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propylene glycol instead of isopropylene glycol?
We have it in every human application - tooth paste, mouth wash, skin moisturizer.
I mean any big city dump more "stuff' into water than singly boat in winter

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Thanks for all the responses.
I've been known to sail in freezing temperatures in the Midwest, and that was in November. Sounds like I would enjoy the Lower Bay most of the year.
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Sounds like I would enjoy the Lower Bay most of the year.
Tim,

Are you thinking about relocating?
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Tim,

Are you thinking about relocating?
John,
Here's the scoop. (long story)
My wife's family is from Jacksonville. My wife has always been a North Florida girl. I am from the Midwest all my life.
When we first got together, Julie fell in love with the midwest including the winters here. She loves the snow and cold having never exprinced it in her lifetime.
We visit Nothern Florida at least twice a year and every year I ask when we are going to move down there. Well her father is getting along in age and her mother is also getting up there. I think she is now getting ready to be back close to her family and give up all the wonders of a midwest winter.
I have been commited to staying in the midwest because I have two beautiful daughter here from my previous marriage. Well the girls are now 16 and 18 and the younger one will be done with high school in another year. I think my daughters would also welcome a change and the opportunity to get out of the midwest.
I do really like it here, don't get me wrong, but at the same time I think I am ready for a change.
Last week we were down for Thanksgiving and I started checking out some areas in Jacksonville including the Fruit Cove area. We liked it but Julie and I agreed, it is a very congested place to live.
I think we would enjoy sailing on the St. John's but I am also afraid we might get bored with it winthin a matter of a couple of years.
Julie suggested we look into the Frenandina area which I like the idea of, but I am not sure how I wouold get along with the 8' tide differnces. Having sailed on a lake all my life I am not sure I would like that.
Thats when I came up with the idea of the lower bay and the Virginia penninsula.
Julie travels for work and as long as we are close to a major airport we should be ok. The Bay also offers a bit of a buffer zone between me and my inlaws. We will be closer than Chicago, but still a half a days drive or so away.
To answer your question, yes we are contemplating a move.
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Thats when I came up with the idea of the lower bay and the Virginia penninsula.
Julie travels for work and as long as we are close to a major airport we should be ok. The Bay also offers a bit of a buffer zone between me and my inlaws. We will be closer than Chicago, but still a half a days drive or so away.
To answer your question, yes we are contemplating a move.
No major airports on the Virginia peninsula. Take a look at Southern Maryland- ST Marys or Calvert county. I grew up in Annapolis but moved to Southern MD it is more rural, less crowded ( both on the water and land) and the schools are good.
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No major airports on the Virginia peninsula. Take a look at Southern Maryland- ST Marys or Calvert county. I grew up in Annapolis but moved to Southern MD it is more rural, less crowded ( both on the water and land) and the schools are good.
What about Newport News-Williamsburg International?
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What about Newport News-Williamsburg International?
"International" is a bit of a stretch...

She may wind up taking a shuttle to BWI or Dulles to get out West.

I like it down there. Some of the hardware stores sell live chickens!!

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Thanks, Woulda. I think we can deal with that.
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Thanks, Woulda. I think we can deal with that.
Tim,

Interesting scenario. I only know you via Sailnet, but I think you would really enjoy sailing Chesapeake Bay. The tides here are not very significant, the bottom is soft (no hard groundings), it's all pretty much line-of sight navigation, fog is a rarity -- fairly tame compared to New England or the PacNW, for instance. And yet the cruising grounds are for all practical purposes limitless.

One caveat we've found is that summer sailing, at least in the Mid and Upper Bay, is not the greatest. It's not so much that there isn't any wind (usually a seabreeze will eventually fill in by the late afternoon even on listless days), it's more that it's so bloody hot and humid. And, due to the stinging jellyfish that are plentiful during summer, it's hard to jump in the water for a swim and a cool off.

But I am originally from New England, so my heat tolerance may be lower. In any case, we've come up with a routine where we do our annual boat haul-out during summer and just skip mid-July to mid-August entirely.

As for airport access, I understand the Norfolk area is fairly convenient and has decent service. Not the place to go if you need non-stop to Singapore, etc, but generally fine for domestic service and connections.

If you ever get out this way to poke around some (especially up closer to Annapolis) be sure to let me know and I will give you a nickel tour.
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Thanks John, I will. I appreciate the offer.
Jellyfish? Is there anywhere in the world that is the perfect cruising ground?
That is one thing we are spoiled with currently. By mid July when its hot and muggy, relief is only a short jump away. Cool fresh lake water is the best. We even bathe in it and my wife loves to wash her hair in it. Don't worry guys, we take care of this business in remote locations only.
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