Written by Alexa Zizzi
January 2022

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.

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Courtesy of Thunderbolt Marine

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.