Thanks for all the input everyone. I closed on the boat last Saturday and am now the proud owner of my first boat, a '95 Catalina
320! (boy, writing that check with the markets going nuts was a bit nervewracking, but I suspect the timing also helped me get a really good price
. I think it is
a buyers market.)
Here she is: My Boat: S/V Winter Whim
Immediately after the closing I sailed her off to Rockhold Creek Marina
, a mellow little marina in Deale. I'm on a month-to-month and will keep her there until the end of November. Between now and then I'll decide if I'll pull her out for the winter and where her longer term home will be (though I might keep her there. It's a cool place with nice people).
On the latest suggestions:
Pasadena: Hmmm, maybe. I had wanted to stay south of Annapolis to avoid summer traffic Rte 50 from DC, but I hear it might not be so bad. I'll check that area out.
DC: Nope, for several reasons. (1) I live in the city and a key reason for the boat is as my escape from the city. (2) Not enough water
. The Potomac
is just too narrow and shallow for good sailing with anything other than a smaller centerboard
boat down to at least Mt Vernon (maybe 15 miles). (3) Those DC marinas are crazy expensive, and not particularly nice.
Solomons: I love the area, and I am considering it. It's a bit further away than ideal (about 1:45 where I am in DC), but the prices are better.
All the suggestions are really appreciated! Since I still don't know where I'll be in the spring, if anyone else has a thought please feel free to weigh in. I'm looking for a laid back, moderately-priced marina that is ideally 90 minutes or less from DC,