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Chincoteague Island Town Docks
My husband and I were sailing from Fort Lauderdale to Martha's Vineyard in a Gulfstar 50 ketch rigged sailboat. We draw 6' and need 56' clearance for bridges. Off Chincoteague Island the winds clocked around to NE and blew up to 35kn. Since we were making no headway, we decided to come into Chincoteague and wait out the NE winds. Because of this thread, we planned to anchor in the inlet and move on as soon as we could.
Once in Internet range, inside the inlet, I contacted the Chincoteague Chamber of Commerce. I can't post url's yet, but just put the appropriate extensions onto ChincoteagueChamber and you'll find their website. Boy, am I glad I did!!! We talked to Suzanne, who gave us the number of the Harbor Master, Wayne Merritt, cell 757-894-8240, office 757-336-5192. He gave us information on the channel and slip rentals at the Town Docks.
The channel was dredged in summer 2010 and is maintained at 9.5' - we never saw less than 14' as we came in. Don't trust your charts, but follow the channel markers as the channel has been moved. The swing bridge opens every 90 minutes starting at 6:00 AM, and continuing until midnight. As a side note, the swing bridge is being decommissioned and should be removed by January 2011. The plan is to keep the eastern wooden fender and create a fishing pier.
The Town Docks can accommodate boats up to 50', and the docks range from 4' - 10'. The transient rates are 1.00/foot per day.
As for facilities, there is a boaters' shower, laundry within walking distance, a beautiful library, water, electricity hookups for 30 or 50 amps, and free WiFi. Fuel can be obtained, but is not available at the docks. There are plans in place to add that in the next few months.
The Town Docks are adjacent to Rob Reed Park, which boasts a statue of Misty, the pony that made the island famous. We didn't have a chance to get to the wildlife refuge to see the ponies, but others did and told us about them. You can rent mopeds or scooters about a block away as well as have crab at Don's Seafood Restaurant. Bill's Restaurant has a great crab omelet and Steamers has all you can eat crab, shrimp and chicken. All are within walking distance, including art galleries, a grocery store, ice cream parlors and more restaurants. Oh, and Don's also has an upstairs pub, Chatties, that features live music. We lucked onto 2nd Saturday, an art stroll through the town as well as the police' Poker Run festival.
Don't pass this by!!!