Dataw Marina Blog

Welcoming our Harbormaster

Dataw Island is pleased to welcome Curtis McDaniel as Marina Manager/Harbormaster of the Dataw Marina. “Captain Curtis,” as he is known to many, brings twenty years of management experience…

Welcome, Curtis McDaniel!

Dataw Island is pleased to welcome Curtis McDaniel as Marina Manager/Harbormaster of the Dataw Marina. “Captain Curtis,” as he is known to many, brings twenty years of management experience, including Six Sigma Green Belt certification.

Curtis is joining us from the Savannah Yacht Club and has held myriad other management roles, including Site Manager/Charter Captain at Nautical Elite Services, GM at First Vehicle Services, and Fleet Manager at Caterpillar, as well as a short stint in 2015-2016 with the Dataw Marina.

“We had several very strong candidates,” said GM Ted Bartlett, “We believe that Curtis’ combination of management and boating experience is very well-suited for our needs. We are basically retooling the products and services that we provide and having a manager with his range of competencies is certainly a plus.”

And competencies he has plenty of. Curtis has a 50-Ton Masters Captain License from the US Coast Guard, is certified as a PADI driver, has towing and sailing endorsements, and has pursued several safety trainings, including CPR/AED, OSHA, and drug-free workplace trainings/certificates. His skills include problem solving, team management, budgeting, and marina operations.

Curtis and his wife, Debbie, live in Beaufort and have three children: a 33-year-old son who holds a PhD in Music Education from UGA; a 21-year-old daughter who is working on her Master’s in social work; and, another daughter who, as Curtis says, has given he and Debbie their four beautiful grandchildren.

For enjoyment, the McDaniels enjoy … you guessed it, boating! Curtis and Debbie have owned several boats, including their recently-purchased Albin 36 Express Trawler, but they enjoy all types of boats and have even enjoyed sailing the British Virgin Islands in a 48-foot sloop.

Curtis says he is very excited to return to Dataw Island Marina under the leadership of the DIOA. He will start on Monday, March 18. Curtis also said he looks forward to joining the team and delivering excellent boating and customer service at the Dataw Island Marina property.

Welcome, Captain Curtis!

Groundbreaking: The renovation begins

Beaufort, SC — The Dataw Island Owners Association is pleased to announce the completion of the purchase of the Marina property located at the north end of Dataw Island.

Today, a group of employees and members gathered to officially break ground and begin the clean up and restoration process. After some basic clean-up and removing trimming palm trees, shrubs, and other overgrown foliage, the team will immediately power wash and paint the building, and in the coming weeks, the forklift runway will be repaired.

This summer, we will begin construction of the 420’ shoreline dock, to include shore power, water, and a gasoline fuel dispenser, to be placed in the “bull pen” area. The new docks will support approximately 20 boats, which will be side tied, and we will also be able to once again welcome transient boaters.

“Today marks a moment that we have anxiously looked forward to for some time,” said Dataw Island General Manager Ted Bartlett. “Creekstone has been wonderful to with throughout the transition process, and now, under the ownership of the DIOA, we look forward to a bright new future for the Dataw Marina.”

The Marina will be managed by Bartlett and as a department of the DIOA, with a Harbormaster at the helm. Bartlett said, “We have narrowed our search to three very strong candidates, and look forward to bringing on the new Harbormaster in March.”

He added, “We have great partners at the Marina in our lessees; I hope that members and the community will take the time to get to know the businesses at the Marina complex, and show our support for their dedication to helping make the Dataw Marina a fantastic destination.”

Dataw Island is a gated golf, tennis and boating lifestyle community located fifteen minutes outside of historic downtown Beaufort. The island features two recently-renovated golf courses by designers Tom Fazio and Arthur Hills, a tennis center, a community center with workout and massage facilities, three restaurants, world class croquet lawns, bocce, kayaking, and more. The community has also been ranked the number one best retirement destination in South Carolina by Best Retirement Destinations and is the recipient of the 2017 Bliss Award for “Happiest South Carolina Community” as well as the “2018 Club of the Year” (South Carolina Golf Association) and one of four USTA private clubs named “Outstanding Tennis Facility.”