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I took some people out sailing yesterday on the Severn. The weather was beautiful, but no wind. Then we ran aground and got pushed well onto the sandbar by three successive motorboat wakes. A guy came by in a motorboat and asked us if we were aground, then said he'd be back in a minute. A minute later his boat hadn't returned, so I threw out the anchor to try to kedge the boat off, then when I made some snide comment about the motorboat guy not returning, my crew pointed out that he was wading toward the boat. He apparently lives adjacent to the sandbar and pushes boats off all the time. With some pushing and grunting, we got the boat off. I now owe him some beer. What do you all suggest would be appropriate?
Something local, with a light, crisp flavor to serve as refreshment from the summer heat. Save the Guinness for winter.
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I took some people out sailing yesterday on the Severn. The weather was beautiful, but no wind. Then we ran aground and got pushed well onto the sandbar by three successive motorboat wakes. A guy came by in a motorboat and asked us if we were aground, then said he'd be back in a minute. A minute later his boat hadn't returned, so I threw out the anchor to try to kedge the boat off, then when I made some snide comment about the motorboat guy not returning, my crew pointed out that he was wading toward the boat. He apparently lives adjacent to the sandbar and pushes boats off all the time. With some pushing and grunting, we got the boat off. I now owe him some beer. What do you all suggest would be appropriate?
You're asking a certified reverse beer snob who only drinks Bud Light this question?? Go with one of the IPA sampler packs they are selling or mix and match your own.
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I took some people out sailing yesterday on the Severn. The weather was beautiful, but no wind. Then we ran aground and got pushed well onto the sandbar by three successive motorboat wakes. A guy came by in a motorboat and asked us if we were aground, then said he'd be back in a minute. A minute later his boat hadn't returned, so I threw out the anchor to try to kedge the boat off, then when I made some snide comment about the motorboat guy not returning, my crew pointed out that he was wading toward the boat. He apparently lives adjacent to the sandbar and pushes boats off all the time. With some pushing and grunting, we got the boat off. I now owe him some beer. What do you all suggest would be appropriate?
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We solved our dinghy/outboard gap with a used AB 9' UL aluminum hull RIB with a 2-stroke Tohatsu 9.8HP. This dinghy is light enough to keep on our arch. Now I just need to setup the dinghy block and tackle.

We were out early Sunday headed to South River to pickup the dinghy. It was a nice upwind sail with very smooth water. South River was fine heading in to Liberty Marine. By the time we left there were a lot of power boats throwing big wakes. Head back to Herring Bay the wind was a bit light, but still a nice day to be on the water.

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Sunday was definitely a mob scene of power and fishing boats between the bridge and West river. The chop was brutal.

I sailed up to Annapolis with friends on separate boats on Saturday. We returned to the West River on Sunday, under spinnaker. The spinnakers kept us going just fast enough to plow through the slop and convince us not to resort to engine power.

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Does your contact allow that? Do you have to check in if you leave more than 24 hours. ?
Dave, the marina has clear procedures that they follow closely. There is no requirement for me to give up my slip when I'm away, and I'm not aware of any requirement for me to notify them (though I often do). The office has a clipboard with sign-out sheet where you can make your slip available for transients, with a financial incentive to do so. Your slip is only offered out if you've signed the clipboard.

Knowing that it was going to be a busy weekend, and knowing that we might need to return, I let them know explicitly that our slip was not to be rented out. The two brothers that run the place are decent, honest guys, and I know they wouldn't rent my slip out. But they shut down the office before dark every afternoon, so I suspect that someone came in and poached the slip during the evening after closing time, and then left before the office opened again. That's why I said "poached" instead of "rented".

I've been gradually educating my neighbors to "please don't do us any favors" when they see loops hanging over the edge of our finger dock. They're there for a reason so Lori can grab them quickly as we enter the slip. We have never had any problem docking, but I want the loops readily accessible in case strong winds (or motor failure) ever require us to come in "hot". But in this case it was more than just moving the loops - the spring lines were set to a different length.

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Dave, the marina has clear procedures that they follow closely. There is no requirement for me to give up my slip when I'm away, and I'm not aware of any requirement for me to notify them (though I often do). The office has a clipboard with sign-out sheet where you can make your slip available for transients, with a financial incentive to do so. Your slip is only offered out if you've signed the clipboard.

Knowing that it was going to be a busy weekend, and knowing that we might need to return, I let them know explicitly that our slip was not to be rented out. The two brothers that run the place are decent, honest guys, and I know they wouldn't rent my slip out. But they shut down the office before dark every afternoon, so I suspect that someone came in and poached the slip during the evening after closing time, and then left before the office opened again. That's why I said "poached" instead of "rented".

I've been gradually educating my neighbors to "please don't do us any favors" when they see loops hanging over the edge of our finger dock. They're there for a reason so Lori can grab them quickly as we enter the slip. We have never had any problem docking, but I want the loops readily accessible in case strong winds (or motor failure) ever require us to come in "hot". But in this case it was more than just moving the loops - the spring lines were set to a different length.
Wow that takes guts. Pulling into a good sized marina after dark and picking a potentially empty slip in the midst of
others full. And no neighbors saying anything to them.

I mean I have seen people pull up to a t head / gas dock after dark stay the night and pull off early,. Doesn't seem plausible someone would pull into a full marina in full darkness looking for empty slip , motoring down fairways on the hope of seeing/ finding one unoccupied. Sorry it just doesn't make sense that someone would attempt that without assistance of some kind.
Maybe one of your neighbors invited someone - a friend into your empty slip to enjoy the pirate / wench festivities
And isn't fessing up .


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Wow that takes guts. Pulling into a good sized marina after dark and picking a potentially empty slip in the midst of
others full. And no neighbors saying anything to them.

I mean I have seen people pull up to a t head / gas dock after dark stay the night and pull off early,. Doesn't seem plausible someone would pull into a full marina in full darkness looking for empty slip , motoring down fairways on the hope of seeing/ finding one unoccupied. Sorry it just doesn't make sense that someone would attempt that without assistance of some kind.
Maybe one of your neighbors invited someone - a friend into your empty slip to enjoy the pirate / wench festivities
And isn't fessing up .
I was merely speculating in response to your questions. It's not a big deal, just a minor annoyance. I never said full darkness. Plausible or not, the spring lines didn't adjust themselves. Someone did it, and the only reason I can think of that someone would adjust the lines would be to use them on their boat. It's not worth worrying about, so nothing more to say.

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I think the weather forecast may have been a large factor. And St. Michaels had Pride of Baltimore, which might have competed somewhat.

I was a little irked that someone apparently poached my slip while I was out. The marina knew I needed it kept open in case we decided to return early due to a potential issue at home. We always leave our spring lines with loops hanging over the edge so we can grab the spliced ends with boat hooks on the way in, but they were completely bundled up and wrapped around the cleats. This required us to jump off the boat to retrieve them. Then we couldn't get all the lines on, and it became clear that they had all been re-adjusted. I had to redo every one of them. I suppose I should be glad they weren't just stolen.
From this I thought you brought up the poaching subject . My questions followed subsequently

It is odd all your lines were different . I would speculate someone used the slip also like you did. Doubtful someone would poaching And just comming in at night, sight unseen to a crowded marina looking for an empty slip.

I would speculate that someone encouraged / allowed it to happen for a quick tie up . Either your trustworthy owners or a neighbor with a friend visiting. Obviously they didn't cover their tracks well.

Since you have kind of a nanny cam set up on your boat maybe you can set one on the property/ pier/ dockbox to monitor . Maybe the marina has a surveillance camera, most due for insurance.

Someone else isn't being forthcoming. If it happens once it will happen again if it's a neighbor. If it's the owners they probably won't do it again now that you noticed and assume talked to them.


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