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check out the blog in my sig line, I did a Potomac cruise last fall....
Since this was my first cruise on the boat I was in a marina each night, but there were numerous anchorages mentioned in the Ches./Potomac cruising guide I found...
... into the Potomac, St. Inigoes Crk. up the St. Marys is a nice anchorage, as is St. Marys City, and should be fine for your draft.
On the other side in Va., Kinsale could be an anchorage.
Heading up river, if you duck in at Cobb I., you can anchor in Neale Sound between Cobb. I. & the mainland, depth should be fine for your draft I think and its usually sheltered.
You can also anchor on the Md. side before Cobb I. (Breton Bay?). And there are spots on the far side of Ragged Point/Cole's Point (Va.) that you can duck into, tho' I don't remember the names.
Between Cobb I. & the Occoquan (50 miles), it's harder. The Pt. Tobacco River can, I'm told, be a decent anchorage dep. on the wind, it can be fairly open to the N IIRC.
Aquia Creek is too shallow for you, I think. You might be able to duck in near Quantico marina, but not too sheltered there.
Once you get past Quantico & the power lines, you can duck into Mattawoman Creek on the Md. side for some shelter.
Between there & DC (27 mi.), you might be able to duck into Piscataway Crk (?) at Ft. Washington but it may be too shallow.
I've seen folks just anchor off the Va. shore around/north of there, OK if the wind cooperates.
Hope this helps -- I'd recommend the guide books (I don't have the title of the main one i used handy, it's on Amazon.com) for more in depth info.
Next time I make the trip I'll alternate marina days (needed for portapotty relief & battery charging etc.) w/ anchoring out.
Hope that's of some help.
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