Boating News


13th Annual Polar Plunge at Tim’s Rivershore

Posted by Lou on February 18, 2015 in Boating News, Meetups, Potomac River, Special Events

With Spring right around the corner, it’s time for the crazies to plunge into the freezing cold Potomac River. The 13th Annual Polar Plunge to benefit Virginia Special Olympics takes place on Saturday, February 28th at Tim’s Rivershore in Dumfries, VA.

The river will be rocking with live music, contests, prizes and more! Visit Tim’s for more information.

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2015 Boat Show Season

Posted by Lou on January 22, 2015 in Boat Shows, Boating News
The river hasn’t frozen over and we haven’t seen much snow but boating season 2015 is just around the corner! In a mere 45 days, the early birds will be de-winterizing and setting sail. If you’re thinking about buying a new boat or upgrading, attending a boat show is a great place to start. Here are the dates for the upcoming boat shows:

January 23rd – 25th

January 29th – February 1st

February 6th – 8th

February 20th – 22nd

March 13th – 15th

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Climate Change Casualty: Georgetown Waterfront?

Posted by Lou on August 11, 2013 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Environmental News, Georgetown Waterfront, Potomac River, Washington DC News

The Georgetown waterfront is a favorite among boaters in Washington DC. On any given Friday or Saturday night, you’ll find 30-50 boats tied up along the sea wall.

To reach the Georgetown waterfront by boat, you must pass under a series of bridges: Long Bridge (CSX Railroad), Fenwick Bridge (Metro Yellow Line), all 3 spans of the 14th Street Bridge, Memorial Bridge and Roosevelt Bridge. At current sea levels, each bridge provides 25-30 feet of vertical space for vessel passage.

However, what will happen when sea level rises and the bridges stay the same height? Will boats still be able to reach the Georgetown Waterfront? Not unless the bridges are rebuilt or you’re captaining a submarine.

Take a look at the illustrations below, which imagine what the Potomac River would look like based on varying degrees of low and medium tide, courtesy of the Surging Seas Project. Pay careful attention to the bridge clearances.

The Jefferson Memorial today:

The Jefferson Memorial with 25 ft. of sea level rise:

The white cones on the maps show the location and angle of the camera that is seen in the corresponding illustrations.

Map of Washington D.C. today:

Map of Washington D.C. with 25 ft. of sea level rise:

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AquaPalooza 2013: Saturday July 20th at Tim’s 2 Fairview Beach

Posted by Lou on July 15, 2013 in Aquapalooza, Boating News, Meetups, Potomac River, Special Events

Huzzah! Aquapalooza 2013, the world’s largest boating event, will once again have an outpost in Washington DC. The floating party is sponsored by the Prince William Marina. This year the merry mayhem will take place on the Potomac River at Tim’s 2 Restaurant and Crabhouse on Saturday July 20th.

The festivities will take place from noon until dark, with a great fireworks display once the sun goes down. Bands will be rocking all day on the central floating stage.

By water, just pull on up! All of the fun is on the water, so bring your beach towels, sunscreen, water and snacks! Get ready to listen to some country music. RSVP on Facebook.

By road, access will be VERY limited. To reinforce the “boating-only” nature of AquaPalooza, here is a special message from Prince William Marine:

The small town of Fairview Beach cannot accommodate the road traffic that this event has brought in the past. There will be limited restaurant parking and any person parking on the side streets throughout the community will be towed at the owner’s expense. Boaters be sure to load up your passengers and items from your dock before you leave. Coolers, backpacks, chairs and other beach type bags as well as any food/beverages of any type will not be permitted on or thru the restaurant. You will not be able to get to a shuttle boat with any of those items. Tim’s II does sell alcoholic beverages to go. ABC regulations will be strictly enforced.

There will be a Pre-Palooza party at The Electric Palm at Prince William Marina on Thursday night July 18th. 95.9 WGRQ will be broadcasting live from 5pm to 7pm.

Have fun, be safe, see you at Aquapalooza 2013!

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2013 Prince William Boat Show

Posted by Lou on March 17, 2013 in Boat Shows, Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River

This weekend, for the fifth year in a row, the Prince William Marina is hosting the “Washington Capital Boating Show” along the Occoquan waterfront. The boat show will be running all weekend long, from Friday at 2:00 until Sunday at 5:00.

There is an impressive list of 50 vendors that will be in attendance. Prince William Marina is a Sea Ray dealership and they will have many new & used boats on display. This year promises to include a large number of boats to explore, as both Hoffmaster’s Marina (Chaparrel Boats) and Holly Acres (Bayliner and Regal Boats) will also have boats on display.

If you’re thinking about buying a boat or just counting down the days until summertime, you should plan on stopping by.

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Sandy Pummels Occoquan

Posted by Lou on October 29, 2012 in Boating News, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Town News

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According to NOAA’s Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service, the Potomac River will crest above the major flood stage on Wednesday night at 7pm.

Expect the creeks in Occoquan to flood much sooner!

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2012 Boat Show Season

Posted by Lou on January 16, 2012 in Boat Shows, Boating News
 
The river hasn’t frozen over and we haven’t seen much snow but boating season 2012 is just around the corner! In a mere 45 days, the early birds will be de-winterizing and setting sail. If you’re thinking about buying a new boat or upgrading, attending a boat show is a great place to start. Here are the dates for the upcoming boat shows:
 

January 19th – 22th

January 27th – 29th

February 17th – 19th

March 9th – 11th

Prince William Boat Show

March 23rd – 25th

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Navigating the Occoquan River

Posted by Lou on November 3, 2011 in Boating News, Buoys & Markers, Occoquan River, Transportation

The Occoquan River contains many aids to navigation, commonly known as buoys or channel markers, which are designed, built and maintained by the United States Coast Guard. While some Aids to Navigation are buoys, many others are day markers. The general purpose is to provide the boating public with a “sense of direction” while on the water.

Generally speaking, green markers are kept to the RIGHT when leaving a harbor and red markers are kept to the RIGHT when returning to harbor, thus coining the famous phrase: “Red, Right, Return”

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Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge

Posted by Lou on October 11, 2011 in Boating News, Environmental News, Potomac River, Wildlife Refuge

Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge

The Featherstone National Wildlife Refuge is a strip of 325 acres of pristine riverfront property wedged between Route 1 and the Potomac River.

In 1970, the refuge was made off-limits to the general public. As of today, access is no longer limited. At this point, only boaters can access the refuge via the trail at the southernmost point of Farm Creek, which leads out to Occoquan Bay.

If you’re a fan of hiking and boating, you’re in luck!

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The Muddy Waters of the Chesapeake

Posted by Lou on September 18, 2011 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Occoquan River, Pictures, Potomac River

The “true color” image below, courtesy of Maryland’s Eyes on the Bay website, shows just how unbelievably muddy the Chesapeake Bay has become the in the wake of the copious amount of rainfall that has fallen in the past 2 weeks.

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Back to Port! Storm’s Ablowin’

Posted by Lou on August 21, 2011 in Boating News, Pictures, Random Musings

Stuck on a rock

Posted by Lou on August 21, 2011 in Boating News, Occoquan River, Video

Not the most dramatic rescue but a rescue nonetheless! WARNING: Watch out for those unexpected rocks on the north side of the Occoquan walking bridge.

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Red Bull National Wake 2011

Posted by Lou on July 13, 2011 in Boating News, Meetups, National Harbor, Potomac River, Special Events, Wakeboarding

Red Bull National Wake 2.0, a professional wakeboarding competition, will take place July 23rd at National Harbor. This very cool event will feature professional wakeboarders Brian Grubb and JD Webb, along with a crew of local riders. It seems that all-star Parks Bonifay will be M.I.A. from this year’s competition.

These tremendous water athletes will be flying off of custom made features built especially for National Harbor. Towed by Red Bull Waverunners, the riders will put on quite a show for National Harbor visitors. There will be a post event autograph signing and give-a-ways throughout the day.

Check out the Facebook page here and the official event page here.

When: Saturday, July 23, 2011 @ 11:00 AM – 5:30 PM
Where: National Harbor, Maryland

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Aquapalooza 2011: July 23 @Tim’s 1

Posted by Lou on June 23, 2011 in Aquapalooza, Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Meetups, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Special Events

Aquapalooza 2011, the world’s largest boating event, will once again have an outpost in Washington DC, along the Potomac River. The floating party is sponsored by the Prince William Marina. Following last year’s lead, the merry mayhem will take place at Tim’s Rivershore in Dumfries, VA (AKA Tim’s 1).

By road, access will be limited (you will have to shuttle to Tim’s from a parking area). By water, just pull on up! All of the fun’s on the water, so bring your beach towels, sunscreen, water and snacks! And get ready to listen to some country music.

Have fun, be safe, see you at Aquapalooza 2011!

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Mandatory Boat Licences Arrive

Posted by Lou on June 16, 2011 in Boating News, Chesapeake Bay, Occoquan River, Potomac River, Washington DC News

Quick public safety announcement: as of July 1, 2011 PWC operators 50 years of age or younger and motorboat operators 20 years of age or younger are required to complete a boating safety education course. You can find the complete rules and phase-in schedule here.

No worries though, getting your boat license is pretty easy. You just need to buy a DVD from the Virginia Department of Game & Inland Fisheries. The DVD is only 60 minutes long, broken out into 10 minute chapters (looks like the video was filmed by BoatU.S. in 1987). Then you have to take a 50 question multiple choice test (open book) and mail your scantron back with $5.

It takes about 2 weeks to get our licenses in the mail. You can send a copy to your insurance company (and hopefully chop 10% off your boat insurance).

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