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Old 10-04-2004
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Big smile for our first little cruise

Well,

I''m very pleased to have successfully done a first cruise down the Potomac from Alexandria to Matawoman Creek. I feel like I can start to earn membership in the River Rat club. Prior, I had done day sails and racing within a few miles of the marina.

My family and I motored downriver 25-30 miles to a marina/campground and had great weather just about all weekend. Motored back against about a 1 knot tidal current. Nice weather made navigation by chart, sighting buoys, and the occasional glance at a hand-held compass easy. Depth meter helped confirm where we were relative to the channel, especially the shallow upper part of the Tidal Potomac.

Although we didn''t get to do any sailing, it was great to navigate on my own in unfamiliar waters. Sure, a river is easy, but baby steps first, right? Plus, we were even able to take a shortcut through a narrow secondary channel about 1 foot deeper than our draft with CB down between Craney Island and the VA shore.

I''m raring to go on more down river adventures. Maybe by next year or so, I''ll get to the Chesapeake! Yippee!!

Allen Flanigan
Alexandria, VA
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