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Old 02-13-2018, 10:26 AM   #1
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I'm shopping 40ft boats and where to keep it. Bluewater used to be a regular stop years ago and am considering it for a permanent slip this summer. Alot of my concerns are based on where to keep the boat and how to get to/from it on the weekends. We all know I-64 can be a bit challenging at times . So, what's traffic like coming down Friday afternoons and returning Sunday evenings? Anywhere else a little easier to get to but still somewhat close to "everything" (we don't fish, just booze cruising, etc). I like Smithfield Station but that's a bit far up river AND on the wrong side from where I'm at (Ashland VA).
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The stretch from Williamsburg to NN has gotten better since the lane expansion project completed.

Still gets heavy at rush hours and the HRBT backs up too so you may want to get off at the Rip Rap Rd. exit.

Best advise is to avoid afternoon rush hours.
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The stretch from Williamsburg to NN has gotten better since the lane expansion project completed.

Still gets heavy at rush hours and the HRBT backs up too so you may want to get off at the Rip Rap Rd. exit.

Best advise is to avoid afternoon rush hours.
What time is "rush hour". I used to travel the DC region and rush hour up there started by 3pm.......didn't end til after 7pm

I'd be driving down fridays arriving around 6-7pm.....leaving sundays around 5-7pm most likely.
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You'll be fine leaving Richmond at those times. I'd avoid Williamsburg to Hampton from 3-6. That part of 64E is no longer a daily commute for me so maybe someone else can chime in.
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The traffic usually starts around the Busch Gardens exit and it's mainly because of the military bases getting let out at Ft Eustis. Tons of cars are entering the highway and it really slows down. Usually starts around 3.

If you're going to Bluewater that means getting off on La Salle. The HRBT back up is usually a little further past La Salle.

I thought the road construction was still going on. I avoid 64 all Friday afternoons.

You could get off in West Point or Williamsburg and head over to Gloucester Pt area and miss the 64 traffic.
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From Ashland, I'd just take U.S. 360 to Tappahannock and get on U.S. 17 South. I did this 2 weeks ago twice. It's under 2 hours from Mechanicsville (intersection of 360 and I-295) to Gloucester. Hampton would be another 45 minutes or so depending on traffic, but you'd have options that you wouldn't have using I-64.
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Have you looked at York river yacht haven? Not sure where you wish to cruise to put that puts you a 20min ride from new point
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Take a look at Urbanna. It's a pretty reasonable run from Mechanicsville and it gives you a good opening to the Bay. Nice town, Nice people.
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I'm shopping 40ft boats and where to keep it. Bluewater used to be a regular stop years ago and am considering it for a permanent slip this summer. Alot of my concerns are based on where to keep the boat and how to get to/from it on the weekends. We all know I-64 can be a bit challenging at times . So, what's traffic like coming down Friday afternoons and returning Sunday evenings? Anywhere else a little easier to get to but still somewhat close to "everything" (we don't fish, just booze cruising, etc). I like Smithfield Station but that's a bit far up river AND on the wrong side from where I'm at (Ashland VA).
Go the salt ponds in Hampton. Great location and it's before the tunnel
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Take a look at Urbanna. It's a pretty reasonable run from Mechanicsville and it gives you a good opening to the Bay. Nice town, Nice people.
I'm looking for a marina with a pool we could hang out at, and close enough to run to various places for lunch or a sandbar/hangout. Urbanna doesn't have many places in the area but is actually where my search started, largely because it's easy to drive to. We've camped at Bethpage many times which lead me to the area and am somewhat attracted to Remlik Marina because it's 63 min from my house! Considered Windmill Pt too since PPT in Middlesex Co is going to be 4 figures. (and we also have friends with a waterfront dock behind Belle Isle state park too).

We've also boated down the James to the Hampton Roads area a number of times and it just seems like there is more stuff to do down there (Hampton, Norfolk/Portsmouth, Lynnhaven)....the drive down just concerns me! To the point I thought about Smithfield Station but it seems too far by boat to make the run with any regularity and it's on the wrong side of the river for me.
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Go the salt ponds in Hampton. Great location and it's before the tunnel
Yeap, that's one I wanted to call to find out cost/availability.
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Have you looked at York river yacht haven? Not sure where you wish to cruise to put that puts you a 20min ride from new point
I visited that place for a day when a buddy kept his boat there about 12-15 years ago.......what else is in the area?
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The marina has been sold in the past few years and is supposedly better than it us ed too be. Crowne pointe is closer to the bay and new point, but doesn't have as nice of a facility. Yacht haven us as fancy as is gets in Gloucester.

Salt ponds in Hampton haven't been there in years. Have a buddy that works at Bluewater. Nice place but I don't like the surroundings.
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Arenít they just starting construction on a third lane from MM 200 east now ?

Friday afternoon and Sunday on 64 sucks. If you catch the obx traffic on Sunday afternoon it can be gridlock.
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Arenít they just starting construction on a third lane from MM 200 east now ?

Friday afternoon and Sunday on 64 sucks. If you catch the obx traffic on Sunday afternoon it can be gridlock.
They need to add 2 more lanes while they are at it!
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The traffic can be bad, but not bad enough to detour to rt 17 from 295.

Iíll take 360 to 17/ center cross to the lower Nnk when Iím Not in a rush but that would be an hour+ detour to get to Hampton. Rt 5 is a somewhat better detour to avoid traffic.

Iíve been thinking about sticking my boat in a boatel down in that area for a change from the (too) quiet NNK. But know the traffic would be a problem.
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If I wasnít crazy about fishing I would go north.... just my opinion
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I visited that place for a day when a buddy kept his boat there about 12-15 years ago.......what else is in the area?
York River Oyster Co is the restaurant at the marina. I know there's a pool there. Nice marina store. Yorktown waterfront is right across the river. Yorktown Pub, Water St Grille, Riverwalk and a couple other restaurants are all right there. Up the river there's not much. Mostly military/gov't property on the south side and rural Gloucester on the north side. New Point Comfort is a couple miles from the mouth of the river and so is the sandbar at Back River. Cape Charles is straight east of the river. Mobjack area is big with a bunch of smaller rivers off of it.

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Stay on the peninsula side so HRBT backups are not added to the equation.
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I second urbanna! i know i doesn't have a pool but the bridge marina's community is worth it. Also they are about to expand a bit so maybe they get a pool
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