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October on the Bay...

I'm so bugged that I did not get to the Bay this year. (yet) Now I'm wondering, almost out of desperation! What a trip on the Bay would be like in October! Most places are closed no?
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Not at all - October is a great time for it - some of the crazy crowds are gone, the weather is cooler & the breezes are better. You might want an aux. heater for evenings but days are lovely. Depending on your interests, either plan to be in Annapolis for the boat show Oct 7-11, or plan to stay far, far away.
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October is my favorite month on the Bay. The boat show is worth going to at least once. Many of the marinas around Annapolis are still open. You can always anchor out and dinghy in to most ports. The winds are more consistent and the weather is great.
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Love the show.. been to that a few times over the years. My cabo rico 47 still showing up? I wasn't able to ck on her status last year LOL

And of course your all right about the weather, time of year and more.. I'm just bummed out because this summer was so dam hot.

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October and even early November can be two of the most awesome months on the bay. A huge percentage of the boats that would be out any given weekend Memorial Day through Labor Day completely vanish.

As for closings, you may not have as hard a time finding marina accommodations as you might think. Marinas with boat yards tend to stay fairly busy up through mid to late November doing haul outs. That said, it might be harder to find an open fuel dock or pump out or other services you'd expect during high season outside of Annapolis or Baltimore. Some of the waterfront restaurants, especially on the eastern shore, also close or cut back hours. I think the name of the game is calling ahead to make arrangements during M-F 9-5 hours.
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When it comes to heat, I always set my expectations for the amount of sailing I'll do in July and August low so I can be pleasantly surprised when we do get a nice day or even weekend.
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Why I love autumn on the Chesapeake:

Note the crowding in the anchorage ... NOT!
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Nice shot Eryka

DO30, speaking for primarily the Northern bay, you'll love it in October. We usually sail through Thanksgiving weekend and often even after. I dunno know about much the Southern bay that time of year pertaining to marinas and such, but do remember that in Reedville this past June I had to go to three different fuel docks before I found one that was open during Mid week???

Weather can be an issue on rare occasion, late last year I did get stuck in Annapolis for a couple of days, December 27th - 29th, due to Gale winds for several days and cold cold temps. Our boat isn't really set up well for that extreme so I opted to hang in Annapolis and do boat projects.
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We dont pull our boat till December 15 every other year. That should tell you what we think about fall sailing on the bay. Its the greatest.

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Fall in general and October to be specific is a great time to sail on The Bay. I just returned from 4 glorious days sailing from West River to Baltimore.

One word of caution, don't forget the 2 weeks of boat shows from about October 4th until about the 19th.
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