Marina Spotlights

Nick McGinty - Charleston City Marina

Port Personalities


How long have you worked at Charleston City Marina?

I have been General Manager here for 12 years.

What interested you in a career in the marine industry?

I grew up around Lake Erie and loved to be near the water. I wanted to work outdoors and be around people having fun. Most boaters who visit the marina are in vacation mode, which makes for a good atmosphere and a fun job.

You accommodate a lot of mega yachts.What is the most unusual experience you have had?

I think one of the craziest things to happen was when one of them pumped between 46,000 to 47,000 gallons of diesel fuel and paid in cash!

What do you do when you have some time off, away from the marina?

I like to run and play guitar. I play both acoustic and electric. I used to be in a band years ago but play for myself now.

What is your favorite type of music?

Grateful Dead; I am definitely a Dead Head.

What is your favorite drink on board?

Sierra Nevada Pale Ale

What is the best tip you would give a new boater?

If you are new to boating, find an experienced broker or dealer to help you buy the right boat. Your first boat should fit your lifestyle and be easy for you to handle. Being comfortable and confident will lay the groundwork for you to become a lifetime boater.

Where is the first place you would send a new visitor to in Charleston?

Take the marina courtesy van and get off at the corner of King & Market Street. This is the heart of town where you can find hundreds of great places to shop, eat, drink, and visit local galleries and museums. You can book tours, catch a trolley or take a horse and carriage ride to explore Charleston and all it has to offer.

What is something that not everyone knows about you?

I am a pretty open book, but most people don't know I have identical twin girls: Cate and Quinn.

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