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04-20-2010 11:52 AM
Moving to Maryland

I know this area well (Harve De Grace) I grew up not to far from that area. It is a nice little town, and the waters there are extremely shallow at low tide. So be careful on that and get some local knowledge if you decide to go up that way. The only thing that crosses my mind is the winters and the challenges associated with dealing with that as a liveaboard. Not sure anymore where a local dinghy dock is unless you plan to stay at a marina. Harve De Grace is fairly safe, lots of police patrolling there as well. As for me, I just can't see living any place north of the Florida state line. I have this adversion to snow. Spent too many years in it. Good luck however!
04-20-2010 10:32 AM
ekenna Two notes on harve de gras. It has what is know as the flats which I have seen dry at low tide just north east. Also we called around and many of the marinas have waiting lists. There you would have about the same amount of time to get to the "open bay" as I do on the Bohemia. But on another note the northern end of the Chesapeake is a little more protected. On Sunday we had 1 to 2 foot waves and down around annaplois they were calling for 3 to 4 foot. So I was able to take a short sail and be comfortable in the 20+ gusts instead of having to fight high wind AND waves
04-15-2010 07:13 PM
eryka With 4 foot draft, you'll find your boat ideal for the Chesapeake. We spent 7 years living aboard full time in Annapolis and loved it in a boat with 4-1/2 foot draft. The town is interesting, sailor-friendly, lots to do, lots of marine services & trades. Slips are more expensive than some other places - like any other real estate, you pay for the location. 10 minutes from our slip to sailing in the Bay; lots of places for gunkholing. Shellenberger's book is a must! And if you're in town by June, check out the Chesapeake Sailnet Raftup!
04-15-2010 06:41 PM
CaptainForce We also like Rock Creek. This is a favorite spot for us!
04-15-2010 05:53 PM
chef2sail We live in the Whitemarsh/ Parkville area about 15 minutes from Aberdeen and keep our boat in Rock Creek on the Patapsco about 35 minutes away.

This a central location which you can take a days sail and get to anywhere in the northern Chesapeake ( Middle River, Sassafras River, Bohemia River, Still Pond, Worton Creek), anywhere on the Chester River (Langford Creek, Cackaway, Greys Inn Creek, Corsica Rivers) St Micheals, anywhere south (Annapolis, Severn River Magothy River, Whitehall Bay, South, West and Rhode Rivers. This means these are great weekend anchorages.

There are also days you cannot sail the Bay as it is to windy..rough, but you can cruise the Patapsco up to Inner harbor. Rock Creek means you can put your sails up 5 minutes from the dock and are never really worried about "skinny water". We are virtually on the corner of the Bay and the River so there is no extra time getting out to the Bay.

My next choice would be Middle River
04-15-2010 04:20 PM
Originally Posted by bruceyp View Post
Thanks for the info. And others please chime in. But I guess I will show my lack of knowledge by asking" what does "aythya crew" mean?
'No knowledge missing here! Aythya is the name of our ketch and we are the crew. Just a simple closing. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
04-15-2010 02:39 PM
T37Chef Um, lots of choices. If it were me, I might consider Middle River, there are lots of marinas there so it keeps the slip cost competitive and plenty of water depth. The lower salinity keeps out the jellyfish if you enjoy taking a dip once and while (Hart & Miller is a nice place to clean the bottom of your boat BTW)

On the down side; There are a lot of power boats on the river and on the weekends its gets pretty choppy, also you will find a considerable amount of crab pots at the mouth and near Hart & Millers Islands.

My Aunt and Uncle lived in Aberdeen and kept their Bristol 35.5 at Maryland Marina off Middle River and loved it there. Not much on the Bush or Gunpowder for sailboats, and its not unusual for Aberdeen Proving Grounds to close off the rivers (Bush and/or Gunpowder) when they are testing.
04-15-2010 02:36 PM
bruceyp Thanks for the info. And others please chime in. But I guess I will show my lack of knowledge by asking" what does "aythya crew" mean?
04-15-2010 02:14 PM
SVAuspicious With 4' draft you should be fine pretty far North.

I suggest that William Shellenberger's "Cruising the Chesapeake, A Gunkholer's Guide" would be a good investment. You can find the sort of places that suit your style of sailing. Unfortunately my loaner copy is out or I'd mail it too you.
04-15-2010 02:05 PM
Originally Posted by midlifesailor View Post
............... but its a looooong skinny channel to what most of us know as the Chesapeake.
Once you've enjoyed the near limitless possiblities of the wider Chessy, the area around HdG would seem pretty confining.
Midlifesailor is correct, but to be clear, the long skinny channel is five miles to the open deeper bay and none of it is "skinny" for a vessel with a 4' draft. This isolation from the rest of the bay also means that you are in low salinity water and without the troublesome jellyfish. As said, check the charts and match your location with your needs. 'take care and joy, Aythya crew
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