We are hopeful our marina will remain open through the season, but do believe we need to be responsible boaters that continue to practice social distancing as needed. If you are feeling sick or have been in contact with someone that has contracted the Coronavirus, we ask that you please stay home and avoid contact with anyone on property and use of our bathrooms.
As information continues to change day to day, we are committed to maintaining our business operations. In efforts to minimize social interaction, we have minimized the amount of customers allowed in the Ship Store to 1 person at a time. We are also available via email at [email protected] and phone at (757) 393-2525.
Tidewater Yacht is located in the heart of Portsmouth’s Olde Towne District, where the city has engaged in one of the most impressive restoration projects on the waterway. A short, scenic drive away are such historic attractions as Williamsburg, Jamestown, Yorktown and James River Plantations, as well as the theme parks Busch Gardens, Water Country USA, Ocean Breeze Water Park and of course, the Virginia Beach resort area oceanfront. On the water, you’ll never have to leave your boat to enjoy such fun festivals and activities such as Harborfest, 4th of July, Race to Cock Island, Rendezvous-Mile Marker Zero, Parade of Lights and New Year’s Eve festivities. You’ll have a front row seat to everything the Portsmouth and Norfolk have to offer!
We had a bad experience here, upon arriving we were assigned a slip. The young lady working the counter came out to catch our lines. Before we could fully pull into the slip and stop our boat she quickly tied off our stern spring line (short), which stopped the boat abruptly swung our bow into the dock and our stern into the boat next to us. Luckily we were able to prevent any damage. She attempted to pull our stern in without using leverage from the dock cleat, at the same time one of the dock hands held our bow to the dock using a dock cleat. I politely asked her to cleat the stern line so i could properly use leverage to pull our stern towards the dock (18Klb vessel). She did cleat the line, but then yelled at me when i said the boat was too heavy to pull by hand. I then had to get the dock hand at the bow to let line out so we could straighten the boat. She then stormed off without offering to help hook up electricity, rudely telling us to come check in when we were done. We were in shock at this point, during check in they handed us a card, didn't tell us about the grounds, no more than 5 words from them even after asking questions. We tried to do laundry while there, again rude experience while asking for a key to the laundry room. The machines were in such nasty condition, (should have anticipated this after seeing the bathrooms) we promptly returned the key without washing our clothes. The marina it self is in a deteriorating state. The structural pilings on the main walkway leading to the parking lot are rotting below the water line. The dock and finger piers do have steal pilings so we felt our boat was secure. The marina is in a good location and it appeared work was underway to improve the structural issues and facilities. We will not be stopping here again and cannot recommend it to anyone else.
Had a blast Glad the pool was open Love this Marina
The bathrooms were not attended to. They were dirty. This is the review from last time we stayed there. Nothing has changed!
Stayed for one Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend. Thus the marina and restaurant in general we’re busy. Most staff were very pleasant. Restaurant food was very good and would definitely recommend sips and slips. Ship store was fairly well stocked with boat needs not so much on food items. Facilities are clean.
Nice stop at the end of a long run up from Marathon .... very helpful upon arrival .
Stopped here on my way up the coast. Billy and Kristen are awesome. Marina is in a great location and the new restaurant patio is a nice addition!
It is a regular stop on the way south when weather precludes passage south on the outside. It is at least 2 hours @ 5 kts from the bridge-tunnel. The docks are fine, people friendly, dock hands helpful, and ships store is decent.
Friendly staff took good care of us. The town of Portsmouth is an easy walk and Norfolk and ferry ride across.
Facilities were excellent and the dock master gave us clear directions to our berth and was very competent and friendly. Highly recommended!
Only one person marina. John was very nice and helpful, however he was pulled in all directions. Still a good place to stop, easy in, easy out.
Dock hands were efficient helping us at the gas pump and to our slip. The “floating pool” is very small and hot. The biggest issue was marina bathrooms which were disgusting, and appeared to not be a priority, they were really gross.
Docks were clean and there was sufficient staff to handle the holiday crowd. Didn’t use the bathrooms. Great fireworks viewing!
Bottom line up front: we will *never* go back. Where to start? Wi-Fi was worthless; when it was available it wouldn't stay connected at our slip. The marina folks suggested we stay closer to the office. Had people all over the marina using propane grills on the dock; some folks were told it was ok to grill on their boats. We had three boat loads of folks come in and set up awnings *on* the dock, with their tables, grills, lawn chairs, fishing poles, etc. for 3 days. They were nice enough but we had to walk through their "living" area every time we left the boat. The 7-day a week shuttle is not...the owner and one of his drivers were drinking beer in the pool on Sunday and decided the shuttle would not run that day...leaving us without a way to get to town unless we walked. The "groceries" advertised on site consist of a few cans of chili, some crackers, chips, frozen hot pockets, and other junk like that, plus beer and wine. When asked about it, the marina office said "We have beer and wine, what else could you want?" The claim to be "one of the best marinas on the East coast" is laughable. The only bright spot is the dock hands who were all friendly and capable.
Nice marina. Nice dock hands. Food was ok at there restaurant.
Great marina, with great people. the restaurant is always a good experience. the Facility is clean and up to date. the only thing I wish they would change is the store hours during peak season, and weekends. we pulled in at 5:30 on a Saturday and they were closed already, would have been nice to have a dock hand help us tie up
Easy approach, nice staff, good restaurant, great view. The water taxi gave us an enchanting late evening tour of the greater harbor, including a close up water's edge view of Battleship WISCONSIN.
We loved this marina! Well protected, good dock hands, especially John, great on site restaurant, Fish&Slips, and Old Town Free Shuttle was the best! Our driver/owner, Greg, was not only our driver, but the best tour guide and so very helpful.
Marina has deteriorated since our stay 2.5 years ago. Bathroom and shower facilities are mediocre at best and need housekeeping.
It was fine until after I took a shower, I couldn’t find an electric outlet to dry my hair. I looked all through the ladies facility, but no plugs.
Friendly convenient marina. Excellent bar/eatery on site. Always happy to come to TYM.
Restroom not very clean. Hand towels and TP missing. Pool appeared to have algae in it. Store not open after five, Not good for late arrivals in summer. Will probably try somewhere else next time over that way. Still some good restaurants in walking distance, and very easy to stop on the ICW.
We've stayed there many times and it's always good. The staff is very friendly and professional and the facilities are good.
Nice as always, appreciate the addition of the pilings between the slips.
Good in all aspects except the pump out had almost no suction and could not pump even our small tank. Good diesel - Valvect - and decent price.
Very nice marina. Clean and friendly!
We tied up at approx 4:20 pm and requested to get about 500 gallons of fuel. The doc and had to request permission to start fueling me at that time as apparently management does not want to pay them overtime. One would think that a $1500 purchase could pay for a bit of overtime. Eventually, it was a happy ending and they did get permission to sell me fuel.
Convenient location, good facilities, onsite restaurant
Older marina well located to both Waterside & downtown Portsmouth. Staff friendly and professional. Marina bathrooms could use refurbishment and something to control smells.
We enjoy this marina for it's amenties and location. Floating pool, gas and diesel, pumpout station, pleanty of docking for transients large vessels or small, remodeled bath houses, wash house with commerical dryers and washers, within walking distance of many eateries, museums, a short $1.50 ferry ride to Norfolk VA with nice shopping mall, hotels, eateries, ballpark. A destination in itself, and short cruise from the Chesapeak Bay