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Liveaboards in Annapolis

Hello everybody,
I finally made it to actually finding a pretty boat, suitable for live aboard and looking into getting a nice liveaboard slip in Annapolis. So I was wondering, not only if there are people who can recommend particular marinas in the area but also if maybe somebody is living there already and possibly also know about the commute to DC.
I do not have a car and would go to DC by public transport or carpooling every day, any experiences on that out there?
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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

DC by public transport is all but impossible, car pool perhaps but you WILL have traffic unless you work odd hours,

they used to have bus service from strategic points, others will chime in with that.
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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

RW:

Here is a thread to get you started. There are some marinas listed. Port Annapolis is a popular one. I don't live aboard but I've visited that marina several times and it is beautiful.

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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

Great! Thank you! I looked around quite a bit already, but that one is new!
And I realized that commuting is not too bad, but it still ends up being about 3 hours a day (both ways) but at least staying close to nice sailing!
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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

Wingnwing lives aboard in Annapolis,

The commute to DC sucks no matter which direction you do it from. I go from Baltimore, but down to 50 near Annapolis and in. There are cxommuter buses from the parking lots along 50, but youd have to get to there.

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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

Years ago my ex and I lived aboard at Port Annapolis on Back Creek and commuted to Bethesda daily to our government jobs. Not a pleasant commute. The marina had a dock devoted to liveaboards(F dock) and I still think many liveaboards are there today. My reference is from 20 years ago so things do change.
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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

Have you checked into marinas in/around D.C.? .02
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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

Port Annapolis, Annapolis Landing, Jabins are the three big marinas on that side of Back Creek that are liveaboard friendly, lots of smaller ones as well. There's a commuter bus that's a great option to get to downtown, yes traffic is a challenge but hey, you can read or sleep on the bus. That bus stop is about 5 miles from the marina. There is also a bus that leaves from the same stop that connects you with the metro. The closest local bus is about a mile from the marinas, you'd have to take that to get to the downtown bus stop & change busses, I don't know how practical that would be. But a number of the liveaboards here work downtown and you could probably arrange a carpool.

Near DC, there's Gangplank - wonderful location but long waiting list, Tantallon doesn't have a waiting list but gets mixed reviews. Maybe National Harbor? The problem with the DC marinas is you can't go sailing on the weekends. From an Annapolis marina, you go from your slip to sailing the Chesapeake in about 10 minutes.
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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

Thank you everybody for all the input, will check on the suggested Marinas!
The trouble about living aboard in DC or Ft. Washington is really that on a weekend it's not really possible to do some nice sailing... so I'ld rather be out on the bay... but I guess that's a matter of personal opinion.
Baltimore would also be an option, but I think the commute from there turns out even more expensive than from Annapolis... assuming it is 5 days a week most of the year it's quite a bit of money in the end...
Thanks a lot for now!
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Re: Liveaboards in Annapolis

If you a seriously considering Baltimore as on option, there are many nice liveaboard friendly marinas. Depending on what creature comforts you want, there are options in many price ranges. I just recently went through the same process to find a marina that allowed liveaboards, since the marina my boat is currently at isn't allowing any new liveaboards.
I'm moving to Henderson's wharf marina. I liked the location and the price. No fancy club house, but they have wifi, free cable, secured parking, newly remodeled bathhouse with washer/dryer, mailboxes on site, great location in Fell's Point, and very laid back, friendly people. Oh, and electric is included in your slip fee..no matter now many heaters you run ;-)

Many people like Baltimore Marine Centers. Baltimore Marine Centers > Home because they have several locations and offer everything from a floating tiki bar to a pool and gym. But they are much more expensive.

As far as the commute to DC goes, if you only need to work Mon - Fri, many people take the MARC train. It is fast and affordable. You could take the free bus to Penn station and then grab the MARC.

Just an option to think about.
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