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Ok, taking it all in, but have some questions and comments. First, we did an overnight at Wye River earlier this season, so I feel like we can skip that on this trip.

Second, what can you guys tell me about Kent Narrows? I have the demo version of MacENC on this laptop with charts from NOAA and it shows 3 ft of water in the channel into the Chester above Kent Island.

Since Jeff H. recommended that route, and I know his boat draws way more than mine, can I assume that its been dredged? How skinny is the water through there?

Lastly, I'd considered the back way into St. Mikes and may reconsider it since that would allow a visit to Oxford as well. Perhaps Oxford on Day 1 then St Mikes Sun-Mon when it would be less crowded. This option would probably take Bal'more off the table since we'd probably stop in Dunn Cove on the way back out to the bay.
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Kent Narrows, see here: Kent Narrows - Local Knowledge Needed

Why go to Oxford/Choptank if its so close to HHS? (don't get me wrong, love Oxford/Choptank, Tred Avon). Theres a lot to visit on the Wye, once didn't do it justice. I would want to see some new stuff that I cant get to in a typical weekend, but that just me.

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Kent Narrows, see here: Kent Narrows - Local Knowledge Needed

Why go to Oxford/Choptank if its so close to HHS? (don't get me wrong, love Oxford/Choptank, Tred Avon). Theres a lot to visit on the Wye, once didn't do it justice. I would want to see some new stuff that I cant get to in a typical weekend, but that just me.
Well we haven't been anywhere much on this part of the bay so am just thinking of places I've been told I'd enjoy. Also since we're leaving on a weekend, it would let us visit someplace less likely to be really crowded on the weekend, then hit "Naptown" during the week.

Still a bit "a-feared" of Kent Narrows. Somehow taking a 4.5' draft wing keel through a channel marked 4', just seems to be begging for trouble.
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If in doubt about the Narrows (you would be fine I'm sure) just try to time it so you follow another with more draft. LOL
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We've looked at the "backside" option for St. Michael's, but in our opinion it's not the same as being down on the waterfront at CBMM where the action is. I think you'd end up with a different experience. Plus, we love sailing in the Eastern Bay, which is another excuse for going via the topside. But it is a fair ways around.

If you're over in the Choptank area for a visit to Oxford, another neat spot to visit is the sand spit at the entrance to La Trappe Creek. On the inside of the spit, the water drops off steeply, so you can Med moor and practically walk ashore from your boat (pull yourself along the stern anchor rode in your dinghy.) This would be a quiet, bucolic place to spend a night if you're looking for a change of pace after visiting a town or city.

Sounds like a great trip. I hope you'll let us know were you end up going and what you liked.
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We got a slip at the Sailing Emporium in Rock Hall a few weeks ago. We called ahead on our way to Rock Hall to reserve our slip. This was fortunate since they close at 5 PM and we arrived after that, but found our slip easily using directions I got over the phone. Facilities there are very nice. They have bikes that slipholders (including transients) can use for free. We did a loop through town and out Rock Hall Ave. to the point and then by the bay beach (get a map from the marina store). If you do this, stop by Durdings, a restored corner drugstore with original furnishings including a soda fountain, circa 1925. There was also a pool at the marina which was refreshing to jump in after returning from our bike ride. There is live music at both the Harbor Shack and Waterman’s Crabhouse on Rock Hall Harbor (kind of a battle of the bands across the harbor). We figured we’d stay out late dancing since the music from Waterman's was going to be easily heard at our slip anyway (it was a Friday night and both places were busy). We’ve also anchored in Swan Creek behind Rock Hall.
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Baltimore? -- Thinking I'd like to hit Bertha's and Max's Tap Room which means taking a slip.
Last Friday is a bit miserable with no wind, so decided to motor into Baltimore Inner harbor to check it out. We also stopped Fell Point and get some icecream. To our pleasant surprise, we like it a lot. There are plenty of place to dock and anchor. The City dock on Friday nite was empty. It cost only $20 for 5 hour docking , and $1.5 per foot for overnite stay (starting at 6 pm).

We plan to go back to and spend a nite there.
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If in doubt about the Narrows (you would be fine I'm sure) just try to time it so you follow another with more draft. LOL
We went trough Kent Narrows last month. I did not do any homework and have a 5' draft. I followed the Chanel markers and chart. We motored right through without any problems at a very slow speed. .

The bridge tender called out to see if we were making the crossing. I thanked him for his patience
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We go through the Narrows regualarly. We draw 4'8. Never a problem except from big Power Boaters when waiting behind us for the bridge to open revvving their engines.

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Okay with the narrows

We have also been through Kent Narrows several times this year in our Catalina 350 (4 1/2 ft wing-keel) and have had no problems. Watch the markers ahead and behind to stay in the narrow channel. We have tied up for lunch at Harrisons Crab House on the north side but have never had the guts to try any of the newer docks on the south side of the narrows...yet.

Also, as we travel with a dog, we find either anchoring in the basin behind the museum at St. Michael's or tying up at the museum dock (with membership) is especially dog friendly.

We love anchoring in Worton Creek if you make it that far north. Outside the deeper part of the creek for a breeze or deep inside for shelter. It's beautiful. The Harbor House restaurant in the creek is good but be warned that it is expensive. (A few weeks ago I choked when I learned that the 22oz domestic beer that I ordered was $11!).

All of the other suggestions are great. We sail out of Middle River and enjoy all of the stops mentioned in this post. dan
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