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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Heading out for 10 days tomorrow. First stop is Solomon’s for 3 nights. This trip will be a pretty mellow one as I am limited by my knee. Will probably anchor the first night and then 2 nights at Spring Cove. Friday night we are getting crabs at the local seafood take out a few blocks away.

Sunday and Monday is St Micheals. Meeting my wife’s best friend since college on Monday for lunch. Two nights at anchor. Have decided if we are doing the Miles up Eastern Bay or San Domingo Creek up the Choptank

Tuesday up to the Chester and anchoring somewhere in our old stomping ground with

Wednesday a slip / anchor in Georgetown .

Thursday another anchorage somewhere on the beautiful Chester

Friday and Saturday , Rock Hall staying in a marina at North Point. Saturday meeting 4arch and the family .

This is a little different for us as we are staying more in marinas than usual, but will be easier on the knee.
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Thursday and Friday were spent in San Domingo Creek behind St Micheals. The anchored shared by one other boat. Beautiful sail down Thursday. Highs around 80. Star filled evenings. Lows in the low 60.

Visited St Micheals yesterday and had an early dinner at Ava’s. A favorite place without the yuppie prices.
Split a meatball , sun dried tomato, spinach fresh mozerella pizza. Ava’s crusts and pizza are so very good. Light baked in a stone oven.

We are sailing out of the Choptank now headed to Solomon’s. Winds 13 gusting to 20 from the SE. a quick comfortable close haul going 6+. Have to get their in time to let Donna off st the Lighthouse restaurant dock where she can walk to the Lotus and get a full Key Lime Pie made by Kim for us to enjoy the next 10 days if it lasts.


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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

We left Rock Hall for Worton Creek at 1445 yesterday, knowing we had to make good time to arrive during daylight due to heavy density of crab pits. After about 15 minutes motoring, while approaching Swan Point bar at 2200 RPM, my engine lost power. It ran fine at lower RPMs, but I knew this would be temporary as it was classic symptom of an almost-plugged fuel filter. Not wanting to risk getting to Worton after dark if the wind died, we immediately turned around, unfurled the genoa to sail back, and killed the motor to be sure we’d have it if/when we needed it approaching the dock. We sailed all the way to the fairway, at which point I started up the motor in neutral, furled the sail, and coasted to and into the slip in neutral. No need for the motor given the conditions at the time.

I then set about the filter replacement, which reminded me why this is such an awful job that I always want to procrastinate on. Due to limited height under my aft berth, my primary filter is Racor 200 series spin-on type, so instead of opening the head up to pull the filter out (nice for inspection!) I have to spin the whole assembly off in very tight confines, which always ends up spilling more fuel than I like in hard to reach places (in this case I was able to contain it all in an absorbent pad). I also replaced the secondary filter this time, which also spilled stuff because of the engine's tilt.

I am not happy with the bacterial activity in my fuel. Although I have never seen a drop of water in my fuel system , I want to make some improvements in fuel management and/or filtration capability to reduce the presence of bacteria. I'll post some questions or ideas in another thread, and then post a link here.

During the filter replacement I pre-filled all the filters with fresh diesel (still spilled some), pumped the Racor priming pump a few dozen times, and heated my glow plugs for about 60 seconds (divided into 10 second intervals to avoid burning out the glow plugs). The latter operation is done because heating the glow plugs also runs the lift pump, which blows out any remaining air bubbles through the return loop. Everything started up fine, and it ran for several minutes at the dock.

The harbor was closed for a triathlon this morning, so our departure was delayed, and we did an abbreviated daysail mainly to ensure that the filter replacement fixed the actual problem, since running under load is needed to test at realistic fuel consumption rates. Everything ran great and we headed home.

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

So far we have had exceptional weather and wind the first 5 days. We are staying on more day in Solomon’s.
Changed plans for Tuesday , back to Choptank to Oxford.

Because Wednesday is supposed to be brutally hot, we are going to one of the Herrington Harbors to use our air con. Never been there. Thursday is a Chester anchorage with Fri/ Sat in Rock Hall.

Looks like fall weather for the weekend😄😄😄


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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Had never ventured into to Herrington Bay before this year and were looking for a slip for the night for the same reason on the 4th of July and had to go to Herrington Harbor North at Shipwright Harbor Marina and found it to be very nice, although not fancy and stuck up.

People very friendly and marina was easy to get into and the pool did the trick, although most likely closed up by now.

I know the wind was very nice even in the upper bay this past weekend, your trip sounds great...

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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Glad to hear people are still enjoying the Bay. I'm hoping to get on the water one more time this year, maybe November. My schedule prevents most boat work or play right now.

@chef2sail - I hope your vacation is relaxing, and your recuperation from knee surgery is quick. It'll be rough, but do all the PT they tell you to do! It'll help you heal a lot faster. Also, thanks for the heads up about JoAnn's sale - I'll have to keep an eye out for their discounts in the future.

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Had never ventured into to Herrington Bay before this year and were looking for a slip for the night for the same reason on the 4th of July and had to go to Herrington Harbor North at Shipwright Harbor Marina and found it to be very nice, although not fancy and stuck up.

People very friendly and marina was easy to get into and the pool did the trick, although most likely closed up by now.

I know the wind was very nice even in the upper bay this past weekend, your trip sounds great...

Jeff

Thanks for the info

I all the years I’ve been on the Bay we have never stopped there by boat. I have lots of friends who keep their boats in both North and South. I have been to their massive storage yard in winter to help survey or look at boats.

They seem to have a first class operation, but it’s mega marina in size. We are leaning to going to the North.


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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

Excellent short weekend for us on the Chesapeake... Late start Saturday due to work but enjoyed a leisurely sail to Greys Inn Creek. The evening brought a wonderful concert of waterfowl... Especially the Eagles chatting it up. Sunday was such awesome sailing we sailed past Castle Harbor and into the Patapsco before tacking back home. Great food and pehaps a slight hangover Sunday from previous nights Margaritas hahaha. Hoping to get out this coming weekend... If no pop up events we're heading out Saturday morning. Whoop whoop hahaha
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Re: 2019 Sailing Season on the Chesapeake

I just purchased a Hunter 34 (yay!) and am now deciding when/how I'm going to get it from the upper Potomac, where it is now, to Deale. Does anyone have a recommendation for a delivery captain in the area? Also, any ideas on how much something like that might cost would be useful. I might not have time to move it myself before the end of October, when the current slip runs out.

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I just purchased a Hunter 34 (yay!) and am now deciding when/how I'm going to get it from the upper Potomac, where it is now, to Deale. Does anyone have a recommendation for a delivery captain in the area? Also, any ideas on how much something like that might cost would be useful. I might not have time to move it myself before the end of October, when the current slip runs out.

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Congrats on the new boat. I don't have a recommendation for a delivery skipper but we'll find you one - there are plenty based in Annapolis.

This is a two day trip if it's done straight through, three or four if he has to stop to sleep. I would budget about $1,000 to get it done, less if you can go as crew.
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