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Approaching a marina.

What's the protocol for approaching a marina? Say you just need to stop in for a bit and fuel up or get some ice/supplies for the cooler? Or if you need a slip overnight? Are you supposed to call ahead or just pull up and take a spot like the parking lot of a grocery store?
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Re: Approaching a marina.

Hail the marina on Ch 16. They usually switch you to their working channel and can discuss your needs and where to park. I assume you already know that the marina offers the services that you require. I have found marina currently listed in the guidebooks that have been closed, are out of fuel, or have a broken down pump-out. It pays to call ahead, even by cell phone if you have their number.
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Re: Approaching a marina.

If I pull in at night I just pick an easy place and go talk to them in the morning.
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Re: Approaching a marina.

If for fuel, boats just show up at our marina, tie up to the fuel dock and radio the marina once they are tied up if no one happens to be at the dock (which is usual).

Pulling into an empty slip is problematic because it may or may not be assigned to a slipholder who owns/rents it and will be heading back to it that day/night. Best to phone ahead or at a minimum, radio on your way. We've never needed a slip at the last minute. So far, I've always made reservations ahead of time and we try to get our slip assignment if that's possible, too.
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Could also check activecaptain.com to see what services they have, and possible what others have said about the place.
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Re: Approaching a marina.

Around here it is NOT a good idea to use 16 for anything but emergency com

I find the channel the docks use when i plan a trip
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Re: Approaching a marina.

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Around here it is NOT a good idea to use 16 for anything but emergency com

I find the channel the docks use when i plan a trip
In the U.S. Ch. 16 is a hailing/calling channel as well as for emergencies. You can use ch 16 to hail a marina and they will then tell you the working channel to switch to.
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Re: Approaching a marina.

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In the U.S. Ch. 16 is a hailing/calling channel as well as for emergencies. You can use ch 16 to hail a marina and they will then tell you the working channel to switch to.
Correct but many marinas (possibly the majority here, upper Chessie) use Chan 9 as a hailing channel, not Chan 16. They do NOT monitor Chan 16.
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Re: Approaching a marina.

My experience in the Chesapeake is that most, nearly all, marinas do monitor Ch 16, even if they also monitor a working channel.
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