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BrokeSailor - The system wont allow me to reply to private messages - I have too few posts on the boards. It sounds as though we have different boats.
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Oxford would be a great Eastern Shore destination worth the trip up the Choptank. In addition, you can get to St Michaels easily from Oxford, just follow the ferry Its just about a mile walk if I remember correctly. The maritime museum in SM is very nicely done.
If I read and understood this correctly..it's more like 10 miles from the Bellvue-Oxford Ferry terminal to St. Michael's. It would be a nice ride if one had a bicycle..

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If I read and understood this correctly..it's more like 10 miles from the Bellvue-Oxford Ferry terminal to St. Michael's. It would be a nice ride if one had a bicycle..

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LOL, yea I think thats slightly more accurate ...it was many years ago, and I now recall we biked it. Ooops. A quick check of a map woulda confirmed that
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datswite, Looks pretty good to me. I don't think you'll have any trouble making solomons. Just be sure to mind the tides, as it can be ripping out of the potomac near Pt. Lookout. I deliever my boat to Solomons all the time, its close to 36 miles from st. Mary's for me. Takes anywhere from 6-8 hours depending on breeze. That's with a 25 footer and a 3.5hp outboard.
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Chart with Annapolis water taxi fare zones from $2 to $6 http://www.watermarkcruises.com/pdf/..._v9_kk2008.pdf

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No free taxi.

The Rhode is a very obtainable destination and a nice anchorage. (t37 and I spent a night there last year rafted up. Just stay clear of the well marked sunken island.

Oxford is a great suggestion and you can come through Napp Narrows the next day to save a few hours. As stated mooring balls are tough to find later in the day in Annapolis.
You have a better chance with the ones under the bridge as they have a 35 foot limit I beleive. If you have a few more days I would suggest St Micheals, Then Greys in Creek on the Chester, followed by Annapolis.

The Eastern shore anchorages are more peacefull and filled with wildlife such as hawks and bald eagles.

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Wow!! Great suggestions all around!

chef2sail - I actually considered the possibility of finding an anchorage near the mouth of the Choptank and transiting through Knapps Narrows to save some time. Studying the charts and ActiveCaptain, it looks like it might be tight depth-wise. We draw 4' 3". I guess, from your post, that this is definitely something to consider. Isn't there a drawbridge?
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Dats, join Activecaptain.com it's great! you will see charts, map, or earth with a single click. I guess I wr wr wrong about the water taxies.. could have sworn they were a few yrs ago.
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Yeah, I'm a member of Active Captain. You're right; it's fantastic. The chartplotting software PolarView is also fantastic and integrates very nicely with ActiveCaptain info. Inexpensive, too!!
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I measure it as roughly 60NM from Kinsale to Oxford. That's a long day on a larger boat. I'm not sure I'd recommend it for a smaller boat, if a relaxing time is what you're looking for.

Kinsale to Solomon's is an easy do. From Solomon's if you find you can't make Rhode River, you could anchor in Herring Bay if the weather is settled, or if not you could hit one of the Herrington Harbor Marina's or Shipwright. Anchoring in West River without going up the Rhode is also an option.

The eastern shore destinations of Oxford and St Mike's are both a good ways east of the north-south highway of the bay proper, but are certainly worthy destinations. That said, I think you'll have to choose one or the other to work into your trip if you also want to hit Annapolis. I haven't measured that one, but I'd think either would be doable from Solomon's, though it may require an intermediate anchorage on the way to Annapolis then a short day to Naptown. We got a late start after the Maritime Museum in St Mikes and stopped in South River on the way to Annapolis. There is an advantage in this as the check out time for the moorings is noon and if you arrive right before then you have your best chance to find open moorings.

In Annapolis, I prefer the lower mooring field. Yes, there are a lot of wakes until well after dark and the shoreside entertainment can be somewhat loud, but isn't that why you go to anchor in a city environment? The mooring above the bridge are no doubt quieter but why look for quiet when you've chosen a city destination? I like watching the commings and goings in Ego Alley and the mooring field. We will usually take the water taxi to Pussers for a couple of Pain Killers as a sleep aid.

It was $30 night last time I was there about 2 months ago. The water taxi was not free but is a bargain if you don't want to worry with your dink.
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