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08-21-2012 09:19 AM
Re: Chesapeake at night

I'm not complainin' ...
08-21-2012 07:08 AM
Re: Chesapeake at night

Of course now, temperatures have plummeted. Go figure.
08-21-2012 05:54 AM
Re: Chesapeake at night

Swamp cooler..used in 12v. RV systems..

Evaporative Cooling (Swamp Cooler)

..surprised it works efficiently in high humidity areas such as the Chesapeake..
08-20-2012 10:37 PM
Re: Chesapeake at night

When I get back to the boat next weekend I'll shoot some photos of the Swamp Cooler. My son saw mine, built one for his powerboat the following day, said he loves it. He's cooling the cabin of a 215 Sea Ray cuddy, which is a lot smaller than the Morgan. Said it dropped the temperature much faster than he though was possible and really made life a lot more comfortable in their tiny cabin.

Even in the bay's ridiculously, high humidity, the swamp cooler did an admirable job. I'm sure the humidity inside the cabin must be a bit higher with the swamp cooler running, but the air cooler air temperature makes sleeping a lot easier. Additionally, there's the added benefit of having an LED night light, a very quiet running fan motor, and you can still use the cooler chest for its intended purpose - keeping booze cold. The power drain, according to my boat's smart meter, was 0.41 amps, which is negligible. My total cost to make the swamp cooler was under $10 - cheaper than a pack of cigarettes in New York City!


08-20-2012 07:45 PM
Re: Chesapeake at night

Yes indeed! In the Chesapeake humidity, you made a swamp cooler work? I want one!!!
08-20-2012 02:20 PM
Re: Chesapeake at night

Swamp cooler? At anchor? Do tell!
08-19-2012 07:46 PM
Re: Chesapeake at night

Just got home from 4 days of sailing, mainly in the bay's upper reaches. Two nights were spent anchored up inside Fairlee Creek, Thursday and Saturday. Thursday night was quiet, peaceful, and I had no trouble sleeping. Tried out my homemade swamp cooler for the first time - it worked like a charm. The cabin temperature was 84 when we pulled in and anchored for the evening, and the swamp cooler lowered it to 72 after just 2 hours of running, thereby making the temperature for sleeping a lot more comfortable.

Saturday night, however, the temperature wasn't a problem - it was the crazies at Jellyfish Joel's who kept the rock party going until nearly 3 a.m.. The grand finale was when someone's car alarm began sounding sometime after 3 a.m., which makes sleep nearly impossible, that is unless you are totally plastered, which was the case with the vast majority of those aboard the boats anchored there yesterday. Ironically, when I woke up this morning, of the nearly 200 boats that were jammed into Fairlee Creek yesterday, there were only about 40 to 50 remaining. Yep, all those drunks fired up their go-fast boats, runabouts and big cruisers and made their way out of the inlet to destinations unknown. Just gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling to know that when the music ends there are probably more drunks on the bay than driving on Maryland's roadways.

Bottom's up,

08-16-2012 07:29 PM
Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
If anyone is interested, I have a .gpx file with precise GPS coordinates of many of the pound nets on the Chesapeake Bay that I would freely share. You can upload the file into your GPS or chart plotter.
I'd love to get ahold of this file too. Perhaps putting it on Dropbox or someplace similar and sharing the link? I'm planning my first overnight sail to an unfamiliar part of the bay and that'd help.
08-16-2012 05:21 PM
Re: Chesapeake at night

Does twilight sailing count?

As others have mentioned, at the end of the day the breeze often seems better, and the water flatter, making for glorious sailing conditions. If I can leave work early on a weeknight, it’s even better.

Why, in the golden light of the setting sun, even the Sparrows Point steel mill looks nice.

Thanks to all you night sailors for your tips on sailing the Chesapeake after dark!
08-16-2012 04:47 PM
Re: Chesapeake at night

Originally Posted by BubbleheadMd View Post
If anyone is interested, I have a .gpx file with precise GPS coordinates of many of the pound nets on the Chesapeake Bay that I would freely share. You can upload the file into your GPS or chart plotter.
I would certainly be interested. We don't have many up this way, but there are definitely a few at the mouth of the Chester.
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