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On our way to Rock Hall today we saw several “Crab Line” markers. Does that simply mean there are crab pots placed along an invisible line, or are they actually tied together? The first area had a few markers that led us to believe it was showing a boundary, but the markers farther down were just single ones.

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

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Anchored Sat night in the Rhode between Big island and SERC, 1st time I went around to the "far" side. Over a dozen boats in the main anchorage E of the island (nice and big but a little exposed to the N and boat wakes from the marinas on the N shore), but we were the only folks on the W side, save a few others others a mile north up in the creek. Wonderful to have the place to ourselves once the few dads pulling kids on tubes left- had almost 270deg view with zero lights or human structures, only the herons. Saw 7.5ft all through the center portion at low (~1ft assist from Dorian- water was high all around on Sat). Closer in was still 5ft until you got close to the marshes. Woke up Sunday morning to the sound of horns and lots of people... a triathlon from SERC's dock. Glad we didn't anchor closer in, or we would've been one of the course markers! One of my favorite spots thus far, and only 15nm from home. Wife is getting used to the "so it took us 4 hours to get to where we can be in 20min" and she's smiling about it.
SERC is a treasure- love hiking and paddling around there.
We love the Rhode back where you were as one of the best “eastern shore” anchorages. It is crowded with activity however large enough that you can enjoy the nature aspects of it and get away from the crowd.

It’s our close to home open anchorage as it’s only 12 miles away.


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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Does the area by SERC get filled up in primetime? Certainly lots of skiers during the day- perfect big round sheltered flat area. I can believe the main anchorage on the Eastern side of Big would get jammed. Is it crowded relative to say, Dobbins or Eagles Cove?
I've sailed the West a lot but never anchored around there. The West and especially Rhode has a very different feel than the rest of the middle Western Bay. Far less built-upon than any of the rivers to the North, and much more relaxed. Watermen and sailors and families; few male compensatory machines, and their attendant antics.
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I've been on the Rhode on 4th of July and still see hardly any boats anchored behind the big island. The area behind the big island is mostly charted at depths of less than 5 feet so that may be a deterrent to many. The scattered moorings back there may serve as further deterrent. The power boaters mainly congregate around the beach at the small island. The Rhode definitely gets crowded on busy weekends in season but nowhere near as crazy as Dobbins or Eagles Cove. The small island beach can have kind of a party atmosphere similar to Dobbins, but it's easy to anchor far enough away not to be bothered by it. The main distraction on the Rhode is the water skiers and tubers and we find that the best place to avoid them is the cove southwest of the sunken island. Between the outer anchorage near the mouth, the main anchorage around the small and sunken islands, and the Sellman Creek anchorage, the Rhode can absorb A LOT more boats than Dobbins and Eagles.

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John and I JUST got out this weekend. Work, obligations, stuff. In August we took Halcyon out for a daysail and had to return almost immediately due to dirty fuel. We took care of that.

Saturday was zero to light wind so we planned to practice backing into the slip more elegantly than we normally do. Saturday I just kept getting frustrated trying so we stopped and went for wings.

Sunday after breakfast we noticed on our walk back to the marina that there was a breeze. We decided to ditch the touch and goes and head out. We had an unexpectedly lovely sail despite raising the main and having a crapload of dead spiders fall out of mud nests into the cockpit. That was truly gross. Most of the time we were perfectly balanced and didn't need to touch the wheel.

To end the sail I backed into the slip like I'd been doing it for centuries. Didn't even touch the pilings. I'll probably never do it that well again but it was an ego boost for a few days.

We're hoping to get a few overnights in before we tuck her away for the winter.

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On our way to Rock Hall today we saw several “Crab Line” markers. Does that simply mean there are crab pots placed along an invisible line, or are they actually tied together? The first area had a few markers that led us to believe it was showing a boundary, but the markers farther down were just single ones.
We keep our boat in Rock Hall. Usually, the crab pots are strung together so that the work boat can easily pick them all up. What I saw this past weekend was a few lines marked by a tall marker and several small white markers in a line. The tall flag should mark the end/beginning of the line.

It wouldn't be unusual to have just a single pot or two owned by someone who may or may not be a commercial fisherman.

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Also in some of the smaller creeks where you see only one marker it is a crabber “trot lining”. They will be active and come back every 15 or 20 minutes to pull up the line and drop it again.

We have occasionally woke up after anchoring to an engine of one of these boats....early in the am. They seem to have an attraction to anchored sailboats . ( actually they all have their favorite spots , and we have anchored there)



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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I think the poster means the white regulatory buoys that are specifically stenciled "crab line." I've wondered about them as well- 1 or 2 at approach to Whitehall, in addition to the "float free channel" marker.
These are not the homebrew markers left by crabbers for their 1200' trotlines to soak- these are semi-permanent, there all season.
Perhaps it/they delineates where a trotliner is or is not allowed to run their lines, to avoid crossing a channel or cable crossing, since a trotline isn't a "float" and I can see someone sealawyering about the "float free channel" not applying to trots?

edit: some digging found the answer-
A crab line buoy is the point at the mouth of a river that commercial potter may set pots. This marker says crab line.
Commercial crabbers cannot set pots inside that marker. Basically they cannot set inside the mouths of creeks, etc.

http://www.dsd.state.md.us/comar/com...8.02.03.07.htm
specifically paras E and F.
FWIW, paras G and H list the float-free channels, too.

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...Saturday I just kept getting frustrated trying so we stopped and went for wings...
Where do your recommend for wings in Rock Hall?

Come to think of it, we were at Harbor Shack on Saturday from 4-5. You might have been there at the same time.

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Thanks for the info on the “crab line” markers.

We moved from Rock Hall this morning to Eagle Cove on the Magothy River. Nice sail all of the way to the anchorage. Pretty, albeit a bit crowded, but it IS Saturday.

Looks like light wind for a few days. Unless that changes I think we’ll be here until Tuesday when we’ll move to St Michaels.

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