UPDATE: The Boathouse Marina was featured in an article Overcoming a Natural Disaster: How These Businesses Survived and Thrive, offering advice to business owners recovering from a natural disaster.

After 18 months of cleanup, repairs, rebuilding and construction, the Boathouse Marina invites the public to celebrate its Grand Re-Opening and tour the new facilities at an Open House on Saturday, October 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Marina’s location at 829 Robin Grove Lane, Colonial Beach, Virginia (N 38° 14.400′, W 076° 57.780′)

On the evening of Friday, April 21, 2017, violent gusts of 70-75 mph wind and hail pounded the Town of Colonial Beach, Virginia. The intense storm uprooted trees, toppled utility poles and power lines and destroyed homes and buildings.

The Boathouse Marina, whose roof collapsed during the severe weather, was among the hardest hit. Two main workshops and a large covered boat shed were destroyed. Two docks suffered extensive damage and boats were trapped under debris, though, thankfully, none sank. The marina went without power for six weeks.


With fierce determination, owner Bill Bowman re-opened in less than three months. Since then, Bowman and his team have embarked on a massive rebuilding, repairing and replacing damaged structures and adding amenities to make The Boathouse Marina full service.

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In addition to newly constructed buildings and floating piers, and improvements to the bulk head and existing dockage, the new marina includes:

  • Retail store stocked with boating parts and supplies;
  • Maintenance, repair and restoration services center with the capability to haul and paint boats, repair outboard motors and more;
  • More year-round and transient wet and land boat slips;
  • Courtesy use of car or golf cart;
  • Additional parking;
  • Updated lighting and state-of-the-art electrical and dock water systems;
  • Free Wifi;
  • New Captain’s Lounge with showers, restrooms, laundry facilities, and large screen television;
  • Large courtyard with a grill for cookouts, picnic tables and a fire pit for bonfires.

An especially interesting addition are the two Tesla and one universal electric car charging stations–the only ones in the Northern Neck area of Virginia–and the closest to Washington, DC, and North Carolina.

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Joining Bowman in the ribbon cutting will be special guest Mary Virginia Stanford, widow of Clarence, from whom Bowman purchased the former Stanford Marine Railway in 2013. The Stanfords had owned the marina since 1945.

Town of Colonial Beach officials, including Mayor Edward “Eddie” Blunt and Chamber of Commerce President Carey Geddes, will also attend the Grand Re-opening. The Sea Scouts, a youth group for kids 14-20 years old supported by the marina, will also be in attendance.

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Tours of the facilities, refreshments and displays are included in the Open House. For more information, contact Bill Bowman or Cyndi Gleason at (804) 224-7644.

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Some content provided by Cyndi Gleason. Photos courtesy of Boathouse Marina.