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Smith Is./ Chesapeake bay
Looking for advice about a sailing trip and I believe this is probable the right place. I have a 24' sloop Lapworth Trojan 1968, 6hp engine, no GPS, 4' draft. Last year was my first year sailing and I think it was a pretty successful year. My boat is docked on the Rhode river and I took it out about 70 times last year. I went from needing help pulling in and out of my slip with a motor to being able to sail into my slip single handed. In this first season of sailing I was able to navigate to Annapolis, Eastern bay, and Herring bay. These where all day trips, so I do not have much night sailing experience. A few times I have sailed at dark in the Rhode river coming in at sunset. Looking at my charts it will be approximately a 60 mile trip from the Rhode river to Smith Is. I plan on making this trip in May while I still have spring winds. Here are a few questions anything else will be great!
How long will this take (15-20knts. wind) ?
Will the currents make a big difference in travel speed?
Should I drop anchor in the Bay if we need to rest or find a river ?
Good places to eat and sleep on the Island ?
How hard is it to navigate Smith Is. channel ?
Should I go in the channel at night?
Where can I tie up ?
Do I need GPS ?