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Topic Review (Newest First)
07-28-2011 11:47 AM
AnderCranster Ayup, Steve showed it to me. It's pretty cool back there. But not much of what I need right now.
07-27-2011 10:16 AM
AnderCranster Ok, yesterday we hit the following places:

- Backyard Boats
- APS
- Bacon Sails

and ate lunch at Federals, and had ice cream on Dock Street.

Lunch wasn't bad. I don't remember anyone mentioning that place, but it was fine.

Today we're going to Six Flags for the kids, then back to Annapolis on Thursday for the Naval Academy. We're not sure about Friday yet.

I bought all new sheets for the C Scow I recently bought, can't wait to get home now and replace the clotheline that's on her now Well, actually, only the main sheet looks as if it's 1/2" clothesline.... The rest is actually sailboat sheets, but they're fairly old. After I replace them I'm going to wash them and see how they turn out. If they're not too bad I can use some on the Koralle or the scow-like Snark that we have.

I looked in both APS and Bacon's for a complete set of blocks to replace the 20 yr old blocks on her now, but no luck. I'm hoping Fawcetts or West Marine have enough. I'm betting West Marine does.

I received some great advice for painting her top sides and hull at APS and am excited to see the outcome this winter. The best info I have seen for painting the spars in on this website. That's my first winter project.

Does anyone know how well a powder coated trailer holds up to salt water? I am seriously considering powder coating the trailer to match the color of the spars, which will probably be white, but I'm going to test out a few different color schemes in photoshop.

Steve at Bacon Sails lucked out! A local was trying to sell his Balboa before the people buying his house closed on it, but couldn't, so he GAVE it to Steve. It's on a trailer, has a few soft spots on the decks, and needs to have the bottom scraped, but dang, can't beat that price. Bet that guy got a free Bacon Sails t-shirt eh?

Steve gave my kids Bacon Sails t-shirts. He's a great guy, and whoever wrote that they have a lot of personality at Bacon Sails was right on the money. I'll never go to Annapolis again without stopping in and saying hi. That's where I bought my sheets too, for less than half the price I'd have paid at West Marine.

No offense to West Marine though, our local store in Flowery Branch, GA has an awesome sales team and Manager. The customer service there is great, and they carry more blocks than APS and Bacon Sails combined. Wink at our local store knows Hobie Alter and sailed on one of his prototype cat's before Hobie ever put one on the market. Anyway, their customer service is incredible there. I don't care if I only need to pick up a stainless steel bolt, I plan on being there at least an hour.

I'm telling you, one and all, if I could come up with a way to make the same amount of money as I do building websites by working on or with sailboats, in any capacity, I'd do it in a heart beat. I love what I do, there are very few people in the United States who've been online for a week or so that have NOT been to a website I have worked on. But nothing on earth compares to sailboats and sailing.

Oh, uh... except my wife and kids. (never know if she's going to start reading this forum... )

If any good PHP developers are reading this forum, I'd sure like to replace that buggy, java based, boat shopping cart system in use by so many brokers and sailboat stores... I know mySQL and SQL Server, you probably do too, so lets get together and save the planet, or at least our friendly neighborhood brokers.

Thanks again everyone for the advice. I'll probably visit Bacon Sails a couple more times before we leave the area. Hopefully Fawcetts and West Marine as well.

Happy Sailing!
07-27-2011 09:47 AM
SVAuspicious Thanks Jorgen - added your review to the spreadsheet.
07-26-2011 08:32 PM
jorgenl Dave,

No worries,

My wife and I shared a spanikopita for starter. Soggy pastry and it seemed like it had been microwaved. My wife ordered Mousaka and got a Greek salad with that - the salad was warmish (as opposed to chilled)and the Mousaka was like moose kaka ....

I had the gyro platter, not too bad but the meat was bit rubbery.

Maybe they just has bad day.

Bummer, I really enjoy eclectic little restaurants....

/Jorgen
07-26-2011 05:51 PM
SVAuspicious
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Originally Posted by jorgenl View Post
So, I went and had lunch at Parthenon today and... sorry to say would not go back. Glad I only paid lunch prices and not dinner prices.
Truly sorry my recommendation led you to a poor experience. Can you elaborate? Stars 1 - 5? What did you order? I'd like some substance to add to the Chesapeake Eats speadsheet from someone with a different experience than mine.
07-26-2011 05:22 PM
jorgenl So, I went and had lunch at Parthenon today and... sorry to say would not go back. Glad I only paid lunch prices and not dinner prices.

Cheers / Jorgen
07-25-2011 11:59 PM
AnderCranster Heheh, don't hold back, tell us how you really feel

We're WAAAAY more interested in sailing venues, stores, shops etc than we are the food. My first career was as a sous chef in northern california, so if we really need it I'll cook it.

We live 40 minutes from a land locked lake and have literally one boating store... We're _really excited_ when we've got 7 knots of wind, because it doesn't happen often.

So for us, coming to this area is like an Elvis fan visiting Graceland.

We just got back from Ocean City, MD where we stayed across the road from Seacrets in an incredible condo owned by a friend. That was a great start.

Tomorrow morning we're headed out early to Annapolis. I've got a list of rigging and deck parts that I want to buy, as well as some sheets, etc. So I plan on squeezing every bit of enjoyment out of that that I can.

I'm not sure about the rest of you, but for me there isn't much in the world that can compare to the beauty of a sailboat. Whether it's a model, a painting or the real thing. I can literally spend hours just looking at one sailboat. Getting to know its lines and appreciating every inch of it.

Ok, gotta get some sleep. Thanks again for all of the great information.
07-25-2011 07:30 PM
jorgenl
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Originally Posted by SVAuspicious View Post
Best Chinese in 25 miles is Jack's Fortune next to the Giant. .
I tried Jack's yesterday for lunch. I am not a great fan of chinese food but Jack's served some pretty OK stuff and excellent value @ $7.95 for Sechuan Beef including an egg roll, fried rice and hot & sour soup.

I will definetely try Parthenon (not open on Sundays) this week since I do like Greek tucker.

Cheers / Jorgen
07-25-2011 06:05 PM
chef2sail OMG...I have to say something. Dave and Shaun (SV Auspicious and T37chef) are spot on. Annpolis is a culinary wasteland berift of good restaurants.

Those are not Caraway seends on you rye at Chick and Ruths, but are.......cockroaches. The place is filthy. Even if the food was good (and its not) I will NEVER eat somewhere where sanitation is an afterthought.

Its sad when the best restaurant in town is a sushi/ Tappan place called Joss. Carol Creek in Eastport is not bad.

The locals know the BETTER restaurants are in Baltimore. Roys (of Maui) and Charleston ( Cindy Wolf restaurant) lead the way. 3 walking blocks from Inner Harbor is Little Italy with over 50 family owned restuarants where you can get everything from homemade meatballs and shells to upscale northern Italian cusine. Our favorites are Della Norte and LaScala. The bars and pubs in Fells Point put Annapolis to shame. I am not sure why this turned out this way, but they are the facts.

Like previously said check out the restuarants the local cruisers have placed and commented on on the list SV Auspicious has been maintaining. It is very accurate.

Dave
07-25-2011 03:22 AM
AnderCranster Thanks for the information and ideas everyone. We're looking forward to our time in the area
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