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07-16-2007 11:12 AM
thorn In Oxford, you can tie up at the ferry dock (on the east side of the dock) for free (for I think 2 hours, but I doubt anybody checks). This is right at the east end of the Strand, in front of the Robert Morris Inn, and a good place from which to walk the town. It is fine for my 38 foot boat with a 5 foot draft. Or, anchor off the Strand beach and dinghy ashore to the beach or the ferry dock, although the holding's not great and I noticed lots of moorings have been added in this area. Then my preference by far is to anchor in Tripp Creek a couple miles up the Tred Avon -- beautiful, lots of protection if needed.
07-11-2007 09:50 PM
GlenK Yes we have ac - when the wife comes along it's a must have. Is Mear a nice marina - is it close to the town - i understand there isn't much but we wanted to walk and see the town.
07-11-2007 01:02 PM
T37Chef
Quote:
Originally Posted by GlenK
We're going to Oxford on the 20th of this month. Is the Mears Yacht Haven a good place to get a slip for the night. Is there anything better or closer to town thats nicer?
I hope you have AC on the boat if your planning on taking a slip that time time of year Otherwise I would suggest dropping the hook near the anchorage and the public beach adjacent to the Ferry Dock, before the Red 2 into Town Creek.
07-08-2007 07:44 PM
GlenK We're going to Oxford on the 20th of this month. Is the Mears Yacht Haven a good place to get a slip for the night. Is there anything better or closer to town thats nicer?
07-08-2007 06:32 PM
T37Chef Just passed through Poplar (? sp) Island from the North and Knapp's Narrows this past Friday, July 6th 2007. We stayed fairly close to all the markers with depths of 8' or more at low tide. I draw 4'2" with no problems.

PS...the Choptank was absolutely beautiful with a great sail out of the narrows into Oxford, truly extraordinary!
06-20-2007 10:40 AM
SailorMitch
Quote:
Originally Posted by thorn
I went through Knapps Narrows in early June 2007 at mid-tide, saw nothing less than 8 feet. They had just finished dredging the west (Bay) side. I also proceeded north through Poplar Island Narrows and again saw nothing less than 8 feet, usually much more.
Thorn -- Thanks for the report. I likely will be going through there the weekend of June 30-July 1 and have been wondering about whether the dredging was finished.
06-20-2007 10:16 AM
thorn
Knapps Narrows Depths

I went through Knapps Narrows in early June 2007 at mid-tide, saw nothing less than 8 feet. They had just finished dredging the west (Bay) side. I also proceeded north through Poplar Island Narrows and again saw nothing less than 8 feet, usually much more.
05-14-2007 10:00 AM
Geeman
Knapp's Narrows

RichH, as of May 2007

Stay away if possible. Only enter at high tide. The Bay side(west) is particularly shallow at low tide. Red number 4 is where the shoaling is worst. At two hours before low tide we saw boats with 4.5 feet of draft get stuck. We needed five and half of feet. no-way.
On the way in from the Choptank side, it was probably about a foot deeper. We tied up at the Marina and waited for high tide and left back out the Choptank side. High tide was about two feet deeper.
Currently, there is a dredging operation working on the Bay side. I have no idea how efffective the will be. Contact the Marina for better information.

Even the motor boats were pushing gray sand just behind their sterns.
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09-20-2006 08:08 PM
SailorMitch
Knapps and Kent have shoaling issues

Quote:
Originally Posted by foxglove
Hi SailorMitch,

I transited Knapp drawing 4 1/2 feet with no problem. Kent Narrows, on the other hand, has had shoalling and new bouys have been placed to help boaters find the best water. I met a guy who ran aground there drawing only 4' 2".

Max
Max -- Nope, my above post was about Knapps. I definitely hit bottom but plowed through it and kept on going.

I did go through Kent Narrows at the end of August and they had a temporary channel marked there because of shoaling in the main channel (Chester River side.) I saw some readings of 4-5 ft, and a few blank readings as well, but never hot bottom.

In short, in my recent experience, both have shoaling issues that people with deep draft need to be aware of. I wouldn't try either with draft much over 5 feet. YMMV of course.
09-20-2006 11:58 AM
foxglove
Maybe someone confused Knapp Narrows for Kent

Hi SailorMitch,

I transited Knapp drawing 4 1/2 feet with no problem. Kent Narrows, on the other hand, has had shoalling and new bouys have been placed to help boaters find the best water. I met a guy who ran aground there drawing only 4' 2".

Max
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