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05-18-2012 05:02 PM
swampcreek
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

Right or wrong we time the Narrows to go AGAINST the tide, my opinion for this is that I can always fall off this way plus have more steering control at a slower speed. Going with the current could turn into a one way non stop disaster if you would need to turn around or stop or manuever around something, to maintain good steering you need a good amount of water flowing past the hull and rudder. That current ripping through there has to reach 4 or 5 knots at times (Never checked it out but I think thats a good guess), so to get enough water flowing for steering you'd be truck'n along at 7 - 9 knots with no effective stopping power. Also pulling over to a fuel dock is much easier going against the tide. We have an 8 HP Nissan on a 26' Macgregor.
05-16-2012 12:30 PM
Eric1968
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

Thanks for all the info. I'll ask the charter co. if they have any more info on the Narrows. Looks like it will be a great weekend for sailing!
05-15-2012 05:01 PM
paperbird
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

Expensive is a relative term. All depends on how people want to spend their cruising $$. No harm in spending it on marinas. No harm in hanging on a hook and spending it elsewhere. To each their own.
05-15-2012 12:12 PM
wavedancer38
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

I also don't get why people think St. Michaels is so expensive. We have been staying there for the past 7 years, and it might be only about $0.40 a foot more than some other marinas. For us, that means maybe about an extra $15.00. Well worth it for me after being anchored, to have a nice, clean, air conditioned bathroom/shower, access to good food and shopping. Its always the highlight of our trip.
Sometimes there is live music in the little park and I like to be able to restock provisions at the Acme and get a good latte in the morning in town.

The staff at St. Michael's Marina is top notch, very friendly and helpful.
05-12-2012 10:06 AM
Heartamann
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

I'd highly recommend going through the Narrows either coming or going just for the fun and experience of it...prior posts have provided good advice...just think about timing and logistics...not too diffcult, just follow the buoys, some restaurants/docks to stop at on both sides of the drawbridge...Enjoy!

Windekind
Lippincott 30
Worton Creek
05-11-2012 10:31 PM
T37Chef
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

Quote:
Originally Posted by chef2sail View Post
Is it the Masthead at Pier Street.?

We have eaten there a few times. It cures Donnas love for bashing crabs and cutting her fingers filling the cuts with Old Bay. Their crabcakes are for me..

Dave
I think thats it! I can sit and pick crab for hours, yum...I may have to get some thins weekend!
05-11-2012 03:38 PM
aa3jy
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

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Originally Posted by Eric1968 View Post
I'm doing a cruise May 18-21 out of Rock Hall, with st. Michael's as one destination. I'm reading "Cruising the Chesapeake: a gunkholer's guide" and getting a profusion of ideas. Is it worthwhile to go through Kent narrows to get there (shorter distance), or too tricky due to shoaling? Maybe I could go one way (it will be fun to sail under the Bay Bridge) and come back the other? Also, I've heard the marinas in St Michael's are expensive, any nearby marinas/anchorages that you advise?
Again..as I had posted in another Kent Narrows thread..this was the latest news concerning dredging..nothing has followed since..

http://www.nab.usace.army.mil/Naviga...ices/12-01.pdf

Keep an eye out for the latest Local Notices to Mariners..

Local Notice to Mariners

Regards,

Clay
s/v 'Tango'
Lankford Bay Marina
05-10-2012 12:12 AM
chef2sail
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

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Oxford is great visit! (almost bought a bed and breakfast there many years ago). It has a totally different personality than STM. Be sure to stop in and see Cutts and Case boat builders while you're there. Good crab house there right on the Tred Avon, cant recall its name though? They have slips you can use while dining.
Is it the Masthead at Pier Street.?

We have eaten there a few times. It cures Donnas love for bashing crabs and cutting her fingers filling the cuts with Old Bay. Their crabcakes are for me..

Dave
05-09-2012 11:47 PM
T37Chef
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

I don't get all the hype about St Mikes being so expensive? Sure, if you stay at the Inn at Perry's Cabin or take a transient slip at one of the town marinas it gonna be $$$...but that hasn't been my experience and I have been visiting the town since I was a kid.

At least during the high season, you don't go to there if you want peace and quiet? You go there to eat out (there are/were a few great places to eat), walk the town, be around people, enjoy the maritime museum, see one of the shows such as the wooden boat show in the fall, etc...

Its a great stop to restock on supplies as the Acme is a short walk from the docks. The people at Higgins Yacht Yard/Marina are always very friendly and helpful. In fact, several years ago (prior to Windgeist) I had to purchase a starting battery from them, they were about to close, but they found one for me and charged me no more than what I would have paid at an auto store. I've purchased ice from them several times, they let me fill my water tanks and empty my trash with the purchase of a few bags of ice, how is that expensive.

Are sailors really that cheap?

Oxford is great visit! (almost bought a bed and breakfast there many years ago). It has a totally different personality than STM. Be sure to stop in and see Cutts and Case boat builders while you're there. Good crab house there right on the Tred Avon, cant recall its name though? They have slips you can use while dining.

Anyway, I don't want to go off topic anymore than I already have
05-09-2012 11:02 AM
pdqaltair
Re: Kent narrows vs. around Kent Island

a. Stay in the Wye River; it's lovely and within quick passage to St. Mikes, where you would anchor for the day only. Personally, I don't like St. Mikes enough to stay there too long.

b. I've been through the narrows many times and think it is pretty cassual (draft 3.5 feet, but I never saw less than 7 feet). The mistake too many make is crowding the bridge. Since it opens on the hour (check the sched), I always wait back about 1/2 mile where it is wider and less crowded, and then slowly move up. I've had to wait over an hour before when I just missed; it was dull, but not difficult. With the engines at idle, I marked time.

But there is no way I'm going to recomend going both ways, for the expereince (). Kidding aside, that would be a good plan, based upon the weather.
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