Vote for River Dunes in the Marinalife Survey

Marinalife, the magazine and website for information about boating and destinations, is holding its fourth annual Best Marina Contest.Marinas can be rated in two categories – Best Customer Service and #1 Transient Marina.If you’ve visited our marina lately, we hope you’ll agree that we deserve the top ranking in either or both categories!Please take a moment and vote for River Dunes by clicking on this link to the Marinalife survey page.We’ll keep you posted when the results are announced.

River Dunes Burgee on the Move

You never know where a group from River Dunes might turn up!This past weekend, a group of slip owners travelled up the river from Grace Harbor to New Bern for a rendezvous.All reports are that they had a great time, enjoyed some wonderful meals, and are looking forward to lots more good times on the water this summer.River Dunes is in a great location for many wonderful day trips by boat, including New Bern, Beaufort, Ocracoke, Shackelford Banks, and Morehead City.

Marina Happenings

The marina at River Dunes has been busy, busy the past few weeks.In addition to the annual stream of transients heading back home from the Bahamas and Florida, there have been several new additions to our growing group of slip holders.We were also happy to welcome one of our owners who made the trip on his new Shannon power cruiser up from Florida to its new home in Grace Harbor.

This past weekend, Harbor Manager Rich Beliveau arranged for Vessel Safety Inspections by the local US Coast Guard Auxiliary.Although the day was overcast and chilly, over 15 boats participated in the free service.

Welcome our New Harbor Manager!

River Dunes Harbor Club and Marina welcomes our new Director of Marina Operations, Rich Beliveau.Rich and his wife Carol have moved to Oriental from Islamorada, FL, where he managed Florida Sea Base.They are getting settled into their new home, and Rich has jumped into the Marina Operations with lots of energy and enthusiasm.”I am committed to maintaining the high level of service already in place, and to growing the marina along with adding new services and programs,” Rich recently stated.Please stop by the Harbor Club and welcome Rich to River Dunes!

River Dunes Looks Good in The Exumas

We love it when our owners send pictures as they enjoy their adventures far and wide!We have just received this shot, taken by the owner of Eileen H at Compass Cay in the Exumas.Thanks for the photo, enjoy your travels, and we’ll see you soon at River Dunes, John and Kathy!

Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

Hurricane Sandy created a full marina for River Dunes, as many traveling boaters took shelter from the winds and rain in our protected harbor.With a full harbor, the staff has done a tremendous job of providing hospitality, food, beverages and other services for our guests.

The storm gave us a broad off-shore skirt, and we suffered no damage; however, we cannot say the same for some of our owners and friends.All of thosein the Northeast path of Sandy who have been affected and are without power or have lost homes, businesses, and so much more are in our thoughts.We wish you strength and patience as you go through the clean up and recovery process.

Important Seminar for all Boaters

On Sunday, November 4th at 9:00 a.m., River Dunes Marina will be sponsoring a seminar featuring guest speakers Jeff and Karen Siegel of and Karen, both experience first-responders, will be addressing how to handle medical emergencies while onboard a boat, including tips for preparing the boat, captain and crew.Immediately following the seminar, a live CPR demonstration will be held.

Buffet lunch will be available for $12 per person.The seminar is FREE for River Dunes owners, Harbor Club members and anyone who is docking for a minimum of 2 nights.For all others, the seminar will be $20 (includes lunch).

River Dunes welcomes back “Changer”

As always, we are happy to see the return of good friends from the boating community.Such was the case with the recent arrival of “Changer”.The owners are cruisers who call Florida home base, but who are always sure to make Grace Harbor a stopping point on their journey.We enjoy your visits, wish you safe travels,and hope to see you again soon!

Vote for River Dunes on Cruising World!

We need your votes! River Dunes has been selected as a finalist in Cruising World’s “World’s Best Mooring” Competition. We’ve seen your comments, blogs, pics, and praises: can you share that enthusiasm with Cruising World?

Boating magazines, including Sailing, Yachting, and Motorboating have recommended River Dunes to readers since 2008 and we’re thrilled to see River Dunes on another Top Ten List! Help us make #1!

A big thanks to Dennis Mullen, S/V Different Drummer, for nominating River Dunes. Cruising World loved his submission and placed us in the Top Ten! Dennis keeps his boat at River Dunes and is a contributing writer for numerous sailing magazines. His nomination was compelling (see below) but we need your votes to nab the top spot!

    From Cruising World’s Nomination

    10. Perfect Hurricane Hole9. Floating docks with 13’ pilings and clean, fresh water.8. Location:Easy day sail, on an easy day, to Cape Lookout Bight or Ocracoke Island, with lots of beautifulgunk holes along the way, for not-so-easy days.7. Location:Half an hour by car from the New Bern airport.6. Location:Half an hour by car from complication and congestion.5. Amenities:Clubhouse, pool, hot tubs, workout room, steam showers, courtesy car, bicycles, guest cottages and quiet.4. Locally brewed “Sisters of the Moon” beer on tap at the pool bar.3. Best steak east of Kansas City at the Club. 2. Easy-access fuel dock with competitive prices and pump out. 1. J.C. Cappelmann, Harbor Manager:J.C runs the marina with an iron fist in a velvet glove, making sure it all gets done.

River Dunes needs your vote to win the title and a marina dock-tail party. Vote Here:

*You have to “Register” at the top of the page and then the “Vote” button will appear above the River Dunes picture. We’re #3.

River Dunes Gets #1 Ranking from Active Captain

Active tracks over 30,000 marinas worldwide, providing information and reviews.Among marinas with over 20 reviews, River Dunes ranked third in the world; and among marinas with over 30 reviews, River Dunes ranks FIRST in the world!

As reported by Jeff and Karen Siegel of, “this is quite an accomplishment.It demonstrates extreme consistency of quality over a large number of boaters…There are only 12 marinas that have more reviews than River Dunes and none of them rate as highly.”We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Thanks to the many boaters who have visited and reviewed River Dunes!We hope you’ll come back soon, and we look forward to continuing to exceed your expectations in all areas of marina operations.

Pepper, the New Dockhand at River Dunes

Meet Pepper, River Dunes Super-Secret Anti-Seagull Weapon.Pepper’s assignment is to keep the increasing seagull population on C Dock at bay until the dock is completed and boats are in the slips.She takes her job very seriously.Perks include golf cart rides and an occasional chew toy.Keep up the good work, Pepper!

Not to brag… but look at these marina reviews!

Okay, we’re bragging. Boaters traveling the ICW or searching for a new marina to call home use online communities to share reviews, tips, and suggestions with fellow boaters.

These sites are a great resource if you’re considering a long trip or an ICW run:,, or Salty Southeast Cruising Guide.

We’re thrilled to report that River Dunes is a consistent five-star marina. Two recent reviews really stood out.

“Definitely deserving of the 5-star rating! My fellow cruisers are so right. This is an absolutely gorgeous place with the most hospitable of hosts. And the price is more than right as well.
We will return this fall, whether the weather is threatening or not. It’s much more convenient than stopping in Oriental.” – Captain Crabcake (8/9/11)

“TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! A Must Stop on the ICW.

Simply the best marina we’ve been at, perhaps even better than Emerald Bay in the Bahamas…” – Captain Pierre (8/4/11)

Other Five Star Reviews: Just a smattering of titles from 2011…

    “Only Missing Part is You” “An absolute 10″”Raises the Bar for Quality Marinas””It’s all about the steam shower””My first five-star rating”First class – five star”Unbelievable, a must see”