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Location: Swarthmore, PA
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake
I'm looking forward to running into you folks on the Chesapeake next year. The admiral and I passed our ASA course a few weeks ago and will probably be window shopping boats all winter. In the meantime, I'll content myself with following this thread!
Sorry about the delay responding. I've been a little busy moving my boat to winter storage.
It was almost exactly 9 years ago that my wife and I were in the same situation. We started viewing boats on the hard, with a different destination every weekend. We covered places all the way from Norfolk, VA (the day after Thanksgiving) to Kingston, NY (sometime in February). Visits to Annapolis, Mayo, Deale, Havre de Grace, Rock Hall, Fredericktown, Worton, Lewes DE, Cape May NJ, and others. It was infuriating going so far to see a boat described as "perfect" only to see mold growing all over the inside. But at the end of it all, my wife and I both felt that we enjoyed every trip for the time we were able to spend alone together - something that continued after we got our first (and second) boat. There's a thread (or several) somewhere describing our shopping trips (links below)
So my advice is to enjoy the journey, and make sure to find a nice place to go out for lunch or dinner at each destination where you look. Realize up front that you'll see some lousy boats, and just chalk it up to the experience you need to be ready to move quickly when you find the right boat. No matter what people tell you about how it's a buyers market with thousands of boats to be gotten cheaply, the ones in sail-away condition tend to go fast.
Rick S., Swarthmore, PA
USCG Certified Captain, OUPV and 50 Ton Master
ASA Certified 101/103/104/105/106
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2001 Catalina 34MkII Tall Rig Wing Keel Breakin' Away, Universal Diesel M35B, Mantus 35 lb. anchor, sailing out of Rock Hall Landing Marina
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