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How long will it take all the debris to flow down the Chesapeake? Sounds like it'll cause problems for weeks.
When I went up the Potomac last month it seemed that the worst of the drift wood showed up 3 days after the rains.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Anybody know how water levels further south - Piank or Rapp - are?
We're on the Rappahannock, so curious...

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Anybody know how water levels further south - Piank or Rapp - are?
We're on the Rappahannock, so curious...
Not sure if you're near Fredericksburg, but here's some data for you:

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01668000
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Not sure if you're near Fredericksburg, but here's some data for you:

https://waterdata.usgs.gov/nwis/uv?01668000
yep, thanks. I had seen that. But it's way upriver... Mostly just curious how these rains have affected river near bay. New to marina and slip-sailing so always a little worried during wx. Seeing pics of storm surge and marinas with the docs underwater is sobering!

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We are out off of Annapolis heading to the Wye. Creek was about 2 feet above normal.
Not seeing one piece of debris from the Coniwingo Dam release, but it’s still early.

Winds light at 6-9 knots nnw


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Enjoying a beautiful sunset in a cove across from Dividing Creek, East fork of the Wye River
Simple dinner of NY Strip steaks and Southwest chopped salad. App was a ninja frozen drink with blueberries and peaches
Nice weather and sailing today. Perfect temps and humidty.


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We are out off of Annapolis heading to the Wye. Creek was about 2 feet above normal. Not seeing one piece of debris from the Coniwingo Dam release, but it’s still early. Winds light at 6-9 knots nnw
You passed me going back around Bloody Point yesterday. Don't know if you noticed, but there was a pod of dolphins feeding right near the green marker.

I anchored in the cove beyond Drum Pt. on the Wye. There was a beautiful full moon and only two other boats. Nobody in Shaw Bay, either.

I had the same experience with the debris - nothing on Saturday heading south, but yesterday on the way back, tons of trash and wooden debris all the way from Bloody Point to Annapolis.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I didn't bother taking my boat out into the trash maelstrom. I helped a friend rig and sail his little gaff rigged yawl around Selby Bay.

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I performed a general inspection of the boat, cleaning grass out of the raw water strainer, finalizing the lazy jack installation, repairing the engine compartment ventilator ducting and various other sundry post-cruise repairs.

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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I do remember seeing a Whitby when we rounded Bloddy Point. Blow your horn at us next time.

It was like dodgeball on the way back to WhitehallBay. Like you I was amazed the few PB out there hadn’t really slowed down


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I've finally settled on a replacement for the standard marine piston pump toilet- I've bought nearly everything for a Lavac vacuum flush toilet. I looked at several types of composting toilets including making cardboard mockups and none of them would fit without major modifications to ether the boat or the toilet so I gave up on that idea. Everyone I've spoken to who owns a Lavac says that they've never had to rebuild them and the only parts they've ever replaced were the seals on the toilet seat. This will be a winter project along with replacing the water heater.
I’ve had my 28-yr old Lavac for the past 22 years. Never had a clog or any other loss of function. The only issue has been periodic maintenance to remove lime scale from the joker valve on the Henderson/Whale bilge pump. Of course, lime scale is an issue with any joker valve. If you don’t want to dismantle the pump and soak the joker valve in vinegar, you can use a pump rebuild kit, which is around $50 and includes part that didn’t need replacement (and you still have to dismantle the pump.)
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