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02-04-2013 06:54 PM
Re: Rock hall?

Used to cross the Swan Point Bar both north and south of the range light. My former boat drew 5'6". current boat draws 5'. At low tide with a 5'6" draft I've 'bumped' before but never went aground.

Suck it up and watch you depth gauge.
01-31-2013 03:07 PM
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I draw 5'5" and always cross the harbor from the entrance to Rock Hall Landing. Pay attention to the marks - very important. The entrance to the harbor was silted in but they dredged it last July 12 and I was there September 12 for Fall Fest.

Originally Posted by AirborneSF View Post
Kinda what I thought looking at it. You went across S.P. bar?
01-27-2013 11:23 AM
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01-27-2013 11:17 AM
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Our draft is 4' 4", when we head over to Rockhall/Swan Creek from Rock Creek off the Patapsco, I usually line up the range lights for the Brewerton Channel then just before the light tower I take a heading of about 100 so we pass North of the range light. Don't go just South of that range light however, trust me on that one (This is what I do, not suggesting anyone else do the same, not my fault if you run aground )

The only time I recall ever touching bottom crossing the bar was during a low tide with a good breeze blowing the bay South in which I should have had the sense to go around and once coming into Swan Creek during late fall and caught the bottom off Gratitude Marina.
01-27-2013 09:03 AM
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Haven't heard anything about H. Sandy changing the shoaling in the Upper Bay. We did get a lot of rain here and some high winds but not the extended wind and wave action that might change the shoaling. I think (though I don't know) that most of the shoaling here is an ongoing process not like on the Atlantic coast where a single storm can change things dramatically.

Mary Lou
Rhodes 22 Fretless
Rock Hall, MD
01-26-2013 09:23 AM
Re: Rock hall?

Originally Posted by Yamsailor View Post
After Hurricane Sandy, I would not take any chances. I would go through GC1 and GC3 at minimum.
Fwiw, I've gone through at GC3 several times since Sandy with a draft of 5'6" at low tide with no problem at all.
01-25-2013 04:06 PM
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Thanks all. I think he needs to get some current charts, I know he has Boat US, and tow ins.
01-25-2013 04:02 PM
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After Hurricane Sandy, I would not take any chances. I would go through GC1 and GC3 at minimum.
01-25-2013 03:50 PM
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Originally Posted by chucklesR View Post
I've always gone across the bar at the two yellow range marks. Never had less than 5 feet under my keel (7 feet actual).
I always go across the bar, generally a little further north; at low tide I have seen as little as 4'6". South of the range mark, Chuckles is correct, except at very low tide.

There is some very shallow water inside the harbor, mostly well marked but stay close to the marinas around the outside to be safe. Not a hazard, just something to watch.

I draw ~ 3'4"
01-25-2013 03:43 PM
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We always opt for GC3 and do not cross the bar. Whats a few extra minutes. I have seen a few people stuck on it.

There are two parts to Rock Hall,

One is Rock Hall Harbor which is 47 degrees from the R4 Nun off to the starboard. No real anchorage area. There are some nice marinas and the Watermans Restaurant there

The other area and more popular is Straight up to the R6nun to the entrance of a winding narrow channel back to Swan Creek. Just take your time and stay between the bouys as they meander.

Somewhere on the starboard side as you come in around GC11 you will see mooring for Swan Creek marina and they can be rented also.
Make sure you go all the way to the GC15 before you turn to port into the Swan Creek anchorage area and feel your way back. It is shallow, but very doable. You will find more room back further as it gets shallower and kind of stay in the middle, but you can go back a long way. We draw 4.8 and have no problem. There is a conch blowing at sunset in the anchorage

Also if you turn starboard after passing R14 there is a narrow channel back to three really nice marinas.

Somewhere on the starboard side as you come in around GC11 you will see mooring for Swan Creek marina and they can be rented also.
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