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Fishing marina to return to its roots

  • Thursday, August 28, 2014

Clayton Stairs/South Strand News A bait and tackle shop is being built at the former Voyager’s View Marina in Murrells Inlet. The new name for the property, which will offer boat slip and boat rentals, is Marshview Marina. It will be a fishing marina where people can get everything they need for a day out on the water.

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Property on the Murrells Inlet waterfront historically used for fishing will once again be a fishing marina.

Adam Wiseman, owner of the property, once known as Inlet Port Marina and later as Voyager’s View Marina, will soon be known as Marshview Marina.

Wiseman is constructing a 1,300-square-foot building which will be a shop, currently with a working name of Murrells Inlet Bait and Tackle. Construction will be finished in the next month, Wiseman said, and the bait and tackle shop could be open in the next six weeks.

The contractor is Robin Loud with Shoreline Construction.

The Lowcountry-style shop will have a wrap-around porch where people can enjoy the waterfront view.

In addition to bait and tackle, people will be able to purchase drinks, ice, hot dogs and sandwiches.

It will also offer boat, kayak and paddle board rentals, boat slip rentals and sunset cruises.

Boat rentals, with pontoon boats and skiffs available, can be for four hours or eight hours, Wiseman said.

“We want this to be a full-service family marina where people can hang out, grab a hot dog, buy bait, tackle and ice and go out on a boat,” he stated.

“We are trying to make the experience on the water in Murrells Inlet convenient for people.”

Steve Strickland, owner of Earthworks Group, a firm that designed the building, said he is looking forward to the marina being finished.

“Historically, that’s been a working marina for fishermen,” Strickland said.

“It’s good to see it returning back to its roots to being a working fishing marina. Adam has a good mix of commercial boats, charter boats and private sport fishing boats, and the majority of his slips are full with many boats actively fishing.”

He added that since the property sat mostly unused for seven or eight years, he is glad the current owners are trying to revitalize the marina.

“The biggest part of a healthy marina is a little bait and tackle store,” Strickland commented.

“People will be able to sit on the porch, enjoy the beautiful view, watch the boats come in and tell stories. I think it will be a very nice facility.”

Strickland said with the tin roof, people will hear that nice “pitter patter” when it rains.

And with a cleaning station at the ramp to the docks, people can clean their fish after getting off the boat, he added.

Wiseman said with fishing season coming up, he is working on organizing a charity flounder tournament in mid-October. Marshview Marina is located just south of the Marsh Walk restaurants on US 17 Business.

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