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You might search the area with Active Captain. It shows marinas and ramps etc as well as charts of rivers creeks and the Bay.
ActiveCaptain - The Interactive Cruising Guidebook - Marina Reviews, Fuel Prices, Anchorages
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McCary - I forgot about Active Captain! I think I'll be sleeping in the hurricane hole tomorrow night! Will call the Londontowne Marina tomorrow to find out ramp fee and overnight parking situation. Looks great!
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Londontowne Marina says their ramp is open 9-5. Could get there by 5 today but not sure if I'll be back by 5 tomorrow. Sandy Point Park would work, but don't think I could make it from there to Harness Creek before dark. How about Ridout or Whitehall Creek? Found those on Active Captain, just around the corner from Sandy Point. DNR website says park access is "24 hours" for Fishing and boating -- I'm assuming that means a truck and trailer sitting there for 18 hours won't raise any suspicion.
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Found those on Active Captain, just around the corner from Sandy Point. DNR website says park access is "24 hours" for Fishing and boating -- I'm assuming that means a truck and trailer sitting there for 18 hours won't raise any suspicion.
I think I would leave a note with cell number in the car just in case they wanted to contact you.
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Got to Sandy Point Park and was in the water at 7 PM. Motored out along the bridge, past the breakwater and hoisted mainsail in the last little bit of twilight. Motor was shooting steam and very hot cooling water instead of the usual lukewarm water. Current and wind both out of the south. Moving at a good pace through the water, but using crab pots as a reference, I wasn't making much headway. Didn't have any planned out spots to the North of I'd have ran for one of them. Lost my white all-around light. No masthead light. (Never really a problem on local lakes, but in a shipping channel it's a different story)

Also realized that my backlit GPS/depthfinder is barely readable at night, and the buttons don't light up at all.

And a batten was starting to work it's way out of the mainsail. (I had lost one on the Potomac earlier this year)


Decided to use whatever remaining motor I had left to get back to the sheltered cove at the park. Wasn't sure if I could drop anchor right there in the park, and while I was contemplating a marine police boat with his light show going came right through where I was thinking about anchoring. Decided to just put it on the trailer and call it a night. Thought about sleeping in the boat on the trailer (instead of driving 90 minutes home) but I didn't see anything blocking the water intake of my motor so it wouldn't be an easy fix, and I'd still have the same problem in the morning.

Tore down, went home and slept in my own bed. Woke up with a heck of a headache -- so probably best I didn't chance it. Will try again, but now that I realize how unprepared I was, I'll do a few things differently. (like launch from the marina in the same river as the anchorage, and leave bay exploration for daylight)

REALLY liked being out there at night though.
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North of Sandy Point is the Magothy. There are plenty of nice anchorages on The Magothy. Once inside the narrow entrance channel you have plenty of options. A nice anchorage is Dobbins Island (North side of the river, Latitude: 39°04.790'N - Longitude: 076°27.767'W). To the south is Deep Creek. A small crowded creek with not many anchorage spots but there is a great restaurant on the west side that offers free slips to dinner guests and the food is good.
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