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Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

Hello Everyone,

I recently took my first lesson/intro to sailing and I am hooked! I will be signing up to take the 101 course some time in the next few weeks. Then, I will probably be renting a boat from the school until I make the leap and buy one!

I usually jump into everything in life head first and so far have never had any regrets! Everything is a learning experience! So, I am even looking towards trying the liveaboard thing. Yeah, I know I am getting ahead of myself but why not!

I am 39, divorced so no one to tie me down to a set “lifestyle”. I relocated back to Virginia a couple of months ago and during the relocation I spent 34 days in a hotel. During that relocation I had 1 suitcase, a garment bag and a backpack. After the first few days the suitcase went into the car and never came back out. Everything I needed fit in the garment bag and backpack. The funny thing was I didn’t miss a single thing that was in transit/storage waiting for my rental dwelling to open up. I think I can unload the rest of my stuff over then next year or two and get ready to try living aboard!

My dream world has me getting the boat ready/stocked on a Thursday afternoon and then heading down the Potomac into Chesapeake Bay for the weekend when I get off work on Friday afternoon. Anchoring away from everything and relaxing under the stars at night listening to music. Then heading back Sunday to wherever I can find to live to get ready for work on Monday. Eventually, I would want to take a few longer trips along the east coast.

It’s all a dream right now! Lots of learning to do and research before I move at making it a reality!

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Re: Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

Where will you keep the boat. Sailboats are slow, and anchoring out in the bay is a long trip from Northern VA.

Might be better to keep it on the bay, drive a little farther, but would give you more options for weekend sail locations.
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Re: Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

You don't have to go all the way to the bay. The lower Potomac is a big, wide river with lots of tributaries to anchor in.
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Re: Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

Keeping it on the Bay would be an option and I might be just as happy staying on the Potomac. Don't know until I do it a few times!
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Re: Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

You have a couple options here. Baltimore, Annapolis, Deale, Solomons all have a lot to offer and not a far drive from Metro DC but none are cheap, they are crowded areas and you are paying Maryland taxes on your boat. Again not cheap.
The Virginia side of the Potomac is quite rural, very un-crowded and as I mentioned, the lower Potomac is a very big river. You can find a slip in Westmoreland or Northumberland county for quite a bit less than the areas I mentioned above and taxes, especially in Northumberland Co. are VERY reasonable.

What kind/size boat are you interested in getting?
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Re: Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

When I make the leap to buy, I will probably look to keep it near Woodbridge. I will start looking at the other Marinas when the need arises. If I get dumb/brave enough to attempt to liveaboard, it seems like it may be very hard to find a place that will allow that on the VA side so I may end up in MD.

Of course I want a 40+ sized boat! I do not want to get something that I will immediately want to replace but I know I have a long way to go! So far the ones I like that are less than 40 are the Hunter 34, Tartan 34, Catalina 30 and Pearson 30. In about a year I am expecting my budget to be around 50K. My thoughts were to look for something in the 20-30K range and set aside the rest for those “major” repairs/upgrades that may pop up. If a really good deal presented it self between now and then I might have to jump on it.

Thanks for the input Chuck!
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Re: Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

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When I make the leap to buy, I will probably look to keep it near Woodbridge. I will start looking at the other Marinas when the need arises. If I get dumb/brave enough to attempt to liveaboard, it seems like it may be very hard to find a place that will allow that on the VA side so I may end up in MD.

Of course I want a 40+ sized boat! I do not want to get something that I will immediately want to replace but I know I have a long way to go! So far the ones I like that are less than 40 are the Hunter 34, Tartan 34, Catalina 30 and Pearson 30. In about a year I am expecting my budget to be around 50K. My thoughts were to look for something in the 20-30K range and set aside the rest for those “major” repairs/upgrades that may pop up. If a really good deal presented it self between now and then I might have to jump on it.

Thanks for the input Chuck!
I'll join the chorus opining the upper Potomac is is not a great place to keep a 30+ foot sailboat when another 30 minutes of driving will have your on the western shore of the bay with literally countless anchorages and dozens of great towns your boat can carry you to. Sailing from Occoquan would be sailing in a bathtub by comparison.

Leave the the upper Potomac for the Searay crowd and come sail the Chesapeake. If you have to be on the Potomac there are nice marina's on both the MD and VA shores near the mouth and close to the Bay, but there are also pleny of closer marina's from Solomon's to Annapolis.
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Re: Hello from Virginia (NOVA)!

Thanks for the input Palmetto! Guess I will need to go over there and check it out. I work in Alexandria so it looks like Deale would be fairly easy to get to, it can’t be worse than heading south on I-95 after 5pm!
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