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Chesapeake depths

Second time you said this.

Not sure where you went sailing on the Chesapeake. Was your Annapolis experience your only one. The Chessy is plenty deep to sail in and once out of the rivers and creeks I never worry about depth except in obvious places . Up to 6 miles in width at the narrowest place.

This is from Pooles Island down to the mouth about 300 miles.

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Thats a good point. I have often wondered why since your season essentially ends Oct 1 for many....
I think there are only a dozen or so that have hauled from our marina so far. But, you're right, 10/1 is about all you can count on for sure. Sept is an incredible month. However, last Saturday, we saw 15 kts and upper 60 deg temps. Pretty good! This coming weekend shows one promising day, but I am probably dropping the sails this weekend. Nov 1 is the most popular haul target.

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On the other hand maybe this really is a terrible place to sail and I have blinders on ( hopefully this will keep everyone away so we can keep it to ourselves)
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p.s. I live almost within sight of Minnewaska State Park.
where my wife and I went on our first date. Indian word for Good Water, reflecting on the crystal clear lake. Beautiful place.
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Re: Chesapeake depths

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Second time you said this.

Not sure where you went sailing on the Chesapeake. Was your Annapolis experience your only one.
It was just a short sail out of Annapolis. But we were about 20 minutes out of port and still watching the depth. The skipper ran aground in what looked like to be in the center of open water. And when we took the water taxi in the evening, the pilot had to stay very clear of shore to come around the bend.

Very limited experience, yes, so my opinion should be taken with less than a grain of salt. But I still loved being there.
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20 minutes out of Annapolis means you haven't even got out of the Severn River. You went from a creek to a river. The river has shoals for sure that you have to watch. The Bay is really open water for sailboats . We rarely have to watch depths there except when we enter an estuary (river or creek). Since they flow into the Chesapeake they deposit materials at the bends as well ad the mouths where the tributaries meet the Bay. That's the shoals you were avoiding. The British and other nations brought many deep draft sailing vessels all over the Chessey and its tributaries when the nation was being discovered. Annapolis and Baltimore were deep e.nough way up to the docks. Often times in some of the smaller creeks they would need a horse team.

You never made it out to the Chesapeake in 20 minutes. Next time you visit here lete know,y wife and I will take you oipt into the Chesapeake.

In your boat search there are many good used sailboats in this area.
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The northern part of Narraagansett Bay reminds me a bit of the Chessy, in that uncomfortable depths (if not shallows) extend quite a bit from shore. For example, in the Greenwich area or just south of Quonset. In both cases, it can extend almost a mile from shore. However, in the more southern parts of the Bay, you can virtually sail right up to just about anything you can see. Channel nav aids are irrelevant. Since most of us will often sail out of the Bay, depths really become irrelevant, less you remain very near shore. In the Chessy, I've found that nav aids are always very relevant.
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Re: Sailing Capital of the........

Is 15-20 feet considered an uncomfoirtable depth to sail in ( steady depth)? Maybe it is because in your area its rocks vs mud on ours. You are right if you are looking for solid 50 ft depths, Stay away from the Chessapeake,

I give in. Annapolis is not the sailing capitol. Its a wannabe. And the Chesapeake, why its really a hot place with no wind to keep a boat. Shallow water too. Go north and sail (May 15-Oct 1). We really dont want you to sail here. Please stop coming to our abysmal boat show and taking up the time of the wannabe sailors here. I think someopne once derisivbely refered to us as " Chesapeake Lions".

We really dont need any more boats cluttering up our waters or eating our crabs. There are barely enough to go around for us so if you come here you will only drive the price of them up further.

Stay away its really a dangerous place for you and your boat.

Forget coming up the Delaware when traveling south and go directlky accross Diamond Shoals to South carolina.
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Beautiful place. I think it makes more sense to talk about a country's sail capital and in that regards Portucal, Cascais.



Cascais is not only a nice place for racing, it has a great bay protected by the predominant winds. It was a favorite place of mine when I cruised in Portugal, 30 years ago, on my traditional wooden boat. Great place, great food and great night live.

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Estoril is indeed a wonderful place... I shot the Portugese Grand Prix 5 or 6 times back in the late 80's early 90's, when the race was held in September in conjunction with the Spanish GP at Jerez the following week... It was always one of my favorite gigs, spending the week in between along the Algarve was the real treat...

Yours is a marvelous country, Paolo - I've always loved Portugal, and any of her colonies... The Azores and Maderia are definitely near the top of my list of places I hope to sail to someday...

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Is 15-20 feet considered an uncomfoirtable depth to sail in ( steady depth)?
Not at all. But single digits are. Come on man, this isn't personal. You have single digits that can extend nearly a mile from shore. We do too in some places.

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Quitter.

We are just having fun here. No offense intended, my friend. By the way, I love crab cakes, but will never pick another crab as long as I live.
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