Introducing OnSpot Marina Wifi

River Dunes is thrilled to announce a new partnership with onSpot wifi, the preferred Marina WiFi Provider along the East Coast of the United States. onSpot’s fast, reliable WiFi backed with round-the-clock monitoring and a helpful, friendly support staff will be installed at River Dunes Marina in the next few weeks.

Boaters and Slip Owners at River Dunes Marina will enjoy access to the onSpot Boater Support Line and the 24-hour Remote System Management that keeps the wifi operational. onSpot is an innovative leader in the marina WiFi industry. Most importantly, onSpot was created by boaters, for boaters and designed for marinas only. Understanding marinas and boaters is at the heart of everything they do and River Dunes looks forward to sharing the new network with our members, owners and boaters in the 2019 Season!

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Mastering the Rules of the Road Seminar

March 2, 2019

This is one of the most important seminars a recreational boater could attend. It provides an explanation with examples of the 37 Rules of the Road for both the U.S. Inland Rules and the International Rules (COLREGS). It simplifies the sometimes complex law relating to boat operation for the recreational boater regardless of vessel and when meeting another vessel on the water.

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Where: 1st Presbyterian Church, 211 W. 2nd Street, Washington, NC
Cost: $15 for member/$20 non-members (no additional cost for couples sharing materials)
To Register: Contact our PSPS Educational Officer, Linda Erickson, by email or call her at 252-964-3009

Deadline for registration is February 25th.


“Much more than a Marina…”

From February’s SpinSheet Magazine:

“We were hooked from the moment we passed the first day mark signaling our arrival. We immediately became aware; River Dunes is much more than just a marina…

It is more like a 21st century frontier oasis, idyllically situated in a vast liquid desert where the Pamlico and Neuse Rivers flow into the Pamlico Sound; a winter haven for us that offers year-round boating in plenty of deep, navigable water, with much opportunity for excellent sailing and many destinations to explore. Entering the beautifully protected Grace Harbor, we navigated a set of six perfectly aligned channel markers leading through a meticulously manicured fairway lined with elegant buildings reminiscent of old Charleston-style southern architecture. “Oh my!” Suzanne exclaimed, pointing. “Is that the club house?” We realized that this would be home sweet home for the next month until we began our second leg farther south after Christmas…”

Read the complete visitor write-up from ARTICLE- SpinSheet Feb18.

Vote for River Dunes!

River Dunes is in the running for #1 Best Large Marina.

If you’ve visited the marina here at River Dunes, we need for you to share your top-notch experience with MarinaLife! 


Vote for River Dunes! Helpful Info for the Form: 

  • Region: MidAtlantic
  • Competing in the Best Large Marina category (over 100 slips)
  • River Dunes and Grace Harbor are located in Oriental, North CarolinaBest NC Marina

Grace Harbor wins Major Award

The popular boating website holds an annual Best Marinas Contest with results based on the actual votes of boaters who have stayed the marinas.  The editors of have announced the winners, and Grace Harbor at River Dunes was voted one of the Top Marinas in the Southeastern United States.  Winners were divided among the geographical regions of the US, Canada, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.  Many thanks to those of you who voted for River Dunes!


River Dunes on a Beautiful Spring Night

One of our property owners took some beautiful photos of the Harbor Club and Marina on a night last week when the moon was full and the marina was so calm that it looked like a mirror.  Thanks for sharing these fantastic pictures, Matt!  We hope you all enjoy them…


Busy Boating Season

The months of October and November are traditionally busy ones for Grace Harbor, as many boaters make their way south to the warmer waters of Florida, the Bahamas, and the Caribbean for the winter. The cavalcade of beautiful boats is always enjoyable viewing for owners who live on the Marina or the Channel. One of our home owners recently snapped some photos of one of the larger yachts we’ve docked this season. Thanks for the pictures – we love getting shots of our marina and guest boats!

Once a boater has spent a night or two at River Dunes, they make it a regular stopping point on their travels north and south. It’s become a popular destination on the ICW because of the five star facilities and warm welcome. If you’ve not stopped here, don’t miss us on your next voyage!

Grace Harbor Selected for Top Ten

The boating website MARINAS.COM has announced the winners of the 2015 Boater’s Choice Awards. Members and visitors to MARINAS.COM worldwide have voted for their favorite marinas. Participation was tremendous in the voting, according to a spokesperson for the popular website.We are happy and proud to announce that River Dunes Harbor Club and Marina was chosen one of the Top Ten All Around Best Marinas in the voting!

If you have not been to visit us lately, it’s time to stop by and experience our excellent facilities, great customer service, and ideal location. Congratulations also to Deaton’s Yacht Service in Oriental, selected one of the Top Repair Service Yards.

View all the results.

The Travels of Liberdade

The Arrington’s, slip leasers in River Dunes Grace Harbor, recounted their cruising adventures on Liberdade, a 54′ Ocean Alexander Trawler, in the September issue of Passagemaker magazine.We thank them for sharing the great article and their excellent tips for cruisers with us!Read the article.

Bob and Dori share their reasons for choosing River Dunes as their Home Port:

“Dori and I built Liberdade to cruise and live aboard for extended periods during the year, but there are a few times in the year when Liberdade needs a secure marina, which is why we chose Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes. Located on a well protected basin right off the ICW, River Dunes is one of the best protected harbors on the East Coast. Its location on a deep well marked channel right off the ICW makes easy to get to as well. River Dunes central location in one of North Carolina’s prime boating areas also gives us access to plenty of top notch service facilities near by.

Not to be content with the first class facility they built, River Dunes has also continued to improve, offering new services like the recently begun Grace Harbor Water Sports. The Water Sports group now offers sailing lessons, kayak tours and a complete list of boater’s concierge services. Rich Beliveau and his staff do a great job of keeping the facility in great shape. Whether you come for the beautiful club house, the pool or a secure slip on their floating piers, there is no better place to spend a night or the season than Grace Harbor Marina at River Dunes!”

Thank you for sharing the article and special thanks for the kind words about our marina!