Re: Please recommend sailboat museums NE US
I second the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum - includes workboats and oyster dredges (done under sail!) Also a bit out of your way, but the Halifax Nova Scotia museum was excellent.
A museum buff in DC - you're going to visit the Smithsonian, National Air & Space, etc?
Keep the expenses low and the good times high.
PA Freshwater / Chesapeake