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The Perry Hotel & Marina - Key West, FL

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Tom Ryan, Marina Director

TOM RYAN
Marina Director
Provincetown Marina
Provincetown, MA

What in your life prepared you for a job in the marina industry?

After working in the boating industry for 20+ years and staying in several marinas while owning and working on vessels, I feel like I can anticipate the needs of boat owners and I am well-equipped to accommodate them.

 

Tell us about your experience captaining the Roseway for the World Ocean School.

My experience was life changing. Being in charge of an historic schooner vessel like Roseway taught me patience. Making a positive daily impact on the kids at World Ocean School was some of the most rewarding work I’ve ever been a part of in my life. 

Where do you like to send people for an authentic dining experience when they arrive at your marina for the first time? 

I like to send people to the Lobster Pot. It’s a Provincetown institution that’s been in operation since 1943. From its iconic neon sign to the lobster rolls — it can’t be beat!

Where is your favorite place to relax on your day off?

I would definitely say Long Point Beach is a favorite. The shuttle from MacMillan Pier drops you right in the sand. You plop your chair down and relax while watching boats exit and enter the harbor.

 

Name your top three favorite boating songs on your playlist.

“Chan Chan” by Buena Vista Social Club, because it’s just a relaxing song and it reminds me of my early days in Key West. “Second Hand News by Fleetwood Mac — this song, to me, screams summer! But if you’re out boating here in Ptown, you can’t go wrong with “Old Cape Cod by Patti Page.

If you could walk in anyone’s shoes for a day, who would it be? 

Ernest Shackleton, the great Antarctic explorer of the early 1900s. Having the courage and resolve to lead his team from certain death to safety was a remarkable and inspiring story. 

 

What is your favorite part of the day at the marina?

“The Golden Hour” – when all our guests are situated and relaxing means we’ve done our job!

 

What is the one thing that everyone should do or see in Provincetown?

This artistic town is known for its nightlife, so catching one of the many shows that are offered here is a must-see! Also, if you miss them on your way in, WHALES! The best way to see them is by jumping on one of the whale watch boats that head out daily to the feeding grounds on Stellwagen Marine Sanctuary.

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Morningstar Marinas at Little Creek, VA
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MORNINGSTAR MARINAS AT LITTLE CREEK, VA, a great cruising destination, has reached a new level of excellence with major renovations that every boater along the Atlantic Seaboard will want to stop by and see.

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Courtesy of Morningstar Marinas at Little Creek

After acquiring the marina, Morningstar received permits to not only replace all the wet slips with new Bellingham docks but also adjusted the configuration to better suit coastal boaters. The upgrades included widening the slips, installing full-length fingers, and achieving 100% clear main walks using tri-frames for dock box placement and cantilevered mid-basin power pedestal bump outs. When you consider they also replaced the fuel and electrical systems, Morningstar Marinas Little Creek will become a premiere marina on the East Coast.Morningstar will exceed all boaters' expectations by offering 350 dry storage spaces in its fully enclosed building, 180 wet slips ranging from 25' to 75' and 400' of side tie. Amenities include a bath house, laundry room, and showers. Other upgrades include a new Toyota forklift, Wi-Fi, pump out, and new fueling stations with ValvTect gasoline and diesel.

As a backdrop to all these improvements, the location is a dream for recreational boaters and anglers. "Being nestled in the back of Little Creek gives boaters a protected basin from weather, but they're only minutes to the Chesapeake Bay, Atlantic Ocean, James River and the entrance to the ICW," says Michael Quinn, General Manager.

Stony's Dockside Waterfront Bar & Grill allows our boaters to enjoy a wonderful meal within minutes of stepping off their vessel. Within walking distance are COVA Brewing Company, Longboards East Beach, and other local favorites. The warm waters at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay create a fishing paradise for anglers, and miles of easily accessible beaches entice visitors to dive in for a swim or just soak up the sun.

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"The proximity to Norfolk and Virginia Beach's restaurants, shops and entertainment gives marina guests the conveniences of a big city backed up to an abundance of open water," notes Quinn. Regardless of whether you plan to stay annually or for a couple nights, a visit to Morningstar Marinas, next to Norfolk International Airport in the up-and-coming East Ocean View Section of Norfolk, presents endless opportunities and your gateway to all the Chesapeake Bay has to offer.

Make sure you schedule your trip around one of the many festivals in the area including Harborfest, Town Point Virginia Fall Wine Festival, and Neptune Festival. If you plan a spring visit, don't miss the Patriotic Festival Norfolk for family friendly activities, concerts with national performing artists, and celebrations for all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

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Kingman Yacht Center
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MILES OF LUSH FOLIAGE, hiking trails and stunning Cape Cod views make up the tranquil scene at Kingman Yacht Center.

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This New England gem is an historic property and community along the northeast corner of Buzzards Bay. The spacious, full-service marina boasts 235 slips in renovated floating docks, as well as 130 moorings. That's room for 365 boats one for every day of the year!With easy access through the seven-mile canal, this destination is ideal for boaters looking for a calm, rural escape. Established in 1932, the site was originally a boat-building center for the U.S. Army, Navy and aircraft rescue boats during military conflicts such as the Korean War.The Kingman family ran this location until they sold it to current owner Scott Zeien in 2000. It became a recreational marina in the ‘50s. I grew up sailing here, and it really hasn't changed much in terms of the personality and the harbor, says Zeien. Our premier boatyard is a community of boaters enjoying one of the most beautiful natural harbors in New England.This retreat is centrally focused around two brands that make KYC: Kingman Yacht Center and Kingman Yacht Club, a thriving marina, service and sales facility, as well as social club where transients and members can enjoy exclusive benefits. Poised on a hilltop overlooking the marina, Red Brook Harbor Club townhomes span a luxury community alongside aquaculture farming and a water treatment plant that filters pollution out of local waterways.

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Courtesy of Kingman Yacht Center

KYC's on-site service center offers anything a boater could imagine such as repair, repower, electrical and more. Marina amenities include gas and diesel, laundry, yacht valet services, plus dock and dine. Check out Buzzards Bay Yacht Sales boat dealer and yacht brokerage for convenient, top-of-the-line vessels.The marina's famous Chart Room Restaurant serves fresh seafood garnished with beautiful sunsets from spring to fall. Try everything from fresh steamed mussels and seasonal fish to the creamy Chart Room Chowder.From May to October, KYC hosts weekly on-site activities, cruising rendezvous and events such as seminars, live music on the barge, fishing tournaments, lobster boil dinners and much more.

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Thunderbolt Marine - Savannah, GA
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JUST A FEW MILES EAST OF SAVANNAH, this full-service marina and repair facility is situated on 25 acres along the lovely Wilmington River. The historic boat basin was originally established by Asa Candler, founder of the Coca-Cola Company, and was used by the U.S. Army during World War II for offshore patrol and rescue vessels.Since 1965, Thunderbolt Marine has been home to a premier destination packed with top-notch services and amenities. Easily accessible from the ICW, visitors encounter no height restrictions for vessels approaching from Wassaw Sound.[caption id="attachment_324794" align="alignright" width="300"]

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Courtesy of Thunderbolt Marine[/caption]The marina accommodates vessels up to 100 feet. The facility offers gas and diesel, laundry, showers, pump-out station, Wi-Fi and also accommodates 30/50/100 AMP electric. One of the best perks is a long-standing tradition of Krispy Kreme doughnuts being delivered to boaters each morning.As a full-service repair and refit facility, the property boasts many quality services for yachts up to about 200 feet. Along with offering in-house trades, Thunderbolt works closely with authorized, outside contractors to provide the best work for its clients. Services include cabinetry/joinery, canvas/upholstery, electronics, hydraulics, mechanical, outfitting, painting, rigging, fiberglass/composites, HVAC and more.The Crew Lounge is also available to all active crewmembers of yachts in the marina or repair facility. Just across from the main gate, guests can enjoy a gym, a game room, a prep galley, laundry and showers as well as a screened outdoor grilling area with tables/chairs and a lounge area with a large in-ground spa in a spacious yard.Secluded in a small, quiet town, but not far from the hustle and bustle of Savannah, the marina is tranquil escape.Visit nearby restaurants such as Tubby's Tank House for fresh seafood and live music on the deck, or Tortuga's Island Grille for Southern fare with Caribbean flare.Venture into historic downtown Savannah to experience true Lowcountry charm. Stroll the lush tree-lined streets of lively neighborhoods, explore museums and stunning architecture at sites such as the American Prohibition Museum and Harper Fowlkes House, or take a ghost tour to learn the history of the haunted South. You will find plenty of restaurants to choose from including The Collins Quarter for all-day brunch and The Olde Pink House, a southern staple for enjoying an exquisite ambiance.Be sure to check out City Market, a four-block area filled with eclectic shops, bistros and galleries, as well as concerts at night. Old Town Trolley Tours provides the best sightseeing with a fun mix of trivia and humorous stories during a scenic ride through Savannah.

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The Perry Hotel & Marina - Key West, FL
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THE PERRY HOTEL & MARINA, formerly known as Stock Island Marina Village, is a premier Key West destination. This waterfront resort is filled with first-class amenities including a hotel, two dog parks, two pools, three restaurants, an island boutique and a distillery. The gorgeous marina boasts a large fuel pier and floating docks accommodating yachts up to 450 feet.

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Courtesy of The Perry Hotel & Marina

The property recently went through a re-branding to reflect the site's expansive upgrades. Our goal at the Perry is to provide the best amenities and service so you can eat, drink and play in one destination, says Matthew Strunk, CEO of The Perry Hotel & Marina. Easily dock your boat and experience the laid-back atmosphere along the harbor as you spend the day enjoying endless The Perry Hotel & Marina amenities just steps from your slip.This bustling waterfront community offers guests so much to do on-site while allowing easy access to downtown Key West (only three miles to Old Town) through a shuttle service or golf cart rental. A full-service concierge at the Perry Hotel will assist with booking and planning excursions such as watersport activities, sandbar and fishing charters, and golf tee times.

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Guests can enjoy fitness classes at F45, mixology classes at the distillery, view beautiful art at the galleries, and shop at the Green Pineapple boutique. If you bring your furry friend to this extremely dog-friendly marina, you can use the two dog parks and shop at Waggin Meals for freshly made dog food and treats. The convenience store sells liquor, beer, wine, snacks and other necessities.Three on-site restaurants provide guests a range of dining experiences from fine dining at Matt's Stock Island Kitchen & Bar to casual fare at the Salty Oyster located next to the main pool.The Perry is also thrilled to announce the addition of Sloppy Joe's Dockside, part of the famous Sloppy Joe's in downtown Key West. This dockside bar has fun signature cocktails, daily live music and classic Key West fare such as the lobster roll and catch of the day fish sandwich. The event area is located next door and features live concerts and special events on a grassy lawn. The property plans to add more amenities in the future such as a hair salon and spa.

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Tides Inn and Marina - Irvington, VA
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ABOUT THREE HOURS south of Washington, DC, and an hour east of Richmond, Tides Inn & Marina delivers genuine Southern hospitality at an intimate resort in the heart of Virginia's Northern Neck. The picturesque setting is located along Carter's Creek where the Rappahannock River flows into the Chesapeake Bay.[caption id="attachment_324265" align="alignleft" width="300"]

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Courtesy of The Tides Inn[/caption]Just a short walk from the hotel lobby awaits a lovely marina that accommodates up to 24 vessels ranging from small weekend cruisers to 150-foot yachts. Services include onsite security, pump out, electricity, Wi-Fi and two working boatyards with mechanics and parts to handle boat repairs.The grounds around the marina present more than an idyllic pastoral landscape. Tides Inn offers a variety of activities to entertain you from dawn until a stellar sunset colors the sky. Take your pick from the golf course, outdoor pool with beach access, fitness center, lawn games, bike rentals, paddleboats and kayaks, tennis and pickleball courts, and much more.The décor of the 66 redesigned guestrooms and four new luxury suites is artful elegance, and the staff makes you feel right at home the minute you enter the property. Even pets receive a special treat upon arrival.[caption id="attachment_324266" align="alignright" width="390"]

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Rappahannock Oysters | The Tides Inn[/caption]Long considered one of the top culinary destinations in the region, two dining options Chesapeake Restaurant & Terrace and Fish Hawk Oyster Bar benefit from the bounty of the Bay and fresh ingredients from nearby farms. Guests also delight in epicurean events, regional tastings and sessions with gastronomic experts on topics from local seafood to wine. Several fall events celebrate the area's food favorites: Oyster Roast & Dance, Irvington Crab Festival, and Holly Point Art & Seafood Festival.If you'd like to explore the surrounding region, Tides Inn teamed up with Volvo to provide a complimentary road trip experience. Drive in style and discover local highlights such as the Steamboat Era Museum, Dog & Oyster Vineyard, and Merroir Tasting Room (a casual eatery at a spectacular waterfront location where aquafarmers pull fresh oysters from the Rappahannock). You can also see the progress made at Tide Inn's $3.6 million Shoreline Restoration Project that partners with conservationists to build a living shoreline, enhance the oyster habit and plant new trees along Carter's Creek.

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Fort George Island Marina - Jacksonville, FL
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WHERE THE WINDING BANKS of the St. Johns River meet the Atlantic Ocean, you find one of Florida's best hidden coastal gems -- Fort George Island Marina.

Easily accessible from the Intracoastal Waterway, the island is nestled in acres of lush state park greenery and preserves. The marina is near some of north Florida's most notable historic landmarks such as the upscale Ribault Club and Kingsley Plantation, the state's oldest surviving plantation built in the late 1700s. The island is just a short distance from popular destinations such as Amelia Island, Fernandina Beach and downtown Jacksonville.

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The deepwater marina offers 120 dry racks accommodating vessels 15 to 39 feet and 14 in-water slips for boats up to 50 feet. The lounge is equipped with shower facilities, complimentary Wi-Fi, ships store and laundry. Relax at the picnic area and gazebo that overlook a stunning view of the river. A fuel station is available on site, as well as haul and launch services.

By the end of the year, the facilities will have major upgrades such as a new pump-out system, renovated forklift, outdoor service racks and new high-quality shore power pedestals. Beer and wine are also soon-to-be available at the ships store.

For a local bite, feast on delicious seafood, burgers or Florida gator tail at Sandollar Restaurant less than a mile away. Enjoy crawfish, seared ahi tuna steak and brick oven pizzas from Palms Fish Camp Restaurant just a few miles down the river. About a half-mile from the marina, you can hop on a ferry to spend the day lounging at the Mayport and Jacksonville beaches.

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Courtesy of Oasis Marinas

The area is a true slow-paced sanctuary for hikers and bikers who love to explore historic trails. Visit one of the many natural wonders surrounding the marina such as Fort George Island Cultural State Park, Huguenot Memorial Park, Big and Little Talbot Island State Parks, and the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve.

For arts, entertainment and nightlife, downtown Jacksonville is less than 30 minutes away. Popular attractions include the Jacksonville Zoo & Gardens, Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens and the MOSH (Museum of Science & History).

We are one of the first marinas when entering or exiting the St. Johns River from the Atlantic and also the closest fuel pumps, says General Manager Peter Curcio. The marina is currently undergoing a complete makeover with new ownership, and I suspect it will become one of the top marinas in the area by the end of 2021.

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Burnham Harbor - Chicago, IL
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Situated along Lake Michigan, the Great Lakes' second largest waterway by volume, 600 parks, 70 nature sanctuaries and 25 miles of open lakefront make up the gorgeous city of Chicago.

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Burnham Harbor - marina spotlight - marinalife

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The Chicago Harbors consist of the largest municipally owned harbor system in the United States as they span 14 miles of lakeshore ranging in everything from plush, cosmopolitan harbors to quaint, neighborhood ports. With 6,000 moorings across 10 harbors, the marinas are sheltered along the iconic Lake Shore Drive from north to south.

A short walk from the heart of downtown Chicago, Burnham Harbor is located on the bustling Museum Campus. As the largest property in the Chicago Harbors system, the marina boasts 1,126 slips and can accommodate boats over 100 feet. The facility is equipped with mooring cans and top-tier Starr docks. The Burnham Park Yacht Club on the east side of the harbor also offers mast stepping/un-stepping services.

Amenities include a fuel dock, complimentary pump-out stations, Wi-Fi, laundry facilities and ships store. A three-lane launch ramp is also available for about 43 vehicles with trailers. The dockside pump out is easily accessible via the Honey Jug service.

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Shedd Aquarium from Wikimedia Commons[/caption]

The 57-acre lush green park that makes up the Museum Campus is home to some of the city's most notable attractions. Gaze into the galaxies at the first planetarium built in America, the Adler Planetarium, or take a deep look at what lives below the sea at the amazing Shedd Aquarium. Enjoy a prehistoric trip back in time to see dinosaurs and fossils at the Field Museum of Natural History or witness real wildlife in its natural habitat at the McCormick Place Bird Sanctuary.

Burnham Harbor is also central to spectacular venues including the Arie Crown Theater and Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Less than four miles north, shopping at the Magnificent Mile district and catching entertainment at Navy Pier are among visitor favorites.

Feast on the dock-famous Kalinowski Polish sausage corndog and treat yourself to an adult juice box or ice-cold beer at Boat Drinks, located right at Burnham Harbor. Connie's Pizza also delivers Chicago-style deep dish to your boat at any location.

Chicago Harbors are one of the most special secrets of the city, says General Manager Scott Stevenson. There's nowhere else in the country where you can find this many harbors with direct access to a lakefront and spectacular skyline sunsets like this.

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South Annapolis Yacht Centre - Eastport, MD
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South Annapolis Yacht Centre - marina spotlight - marinalife
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Crossing over or under the Spa Creek Drawbridge from downtown Annapolis into the Eastport neighborhood gives you the best of both worlds. The bustling city life of Maryland's state capital quickly eases into a slower-paced community a few miles away. Just west of the bridge, the charming South Annapolis Yacht Centre is nestled along the shore.

As this new marina boasts 74 slips and nine fixed-lift slips with Ipe floating docks, boaters will love the area's perfect balance of big-world sophistication and small town charm. Accommodating power, sail and catamarans up to 135 feet, the spacious location also offers efficient services including a pump-out station, 40,000 lb. covered lift slips and a new 75-ton travel lift. Equipped with Bluewater Yacht Sales on-site, a sales, service and detailing company is always at your convenience.

Top-notch amenities feature outdoor showers, laundry room, bike racks, Wi-Fi and 24-hour security. Fresh water is accessible from all slips and metered power includes 30, 50 and 100 AMP single phase. Local provisions can be found nearby at a grocery store and Eastport Shopping Plaza, as well as necessities at West Marine all less than two miles away. The closest fuel dock is only 0.2 nautical miles across the water.

The docks overlook stunning views of this historic seaport including St. Mary's Parish and surrounding 18th century architecture. The natural beauty of Spa Creek and abundance of centuries-old trees decorate the area known as America's Sailing Capital. Fishing, shopping, outdoor dining and sightseeing are among the town's many local attractions. Stay at a delightful bed and breakfast or upscale hotels such as Annapolis Waterfront Hotel or the Historic Inns of Annapolis.

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Courtesy of South Annapolis Yacht Centre

Enjoy delicious Maryland seafood and craft cocktails at Eastport restaurants including Boatyard Bar & Grill, Carrol's Creek Cafe, Blackwall Hitch and O'Learys Seafood Restaurant. Across the water in the heart of downtown Annapolis, check out McGarvey's Saloon & Oyster Bar and Middleton Tavern, or dock and dine at Pusser's Caribbean Grille that overlooks the narrow waterway leading out to the Bay, known as Ego Alley.

The South Annapolis Yacht Centre marina village incorporates a state-of-the-art boatyard and marina with luxury living, says General Manager Remy Anderson. We offer an ideal homeport for enjoying the most popular parts of the Chesapeake Bay and the perfect cruising destination for transient captains.

As the home of the United States Power and Sailboat shows, don't miss experiencing the city during this extraordinary event in October.

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