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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Our two go-to guides have always been:
The Chesapeake Bay Magazine Guide to Cruising the Chesapeake Bay.
Current editor is Jody Argo Schroath. Great info about ports of call and anchorages. Local knowledge in most cases.

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Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide by Shellenberger
Wonderful descriptions of anchorages

We now supplement with Active Captain data and even the community sourced data in our Navionics app but for trip planning, these two guides have always been the best.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

even though my boat isn't sailing right now, I got the Gunkholer's Guide. Been reading through it a while and looks pretty well written. Looking forward to exploring some of those places.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Out of habit we've always used the Chesapeake Bay Magazine guide and it has served us well. One thing to note about this guide (and I suppose any of them) is that the information is always several months behind, at best. This has caused a few disappointments, but nothing major. The worst was expecting an ice cream parlor at a destination on a hot day only to find it long closed. As electronic charts and cellular data coverage around the bay have improved over the years, we've found ourselves less reliant on printed guides but still find them to be the best resource for getting the flavor and general lay of the land of new places.
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It's unusual for me but I just had a thought. Has anyone considered installing solar hot water panels and a small circ pump on their boat in addition to solar PV? Would weight be a problem since the panels would sit up high? It may be stupid idea but I just have to know. Thanks in advance for any responses.
Years ago a salesman showed me a solar hot water setup - vacuum tubes with a copper element at the top that heated the water as it passed by. His sales kit was a briefcase sized demonstration setup with 3 or 4 two foot long tubes.
If I could find a kit like that I think it would be perfect for use on the boat.
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even though my boat isn't sailing right now, I got the Gunkholer's Guide. Been reading through it a while and looks pretty well written. Looking forward to exploring some of those places.
another vote for Shellenberger's Gunkholers Guide. I've passed several copies to friends through the years, usually getting another copy from Abebooks. They have several available now for less than 5 bucks....

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It's unusual for me but I just had a thought. Has anyone considered installing solar hot water panels and a small circ pump on their boat in addition to solar PV? Would weight be a problem since the panels would sit up high? It may be stupid idea but I just have to know. Thanks in advance for any responses.
It would help to know the size of boat that you have, to recommend something that's appropriate.

If you want to KISS, how about a solar shower? We used this on my old boat and it worked great without adding a lot of weight. Just hang it from a halyard when you want to shower on deck. Or set up a hanging peg in your shower down below (if your boat is big enough to have one):

https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-20000.../dp/B0009PUT20

Of course, if you're motoring, most marine hot water heaters allow you to circulate your engine coolant through the hot water heater. In fact, we've NEVER turned on the electric heater on our boat, since we take showers on shore whenever we're in a marina. I'll have to test it sometime just to make sure it still works.

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I just know that I'm missing seeing some incredible places on the Chesapeake. Until now, I've been relying on reports from sailors on internet forums and visiting many of the same places repeatedly. I'm looking for new opportunities.

Which cruising guide do you guys feel is superior for the bay-

The Guide to Cruising the Chesapeake Bay
or the Waterway Guide?

Or are they about the same?
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Got a chance to visit Haleakula on Sunday. Was still pretty damn Windy.
She’s was floating peCefully in the slip....one slight tear in the canvas winter cover where a branch flew through it.
Noticed extra chafe on the bow line as the chafe Gaurd wore through.
Marina owner said he saw 50 steady gusts to 65 at home but only 40 in the marina annemometèr log.

Getting itchy to start the season.


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Years ago a salesman showed me a solar hot water setup - vacuum tubes with a copper element at the top that heated the water as it passed by. His sales kit was a briefcase sized demonstration setup with 3 or 4 two foot long tubes.
If I could find a kit like that I think it would be perfect for use on the boat.
Thanks for the reply. My field is energy conservation so I'm trying to think out of the box. A small system that could provide hot water for showering, dish washing etc would save running the auxiliary. Of course, if you are motoring anyway, then by all means fire up the hot water.
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Thanks for the reply. My field is energy conservation so I'm trying to think out of the box. A small system that could provide hot water for showering, dish washing etc would save running the auxiliary. Of course, if you are motoring anyway, then by all means fire up the hot water.
Rick’s suggestion a few posts ago is spot on—especially for a energy conservationist. We have water heater on board, but will carry a solar shower if there are extra family on an overnight at anchor. The one we have has a clear plastic on one side of the bag and black plastic on the other. You secure the bag on your cabin top with the clear side up and let the sun heat it up during the day. On a good day the water gets quite hot. In any case, you will use much less water with the solar shower than with your onboard pressure water system. We find that a satisfying shower with one of these things can use less than a gallon.

To use the solar shower you can hoist in on a halyard and shower by the mast, or you can lay in on top of a Bimini and shower in the cockpit, or you might even be able to lay in on the cabin top and run the hose through a portlight in your head for more privacy. (You might want to get a longer hose for the latter arrangement.)

Bottom line: Solar showers are a bit of a kluge, but they are effective and incredibly water-efficient at their primary function (showers). Using one to do the dishes might be really awkward if you have to turn the flow on and off repeatedly.
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