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Entering Bohemia River from the North?

I am hoping that someone can provide some local knowledge for the entrance to the Bohemia River. We're planning to cruise down there this weekend. We will be crossing the canal from Delaware into Maryland, then down Elk River to the Bohemia. Our boat draws a little under 4'.

I've heard that the Bohemia's entrance is fraught with shoals and other surprises. Most references say to enter from R14 and favor the south shore for better depths. That works great for those coming from Rock Hall, Annapolis, and other popular sailing grounds to the south. Coming from the north, that adds A LOT to the trip. It looks like I could shave up to an hour off the trip by cutting the corner, perhaps turning to southeast at R16 (or even sooner?). But, of course, running aground at the end of a 9-10 hour day would not be fun.

What are your suggestions from those who have entered Bohemia from the north?

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Re: Entering Bohemia River from the North?

Actually you can sail/motor anywhere the depth is greater that your draft. You see a lot of sailboats and motorboats going from buoy-to-buoy when there is absolutely no reason to do that.
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Actually you can sail/motor anywhere the depth is greater that your draft...
Well I realize that. But what is the depth in that area? Can the charted depths be trusted with the amount of shoaling in that area? Have Irene or Sandy caused changes since the last survey?
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Re: Entering Bohemia River from the North?

Rick I thought your boat was the swing keel model?
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Actually you can sail/motor anywhere the depth is greater that your draft. You see a lot of sailboats and motorboats going from buoy-to-buoy when there is absolutely no reason to do that.
Very useful post!
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Rick I thought your boat was the swing keel model?
The Catalina 250 is not available with a swing keel. The options are:

C250WK - wing keel, which is what I have
C250WB - water ballast, which has a centerboard and about 10" less headroom in the cabin
C250FK - fin keel, extremely rare and no longer offered (only two known specimens, one in US and one in NZ)
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Re: Entering Bohemia River from the North?

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Well I realize that. But what is the depth in that area? Can the charted depths be trusted with the amount of shoaling in that area? Have Irene or Sandy caused changes since the last survey?
I'd consult the USCG 'Notices to Mariners' for District 5 and also call the marina that your heading for local knowledge..Other than that I dont see a problem cutting corners a bit. 4 foot draft is an ideal draft for the majority of the Upper Bay.

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Re: Entering Bohemia River from the North?

There is a little bump on the port side of the entrance to the river that gets to about 4 feet at a very low tide. the next thing to watch is not to go to close in shore to the right of the marker near Hacks point as there is a spit that runs out of there. Coming into the river at low tide, just take the middle and then point tour course to a blue boat at anchor between Bohemia vista and Bobay marina........ that's me lol
If you want to stay the night in a marina, take Bohemia Bay as they charge half of what Bovista does

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Re: Entering Bohemia River from the North?

Forgot to mention, there are no rocks to bump into and it is soft bottom everywhere and not bad holding ground.
Edit only just noticed the picture. Yup you are good to go as plotted on your chart. Thats pretty much how i do it with 5'6
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Re: Entering Bohemia River from the North?

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Well I realize that. But what is the depth in that area? Can the charted depths be trusted with the amount of shoaling in that area? Have Irene or Sandy caused changes since the last survey?
Lots of us have trusted the charts for years. New shoaling tends to extend further from existing shoals; tends to increase on the inside of curves in rivers that experience moving water (tidal or gravitational) and, conversely, deeper water on the outside of river curves.
I don't have recent local knowledge there, however, hopefully you'll get answers from local sailors there. I used to hit bottom lots of times going up Swan Creek to Spring Cove, even though I stayed in the marked channel.
When in doubt, use the cautious approach.
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