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Zahniser's Yachting Center

Solomons, Maryland - MD, United States

A Lower Chesapeake Bay Retreat at Zahniser's Yachting Center on Solomons Island

Zahnisers Yachting Center is a marina in Solomons Island, Maryland. This marina blends the beauty of a pristine yacht club, with the technical expertise of an award winning repair yard. Proudly named a Maryland Clean Marina, Zahnisers Yachting Center makes for a great weekend getaway  - or even a mini vacation on the Chesapeake Bay. This is the perfect place for a family excursion, as the marina offers some awesome amenities, including a sparkling pool, sun deck and comfortable lounge area. The spacious picnic area is equipped with grills and is the perfect place for some homestyle BBQ-ing while watching a beautiful sunset. While at Zahniser's Yachting Center, guests must visit the The Dry Dock Restaurant, a go-to spot for delicious food and tasty cocktails while enjoying spectacular harbor views. Zahnisers Yachting Center has a great location, too. Visitors who want to explore Solomons Island can take a relaxing stroll into town, as it is just minutes away. Here, guests will find cool retailers, groceries and more great dining options. For some upbeat adult time, make a pit-stop at one of the fun island-themed bars located throughout town. For basic daily needs, the marina has clean and private showering, restroom and laundry facilities. Ample parking and complimentary WiFi are available as well.

Last, but not least, Zahnisers Yachting Center also has a courtesy grocery shuttle, WiFi, courtesy bicycles, coin laundry, a recycling center, a sail loft and canvas shop, and a sailing school and yacht charters. Hauling capabilities up to 75 Tons & 25' Wide. Serving Power & Sail since 1960.

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  • Bikes
  • Bars/Clubs Nearby
  • Laundry
  • Lounge On-Site
  • Parking
  • Picnic Area
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pump-Out
  • Restaurant On-Site
  • WiFi
  • Travel Lift
  • Retail Nearby
  • Town Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Grills
  • Restrooms
  • Liveaboard


38.328733 / -76.458786

Zahniser's Yachting Center

Solomons, Maryland - MD, United States

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Jayne on April 26th, 2021:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Happy Place Sail 34 ft 4.5 ft

Great dockmaster - she stayed and was there ready to catch docklines. Facilities are a little dated but clean. Easy walk to restaurants. My only issue was slip was very tight - barely big enough for me.

Our beam is 11 feet 4 inches. I went stern in to the allocated slip because of a very short finger pier but barely fit. And because it was tight I couldn’t fit fenders in easily. Would request a different slip next time.

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Geoff on September 18th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Zen Sail 41 ft 5.0 ft

We were first time users of the Service Department this season and we were thoroughly impressed. It was clear everyone cared about us and our boat. All of the work was professionally done and the pricing, although not "cheap", was very fair given the quality of the labor and materials used. We would not hesitate to use them again or to recommend them to others. Thanks Zahnizers!

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Paul on September 3rd, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
S/V Nova Sail 43 ft 4.0 ft

Docks are in good shape. Staff are knowledgeable, friendly, and helpful. Facilities are in good shape. Plenty of parking. There is a lot to do nearby.

The marina seems deceptively quiet. The surrounding town can get quite busy and noisy, especially on the weekend. Even with our restricted socializing these days.

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ScubaPete on July 10th, 2020:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
A Pretty Penny Power 42 ft 3.5 ft

We enjoyed our fourth stay here. I can’t comment on the service side of their operation, but as transient boaters we love it. Great pool, easy bike ride into town, clean facilities.

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Francis J on May 11th, 2020:

Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sail 42 ft 4.5 ft

I would never ever use service at Safe Harbor Zanheisers in Solomons MD. Zanheisers used to be a great facility run by a great family. Now bought by Safe Harbor, I was charged "windshield" time for an electrical mechanic 50 min to walk from the shop to my boat on the pier 1 minute away at 120. per hour. The clock started at 8:15 AM, he got on the boat at 9:05 AM. 1 hour and 20 min of work, left at 9:35, the charge was 3 hours. But it started the day before. We were on the hard the prior day painting a stripe and and man walked by and said he would be doing the electrical work tomorrow and asked a few questions about my diagnosis and problem. (Electrolysis). After 10 minutes he leaves. I was billed 20 min at 120. per hour for talking to him!!! We found out we needed a new cutlass bearing on one side so we asked them to replace both. They charged 9.30 for joy dishwashing soap! I asked if they bought it in Georgetown Bahamas. Everyone knows that only a tiny amount is needed. Our boat takes 4 gallons to paint the bottom. Safe Harbor claims they used 5 gallons. We have painted our boat three times, 4 gallons each time for two coats. This paint is 270. per gallon. A 3300. estimate became 4400. with their scams.

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Marina Response:

Thank you for the opportunity to comment on this review.
This vessel was hauled for service back in October of 2019. Our records indicate this was the first service Zahnisers has performed work on this boat.
In addition to bottom painting, Zahnisers was asked to look into rapidly eroding anodes While on land, the technician evaluated the underwater fittings. Our tech also spoke with the owner to get additional information into this problem. Once the boat was back in the water additional testing on the vessel’s electrical systems for stray current was performed. It was noted the galvanic isolator that had been installed previously was not hooked correctly into the system. The existing isolator wiring was wired properly and a case ground was installed on the inverter to meet ABYC standards (a safety issue). In addition the owner was made aware of the need to upgrade the isolator size. The owner agreed he would take care of this himself. At the time of billing, a question was raised concerning the time spent in discussion with the tech and this time was credited back on the invoice.
Regarding hauling and bottom painting, this is done on a base price when using a specific type of bottom paint for one coat of paint. If an owner chooses to use another brand of paint there is an upgrade charge for the paint of choice. While it is hard to compare with previous paintings, we feel the amount of paint used was not unreasonable. The paint selection was discussed prior to painting. The additional charges were for the paint selection upgrade and applying a second coat of paint.
We always value customer feedback and this information will certainly help us into the future.

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Steve on August 27th, 2019:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Jus Dreaming Sail 37 ft 3.6 ft

We were taking on water from a shaft seal and we had a Cutlass bearing that was making noise on the starboard side of our catamaran,,, so they pulled us out fixed everything put us back in the water in one day. Fantastic service, highly recommend this company.

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Ron on October 28th, 2018:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Sol Mates Sail 38 ft 4.0 ft

Stopped At Zahniser’s Marina to wait out a Nor’Easter. Not our first time here. Great marina, great staff and beautiful area. Marina has clean private shower rooms, laundry, shuttle to take you shopping at supermarket, West Marine, etc and loaner bicycles to use. Restaurant on location and very fast wifi.

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Larry on June 21st, 2018:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Splendor Hyaline Sail 40 ft 5.0 ft

Nearby marina refused to honor slip confirmation. Was able to stay here instead, and I would recommend it highly. Great facility and staff made this a wonderful stay.

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Jani on May 29th, 2018:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Parker Sail 31 ft 4.0 ft

Took a mooring with no regrets! Used the free bicycles to visit the nearby West Marine and explore the island. Had dinner at the on-site Dry Dock, which was remarkably good. All staff we encountered were very friendly and facilities were clean. Has a nice, park-like setting, even though it is obviously a working boatyard.

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Terry on May 17th, 2018:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Magic Power 36 ft 4.0 ft

Although this is a very good marina with good services, I was very disappointed with the way they charged us. In the 15 months moving around the loop (this is our second time), this is the only marina that "measures" your boat from the bow pulpit to the stern overhang. This added another 8 feet to Magic and at a new Dockwa rate of $2.00/foot it added $16.00 to my bill. I wonder if they bill for bottom jobs the same way?? Aside from the above, this was a good marina.

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Ed on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Adonia Power 60 ft 5.0 ft

Zahniser's is a favorite of ours. Have been going for years. We just took our 60' classic yacht there for an evening. Great facility and a superb restaurant. Docking is a breeze and there were plenty of hands to help us get tied up. Several of their staff dropped by to say hello (they worked on Adonia last winter.) One of the best on the bay for service, facilities and know-how. Thanks, again, for taking care of us.

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Ed on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Adonia Power 60 ft 5.0 ft

Once again, Zahniser's did not disappoint. We called the morning of our arrival and asked for a reservation. They accommodated our last minute request and assigned us a T head. Since we were arriving late, there were reservation signs on the pilings! Talk about customer service. The facilities at Zahniser's is a top notch marina. Clean, squared away and always willing to help. Thanks, again.

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SJH on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Seaquel Sail 39 ft 5.0 ft

Great place for visit, long term slip, service, and facilities (pool, restaurant, bathrooms and service). If you need something fixed, this is the place. Very reliable, friendly and helpful staff. Quantum sails on site.

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Joseph on October 6th, 2017:

Vessel Name Boat Type Vessel LOA Vessel Draft
Wonderful Life Power 51 ft 4.0 ft

Zanhisers Solomons. Marina staff was outstanding and friendly, really made our visit enjoyable. Sandwiches at pool bar were great. Onsite restaurant, Dry Dock is outstanding. Would rate this excellent except if you're traveling with a number of boats, you'll be spread out an various T heads as dock space is limited.