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You'll have a great time!
Cheap travel lifts. I doubt it. You may do better further south, away from Annapolis.
Get a good guide book. Chesapeake Bay Magazine has a good one. So is the "gunkholers guide." There are 3 books I know about small boats going around the Delmarva: "Eastern Shore, Western Wind", "Beteen 2 Bay and the Sea", and "Circumnavigating the Delmarva Peninsula - A Guide for the Shoal Draft Sailor". All are available through Alibris, though the first 2 may be out of print. I am guilty of having written the last, about 3 trips with my daughter aboard our Stiletto 27. There is also some information on my blog, listed below.
Must-sees? Many are listed in the the guides, but these are a few favorites:
* Tangier Island. Occupied since the 1600's, very isolated, interesting history. The British holed up there before sailing to Baltimore and bombarding Ft. McHenery (the Star Spangled Banner).
* St. Michels and the museum there too.
* Cape Charles. OK, nothing to special, but a nice starting point. The Cape Charles Hotel is pricey, but is a very nice restored example.
* Annapolis is crazy, but you shouldn't miss it.
You could try lifting in south, perhaps Deltaville. Go to Tangier, Solomons Island, Annapolis, St Mikes, Oxford, Solomons, Smith Island, and Deltaville. That might work. Some open water, some sheltered. We did all of that in Stiletto, so there are some similarities. None of this should present draft problems.
(when asked how he reached the starting holds on a difficult rock climbing problem that clearly favored taller climbers - he was perhaps 5'5")
"Well, I just climb up to them."
by Joe Brown, English rock climber
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