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01-24-2007 12:56 PM
ehmanta Phunktified, the post you responded to is two and a half years old.....
01-19-2007 04:45 PM
phunktified
Liveaboard Washington DC

Katmantoo - I am interested in purchasing a houseboat or barge to liveaboard at the Gangplank marina in DC. Do you have any additional info about who to contact (name of broker) or should I just head over to the office?
I've lived in the DC area for 14 years, on both sides of the river, and now I'm ready to live on the water. Thanks for any suggestions.
08-30-2004 06:51 AM
Katmantoo
Liveaboard Washington DC

Yes, you can liveaboard at Gangplank in DC. but you must buy a boat with current liveaboard status to bypass the waiting list. The seller can not guarantee you liveaboard status but if you have any money and decent credit, the dockmaster will not refuse you.

At any given time there are numerous boats for sale. Now, I know about the following: my 32 PDQ catamaran, a handful of houseboats in various states of repair (i.e. some can be had for a pittance if you''re handy), a barge house (like Sleepless in Seattle), several very nice trawlers... you get the picture.

Life at Gangplank has its challenges (there are two nightclubs that several docks have to contend with on weekend evenings, for example) but the good security, floating docks, winter water, and never-fail electric power do much to make up for them.
08-30-2004 06:49 AM
Katmantoo
Liveaboard Washington DC

Yes, you can liveaboard at Gangplank in DC. but you must buy a boat with current liveaboard status to bypass the waiting list. The seller can not guarantee you liveaboard status but if you have any money and decent credit, the dockmaster will not refuse you.

At any given time there are numerous boats for sale. Now, I know about the following: my 32 PDQ catamaran, a handful of houseboats in various states of repair (i.e. some can be had for a pittance if you''re handy), a barge house (like Sleepless in Seattle), several very nice trawlers... you get the picture.

Life at Gangplank has its challenges (there are two nightclubs that several docks have to contend with on weekend evenings, for example) but the good security, floating docks, winter water, and never-fail electric power do much to make up for them.
08-29-2004 08:13 AM
catrina
Liveaboard Washington DC

Brad,
I am curious to know how things worked out for you.

Anyone,
I am in a similar situation, looking for marina for livaboard in Wash DC area. I know there are several marinas in DC and also Alexandria VA, also what about Nothern Neck, the VA Chesapeake, or Southern MD? I am new to sailing, this will be my first boat.
06-04-2004 05:04 AM
velero
Liveaboard Washington DC

Check http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/connector/pdf/989_web.pdf

I am moving to Herndon and I am looking at diffent options to get to Falls Church and this one takes the least amount of time.

velero
06-03-2004 09:20 PM
gsantacruz
Liveaboard Washington DC

Brad,

Might try Quantico Marine Base. They have a small marina - but - had a waiting list when I was stationed in DC a couple of years back. Phone number is (703) 784-2359. Commute would be at least an hour...

Bolling AFB also has a marina... phone is (202)767-4651 Again, you are probably looking at an hour commute time...

Public transportation is only a viable option if you can use the Metro system... and at least when I left, that didn''t include Reston...

Having spent 10 yrs in the DC area, I fully agree with the posting from "tadmcd" on traffic and commute times... Lots to do in DC area but the traffic is absolutely terrible...

Best of Luck!
George
CAPT, USCG Ret
WA4CG
02-26-2004 04:51 AM
BradCoy
Liveaboard Washington DC

Thanks for the info. I am heading north this weekend and will check out the suggested routes and marinas.

Thanks a lot!
02-24-2004 06:13 AM
rlockard
Liveaboard Washington DC

My girlfriend is in Annapolis and when I drive to my office in Reston on monday mornings, I get here in an hour. The trick is to know the route.

Take 50 to 295 south then get off on east capital. Cut through the city down penn (that turns to independence) all the way to rock creek park. then pick up 66 west to the toll road.

If you hit DC early enough you can be in and out in ten minutes.

Total time 1 hour on a bad day 1.5 hours.

Reston to woodbridge is an hour easily too.

Later,
-Rob
02-21-2004 05:23 PM
tadmcd
Liveaboard Washington DC

I liveaboard and commute from Galesville (about 12 miles south of Annapolis) to Vienna (about 10 miles east of Reston). I used to live in Reston and commuted to the boat on weekends before living aboard.

An hour commute from Annapolis to Reston would be your approximate time on a Federal Holiday, during the summer, when the President, Congress, and the Unites States military were all out of town and the sun was shining (not to brightly) and most of the DC metro area had the flu.

Other than that, you can easily figure at least 1.5 hours each way (leaving at 0530 and 1500, respectively). If ANYTHING, and I mean ANYTHING, unusual happens, you can easily DOUBLE or TRIPLE your commute.

The Wilson Bridge (the I-95 corridor crossing of the Potomac) is in the process of being replaced. The traffic there will be a nightmare for the next few years and the overflow will choke every artery in/around DC.

Did I mention the day a fellow stood on the Wilson bridge and threatened to shoot himself? 6 hours later, they reopened the bridge. A friend commuted home, through the District (not over the Wilson Bridge) that day. Only took EIGHT(8) hours...ONE WAY.

It can be done, though. Look at Herrington Harbor (Deale, MD). Not sure about liveaboards. Also in Deale, Shipwright Harbor. A bit further north is Galesville. Check out Harge''s Yacht Yard. You might also check marinas on the Rhode River, South River and Magothy Rivers.

A friend of mine lived aboard in Baltimore''s Inner Harbor for a year and took the MARC (trains) to the Metro in DC.
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