It is officially summer time!

We are in full swing at the Boatel, and we want to make sure you are up to date on all of the happenings.

Our hours are now extended!
The Boatel is open from 8 a.m. until 8 p.m. Monday through Friday
7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and holidays.
This schedule goes through Labor Day Weekend!

Now that we are into our summer hours, here are some reminders to make this summer run smoothly;

Wash Rack Reservation

Wash racks are a hot commodity, and without a reservation, there could be a bit of a wait.Call the launch office at (757) 481-0700 to reserve a time, or let us know when you are launching the boat what time you would like!

Fishing License

The Launch Office can issue a fishing license!If your license is expiring or if you need one for the first time, the Launch Staff can help you out. It is a quick and easy process.The cost for a boat fishing license is only $48.00 and is good for a full year.The license covers everyone who is fishing on your boat!

Temporary In-Water Docking

If you are going to need more than 3 forklift moves for a day, consider docking up at the long dock or the horseshoe pier.This will save a lift back to the building, and the boat is already in the water for you.The docking is temporary and first come first serve.

Vessel Safety Checks

Coast Guard Auxiliary Member Roy Maurer wants to make sure you are safe when on the water. He is here every Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. through September 23rd to do complimentary vessel inspections. When your vessel passes, you will get a free safety decal.We ask that you do a pre-inspection check to help the process move a bit quicker.

Pre-Inspection Checklist

  • Current Owner ID Card
  • Make sure red, green and white lights are functional
  • Boat horn is functional
  • Flares are not expired
  • Life jackets and throwable cushion are in good condition
  • Fire extinguisher is “in the green”

If you are unable to make it on a Saturday, please contact the Launch Office to schedule an appointment with Roy for a different time.   (757) 481-0700

Referral Discount

Have you referred someone recently who has started storing at the Boatel? Please contact the Launch Office know so we can apply your referral discount to you account!  (757) 481-0700


We have noticed the past few years that aerosol sunscreen can leave a yellow/orange tint on the fiberglass and vinyl in your boat. It is extremely hard to get off!If possible, please try and use the lotion sunscreen option.

Night Launches

If you are going to be using the boat after hours or early in the morning, please call the night before for a night launch.

We ask that you call at least 30 minutes before we close to allow time to get the boat out.

You can also reserve a wash rack over night as well!

(757) 481-0700