Details for Capital Yacht Club

Capital Yacht Club

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Average rating 4.7 stars from 62 reviews

Address 660 Water Street SW
Washington, DC 20024


After hours contact


Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - YES
Fuel - NO
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO

VHF channel



Email contact;

Owner, manager

Commodore, Freddi Lipstein


Debbie Stickell, GM


Kelvin Lee

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:






Tide & current additional info

Tide also affected by Bay winds. Long periods (over 2 days) of high (15 - 20 kts) northwest wind will lower the tide an additional 1 foot. Online NOAA tide gage located within 1/4 mile.


Approach: 12
Transient dockage: 20
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Shallowest area is 1.5 miles south of the Yacht Club, just south of the junction of the Washington Channel, Anacostia River and the Potomac River (depth approx 12 feet at mean low tide). The Washington Channel is 20 ft from bank to bank.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - YES
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info: New concrete docks installed 2015 with all new utilities. 480V 3ph on T Heads. Temporary clubhouse open for transients, 2015.

Dingy dock for anchored vessels is located at the base of A dock.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 220
Beam max: 22

Other info: No beam restrictions on T-head docks, beam restrictions on slips vary from 16 to 22 feet depending on the slip. Inner floating dock slips have draft restrictions of 10 - 12 feet due to underwater dock structure.


Transient: 7
Total: 86
Transient price: $2.50/ft (2015-01-27)

Other price info: CYC keeps about 7 slips open for transients. Need to call ahead for reservations. Vessels over 65 feet are $4.00 per foot. Winter-over discounts available. There are no discounts now for recipricol yacht clubs or MTOA.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info: No mooring. Okay to anchor out at $16 a night.

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info: 100 amp is available in 3 slips.

Pricing info: 30 amp is $5 per day.
50 amp is $12 per day.
100 amp is metered.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Comcast basic service.

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Yes - Only when contracted by vessel, lead time approximately 2 weeks.

Water (and pricing)

Yes - Water is available at the docks in season. Winter boats are watered by the staff 3 times a weekly.

Dinghy access

Yes - Dingy dock for anchored vessels is located at the base of A dock. $15 per day fee to dock at the dinghy dock, includes use of all services at th club.

Liveaboard info

No - Livaboards are not permited, however there are no restrictions for full time crusiers.


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info:

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Propane exchange available via Propane Taxi service (zip 20024).

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Pets welcome on docks and patio. Pets are not allowed in the clubhouse.

Disability access

Yes - Ramp access to floating docks and club house. Club house is on single level.

Launch service

Pump out

Yes - $10 per pump out. Pump outs on Mondays and Thursdays only. Staff comes to your boat, pump out fittings on all the docks.




Yes - Trash and recycle cans on the docks. Waste oil disposal also available.


Yes - Showers have soap, shampoo, and conditioner dispensers in each stall. Blow dryers are provided near the sinks.


Yes - Available 24/7.


Yes - Commercial laundry machines with 5 dryers, washers. $1.50 a load cycle. Available 24/7.


Yes - Walking distance.


Yes - Marine hardware store Washington Marina, one block away.


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Clubhouse has a bar that opens at 5 pm and closes between 10 and 11 pm.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Nearby

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Yes - Club accepts in water vessel storage in winter months at reduced rates.

Fishing supplies

No - Not available on site.

Chartering capabilities

No - Members are not permitted to charter vessels. Transient vessels are not permitted to load or discharge passengers-for-hire (USCG deffinition of paying passengers).

Internet access

Yes - Free in club and at the dock WiFi. Excellent broadband and cellular coverage.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - 5 -10 minute walk to an excellent Metro and Metrobus system. 10 minute taxi ride to National Airport. 10 minute taxi ride to train station. Taxi stand is outside front door. Most national museums, Smithsonian, etc. are a 10- 15 minute walk.

Other services

Clubhouse accommodates up to 100 persons. Dinning area has 12 tables and 48 chairs. U shaped bar with 15 barstools. Library with nautical references and conference table for 12. Galley with 2 ovens, microwave, coffee, etc.


National Monuments, free National Museums, National Zoo, Smithsonian, White House, Capital building, and other attractions within walking distance. Metro stop nearby to reach everything else.

Reviews for Capital Yacht Club
June 2017 Update, 2017-07-02
Captain: , Sea Cliff, NY (1075)

Update: June 2017
If it is possible, the Capital Yacht Club keeps getting better every time we visit. Yes, there is still a lot of construction going on, but the attitude and professionalism of the staff, led by GM Debbie, is fantastic. These folks know how to make visiting yachtsman feel welcome. The members of the club are also first class. What a faulous stay!

The location for visiting DC just can't be beat. It is a 20 minute walk to the Washington Monument. 15 minute walk to a Metro station. It is a little "sketchy" walking back to the boat after dark (however, we never felt threatened), but it is wise to remember that this marina is located in a heavily populated urban area.

Dockmaster Debbie was terrific, as was Kelvin and the rest of the office staff. Note that contray to the web site, they no longer offer yacht club discounts. Even so, we felt we received excellent value for the rate we paid ($2.05/ft.).

They will be starting to move into the new facility at the end of this year. State-of-the-art floating docks will be a welcome change. The old docks are servicable, but showing their age. Electric was strong, even at the end of the pier.

Nice people, good facilities and a location that is second to none for visitng the sights of DC. Highly recommended.

Outstanding service and location, 2017-06-26
Captain: , Palm Bay, FL (90)

we stayed 5 nights in mid June, Debi the manager was outstanding at making sure we felt at home. The dockhands that helped get us in and out were all first rate, the facilities, even though they are in transition to their new building were all great. the Docks are like new, and they have full length finger piers on both sides of the slip. it's about a 15 minute walk to the mall and a 5-7 minute walk to the metro and a Safeway grocery store. Their rates were very reasonable as well.

Fabulous location, friendly folks, 2017-05-30
Captain: , Annapolis (170)

Despite the huge construction project gong on, Capitol YC does a stellar job off welcoming transients and the amenities are first rate. Thanks for a great visit!

A+ Yacht Club, 2016-10-09
Captain: , Bristol, RI (350)

If you are looking for a safe, clean, friendly yacht club in DC near to many DC attractions including the Mead Arena Theater, museums, etc., the Capital Yacht Club is your choice. The GM Debbie and Dock Master Kelvin Lee are extremely helpful with clear docking instructions and professional docking assistance. The Metro and Metro buses are an easy walkable distance as well as places to provision. We did two 9 hour/day tours which were easy to get to by Metro transportation. The theater across the street has a tremendous array of shows. The members of the club are accepting and friendly as is the bartender Tracy and Custodian Alex. We were invited to attend the club's events: a Wednesday night hot dog night and Saturday morning breakfast. It was fun being part of events we are missing at home.
Fun outdoor restaurants are nearby. The showers and laundry are extremely clean.WiFi is strong.The nearby fitness center offers transients a daily or weekly reduced fee. This is an A+ Yacht Club and place to stop when traveling south and wanting to visit DC as we did. Definitely a place to recommend to others. Thank you for making our stay so enjoyable.

Wonderful Stay & Wonderful People, 2016-07-27
Captain: , Goose Creek (70)

This is not just a marina, this is a true yacht club. And you're invited!
We planned this stay a year or so in advance because it was a "bucket list" item to be in DC for the 4th of July. We were so glad we chose CYC because they made us feel so much at home.
Yes, the whole waterfront is under construction, so it's in a state of upheaval right now, but it was actually kind of fun watching the goings on with all the cranes and heavy equippment. The views across the channel to East Potomac park were enough to make all my facebook fans jealous.
The Club bar opens promptly at 5:00, and there are regular club events that you are welcome to join. We've never seen a friendlier or more outgoing group of people to hang out with.
But the management really gets the award here: friendly, efficient staff with a real customer service attitude; professional mail handling (even for transients), new docks and electric, spotless bathrooms and laundry facilities PLUS it's just 2 blocks to the Safeway, CVS and Metro station, and there's a great Mexican Bar/Restaurant on site by the name of Cantina Marina.

Capital Yacht Club, 2016-07-23
Captain: , Racine, Wi (40)

Agree with previous reviews. CYC is a great place to stay in DC. Staff very helpful. That said, it's not close to any restaurants except for the tiki bar on the other side of Gangplank Marina (which is kind of a dumpy live aboard marina).

Can't Wait Till It's Done!, 2016-05-28
Captain: , Hobe Sound, Florida (480)

No better location for boaters wanting to viisit D.C. and no friendlier staff than here. Kelvin was extremely helpful, Debbie was very attentive, and the folks at the yacht club were welcoming. The construction on the entire waterfront is off-putting, but when it's all done, the Capital Yacht Club should prove to be the crown jewel.

Capital Yatch Club , Soundwaves, New Bern, NC, 2016-05-23
Captain: , New Bern, NC (50)

Fantastic location if you want to be in downtown DC . A lot
of construction going on right now, however the staff could
not have been mre helpful or friendly, from Phil the
Commadore to Debbie the General Manager. We spent six
days here and loved it. Located 10 minutes from a Safeway,
and the Metro, you can go anywhere. I would love to
come back in a couple of years where the construction is

Excellent way to see DC, 2016-05-21
Captain: , Blanco, TX (520)

If you're up for the LONG haul, this was a wonderful way to see DC. We anchored right outside the marina the first night because arrived too late to get in a slip. Then 2 nights at the marina, couldn't have better access to all the sights in the city, if not in walking distance there was a metro station very close. There is currently a lot of construction as the whole waterfront area is being totally revamped. Even with this, the temporary club house, restrooms/showers/laundry were great. Staff was also extremely helpful and welcoming.

Best way to access DC, 2015-11-08
Captain: , United States (3192)

We used the CYC as our dinghy landing while anchored for three weeks in the Washington Channel. We deopped the hook just abreast of CYC's middle dock.

The docks are brand new, having already been replaced as part of the massive Wharf redevelopment project. At this writing the club facilities are in temporary quarters in the old Channel Inn hotel (now offices for the project) and getting off the docks is a bit of a hike; they are slated to move into a new clubhouse closer to the docks sometime in 2017. The "temproary" quarters are themselves nicer than many (most?) other yacht clubs and marinas we've visited.

Note that the daily $16 dinghy landing fee is assessed from when you check in until when you check out, regardless of whether or not you come ashore or use the facilities each day. It includes use of a card key to access the docks and other facilities, and access to the WiFi which does reach much of the anchorage. You will get a club tab which you can use to charge bar drinks during your stay; the draft beers ran us $5-$6 each.

We found the members friendly and helpful and we were welcome at club events such as the Halloween party.

A nice Safeway grocery. CVS, trendy restaurant, and the Metro station are all clustered together an easy walk away. Jenny's restaurant (Chinese fare, full bar with draft beer) around the other side of the building was good along with the Cantina Marina just down the wharf at the Gangplank.

We had an excellent stay and we look forward to returning when the Wharf development is complete and they are in their new clubhouse.

Fantastic DC Stay - CYC wonderful, 2015-10-14
Captain: , Seattle (80)

We stayed for 3 weeks anchored off the Capital Yacht Club. The welcome we recieved as cruisers was fantastic, it didn't matter that we were anchored off vs. at the docks. Many members are former or future cruisers with a wealth of information. Every day we met new people and they were all friendly and helpful - it was hard to leave!

For $16 a day, there is easy access to the secure dinghy dock, full use of all the club facilities - including great internet, a computer with a printer, a kitchen with limitless coffee (thanks Alex!) as well as a prep area that you can use to cook if you don't want to cook on your boat, BBQ grills, a TV lounge, and friendly bar! There is also a Saturday brunch on some weekends.

The bathrooms are spotless and there are cubbies to put your shower items if you want to leave them there vs. hauling back and forth to the boat.

It was well worth the trip up the Potomac to visit DC, the monuments, memorials, museums and other sights could have kept us there for months! CYC hospitality made it all that much better.

Capital Yacht Club, 2015-10-10
Captain: , Bear, DE (560)

Absolutely wonderful. Everyone was very friendly and helpful. Very good facilities and will be even better when their new clubhouse is completed. Can't ask for a better location to anchor and walk to the Mall and see all the monuments and visit museums. Security is provided by two locked gates to the docks. All access is by key card. The floating concrete docks are new and well laid out. Safeway Food Store and Subway Terminal are 3 blocks away. Fish market is also on the channel and a short walk from the clubhouse. The only drawbacks are the current construction on The Wharf which will go on for another two years and noise from aircraft. No problem sleeping as the noise ended by the time we turned in for the night.

Wonderful DC Stay, 2015-08-15
Captain: , Corpus Christi, TX (732)

Great brand new docks with friendly, helpful staff and club members. Even temporary club facilities (while new club is under construction) are very nice! Good internet and power, and relatively easy access to public transportation to tour DC.

Location, Location, Location, 2015-07-31
Captain: , Burlington (180)

What's Next?? Burlington,Ontario
Even with all the construction going on, this is the place to be in order to enjoy Washington and all it has to offer. Within walking distance to the Smithsonian, the monuments, the Whitehouse, downtown and an excellent Safeway grocery store. If you get tired of walking, the Metro bus line is just two blocks away. From the Mall the Circulator will take you all around Washington for $1. Dockmaster Debbie and the club members couldn't have been more friendly. The only suggestions we have is ,with all the boats that are in the small anchorage there it with not such great holding, it would be better to be in an inside slip rather than on the outside of a T.

Location, location and friendly!, 2015-07-10
Captain: , cruising (671)

Stopped for 3 nights over 4th of July weekend. Debbie's friendly staff took good care of us and the new floating docks are first rate. The area surrounding CYC has improved greatly since we there a few years ago. Coming to DC might make some folks a bit nervous but security is also good at CYC. We walked to the Smithstonion (every thing is free) and spent the day. Ran out of time to walk to the fresh seafood market. We are looking forward to returning as this entire area continues to upgrade. DC is going to become a first rate place to visit by water and CYC will be the hub!

New Waterfront Project has two season's of impact upon 5-star, 2015-07-04
Captain: , Moyock, NC (1054)

The waterfront is a mess and noisey. However, the staff and facilities are still excellent, and the location cannot be beat. Within 2-1/2 blocks is a Safeway, CVS Pharmacy, and the MM Metro station.

Construction has not impacted Capital Yacht Clubs services, 2015-05-12
Captain: , Mystic, CT (107)

The waterfront development project (The Wharf) will change the face of the Washington DC waterfront, but Capital Yacht Club has temporary facilities which match thier old facility in both size and feel. Thier new concrete floating docks are first rate, and they have increased the number of transient slips available. Their membership still provide transients with a warm welcome and make thier facility completely available to regisetered transients.

Out of Commission, 2014-09-25
Captain: , Louisiana, MO (331)

Called yesterday, 9/24/2014, to make reservations for this weekend and was told landline phones were being re-routed cell phones and the move to new quarters will occur this week/weekend. All boats are moving and demolition of docks (and other?) would start this week. They referred me to other marinas nearby.

Made me feel like a member, 2014-08-20
Captain: , Everett WA (424)

No point in reviewing the facility as it will be gone soon. However the members and staff were welcoming and friendly.
You absolutely can't beat this location. Walking distance to all of the tourist points of interest. 1/2 mile to grocery store.
I stayed two weeks and enjoyed every day.

Greatest location, greatest people, 2014-08-03
Captain: , San Francisco, CA (20)

After 8,000+ miles and 10 months of cruising, we have rarely been so sad to leave a port as we are to leave Washington DC and the people we have met at Capital Yacht Club. We anchored out for two weeks and used the club's wonderful facilities. Walking distance to a metro stop and the National mall - so very convenient. What we weren't prepared for was how wonderful the people would be. We feel we made some great friends in a short amount of time and are truly sad to leave. We'd give more stars if we could. The new club (when the new wharf area is built) should be great - everyone seems excited about it. We look forward to returning someday.

One of the best, 2014-07-25
Captain: , Redondo Beach, CA (260)

We were visiting from California. We weren't sure if our yacht club had a reciprocal or not. They said they didn't care and welcomed us in anyway. Everyone at the club went out of their way to make us feel welcome. We were only in DC for a few days and wish we could have spent more time at the club. Good people, good bartender, great atmosphere and people who love boats. What more could you ask for?

Highly recommended, 2014-07-16
Captain: , Oxford,MD (86)

This had to be one of the friendliest most welcoming yacht clubs we've ever visited.

Even though we anchored our boat out in the Washington Channel, the staff and members of Capital Yacht Club welcomed us with open arms into their air conditioned clubhouse for over a week. The showers were always clean, and having use of a fully equipped kitchen made meal times easy, regardless of whether we were heating up leftovers or ordering takeout.

When we weren't sight seeing we could hang out in the bar and chat with members and other visitors, watch TV or just wait for the cooler evening air before heading back to our boat.

All in all a thoroughly enjoyable experience. New docks and a new clubhouse are in the works as part of "The Wharf" redevelopment, so next time we go out may be even better!

Capital Yacht Club, 2014-07-12
Captain: , Blyth (20)

We spent over two weeks at anchor in the Washington Channel but using the facilities of the Capital Yacht Club at $16 per day. We had no issues with holding in the gloopy mud, although winds were generally light. On steamy days the air conditioning at the Club was most welcome, as was the iced water. The reception by both staff and members was splendid, the facilities are very good, we were told about the various activities that were going on - Sunday brunch, for example - and we made to feel part of the Club. As we are used to walking, the proximity of sights such as the Lincoln Memorial, National Archives etc, and Metro was most welcome, we bought fish or shellfish from the market most nights, Safeway's grocery store was reasonably close and the fireworks on 4th July were magnificient. It has so far been the highlight of our visit to the USA.

Well, I do have to give this one 5 STAR, 2014-07-11
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

I can not believe I am giving five stars to a place that is very expensive. However, giving the location, service and nice facilities along with the local flavor of the folks who keep ther boats here all year long, this is a great example of location, location, location as well. The crime on the streets is essentially gone. Walking around at night was fine, etc. Construction is on-going for a couple of years, but was not an issue. Come on in and enjoy. Provisions close by, and there is a good marina store just under the bridge to the north (5 minute walk) at Washington Marina. If you want to see DC, this is better than any hotel.

Super Great Marina, 2014-06-24
Captain: , Northport MI (405)

CYC is a gem for visiting Washington DC. Marina services and staff are excellent. Club members welcomed us as if we were members and not transients. Saturday AM brunch (prepared by members) for $7 is a do not miss. L'Enfant Plaza Metro is less than 10 min walk--if you go to 7th Street Entrance. Tidal Basin and Mall are less than a 10 min walk. Jenny's Restaurant looks a bit worn but serves excellent Pan-Asian food. There is a parking garage across the street..$12/day incl overnights. The neighboring Fish Market is wonderful for a daily supply of fresh fish...incl carry out meals. Yes, there is construction but there is construction everywhere in DC!! It does not affect the ammenities in any way and the future CYC and waterfront (2017) will be awesome!!

Construction Goin on, 2014-06-14
Captain: , Aventura, Florida (330)

There is a lot of construction going on. The phillips resturant is now closed. The fish markest next door is still there. The stff was very helpful and friendly. Metro stations are quite a distance away and there is no parking on Yacht club grounds for a rental car.

Great Location to see the sights, 2014-05-29
Captain: , Palm Beach Gardens, FL (1997)

We spent a week here, one night on the hook and 7 days in a reserved slip.
The staff are very friendly and the clubhouse is very nice to relax in with its own full service bar service.
There is a lot of construction going on and that makes it tough to get around and limits things quite allot
In 2017 stage one will be complete when the whole waterfront is redone it will be a sight to see however it maybe pretty pricey to stay as well. The anchorage will also be moved to the south.
Definitely worth the stop, the Potomac was a pain with logs branches and trash between Quantico and DC but still would recommend the Capital Yacht Club.

Great place to dinghy in when you anchor out, 2013-09-25
Captain: , Edmonds, WA (460)

Very freindly YC, hot showers and they run a tab at their bar. Close to the fish market. Close to the Mall and all the freebie museums. Easy walk to the L'Enfant Metro station -- but listen carefully when they tell you how to get there. The station is somewhat hidden. Safeway is a reasonable walk away. Great town to visit and definately worth the 100 mile motor up the river. $16 a day is reasonable for the secure dinghy dock, showers, laundry, etc.

Great Club, Fantastic Location, 2013-09-14
Captain: , Austin, TX (346)

Location does not get better than this if you have any interest in the cultural, historical or political side of life. The National Mall, the Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR and MLK memorials, the Capitol, the White House, and a huge collection of museums are all within walking distance. If your legs are tired or you want to go further a combination of metro and bus is available. Two metro stations are nearby. Lots of restaurants but the most interesting are away from the waterfront. A grocery store (Safeway) is less than a mile away. There is a metro station there as well as bicycles for rent. Some marine supplies are available at the Washington Marina which is the other side of the fish market.
As for the club itself, the staff and the club members are all very friendly and helpful. The restroom and shower facilities and club house are all very nice and well taken care of. The wooden docks are a little older but sound and functional and kept repaired. This is our third trip to CYC each for over a week. We have stayed on both the floating docks and a fixed dock. With the local tides boarding from the fixed docks can be a challenge for the less agile at times. Pumpout at the dock is available but no fuel at the club. One of our most favorate marinas! We love being here.

Excellent in every way!, 2013-09-07
Captain: , Coles Point, VA (788)

I stayed a night at CYC on August 30 with my friends aboard. Upon landing, we were greeted warmly, given a welcome packet which included, among other things, a pedestrian map of D.C., a visitor's guide with an activity calendar, and a card with a code for wi-fi access. We were offered a tour of the Club and also met several Club members, all of whom were most gracious. The Club's facilities are very comfortable, and the restrooms/showers are very nice. If there was a swimming pool the rating would have been five-stars, but with the District of Columbia at your feet, it could be argued one is not necessary. This will definitely be a place I would visit again, and I recommend it.

Great club, 2013-08-26
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1145)

We had the best time here! The folks are wonderful...made us feel very welcome. Every Saturday morning the members cook breakfast for the members! And the club is just a short walk to the memorials, museums, everything!!! Even a new Safeway is about .7 mile away.

Great 10 day stay, 2013-08-18
Captain: , Weston, VT (570)

My wife and I are finishing a 10 day stay in the heart of DC at the CYC. Location it has and we really enjoyed the proximity to all DC has to offer. We carry folding bikes and used them to ride to Alexandria on the fantastic bike trails that traverse DC and Virginia. Walking to the mall is easy too. Having worked 35 yrs in NYC we loved the grittiness of the area. The fish market next door fed us several nights and has EVERYTHING to offer in seafood. Our spot at the end of B dock worked out great. The dock hands and liveaboards where friendly and helpful and the clubhouse was great. Things are changing we were told as a redevelopment project is starting in the near future. We will be back.

It is (almost) all about the location, 2013-08-12
Captain: , Key West, FL (758)

If you end up on the old, difficultly configured, fixed wooden piers, with the 3.5 foot tidal swing and sigificant set-off, be prepared to put your gangways out for pets and the less nimble among us. Also, be prepared for the generally run down, somewhat dirty and sometimes smelly, homeless person-occupied area on the other side of the locked (from inside and out) dock gates.

Once you make it into the locked clubhouse, or catch the eye of any of the outgoing, welcoming live-aboards, though, you will be made to feel much more at home. Great folks. Don't miss the great breakfast that club members put on each Saturday for a treat.

Of course, this IS almost all about the location. You are as close to the Smithsonian castle information center as you can be on a boat. And, if you have bikes (or rent one from one of the kiosks) you can easily do a circuit hitting every major national mall site in a two hour trip. Fantastic!!

I highly recommend that you stay at the National Harbor marina on the way in, and on the way out. It will cleanse your palet.

extremely helpful staff, 2013-07-25
Captain: , Abilene, TX (210)

Older docks but serviceable, power and water very good, quaint club house, no foods but bar, laundry and bath house were great, perfect location for DC attractions

The place to be for July 4th, 2013-07-24
Captain: , Houston TX (349)

The combination of location and wonderful accommodations is really hard to beat. The mall is walking distance from the marina. There is a metro station near by if your destination is further than you care to walk. The fireworks are set off over the river just past the club. Perfect viewing from the docks. Everyone at the Yacht Club is amazingly friendly and inclusive. The staff are first rate and very helpful. This is the place to stay when in DC.

Outstanding, 2013-07-16
Captain: , Seabrook, TX (323)

Just to be within walking distance of the National Mall, in a spot where you can see the top of the Washington Monument (currently lit up at night), is outstanding. But on top of that, the staff is very friendly and helpful, and the facilities are great - affordable and plentiful washers and dryers, clean and well-equipped restroom/showers, cozy bar, and comfortable lounge with cable TV. A pool would have been nice, but who has time to indulge with all there is to do in the nation's capital?

A Piece of History, 2013-06-12
Captain: , Middle River, MD (354)

Slip fees are a little more than some adjoining marinas but you certainly get what you pay for. Clean and well maintained facility. Nice bar and lounge. The club has photos off all the (60 or 70) past commodores. They have a very nice library/meeting room. I met a number of very friendly live-a-boards and had a great time.

Everyone on the staff was very friendly and helpful. Great location %u2013 fun to go next door to the fish market. Secure access to the docks. In the 4 days I was there, the club had several events that ended with Jeff and Karen Siegel (Active Captain) giving an excellent class on medical emergencies for cruisers.

I stayed on a non-floating T head that wasn%u2019t the easiest thing to navigate but the view was great. My plan was to anchor out but my 30 footer doesn%u2019t have the ground tackle to deal with the 25%u2019 depths. I%u2019m glad I stayed at the CYC.

Location, location, location..., 2013-05-26
Captain: , MV Red Head (61778)

But it's more than that. It's true that the facilities are right in the middle of everything - the Capitol, the Smithsonian, all the monuments, a thousand restaurants, as well as walking distance to two Metro subway stations. There is a tremendous amount to do in the surrounding area - unlike any other place we have ever taken our boat. We were there for a full week. Still, it's more.

The club facilities are quite nice. It's a beautiful club.

There is a large long-term cruiser population at the docks and everyone is quite friendly and helpful. This along with the staff makes staying here a total joy.

But it's more than that.

The measure of a marina isn't how they act when everything is perfect and there's sunshine everywhere. When we arrived, our 15 year old labrador Dyna let us know she was at her end of life. It was a very tough time especially in a town where we didn't have any veterinarian care and didn't know anyone. The staff jumped to our help with suggestions, phone calls, and support. At one of our worst times, they helped to make it manageable. I'll never forget them for that and there's not enough thanks that I can ever give them.

The Capital Yacht Club is a destination. You need to spend a few days to take it all in. After you've done that, like us, you'll want to come back for a month. There's that much here.

Ideal Location, 2013-05-20
Captain: , Port Royal, SC (231)

Spent a week here, and while they provided a fixed dock for my transient stay they also offered bumper boards to ensure my boat was protected. A truly wonderful location if you want to see DC as you are within walking distance of the Jefferson Memorial and the Tidal Basin, as well as two Metro stops. There are bicycle and car rentals close by and the grocery and drug store were a 10 minute walk. Bring your bike as DC offers bike trails galor. Lots of dinning in the area. The Yacht Club extends membership privileges to transients and they are very comfortable, with a loung, bar, laundry and heads, as well as a powerful WiFi connection. Pump out was fast. A terrific spot to spend some time in the heart of DC.

Very nice, convenient, 2013-04-23
Captain: , Yorktown, VA (972)

We spent 2 days at CYC. It is very convenient to walk to the mall, monuments, and museums. Very friendly, knowledgeable staff. Price reasonable for large city. Great Yacht Club with bar and great laundry facilities. Five washers and dryers in excellent condition. Pump out at slip.

Top Notch and down to earth!, 2012-10-31
Captain: , Wiscasset ME (1435)

We anchored/docked here at the CYC for a week while hurricane Sandy passed by. We can not say enough about the hospitality of the people and available amenities at the club. Everyone we met was friendly and accommodating. There is a great group of live-aboards here, all willing to help out if needed. The CYC has nice showers, coin op laundry, book exchange, coffee every morning, bar, great dinghy dock and reasonable price considering the location. Safeway grocery store a few blocks away right next to the waterfront Metro subway stop. Marina Cantina restaurant is next door at the far end of Gangplank Marina. Jenny%u2019s Chinese restaurant is above the CYC, we found the food very good but portions small for the price paid. Huge fish market right next door! We had the fresh steamed jumbo shrimp, they were fantastic!
Prices at the CYC are going up moderately in November 2012. This is a super club with wonderful down to earth people. Make sure your anchor is set well, the channel is very soft mud!

Great Location!, 2012-09-10
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (555)

We stayed at anchor 3 weeks and enjoyed the YC and the area. The YC members and staff are very friendly and helpful. The Yacht Club has a working HAM radio in the lounge. The bartender has a stack of menus for delivery and carry out. There is a 10% discount for CYC at Jenny's (Chinese) Fusion Restaurant above the YC. We frequently carried out and sat at the YC picnic tables outside with our dog and ordered our drinks from the YC bar. Everyone could not have been nicer at the YC.

Great locatoin, great staff, friendly CYC members, 2012-07-04
Captain: , Dunedin, FL (7374)

We stayed at CYC for a week, had a wonderful time there. Helpful staff there to help with lines as we came in. Very nice bar, members very helpful with local DC advice. Next door to famous fresh sea food market, one with carry-out meals. CYC is walking distance, about 1.5 miles each way to the National Mall and to all the Smithsonian Museums. Safeway and Metro stops also short distance, fully stocked marine supply store within sight of CYC. Several restauants nearby. Docks old but in good condition. Transients usually placed on T-heads and with the tide change, current, boat wakes, careful placement of lines and fenders is recommended. Pumpouts are available at each slip, but are only done on Mondays & Thursdays, plan ahead (no pun) before coming in. Dog walking area minimal, but OK. Improving neighborhood with more renovations coming, we felt perfectly safe walking and biking in the local area.

Great Location, Great Staff!, 2012-06-22
Captain: , Topsail Beach, NC (480)

We've been at CYC for a week and have a week to go. The staff is great. the docks are dated by OK. Facilities are nice, especially the fact that you can use the clubhouse, bar, library just as if you were a full time yacht club member. Docks C and D are preferable as they are much closer to clubhouse.

Circulator buses mentioned in other reviews are no longer running, but it is only about a 10-15 minute walk to Metro (L'Enfant Plaza), and once there you can get anywhere, even as far out as Mount Vernon (metro + bus). Bring your bikes....they are a huge bonus for getting around, especially to nearby places like National Mall, Smithsonian, etc.

Manager Debbie, Dockmaster Kelvin, and dockhand Donald are all very friendly and extremely helpful. We highly recommend this as the place to stay in DC.

As an aside, you can dock at Mount Vernon for $2/foot, but only during daylight hours (9-4 I think). No overnight. We hear it is shallow going in, but the tourboats do it on a regular basis. So if you are shallow draft, you might pull in there on your way to DC for several hours to tour, but you would be better off just heading on to Capital Yacht Club, then taking public transportation or tour bus back to Mt. Vernon.

The Best of the Best!, 2012-06-04
Captain: , gwynn,va. (208)

Spent 2 weeks on anchor at the Club and it was a totally plesant experience. The staff was friendly and helpful. The showers had shower gel and shampoo dispensers and they were always filled, rare to my experience. laundering facilities were clean and easy to use. Ice was available and very reasonably priced. Ah! and the bar, the bartender lovingly made vodka martinis that my wife loved. Pump outs were available on mondays and thursdays and well managed by the staff. there were many bonuses to the location, easy access to the activities on the Mall and fresh seafood arriving daily at the fish market next door. It took us a while to adjust to the helicopter traffic that flies 200 ft over your head so habituation is a good thing. We look forward to sailing up the Potomac next year and drop anchor here again!

Well located for national mall, 2011-09-22
Captain: , PooleUK (973)

The marina is well located for visits to the mall, good groceries nearby, strong WIFI, stable shore power (except on A dock), friendly helpfull staff and members. I can not fault the facility.
The area to the south of the Marina is still a little questionable, I would not reccomend walking alone at night. The largest single drawback is the grime that falls from the sky daily, the fuel from the helicopters, jet fuel from the airport and good old fashoned city grime. Otherwise a very plesant stay indeed. Thank you.

One of the Best Yacht Clubs, 2011-09-21
Captain: , Cape Vincent, NY (10)

We have stayed at many marinas and yacht clubs and this rates as one of the best....from the first phone call to get a slip to the welcoming of the members and personnel....everyone very friendly. Clean Restrooms, nice atmosphere and Linda at the desk very helpful and JP,etc...just wonderful staff......would recommend Capital Yacht Club to anyone wanting a great stay in Washington, DC... (by boat)....we stayed a week and just loved it....

Best place to be in DC, 2011-08-01
Captain: , Germantown, TN (181)

We stayed here a week over the 4th holiday. Steve the dock master is very accomodating but also the members of the Yacht Club are very friendly to the transients. We were treated just like members and were invited to all of the social events. The location is prefect for visiting the Mall. There are three very nice restaurants just steps from the dock and the fish market is a must do. We would definately stay here again!!

OH YEAH, Dis is da Bomb, 2011-07-12
Captain: , Washington, DC (350)

Definitely stay here, the dining is great, from the brunch on Sunday to the Tues even dinner. Wonderful service and new floating docks. Great access to monuments, via bus or close metro. Monuments in view from tall boats.

Great way to see the Capital, 2011-06-21
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

We agree with all of the other reviews for this stop. We took the MTOA discount for the week, went to the Tuesday dinner and the Saturday breakfast and enjoyed hanging out at the bar with the members.

Once we sorted out the DC circulator ($.50/seniors), we were on the move constantly. We live in Annapolis, but we finally got to see most of the things we haven't had the time to see here. Could still spend another couple of weeks and still not see everything. This is a fantastic city and everyone should take the opportunity to stop here at the Captial Yacht Club and visit with Steve and the gang.

Great Location!, 2011-05-26
Captain: , Washington DC (152)

yes, to all of the reviews below. The facilities are clean, the people are friendly, and the location provides quick access to all of downtown DC. The Arena Stage, a well-respected theatre, is within easy walking distance. The area is a little noisy with a lot of overhead bridge traffic, low-flying helicopters, an airport nearby, and frequent tour boat activity but the location made up for it. The Saturday morning breakfast was definitly a good deal for $5.

Excellent Yacht Club, 2011-05-15
Captain: , San Antonio, TX (310)

We were greeted as if we were old friends. Steve, the manager, was extremely helpful and patient. We were made quite welcome and even invited to avail ourselves of the Yacht Club facilities. We highly recommend this facility if you are visiting the DC area. Everything is either in walking distance or close to the metro stations.

Terrific place to stay., 2011-04-22
Captain: , Jaluit (622)

We have been here for almost six months and feel like one of the family. Don't miss Tuesday supper for $8 or breakfast on Sat. It is a 15 minute walk from the Nat. Mall and Bureau of Engraving and Holocaust Museum. You will be out on the T where you have a view of the East Potomac Park.

Top Notch Hospitality, 2010-08-15
Captain: , Green Cove Springs FL (1394)

Invited by Genearl Mgr to be his guest for numerous club events. Enjoyed visiting and getting to know members. Limited transient space but they are willing to work with you. Will give them a call on our next visit for dockagae. Nice Facilities and Great Club House. M/Y Allez!

Washington DC's top place to stay!, 2010-08-08
Captain: , Chesapeake Bay, MD (311)

Super nice people and clubhouse. Best location on the waterfront within easy walkiing to sites and the Circulator bus system. Secure docks (don't forget your key). Club has a bartender on staff in the evenings and we attended the Friday eve potluck and they have a Sat breakfast for $5 that cant be beat. The hubbub of the city is before you and you will hear the sounds of the city, jets, copters, sirens etc.. But hey, your in the Nations Capitol. Visit and go forth to see what Washington has to offer.

Capital Yacht Club, 2010-03-12
Captain: , Isle of Coral (70)

OUTSTANDING facility. We were well treated. Invited to many club functions. Nice clubhouse. Good dinghy dock. Safe with locks on both sides of gate. Dinghy fuel less than 10 minutes away.

Old, but very nice., 2009-10-04
Captain: , Saint Petersburg, FL (181)

We lucked out and got a slip at this wonderfully-located marina near all the DC momuments and museums. We could see the Washington Momument from our cockpit. All the services of the Yacht Club are at your disposal, including the Saturday morning breakfast and the Tuesday night spaghetti dinner. Metro only a few blocks walk. And, the bus stop is even a shorter walk. Fantastic fish market one block away--every fish or seafood available.We will definitely be back.

The Place to stay, 2009-09-06
Captain: , clear lake texas (435)

Agree with the other reviews. This is the place to stay and walk to everything.

Capital Yacht Club, 2009-07-18
Captain: , Kent Narrows, MD (140)

Very reasonable $$, dockmaster extremely helpful and courteous. We received a welcoming visit from the vice-commodore. Secure, excellent facilities, club members friendly and helpful. Short walk to the Tidal Basin and Mall. The fish market is a GREAT place to pick up a seafood lunch -- ,block away.

Great Expectations, 2009-07-12
Captain: , Holland, MI (116)

Facilities are adequate, people are great and super friendly, location is outstanding; close to all things in DC and a super sea food market just a short walk away.

Docks are secure and well protected. The only negitive is: the helicopters use the water space as aflyway and the noise is something to get used too..

Close to the sights, 2009-07-05
Captain: , Melbourne Florida (4616)

The price is great for the area. Docks are older, some are fixed and others are floating. You pay for the electricity you use. Free cable. Very nice seafood buffet next to club. Very secure, you need a key entering and leaving.

Convenient, 2008-05-22
Captain: , Bristol, RI (132)

We spent a week there this spring. We toured the capital and then caught a flight from Reagan National Airport. CYC is very secure, the staff is friendly and it is a convenient location to local sights as well as the Metro Station which gives you easy access to anywhere you chose to go. I'd go back if we were to visit Washington again. Not cheap, but worth the price!

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