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Bumper Boats in Annapolis

Hi,
We went to Annapolis for the fireworks. As could have been predicted, there was not a slip or mooring to be had...and we got there around 2pm. We kinda figured that would happen, so we weren't surprised. So we ended up anchoring out, and yes, it was choppy. Lots and lots of boats, as can be imagined.

Trouble started when the power boats showed up after 6pm or so. They seemed not be able to anchor. One boat drifted and ran into another small power boat, and then a sailboat. The poor man in the sailboat had to hang off his bowsprit to shove the boat off his, only to get the anchor lines tangled.

That power boat tried another two times, hitting other boats each time. He seemed not to know he was dragging. He did finally get the anchor to catch. Unfortunately, a larger power boat then caught his anchor line. But this larger boat did not know it, and started to motor away, as he "towed" the smaller boat away.

All this was just in the area around our own boat. I am sure other chaos was happening. So, glad we went, but would not do it again! Even the water taxi almost hit another boat!
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

I hate to make light of this - but
We learned long ago to NEVER try and watch the fireworks without getting there early. We were safe on a mooring by 1300 Wednesday. I did run through the fleet in my dinghy to find friends anchored out and had to dodge about 6 unlit kayacks and one black hulled steel small freighter/suplly boat thing with no lights
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

I agonized over whether to anchor off of Annapolis for the show. In the end, I wussed out and it seems that it was the right decision.
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

Not surprisingly, the holidays really bring out all the Neanderthals!

It is not just exclusive of power boaters, although they seem to be the worse offenders. Sunday I observed a Captain trying to put his Passport 44 into the slip in 10-15 knot winds creating a lot of havoc around the basin. He claimed a fouled prop, well then ask for some help or consider another place to tie up for the night. But moreover he seemed to just not understand how to approach his slip. No lines out, in this case a spring line would have assisted him in a pivot around a piling or at least it would have stopped him from crashing into several others. Although it seemed there was little or no damage to anyone else's boat. While I understand we all have a bad day once and while, and feel for the guy because it is really embarrassing when it happens, maybe some better decisions could have been made prior to attempting to dock.

As for those PB idiots in Annapolis, I don't get the need for everyone to head to these places to see just one show when you could choose a spot where much more could be observed It's just not worth the risk for me anymore. I doubt I will ever try to see fireworks from a boat in a place like Annapolis unless I'm in a marina or ashore...too many knuckleheads! It gets even worse once the shows are over and the world is heading back in the dark, probably after consuming some beverage of choice.

I wont disclose publicly anymore our spot where you can see multiple shows all weekend It was awesome!
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

Annapolis is fanastic on the 4th - *IF* you get there early enough to have a mooring and are not trying to go anyplace that night.
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

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Not surprising, the holidays really bring out all the Neanderthals!

Our spot I wont disclose anymore public ally anymore, where you can see multiple shows all weekend It was awesome!
Yep! The same reason(s) I don't disclose my location(s) on major holiday weekends..

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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

I am with Shawn ( I know your spot too )/ We also like to watch multiple fireworks and usually choose a spot to do so far from the maddening crowd and idiot boaters.

We have toured the Upper/ Middle Chesapeake and seen fireworks many places. Rock Hall, St Michaels, Eastern Shore, Annapolis, Middle River and Baltimore.

Baltimore's is in a class above all the others and surpassed only by the one in Washington DC.

Annapolis is no better than the others with the exception of all the crazies and to be in Annapolis. I guess that's the spectacle itself and the happening. The safest place to watch there is on the grounds of the Naval Academy near the seawall. If I ever go back to watch the Annapolis ones I would go to Whitehall Bay.
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

I foolishly accepted an offer to go see the fireworks one July 4th on a friend's power boat. Little did I know she had never operated the boat before, or any boat, for that matter.

We managed just fine until we tried to get back in the dark, surrounded by a hundred other power boats making for home. She did not know right of way rules, or how to navigate at night. We took so much water from passing wakes that several times I thought we might go under. We narrowly escaped being stuck out all night, lost on the lake -- no GPS -- someone else on the boat spotted a landmark that indicated our turn home, which she was just about to fly past in the dark.

I watched this year from my boat in the slip. If I ever sail on the 4th, I'll make sure to be somewhere safe when the powerboaters head for home.
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

Did the Annapolis by boat evening. Had a large Hatteras anchor too close. Saw a guy trying to SAIL a Hunter 40 to a spot to anchor in the middle of the fleet, a PB drifting through the fleet with his outboard running as the show was underway. The short motor back to Chesapeake Harbour was tense. WOuld go the mooring route if I do it again.
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Re: Bumper Boats in Annapolis

We saw more unique, odd, interesting, and scary boats in a few hours than you could normally see in a year. There was a real live paddlewheeler, a barge fitted out with party tents and tables, kayackers of every type ranging from lit up like a christmas tree to stealth mode, paddle boarders with those LED headlamps from the camping store, and a big steel freight boat painted pitch black with no lights


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I am with Shawn ( I know your spot too )/ We also like to watch multiple fireworks and usually choose a spot to do so far from the maddening crowd and idiot boaters.

We have toured the Upper/ Middle Chesapeake and seen fireworks many places. Rock Hall, St Michaels, Eastern Shore, Annapolis, Middle River and Baltimore.

Baltimore's is in a class above all the others and surpassed only by the one in Washington DC.

Annapolis is no better than the others with the exception of all the crazies and to be in Annapolis. I guess that's the spectacle itself and the happening. The safest place to watch there is on the grounds of the Naval Academy near the seawall. If I ever go back to watch the Annapolis ones I would go to Whitehall Bay.
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