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Originally Posted by ekenna
I tried to post this before so hopefully I will remember everything I said before.
You mentioned you were a lake sailor. On the bay you need to watch out for the tide. You want to plan your travel time to be with the tide not against. Also you want to avoid the wind blowing in the opposite direction of the tide. This will cause the waves to build higher and be steeper. Also gererally the farther south you go on the bay the bigger the wave get. A steady east or west wind would be best for your trip
Also does you new boat do hull speed? Mine does not. It only does 3.5 know under motor. So I planned smaller hops.
From annapolis you can do herrington harbor north. HH North is cheaper the the posh HH south but still is fancy enough with a laundry, wifi and I think it has a West Marine in the parking lot.
From there you can probably make it to the solomons however on our trip south we pulled in into flag harbor yacht haven because by 10:30 it was 95+ and my wife looked like she was going to faint. This is a no frills marina. We spent the hottest part of the day in the air conditioned bathroom. Then cooked dinner in the picnic pavilon. Then came the highlight of the trip. After the sun went down behind the trees we walked down the road to the beech north of the marina and went hunting for sharks teeth. We found a lot and a alligator tooth. You might keep this one in mind as an emergency stop if things get rough.
From there it is a short hop to the solomons. The first night we stayed at zahniser yachting center on the right side as you go up back creek. This was cheaper and they have a gas dock and a restuarant. However the town is on the opposite side of the creek, Supposedly that will loan you a car but I did not see that until we were checking out.
Next night we spent at the more expensive marina across back creek. They also have a restuarant, laundry, will loan you bikes. West marine is a short bike ride up the main street. Or you can walk it like I did. They also have a sail loft which we needed because we had ripped our main sail coming around the point into the river,
Unless you have time to spare, I'd say Herrington is too close for a stop, being only about 17 or so NM's from Naptown. A Catalina 320 should be able to do Annapolis to HH in a morning.
Flag Harbor is a good call if you find you need a bail out point before Solomon's since its the only place I know between HH and Soloman's where you can bail out. It might be a good place to stop this time of year, since its a bit closer to Annapolis than Solomon's and its more direct access to the bay for the next day. During summer, with longer hours of daylight, Annapolis to Solomon's would be doable.
Wind against tide is never a good thing, but short of a gale your C320 will safely handle this trip regardless. Now it may be north of miserable if you have days of 20-25 knt winds stirring things up, which is not terribly uncommon. The mouth of the Potomac is the area where you are most likely to experience the famed Chesapeake chop.
As a planning help, my wife and I were easily able to make it from Point Look Out on the Potomac to HHS with a 7:30 start, arriving at 3:30. This was a delivery so it was straight motoring. A C320 should be able to about the same.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36