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07-19-2010 09:25 AM

The Sassafras is lovely and there are complete facilities up river. I just have to knock it for traffic. Nonstop big powerboat action on the weekends. There are 100's of slips in those marinas and the river is fairly narrow for much of it's length. It's almost 8 Nm from Georgetown to the mouth of the river. A 36 footer might not be bothered as much as I am by the distance and the chop.
07-18-2010 11:07 PM
tri413 I grew up in Newark, DE and spent most of my youth on the Sassafras, so I'm a little disappointed it didn't get more mentions. There are a plethora of facilities in Georgetown. My marina intel is a bit dated, but the river is arguably one of the most scenic on the bay. If you want to spend your nights in Baltimore or Annapolis, then you'd probably want to look further south, but a night on the hook in Turner's Creek is pretty magical.
07-18-2010 08:41 PM
Originally Posted by T37Chef View Post
Quickstep, are you at Oak Harbor now?
I'm not, but raced with the Rock Creek Racing club for many years and enjoyed many a post-race cookout at Oak Harbor where I met the owners who are fine folks.
07-18-2010 08:07 PM
T37Chef Quickstep, are you at Oak Harbor now?
07-18-2010 07:42 PM
chef2sail I am at the Maryland Yacht Club on Rock Creek on the Patapsco. It is a first class facility with 5 minute acess to the deep water of the Patapso and 1/2 hour sailing time before you are out on the Bay.

It is worth the extra 20 minute ride from Middle River as you will spend more than that to get out to sailing in the Bay and also have to deal with a plethora of powerboaters. Also the Navy Warthogs (wing stationed at Martain Airport) have been known to dump fuel leaving a small film on boats before they land at the airport which is adjacent to Middle River, Dont get me wrong its a nice place and one of our summer destinatuion. It is closer for us to keep out boat there, but we opted for the MYC>

If you need more infor feel free to PM me.

07-18-2010 07:19 PM
Quickstep192 If you're considering the Patapsco, you won't find a nicer bunch of folks than at Oak Harbor Marina in Pasadena. They also host the Rock Creek Racing club if that is of interest. It's been years, but I used to keep my boat at the Chesapeake Yachting Center on Middle River and those folks treated me like royalty and really looked after the boat. Chesapeake Yachting Center is predominantly a power boat marina which I liked because there were fewer birds.
07-18-2010 06:54 PM
Western Shore - North - Middle River

I would suggest you look at Middle River, an abundance of marinas which results in some competitive pricing. Check out Maryland Marina, lots of sailboats. On draw back can be the amount of boat traffic on the weekends and crab-pots.

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07-18-2010 03:13 PM
Thin water

The Bohemia would be very challenging for your draft. There are 3 marinas o the north shore and all would have access problems from mid to low tide. There's deeper water on the southern shore and at the 2 marinas up river by the rt213 bridge. But I believe you would still be stirring up mud or worse at anything other than high tide. Havre de Grace is the safest bet for 6'4". You'll have a 40-60 minute ride down the channel to sailing room below Turkey Point.
07-18-2010 09:02 AM
North East, MD

I went through the same dilemma, and opted for the shortest car ride, longest sail time.
My ride is short (61 miles) , but last night at Hance's Point YC I spoke to a skipper from Newark, DE - his 25 -30 mile ride made me envious.
North East is as northeast as the bay gets, an easy sail to Turkey Point, Still Pond, Worton Creek and a host of other fine anchorages. The water up here is more fresh than salt too, nice for swimming.
Bay Boat Works is a small family owned marina that takes being "green" seriously ( a very good thing in my book), is reasonably priced and ran one heck of a customer appreciation party last night. Highly recommended.
But that 6'4" draft....
Havre de Grace (pronounced "have ray da grace" around here, Port Deposit, North East, Bohemia River can all be reached pretty quickly by car driving around the top of the bay. The next place to cross is the Annapolis Bay Bridge, so depending on where you start and stop you may drive 50 miles or much more to get 5 miles across the bay.
A boston whaler at Port Deposit to get to the sailboat moored somewhere past Turkey Point. That would be nice......
07-17-2010 11:23 PM
Nice Marinas on the west side of northern Chesapeake bay


I am continuing this thread to see if there are any recomendations for the western shore of the northern Chesapeake bay. I am including my first post below with the change that I am going to be in the Aberdeen/Havre de Grace area. Thanks in advance for any input.

I am working through a relocation to the Aberdeen/Havre de Grace area, MD area. I plan on bringing my 36' sailboat with me. Given how shallow the far north end of the bay is would some of you on the forum be able to recomend a few good places to moor my boat a bit farther south where I can get out in deep(er) open water quickly when I want to daysail and that has a nice marina and adjacent town where my wife would enjoy spending the weekend when we aren't taking the boat on outings. My boat has a 6'4" draft. Thanks.
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