The Carolina Beach Mooring Field is located South of Snows Cut, between markers #4 and #5 on the approach channel into Carolina Beach town waterfront (Myrtle Grove Sound). There are 9 white buoys with a blue stripe in the middle.
Boat Size: Minimum 26ft., Maximum 55ft. and 14ft. deep.
Can only tie up to one buoy at a time and can't be tied up via stern.
Drop anchors are not allowed.
Lines going from the buoy to the boat can't be more than 15ft. in length. The pennants are about 10ft. of 5/8 line ending.
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 the only boat in the field. Easy to grab pennants and close to dinghy dock for taking the dog ashore. Very easy to register through Dockwa!
The harbor master Larry is a great guy,very helpful. He made my stay here while waiting for parts from garmin a pleasant stay. Came for a night ended up being here for a week. All new electronics from garmin 6 months ago second piece to fail. First the chart plotter in Ct. now the rector 40 ccu failed garmin not exactly helpful. Larry at least made in bearable.
Nice mooring field. Cleanest mooring balls I've ever seen. Easy to pick up. Quiet and pretty calm even in strong winds (30 kt gusting). Closest dinghy dock was damaged during Matthew and is under construction - go to the one down at the end.
Nice spot-responsive with information when you make a contact. The only issue right now is the dinghy dock is out of commission but you can use the town dock. Love the access to most services.
Great spot and easy to tie up!
Very nice mooring field with new pennants on the balls. Easy pickup. Plenty of room between moorings. Will go back.
Great protected spot
Larry is a gentleman. Good service. We will comeback.
Randy was great. He called me once he received the reservation. We stayed here on Easter Sunday Last year on Ariverderci. We back and it is great. We loved our stay and the Mooring field Dock Mast. We have a tentative reservation for one more night in case we can’t find a marina and weather opening to get to South Port. No Agenda
Larry was delightful & welcoming when we called to get details on our mooring! Once we went in to the town docks, Larry gave us a run-down on Carolina Beach, a very cute beach town! The moorings & pennants are brand new. Protected deep mooring field! Highly recommend a stop!
I am not sure what I am reviewing. We rented a mooring ball and that was pretty much it. The mooring ball appeared in good shaped the tackle above the water was in I would say very good shape. The Town Dock at the end of the harbor was in good shape and trash disposal adequate. Other than that, Publix was convenient. I do hate using Dockwa! In regards to the boater, it only inserts a third party in to the transaction and I assume that is not free so drives costs up.
Stayed on a mooring ball. Found it to be clean and the line substantial.
The mooring ball pennants are all in the water. The one I picked up was covered in slime and barnacles. It was windy and I had all I could do to string my line through the eye I sustained multiple cuts on my hands from the barnacles. Warn others to wear gloves.
Stayed for four nights in October. Only one using the mooring field for the entire time. No problems with quality and stability of mooring ball. Only downside was the closest dinghy dock was closed--the street entrance/exit was closed with under construction signs. Fortunately there is a town dinghy dock at the southern end of the waterway which was convenient, but a 10 minute ride through the no wake zone. Easy access to shore facilities from there, 5 min walk to beach, 20 min walk to Publix grocery store and plenty of restaurants. Would definitely return.
Very clearly defined mooring field. Close to beach with beach access. Plenty of space for our large, 50ft boat.
Easy hook up. Dinghy Dock very close by. Beach a five minute walk.
Mooring balls were in good condition, well serviced and we had no worries of swinging into any other boats. The mooring field is a no wake zone and says it is enforced, we were there for four days and not a single boat or jet ski knows the definition of no wake and no one was enforcing anything! There are no services, dinghy dock is very small and unstable and for $20. A night one would expect some services. The one plus is the new Publix.
Great mooring field, close to dinghy dock for beach access and going into town. Enjoyed our two night stay to avoid the traffic on the ICW during the weekend. Friendly and informative Harbourmaster and easy to make a reservation on Dockwa!
Nice place and very good service. We’re very pleased with the Marina and are planning to be back in town for a longer stay when we head down south again.
Thanks to a great Harbormaster who walked us through reserving a mooring ball. We stayed another night in a lovely peaceful spot adjacent to city free dinghy dock.
Easy process to reserve on dockwa, clear navigation instructions, beautiful mooring field & well maintained mooring balls. We'll be back!
Mooring balls are in real good shape. Evenly spaced.
Larry was great to deal with. Perfectly protected harbor for safe passage up the ICW.
We recently stayed on a mooring ball for 3 days. Felt secure and comfortable during 40+ knots of wind and rain. We will definitely make this a regular stop. Laurie O’Shea Sv Kismet
Excellent moorings although no shower facilities available for boaters
It used to be an anchorage. There is a dinghy dock. I planned to go ashore, have a night out, and reprovision. If I have to pay for a mooring I won’t spend any money in your town. Next time I will stop somewhere else.
Easy to catch a mooring ball. Close to dinghy Dock. Easy walk to the boardwalk. Could watch fireworks from the bow of our boat.
All moorings were taken all though I reserved earlier that morning
Secure and easy in and out from the intracoastal
Easy to make a reservation and quick payment.
Moorings have some type of sign on top, this sign scratched my boat on the port side as we had wind against current. I cannot recommend this mooring field to anyone.
What a great convenient place to tie up. Just off ICW, well protected from the elements, nice breezes (didn't need the A/C last night), dingy access to restaurants...quiet too.
Great stop-over mooring with close access to Carolina Beach activities. As others have experienced, we were the only boat in the mooring field. Very easy to book and pay now with DockWa. City marina and docks (including dinghy dock) at south end of basin on the edge of the commercial district are being re-built and should be done in the very near future but were not available at this time. There is a public kayak launch/small dinghy dock on the east side of the basin at the south end of the mooring field with some public trash receptacles and a 15-20 minute walk to the commercial district. Public restrooms at the city marina dock site. Ida Thai just behind the city marina dock site is AWESOME !! Carolina Beach has a very nice beach and boardwalk area. Mooring field is a great place to watch fireworks when the city is having them (launched from the beach area).
Liked it here very much. Was our first visit to Carolina Beach. Easy to grab a mooring ball and tie-up. Reasonably busy but not overwhelming. Had no problem taking our kayaks to the dock - would be nice to have a ramp to slide the kayaks onto and make it easier to climb out. Fairly easy walk to the Boardwalk and beach. Had planned to just stay one night but extended two nights. Would definitely come back.
We routinely come up here during the summer and enjoy it each time. Early morning activity from fisherman getting underway can get a bit noisy for an hour or so...perhaps just on weekends. Mooring balls further from the landing dock may be quieter by not as convenient. Small grocery one block away has ice and other supplies.
just a quick overnight. Moorings in good condition, deep water. we'd stay again.
Nice stop. Nice anchorage. Good dingy dock nearby. Easy with Dockwa....could get a reply by phone oremail but in reality, it didnt matter as I virtually had my pick of mooring balls that appeared in good shape.
Great anchorage off ICW! Really like the clean lines on top of the mooring balls...no wet, slimy messes...thanks!
Best mooring balls we have ever seen. Very peaceful.
Great location with easy access to restaurants.
Love, love that the pennants are protected in the baskets on top so the pennants are not nasty. Randy Simon was very helpful. Mooring field is very convenient to 2 different dinghy dock options. Stroll on the boardwalk and the beach were splendid excursions and our bellies LOVED the stop at Pop's Diner.
this eas very easy and convenient mooring field. wish we could stsy konger to see tge town
Always a perfect stay. Randy is very helpful. Cleanest mooring balls on the ICW. #1 top notch. SV Katydid
This is the best mooring field anywhere on the east coast from Massachusetts to Florida. I love that one can pick up any ball they want rather than maneuvering around a tight mooring field trying to find a particular number. The pennants are new and lines are clean and dry, wrapped in a bowl on top of the ball. Perfection when it comes to moorings!