When the grip of winter loosens and spring is in the air, I frequently think of a fantastic year spent at the Gangplank Marina
in downtown Washington, DC. Although I escaped the Snow Belt for Florida a few years ago, I still remember fondly the dramatic seasonal transitions along the waterfront.
While living aboard at the Gangplank I enjoyed an urban environment and an unparalleled cultural experience in the nation’s capital. Winter weather tested the spirit, but springtime more than made up for the snow, slush, gray skies, and cooped-up living in a small, poorly heated sailboat.
The Gangplank Marina is situated in the center of the city within easy walking distance of the nation’s most important memorials and museums. As winter receded, memories of snow-covered boats quickly gave way to images of blooming azaleas and the incomparable cherry blossoms ringing the Tidal Basin and Jefferson’s Memorial.
A short walk to the underground Metro station provides access to all the government centers, embassies, nightlife, neighboring suburbs, and much more. Paths for biking and hiking provide access to historic sights like Mt. Vernon and nature trails along the Potomac River and the 180-mile-long towpath along the C&O Canal.
It was an unforgettable live-aboard year.