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Lake Anna marina gives new life to Pleasants Landing

Posted on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at 5:00 am

John Pettit (at right) and his son John Jr. are the owners of The Dry Dock at Pleasants Landing, a new marina business at Lake Anna’s eastern end.

A new tenant promises to bring fresh energy to Pleasants Landing at Lake Anna’s eastern end.

John Pettit and his son, John Jr., have opened The Dry Dock at Pleasants Landing in the marina building. The business will offer many of the services available now at other lake marinas, including boat sales and repairs and fuel sales. The Pettits’ first order of business is boat winterization, given the time of year.

The younger Pettit spent the past eight years at Sturgeon Creek Marina, most recently as service manager, and he and his father intend to compete with established marinas on the Spotsylvania side of the lake.

“Johnny and I had been talking for years about opening up something together out here – but we just never found the perfect space,” Pettit said.

While Pettit Jr. has experience working on boats, he and his father have also worked together building and selling hot rods for John Pettit Race Cars in Bunker Hill, West Virginia.

Though Pleasants Landing has a disadvantage in being slightly off the beaten track, Pettit said he has built that element into his business model.

“A lot of folks will have an easier time getting to the marinas close to Route 208 [Courthouse Road], so we’re going to offer the best prices on the lake,” he said.

This is a partial article. read the full story in The Central Virginian’s Nov. 29, 2018 issue.

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