Ray Walden completed a thorough survey of the Hunter 30. We completed a short-haul at Yacht Haven in Glouchester, VA. Had the few barnacles scraped and hull power-washed for inspection. The hull is well maintained along with the rest of the boat. The owner replaced the driveshaft zinc even though it had a few months left on it. The keel is a bulb/wing configuration. We learned a lot about the boat in the six hours we spent with Ray. A few items to consider:
1. Battery terminal covers are important if you like your face.
2. Any through valve should be capped if not connected.
3. House batteries circuit should have a disconnect switch.
4. Don't use ammonia based cleaning products on a boat.
5. Strategically place fire extinguishers at accesible locations.
6. Use CO/smoke detectors and fume detectors.
7. Carefully choose type of stainless steel fittings, hardware and clamps. All hardware not created equally. i.e. Automotive Parts Store hose clamps different than marine hose clamps. Tightening bolt on automotive clamp isn't SS.
I can say we searched the entire length of the Chesapeake, and after several months this is the nicest boat I could find for the money. Still looking for a marina. Powell's would dock us next to a commercial tour boat. Jackson creek is quiet but after talking with locals and looking at the charts, navigation is somewhat more daunting than Stingray. Is there a quicker way of contacting the Stingray Marina owners? We really like the marina and would be interested in a slip in E dock. I will also look at Billy Norton's marina.
Call Brent Halsey at 804-775-1807. Any time I've needed to call, I've gotten a prompt response.
There are currently slips open on almost every dock. We were on E dock a while back and the downside is you have a long walk to the pool or you have to drive. Other than that, E dock is fine and we have several friends on E. If you like your quiet, then don't get a slip on E directly across from Bubba's. You can idenify Bubba's because it appears to be a lively neon lit Bar, but is in fact a private residence. (Actually Bubba only throws a couple of big partys a year and is very good about shutting them down at a reasonable hour.) Our first slip was directly across from him and we never lost any sleep (I admit I have crashed a couple of his parties rather than try to sleep through the racket though).
In my opnion Stingray is about the nicest marina in D'ville other than FBYC, and I'm not rooted enough to invest in a Yacht Club membership at this point.
As far as navigation, you can have a straight, narrow, shallow entrance on Broad Creek or you can have a curving, narrow, shallow entrance on Jackson Creek. Each offers its own perils, though neither should be intimidating after you've done them once or twice. I will say Jackson creek will get the attention of your passengers, since you look like your gonna run right up on the beach before you turn.