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Spinal cord surgery here. Hope to get on the boat mid june. Sorry for the hold up.
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Spinal cord surgery here. Hope to get on the boat mid june. Sorry for the hold up.
Hope you have a quick uneventful recovery.
I had a microdiscectomy last June and was back within a month.
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Opinions from some of you local guys would be a huge help!

I am working in Martinsburg, WVa for the next 3 months and am staying in Winchester, Va.

I am looking for a marina with a boat yard to slide my Parker Dawson 26 into.

Ideally:

-A reasonable drive for weekend trips.

-A boat yard that I can scoop the boat off the trailer and set it on stands to do some swing keel work.

Anyone have some suggestions?





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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Haleakala out for a Saturday sail. Winds are 6-12 off Thomas Point allowing us to do a steady 6+ knots for a few hours, but dying now. We just passed Thomas Point as ND are headed to as nchor at High Bar on the Rhode River. Nice place as few this time of year before it gets crowded.


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Anchored off Camp Letts Rhode River with nary a soul out. Where is everyone? Sunny 68 degrees , beautiful Spring day. These days like in the fall on the shoulder seasons are bonus days. One of the many reasons we stay in the water in the inter,do a a hort haul if necessary , we when the Marina's are less busy and they're willing to negotiate their rates.


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Opinions from some of you local guys would be a huge help!

I am working in Martinsburg, WVa for the next 3 months and am staying in Winchester, Va.

I am looking for a marina with a boat yard to slide my Parker Dawson 26 into.

Ideally:

-A reasonable drive for weekend trips.

-A boat yard that I can scoop the boat off the trailer and set it on stands to do some swing keel work.

Anyone have some suggestions?
Do you want to sail, or just stay on the hard for projects?

Shortest drive for you would be Potomac River, probably between Alexandria and the airport. Or you could head down I-95 to Occoquan, where you might find more working boatyards. Sailing at all these places would be iffy - lots of underground pilings and submerged trees outside the channel in the Potomac. I don't know the marinas very well - Washington Sailing Center by the airport is a start, but it's noisy there. I don't know what kind of haulout/lift facilities WSC has.

[EDIT: With the new road construction that's happened since I lived there, Occoquan, Quantico, and/or Acquia Creek may be easier to get to from Winchester. I don't know the facilities there at all. When I was a kid, we belonged to Landmark Yacht Club on Acquia Creek, but always went there by boat, never by car.]

If you want to sail, then your closest good place is Deale/Tracey's Landing. All the Herrington Harbor marinas and lots of family marina, huge boat yards, all the services you could want. Nice place to overnight if you're staying the weekend.

The story about Deale is whenever the political big-wigs move to DC and want a place for their yachts, they take a compass on a map (or digital equivalent these days), look for the closest good water, and immediately see that Deale is the place. I think that's exactly what my grandfather did when he moved to DC from the Shenandoah Valley (though he was just a small-time banker). My grandparents eventually retired (and ultimately passed away) in Deale. They had a cottage (later upgraded to year round home) in Masons Beach, directly on the water. I had a chance to buy out my aunt and uncle's share in the house when they passed away, but it wasn't the right time in my life. I still have some regrets about that.

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I have used both (for different applications) and they are definitely not the same. (Why would they be? They are totally different companies, and formulated for different applications.)

Rustoleum Cold Galvanizing compound dries to a much softer, less durable film. You can easily scratch it off with your fingernail. I've never tried it on a prop (or any marine application), but I am surprised it does not quickly ablate off the blades. I suppose it's possible that this soft material ablates at just the right rate to last a season while it prevents hard growth, but that would be a remarkable coincidence given the extremely strong shear experienced by a prop blade.

Pettit Barnacle Barrier is a much harder, more durable paint. I can tell you from experience that it is almost impossible to remove once fully cured.

You know what they say: "If you read it on the Internet, it must be true....NOT!"

I suspect that there are people out there who see the same zinc level and assume it's the same stuff. There's a lot more to paint than just the amount of zinc. There are multiple resin chemistries, and use of fillers that give various mechanical properties which are critically important to the paint's durability over time. A healthy dose of skepticism is required of any claimed internet experts - including me!
I can only speak to my experience and that is that my prop looks just like my two marina buddies that use Petit when our boats go in the water, and my prop looks just like their props when our boats come out of the water. I have observed this over the past 3 years.

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Do you want to sail, or just stay on the hard for projects?

Shortest drive for you would be Potomac River, probably between gAlexandria and the airport. Or you could head down I-95 to Occoquan, where you might find more working boatyards. Sailing at all these places would be iffy - lots of underground pilings and submerged trees outside the channel in the Potomac. I don't know the marinas very well - Washington Sailing Center by the airport is a start, but it's noisy there. I don't know what kind of haulout/lift facilities WSC has.

[EDIT: With the new road construction that's happened since I lived there, Occoquan, Quantico, and/or Acquia Creek may be easier to get to from Winchester. I don't know the facilities there at all. When I was a kid, we belonged to Landmark Yacht Club on Acquia Creek, but always went there by boat, never by car.]

If you want to sail, then your closest good place is Deale/Tracey's Landing. All the Herrington Harbor marinas and lots of family marina, huge boat yards, all the services you could want. Nice place to overnight if you're staying the weekend.

The story about Deale is whenever the political big-wigs move to DC and want a place for their yachts, they take a compass on a map (or digital equivalent these days), look for the closest good water, and immediately see that Deale is the place. I think that's exactly what my grandfather did when he moved to DC from the Shenandoah Valley (though he was just a small-time banker). My grandparents eventually retired (and ultimately passed away) in Deale. They had a cottage (later upgraded to year round home) in Masons Beach, directly on the water. I had a chance to buy out my aunt and uncle's share in the house when they passed away, but it wasn't the right time in my life. I still have some regrets about that.
Lots of hustle and bustle in Washington DC marinas. For that matter Deal also. I love Herrington, but probably not What your looking for with trailered boat. We have been fortunate to have sailed all over the Chesapeake so we are not confined to the northern or mid northern Bay. .

I would look from Solomons south. Many nice little marinas dot the lower Potomac like Dennis Point on St Marys River off the Potomac. They have lots, ramps at about 1/3 the cost of the big boat marinas like Herrington and Deal. Maybe a 1/2 HR more drive but you have many types of sailing from the river, to the Potomac , to the Bay. Did I mention these marinas are 1/3 the cost of mid / northern Chesapeake marinas.


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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Spent today spinning around down the Potomac looking at a few places.

Found Machodoc Creek Marina which looked like the ideal spot for me. About 2 hours 20 min commute for me, fairly quiet area. Yard looks good, sailing looks decent, I think we have a winner!

I was concerned that I would end up having to trailer through a lot of traffic or down quaint cute little streets white knuckled and stressed out so I was pretty happy to find this spot.

Near term, got to go fetch up the boat.

Mid term, I need to do my keel work since having a travel lift to set the boat up on blocks is a huge help I do not typically have access to.

Longer term, I do want to actually get to sail on the boat and enjoy it.
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