Opinions from some of you local guys would be a huge help!
I am working in Martinsburg, WVa for the next 3 months and am staying in Winchester, Va.
I am looking for a marina with a boat yard to slide my Parker Dawson 26 into.
-A reasonable drive for weekend trips.
-A boat yard that I can scoop the boat off the trailer and set it on stands to do some swing keel work.
Anyone have some suggestions?
Do you want to sail, or just stay on the hard for projects?
Shortest drive for you would be Potomac River, probably between Alexandria and the airport. Or you could head down I-95 to Occoquan, where you might find more working boatyards. Sailing at all these places would be iffy - lots of underground pilings and submerged trees outside the channel in the Potomac. I don't know the marinas very well - Washington Sailing Center by the airport is a start, but it's noisy there. I don't know what kind of haulout/lift facilities WSC has.
[EDIT: With the new road construction that's happened since I lived there, Occoquan, Quantico, and/or Acquia Creek may be easier to get to from Winchester. I don't know the facilities there at all. When I was a kid, we belonged to Landmark Yacht Club on Acquia Creek, but always went there by boat, never by car.]
If you want to sail, then your closest good place is Deale/Tracey's Landing. All the Herrington Harbor marinas and lots of family marina, huge boat yards, all the services you could want. Nice place to overnight if you're staying the weekend.
The story about Deale is whenever the political big-wigs move to DC and want a place for their yachts, they take a compass on a map (or digital equivalent these days), look for the closest good water, and immediately see that Deale is the place. I think that's exactly what my grandfather did when he moved to DC from the Shenandoah Valley (though he was just a small-time banker). My grandparents eventually retired (and ultimately passed away) in Deale. They had a cottage (later upgraded to year round home) in Masons Beach, directly on the water. I had a chance to buy out my aunt and uncle's share in the house when they passed away, but it wasn't the right time in my life. I still have some regrets about that.