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Re: Question for Chesapeake Sailors

Second the Annapolis recommendation. Pick up a mooring ($30) and take the water taxi to town ($3). Other choices within reach:

- Magothy - behind Dobbins. Yes crowded, but you can swim to the sandbar. Island itself is private
- Kent Narrows - the IP should be shallow enough to make it, but watch the channel very carefully.
- ST Michaels. Again, water taxi is available. Midweek should be plenty of room.

A possible interesting loop might be Rock Hall -> Annapolis -> St Michaels -> Kent Narrows back to Rock Hall.
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Personally, I think anything beyond Annapolis is aggressive in a 24-your period for an inexperienced sailor on a new-to-him boat who has never skippered a boat alone before and who has to return said boat by a certain time the next day. Going beyond just doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room.
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Personally, I think anything beyond Annapolis is aggressive in a 24-your period for an inexperienced sailor on a new-to-him boat who has never skippered a boat alone before and who has to return said boat by a certain time the next day. Going beyond just doesn't leave a lot of wiggle room.
Yes, that is true, but based on his BlogSpot he is well qualified to make the Annapolis/St. Michaels/Rock Hall circuit.
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Re: Question for Chesapeake Sailors

Dood, IP's are tough, well-built boats, but they are heavy and go to windward like a haystack. They are poorly suited to the Chesapeake region.

My advice to you, is to widen your search pattern a bit.
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Re: Question for Chesapeake Sailors

I think his charter is mid-week, so Dobbins Island shouldn't be too crowded then, I would think.

So you could do Rock Hall -> Dobbins Island -> Annapolis -> Rock Hall.

This way you get an anchorage and cook on the boat one night, and can take the water taxi in Annapolis to a restaurant.
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Yes, that is true, but based on his BlogSpot he is well qualified to make the Annapolis/St. Michaels/Rock Hall circuit.
I was basing that on what he said here. Ignore me then.

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Dood, IP's are tough, well-built boats, but they are heavy and go to windward like a haystack. They are poorly suited to the Chesapeake region.

My advice to you, is to widen your search pattern a bit.
OK, that's funny. How does a haystack sail to windward?
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I was basing that on what he said here. Ignore me then.
I'm often guilty of the same thing.
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OK, that's funny. How does a haystack sail to windward?
A haystack can not sail to windward......I think that was his point.

There are better and worse sailing Island Packet models. The IP 27 is not one of the better sailing models.

As for Advocate 77's long term boat buying goals for South Florida, there are a bunch of choices out there, but the IP 27 would be very low on my list of recommendations, but it would still might be on the list.

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Be sure to report back to us after your charter. What you ended up doing, your thoughts of the IP 27, et cetera would be interesting to read.
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