Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Arlington, VA
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Best spot is in the Washington Channel just below the bridge, and opposite Capital Yacht Club and Gangplank Marina. Lots of boats there over the summer and fall. The anchorage in the Channel is well protected. Coordinates are approx. 38 degs 52.8 North 77 degs 01.7 West.
The depth is 20-25', the holding is fair to good since there's a 2' layer of silt on top of heavier mud. You need to break through that silt and get down to the mud underneath, whence the holding is good.
Fortress (either setting, though the wide setting is a bit better);
Avoid the CQR, which is a very good anchor for use in lots of places but not here.
For a nominal daily fee when at anchor in the Channel you can use the Capital Yacht Club facilities (showers, bar, laundry, dingy dock, etc.) or you can splurge and come into one of the transient slips for the night.