Curtis Merritt Boat Harbor Slip #72, Chincoteague VA

Reservations → (757)894-3745 or (757)894-3746

Captain Barnacle Bill Melvin

Ahoy!   I am your captain Barnacle Bill.   I am a native "Chincoteaguer," born and raised in the same house that my dad was born and raised in.   In fact, my grandmother used to live in a village on Assateague Island, which is now part of the National Park Service.  I know the waters of Chincoteague and Assateague like it is second nature to me.

Many Years of Experience Around Chincoteague Island!

I have been on the annual Wild Pony Roundup and Swim on Assateague Island with my Palomino horse Prince to drive and swim the Chincoteague Ponies or Assateague Horses across the channel for the annual Pony Swim to Chincoteague Island.  I have been a commercial waterman for many years and I hold a 100 ton master's license issued by the US Coast Guard.

My experience on the water and my in-depth knowledge of the islands allows me to act as your informed tour guide, pointing out the sites and sounds of Assateague and Chincoteague Islands.

On the tour boat, don't hesitate to ask me any questions that you can think of as there is a good chance I know the answers!   Our tours are very casual and we invite our passengers to interact with each other so we can all learn together.   It's great family fun, kids will love it!

Assateague Island Boat Cruises

My goal is to make all of my passengers feel comfortable while we are out on the water.   I know all about the history of Chincoteague Island and all the happenings about Assateague Island.   I have an in-depth knowledge of the Chincoteague Ponies and I enjoy sharing my knowledge and love of the Chincoteague Island life with my passengers.

I look forward to seeing my passengers the next time that they visit the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Chincoteague Island!

Come tour with me and you'll see why my island home is so beautiful and peaceful, why the waters are so relaxing and how the wildlife that you will see will rejuvinate your mind, body and soul!

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Tix $40 per person, $35 12 years old and younger

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From the mainland

If Your're on the Island

We are 1 hour from Ocean City, MD!

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