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Coast Guard Notice to Mariners 

Local Safety Notices 

With No End to Scorching temps in sight, Boaters must be Prepared

5 tips from the BoatUS Foundation for protecting you and your crew while boating in severe heat

Power and Motoryacht: 11 Boating Mistakes you should really try to avoid

We know because, unfortunately, we've made 'em ourselves

If you are cruising near the 301 Bridge, plan to be hailed on channel 16 by the work crew demanding you slow to no wake speeds, even before the no wake buoys.  They have people working 150 ft above the water dismantling the old metal bridge.  Respectfully, acknowledge (e.g., Yes, Captain) and slow down.  Even though they are not law enforcement, you don't want to argue with them that you are not in the no wake zone yet. The 5 extra minutes isn't worth it.

Boat U.S. released 28 Mar 23Top 3 mistakes boaters make with VHF radios

31 Mar 23: Spring Safety Forum recap

Around the marina

If you need service, detailing, or canvas work, call Austin at 703.494.6611 or submit an online request

Online Spring Detailing 2023 form

Online Parts Request form

Online Service Request for Diagnosis

Online Dewinterization 2023 form

Mariner's Notification!


Click Here for WAMS - Passenger Vessel Traffic Chart PDF

Ongoing Project at the 301 Bridge

The new Harry Nice bridge is open and demolition of parts of old bridge will be demolished 13-29 March

As we approach the Hurricane Season on the East Coast, getting your boat prepared for defense against the extreme elements is paramount for a positive outcome when the skies again turn blue and the sun shines upon your world!

Taking a few simple steps insures that your prized vessel conquers the elements:

1. When the weather forecasters predict an imminent storm approaching, don't assume it's going to be light and since we're inland, "we will be OK".  This river has been known to become a raging disaster during heavy rains and wind.

2. Be sure that any loose objects such as chairs, pillows, toys, and anything that can become airborne are stowed for safety.

3. Make sure your canvas and any other enclosures are secure and properly snapped or zippered.  If your seats are exposed and canvas covered, putting in a bungee cord to help keep it in place is a good idea.

4. Be sure all drainage ports are clear of debris.  Heavy rains that cannot be channeled overboard can result in sinking if the bilge pumps fail or cannot keep up with the deluge.

5. Be sure you put out as many fenders as necessary to help avoid "dock rash".  All the rocking and rolling during severe weather will cause costly damage to the hull of your boat if not properly protected.

6. Double up on all dock lines.  After making certain that all cleats on both the dock as well as the boat are structurally secure, it is important to add an insurance policy to the lines that you have been using all season long - which may not be a strong as what you have stored in your rope locker.  A broken line will certainly result in expensive damage.

7. Do not try to stay aboard during the storm!  Your boat can be replaced... You, however, cannot.

8. Take photos of all you have done to protect your boat.  You may need to prove to your insurance carrier that you took all possible steps to mitigate loss.

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