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Knapps Narrows channel depth?

Chesapeake Sailors,

I am going to spend a few days on the Choptank R. starting Saturday. I've never been through Knapps Narrows. Will the channel support 6'2" draft? Any recommendations within the Narrows for slip and restaurant?

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Wayne,

I went through the narrows 3 July and it was ok for my 5'6" draft. I few years back I ran aground in the western side right around red 2 and 4 but I think that ACE dregged the chanel since then. I ask the bridge tender about depth and he politely asked me to look at my charts. Watch for power boats comming west.
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I was through there last month - Knapps Narrows Marina was good for a transient slip if you need one. They have floating docks, electric, decent showers, etc. Their restaurant looked OK - We went to the one on the other side of the bridge and wont be going back.
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We went through the Narrows last year. with a draft of 5 and saw 6.5-7 most of the way. We anchored in Dun Cove on Harris Creek one of our favorite spots off of the Choptank. It is a 1/2 hour dingy ride up the creek to the "back" entrance to St Michaels.
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Thanks All,

I will try it at high tide on a weekday. Will add Dunn Cove to the week's entertainment too.

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Wayne,

Youll really like Dunn Cove. One of our most favorite spots on the Chesapeake.

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The Sweatapeake Bay defeats Virginia Dare

All - We gave up, quit, defeated, whimpering home soaked in sweat. It was as hot and humid as I can remember and not a breath of air to sail by. Nothing but three knot winds that turned on and off all day long over the course of three days. We couldn't keep a 3/4 oz spinnaker filled for more than 10 minutes at a time.

We did anchor at Grace Ck and went swimming in nettle free 88-deg water. We anchored between the Hambilton Islands in San Domingo Ck. and swam in 88- deg water also free of the pests.

Best of all we discovered Cambridge - a place we had not been predisposed to like (years of rumor). A great sailing destination and a nice little town. We dined at "Bistro Poplar" and were "wowed". I'll be interested in the two chefs opinions who frequent this forum. Also, go to "Scoops" for a breakfast burrito and a sandwich to go.



We caught 17-22-kt (apparent) winds on Tuesday (though on-the-nose) so got a good romp home on a damned lumpy Bay.

Thanks all - we will return for the Narrows and Dunn cove and more of the Tred Avon. btw a friend took his HR-43 with 6'8" of lead dragging under her belly, right through the Narrows with no problem!

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Wayne,

Sorry it was so hot and humid for your trip. Thats why we go to New England and LI Sound for 3 weeks in July...too hot here.

My wife and have actually eaten atBistro Poplar 3 times. Once by boat, twicwe by car. It is an excellent choise, I had the buffalo prime rib one time and the Dorado with limes and finger bananas the second time. Great little find of a restaurant.
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