ORMA’s Blessing of the Fleet May 20!
At the beginning of each season, the Occoquan River Maritime Association (ORMA) hosts the Blessing of the Fleet. The Blessing of the Fleet is a centuries-old tradition where receiving a blessing from the local Clergy was meant to ensure a safe and bountiful season. Hey, maybe your boat won’t sink,Continue Reading
DC Boat Show This Weekend!
May is usually a pretty busy month, and this season is no exception. There’s a lot happening on the river this weekend, and pretty much every weekend of the month. If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few months, you may not be aware that this weekendContinue Reading
Life-long Boater Runs for Office in Prince William
Living in the DC area, whether we realize it or not, our lives are saturated in news and politics. The good news is that as boaters, we enjoy the ability to unplug from the “real world” each weekend we are out on the water – it probably keeps us sane!Continue Reading
Kicking off the 2023 Season!
March is here and the weather is definitely warming up. We don’t care what some rodent in Pennsylvania says, spring is definitely here! That means it’s time to de-winterize your water-hoopty and get ready for another exciting season on the river. This season may be a bit different than theContinue Reading
A Tip for Navigating the Occoquan Channel
There’s definitely a lot of new boaters out there, so we want to share as much knowledge as possible. With that in mind, let’s talk about the Occoquan Channel. Boaters who visit The Harbour Grille or The Electric Palm will be pretty familiar with this channel, but last weekend weContinue Reading
Holiday Island Party This Weekend!
Out in the middle of Occoquan Bay, where the Occoquan River meets the Potomac, there’s a tiny little chunk of land called Holiday Island. This weekend it will host one of the largest raft-up parties on the Potomac river. This event has been going on for the last few yearsContinue Reading
Tips from Fairfax County’s Marine Patrol
Officer Tim Judd, from the Fairfax Country Marine Patrol Unit, has been on on the river forever. He’s seen a lot of crazy stuff, and he made this video in order to help make this July 4 weekend a bit less terrifying when driving at night. Give it a look-seeContinue Reading
Good News for DC’s July 4th 2022 Fireworks!
Every year on the 4th of July, tons of boaters gather on the Potomac river between the Arlington Memorial Bridge and the 14th Street Bridge, to get a view of the fireworks show that is second to none. This year will be a little different than last year, in aContinue Reading
Belmont-a-Palooza 2022 NEXT Weekend!
Correction: Due to weather, this event has been pushed to Saturday June 18. Once a year around this time, all the fun crazy people get together for a massive raft-up called Belmont-a-Palooza at Belmont Bay, just off Mason Neck State Park. This is a yearly free-for-all where you can expectContinue Reading
The Pitfalls of Owning a Boat?
Over the weekend, someone posted on the DMV Boat Owners Group on Facebook, looking to purchase their first boat and they asked, “What are the pitfalls of owning a boat?” Now, we’ve seen a lot of answers to this question, but Richie Fekecs summed it up perfectly, and we thoughtContinue Reading