Boating at Marina Shores
It’s difficult to imagine docks that could be better sheltered than those on Long Creek in Virginia Beach. Marina Shores’ wet slips are directly surrounded on the north and south side by land and separated from Lynnhaven Inlet and Broad Bay by a long, narrow creek. During Hurricane Isabel, the boats at Marina Shores were well protected from storm’s wind and waves. To date, the storm surges have caused very little damage due to the fact that the marina was built a good 7 inches above the highest flood record.
All of the marina’s boats are moored at floating docks. The pilings were driven into the bottom and tower above normal water levels. As a result, Isabel’s powerful surge remained a comfortable distance from the tops of the pilings. The docks stayed put and none of the boats were damaged.
If you must leave the boat at the dock, tie it up so there’s room to drift up and down on the tide. Use extra lines. Charge the batteries that will run the bilge pump. Double the lines and use chafing gear to prevent damage to ropes.
Take all paperwork and insurance records off the boat before the storm.
Make an inventory of items left aboard. Shut off fuel lines and thru-hull fittings.
Close all hatches and remove or secure all loose items on deck. Remove electronics to prevent damage or theft.
2100 Marina Shores Drive
Virginia Beach, VA, 23451
Latitude = 36.9054, Longitude = -76.0658
Lat = 36 degrees, 54.3 minutes North
Long = 76 degrees, 3.9 minutes West
8:30 AM – 5:00 PM : MON – FRI
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM : SAT
CLOSED : SUN
Memorial Day thru Labor Day
10:00 AM – 7:00 PM : MON – SUN (weather permitting)