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Welcome to Carefree Boat Club! Thank you for choosing to visit our site and learn more about boating the carefree way. Carefree Boat Club is your alternative to buying a boat.
Carefree Boat Club strives to provide our customers an affordable boating experience that is fun, easy, safe and hassle free through professional boat safety training, quality maintenance, excellent customer service, and unsurpassed industry knowledge.
Learn how to become a member:
Contact our membership director (using the form at right) to schedule a tour
About this club
Carefree Boat Club at Gangplank Marina
Welcome to your gateway to Washington DC and Potomac River boating. Gangplank Marina has a long history as the premier marina in DC. waters and is serves not only Washington but also all of the Northern Virgina and Maryland Suburbs.
Location in reference to body of water
Carefree Boat Club at Gangplank Marina is located on Washington Channel which runs along Maine Avenuet just east of the Tidal Basin. On the south side of Washington Channel is East Potomac Park, a peninsula ending at it’s eastern tip at Haines Point. The eastern end of Washington Channel meets with the mouth of the Annacostia River, and together they flow into the Potomac. Washington DC is 110 miles up the Potomac River from the Chesapeake Bay.
At the Gangplank you will find a private party pier available only to marina slip holders and members of Carefree Boat Club. It is a perfect place to plan your special waterfront dining cookout or party. There are also several waterfront restaurants and bars in this area of Southwest DC, including Phillips famous Crabhouse, the historic Southwest DC Fish Market, Jenny’s Asian Fusion, Pier 7, Cantina Marina and many more.
Gangplank Maria is home to Washington DC’s fleet of dinner cruise and party cruise boats. So, if you are done captaining your club boat or have a large party to entertain you may want to go for a cruise on the Odyssey and Spirit Line cruise boats. The historic Presidential Yacht Sequoia docks next to the club’s dock. It is available for charter. U.S. Presidents beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt have had important meetings and pleasurable outings on the Sequoia Presidential Yacht.
What is there to do from this marina
The question is what is there not to do from this marina?
The Carefree Boat Club in Washington DC gives you easy access to relaxed boating. You may choose to cruise upstream past the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Memorial, Memorial Bridge, Kennedy Center, the Ronald Regan National Airport, the Georgetown Waterfront, and Key Bridge to the popular anchorage at Three Sisters Island on the Potomac River. Go further upriver as far as Fletcher’s
Boat House where there is great shad fishing.
Water skiing and Tubing are popular watersports between the 14th Street Bridge and Memorial Bridge. This watersports area is in front of Columbia Island Marina, along the George Washington Parkway, and is in front of the Pentagon.
If you head south down the Potomac from Gangplank Marina you will pass historic the Alexandria, VA waterfront, with it’s famous Old Town, Torpedo Factory Art Center, and Old Dominion Boat Club, the oldest yacht club in the U.S. Continue down the Potomac and you will pass under the impressive Woodrow Wilson Bridge.
National Harbor, a new city built along the Potomac in Oxen Hill MD, has major hotels including Aloft, Gaylord National, Wyndham, Hampton Inn & Suites, Residence Inn by Marriott, and Westin Hotel. Gaylord National Hotel includes the largest conference center and convention center in the Washington DC area. Carefree Boat Club of National Harbor is located at National Harbor Marina. Past here, it is all cruising to your hearts content, you will pass historic Fort Washington on your left or port side and Mount Vernon on your right or starboard side as you head downriver. As you continue downstream the river opens up and gives you unlimited options for Birdwatching and wildlife spotting, fishing, skiing, tubing or just throwing the anchor and going for a swim.
As you head back to the club you will no doubt want to take a short detour up the Anacostia River to see the gleaming new Washington Nationals baseball stadium, just a mile from the U.S. Capitol building where Congress meet. The Senate and House of Representatives occupy many buildings in the neighborhood on Capitol Hill. The Library of Congress and U.S. Supreme Court are within view of the river.
What type of boats members have access to
Members have access to an unrivaled fleet of boats at our DC location. Remember these are not your typical rental boats, these boats are never for rent and these are not boats for sale. They are for the exclusive use of our members. Visit our boats page for fleet details the boats include:
- SeaRay Sundeck 220
- SeaRay Sundeck 240
- SeaRay Sundancer 260
- Searay Amberjack 250
- Searay Weekender 215
- Triumph Center Console
- Permier Pontoon
- And more…