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Thanks for the great pointers everybody. As I expected the members here are a wealth of information!

SVAuspicious- Thanks for the thoughts and hooking up with you for a direct sail across is very tempting, but I think I want to take my time and ease up the coast in short hops this time. I am using this trip as a 'decompression' trip between work and returning to school in January (need time on the boat to convince myself once again that I am not too old to be in school). I am hoping that my kids, brothers, sisters, in-laws, friends, etc. will join for a day or two at different points along the way. I suspect that I will have a boat full in the Keys and Bahamas and be alone north of Georgia :-)
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Thumbs up I think you will love Piney Narrows

Hello Silvio. We kept our vessel at Piney Narrows for about 4-5 years. You will find the slips are aged but the facilities offer an easy to enjoy atmosphere. The heads are heated and air conditioned and it offers a room to one's self. You are assigned a parking space so you can always get heavy items to and from the car to the boat with ease.

You will find that there are slip owners who will rent their slips on their own and then there are slips available from the rental office. We did both, starting out with a rental office slip, then over a season seeing a slip for rent via an owner. We found the manager and the slip owner to be wonderful folks. There were some folks who keep their vessels there that may not be as pleasant but that is another story. Certainly more keepers then stinkers, if you know what I mean.

There is a pool, frequented by young parents holding babies in diapers. That kind of turned me off. The veranda on the office facility has a great view of the Narrows. One can sit there and watch the world go by. Red Eye's Dock across the water usually has a band on summer weekends. Also you will be able to watch the July 4th fireworks from your boat. The harbor is very protected but there is some noise off Rt. 50 if there is a South wind. You will want to avoid 50 (Bay Bridge) either traveling East on Friday afternoon or evening due to warm weather, beach traffic. Then Sunday PM has the reverse so you will want to avoid traveling 50 W during that time.

There are wonderful bike trails on the island and you can easily get to the library via bike on the trail. There are also loads of choices for eating out. Again, no car is needed as you can walk, dinghy or bicycle for many places for a meal or an ice cream cone. The favorite grocery would be the Safeway and there are a number of good locations for alcohol/wine/beer close by.

We loved that area. Kent Narrows does have some shoaling issues that can build over the Winter in the North Channel. We had hoped to be at Piney Narrows but did not find a suitable slip for this season. We will plan to be up on the Chester River so maybe we can meet in person some time.

Good luck in your travels,


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