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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Geese Circus has begun.
They are landing in squadrons next to the boat,
They come in like drunk wobbly sailors
Some feet straight out...some running on the water
Banging into each other...squalling
Couple years ago one hit the mast and lay stunned on the deck before staggering off into the water
It’s really a hoot....we are laughing so hard at them


Course there is the sound of shotguns/ rifles close by
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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

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The lakes takes on this color every year as the thermal inversion takes place - it's really neat to see this happen.
When did the thermal inversion start? The water has been turquoise since the first time I visited in mid July.

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Thermal inversion reason or not, Lake Michigan water has no comparison to Carribean. Fresh water, limited algae heavily mineraled not to mention no coral....just rocks.

I have sailed extensively out of Chicago ( Have a friend with a sistetboat as mine at Crowley’s. We trade weeks once in a while.

I also have done two Macinack races on my lifetime. Still no expert though. I loved sailing that area. Different type than Chessie. No reall gunkholing. Deep water. The Lake can be a beast. Weather dependent on fronts and thermals vs onshore breezes. No real persistent highs for weeks like summertime Bermuda High on Chessie. I think youll
Love sailing there and the different experience from Chessie

Also great weather gear clothing is a key there. No perfect days like the Chessie, you could go through 3 climates in a single day thete in 7 hours.

Water appearance on a windy day on Lake Mi hogan certainly is “ Carribean “ azure. More like black and grey


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Too long Home sailing in 8-10 from Rock Hall to Annapolis. Haleakula a C&C 35 MKIII does well in this light breeze and we are making 4.9 close hauled. We’ve passed quite a number of similar and larger Catalina’s and Bene,s today on the same tack.

It helps that their is no Chop or anything but glass other than an occasional PB wake

Glorious fall day. Bonus day


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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Thermal inversions usually begin, depending on the location, sometime in mid September. If the water is that color all the time, which would be rare for most locations, then there is usually a chemical causative, high ph, such as is seen in the sand quarries in south Florida where the ph is over 8 most of the time. Some quarries in southern PA were like that, too, near Quarryville, PA and near Delta. In those instances, thermals had nothing to do with the water color.

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Beautiful day but no wind and a good deal of fog coming out of Annapolis. Spent Friday night in Grey's Inn Creek and Saturday night in Annapolis. Trolled and caught nothing but sea grass

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Re: 2017 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Wrong area to catch striped bass trolling this time of year, Shawn. The most productive area that is relatively close to you is the Pooles Island Lumps, which are just southeast of Pooles Island. Try trolling a 1-ounce bucktail trimmed with a Sassy Shad, preferably chartreuse about 3 inches long. You need to bounce it off bottom, which translates to a trolling speed of 1 to 1.5 MPH at most. Anything faster and they will ignore it.

This time of year, there are lot of throwbacks in the upper bay, but a few keeps in the 22 to 25 inch category can be found at the lumps, especially late in the afternoon when the tide ebb coincides with the falling light.

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Managed a respectable showing in Sunday's frostbite race. Very pleasant light air sailing with temps in the 70's.
My kind of October.

One of my winter/fall projects is to re-plumb the boat. The old hoses are nasty and degrading. I've discovered that I can re-plumb everything with PEX for a fraction of the cost of the reinforced, clear hose. 100' of PEX is around $28 bucks. Defender wants $1.29/foot for the reinforced vinyl tubing which will probably run me close to $80 by the time I re-do every thing.

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Managed a respectable showing in Sunday's frostbite race. Very pleasant light air sailing with temps in the 70's.
My kind of October.

One of my winter/fall projects is to re-plumb the boat. The old hoses are nasty and degrading. I've discovered that I can re-plumb everything with PEX for a fraction of the cost of the reinforced, clear hose. 100' of PEX is around $28 bucks. Defender wants $1.29/foot for the reinforced vinyl tubing which will probably run me close to $80 by the time I re-do every thing.
Good call Ajax! Had not thought of PEX but it is a great solution and since it isn't a "marine' product the cost is reasonable.
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Good call Ajax! Had not thought of PEX but it is a great solution and since it isn't a "marine' product the cost is reasonable.
Apparently it's commonly used on newer boats. Whale sells it as "Whale-X" which is just a marine marked-up version of PEX.
PEX is not very UV stable though, with a service life of only about a month in full sunlight exposure, so make sure all of your plumbing is well hidden.

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