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Old 06-05-2009   #2
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Tangeir is more intersting, to me, than Smith island...

Originally Posted by AndrewMcG View Post
The family (wife and two kids - 4 and 5) and I plan to move our boat purchased last year from Tolchester down to Hampton (Southall Landing Marina). The boat is a well-maintained 1985 Hunter 34 that draws 4'3" of water. We are planning our summer trip from about 7-15 July. We are pretty much locked into these dates, but can extend the trip to 19 or 20 July for weather delays.

We came up with the route segments listed below and welcome comments on the route, advice, or recommended marinas. I'm trying to make the trip family-friendly and limited daily travel to 30 miles or less, and incorporated marinas with pools for the kids. We last sailed the Bay in summer 2007 (Deltaville, Reedville, Tangier Island) and my wife and I have solid, but not expert sailing experience (since 2001, charters in Croatia, Greece, and the Chesapeake Bay).

Here is our planned route:

1. Tolchester-Rock Hall
2. Rock Hall-Kent Narrows-Tilghman Island
3. Tighlman Island-Taylor's Island
4. Taylor's Island-Soloman's Island
5. Soloman's Island-Hoopersville (Honga River)
6. Hoopersville-Smith Island
7. Smith Island-Reedville
8. Reedville-Fishing Bay
9. Fishing Bay-Salt Ponds (Southall Landing)

One area I'm really interested in is weather. It sounds like winds in July are usually light and we should expect a decent amount of motoring. Thanks for the time and any expertise you can offer!
Though the owner of the Smith Island B&B lent us a 2-man kayak, which was a hit with my girl. Entering Smith Island, give all of the markers some room - the channel is away from them.

In fact, I would figure on a few longer days, in case of lay-days. I always found even long days were family-friendly if dad got up and single handed from 7am to noon. Peaceful, and I can't sleep late anyway. I prefer to get up and not-rush on my way.

And give the kid fish nets and wading shoes and keep them out of the pool! We actually keep a full salt aquarium on the boat for keeping our "finds." thin tights will keep the jelly fish off the kids.

My blog has some stuff on trips in the area - start with the oldest entries, I think. My last trip near Reedville was the delivery of my new boat... from Deltaville to Deale over Christmas break.
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