The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary has a variety of boating courses helpful to the new or seasoned pilot as does the U.S. Power Squadron. Members of both of these organizations have boats at our marina.
You will also find plenty of useful information regarding boating courses, boating tips and boating safety at BoatSafe.com, Boat Ed.com, Boat U.S. Foundation.org, BoaterExam.com. Colgate Schools offers power cruise courses that cover safety, self-confidence in docking and anchoring, basic navigation, engine maintenance and more.
Northern Virginia Boaters Group has a Yahoo site you should check out. It's growing all the time.
Want to know the proper way to tie a bowline, clove-hitch or figure-eight knot? Learn that and more at A Scout's Guide to Boating Knots.
Buying a Boat
Looking at buying your first boat? Visit Joe's Tips for Boat Buyers.
Need to know the phone number for Capt. Billy's? Here's a list of all the crabhouses on the bay. Thanks to Dave S., here's the jump to the Potomac River crabhouses.
Alexandria Virginia Calender of Events Alexandria is a great destination by water.
To make reservations at Alexandria City Dock call the dockmaster at 703/838-4265. You can also raise him on VHF Channel 16.
Occoquan Regional Park—This spacious park is scenically located on the Occoquan River diagonally across from the Town of Occoquan. The park offers over 400 acres of recreational space, trails, boat launch, kayak rentals and a touch of the past with its historic brick kilns and the memory of imprisoned women suffragists.
The Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has a site where you can get information on fishing license reciprocity. This can save you money on buying the least number of permits possible.
At Trizily.com you'll find a wealth of fishing information—guides, tips, a fishing blog and more.
You can zoom in on any body of water, see the fish catches logged, fish species in that area as well as the fishing forecast for each at Places to Fish & Boat. The website also shows boat ramps, bait shops and marinas.
The Maryland Department of Natural Resources' website has fishing reports and loads more information.
Water Preservation and Conservation
The Bay you love is in trouble. Find out how to help at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's website.
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