Monday, July 9, 2018

Marina Review – Hampton Public Piers, Hampton VA (2018) New

Marina Review – Hampton Public Piers, Hampton VA (2018) New

This is another marina review on the Why Knot Great Lakes Grand Tour. Using the N D S, A A, P P marina analysis model, I'll fill you in on what my experience was. The views expressed are strictly my own.

A very convenient marina before going up into the Chesapeake Bay. Not the fanciest but it will serve you well.

N: Navigability – Pretend you're heading out of Hampton Roads into the Chesapeake Bay then make a sharp turn north before you pass the highway tunnel island and Fort Monroe. Plenty of water. It's all a no wake zone.

D: Dockage One pier on the end of the fuel / pump out dock, 18-ish slips you pull right into, and a few odd shaped slips perfect for wider or longer vessels. The only downside to the docks are that the finger docks are wide enough but short. If your vessel does not have a good stern egress and your side egresses are midships, getting on and off your boat can be tricky. The docks are not secured.

S: Services – All fuels and pump out. Several full-service boatyards on the river.

A: Amenities – 24 hour locked bathrooms with showers. Laundry. Nice office. No lounge. It is situated directly on the Settlers Landing marina area of Hampton with a Crowne Plaza Hotel and Enterprise Rental on the same location. There's a couple of decent restaurants including a new micro-brewery. Overall a nice environment. The actual downtown Hampton area is across the boulevard from the landing. It's struggling, but there are a few attractions.

A: Accessibility – They have several bicycles you can borrow. Uber and Lyft are available. There is public transit.

P: Provisioning – There is a Food Lion 1.8 miles away.
This is our nephew, David. He visited with us during this part of the cruising season.
P: Price – Their published transient rate on Active Captain is $1.50 per foot with all the usual discounts applied. Stay three nights get the fourth night free.

Hampton and Newport News are rich in history and attractions. We especially like the Mariners Museum and Park (12.0 miles away). There you'll find an extensive exhibit of all kinds of boating: recreational, fishing, commercial. But the main attraction is the big exhibit about the Battle of Hampton Roads between the Monitor and the Virginia (aka the Merrimack). They are responsible for the restoration of the Monitor's turret and guns. Fascinating. There's also an Air and Space Museum next to the landing.
Inside a mockup of the Virginia.
I want a moat.
Another huge attraction (no pun intended) is Fort Monroe (3.0 miles). It is the largest constructed fort the US ever built. It has a museum and you have complete access to most of it. And, by the way, they have homes, condos and apartments available inside the walls of the fort … and there's a moat. I have told Lisa many times that I want to buy a home with a moat; here it is.
Interesting neighbors.
NASA's facility at Langley is also nearby. I do not have any information about it to share.

Verdict – Hampton Public Piers is a safe, secure marina in a great location to prepare to head up the bay. Visiting Fort Monroe and the Mariners Museum are musts. Rent a car; it's worth it.
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