Buoy 8 Ship's Store logo

Buoy 8 Coming To You!

Yachts For Sale

Directions to Buoy 8

History of Buoy 8

Buoy 8 Boat Manufacturing Fisherman 180

Bayport 22 Center Console

Bayport 22 Custom Designs

Buoy 8 Sells Them All - Big or Small

Sea Trial

First Time Buyers

Boat Hauling

Boat Exporting

Request a Boat Search

USCG Auxiliary Safe Boating Course

Bottom Painting and Detailing

Dog Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

Shades of the Sea


History of Buoy 8

Buoy 8 Ship's Store image Wally and Pat Bowler, the owners/sales team at Buoy 8 Ship's Store, aka "Buoy 8 Boats", love boats! In fact, they even love the ones that are parked on the back of the lot, affectionately referred to as "death row". We won't divulge how many years they've been boating, but we will tell you that Pat's first experience with boating was on a speed boat in Florida when she was three years old and Wally took his first boat ride in the James River at the age of five! Both are true "river babies" - Pat was born in Savannah, Georgia and Wally was born in Newport News, Virginia. Consequently, their first breaths of air were definitely salty!!

Their love of boats brought them together years later and they founded Buoy 8 Ship's Store. The store is named after Buoy Number 8 located just upriver from Urbanna Harbor - their favorite spot to anchor and watch the beautiful sunsets over the Rappahannock River. Not only do they sell boats, boat trailers and supplies, but they also have a wonderful shop full of nautical decor, vintage and more!

Located on the corner of General Puller Highway (Rt. 33 East)and Urbanna Road (Rt. 227 North) in historic Middlesex County, Virginia, Buoy 8 Ship's Store is a favorite gathering spot for boaters, shoppers and anyone who just want to stop by and "swap sea stories"! The fastest way to reach Wally is by his cell phone as he is often out on the lot "talking boats". His number is (804) 815-1018.

Buoy 8 Ship's Store image Pat's latest trip to Florida this year in February found her back in the salt water with sand between her toes at Ft. DeSota's North Beach on Tampa Bay. She met with Florida boat brokers and checked out several boats at the local marinas for Buoy 8's clients. The "Sunshine State" has always held a special place in her heart since early childhood! It was perfect beach weather, warm and sunny, quite a contrast to the following week when Pat came home.

Buoy 8 Ship's Store

2635 General Puller Highway
Saluda, VA 23149, United States

Toll-free 888-206-4373
Tel 888-206-4373
Fax (804) 758-9705
Email Us


Designed by YachtWorld.com