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Old 04-29-2013
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Been to Onancock plenty of times and enjoyed the the little restaurant next to the marina..but never been there by water..

Onancock Wharf, Onancock Marina, Onancock Creek

Web site says plenty of water up to the town wharf but a bit skinny near the slips for boats with keels nearing 6ft.

Looks like plenty of anchoring opportunities nearby. However after checking Active Capt'n it appears to need updating..

Bottom line Onancock by land is a quaint little town and the surrounding population is a mix of young and retired..but I would like more current update as to navigating the approach to the Onancock Creek from the Bay.

I guess I'll give 'em a call and get some local knowledge..
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Re: Onancock,Va.

Been there by water on my boat 4'2" and my brothers 5'6" no problems. Anchor off the town dock, or take a slip bow in as it gets real skinny at the shore line.

Great town, planning on getting back again this summer.

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Re: Onancock,Va.

let us know how it goes...we hope to make it there this year
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Re: Onancock,Va.

I haven't been in the past two years, but used to go once or twice a season. Its a long run up the creek from the bay but the pay off is worth it as you are aware if you've been by car. I especially love docking under the watchful eye of the retired veterans seated on the "Liars Bench" as they score your docking skills.

I never had any issue getting to the slips of the town dock. They run big barges right up adjacent to the town docks so I would expect no problems at all on the approach, but I suppose the slips could have silted in some. If you need fuel, its available from the dockmaster but the pumps are across from the town docks at the facility where they fuel the tugs the haul the barges of stone or whatever it is.

There is a small anchorage area just before you reach the docks, but I've never anchored there. It would be very tight for any more than 3-4 boats.

If you've tried the place by the docks, you should check out the Hotel Charlotte and/or the Irish Pub up in town depending on your mood.
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Re: Onancock,Va.

We were anchored there in hurricane Sandy. We draw 8 ft and had no problems all the way to the dock.

Great Irish pub in town.

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