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Re: Chesapeake charter early August?
One and the same. I wasn't questioning its validity, just asking Se Dawg about his own personal experience based on his pics.
I spent summers in Deale (Mason's Beach) as a kid. I know a little about sea nettles, and had my share of stings.
Your observations are welcome, too.
We found it was kinda' "ya pay's ya' money and takes yo' chances" kind of thing in the southern bay. I never got stung, but it was pure luck and there were times I didn't swim that I would have desparatey liked to.
Once after checking all around the boat carefully, and seeing no nettles I dove to check out prop once while anchored in the West Branch of the Corrotoman well up the Rappahannock. Not 5 seconds after I climbed back up on the swim platform a huge nettle streamed right past the rudder directly where I had been under the boat. I hate to think of the mayhem if he'd come along while I was scraping the prop.
Places we've taken the chance to swim despite a risk of nettles include: Carters Creek, Corrotoman, Fleets Bay, Dividing Creek, Sandy Point and Fishing/Godfrey Bay. You just have to look around and decide if the risk of a sting is worth it. Often, you can judge based on the locals. If you see folks tubing behind a powerboat they are probably locals and the concentration of nettles is probably fairly low. If there aren't any locals around you just have to base you guess on how many you've seen around that day. If nettle nets weren't so ridiculously expensive I think they'd be standard equipement for most boats on the bay.
s/v Palmetto Moon
1991 Catalina 36