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04-22-2008 03:02 AM
flatfoot I have a lead on a couple of catalina 30s if you are interested. Good luck, I know how flustrating the search can be. Stick to your budget and you will find someting that catches your fancy. I did not catch your experience level; however there are many of us (philadelphians) who dock in the lower-upper and you may be able to get some good sailing time until you can find someting. We are currently on the middle river, bowleys. If you are interested in a catalina 30, I know of two fresh to the market, one is mid 80s the other is 89. Hope this helps and good luck.
04-12-2008 11:44 AM
alan_21_us I want to thank everyone for the input. I will be spending one Saturday going to all these places.

Now for the bad news. The boat I put the offer in may fall thru. Not my doing this time. Once again another boat owner who thinks his boat is worth more than it is. Hopefully the negotiations will go into my favor, but it does not look good. Any ideas from anyone is appreciated. It is a 34 footer. I am open from 30' to 34'

Thanks again,
Alan
04-12-2008 01:09 AM
chef2sail Fred,

I will take you up on that this summer. We usually anchor in Swan Creek, and Whorton Creek (fairlee has to many Boom Box Powerwashers in it). Have you considered comming to our sailnet rondevous in June? Check out sokme of the other chesapeake posts for more info.

Dave
04-11-2008 11:21 AM
freddy4888 Hi Chef, If you go to Tolchester, you will need to pull into a slip, the basin isn't big enough to anchor in. The marina is very sheltered, the only opening to the bay is the narrow channel. we have had storms with winds in excess of 50 knots from the northwest and there is hardly a ripple in the marina basin. You should visit sometime this summer, we have a beach bar with live bands and the sunsets are beautiful.
04-11-2008 09:01 AM
mltroy Thanks for the welcome. I've been reading the forum for a long time. Finally had a question I could answer.

In response to some of the other comments, we made the drive from Philly for about 10 years. We found that it made a huge difference in our stress levels getting off I-95 at Christiana vs taking it down to the western shore but we like rural. We used to say our blood pressure dropped as soon as we crossed the C&D. Now we say after Middletown as traffic has increased on Rt. 1 and the development in the Middletown area has put a lot more traffic on the roads. (of course, now we say that infrequently as we moved to the Rock Hall area when I retired a couple of years ago.)

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mltroy,
Welcome to Sailnet, glad to have you with us.
04-11-2008 07:19 AM
chef2sail Tolchester is right across the bay from us. Its a good location,, but we have never been in there. Is there an anchorage basin there? How is the exposure to a NW blow..it looks wide open. We want to come over and overnight there this summer as quite often it is where we take our guests on a day sail and reverse course.

People have many opinions about the drive down 95. $2 toll in Delaware and $2 toll only on way at the Susquhanna bridge with an EZ Pass communter pass. Thats not a lot of tolls. You waste more with the unsteady driving on the Eastern Shore with the price of gas approaching $4. The drive at 75 is uaually quicker or the same than getting behind a farm vehicle on the eastern Shore. And no one has mentioned to cops on the eastern shore who hide in the bushes and pounce when they drop the speed limit from 50 to 25 in a blink.

The reason we opted for our location is that there is much to do on rainy bad weather days, and there is good river sailing on blustery bay days. The other advantage is that we are in a hurricane hole and very protected from winds and tidal floods from any direction. When choosing a place to keep our boat we took that safety factor for damage to our boat as a top priority as well as the many sailing options we have where we are. While many are driving down to check their boats on big storms incurring extra milage and worry, we feel safe where we are that we are protected. When choosing a place to keep your precious investment, its safety should be a top consideration.

Every location has its advantages and disadvantages. We choose our for sailing variety, safety, many sailboaters, lots to do, lots of marine repair facilities in proximity, only a small motor before raising the sails, view, and the camradiere of the other boaters we share our club with.

Dave
04-11-2008 04:22 AM
freddy4888 I live across the river from Phila. in NJ, we keep our boat at Tolchester marina, It's a 2hr drive for us. Tolchester is nice because you are right on the bay, you clear the marina breakwall and put up your sails. We use to keep the boat in Rock Hall but got tired of all the boats coming in and out of the harbor on the weekends. I don't think you would be happy with the drive to the western shore, I95 is a real pain in the butt and the tolls will really add up in a hurry.
04-11-2008 12:33 AM
chef2sail I am at the Maryland Yacht Club at the end of the Patapsco on Rock Creek. From the club you can see the end of the Patasco (Goes to inner habor Baltimore) YOu can see across to the eastern shore of the Chesapeake. 5 minutes from the dock you are sailing. From here Annapolis is a 6 hour sail, across the bay to Rock Hall is about 5 and there are other great spots also like Whorton Creek, Chester River and of course south to St Michaels. This spot has so many places within a day you can reach as opposed to further north on the Chesapeake. Also when its to windy on the bay you can sail up the Patapsco to inner harbor. Its about 11/2 easy hour ride down 95 from Philly crossing the Key bridge in the Baltimore Area. There is better wind down in this part of the Chesapeake than up north also IMHO.

Tartan37Chef and Sailormitch are also on Rock Creek and can attest to the great location.

Check out our website. Chesapeake Bay Boating and Sailing Clubs ~ Maryland Yacht Club

Dave
04-10-2008 10:13 PM
T37SOLARE Rockhall seems to be the place to be for Philly & NJ boats on the bay.

We overnighted there last year and we were the only ones from MD, not to mention that we live in VA. All the marinas seem to be quite nice as well as allot of dining choices around the harbour and in town.

Good luck on the purchase!
04-10-2008 10:06 PM
teshannon
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Hi -T

I was there at skip jack today, but did not see your post until after I was back at work. What's it like being around all the power boaters

Alan
Hell, they never go out, probably can't afford the fuel. What did you think of Skipjack? I'm not leaving this weekend as originally plannned. It looks like I'll be around another week. If you plan on going down again let me know.
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