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Did you know that it is illegal to tie your boat up to a seawall in Washington, DC? We didn’t. Unfortunately for us, the police officer who almost impounded our dinghy yesterday was aware of this law.

We had been eying the park just across the channel from where we are anchored and thought that it would be a great place to work out. There is a perfect wall to tie up to which, coincidentally, had no other boats on it. Imagine that?

Just as we were nearing the end of the TRX portion of our workout session, I spied a police boat slowing down to tie up right by our dinghy. Knowing that this was not looking good for us, I dashed over and intercepted him. Luckily he was cool and let us go when I told him we would pack up and leave. I’m sure he had better things to be doing than towing some little dinghy back to his station anyway.

Look closely and you can see our boat Zero To Cruising in the background.


  1. Yes, I got that lecture 25 years ago on Hanyes Point (about 300 yards SW of of your spot, I would guess) with a Hobie 16.

  2. Rebecca…..I am sure he looked at you all pumped up and your veins popping out and said “lets not Bleep with her”………

  3. I don’t know, it might have been his easiest job of the day! Good thing you didn’t run into one of the homeland insecurity types. They might have held being Canadian against you!

  4. Going to the Eastern seaboard looks so fun. We just finished our “circumnavigation” of Vancouver Island and I am enjoying some civilization at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club (fancy schmancy).

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