time to express your kind comments. We hope your experience was everything you expected. Please come back and visit again real soon.
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Another great long weekend at Briatol Charleston. Martin and his crew are as amazing as always!! Looking forward to next year.

Marina Response:
It was pleasure meeting you all. Thank you for spending time here at Safe Harbor Bristol Marina. We appreciate you returning here and making us your summer boating destination.
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The dock guys were helping and friendly. My outside space was fine for our 2 evening moors. Very pleased.

Marina Response:
Thank you John for your comments! Were happy everything worked out during your time here at Safe Harbor Bristol. Looking forward to seeing you again.
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Thanks guys! Great staff!!

Marina Response:
Thanks Gary. Great to hear the marina staff took care of your needs. Come see us again soon!
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My wife and I could not have had a better experience with our stay at Safe Harbor Bristol. The staff is so nice and accommodating. They are the reason we will come back year after year. Sammy met us as we pulled in to the marina, helped catch and tie up our boat and showed us everything we needed at the marina so that we could fully enjoy our stay. Martin helped us to reserve our stay and was in contact with us the whole weekend to make sure everything was going smooth. You never know what to fully expect, but this place blew those expectations out of the water. Thank y’all!

Marina Response:
We are happy you enjoyed your stay Safe Harbor Bristol Marina. It was our pleasure meeting you both. We appreciate you choosing us for your Charleston vacation boating destination. Thank you for taking the time to offer your comments. Look forward to seeing you again!
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Awesome staff. Safe Marina and very clean.

Marina Response:
Jason, we are happy you enjoyed your stay here at Safe Harbor Bristol. Thank you for taking the time to offer your comments. Hope to see you again soon!
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Great Place. Will be back!

Marina Response:
Thank you for staying here with us at Safe Harbor Bristol. We appreciate your business and your kind words. Looking forward to seeing you again. Safe Travels!
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Great location and the staff was excellent.

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My wife and I were transiting the ICW coming North. We had some mechanical issues and needed to leave the boat for a week. Maritn, the manager at Bristol was extremely helpful. He helped us into our space on a busy Memorial Day weekend, got us in touch with a mechanic and made sure we had everything we needed. While Bristol's "big sister" marina was just down river, I'll stay at Bristol anytime I'm in Charleston. Thanks Martin.

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The 4th year our group (6 boats this trip) has stayed at Bristol for the weekend. As always, Martin did and exceptional job taking care of everyone. We'll be back!

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Great location. Martin is top notch. Took care of everything. Highly recommended.

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Just docked for the night did not require any hookups. Stayed in hotel and left in the morning. Very nice docks. They were clean and secure. Dock hand was very friendly and helpful. Would definitely stay there again.

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Martin was wonderful in helping us reserve our transient slip. He was thoughtful, knowledgeable and efficient. The marina is well kept, clean and beautiful. This was our first trip to Bristol and I am confident that it will not be our last!! Thanks again Martin!

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Martin is doing a fantastic job handling the marina. Always on the dock caring for his customers and always super helpful. Will be back!

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Great stay as always

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Martin did a outstanding job taking care of our group. Safe Harbor Bristol is lucky to have him.

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Martin was a great help with my needs and super friendly. Marina was clean and docks are in great shape. Appreciate you having us for the holiday weekend and we will be back soon!

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Great dock, helpful staff, plenty of room and not a significant current in this location. Will use this Marina from now on whenever in Charleston

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The dock was clean and well maintained. The slip was spacious and easy to find.

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Wonderful service and experience! Beautiful harbor and very clean! Super friendly staff! Martin was absolutely wonderful!!

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Had a great time. Dock hands very helpful.

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Docks were very nice. I had a minor motor issue and Martin was very helpful and found exactly what i needed to fix the issue. We will definitely come visit again. Thank you!

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Clean, well maintained and awesome dock staff! Was not allow in through the gate to unload. parking appears to be an issue. Understand the lot was full but just wanted to get in to unload, We managed though.

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Slip was open and got in late with good instructions from marina.

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We had a great stay at Bristol! Would definitely recommend and dock our boat there again!

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Martin was absolutely fabulous and helped all 3 of our boats tremendously. We invited him to eat dinner with us after his work hours and he joined us. Russell and Branwell took great care of our ice and gas needs. Great crew working for the marina. We will visit again.

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Dock hands were inexperienced, no fuel, transient slips are 500 yards from the bathrooms and showers, bathrooms lock at 8pm, high current. Will not use again.

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Very accommodating! Because of weather, our plans changed up alittle. They did all they could to help us.

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Love Safe Harbor Bristol! Martin is great and all staff are very helpful and kind

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Highly recommend Safe Harbor Bristol!! Martin was great and made sure we were squared away!!!

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We docked our boat at Brisol Marina for one night and we had no issues at all! Martin was great to work with, and he even tied our boat up for us upon arrival. We forgot to ask for the gate code to access our boat early in the morning, and he responded to our message within 10 mins. We will stay again!

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Out of all of the marinas we have chosen, we will not go anywhere else now. These people clearly know how to operate an organized and secure operation. We did a one night stay and were very pleased. Thanks you all so much.

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