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I like the Walker Bay 270 Genesis RIB
Now to find a good price


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Dinghy update:

Did a lot of reasearch and decided on a similar dinghy to what got eaten up after 8 years.

Looked at a lot of RIBS. The WB -$3600. Many others AB, Achilles , Zodiac, Highland , Mecury all between $2600 and that and for PVC.

To rich for my blood as our air floor Walker Bay which bit the dust was $1600 to replace. Can justify the added expense as we aren’t in the Carribean, don’t car if it planes really. I care about dry , reliable , and even maybe portable. Plus the RIBs are Heavier

Decided to go with Zodiac 270 8”10” aluminum floor ( water in the dinghy stays under it so your feet aren’t wet) . Has 992 lb carrying capacity, so 4 people.

Price was a factor as was the way we use ours. We use it a lot, but not like a cruiser would.

Picked it up today at Annapolis Inflatable for $1400.


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Good choice, Dave.

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....Decided to go with Zodiac 270 8”10” aluminum floor ( water in the dinghy stays under it so your feet aren’t wet) . Has 992 lb carrying capacity, so 4 people.

Price was a factor as was the way we use ours. We use it a lot, but not like a cruiser would.

Picked it up today at Annapolis Inflatable for $1400.
I'm on year three with that same dinghy. It has worked out very well, only minor issue is the design of the oarlocks seems too fiddley. After losing two oars due to (IMO) poor design I took them apart to use some loctite on the screw that holds the metal pin in place. Also tied a loop around the oar secured to the dink.
Other than that no issues at all. I do coat it with 303 when putting away for the season ansnd again in the spring.
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I'm on year three with that same dinghy. It has worked out very well, only minor issue is the design of the oarlocks seems too fiddley. After losing two oars due to (IMO) poor design I took them apart to use some loctite on the screw that holds the metal pin in place. Also tied a loop around the oar secured to the dink.
Other than that no issues at all. I do coat it with 303 when putting away for the season ansnd again in the spring.
Thanks. For the tips on the oats and 303👍👍😄😄🌪🌪😀😀


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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I went to the marina today to help a friend to install some reefing hooks on his boom. Upon crossing Conowingo Dam, I noticed that the debris field had grown in size and there were 7 flood gates open on the east side of the dam. The river was a raging torrent.

Downriver at the marina, the current was very strong, and the muddy water was strewn with huge logs, lots of plastic water bottles and other forms of nasties. Looks like another shot week for me. Hopefully, the weather will stabilize a bit by next week so I can sail to saint somewhere.

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I went to the marina today to help a friend to install some reefing hooks on his boom. Upon crossing Conowingo Dam, I noticed that the debris field had grown in size and there were 7 flood gates open on the east side of the dam. The river was a raging torrent.

Downriver at the marina, the current was very strong, and the muddy water was strewn with huge logs, lots of plastic water bottles and other forms of nasties. Looks like another shot week for me. Hopefully, the weather will stabilize a bit by next week so I can sail to saint somewhere.

Be careful out there, fellow sailors,

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Not surprising, as central PA was socked with thunderstorms on Mon-Tue. Monday's were especially heavy, with road closures all over the place.

Are there any reports of severe debris south of Turkey Point? We've been planning to head out for a long weekend starting tomorrow, with possible destinations at Worton, Still Pond, and/or Magothy.

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Not surprising, as central PA was socked with thunderstorms on Mon-Tue. Monday's were especially heavy, with road closures all over the place.

Are there any reports of severe debris south of Turkey Point? We've been planning to head out for a long weekend starting tomorrow, with possible destinations at Worton, Still Pond, and/or Magothy.

If you go north you run the risk of running towards it.

Last weekend we went to Rhode River and it was for the most part uneventful in the middle of the Bay where the ships were anchored to Thomas Point.

HOWEVER we pumped and and got fuel in Back Creek Annapolis and there was a lot of large logs and floating crap ( branches) in the Severn. It was a harrowing ride. There appears to be some residual debris at the entrances of all the Creeks and rivers.

We are headed out this weekend after we inflate our new dinghy. Probably going south because of this and either Choptank or Miles/Wye.

However we wanted to go up the Chester but are unsure if that area around l
Love Point has debris like the Severn did.


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This past weekend I crossed the bay to Cape Charles and back. The only debris I saw was a waxed cardboard produce carton.

I'm starting to feel a little sorry for you guys in the upper bay.
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Re: 2018 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

FWIW, last Sunday we sailed across the bay (somewhere north of Magothy) and back, and saw more debris than normal, but nothing alarming. My question is mainly related to additional debris that may have washed into the upper Bay over the last couple days, based on Gary's description. If I don't hear any specifics, we'll probably head out tomorrow, but may just head over to Magothy again.

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