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  • rfrankli
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    When I was in Northern VA, I had my boat stored at Gateway Storage on Rt. 1 just north of the Rt. 1 - I95 Interchange. They had spots with electrical hookups and spots without. I had a spot with electric and it was great. You get 24/7 access to your boat, and it is only 5 miles from the Pohick Bay ramp and 10 miles from the Occoquan River ramp. I think the price for an electric spot was around $145/month when I had it there, but that might have changed in the last year or so. Definitely worth checking out if you are still looking for a spot.

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  • JustOneMoreCast
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    Did some advance scouting this weekend, and both Swan Creek and Ft. Washington Marina are OUT, period. Smallwood is (by far) the leading candidate, even with the distance.

    I've updated the original post with the details of my visit, I'll be visiting the other one this weekend.

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  • PsuHntr
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    I think the no brainer is the option that allows you to access your boat 24/7. That is what I do with my boat in storage and there is no way I would have my boat somewhere I couldn't access it in the early am or return late in the PM.

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  • Stratos 283 FS
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    It's cheaper to drive your vehicle 15 extra miles than drive the boat 15 miles if you will usually fish the same parts of the river. Will you be fishing other bodies of water? If you will be going to get the boat, and taking it somewhere else, the nearer option may be better.

    I enjoy having my boat at home, and having a garage to keep it in, maybe you could move?...lol.

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  • JustOneMoreCast
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    Originally posted by Squire View Post
    Just sell the boat, solves lots of problems....be a backseater on the Potomac series and learn to fish.... ;)
    Originally posted by 31Airborne View Post
    Better yet, sell the boat, give the $$ to Squire and me. We'll spend it on fishing stuff and send you periodic emails about what it feels like to catch a fish. That way you don't have to worry about learning how to catch one.
    Originally posted by gnfsnva View Post
    But he can't do 'maff'?
    Originally posted by 31Airborne View Post
    He can't fish either so we're back to selling the boat.
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  • 31Airborne
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    He can't fish either so we're back to selling the boat.

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  • gnfsnva
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    Originally posted by 31Airborne View Post
    Better yet, sell the boat, give the $$ to Squire and me. We'll spend it on fishing stuff and send you periodic emails about what it feels like to catch a fish. That way you don't have to worry about learning how to catch one.

    Seriously, there's an old Army tool that may help you. The decision matrix. Set up a short series (NMT 5) of criteria against which you'll judge your options. Stuff like length of drive from home, proximity to water, security, power access, etc. if any one of these is more important than the others then assign a weighting factor to it. Plug in your options and score them. And the winner is . . .
    But he can't do 'maff'?

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  • 31Airborne
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    Better yet, sell the boat, give the $$ to Squire and me. We'll spend it on fishing stuff and send you periodic emails about what it feels like to catch a fish. That way you don't have to worry about learning how to catch one.

    Seriously, there's an old Army tool that may help you. The decision matrix. Set up a short series (NMT 5) of criteria against which you'll judge your options. Stuff like length of drive from home, proximity to water, security, power access, etc. if any one of these is more important than the others then assign a weighting factor to it. Plug in your options and score them. And the winner is . . .

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  • Big E
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    Originally posted by Squire View Post
    Just sell the boat, solves lots of problems....be a backseater on the Potomac series and learn to fish.... ;)
    There's the love! LOL

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  • JustOneMoreCast
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    Originally posted by Squire View Post
    Just sell the boat, solves lots of problems....be a backseater on the Potomac series and learn to fish.... ;)
    Good talk Russ, good talk.

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  • Squire
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    Just sell the boat, solves lots of problems....be a backseater on the Potomac series and learn to fish.... ;)

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  • JustOneMoreCast
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    Originally posted by dirtman View Post
    ...$20,000 per year. Paid up front.
    Thanks Larry. You just can't put a price on this kind of friendship.

    Originally posted by bill1wts View Post
    Personally I like my boat where I can see it.
    Not an option.

    Originally posted by just1more View Post
    Personally I wouldn't store my boat 24/7 in the water. Too many potential problems with that. I'd go with the one the opened the earliest and closed the latest.
    Thanks Jim, good thoughts. The leading candidates would give me access to my boat 24/7, which is very important to me as well. I don't want to have to wait for them to open, nor do I want to be worried about getting off the water in time.

    Originally posted by Stratos976 View Post
    I would probably go with Ft, Washington. It's a dry slip close to home, your porbably use to trailering to the "better" areas of the river anyway. Also for me I would like it to be as close to home as possible, makes it that much easier to swing by and just check on it.
    That's a big part of the decision for me...weighing the value of having it close enough to "swing by," against having it right near the more productive water.

    Originally posted by gnfsnva View Post
    Tough call, but I would not pick the option that leaves the boat in the water.
    I won't be leaving it on the water 24/7, but both options with the wet slip come with dry storage for my trailer, so I could technically have the best of both worlds...leave it in the wet slip when i'm fishing for a couple of days in a row, then pull it out and leave it on land for the balance of the week. Big question becomes do these options have electricity in the dry storage? I know Smallwood does, but not sure if Swan Creek does. That may be the deciding factor.

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  • gnfsnva
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    Tough call, but I would not pick the option that leaves the boat in the water.

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  • Stratos976
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    Chris, I assume your situation keeps you from being able to keep your boat at your residence.

    With those choices,(granted I have no Idea where these places are, just going with your info) I would probably go with Ft, Washington. It's a dry slip close to home, your porbably use to trailering to the "better" areas of the river anyway. If the boat is in a wet slip and you decide to take it to another body of water or even another ramp on the river, it just adds one more step to the process because youd have to load it on to the trailer.

    Also for me I would like it to be as close to home as possible, I like to piddle with the boat and work on things, and it makes it that much easier to swing by and just check on it.

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  • just1more
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    Personally I wouldn't store my boat 24/7 in the water. Too many potential problems with that. Except for little lake Caroline where I live, every fishing location from me is 40 to 1 hour each way. I'd go with the one the opened the earliest and closed the latest.

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