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Oxford is great visit! (almost bought a bed and breakfast there many years ago). It has a totally different personality than STM. Be sure to stop in and see Cutts and Case boat builders while you're there. Good crab house there right on the Tred Avon, cant recall its name though? They have slips you can use while dining.
Is it the Masthead at Pier Street.?

We have eaten there a few times. It cures Donnas love for bashing crabs and cutting her fingers filling the cuts with Old Bay. Their crabcakes are for me..

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I'm doing a cruise May 18-21 out of Rock Hall, with st. Michael's as one destination. I'm reading "Cruising the Chesapeake: a gunkholer's guide" and getting a profusion of ideas. Is it worthwhile to go through Kent narrows to get there (shorter distance), or too tricky due to shoaling? Maybe I could go one way (it will be fun to sail under the Bay Bridge) and come back the other? Also, I've heard the marinas in St Michael's are expensive, any nearby marinas/anchorages that you advise?
Again..as I had posted in another Kent Narrows thread..this was the latest news concerning dredging..nothing has followed since..

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Is it the Masthead at Pier Street.?

We have eaten there a few times. It cures Donnas love for bashing crabs and cutting her fingers filling the cuts with Old Bay. Their crabcakes are for me..

Dave
I think thats it! I can sit and pick crab for hours, yum...I may have to get some thins weekend!

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I'd highly recommend going through the Narrows either coming or going just for the fun and experience of it...prior posts have provided good advice...just think about timing and logistics...not too diffcult, just follow the buoys, some restaurants/docks to stop at on both sides of the drawbridge...Enjoy!

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I also don't get why people think St. Michaels is so expensive. We have been staying there for the past 7 years, and it might be only about $0.40 a foot more than some other marinas. For us, that means maybe about an extra $15.00. Well worth it for me after being anchored, to have a nice, clean, air conditioned bathroom/shower, access to good food and shopping. Its always the highlight of our trip.
Sometimes there is live music in the little park and I like to be able to restock provisions at the Acme and get a good latte in the morning in town.

The staff at St. Michael's Marina is top notch, very friendly and helpful.
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Expensive is a relative term. All depends on how people want to spend their cruising $$. No harm in spending it on marinas. No harm in hanging on a hook and spending it elsewhere. To each their own.
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Thanks for all the info. I'll ask the charter co. if they have any more info on the Narrows. Looks like it will be a great weekend for sailing!
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Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

Right or wrong we time the Narrows to go AGAINST the tide, my opinion for this is that I can always fall off this way plus have more steering control at a slower speed. Going with the current could turn into a one way non stop disaster if you would need to turn around or stop or manuever around something, to maintain good steering you need a good amount of water flowing past the hull and rudder. That current ripping through there has to reach 4 or 5 knots at times (Never checked it out but I think thats a good guess), so to get enough water flowing for steering you'd be truck'n along at 7 - 9 knots with no effective stopping power. Also pulling over to a fuel dock is much easier going against the tide. We have an 8 HP Nissan on a 26' Macgregor.

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