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Old 07-20-2010
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you will find that most of the annapolis area marinas are equipped with bubblers, and for the liveaboards - they usually get together to get water in the off season and are in general a really good group.

Downside to the Annapolis it is pricey, and if you get behind a bridge there can be a wait saturday morning while everyone gets out to the bay. When the Navy has a game things stand still for people and traffic...we used to visit other parts of the state/bay/etc on those may enjoy it.

Upside to the area...most anything you want related to the boat or lifestyle can be had within a very short time or trip. Food is excellent and tons of choices for it. Smaller marinas down on the Rhode River, Galesville and the like can be bargains, and some have better options for the drive to DC..

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Bubblers are to protect the pilings from ice jacking. Ice simply isn't an issue on any boat that isn't wall-sided. Further a full-time liveaboard boat, even will insulated, will leak enough heat to keep ice from forming up against the hull. My experience: winter '06 - Sweden, winter '07 - Washington DC, winter '08 & '09 - Annapolis MD, winter '10 - Bahamas (*grin*). Seriously ice isn't a structural problem for boats, although it does limit one's ability to go sailing.

Not every marina in and around Annapolis allows liveaboards. You'll also find a huge range of prices. Places I know of that allow liveaboards include Jabins, ALM, Port Annapolis, ACM, and Herrington Harbor. I'm sure there are others.
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Good to know about the "traffic" and wait times behind the bridge. Annapolis seems to be a very pretty part of the country, albeit pricey. Also, thanks for the insight on the lower prices down around Rhode River and Galesville.

@S/V Auspicious - You are living my dream...wintering in the Bahamas. I'd love to hear more about it sometime, perhaps I can buy you a couple of cold ones next time you are around this part of the world!
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