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Visiting Washington DC

We are a UK sailboat and plan to leave Norfolk VA in the next couple of weeks to visit Washington. Any suggestions for anchorages on the Potomac en-route, our draft is 7ft and mast height is 66 ft. We understand the new Woodrow Wilson Bridge is fully functioning! Any updates with anchorage at Washington itself would be much appreciated, last posts on this subject are 2 years old. Thank you. s/y Be-Bop-A-Lula
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Yeocomico River (Kinsale, Olverson's, Coan River) is nice, about 10-12 miles from the mouth of the Potomac at the Bay,

A little further up is Colonial Beach

And just before the new bridge, is National Harbor, which when we drove by yesterday was all but empty...

Likely can not get much closer to DC than those...

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and make sure your boat paper work is in order, as you will be asked for it.

other wise welcome and enjoy the museums as they are all free
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On the way North I usually stop at Cobb Island first and then anchor off Mason Neck the second night. Near DC I would anchor in Washington Channel; you can arrange dinghy dockage with Capital Yacht Club or Gangplank Marina which puts in reasonable walking distance of a Metro station.

You might also spend some time at Alexandria City Dock, although weekdays would work better as you are likely over 40' and will need a t-head.
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Thanks for all the advice, it is great to get local knowledge. We plan to do the usual sightseeing, shame we can't do the Whitehouse, sadly we don't have a Senator. Does anyone know if there is any food shopping near the Gangplank marina?
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