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post #1383 of Old 09-13-2016
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Re: 2016 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Itís great to see that other families are out there sailing as one thing thatís made us consider throwing in the towel on being boat owners is how few other families with young children we encounter. When we show up at a lot of destinations around the bay with a baby on board, the dockside community of mostly empty nesters and retirees generally receives us as somewhat of a curiosity, which can be fun but also isolating in a way. While we have friends and enjoy spending time with people of all ages and stages of life, thereís something to be said for having other parents of similar age kids with whom you can commiserate.

With fall on the way, weíre considering many options for next year, the most radical of which would be to move the boat to Solomons as its home port. It may sound crazy to commute all the way down there when we have so many great marinas and cruising grounds closer to home, but for weekends when we want to just go hang out on the boat without going anywhere it would be nice to have a small, family friendly town to bounce around. Beach traffic complicates going to any of the eastern shore towns that may be closer by mileage. Downtown Annapolis is too busy and too much $$$. HdG is quaint but the marinas are expensive and thereís not much to do beyond a few restaurants and gift shops. We canít really come up with many closer options and we love Solomons and the Calvert Marine Museum. Just have to decide whether the 2 hour drive will either drive us crazy or force us to plan/commit to making the most of our boat weekends. Another downside is that except for anchorages further up the Patuxent, Solomons is pretty darn far from many other weekending destinations.
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