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Looking for a boat slip near Chesapeake Bay/ potomac river

if there are any good ones for a sailboat 20'-30'

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There are several marinas on the Coan and Yeocomico Rivers on the VA side of the Potomac. Other than St. Mary's, I don't have much knowledge of the MD side. Google Coan, Kinsale and Yeocomico and you should find a few. Sorry I can't help more and I couldn't offer an opinon on which might be a better choice.

I believe there are some Sailnet regulars that keep their boats on or near the Potomac that can probably give some better info. Keep checking and I'm sure they'll chime in eventually.

Edited: Meant to say I didn't know much about the MD side.
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Go to marinas.com, punch in your desired location, then call the marinas that are where you want to be. Ask them about rates and facilities while you're at it.
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There are a couple marinas on Smith Creek (first creek on the MD side on the Potomac River) The River is quite wide there and the sailing is fine.

I would note that this areas is controlled by 2 different weather patterns often (one coming down the Potomac and the other from The Bay). This can cause havoc in the area. As an Annapolis area sailor who has sailed there on many occasions, I can attest that the worst storm I have ever sailed through was as one squall came down the Potomac and the other squall came down The Bay and joined forces at Smith Point (VA side), waves were about 8' and it was severe. It started about 4 in the afternoon and lasted until several hours.
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There are a couple marinas on Smith Creek (first creek on the MD side on the Potomac River) The River is quite wide there and the sailing is fine.

I would note that this areas is controlled by 2 different weather patterns often (one coming down the Potomac and the other from The Bay). This can cause havoc in the area. As an Annapolis area sailor who has sailed there on many occasions, I can attest that the worst storm I have ever sailed through was as one squall came down the Potomac and the other squall came down The Bay and joined forces at Smith Point (VA side), waves were about 8' and it was severe. It started about 4 in the afternoon and lasted until several hours.
That is a valid point and the seas can really whip up if the wind opposes the tide/current at the mouth of the Potomac. Even on a nice sailing day its likely to be pretty rough there compared to the rest of the Bay.
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This is very true, I keep my boat on St. George island at the corner of the St Mary's river and the Potomac river. Winds out of the south east, can build some decent waves in that area (30+ miles). And two storms hitting each other at a pretty large intersection can get pretty dicey.

There's St. Mary's yachting center (used to be Denis pt. marina) Lots of options on the coan river and yeocomico. Bluhaven Marina, point lookout marina, tall timbers, etc. Google those and call around. A lot cheaper than Solomon's or Annap.
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