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Old 10-17-2013, 08:13 AM   #21
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Ah, I stand corrected, James Creek is not a live-aboard marina. Thanks Brian.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:26 AM   #22
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Are you there now? If so is there a Pilgrim 40 on the docks? I was led to understand their is a member there who has one, and that he is an architect (perhaps marine architect) ?
Nope. I am on the boat in Ft. Pierce.
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Old 10-17-2013, 08:27 AM   #23
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Almost all marinas run under the National Park Service do not allow live-aboards. There are at least 3 of those in the DC area
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Old 01-07-2014, 08:53 AM   #24
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I don't know if this place allows livaboards. You could call them.

Columbia Island Marina on the Pentagon Lagoon
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Old 01-10-2014, 05:53 PM   #25
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I don't know if this place allows livaboards. You could call them.

Columbia Island Marina on the Pentagon Lagoon
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Almost all marinas run under the National Park Service do not allow live-aboards. There are at least 3 of those in the DC area
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Old 01-10-2014, 07:58 PM   #26
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First hand I have been to Talon looking to live aboard, I would not do it. The wife at the time said not just NO, but H NO! As for Gang Plank, it is very nice, but as mentiond before, the only way I was to get a live aboard slip,was to buy the boat and the slip lease.....they had an extensive wait list.

I too used to commute out of IAD, and lived in Calvert County, i was only making the drive once a month each way so it was not too bad, but over an hour and VA traffic makes the SF Bay Area look good, depending on how you want to boat Solomon's might be an option, but the further north on the Chesapeake certainly gives you more city type things, but Saint Marries county has grown expodentialy and traffic trying to cros the bridge at Pax river is even worse!

So I have taken drastic measures and am moving to FL!
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Old 01-11-2014, 06:18 AM   #27
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>So I have taken drastic measures and am moving to FL!<

You should hurry , some states tax any retirement earned while in that state.

Vote with your feet , while it is still legal!
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Old 01-13-2014, 06:34 PM   #28
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There are marinas on the Occoquan River not all that far from DC and you would be on the rights side of the Potomac for Dulles Airport.
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Old 05-22-2014, 09:05 PM   #29
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I'll check them out, thanks for the info
Contact Joe at Gladys Marine, he is right at the Gangplank and lists about 90% of the liveaboard yachts. Usually if you buy one you can keep the slip with the liveaboard status. It is the easiest way to get in there.

Tantallon is horrible.
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Old 06-10-2014, 10:42 AM   #30
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Thanks for the info everyone. I ended up getting based out of Newark NJ so my focus will be up there for now, I really appreciate the info. Hopefully someone else looking for liveaboard in DC will find this thread and get to use some of the info.

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Old 06-10-2014, 06:38 PM   #31
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Well come on over to Fort Pierce Fl as u work your way north. Not as congested as 45 on a Sunday or NASA RD 1 anytime. $8.50 ft w/ 1yr, $100 live aboard. Weather almost always good. We been thinking of going up north too, but I doubt this winter. I lived in Friendswood, left a coke bottle out in the yard overnight, it RUSTED. Between Texas City, Deer Park, Bay Town the refineries gotcha surrounded. Had a place on Bolivar, saw mosquitoes that needed air traffic controllers for landing instructions, by the thousands. You will like the East Coast of Fl. BTW, the treasure divers at the end of my dock have pulled in 1/2 million since the year we have been here, 6 foot of gold chain this week. Feeling lucky? You saw em on the news 6-8 months ago.
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Old 06-10-2014, 08:01 PM   #32
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Avoid at all costs

In case anyone else is looking for Marina's near DC - I have just one piece of advice:
Avoid National Harbor at all costs. I have lived there for over three years - and finally I just have to move.

The marina management is incompetent and subject to very bad decisions made by property management who are even worse. Security is a real problem, and the increasing crowds have made life intolerable for most slipholders. (it can easily take 20 minutes to just get in to, or out of the property on weekends.
The only people who still live there simply cannot move because of the difficulty commuting daily to DC from other marinas.

It is bad enough that I will accept the major inconvenience of the commute and I have moved to the Chesapeake - about 45 mins drive. To me this is worth it after putting up with degrading conditions.
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Old 10-18-2014, 08:47 PM   #33
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In case anyone else is looking for Marina's near DC - I have just one piece of advice:
Avoid National Harbor at all costs. I have lived there for over three years - and finally I just have to move.

The marina management is incompetent and subject to very bad decisions made by property management who are even worse. Security is a real problem, and the increasing crowds have made life intolerable for most slipholders. (it can easily take 20 minutes to just get in to, or out of the property on weekends.
The only people who still live there simply cannot move because of the difficulty commuting daily to DC from other marinas.

It is bad enough that I will accept the major inconvenience of the commute and I have moved to the Chesapeake - about 45 mins drive. To me this is worth it after putting up with degrading conditions.

Your reasons are the reasons we moved to the Chesapeake, but our move was from Tantallon. That is the worst marina in the world in my opinion!
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Old 10-19-2014, 08:39 AM   #34
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.... but our move was from Tantallon. That is the worst marina in the world in my opinion!
Could you add some more details,....just wondering why?
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Old 10-19-2014, 01:28 PM   #35
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Badly managed, horribles facilities, polluted water, channel in the creek not very deep, bad traffic, etc... The biggest problem are the owners and their procrastination when things need to be done.
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In case anyone else is looking for Marina's near DC - I have just one piece of advice:
Avoid National Harbor at all costs. I have lived there for over three years - and finally I just have to move.
I don't know what it costs for an annual lease but we passed that marina by recently because apparently the minimum transient cost was $125 per day and I don't think that included electricity.

We stayed at the Capital Yacht Club and it was great but the city is renovating that entire area so there could be changes in slip availability in the near future.
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Old 11-07-2014, 08:59 PM   #37
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I don't know what it costs for an annual lease but we passed that marina by recently because apparently the minimum transient cost was $125 per day and I don't think that included electricity.



We stayed at the Capital Yacht Club and it was great but the city is renovating that entire area so there could be changes in slip availability in the near future.

I still have a lot of friends in DC marinas and they tell me there is going to be a lot of problems finding slips while the renovation is going on. Anyone looking for a transient slip may want to look in Alexandria, Va. With the Metro the commute to DC is easy.
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Old 08-10-2015, 02:36 PM   #38
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Annapolis Harbor this past winter:

Thickest ice in decades collecting on Maryland waterways, posing challenges for boaters - tribunedigital-baltimoresun

Winters up here can be pretty brutal for year round boaters....
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Old 08-10-2015, 03:49 PM   #39
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Haha. I had a couple friends living on their houseboat at Tantallon for a few years. They loved it there, although -- being the snob that I am -- I found it pretty crummy. Kind of like an old broke down trailer park. And yes, the winters can be kind of brutal but their boat was snug and warm.

I know the OP isn't interested anymore, but for someone working in DC (not IAD), I'd recommend somewhere on the middle western shore of MD, anywhere between Deale and the Magothy River. I kept my boat in Deale for a few years but didn't live aboard. The drive to downtown DC from there wasn't too bad by DC standards. About 45-60 minutes during rush hour.
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