Coles Point Marina is one of the best marinas in the entire Chesapeake Bay Region. The marina has a lot to offer on land with the beach, campground, pool and great restaurant but we are a marina first and foremost!
Coles Point Marina is a great place to begin all of your Chesapeake Bay cruising adventures!
We have the easiest and quickest access to the lower Potomac River and are only 17 miles from the Chesapeake Bay by boat. We offer annual contract and transient boaters the option of covered and uncovered boat slips, dry storage and we have a convenient boat ramp with plenty of parking. Our boatyard offers everything you need to keep your vessel ship-shape with repair and maintenance services. And our gas dock is one of only a few in the region offering worry-free, non-ethanol gasoline as well as diesel fuel.
If you will be boating while staying at Coles Point Marina it is important to remember to respect the waters of the Potomac and Chesapeake Bay. Think safety first!
Below are some resources that may help prevent an emergency or simply as reminder of the requirements for boating and sailing in the Potomac River & Chesapeake Bay.
Boat Operation & Handling
- Quick Tips
- Boating Etiquette
- Dockside Do’s and Don’ts
- Fueling Safety
- All About Fuel and Your Boat
- Operating in Reduced Visability
- Running Aground
- Estimating Time of Arrival
- Steps to Smooth Anchoring
- Boat Docking – An Introduction by Charles T. Low
- Docking Broadside to the Wind by Charles T. Low
- Docking & Undocking
- How to Maneuver in a Narrow Channel
Boating Checklists & Logs – Printable
- A Float Plan
- Float Plan for Trailer Boaters
- Trip Log
- Ship’s Log
- Pre-departure Check List
- New Pre-departure check list
- Tools & Spare Parts List
- Required Equipment for Recreational Boats
- Marine Communications – Cell Phone vs VHF Radio
- Marine Radio Procedures
- When You Readio for Help on the Water by Chief Warrant Officer Jim Krzenski Commanding Officer, U.S.C.G. Station Fort Pierce, FL
- Getting Help on the Water
Boating Environment & Sanitation
Equipment for Your Boat
Staying Healthy on Your Boat
- USCG Approved Inflatable Lifejackets – A Review
- Test Your Lifejackets
- What kind of PFD do I need?
- How to Read PFD labels
- Care and Mainenance of PFDs
- Spring Boating Safety Checklist
- Basic Electrical Theory for Boaters
- How to Winterize your Boat
- Changing Oil -made easy
Additional Safe Boating Tips
• Make sure that someone else on board knows the basic operation and systems of your boat. In the event of your being disabled as skipper, it might make the difference between life and death if someone else can get the boat to shore and operate the radio.
• When planning a trip or day on the water, use the “1/3″ rule for fuel consumption. Plan your trip so that you calculate fuel usage of 1/3 out and 1/3 back. This will leave you 1/3 of a tank in reserve for those times when wind, waves, or drift make your running time longer than expected.
• Your lines should be dry, neatly coiled, and kept out of the sun when not in use. You will find the life and integrity of the lines will be extended greatly if you take care of them.
• Be sure and warn everybody on board when approaching another boat’s wake. Passengers who are unaware of the impending shock of a wake may be thrown into windshields or other fixtures on the boat, may fall, or may be thrown overboard.
• Never use drugs or alcohol before or during boat operation. The effects of alcohol are greatly exaggerated by exposure to sun, glare, wind, noise, and vibration.