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Re: Sailing to St Mary's
I just took a look at Bluhaven Piers website and am intrigued. I didn't know they were there. We have used Point Lookout for overnights a couple of times most recently in August this year. The docks are as rough as any I have yet to come across on the Chesapeake and seem be be nearly underwater at any tide. If you go, I'd suggest asking to tie alongside the pier in lieu of dealing with a short, rickety finger pier on one of their slips.
The bath house is not horrible but nothing special either. The only bright spot is the onsite restaurant is pretty darn good (At least it seemed so to us after sailing overnight in the Governor's Cup.) In all seriousness the 3 of us all enjoyed our dinners and several of the dishes we didn't try look really good as they went by to other tables as well. Despite my rather harsh assessment PLM worked ok for our needs at the time(110V to allow a cool nights sleep, and a decent hot meal that none of us had to prepare) and I'd do the same again under the circumstances. If it were cooler, anchoring and taking the dink to dinner might be considered.
Now, as far as being able to see St Mary's City or Point Lookout from either of these marina's, I don't think its happening, unless you can somehow pre-arrange ground transportation.
St Mary's City is very easy to visit if you can anchor in Horseshoe Bend, but since you have issues that preclude anchoring overnighting here is not an option. Depending on where you are starting from it could be possible to sail to St Mary's anchor while you go see the sights, then sail back down and around to Pt Lookout or Bluhaven.
If you try Bluhaven, please post your experiences there. There are at least a couple of us that will make stops in that area a couple of times a year at least and would like to know if there is an alternative to PLM if we want a slip.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36
Last edited by PalmettoSailor; 08-28-2012 at 01:53 PM.