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I finished up yesterday, nearly dying from the heat. I think I drank a gallon and a half of water. I ended up installing a Taco Marine vinyl rubrail. The boat goes back into the water today and I'll sail it home this afternoon/evening.
I know it's not as pretty as a teak rub rail but I'm sure it still looks good and will be functional.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Went to the boat today because I thought I had left the frig switch turned on. As it turns out, I turned it off. The walk to the boat is just over 150 yards, the temperature was 97 degrees, code red air pollution alert - NASTY! It took less than 3 minutes to check the breaker panel and zip up the boat. By the time I got back to the car it was like climbing into an oven. I fired up the AC on high/recycle, turned on my portable oxygen system and drove home. Too damned hot for man or beast out there today.

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I was going to make a snarky comment about lack of spelling conventions on this site, but then I realized this started with none other than Captain John Smith, master explorer of the Chesapeake, flouter of English orthography and eschewer of traditional fishing gear:

“A few Bevers, Otters, Beares, Martins and minkes we found, and in divers places
that aboundance of fish, lying so thicke with their heads above the water, as for want
of nets (our barge driving amongst them) we attempted to catch them with a frying
pan: but we found it a bad instrument to catch fish with: neither better fish, more
plenty, nor more variety for smal fish, had any of us ever seene in any place so
swimming in the water, but they are not to be caught with frying pans.”

Captain John Smith, 1608

Just the fact that you mention it means it bothers you on the spelling / grammar. Feel free to be the spelling police. I doubt it will change how I view posting. Besides if people see my posts after 9,000 with perfect grammar / spelling one of two things have happened. Either my body has become processed, or someone has hacked my account.🌪👍🦀🙀🤘😀


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After arriving at St. Mike’s today we took a quick swim to cool off (no nettles), then dinghied in. After lunch and a couple hours of walking around, the temp hit 97 in the shade and we realized we’d be miserable, even if we plugged into AC somewhere. Rather than prolong the misery by staying overnight, we headed back to Rock Hall at 1630. We hit the narrows at 1830 opening, which was harrowing because of a strong current under the bridge pushing me forward and sideways toward the west pillars of the bridge. It felt like we barely made it. Transiting the north channel was uneventful because we followed the breadcrumbs from our southbound passage in the morning. Others should beware that markers have been moved in addition to the #3 and 4 that were moved in the past couple years. My NOAA downloaded charts are only a couple months old, but already obsolete because markers are in different places. Follow the markers and use binoculars to verify marker numbers so you don’t skip one.
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Spent my first day outside trying to return to normalacy since last Tuesday’s back surgery.

They had me taking a walk everyday but today having Donna drive me around and going to Wegmanns our food store made me feel life will return. While very stiff still, the pain I was experiencing the last 6 months has abated. I had a partial disc removal and a piece of spine removed through a tiny 1.5 inch incision. The marvels of modern medicine. They sent me home with nurse Donna 4 hours after I woke up from anesthesia.

Have not missed being in the heat. Tomorrow we are looking at buying a new bed ( if you haven’t done this lately it’s quite a science project) . Hoping to go down and visit Haleakula over the weekend.

With any luck maybe I can convince the nurse to go out the following weekend if I keep progressing.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

My vacation starts this afternoon. I'm sitting at work like I've got ants in my pants. I've got one gov't employee who wants to make absolutely sure that he's done everything possible to ruin my vacation before I head out.

The heatwave breaks beginning today. I'm stoked about the forecast.

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I had a rather pleasant trip home yesterday from the Magothy, even though I ended up motoring about 2/3 of the way. Out on the water it didn't feel especially hot at all. There were very few boats out.

The the trip ended on a sour note when a ski boat went by in the narrow channel leading to our dock with a guy wake surfing behind it, about 20 feet away, nearly swamping me. I then had to avoid them about 100 yards later when the guy wake surfing had to start again. I didn't realize until I got home that legally they cannot practice wake surfing less than 200 yards from shore, piers, or other boats, not to mention the extreme lack of consideration.

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If you had known the legalities beforehand, would you have attempted to stop and educate them?

I've learned that this is a pointless exercise. No matter how polite you are, these people will be extremely belligerent and ignore you. The only thing that stops them, is when they screw up and have an accident. If you're fortunate, no one will be hurt. If you're very fortunate, law enforcement will be near enough to apprehend them.

We're about one step away from that scene in the movie "Idiocracy" where all the rednecks were racing jetskis in the reflecting pool in front of the Washington monument.
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I know it's not as pretty as a teak rub rail but I'm sure it still looks good and will be functional.
It came out better than I thought. I pictured it making the boat look like a bumper car, but it's really not that noticeable. Plus, the boat is made of plastic already, so another bit doesn't ruin anything.
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It came out better than I thought. I pictured it making the boat look like a bumper car, but it's really not that noticeable. Plus, the boat is made of plastic already, so another bit doesn't ruin anything.
Hey, that looks great! Wow, you're practically crab pot-proof with that underbody!

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