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at 4'3", you are perfect for this area...I just mentioned the channel, because I ran aground twice in the same year leaving the (not paying attention to the turn Midlife mentions) as it "looked" like I was further towards shore than I was..

Awesome area and minutes to the bay. Again lots of hidey holes and some of the best hurricane holes (if you need them) on the east coast. Annapolis is only two days away and Norfolk less. The Atlantic is there when you feel the need.

All the best and welcome!
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I've been looking at the NOAA ENC charts. And it looks like anything around Deltaville has shallow water to deal with. I will have the wing keel at a depth of something like 4'3" So as long as I can stay in the channels it looks like I should be ok.

I've talked to StingRay point and from there website it sounds like a good place. I was talking about FishingBay Marina as I didn't realize it was separate from the FBYC. I think until I really figure out if I'm in the right spot I'm going to avoid expensive yacht clubs. I saw that StingRay Point has a Yacht Club onsite so it might be fun to join that.

I've been sailing for some time now. Most of our sailing has been on a flood control lake in Iowa. But we've also chartered in the BVi and the Greek Isles. I think that I could make it back from Annapolis to Deltaville but due to relocation and such we've been off boats for a couple years and it's that local that I'm afraid I just don't have.

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Stingray Harbour Yacht Club is the largest club in Deltaville outside FBYC as far as I'm aware, but they're a marina based club with no facilities of their own. We were members during our time down there and met a lot of great folks. I definitely understand your point on the commitment to a yacht club. That's why I never joined but you should know about them if you're going to be in the area, especially if you intend to race you will want to get to know some folks over there. SHYC, is not a racing club.

As far as D'ville having shallow water, from what I've seen, it's no worse than anywhere else on the Chesapeake and it has a plethora of qualities that endeared the area to my heart. 1. If it's blowing stink on the bay, you can turn left and go up the Rappahannock from Broad Creek, or right to sail in the Piankatank rivers. 2. There are so many good anchorages within a few hours you almost always have the option of being alone or at least not feel crowded. 3. There are very few power boats in the area, most are work boats, and they all seem far more courteous than powerboaters in my current area, even the SeaRay's. 4. Deltaville is about at the widest spot on the bay and crossing over to Onancock, you'll be out of site of land while still in relatively safe protected water.

Here's a short list of places you'll want to visit:
Off the Rappahannock River
-Carter Creek
-Corratoman River - We loved the West Branch but the East Branch has its attractons also
-Urbanna - Don't miss the Oyster Festival

North of Windmill Point
Little Bay
AntiPoison Creek
Dymer Creek
Indian Creek
Dividing Creek
Mill Creek
Great Wicomico - The anchorage behind Sandy Point is one of those post card places

Piankatank side
-Fishing Bay - One of those Must see anchorages on the Chesapeake
-Godfrey Bay

BTW, with your level of experience I think you could easily handle the delivery and it would give you a bit of that local experience over the most popular sections of the bay. A trip down south from Deltaville and you,d be comfortable taking your boat just about anywhere on the bay since you'd have at least been by most places before.
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I've stayed at Jackson creek and they were very accommodating and nice. The entrance is a challenge but you will get used to it easily.

The names you were looking at are nice but iwas curious as to what boat you were buying. By any chance is it a boat named Painkiller? If so, it's a fastidiously maintained yacht.

Good luck and happy sailing!

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I can't thank you guys enough. So far I think I'm leading towards either Stingray Point or FishingBay Marina. The nice thing that I'm seeing about Deltaville is that if I find that I really don't like one marina it would be easy to move about.

As for racing that's not a big deal for me. I'm not much into racing. I might sit off the line and take a few pictures but that's about it anymore.

I'm studying the charts for the area's trying to put together a plan to move the boat.

I'm going to need to get a good set of charts.
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I've stayed at Jackson creek and they were very accommodating and nice. The entrance is a challenge but you will get used to it easily.

The names you were looking at are nice but iwas curious as to what boat you were buying. By any chance is it a boat named Painkiller? If so, it's a fastidiously maintained yacht.

Good luck and happy sailing!

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No sorry. It's a 2001 320 currently names Sea Ya. If I was buying a boat named Painkiller I think the name would stay. I've consumed more than my fair share of painkillers in the BVI's.
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So I went down to Deltaville and visited a number of marina's. I think it's down to Dozier's and Fishing Bay Marina. I really like Dozier's, they were very nice to us and our pets. The only thing that concerns me there is that they are very exposed from the north. Though I don't know how much of an issue that really would be durning the summer.

FishingBay is nice but it seems very nice but their finger piers are very short and we would almost have to back in to the slip around a 90 degree corner of the covered docks for the slip they offered me. That or go onto their expensive floating docks. Which are very nice but expensive.

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So I went down to Deltaville and visited a number of marina's. I think it's down to Dozier's and Fishing Bay Marina. I really like Dozier's, they were very nice to us and our pets. The only thing that concerns me there is that they are very exposed from the north. Though I don't know how much of an issue that really would be durning the summer.

FishingBay is nice but it seems very nice but their finger piers are very short and we would almost have to back in to the slip around a 90 degree corner of the covered docks for the slip they offered me. That or go onto their expensive floating docks. Which are very nice but expensive.

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YouTube - Storm Surge, Deltaville Stingray Pt

YouTube - Norview 2009 Storm Surge Off of Rappahannock

As nice as Doziers is, I wouldn't want my boat there due to the exposed location. They at least have floating docks, but its far too exposed for me having seen a least a couple of storms a year like this one.
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Umm. Those are some interesting videos. But Norview is farther down the creek and they still got that kind of surge. Wouldn't everyone be affected somehow.

Also couldn't you get the same thing from the south in Fishing Bay. The wind was blowing about 10-15 out of the Southish and there was a lot of chop come in to Fishing Bay Marina. Fishing Bay's only spots for me our out on the end or the floating docks deep down inside. I would suspect those are well protected but they are expensive.

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Umm. Those are some interesting videos. But Norview is farther down the creek and they still got that kind of surge. Wouldn't everyone be affected somehow.

Also couldn't you get the same thing from the south in Fishing Bay. The wind was blowing about 10-15 out of the Southish and there was a lot of chop come in to Fishing Bay Marina. Fishing Bay's only spots for me our out on the end or the floating docks deep down inside. I would suspect those are well protected but they are expensive.

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There is at least a bit of a bend before you get to any of the other marinas on Broad Creek including Norview and the further back you are the less you need to worry about wind driven waves. It's dang near a straight shot all the way from Windmill Point to Dozier's docks.

That's among the reasons I always liked Stingray Point. There is zero fetch, so you just have wind and surge to worry about.

YMMV. We all jus' pays our money, an takes our chances.
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There is at least a bit of a bend before you get to any of the other marinas on Broad Creek including Norview and the further back you are the less you need to worry about wind driven waves. It's dang near a straight shot all the way from Windmill Point to Dozier's docks.

That's among the reasons I always liked Stingray Point. There is zero fetch, so you just have wind and surge to worry about.

YMMV. We all jus' pays our money, an takes our chances.
I don't disagree with anything you've said and I do appreciate the advice. Just having a hard time trying to figure out where I might want to park the boat. The other half really likes the floating docks and that kinda of limits the choices. She thinks one of the dog's is going to take a walk off one the smaller finger piers.

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