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Depth of Chesapeake City Free Docks

If the weather clears as expected, I am still hoping to cruise down to the Chesapeake Bay starting tomorrow (one day later than planned). Our first overnight stopover will be Chesapeake City. We'll anchor if we have to, but I'd prefer to tie up overnight at their free dock. I've tied up at their floating bulkhead before, but that is often filled to capacity on weekends. The city maintains additional slips just around the corner from that, and they are often vacant, partly because they're less visible to boaters who don't know about them:

39.52657,-75.811351 - Google Maps

Do any of you know the depths in those slips? The finger piers are plenty long for my 25' boat, but I need almost 4' of water at low tide. The tidal swing there looks to be about 2.5'


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Thanks for the tip about the additional slips! Enjoy the trip! What time do you expect to hit CC? I'm headed to Rock Hall tomorrow to do some little stuff on the boat and may be able to lend a hand when you dock.

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Rick you won't have any problems in the cove or at the docks. Even before they dredged, my 5ft draft only hit mud when entering or leaving. I learned later to only come in and out close to the seawall and docks. Chart 12277

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Rick you won't have any problems in the cove or at the docks. Even before they dredged, my 5ft draft only hit mud when entering or leaving. I learned later to only come in and out close to the seawall and docks. Chart 12277
Which of the slips has better/worse depth?


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Ride the current through and anchor in the Bohemia ( you don't draw much ) or the Sassafras at Betterton. Why fight the canal two days?

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Thanks for the tip about the additional slips! Enjoy the trip! What time do you expect to hit CC? I'm headed to Rock Hall tomorrow to do some little stuff on the boat and may be able to lend a hand when you dock.
Jim, it would be great to meet up. I hope to leave at 7 (against the current), hit the canal entrance by 1, and ride with the current through to Ches City by 3. However, if it's a nice day, it's possible that we would decide to keep on sailing down to Bohemia or further, so I can't guarantee. Let me do some more planning this evening and see where we might go.


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I've never seen the free slips unoccupied LOL
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Jim, it would be great to meet up. I hope to leave at 7 (against the current), hit the canal entrance by 1, and ride with the current through to Ches City by 3. However, if it's a nice day, it's possible that we would decide to keep on sailing down to Bohemia or further, so I can't guarantee. Let me do some more planning this evening and see where we might go.

Wont be much sailing on this trip till you get out of the C&D near the Bohemia and even then winds look light for the Northern Chesapeake thru Tuesday.

Looks like a long scenic motor ride of 8-10 hours.

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Wont be much sailing on this trip till you get out of the C&D near the Bohemia and even then winds look light for the Northern Chesapeake thru Tuesday.

Looks like a long scenic motor ride of 8-10 hours.

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10 mph westerlies on Saturday means we'll have very nice flatwater sailing on the Delaware River. No motor required, except maybe the first hour when we're against both current and wind in Essington. But south of Marcus Hook we should have good sail power with no need to tack.

Motoring is required in the canal, so that goes without saying, no matter what the forecast. At least it will be with the current so we can scoot through very fast.


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Last time I was in the canal I had a tailwind, so I put up my jib to give me a little boost. A USCG boat took a good look while he was passing (presumably to verify that my motor was running), but continued without stopping me.

What is the actual rule for this? I know that motor power is required. But is there a specific rule against having a sail up for supplemental power if the wind is from the right direction? I know I wasn't pulled over before, but I want to make sure it doesn't happen next time.


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