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scratchee 10-31-2012 09:50 AM

Rock Hall gouge?
I'm sure many here are familiar with the word "gouge." For those who aren't, it's a Navy term meaning "information." Helpful, insider-type information.

We keep our boat across the bay from Rock Hall, in Rock Creek. We're interested in doing a weekend trip to Rock Hall (me, the wife, and our two boys, 8 and 10.) Can anyone here give us the gouge on where to tie up, where to go, etc? We don't have a dinghy so we'd need to either tie up or have access to a water taxi. A temporary dock followed by sleeping at anchor would also be an option. Shower facilities would be nice but certainly not required. The focus would be dining and sight seeing.


aa3jy 10-31-2012 11:43 AM

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May I suggest the free dock-age along the harbor wall next to the Oyster man statue. Well with in walking distance to some of Rock Hall's restauants..

Life in the Slow Lane: Aug. 29 - Rock Hall, MD

scratchee 11-01-2012 08:11 PM

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Thanks aa, I'll give that a shot.

Donna_F 11-01-2012 08:28 PM

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What time of year are you going? This site will give you some restaurant information. Some are closed off-season or have extremely limited hours. Rock Hall Maryland on the Chesapeake Bay

The harbor wall that was recommended is an option but you don't want to be on it during a storm with west winds as you tie up to concrete. Should a storm be forecast, you could head into Swan Creek to anchor for the night. It isn't that far.

Rock Hall does not have a water taxi.

chef2sail 11-01-2012 10:10 PM

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Donna suggestion of Swan Creek is a good one, We go there a couple of times a year usually. If you want to be closer to the action there are mooring going in, not sure whose they are.

There are also a couple of first class mainias back in there in Haven Harbor and Osprey Point. Along the way in is Gratitude.

This section is a 1 mile walk from Haven Harbor to the town center. NOt sure if the trolly is still running or not like it does in the summer.

If you want to go to Rock Hall Central heading in where the Watermans Cafe is may be another idea

jameswilson29 11-02-2012 07:34 AM

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Cute town. I stayed at the Sailing Emporium one night this summer and enjoyed it - nice restrooms. There are free bicycles you can use to pedal into town. I had a great meal at the Harbor Shack restaurant.

aa3jy 11-02-2012 08:31 AM

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'Prudence' is the key word whether it be on the seawall, which by the way is not all concrete, in Rock Hall harbor or even Swan Creek where a prolonged NE wind can push out most of the water and one is unable to get out as it probably happened during Sandy...

swampcreek 11-03-2012 12:53 AM

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We were on the town dock for the Pirates weekend of 2011, a high wind kicked up and we proceeded to deploy every bumper and square life cushion onboard between our boat and the dock. After a few hours of battle and watching other boats suffer major damage we waited for a lull and shoved off. This past Summer we stayed at North Point Marina, it was very nice with a pool, showers, close to restaurant/bar, etc. We had a good time there.

chef2sail 11-03-2012 01:40 AM

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Might I suggest you keep a couple of 6 ft fenderboards in your lazzarette. They stow out of the way next to you fenders. I made mine in 1/2 hour out of 3X6 and they are great to deploy in a situation like that. They gey placed over your fenders between them and the dock or piling, We use them a lot when we travel to NE and the LI Sound Where the tide changes 6-9 ft and you are in a slip with a pole admiships or on a seawall or bulhead tie up.

Easy to deploy and keeps you vessel safe and sound. Used them this week in my slip with Sandy


swampcreek 11-04-2012 10:58 PM

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Yup! it's on the to do list!

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