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Old 02-12-2016, 07:37   #1
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I am looking for recommendations for a good read inexpensive marina in the Charleston, SC area to splash my boat, step the mast, stay for a few days to provision for parts and food before heading south. Anyone know of such a place?
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Captain Will Miller at Charleston Sailing School may have some recommendations. His fleet is docked at Charleston
City Marina. I took ASA 114 with him awhile back. Great guy with a lot of local knowledge.

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Inexpensive and Charleston really don't belong in the same sentence. We kept our boat at the Charleston Harbor Resort for a year. Nice place convenient but pricey. How tall is your mast? If you can get under the Ashley river bridge there are some options. Dolphin cove comes to mind. If you need to step the mast at a yard City Boatyard will probably let you stay at their docks for a few days after stepping. Cooper River Marina may be what your looking for again not sure on the prices. City Marina is super convenient but again pricey. You can anchor just off the marina and park your dink for $5 bucks a day. Just beware that if the current and wind are at odds you will sail on the anchor so give yourself plenty of swing room. Hope this helps!

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Thank you Will and Tom. We are actually spending Christmas in the sling at city boatyard. Great staff that bent over backwards to get us in the water before the holidays. Unfortunately I had a leak from a thruhull that I had bedded with 5200. That is rebedded with life caulk, but I am a little leary of the other thruhull I had bedded at the same time. This was before I learned 5200 does not adhere to bronze!

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Inexpensive and Charleston really don't belong in the same sentence. We kept our boat at the Charleston Harbor Resort for a year. Nice place convenient but pricey. How tall is your mast? If you can get under the Ashley river bridge there are some options. Dolphin cove comes to mind. If you need to step the mast at a yard City Boatyard will probably let you stay at their docks for a few days after stepping. Cooper River Marina may be what your looking for again not sure on the prices. City Marina is super convenient but again pricey. You can anchor just off the marina and park your dink for $5 bucks a day. Just beware that if the current and wind are at odds you will sail on the anchor so give yourself plenty of swing room. Hope this helps!

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However, one caveat about the anchorage near the marina: the holding is poor and the current there is quite strong. Anchor at your own risk.
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Check out Ross Marine on the Stono to splash and step. Down river from there is St. John's Yacht Harbor that has nice facilities once you're in the water although I don't recall their prices.

Basically, look for marinas along the Stono and the Ashley. There's a canal/cut from the Stono to the south channel below Charleston.
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Your two choices for less expensive are Marine Propulsion Inc. which is a bit South of Charleston and Detyens. Detyens is up the Cooper River. I've been to MPI several times and they are reasonable. I wasn't charged anything for hanging out at their dock before and after the splashing and they were very understanding about the special care my wooden boat required. I'm going to try Detyens this year because it is closer to my marina.
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I used Charleston city boatyard and the staff was great. Was able to hang out till we were "ready" all though we weren't, but didn't know it. I am now up the creek from mpi. Atbohicket. Was debating going to mpi to fix some things, but didn't have Internet so didn't see the last post!

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I used Charleston city boatyard and the staff was great. Was able to hang out till we were "ready" all though we weren't, but didn't know it. I am now up the creek from mpi. Atbohicket. Was debating going to mpi to fix some things, but didn't have Internet so didn't see the last post!

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Glad you guys made it safely.

We are planning to leave city boatyard on Monday.

We will catchup to you guys soon and have a few drinks.
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Check out Ross Marine on the Stono to splash and step. Down river from there is St. John's Yacht Harbor that has nice facilities once you're in the water although I don't recall their prices..
You would have to climb a ladder to see their (Ross Marine) prices.

The OP talks about a marina but then mentions having work done. Most of the "marinas" in Charleston don't work on boats.

As usual, Active Captain will provide the information the OP is looking for.
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