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There has never been a time when I didn't have my handheld VHF turned on and by my side in a small pocket that attaches to the cockpit hull with suction cups. Keep my Cell phone there as well.

As for breaking the rules - NEVER with the radio, though I admit to peeing over the gunwale when I was younger and able to do so.

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Come on now my friend.....by your own posts and rules you sometimes have a drink or two and then drive home.....that’s breaking the rules and the law, and far more serious than peeing over the side or not turning your radio on.

I’ll bet there are more water injuries and deaths caused by alcohol consumption than not turning your vhf on.

Make sure when standing on a mountain criticizing others transgressions when you stand in judgement of others that you are not standing directly on quicksand.


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I had a breathalyzer in the car and ever got close to .08, which is the bad number. Keep in mind that I was a state trooper for a year, and I got to see drunks on the road on a regular basis. If I were close to .08 I would have called someone to drive me home, Dave. Give me a break.

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I had a breathalyzer in the car and ever got close to .08, which is the bad number. Keep in mind that I was a state trooper for a year, and I got to see drunks on the road on a regular basis. If I were close to .08 I would have called someone to drive me home, Dave. Give me a break.

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Driving impaired and under the influence doesn’t require a .08. As a former state trooper, you should know that. Having any drink dulls you reaction time , period. Any quibbling about that is just a justification and rationalization.

Your sanctimonious emphasized with caps comment about “NEVER” not turning the VHF off brought this up and I felt aimed at me as it followed a group of comments when I posted I turned mine off.

My point is Just pointing out that there are no perfect people. Criticizing others opens you up to being criticized yourself . When you stand In judgement of others you should be ok with being judged yourself.

Driving a car after drinking any booze doesn’t even compare with not having a VHF turned on.

I am fully aware that the fact that Shaun had his on save quite a few lives a few years back. Thank god he had.

I would rather not listen to the idiots on the weekend talking smack. I have enough of that all week. My boat is my sanctuary from that.

Let’s let this go


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Dave, maybe you better check out those prescription glasses of yours and read what I said again about NEVER. As for breaking the rules - NEVER with the radio, though I admit to peeing over the gunwale when I was younger and able to do so.

Climb down off the high horse, Dave. I never mentioned anything about turning the VHF on or off, just that I didn't and wouldn't break the FCC rules of communication with that particular device.

As for drinking, then driving home - yep, I've done that but after working for the Maryland State Police and the University of Maryland Shock Trauma Unit, I got to see the results first hand of people getting blasted then climbing behind the wheel. I value the my life and the life of others too much to even consider doing this. Though I often thought I was more than capable of driving safely after a couple Margarettas, I relied on the breathalyzer reading just to be on the safe side. If there was ever any question in my mind, I let my wife drive - she rarely drinks anything stronger than soda pop.

Nuff said!

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I must of misunderstood as the posting started about turning OFF the VHF in order not to be bothered by the babble on it. I apologize if I took it differently

My post spoke about standing in judgement

Gary, many of us have had to deal with the effects of alcohol and people driving under the influence. It is/ has been an epidemic in our country for many years. You don’t have to be a state trooper or work in a trauma center to see/ experience the effects. There are no subject matter experts on this topic. Including you or I. Almost every body has probably been touched or has an experience with this. I have worked in an industry where it is part of the norm. I have owned and managed operations which serve alcohol.

You don’t have to be blasted. Impairment comes at lower levels than .08.Thats a rationalization to think it doesn’t , to justify behavior. I’m not against drinking at all....I love my red wine. However I would not operate a boat / car after consuming it. That’s just me though

Let’s stay friends and not go further with this.


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Now, back to your regularly scheduled sailing programming...

My wife and I are going to take a 4-5 day jaunt around the Chesapeake in late September, leaving from (you guessed it) Sandy Point.

What are the winds like at that time of year? Does anyone have suggested places to travel in that time? I would think we could possibly get to Solomon's, or tool around St. Michael's and Tilghman Island... Then again, maybe heading up the Bay would be better at that time of year?

I'd love to hear y'all's thoughts.
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Now, back to your regularly scheduled sailing programming...

My wife and I are going to take a 4-5 day jaunt around the Chesapeake in late September, leaving from (you guessed it) Sandy Point.

What are the winds like at that time of year? Does anyone have suggested places to travel in that time? I would think we could possibly get to Solomon's, or tool around St. Michael's and Tilghman Island... Then again, maybe heading up the Bay would be better at that time of year?

I'd love to hear y'all's thoughts.
Around that time, you can get wind from either north or south. You have to watch the forecast and see what (if any) fronts are predicted to pass through.

If you get northerlies, St. Mikes, the Choptank or Solomons are all good destinations.
If you get southerlies, destinations in the Chester River, Swan Creek (Rock Hall), the Corsica River and perhaps Baltimore are good destination.

Have an (A) itinerary and a (B) itinerary.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Had a great day sailing in the upper bay yesterday. Winds were consistently 12 to 18 NW. Sailed down to Betterton and tacked back to Battery Island, then fired up the tin lizzy and motored the last four miles back to the marina. Mild temperatures in the low 80s with low humidity made for a comfortable day on the water.

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Had a great day sailing in the upper bay yesterday. Winds were consistently 12 to 18 NW. Sailed down to Betterton and tacked back to Battery Island, then fired up the tin lizzy and motored the last four miles back to the marina. Mild temperatures in the low 80s with low humidity made for a comfortable day on the water.

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Lucky dog. Beautiful day yesterday. The T-storms are moving in Saturday and supposed to stick with us a whole week.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Yeah, I saw that - what a lousy forecast. Fortunately, I have a couple doctors appointments, then after a week of thunderboomers, I'll stock the pantry and bar and sail to Saint Somewhere for a couple weeks.

The black flies are getting bad on the bay, so I guess I'll have to put up my screen canopy over the bimini to keep the critters at bay.

All the best,

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