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Re: 2 last minute questions

lots of great suggestions !!
I overnight ordered the Maryland cruising guide and already started checking out some of the suggested destinations on the internet.

I like the guidance of involve them as much as possible and yes I agree and understand the ship damage over bodily damage when docking as well as slow is good.

I didn't see guidance yet on what time I need to get at mooring.docking to get a spot and whether it is really hard to get mooring/docking spots in good locations.

I think I will be preferring mooring/docking over anchoring (partly as I don't have that much anchoring experience).
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Re: 2 last minute questions

Call ahead and reserve a slip/mooring. That's the easy way to do it. Some of the marinas I just talked to said that they have been crazy busy the last week or so. Maybe that's just an attempt to get a few extra bucks out of me, I'm not sure, but either way I'd make the reservation as early as you can once you know where you want to go.
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I think I will be preferring mooring/docking over anchoring (partly as I don't have that much anchoring experience).
Maybe anchor at lunchtime so you can get more experience. You'll be awake to see how the boat behaves to wind and current. If the boat has a different anchor than what you have on your own boat, you can see how it acts differently compared to yours.
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I like Donna's suggestion of practicing at lunch time. Also look into Drag Queen if you have a smartphone. It's an app that monitors your GPS position and sounds an alarm if you move too far (you define how far "too far" is) from your anchor point.
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I like Donna's suggestion of practicing at lunch time. Also look into Drag Queen if you have a smartphone. It's an app that monitors your GPS position and sounds an alarm if you move too far (you define how far "too far" is) from your anchor point.
I've tested Drag Queen when anchored for lunch and WOW that alarm is loud!! Hot day, half napping in the cockpit after a full meal and that alarm goes off. Heart-stopping. So I guess that it works.
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(un)fortunately we are a windows phone family ... going to look for an app like that on my laptop or windows phone though.
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Re: 2 last minute questions

and found it...
AnchorAlarm on the windows phone

what kind of distance do people use for the alarm?
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Depends on your boat length and scope.
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Re: 2 last minute questions

Scope should generally be 7-10 times the depth of the water. Add to that the length of the boat. Now double that, and you start to get an idea of how much the boat (or more correctly, the GPS) can move while you're at anchor, depending on exactly where/when you set the initial GPS location.

So, if you're like me and your anchor bounces for a bit, how do you determine the warning distance you want to set? I did the following (not sure if it's right, but it worked for me):

I stood at the bow with my phone over the bow cleat and marked that spot. I'm OK with the boat swinging around on its anchor, but I want to know when the anchor moves, so I based my calculations on an assumption that the boat was going to swing through at least 180 degrees. I decided that the most the phone/GPS will possibly move is 2x the scope plus the length of the boat. I then added 10 feet in case my calculations were wrong. So, for my purposes, my 31' boat was anchored in about 15' of water, so we had 150 feet of anchor rope deployed. That meant that I set the warning distance to (150x2) + 31 + 10 = 341', which I rounded to 345.
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Re: 2 last minute questions

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2. Lots of great places around Annapolis. Buy Schellenberger's Cruising the Chesapeake and the Maryland Cruising Guide chart book. Go under the Bay Bridge and through Knapps Narrows and Kent Narrows - your kids will enjoy the bridges. I would hit Baltimore, St. Michaels, Oxford, Chestertown, Cambridge, Solomons Island, Rhode River and perhaps Galesville. Bring a dinghy, rafts, fishing poles, and crabbing gear.
going from Rock Hall to St Michaels the Kent Narrows route is much shorter than going around 22 vs 35. however looking at the map the Kent Narrows route seems pretty narrow and shallow.
My draft will be 4'6 and even under engine it looks like a passage that will really require focus for a few miles.

this seems to be a good source of info:
marinas.com/view/overview/388_Kent_Narrows_Grasonville_MD_United_States]Kent Narrows, Grasonville, Maryland, United States
but the passage doesn't seem to be trivial

feedback and guidance welcome
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