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Current Norfolok liveaboard and previous Woodbridge
I lived aboard in the DC area for a year or so until last November. The issue in Northern VA is that in Fairfax county they prohibit living aboard a vessel. If you are military or retired military you can apply to the Quantico Marine base marina but the waiting list is a year or so long, although you can get in there for the winter months but will have to leave in March as the regulars come back (yes very different how they do it). There are several marinas on the Occoquan (Woodbridge) that will allow you to stay on your boat as a transient at the transient rate. I stayed at Belmont Bay Marina for three months as a Transient. I also spent a winter at Quantico. Gangplank Marina in DC will allow live aboards but the waiting list is very long unless you buy a boat that is in a live aboard slip.
Any Federal or State marina up there will not allow liveaboards.
For six months of the year I stayed at Fort Washington Marina in Maryland. The biggest problem there is that Maryland charges a 3 percent excise tax no matter how long you have had the boat if you wish to stay there over 90 days unless you stayed in another state for greater than the amount of time you stayed in Maryland. It is quite lengthy to explain. Suffice it to say I styed 5.5 months there and 6 months in VA and had to prove it.
The drive from Fort Washington to Skyline complex in Falls Chruch took around half an hour which is not too bad. They are installing new floating docks as we speak. Marina fairly well protected, and shallow outside approach channel. Mostly caters to middle class black boaters with a sprinkling of others. When I first moved in I was sort of an oddity, I have a 40 Schucker and am white. After everyone met me it was just like every other marina. The shoe was on the other foot which was a learning experience.
Anyway let me know if you need anything else and I can help as I can.
Norfolk Virginia is where I am now. I have had a boat here as a live aboard several times over the last decade or so. Currently have boat in East Beach Marina on Fishermans Creek aka Little Creek. There are several marinas on the creek that allow liveaboards. Some require a lease for a small rate reductions and then each may charge a little different for electricity. Once again let me know and I can find out more. There are also severla Marinas in Hampton and Salt Ponds that allow live aboards. Portsmouth also has loveaboards.
In my travels Norfolk is one of the best places to live aboard simply because there are so many options. let me know what other questions you have. Thanks