Reviews: Delaware City Marina

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  • Review for Delaware City Marina

    Reviewed by: Paul Tunnicliffe on Jun 22, 2019
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 54'
    Draft: 6.0'

    Rating: 5

    We have just spent a couple of days at Delaware City and will be back in the fall. Firstly the boat handling crew know what they are doing. Listen and there are no pissues. They have done this for years and many thousands of boats. Secondly there are great walks / bike rides to be had along the old canal and the C& D if you want exercise. The marina store is comprehensive and they can get most parts the next day if you don’t have them. The town is small but has character. Lastly, and to me most impressive, is the brief Tim gives daily to the boats traversing the Delaware River and Bay. He explains the usual route, the wind forecast, current forecast and most importantly how they interact. He walks you through the forecast models and shares the online links that should be used including body data, wave size calculator etc. Very, very comprehensive and complete briefs with plan B and C options.

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  • Review for Delaware City Marina

    Reviewed by: George Sangiuliano on Aug 1, 2018
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 62'
    Draft: 5.5'

    Rating: 5

    This is a great place in a quaint town. The owners and management at Delaware City Marina are terrific people anxious to help from the minute we arrived. I was towed in because I lost my shift & throttle controls. I was stranded and worried about finding someone to do a repair. Tim the owner stepped in, pulled a few strings with people he knows, and within a day had people at my boat working on it. They gave us such hospitality and friendship. They drove us to town when we needed and helped us in any way they could. When it was time for us to depart they worked with us; my boat is 62 feet they helped us to turn the boat around in order to leave. They knew just what to tell me to do to use the current to swing the boat around and head out to the bay. Their process worked perfectly and we were on our way. It's a great place to stop at. To the management and staff I say: Thanks for everything and we'll see you again. George

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  • Review for Delaware City Marina

    Reviewed by: Bill on Jun 22, 2018
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 55'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 1

    Not recommended. We had 2 1 night stays enroute to/from Philly. Staff on first night provided direction and assistance for turn just upstream of the fuel dock. Very tight. On second stay, under direction of staff and with them having a bow line in hand, we hit a submerged rock pile during the turn. Damage was minor, but hired a diver for $300 to make sure.

    Marina management claimed it was entirely my fault and that they had turned larger vessels in the past. While that may be true closer to the fuel dock, the channel narrows up stream of piles. The rocks and shoals were not marked.

    As a retired engineer, the Waterway guide numbers for approach depth and maximum length are BS. On our four transits of the entrance, low water depth is 5 feet or less at the entrance and the channel width is about 80 at the widest. Vessels of 114 feet is absurd. Mud flats are what you see at the public dock at low tide near the entrance. The attitude of the management in this situation is either about integrity or competence - not good.

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Marina Response:

      Thank you for the opportunity to expand on the Captain’s review. The Harbormaster and General Manager were acting as dock hands during the incident. The review does not match the recollections of the Harbormaster, General Manager or witnesses.

      M/V WINER (the vessel's crew pronounces the word “wine” with an “R” at the end) arrived in the marina's fairway and desired to turn himself around prior to docking. However, the crew of M/V WINER also passed a bow line to the dock hands before executing their turn. The command “Captain, move ahead 15 feet,” was announced via VHF and voice by the General Manager. However, rather than placing the vessel in forward,
      M/V WINER promptly went into reverse. Going into reverse effectively drove the vessel onto the opposite shore.
      This incident had zero to do with the marina’s practice of warping vessels from a starboard landing to a port-side tie. Warping safely uses only the energy of the channel’s current. Warping is a practice that is thousands of years old. Warping in the marina's north-south oriented fairway with a north-south flowing current does not drive boats onto the opposite east shore. Only a very, very, very strong west wind or the use of reverse puts vessels on the opposite east shore. The current’s energy can only move things north or south in the channel.
      This is a case of this captain who placed his vessel in reverse gear. The result was to propel the vessel onto opposite (east) shore. In the past eight years, the marina has warped about 4,280 visiting boats from starboard ties to port ties. None have landed on the far shore. Except for M/V WINER.
      M/V WINER's captain elected to do his own docking maneuver. The captain’s idea didn’t work. And someone other than him must accept his failure. He attacks the guide for inaccurate information on the approach. Why would he ever return to the same port if the procedures employed were dangerous or the approach reporting inaccurate?
      The bottom line is: If the dock hands had not fastened the dock line handed to them to the cleat prior to captains use of reverse, the damage would be substantially more.
      Moral: A retired engineer does not a sea captain make.

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  • Review for Delaware City Marina

    Reviewed by: Matt on Jun 11, 2018
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 56'
    Draft: 4.0'

    Rating: 5

    Highly knowledgeable staff and very welcoming. Most helpful dock hands on the ICW. The captains' weather and current briefing was extraordinarily helpful and educational about the Delaware river and estuary system with great practical tips for the next day.

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  • Review for Delaware City Marina

    Reviewed by: Howard Entman on Jul 22, 2017
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 45'
    Draft: 5.0'

    Rating: 5

    My marina star ratings are based on what it is I am expecting and wanting from a specific marina. If the marfina advertising talks aboutg a spa-like facility with swimming pools, tennis courts, courtesy cars, and tiki bars, then that is what I am expecting.

    However, most often what i want is a safe place to tie up my boar, manned by knowledgeable dock folks, who are pleasant and helpful when needed.

    That is why I have given this marina a 5 star rating.

    It is not a luxury facility. Some might say it is bare-bones. But their instructions as to how to enter their creek, how to prepare the lines for this narrow channel, and the dockhands expert knowledge of how to turn around a 45 foot boat in a 65 foot wide channel were excellent. When in the office, everfy one was pleasant and helpful, talking proudly about their small town.

    The electric service was good, and the wifi worked. Even though there was a strong current in the creek, the boat was secure. Tim, the owner, asked us when we were leaving, and was willing to have a dockhand available no matter what time we wanted out.

    I would definitely come back here again

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  • Review for Delaware City Marina

    Reviewed by: Harold Hutchins on Sep 14, 2016
    Vessel Type: Power
    LOA: 36'
    Draft: 2.5'

    Rating: 3

    Was towed in after fuel(out) and water leak. Sea tow Karl was great, marina manager had to wait for us and assured us he could get us on our way. Got welcome basket. Good restaurants close.(Lewinsky 's). However, the "mechanic" looked at the leak and suggested Uber to pep boys for leak repair supplies and said"um, interesting"regarding the fuel issue. We did Uber to a(Wal Mart). Needed spare filter for fuel problem and gave marina manager part# and old filter. He ordered different brand, arrived, was not right, he was annoyed with me. Magma grill use not allowed (vehemently). DYI'd own repairs. Good stop for gas and restaurants and they had a well stocked marine store. But, I think I would have got back on the water sooner if towed back to the Jersey side. I was new to this boat, and would have paid a boat mechanic if one was interested. Got thank you note mailed to my home.

    • WG Editor Comment:

      Marina response: Waterway Guide! I apologize for not realizing you have a place for comments and reviews! I read with hysterics the review of the Delaware City Marina by Mr. Hutchins. Here's the whole story: Towed to the marina, the dock staff asked if they needed fuel as the boat approached the marina.. All the crew aboard the vessel, drinks in hand, roared, NO! "We know exactly what's wrong!!" After three days on the dock, and many fruitless DIY maintenance tasks, the crew decided it was time to add fuel to empty tanks. PRESTO! the engines roared back to life! (BTW, At no point did the crew desire to put in a work order but did all the tasks themselves.) The first night, they attempted to grill steaks with no less than 4' flames leaping into the air as the grill dripped flaming grease down the port stern quarter. The dock was crowded. The dock is ipa wood. What mariner cooks with reckless abandon in a crowded harbor? The captain was quick to point out that the boat could not burn as it was built as a patrol craft during Vietnam War. BTW, the next day a marina and vessel burned in the northern Chesapeake because of a captain's carelessness. Reviews always have two sides. Tim Konkus

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