Safe Harbor Zahnisers is the most comprehensive marine facility on the Chesapeake Bay. Located in the heart of historic Solomons Island, Zahnisers blends the beauty of a pristine yacht club and the technical expertise of an award winning repair yard.
Whether you are seeking a convenient stopover while in transit or a relaxing getaway, come visit Safe Harbor Zahnisers and spend a day in charming Solomons Island. Centrally located in Back Creek, we can accommodate yachts (power and sail) up to 150 feet in length.
The Dockmaster monitors the VHF channel 09.
Cruise to Zahnisers and then enjoy a group gathering on the premises! Tie up and relax with friends in the shade of our tent, courtesy of the marina. We have grills, tables, and chairs for your gathering, whether catered or pot-luck.
As other reviewers noted, the tranquil location is visually appealing and the services are very convenient. We arrived late in the season (mid-November) but the dockside water was still on, the Shuttle service still available, and the Dry Dock Restaurant was still open. Dockmaster Terri organized our arrival (via Dockwa) and cheerfully greeted us at the dock; under Philippe's proactive management, we were able to get an electric part for our shore cord reel efficiently replaced by Glen, and tireless trouble-shooting on our Furuno system by Chuck. We were last here 6 years ago, but with the recent acquisition by Safe Harbor, I hope the old/fixed docks and restrooms will be refreshed.
Great little town. Excellent marina facilities.
Well organized, everything you could want, great staff
We had a wonderful visit at Zahnisers (even during the start of off season). Service work was performed by talented staff-- we started calling Chuck the "Professor" because of his amazing knowledge and insight of the electronic systems on our boat. Dry Dock Restaurant serves up wonderful and creative dishes. And Dockmaster Terry was friendly and helpful. The marina was reasonable walking distances to other restaurants and view of the rivers.
Great dock help and easy access as usual. Very disappointed however that the restaurant was booked with a private party when the dock hand told us otherwise. Would have gone out earlier if we knew.
Excellent all around. Terry & staff are friendly & very accommodating. Love docking at Zahnisers!
Facilities were top notch. Staff very helpful. Drinks at the marina bar restaurant were expertly poured by the friendly bartender.
Always responsive and welcoming on the VHF. Dock hands are consistently knowledgeable and efficient. And the restaurant, Dry Dock is excellent.
We had a wonderful stay. Very nice facility. Great location to get to the museum. Pool was great and it was nice that there was a bar and food available without having to leave the pool area. Also appreciated the use of the van to run to grab a few groceries.
The best place we've stayed. Communication was great prior to and during arrival, amenties are top shelf. Courtesy shuttle to supermarket was very convenient. Management and staff are very friendly. Don't forget the Dry Dock Restaurant with the beautiful view overlooking the marina and St John's Creek
Great marina with friendly service. Good helpful dock hands. Restaurant on site and several within walking distance. Shuttle available to grocery. On suggestion for improvement: The pool is very nice but has little shared area for lounges is you don't want full sun exposure. There are some umbrellas, but they don't create much shade. Please give guests the option of more shade while lounging around pool!
Excellent facility, full service. Polite staff always willing to help. Decent rates for dockage. This facility is very protected from the elements.
Beautiful setting, extremely helpful and friendly staff. On-site restaurant is excellent.
Staff was helpful and welcoming. The marina was clean.
Spent 4 nights at Zahnisers the week after 4th of July. Great stay. The dock master is awesome, accommodating and really knows what she is doing. The maintenance folks are first class. They were able to fix a problem with my anchor and the all important galley refrigerator. With all the amenities they provide, I would highly recommend it for at least a weekend but certainly longer. Steve
A pretty marina and the restaurant is good, but the services they provide for slip holders is pathetic. As a slip holder I contacted them several times (via email, phone and in-person) for a quote have a new electric panel installed and to have my engine checked out. They never bothered to respond to any of my requests, perhaps because i don't have a half a million dollar boat as those seem to be the slip holders who are treated well. Other marinas on Solomons Island did respond to my service requests and help me fix my issue even though i did not hold a slip with them.
Excellent service nice people good facilities excellent location
Wonderful and accommodating staff. Great food at Dry Dock restaurant.
Beautiful marina with wonderful staff.
Very friendly awesome ammenities. Very well organize
First class. Excellent dock hands.
Great all around visit. Impressed by and grateful to Terry (Dock Master), Mickey (Marina office), Philip (Service) and Beth (Pool Bar). It was so enjoyable that we stayed an extra day!
We had another great visit to Zahniser’s. The staff is extremely knowledgeable and helpful We hope to be back again this season
Can’t wait to come back again next year, wonderful!
Very helpful staff. Wonderful facilities and very clean. Will stay there again.
Great marina, attentive dock staff. The Dry Dock restaurant is superb. Using the loaner bicycles was great fun.
I love the staff at Zahnisers as they provide consistent, reliable, and pleasant services. I am less enamored with Dockwa. It does not provide the proper human interface when things go wrong. We scheduled a recent Saturday arrival at Zanhisers. Powerful winds pushed us away from our destination. I sent an email to the dockmaster (who is not on the weekends) and luckily a staffer checked that mail and moved our reservation to Sunday. Saturday we had another boat issue that forced us home. Zahnisers insisted we cancel with Dockwa and therefore we received a minimal refund for our lost night of dockage. Computers do wonderful things but they can replace a kind voice helping with the understanding of an emergency situation. I will not favor marinas that have a policy of insisting only on Dockwa reservations. Unfortunately, this means that I will most probably choose another marina in Solomons for my visits
Zanhiser's is as good as it gets without floating docks. Dockside personnel are terrific and facilities are very clean. We appreciate the personal bathrooms. Solomons is a fun place with good food and a short walk away.
Zahniser’s is always a favorite stop! Terri waited for us in spite of our late arrival. Great dinner at the Dry Dock. And the town of Solomon’s is so beautiful! Not to mention a stunning sunset on K dock! Thanks Zahniser’s! See you in the fall...
Great dock assisting on arrival. Terry, Dockmaster, great help with a weather issue nice amenities, clean, comfortable We’re coming back.
Staff were very helpful while docking. Food at the pool was excellent. Nice swimming. Clean rest rooms. As a transient, it would have been helpful to know there was a shuttle to the food market.
Terry, the dock master, made complete arrangements for our late arrival. Everything went smoothly.
Top support by Jeff and Terry on our late afternoon arrival. Support facilities top notch and staff across the marina very helpful. Thanks.
Great staff, good facilities, great onsite restaurant.
I would like to thank Jim Sharky , for taking the time to stop by the boat on his day off, had great Dinner at the Dry Dock and we where off the next morning, Thank You for a Great Stay, Gary
Iwhat a wonderful marina! Terry is a super host the made me feel like family while I was there. Nothing I asked was out of the question. Even though they were short staffed at the time I was there, the drove me to the grocery store, gas station, West Marine and even a hardware store... Excellent hosts! The facilities were spotless and comfortable. The restaurant was enjoyable. If you're lucky you might run into Captain Phil. Great human being with a sense of humor to go with his knowledge. I recommend a drink and conversation if you're heading to the intercoastal.
Great facility. Friendly people. Nice visit. Thanks.
One of our favorite marinas! Great, clean facilities. Friendly, extremely helpful folks. We always enjoy a meal at the Dry Dock. They have bicycles to use and and they’ll shuttle you to a grocery store if needed
Great marina, one of the best we’ve ever visited. Terri and the staff were attentive and extremely helpful. Charming location. Facilities are clean and first rate. Nice restaurant on site. A+.
Outstanding welcome and service, excellent facilities, all is top!
Great Marina. Great facilities. Excellent staff. Very helpful.
Our recent stay at Zahniser’s Yachting Center was great. The dock staff were very professional, helpful and informative about marina amenities. Enjoyed dinner at Dry Dock Restaurant. The food, drinks and service were outstanding. Will definitely return.
Excellent, helpful arrival experience from dockhand Jason. Top notch bath facilities, sturdy & clean docks. We've already recommended Zahniser's to friends!
Loved Zahniser's. Great facility, easy on/off face docking. Terry was really knowledgable and friendly. The free shuttle to town runs three times a day and picks you up when you're done shopping. We had two really good dinners at the on site restaurant the Dry Dock. We'll be back in the spring.
Good location, excellent staff and facilities.
Great marina with good service, good repair work and a short walk into town. The restaurant, the Dry Dock, was awesome.
They are awesome! Best marina in the Chesapeake so far. Right from helping us tie up, to shuttling us into town for groceries and propane, to amazing happy hours, to the best friendly service overall. Highly recommended!!
Great people, great service. Jason on the docks was incredible, fast respectful and a pleasure. Jim, service manager also great to deal with Niice facilities- laundry, showersrest rooms and restaurant. I’ll stop there again on my way north.
We stayed twice in the last 2 weeks while going up and down the bay. Outstanding service, friendly staff, and very clean facility. We'll be back.
We always enjoy our stay at Zahnisers! The entire staff are a pleasure. We particularly enjoy our time at the pool and the pool bar.
Zahnisser's is one of the BEST marinas we have the pleasure of docking with. We are always greeted with a smile and helpful hand. Terry and her team are incredible in accommodating all and making us feel like we are important to the marina. The amenities are kept to a 10+ rating and have been that way for years. We wish you continued success and a good winter. All the best, Jersey Moe
Great people and a nice relaxed atmosphere. Pool was awesome and the Dry Dock restaurant was amazing
Zanhiser’s is as terrific as ever! They’ve always set the standard for what a well run, well maintained marina should be!
Had a great stopover. Terry met us on the dock and was super helpful, we really enjoyed the very nice shower facilities and the beautiful pool! Had dinner at the Dry Dock restaurant at the marina - wonderful staff and food. Had some engine trouble on day of departure, Zahnisers quickly was able to provide support and one of their marine mechanics, Billy, came to the rescue. He had us on our way In less than two hours and in the process of the repair was gracious to show and teach me about the problem and solution as he worked.
Everyone was very helpful. The only disappointment was that the pool/bar closed at 6pm. I think a lot of boaters, particularly transients coming in late in the afternoon, would have appreciated it being open until 8pm.
Great staff and great facilities One of our favorites.
Perfect as always. We will miss you Zanhisers
Very nice marina!, nice pool and cabana. Dry Dock Restuarant is very good Terry is the best👍👍👍
Great marina. Nice, helpful staff. Good restaurants!
Always very clean and accommodating. In addition, the Dry Dock restaurant is delicious. We’ll be back next summer and we highly recommend!
Wonderful facility. We came in during a storm and the staff was very helpful in getting us docked. Great restaurant and pool!
We have always have enjoyed our stays at Zahnisers, however, we have reached a conclusion that in the future we will be focusing our travels at marinas with floating docks.
We consider Zahnisers to be one of the best marinas on the Bay. Whenever we travel south to the Pautuxent or further we always stop at Zahnisers for one or two days. This year we spent two days on our way to the Potomac and three days on the way back. Both times we had mechanical problems and needed technical support, both times we got immediate help and both times the problems were resolved. On the 4th of July when we were in the Potomac our generator quit at 3 in the afternoon, I called the dock master Terry Walters, at Zahnisers. Terry got us a slip even though it was a holiday and she was alone. This wasn’t the first time I have had to call Terry on a holiday and she has always been able to accommodate us and get use a slip with easy access. The courtesy ride to the local food store, the bicycles and the Dry Dock restaurant are added pluses. I would like to give special thanks to Terry, Jim Sharkey, Glenn and Brian.
Zahmisers has been a perennial favorite when we pass through Solomons. Terri on the dock is somehow always there when we arrive. (Do you ever take time off?) The shuttle to Weis Market, etc. is reliable. In the past, Quantum Sails has been invaluable with sail repairs. It seems the new management is keeping up Zahniser's high standards.
Stayed a night at Zahnisers with 5 other boats from our club. Our groups was docked fairly close together, the docks were In decent shape and the dock hands were on hand and courteous. Onsite restaurant handeled our large group with no more delay than you expect with big groups and all 14 of us enjoyed our meals. Only negatives were the pump out was out of service and we had to go to another nearby marina for pump out and they did not have ice available on the honor system lime other marinas so we were not a able to pick some up for our before hours departure so a solid 4 Stars which indicates a really great marina that will not disappoint.
Wonderful marina. Nice clean facilities. Very friendly and helpful folks, esp. Dockmaster Terry.
The Dockmaster, Terry, was competent, thorough, and friendly, as was all staff we encountered, office and dockhands. The docks (H,I,and J especially) are showing their age; slips are cramped and decking needs replacement.
Friendly and attentive staff; plenty of “T” head slips for our classic and hard to maneuver sailboat; great support facilities for engine parts; very nice laundry and shower facilities; very good on site restaurant/bar, the Dry Dock, and convenient location to “town”.
We always enjoy stays at Zahniser's. The service is excellent, from the dockmaster to checking in to the pool staff. We enjoyed our meals at the Dry Dock also. We will be back.
Caters to sailboats, powerboaters seemed to get cold shoulder by slipholders
Great service at the dock and ashore. Restaurant was quite tasty as well. All around - a nice stop.
Excellent experience! Easy registration, informative, helpful staff, and we had a delicious meal at the Dry Dock restaurant.
Decent docks, excellent front desk for reservations. excellent restrooms, very helpful dockhands. Pool area very nice. Repair facility very competent and timely. Restaurant on site and town within easy walking distance offers other options and shopping. We always try to stop here when we are in the area.
we love Zahnheisers and have been coming here since 2001 or so. to they saved our trip a long while back when they fixed the starter problem on our former sailboat. The facilities are wonderful. Our only complaint is the very aged planing on the docks. But we always make do with that.
Always pleasant stay at Zahniser 's. Helpful dock hands and wonderful staff. The Dry Dock restaurant has improved !