2BR 2 BA sailboat in private Manteo marina

Boat hosted by Nikki And Wes

  1. 4 guests
  2. 2 bedrooms
  3. 2 beds
  4. 2 baths
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Moonshadow is an airy, light-filled 2 stateroom, 2 bathroom sailboat moored in an amenity-filled private marina in Manteo, NC. The interior of the boat is spacious, comfy, and accommodating. The beautiful Outer Banks beaches are less than a 10 minute drive away, with easy access to all of the attractions that make our area a premiere vacation destination.

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Welcome aboard!

Moonshadow was our family’s full-time, liveaboard home for 5 years. We’ve recently purchased a new boat home, and so Moonshadow is now available on Airbnb to those of you who are interested in getting a taste of the liveaboard lifestyle for yourselves!

Moonshadow is a 1981 37 foot Irwin center cockpit ketch. The center cockpit design allows for a 2 stateroom, 2 bathroom layout that is very accommodating by sailboat standards. In addition, there is a galley (kitchen) and salon (living room) for your use. The standing headroom throughout the boat is 6'2".

Above deck, there is tons of room to relax and enjoy the beautiful Outer Banks weather. Read a book in the comfy cockpit, watch the sunset with a cocktail, lay on the forward deck and stare up at the stars.

Moonshadow has sailed from Manteo down the east coast to Florida, and to and throughout the Bahamas 8 times, the most recently being the winter and spring of 2017/2018. She is very comfortable and provides an excellent opportunity to get a feel for what it's like to be a liveaboard!

Where you'll sleep

What this place offers

Bay view
Marina view
Public or shared beach access
Free parking on premises
Shared pool
Paid washer – In building
Security cameras on property

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4.76 out of 5 stars from 63 reviews


Where you’ll be

Manteo, North Carolina, United States

Shallowbag Bay Marina is a private marina/condominium community with excellent amenities available for your use during your stay. Have a delicious meal of local seafood and an adult beverage (or a few!) at Stripers Bar and Grill, literally feet from the boat (no worries about catching a cab or calling an Uber!) Fish off the docks and clean your catch in the fish cleaning station. Grill out on the waterfront, a few steps from the boat. Go for a refreshing dip in the clubhouse pool. Get your heart rate up in the workout room. Shoot a game of pool in the clubhouse lounge. And if you must, do a quick load of laundry in the on-site laundry room!

The marina is also centrally located to all of the activities the Outer Banks are famous for. Downtown Manteo is in walking distance, as is the liquor store, a coffee shop, the grocery store, pharmacy, and post office. The NC Aquarium, the Island Farm Living Museum, the Elizabethan Gardens, and the Lost Colony Theater are a short 5 minute drive away.

A 10 minute drive across the bridge and off Roanoke Island will land you on the beautiful beaches of Nags Head. Head south to Hatteras Island, or go north to Kill Devil Hills, Kitty Hawk, Duck, Corolla...the Outer Banks world is your oyster, and Moonshadow is the pearl!

Hosted by Nikki And Wes

  1. Joined in September 2013
  • 63 Reviews
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We are full time liveaboards on our sailboat with our teenage son, and we have cruised up and down the Intracoastal Waterway and throughout the Bahamas. Nikki is a Registered Nurse, and Wes is a licensed sea captain and the Dockmaster at our marina. Our long-term goal is to cruise full-time and go where the wind blows us!
We are full time liveaboards on our sailboat with our teenage son, and we have cruised up and down the Intracoastal Waterway and throughout the Bahamas. Nikki is a Registered Nurse…

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Things to know

House rules

Check-in: 3:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Checkout: 11:00 AM
Not suitable for children and infants
No smoking
No pets
No parties or events

Health & safety

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Nearby lake, river, other body of water
Heights without rails or protection
Carbon monoxide alarm

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