For the benefit of all slipholders, a copy of the Wharf developer's transition plans with graphic depictions of the Phase II, PUD plan is now in the laundry room. Please feel free to look at but leave the books there for other slipholders to also be able to review. This is similar to what can be found on the Wharf website, but may be easier for some to access.

Dec 18, 2011

Dec 18, 2011 Captain's Coffee

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Dec 18, 2011 Captain's Coffee, a set on Flickr.

Today there was another wonderful display of community at Gangplank Marina, as over 30 neighbors gathered to share coffee and breakfast treats at the last Captain's Coffee of 2011.

We look forward to more adventures in 2012. One of our major goals will be to continue working to connect DC citizens to their beautiful rivers, the Potomac and the Anacostia.

We are thankful for the wonderful support we continue to receive from our friends and neighbors in Ward 6 and throughout the District.

From our community to yours, the Gangplank Slipholders Association wishes you a happy and safe holiday season, with plenty of time for family and friends! We look forward to another amazing year with you in Southwest DC in 2012!

Dec 16, 2011

A Floating Community Fights To Keep Traditions Alive

Be sure to check out the Great WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection piece on one of our favorite traditions at Gangplank Marina, our Sunday Captain's Coffee.

You can listen to the entire piece here: A Floating Community Fights To Keep Traditions Alive

Dec 12, 2011

Dec 12, 2011 Sunset at Gangplank Marina

Just a quick post to share this amazing sunset with you. We couldn't be happier to live in this beautiful part of the world!

Dec 11, 2011

Holiday News at Gangplank Marina

Here's a roundup of all of the recent and upcoming holiday activities at Gangplank Marina:

1) Parade of Lighted Boats In-Slip Winners Announced! There was heated competition of in-slip displays this year at Gangplank Marina. As always, we celebrate all of those who participated to make our waterfront sparkle with holiday cheer! You can find pictures from around the marina here. Picking a winner was a tough decision. However, the following boats were ultimately selected:
  • Winner: Seeking Wild

  • Runner-up: Argo AKA "The Gingerbread Houseboat"

2) WAMU 88.5 Metro Connection Visits Captains Coffee: Mark from Metro Connection visited Captains Coffee this morning to interview participants as part of a series focused on traditions in DC communities. The segment will air next Friday at 1:00 PM and Sat at 7:00 AM. You'll also be able to listen to the show online:

3) Holiday Party to Collect Donations for Dockworkers: Slip holders will celebrate the holidays and community once more by gathering this Tuesday Dec 13, from 6-9PM on La Joyeuse for a special tradition: a potluck style party to collect donations for a holiday bonus for our hardworking marina staff. We are greatly appreciative of all of the amazing energy they put into making our marina such a wonderful place to live.

Dec 9, 2011

Missed This Year's Parade of Lights? Relive It Now!

Originally Published on Tommy Wells Blog

Southwest Waterfront Parade of  Lights

There was palpable excitement in the air on Saturday afternoon as Gangplank Marina slip holders put the final touches on their boats for the Annual Holiday Boat Parade of Lights. Power tools buzzed and whirred and hammers slammed as each display was perfected.

Around 3:45PM, one boater’s loudspeaker crackled to life with “The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.” He turned on his lights, cast off his lines, and headed out to the staging area at the front of the Washington Channel. Other parade participants soon followed suit.

The Parade of Lights is a joint effort of the District and the City of Alexandria. It begins in the Washington Channel at 5:00PM and reaches the Alexandria Harbor by 6:00PM. Local boaters enter to compete for prizes from “Best in Show” to “Best Try, Most Spirited Crew”. It is a favorite holiday event of Southwest residents, including the live-aboard boaters at Gangplank Marina. This year, Gangplank had six boats participate in the parade, more than any other marina or boat club.

By 4:00PM, the seawall along the Southwest Waterfront was brimming with excitement. Over 100 people had gathered for the Southwest Tree Lighting at 7th Street Landing. The Washington Waterfront Association and Hoffman Madison Waterfront sponsored a beautifully decorated tree, free photos with Santa, live reggae music, hot cocoa, and a bonfire for making S ‘mores. The event was family friendly and everyone present was clearly enjoying the jolly mood!

Organizers snapped a photo with Tommy and Santa shortly before 5:00PM. Then, everyone turned their eyes towards the water. If you haven’t seen the Parade of Lights before, I’d describe it as one of the most unique, creative and festive holiday celebrations you’ll find anywhere in the District: boaters use ingenuity, imagination, and holiday light displays to create incredible floating art.

Right at 5:00PM, the John Glenn Jr. began to pass down the channel with a beautiful display of green and red lights reflecting in the calm water. She was followed by another 45 boats with stunning displays, including a fire breather, a sea turtle, and a Santa merman. Cameras clicked in rapid-fire succession alongside the crackling of the bonfire as those gathered at 7th Street Landing tried to capture every moment of the festive atmosphere. Once the parade concluded, many people stayed to enjoy the mild weather, beautiful fire pit and warm company of their neighbors.

Dec 4, 2011

Nov 29, 2011

GPSA New Marina Design Charrette

On Nov. 15 at 7:00PM over 50 slipholders from Gangplank Marina crowded into the Harbor Patrol community classroom.

The Gangplank Slipholders Association (GPSA) had worked tirelessly over the past 6 weeks encouraging slipholders to attend a charrette focused on the Hoffman Madison Waterfront (HMW) plans for a new Gangplank Marina in the Wharf development on the SW Waterfront.

The result was the largest number of participants GPSA has had at a single meeting this year. The charrette was divided into two sections:
  1. Identifying and ranking community values and priorities for a new marina
  2. Providing feedback on early marina design renderings
Slipholders worked intensely for 2.5 hours to provide feedback they hope the HMW team will find beneficial in terms of preserving the unique community at Gangplank and creating a marina that is part of a world-class waterfront.

The process and results of the charrette are detailed in the GPSA Charrette Report. After the report was compiled, GPSA emailed a copy to the HMW team on Nov. 23 and requested a follow up meeting to discuss the results. GPSA hopes to continue working with the developer to facilitate the successful redevelopment of a SW Waterfront where people will want to live, work, shop, and spend their free time enjoying the beauty of our city.

Below is a brief summary and photos from the event.

  • Slipholders value their community. The number one priority in both portions or the charrette was maintaining the current marina community. Slipholders believe spaces that encourage regular community interaction and spaces that accomodate larger community gatherings are equally important. An indoor community space is highly desired.
  • Other top priorities include safety and security, walkability, convenience of services, minimalist and functional design, well-placed lighting and avoiding light and noise pollution from landside development, and additional services to assist in more eco-friendly living.
  • With regard specifically to layout, new ideas included alternative slip orientation that would promote longevity of boats, boating equipment, and the marina, encourage community interaction, and enable safe navigability.