Welcome! ICW Free Docks is a guide listing for complementary and almost free offerings from towns and communities along and near the Atlantic IntraCoastal Waterway. You may ask how does it work, and why are some docks free while at others you will incur transient fees.
Commercial Marinas are businesses and must charge for services and product in order to generate revenue. These commercial marinas charge transient boaters for overnight rental of their docks as well as services provided such as electricity, use of bathhouses, and possibly even water. Rates vary between marinas but will range from less than $1 per foot (length of your boat) to over $3 per foot and will usually include a separate charge for an electrical hookup.
Free Docks are offered by many communities to attract cruisers to their town knowing that you will spend money with their local merchants. A Chamber of Commerce, Tourism Board, or town government is all about promoting their community and attracting outside dollars for local business revenue as well as tax dollars.
Free Docks are a win-win situation for boaters who are traveling the ICW as well as the community. In exchange for a free place to dock your boat overnight or for a couple days you reward the community with your shopping dollars. We all have to buy groceries, fuel, and other necessities of life somewhere!
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Featured Docks will highlight exclusive ICW Free Docks promotions as well as town and marinas offering unique experiences on Americas Coastal Waterways.
Docks by Map is where you can view the Free Docks on a map and switch between a satellite or street view. Click on the blue pinpoint for the same detailed information found in the text guide.
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Enjoy the Guide to ICW Free Docks and be sure to let the local communities you visit know that you discovered or visited their town because you learned about them on ICW Free Docks.
Annual Christmas Special: Visit Washington NC Waterfront Docks and enjoy Free Docks for the month of December when you participate in the Harbor Walk of Lights. The Christmas Parade is Saturday December 7 and a Boaters Pot Luck dinner on December 14. Contact Dockmaster Rick Brass at 252-944-6661 for details as space is limited. Map and ICW Free Dock listing for Washington, NC – Located 32 StM off the ICW 145 StM on the Pamlico River.
Thanks to Southwinds Magazine for publishing the article Free Docks on the ICW in the December 2018 issue.
Thanks to Cruising World for the shout-out in the January 2017 article In Praise of Free Docks
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