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I'm once again considering a job in Virginia again. This time it's a bit farther from water then I would like. But I don't want to give up my Catalina 320. The job I'm looking at is in Charlottesville. Does anyone live up what way and keep at sailboat. When I asked earlier in the year when I was considering a position in Richmond a lot of people said that Deltaville was a good place to keep a boat. Any thoughts.

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Deltaville is still the place to keep your boat. But boy will it be a haul to get there from Charlottesville. Three hours?

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Sadly it's about the same distance I have to drive to get to my boat now. Not many places to sail in Iowa. And even where you can it's nothing compared to the Chesapeake.
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Jaalex, if you are fine with the drive then the Chesapeake will knock your socks off compared to Iowa sailing.

Folks have been posting about "bonus days" of sailing in October. I consider this a little silly. October is prime sailing season on the Chesapeake IMHO. No insects, doldrums or thunderstorms. Nice temps, steady winds, and tons of rockfish.

I consider someone else's claim that the Chesapeake has year round sailing season to be equally ridiculous. Jan and Feb are tough months to go sailing. But we do usually get a couple warm spells when you can take the boat out for a day sail in winter.

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I'm not sure I'm ok with the drive. But if it means giving up the boat or making the drive, well here come some more miles on the car. As for sailing in October about the only sailing we do in october is sail the boat to the lift. We've been out of the water for over a month now already.
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I'm not sure I'm ok with the drive. But if it means giving up the boat or making the drive, well here come some more miles on the car. As for sailing in October about the only sailing we do in october is sail the boat to the lift. We've been out of the water for over a month now already.
If its any help, I choose to drive to Deltaville from Northern VA which is usually about a 3.5 hour drive. I could have the boat a lot closer to me, but it would be more expensive and I prefer the less crowded sailing area with dozens and dozens of anchorages for about any length sailing trip you are up for.

So long as your schedule lets you spend a couple of days on the boat each visit I think you'll like D'ville. We go down after work on Friday and come home Sunday most weekends between April and Oct.
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At the risk of offending NautiG..its important to understand the context of my " Bonus days in October" thread posted October 25. Usually the weather when you get near the end of October can we very iffy when you work and only have weekends to sail. While there are many nice October and November days to enjoy the Chesapeake, the weather fronts are more active than in the summer, so the chances of hitting weeknds with nice sailing weather is a little less likely

I cannot wait until A) I am independently wealthy to not work, or B) I retire in 4 years so that I might enjoy the beautiful days of Sept, October and November on the Chesapeake.

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Jason,

If nothing else, you should enjoy Charlottesville, one of my favorite towns.
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Well, I must add that today was one of the best sailing days on the bay this year. Short, but sweet, with 15-20kts and a bright warm sun.

Unfortunately, next weekend will be our last chance, as we're hauling on the 3rd...
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Don't overlook Urbanna as a home port. (My dockmate comes from Harrisonburg to sail his 36 footer.)
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