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Forum: Chesapeake Bay   06-10-2015
Replies: 278
Views: 15,211
Posted By 4arch
Re: 2015 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We've basically all but given up. Unfortunately avoiding Kent puts the Wye beyond what we consider reasonable weekend overnighting range but for us it's OK to save it for longer cruises when we have...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   05-26-2015
Replies: 113
Views: 4,429
Posted By 4arch
Re: Poll: Baltimore as a Destination

I don't disagree but I also don't get why Baltimore is painted with a broad brush while people are more willing with almost any other large city to make distinctions between areas and neighborhoods....
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   05-26-2015
Replies: 113
Views: 4,429
Posted By 4arch
Re: Poll: Baltimore as a Destination

If you plot the 2015 murders to date out on a map (as you can do here Baltimore Homicides - baltimoresun.com (http://data.baltimoresun.com/bing-maps/homicides/)) you’ll find that not one of them is...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   05-11-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 2,362
Posted By 4arch
Re: Bad Survey - Sue for Return of Deposit?

If nothing else, this is a reminder of how important it is to look at a boat with both your heart and head. Boat shoppers are always well served to show up to see a boat with a notepad and camera in...
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast   04-24-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 397
Posted By 4arch
Re: Spring boat show - don't waste your time

It’s now possible to fill up pretty much every weekend between March and October with boat shows, seminars, classes, rally prep courses, and/or owners’ group rendezvous. Almost all of these events...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-22-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 675
Posted By 4arch
Re: Indy Canvas Charleston, SC Unprofessional Unresponsive

I've purchased mail order canvas goods from the Sailboatowners.com store (http://shop.sailboatowners.com/index.php) and have been very pleased. Would recommend taking a look. They have a lot of...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-18-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By 4arch
Re: YETI Cooler worth it?

Another alternative to consider is the Coleman "Marine Extreme" cooler. It gets very good reviews, sells for under $100, and some people even say it performs as well or better than the Yeti. I don't...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   04-17-2015
Replies: 12
Views: 1,453
Posted By 4arch
Re: YETI Cooler worth it?

Unless the boat has no electrical and/or charging system, I'd be more inclined to go with a portable refrigeration unit like an Engel or Dometic. With very low amp draw it will make ice and even keep...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   04-16-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 440
Posted By 4arch
Re: Chartering out of Rock Hall... a few questions.

Castle Harbor and Mears have awesome pools and both have restaurants on site. Haven't been to Mears in ages but stayed at Castle a couple years ago and staff were friendly and they had free coffee...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   04-16-2015
Replies: 9
Views: 440
Posted By 4arch
Re: Chartering out of Rock Hall... a few questions.

I’m not sure why you’d go through the Narrows to get from Rock Hall to Annapolis unless you planned to stop in the Wye or St. Michaels (which I would recommend). You can nearly sail a straight rhumb...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   04-13-2015
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By 4arch
Re: Crew - Airport - Chesapeake Bay Destinations

Baltimore Inner Harbor Marina and also the Baltimore City Dockmaster's pier at the Inner Harbor are both walkable from the light rail.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   04-06-2015
Replies: 15
Views: 1,356
Posted By 4arch
Re: SAIL Snowbird Rally 2015- Now less for more

Other critiques of this event aside, 10/24 seems a bit late to depart Hampton. For ostensibly being geared toward ICW newbies, one would think an earlier departure would allow more time to beat the...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   03-29-2015
Replies: 3
Views: 1,154
Posted By 4arch
Re: Observations From the 'Field'

Graham,

Thanks for posting this information. We're planning to head south this fall and have made some similar outfitting choices - with the exception of the watermaker.

I'm still struggling...
Forum: Electronics   03-19-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,669
Posted By 4arch
Re: New AIS Rule

Given how hard it has been to convince the boating public of the benefit of running two wires between their DSC VHF radio and GPS unit, I'm not overly optimistic that those same boaters are going to...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   03-17-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,494
Posted By 4arch
Re: Lippincott Question

This site (http://lippincott30.com/) is the closest thing there is.
Forum: Electronics   03-16-2015
Replies: 31
Views: 1,669
Posted By 4arch
Re: New AIS Rule

Hopefully this will mean AIS transponders will become less expensive. Class B units seem to have hit a floor of about $500 a few years ago that has been slow to be broken.
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-15-2015
Replies: 20
Views: 2,126
Posted By 4arch
Re: Living aboard in the Florida Keys...

Thanks for sharing this Gary. We tend on this forum to get so carried away discussing gear, maintenance, and the things that go wrong with boats that it’s easy to lose sight of why we sail.

If...
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast   03-14-2015
Replies: 187
Views: 8,449
Posted By 4arch
Re: Cambridge MD Sailnet Rendezvous July 25-26

Sounds like a great idea to me!
Forum: Chesapeake / Central US east coast   03-14-2015
Replies: 187
Views: 8,449
Posted By 4arch
Re: Cambridge MD Sailnet Rendezvous July 25-26

Considering Cambridge is 15 miles upriver from the mouth of the Choptank, 40 miles from Annapolis, and 60 from Baltimore, it's really not a convenient location for anyone who doesn't already keep...
Forum: Electronics   03-11-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 862
Posted By 4arch
Re: Internet at Sea - Sky Mate I1000

It might be good to confirm Sky Mate still exists and is still accepting new subscriptions. As miata noted, a good deal of the information on their site is severely out of date.

Their service...
Forum: Electronics   03-11-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 862
Posted By 4arch
Re: Internet at Sea - Sky Mate I1000

Even though HF radio doesn’t come with recurring service charges, it still carries an extremely high equipment cost that can be hard to justify in many situations. An SSB, antenna tuner, Pactor...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   03-11-2015
Replies: 113
Views: 4,429
Posted By 4arch
Re: Poll: Baltimore as a Destination

In the first account the perpetrators were almost certainly drunk and I see no reason this couldn’t just as easily have happened at Annapolis, Rock Hall, Kent Narrows, St. Michaels, Solomons, or any...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   03-07-2015
Replies: 17
Views: 1,458
Posted By 4arch
Re: One-day sale on WestMarine paints

On my old boat I ended up alternating between Pettit SR-40 and PCA Gold based on whichever was cheaper when I went to purchase it. Sometimes the name brand paint would actually be cheaper on sale...
Forum: Boat Review and Purchase Forum   02-28-2015
Replies: 11
Views: 1,494
Posted By 4arch
Re: Lippincott Question

Wicked - I'm a former L30 owner and agree it's a great boat! Bought and sold mine from Tom Lippincott at Salt Yacht Brokerage in Rock Hall. He'd probably be the best person to ask about the...
Forum: Chesapeake Bay   02-27-2015
Replies: 113
Views: 4,429
Posted By 4arch
Re: Poll: Baltimore as a Destination

If a large enough coalition of pleasure boaters took their complaints to city hall, things (theoretically) would change. Part of the problem in making the concerns of visiting boaters more of a...
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