Originally Posted by Pamlicotraveler
Having a full-time dockmaster or staff of dockmasters who can keep an eye on boats, especially in troubling weather.
The one I recall being impressive is Zahniser's in Solomons Island Md. I was there during a storm and the staff was out in the worst of it with flashlights and walkie talkies. It's anectdotal since I was just there for that one storm, but it is what you would like to see - marina staff braving the weather to check on boats.
I'm not surprised to hear you mention Zahniser's, and I don't think your experience was anomalous. They're considered one of if not the best on the Chesapeake.
But I actually prefer the simpler format, without a pool, restaurant, etc. I like the older working yards, with both travel lifts and marine railways, the kind of yard that old wooden boats and big yachts alike come to for their service, with a well stocked chandlery onsite.
And my kids would say that a rope swing by the water is a high priority!