From staff reports
The Dataw Island Marina is welcoming the public on Saturday, June 12 for an Open House event.
The marina will be open for tours from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Also in attendance will be representatives from Marine Tech Services, Sea Island Marine, Morgan River Grill, Savannah Canoe & Kayak, Beaufort Kayak Tours and the Dataw Island Yacht Club.
The Dataw Island Marina is managed by Hilton Head Island-based Marine Tech Services, a family-owned boat repair and maintenance outfit that is considered one of the best in the region. Marine Tech brings expertise in both marina and boatyard operations.
Upon first acquiring the marina, the Dataw Island Owners Association (DIOA) managed the much-needed renovations and repairs to the property, drawing on existing resources and talent to keep expenses at a minimum. General Manager Ted Bartlett said that now that Dataw has have a fully functioning marina, the time was right to shift operations and management to an experienced outfit.
“Marine Tech Services is an excellent fit for our operation, and the energy and expertise that they have already displayed has been impressive,” Bartlett said in a release.
“All of us here on the Marine Tech team are very enthusiastic about the opportunities that our partnership with Dataw Island brings,” Marine Tech President John Torrens said. “We are very excited to be offering services from our Dataw Island location as it is more convenient to all of our Northern Beaufort County customers. We expect the full service marina/boatyard amenity to play a significant role in making Dataw Island a major boating destination.”
Marine Tech Services – certified by many major brands, including Yanmar, Volvo, Kohler, Westerbeke, Dometic, Vacuflush and more – well known in the boating world, servicing many boats doing the “Great Loop,” as well as customers right here in the Beaufort and Hilton Head area.
“Basically, we do everything except canvas and upholstery, and we work with well qualified contractors to provide that service for you!” Marine Tech General Manager Kristy Carr said. “Also, as a mobile operation, we travel as far as Charleston several times a year. We have worked on boats here on Dataw, at the Beaufort City Marina, Port Royal Landing Marina, Lady’s Island Marina as well as have many regular customers with private docks …”
“I have heard from a number of folks who have taken day trips to the Dataw Island Marina from Hilton Head, and everyone just loves the location” Carr said. “They love how quiet it is and are impressed with the Morgan River Grill. In fact, we’ve had several boat owners who have indicated their interest in moving their boats if there was space.”
WANT TO GO?
What: Dataw Island Marina Open House
When: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 12
Where: Dataw Island Marina
Cost: Free and open to the public