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...someone talk me out of it.
No, you're on your own there!

Sounds great! All the best to you and your family.

Congrats on your retirement. I'm a couple years or so away from retirement from the Army. Have fun out on the water.

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My 2016 season looks like it might finally start. A lot of changes early this year between getting out of the Navy, moving, starting a new job...

Going to make sure our 18' American Fiberglass is good to go this weekend, and hopefully get it out on the water soon. My 3.5 year old is really excited finally and is anxious to help out. Has me dreaming about getting a larger boat for the family we can work on and do weekend trips...someone talk me out of it.
Definitely go for it! Great father-son activity.

Get him swim lessons as soon as you possibly can. And life jacket 100% of the time anywhere near the water, even on the docks or around the boat ramp. I had a kid fall off the dock once during the split-second that we looked away, and his PFD turned it into a non-event.

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No, you're on your own there!

Sounds great! All the best to you and your family.

Congrats on your retirement. I'm a couple years or so away from retirement from the Army. Have fun out on the water.
Not quite! I did not retire, I did five years and got out after my initial enlistment. I was a respiratory therapist and as I progressed in rank, I was going to get less time doing actual patient care which is what I enjoy the most.

Thanks for the well-wishes regardless!

TakeFive - he has spent a good bit of time in a pool with a PFD and is quite comfortable. We are very safety-conscious people, so no concerns there.

Our primary concern is financial in nature. We are single income (we are very fortunate to have my wife be able to stay at home with the boys). Getting a boat won't be an issue, plenty to be had in a 1500-3000 range that are sail-worthy. My main concern is monthly slip fees. Maintenance and improvement costs, spread out over time, will be fine.

We would want to stay in the Gloucester/West Point area, so I'm going to call around and see what slip fees run for a 30ish foot boat.

Just a bit hesitant in making that financial commitment for the first time!
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Re: 2016 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We are anchored in San Domingo Creek off Dick Chaneys house. Only boat on the creek. Took a dinghy ride into St Micheals and hung out for a few hours between rain showers. Wind on the Choptank was 30 + and Thomas Point saw gusts to 45.

In St Micheals stopped at Ava's Pizzeria. Pizza was great. I got a spinach shrimp white pizza and Donna had a bacon mushroom one. Each pizza was $17 which was outrageous. Service was ok. It's kind of a yuppie pizza place. Would I recommend...yes..but bring money.

We are safely anchored behind a group of trees and saw nothing over 20. It deluged at times and was a great day to nap and just relax. Made some homemade turkey chili and drop biscuits for dinner. Tress were really bristling loud with the wind with the birds all down on the water save the two bald eagles watching over everything accross the creek from us.

Tomorrow not sure but looks like we will venture further up the Choptank to LaTrappe Creek.


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Re: 2016 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Pffft..."bring money" sounds like standard St. Michael's protocol to me.
Don't get me wrong, we like it there. I'm just sayin'.

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The plastic ring that is the dorade part of mushroom vents seems to deteriorate with time and water gets through the cracks. The last time I looked the part was nearly as expensive as a new vent.
FYI, last time I was at the boat I pulled off the mushroom to inspect things. I scrubbed all the dirt off the plastic ring, and upon inspection it looks like the ring was bedded with RV-grade butyl rubber that had dried and cracked. The permanent fix looks like it will be to remove the old bedding and re-bed with MaineSail's butyl. Since I did not have he materials available, I did a temporary fix with Cap'n Tolley's around the edge of the bedding. I watched it with the security camera during the rain yesterday, and saw no sign of dripping, so apparently it worked.

When I return to the boat I am going to remove the ring, and take the opportunity to polish the whole hatch with some Novus acrylic polish in hopes of smoothing out some of the sharp edges of the crazing cracks. Then I have some samples of window laminate that is designed to fill in crazing cracks and make them disappear, so I will test that to see if I can knock down the crazing appearance without doing a full replacement of the hatch.

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Pffft..."bring money" sounds like standard St. Michael's protocol to me.
Don't get me wrong, we like it there. I'm just sayin'.
Yeah have to agree. Restaurants there are not inexpensive. Compared to other " quaint " bay towns though from Solomon's northward they are comporable. I just thought for pizza 17 was pricy.

I think we look as visitors by boat differently. St Micheals, Annapolis ! Solomon's are land destinations too fir people wanting to travel to the water.

Most of the restaurants on the southern Bay in the creeks are considerable cheaper and also more down home or don't have the commercial character the Annapolis, St Michaels, Solomon's ones have we have noticed. There are a lot of "finds " in towns like Urbanna , Yorktown Chrissfield, Smith Island etc.


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FYI, last time I was at the boat I pulled off the mushroom to inspect things. I scrubbed all the dirt off the plastic ring, and upon inspection it looks like the ring was bedded with RV-grade butyl rubber that had dried and cracked.
Excellent.

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Re: 2016 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I'm anchored in the lee of Mangrove Cay in the Bahamas. I got here this morning after making my way down the Bay last night, through the ICW to Beaufort, and a more or less straight shot offshore to White Sand Ridge on the edge of the Little Bahama Bank. It was a little lumpy offshore, but not too bad, and my bungee cord steered me the whole way. Not sure where I'm headed from here, but if this rain keeps up I should get a lot more traveling taken care of. I've been using the Yachtsman's Guide to the Bahamas, various internet sites, and my imagination to get here.
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Re: 2016 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

You totally had me going for a moment there...

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