Thunderbolt Marina

Thunderbolt, Georgia - GA, United States

Visit Thunderbolt Marina on the Wilmington River!

Reservations beyond 5 days should be arranged directly with the Dockmaster.

Thunderbolt Marina is conveniently located just outside Savannah on the Wilmington River in Thunderbolt, Georgia at Intracoastal Waterway Marker #35 (ICW Mile #583) N 32° 01.467' W 081° 02.783'. There are no height restrictions when approaching from Wassaw Sound. The marina, just a short distance from Historic Savannah, provides a tranquil setting with easy access to repair facilities just across the basin which has haul out capabilities. Beyond the over 2100ft of available floating dock space, the marina offers a number of amenities including showers, restrooms, WiFi and laundry.

Fuel, pump-out and a ship store are also available on the property to continue fulfilling your boating needs. Thunderbolt Marina also wants to ensure that you have a relaxing stay at the marina, so they have provided i boaters with a gorgeous picnic area over-looking the water. You can enjoy the snacks you grabbed from the on site Snack Shop or prepare a full meal after visiting the nearby grocery store. Don't feel like cooking? There are also nearby restaurants for extra dining choices and relaxation. Book your boat slip today with Snag-A-Slip!

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  • Bars/Clubs Nearby
  • Ice
  • Security
  • Boat Service
  • Pump-Out
  • Gas
  • ATM
  • Fitness Center
  • Laundry
  • WiFi
  • Ship Store
  • Beaches
  • Parking
  • Showers
  • Restrooms
  • Travel Lift
  • Restaurant Nearby
  • Bank Nearby
  • Groceries Nearby
  • Bathhouse
  • Floating Docks
  • Picnic Area
  • Hot Tub
  • Transportation
  • Dry Cleaning
  • Dive Shop
  • Oil Recycling
  • Courtesy Car
  • Salon/Spa
  • Hotel/Lodging Nearby
  • Lounge On-Site
  • Snack Shop
  • Rental Cars
  • Health Club
  • Diesel
  • Deli
  • Golf Course Nearby
  • Newsletter
  • Drop-In/Haul Out Services
  • Grills
  • Pet Friendly
  • Post Office Within 1 Mile
  • Town Nearby
  • Medical Facilities Nearby
  • Retail Nearby
  • Superyacht Slips


32.02456 / -81.04831

Thunderbolt Marina

Thunderbolt, Georgia - GA, United States


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Cancellation Policy: Should you need to cancel your reservation as a courtesy, please contact the marina or Snag-A-Slip in advance of your scheduled arrival date to receive a full refund for your reservation.

Minimum Price: Please be advised this marina charges a 30' minimum price for all reservations.

Verified Snag-A-Slip Stay

Lorin on April 7th, 2024:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Slipstream Sailboat 38 ft 5 ft

Greg guided us (Firsttimers at Thunderbolt) with excellent docking instructions and help tying up. Good facilities on site.

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Robert on March 29th, 2024:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Pura Vida Powerboat 60 ft 5 ft

Great stop & location. They need a recycling program though.

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Capt on February 29th, 2024:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Do It Now Power 32 ft 2.5 ft

This is my third stay at Thunderbolt and it remains one of my favorite marinas on the ICW. Excellent service from Dockmaster Greg. I love that the marina is so laid back and has everything I need to catch up after a bunch of nights at anchor: laundry, good showers, courtesy car, restaurants within walking distance, water, power, pumpout, and reasonably priced fuel. This time, I even fired up my ebike and rode into downtown Savannah -- it's just 5.5 miles -- for some shopping. I cannot recommend this place enough.

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Michael on December 17th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Elysium Sail Catamaran 34 ft 3 ft

Very good marina. Ample support no matter your need. My only, and very minor, criticism was the bathroom/shower housekeeping could have been a bit better. On the other side, the dockmaster was super helpful as I was coming in alone. He even texted me an annotated map of the marina with my route in to my slip.

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December 5th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lady Gov Power 60 ft 5.0 ft

Our first visit to Thunderbolt Marina has been fantastic. The facilities are top-notch. The dockhands made docking our boat easy, even in tricky conditions with currents and wind, especially since we were on an inside dock and we are new at boating.
We got the recommendation to stay here from brokers and yacht transporters, and it turns out they were spot-on. Thunderbolt has this incredible repair facility, making it our go-to place for any work we might need. . They have outstanding security and regular boat checks and while we were away from the boat, this gave us peace of mind.
Greg and the staff are not only friendly but also super helpful. Besides keeping an eye on our boat they also shared valuable tips about exploring the area. Thunderbolt isn't just a place to park boats; it's a haven for boaters looking for a peaceful spot with top-notch amenities, such as a loaner car, etc., along the Georgia coast. We're confident our boat is in good hands with the Thunderbolt team and we will stop again on our way back north!

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Tim on December 4th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Blue Moon Sail 44 ft 6.0 ft

Reserved a slip here to let some cold weather pass and ended up having some work done to correct a mis-installed boom vang and alternator. The marina staff was great upon arrival and the process of getting work done was easy and professional. John, Grant and staff quickly worked us in and were up front about pricing and set reasonable expectations. The work done was excellent. We will come here to have more service done on our boat for sure! Bonus - Loaner car at the marina was a big help for provisions! Thanks to Greg, Michael and the rest!

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Capt on November 25th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Do It Now Power 32 ft 2.5 ft

This was my second stay at Thunderbolt and I would definitely stay again. Laid back marina with good rates and affordable fuel. Good showers, laundry, and courtesy car. (Please, folks! If a marina gives you a car to use for free, the least you can do is add fuel if the tank gets below 1/2 full!) Savannah is about $12-$15 away by Uber/Lyft. This trip, we bicycled to Bonaventure Cemetery and toured the beautiful grounds on Thanksgiving day.

Good Thai restaurant and several other restaurants within walking distance.

My only complaint is the confusion on my arrival about where I was supposed to park. (Oddly, this happened last time I was there, too.) I would definitely stay there again.

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Michael on November 20th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Magnolia Powerboat 38 ft 3 ft

Marina and facilities were clean and secure with great service.

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David on November 6th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Winds of Change Power 39 ft 4.0 ft

Outstanding service (thanks Jeremy). Piers were fine but higher than others so rig your fenders higher. Bathrooms were clean. A short Uber ride to Savannah. We will be back.

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Barbra on October 28th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
SV Seahab Sailboat 36 ft 6 ft

Thunderbolt Marina staff were all friendly and helpful. Loved the courtesy car, gym, and inexpensive laundry

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Jim on October 27th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
M/V Soulmates Power 60 ft 5.0 ft

We stopped at Thunderbolt Marine for only a short while as we just needed a pump-out. The pump-out is at their fuel dock and is a wide-open approach if coming from the north. The current can be swift around the dock, so definitely do your best to dock against the current. The fuel dock is about a foot higher than most docks, so give your fenders a shorter tie. The dockmaster warned us of that ahead of time, so we were prepared… and thankful! Overall, a very accessible and quick place to stop.

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Gary on October 14th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Lady Barbara Power 76 ft 5.0 ft

First class operation, 23' at face dock 4 hours after high tide, Dock hand Greg is superb, docks are great, $2.25' plus $15.00 for 50 amp, $30.00 for 100 amp., courtesy car available. Electric service is good.

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Ron on September 4th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Three Sheets Sail 30 ft 5.0 ft

Excellent service. The crew at the marina did a wonderful job getting us docked during a rip current and choppy conditions.
They were very knowledgeable and helpful with getting our boat fueled up and pumped out even though we did not have the proper fittings.
I would highly recommend Thunderbolt Marina for any of your fueling and pump out needs.

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John on August 9th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sea Biscuit Sail Catamaran 39 ft 4 ft
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Erin on August 1st, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Water Wings Sail 44 ft 4.0 ft

Great stop for a night as we cruised up the ICW. Pulled up and got fuel then just walked the boat up the dock away from the pumps for the night. We had about a 1 kt current while docking, but dock hand was great. Clean bathrooms, Laundry was $3 a load. Courtesy car for use allowed us to get over to West Marine and Kroger. We walked out the gate to Tubby's Tank house for dinner and drinks. Fun place.

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Don on July 18th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Never Land Power 50 ft 5.0 ft

Great dock hands, love the air conditioned large laundry, nice clean restrooms, outdoor screened room, and courtesy car! Easy dockage fuel and pump out.

Verified Snag-A-Slip Stay

Gordon on July 17th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Pokey Porky Sailboat 26 ft 4 ft
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Dwight on July 15th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
SUGARCANE Powerboat 43 ft 5 ft
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Anonymous on April 25th, 2023:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Powerboat 36 ft 4 ft

Great stay

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Capt on March 12th, 2023:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Do It Now Power 32 ft 2.5 ft

I spent three nights here in early March 2023. I didn't get any donuts, but that does not impact my review.

I liked the place. There are several long floating docks and I was fortunate to be put on one of the inside ones. The river current is still strong there, but there was less motion from the wake of passing boats. Dockhand Greg assisted me, which was probably necessary with the current, which moves in either direction depending on the tide. The marina has a working boat yard and works on many very large boats. There was some noise on Thursday and Friday for that, but Saturday was quiet.

There are several restaurants within walking distance in the town of Thunderbolt. There's also a marine supply store in town.

The marina has a courtesy car that I used to visit Walmart, Publix, and yet another local marine supply store. (Ever notice that no one carries Volvo branded oil filters?)

Downtown Savannah is an Uber ride away. It cost $15 + tip each way. I highly recommend Savannah Glides History Tour by Segway if you want something fun and different. If you go on a Saturday, be sure to visit the Farmer's Market in Forsyth Park. From there, it's a long but very enjoyable (and easy) walk all the way to River Street where you'll find the usual tourist shops and restaurants. Vic's was excellent for lunch. The city has lots of history and amazing architecture; don't let $35 worth of cab fares keep you away from it.

The marina offers discounts for Boat US members on docking and fuel: 15¢. I topped off my tank before leaving for $4.76/gallon at a time when most ICW marinas are getting $5.50 or more.

It was a good stay. I'd definitely stay there again.

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James on June 6th, 2022:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Dawn Watch Power 40 ft 4.0 ft

Stayed 2 nights. There is mention of busses to Savannah but that is old info. Used rideshare. Krispy Kreme delivered to the boat first morning!

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