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07-12-2013 09:00 AM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

the calverton museum and the wood boat shop is an
interesting place.
07-09-2013 04:01 PM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

Glad you made it back safely. And learned a couple great (hard) lessons along the way. Everyone who sails has to learn those lessons sometime. Over time, the stories will get better and better, the waves larger, the wind stronger, etc. And don't forget the sharks that were circling the boat... ;-)

It was great to meet you guys at the dock. Hopefully the first of many sailing trips! Take care and keep on learning.
07-06-2013 07:59 PM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

The Calvert Maritime Museum excels. We like bicycling about the area on our folding bikes. We've stayed at Zahnhisers, Beacon Marine, and Spring Cove, but our favorite is Solomons Harbor Marina behind the Holiday Inn- all of the best amnities.
07-06-2013 07:14 PM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

I agree with you, Chef.

The return sail trip is MUCH better! Last night, my wife and I had to prepare for the trip back home. We realized that our club boat's mainsail has a tear. We had to use the other resources; jib and motor. We went to get more gas for the 12 gallons tank. We were surprised that it was not empty. It only needed 5 gallons. IMO, the reason that engine gave out twice on the first trip is the gas flow from the tank to engine was interrupted when we were motoring against the current (3-5 foot waves).

We met a wonderful coupe who have lots of sailing experience. They are retired and they currently live in their trawler. They and we shared our scary sailing experience. They offered their support and that rebuilt my confidence in sailing. We read the marine forecast more closely and we knew that today would be much better to sail than 2 days ago.

Today, the trip back home took us 6.5 hours! The wind was blowing 7-9 mph from SW and we were sailing beam reach or broad reach along with the motor. The current was also pushing us back home. The waves were like 2 foot. Today was a real good day to sail.

I agree that I was foolish for getting ahead of myself but I learned a lot by learning the HARD way. Next time, I'll plan better and be more realistic.
07-06-2013 08:20 AM
T37Chef Sounds like not much fun, consider getting to know the boat better before taking off on a few day cruise. (the fact that you didn't know how to clean the porta potty is a pretty good indicater ) Always have an alternate plan. Sailing a boat you're not familiar with in those conditions yesterday that far was a bit foolish IMO. You put yourself and guest in an unnecessary circumstance, just something to think about next time. You want everyone to enjoy themselves.

Fortunately your ride back should be much better with the wind behind you
07-05-2013 11:42 AM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

Good morning. We are at Spring Cove Marina and its a real nice place. Their staff are very helpful. The trip we had from Herrington Bay to Solomons was HELL.

My wife and I left our home dock at around 9:30 am. The wind from south was over 10 knots all day and the waves were from 2 to 5 feet. I think it was too much for our club boat 25 hunter. We had difficult time tacking and jibing. It took us 8 hours to sail to Kenwood Beach. We were exhausted and decided to fire up the boat's motor. We used the motor for 4 hours then we ran out of gas when we passed the Little Cove Point.

Luckily we are insured with BoatUS. We called their towing service and had them tow us to finish the trip. The tow lasted 45 minutes. Hallelujah, we made the trip but we were in over our head when we planned the trip.

There were staff lend us an electrical cord because we didn't bring ours. They brought us a full 5 gallons gas can! We have a porta potty in the club boat and we couldn't figure how to take off the top half and remove the bottom from the floor. So, the staff volunteered to perform the task and showed me how to do it. He also poured out and washed out the bottom potty. Again, the Spring Cove Marina is awesome. We are very grateful that we made the trip safely and we have helpful people at the marina.

My concern is about returning to our home dock tomorrow. I will need to study the wind forecast more closely. Is there a forecast for waves? We thought about making a stop on way back so we don't have to stretch ourselves to finish the LONG return trip. What marina do you recommend to stop for a night?
07-05-2013 07:23 AM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

You got recommendations on the two best marinas in Solomon's. I hope you like Spring Cove: it's where I get all my service done. Visiting wise, the Marina museum, Stoney's and Ruddy Duck are good places, as are the ice cream shop on the boardwalk and the boardwalk itself. I really don't like the atmosphere of the Tiki Bar and don't recommend it.
07-03-2013 03:15 PM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

Spring Cove is one of our all time favorite marina's. Trevor and Liz will give you top notch service. Their son Will is fantastic as well. The Calvert Marine Museum is a great place to visit. We are going back to Spring Cove in a few weeks. We come up from Lauderdale to stay there at least once a summer. You made a great choice. I visited Zanheiszer's and had dinner in the restaurant on someone's suggestion. Worst service I've ever received. The bartender talked on her cellphone the entire time we sat there. Anyway... Spring Cove it great. Visit the Tiki Hut and ask Drew to make you a Dark and Stormy.
Have fun!
Chris D.
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Vacilando : A man, a woman, a dog, and a sailboat. Follow us as we write about hopes, dreams, love, travel, and life aboard Vacilando, our Cal 35.
07-03-2013 12:45 PM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina


It was great meeting and chatting with you briefly. You have a really nice boat. Is it a Morgan center cockpit? Anyway, my wife and I have planned for the Solomons trip and we are excited. We will leave at sunrise so we have the day to get there. Happy fourth of July.

06-28-2013 11:46 AM
Re: Solomons, MD Marina

We end up using a lot of sources - none all that reliable. Windfinder, NOAA, Wunderground are all on the usual reading list. We've actually come to trust NOAA and Wunderground mostly.

Most of the sites are calling for SSW for the fourth then high pressure moving in for the weekend, meaning light to no wind. So Solomons will be reachable, but will mean tacking down the Bay. Sunday, the return will likely be motoring unless you've got a lightair boat (we don't).

So we're planning on heading across to the Choptank for several days. We don't tend to go to marinas much. We much prefer anchoring out, swimming in the creeks, dinghying around, etc. The boat just doesn't feel right tied up to a dock. We sleep better on the hook than in a marina. Yeah - we're weird.

The Choptank does have a couple great marina type destinations - Oxford and Cambridge come to mind. Or the Eastern Bay and St Michaels. All have great eats, pools, etc.

Either way - I agree with the notion of staying out and not coming back!!

We'll be at HHN this weekend. We'll going out Sat for a bit to mess around and get some diesel, but otherwise have some projects we'll be working on. Come on over to C dock and say hello. Boat name is also Paperbird. We can swap stories (lies) and compare notes.

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