We looked at Tantallon about a month ago. It is about one quarter empty. Clean, new floating docks with secure fencing and new shower facilities. Spoke to a few residents and they had no complaints other than the isolated location. Tantallon's website claims one mile to shopping
but is more like two or three and no buses to marina. Buses to subway or elsewhere can be found at shopping
center but only on weekdays during rush hour.
Marina is located in Ft Washington
in an upper middle class, bedroom community. Ft Washington
has suffered in recent times due to the influx of displaced peoples from the lower socio economic groups of Wash DC. The crime that used to be mostly confined to southeast and portions of northeast DC are now in Ft Washington too. I wouldn't walk to the store at night nor would I be comfortable with my wife walking the couple miles to the store. If you have a car, it is doable except during rush hour when it could take you two hours to travel three or four miles.
FYI...I have been spending a few days here and there anchored in the Washington Channel and have seen some of the same boats anchored there since spring. I hear that there is a time limit on anchoring
there but apparently is not enforced if there is. For short term during the spring through fall why not anchor
adjacent to the Capitol Yacht Club (15 dollars per day). !5 bucks includes showers, wifi
, dinghy dock
, free water
and air conditioned clubhouse. CYC is the friendliest place I've been yet. (although they do have there share of pretentious Washington professionals)
My boats going on the hard
come fall but, if I wanted to be as close to DC as I could and be in a marina, Tantallon would be my choice.