In 1979, when the Britt family decided visitors needed something to do Duck, they opened Nor’Banks Sailing with just a few sailing skiffs and a couple canoes. The 80’s saw the introduction of kayaks and Hobie Cats and the 90’s brought Jet Skis & Parasailing. Since then Nor’Banks has continued to add new activities and equipment every season, including Tubing, Wakeboarding, Waterskiing, Pontoon Boats and SUP rentals and clinics.
In 2017, then owner Jon Britt, son of founders Barbara and Joe, had his sights on the next big project–creating a brand new facility for Nor’Banks complete with a restaurant on site. With this project in the works, Jon handed the Nor’Banks keys over to Dan McIsaac. A life-long waterman who started in the industry at just 12 years old, Dan had worked at Nor’Banks in various capacities including manager, sailing instructor, watersports captain and parasail operator since 2004.
In 2018 Nor’Banks new facility, complete with a 2000 square foot surf shop and reservation center, opened its doors. Joining forces with John and Jennifer Minnich and Kenny and Melissa Hyman of the popular Trio Restaurant and Market in Kitty Hawk, The Village Table and Tavern followed shortly thereafter. Since then GM Kenan Watkins and the awesome staff at The Village has become an extension of the Nor’Banks family. If you haven’t dined with them, it’s a must for your next trip!
While Nor’Banks has changed quite a bit over the years, we always maintain our dedication to offering great customer service, well-maintained equipment, and a safe environment for your friends and family. If you’re one of the many guests who visit us every year, we thank you for helping Nor’Banks grow into the success that it’s become while preserving the special place it’s always been. We couldn’t have done it without you. If this is your first visit, welcome and we hope you choose to make Nor’Banks part of your vacation for years to come.
See you on the water!
Hours for 2021
Regular Season Hours:
June 9th-September 6th: 7 Days a week, 9am-6pm
Pontoon rentals, Reservation Center and Surf Shop open until Sunset, Tuesday-Saturday
Catamaran cruises available until Sunset, 7 Days a week.
Fall Season Hours:
September 7th-October 10th: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm
Parasailing is closed on Sundays, except holidays
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