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Food and fuel on the ICW

Food and fuel

Good food and fuel are plentiful on the ICW, with the exception of the middle of the state of Georgia. We like to stock up on staples for the entire trip before we leave, then fill in with fresh items wherever we can easily shop.

Many marinas have courtesy cars or provide transportation to grocery stores nearby, but call first to make sure transportation is available when you arrive. Marinas from which people report that it’s easy to shop for groceries include Waterside in Norfolk (Mile Zero); Beaufort Docks and Morehead City Yacht Basin, Beaufort and Morehead City, N.C. (Mile 202); The City Marina at Charleston, S.C. (Mile 469.5); and Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor in St. Augustine, Fla. (Mile 775.7).

For diesel stops, we look for competitive prices, volume sales, a good filtering system, and ease in docking. Some of the newer fuel docks have high-volume pumps that may not be suitable for an older boat with a small fill line. Ask the dockhand to make adjustments if needed. We don’t let the fuel level get too low, so we plan stops before it’s absolutely necessary.

A few of our usual diesel stops include Coinjock, N.C. (two marinas, Mile 50); New River Marina, Sneads Ferry, N.C. (Mile 247); Leland Marine in McClellenville, S.C. (Mile 430); Harbour Town in Hilton Head, S.C. (Mile 565); Florida Petroleum in Fernandina Beach, Fla. (Mile 716.5); Camachee Cove Yacht Harbor in St. Augustine; Port Petroleum or Fort Pierce City Marina, Fort Pierce, Fla. (Mile 966); and Lauderdale Marina, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Mile 1066). Some marinas offer volume and/or BoatU.S. discounts.