Good to know.Thank you so much for the replies. I have a 1983 Macgregor 25 which has a retractable keel. The draft is around 2 feet with the keel retracted and around 5' 10" with the keel down. I would like to find something within about an hours drive if I can. But may be able to travel a little further if needed. I've had the boat moored on Lake Champlain for the last three years which is only about 22 miles from my house. I normally sail one or two days a week right now but once I'm retired I would like to maybe get out more if I can. Moorings in my area are around $1000 a year and slips run between $1300 to $2100 per year. I don't need power or pump outs if in a slip. But would prefer a mooring or a marina with mast up storage with a ramp to use for launching. I plan to come down in April and do a little exploring of the marinas in the area. Most of my sailing has been day sails so I don't really keep track of how far I've sailed. Most days I would say I most likely cover around 25 to 30 miles.
My son lives in Dillsburg and my daughter is living in Lincoln University so I would like to buy a house somewhere south of Lancaster so I can be close to the grandchildren. Thank you again for any local knowledge you can share. Maybe we can meet sometime for a coffee or a sail.
Worton Creek and Rock Hall are two areas I hope to check out in the spring when I come down. I may also look at Delaware Bay as an option. My Macgregor 25 is not water ballast like the newer powersailers with the big motor. My keel is cast iron and weights about 625 lbs. I have a 9.9 hp Yamaha 4 stroke and my hull speed is just over 6 knots So a longer drive may be what is needed.
Wow...never seen it that low. And all that ice! My wife has been sick for the last three weeks, then we had a small fire at home at the beginning of this week; I can't fly when she's not working so it's been a month since I've been down there. Hoping I can get there soon, just to check on the lines and so on.Lowest I've ever seen it in the harbor. Pendragon is just out of view top right. Harmony is way out at the end in what used to be 13ft of water.
Lowest I ever saw it at MYC was 6 years ago on a similar blowout tide for thee days.Thank you chef2sail. That information is just what I needed. Knowing the conditions I will not spend anytime looking for a mooring there.
Might be best to wait until the boat is floating on her waterline anyway. I wouldn't think that hull flex affects the sole dimensions that much, but you never know.I shoveled the driveway yesterday and went down to the boat to perform yet another test fitting of my new cabin sole pieces.
I found one bubbler hanging in the open air, so I adjusted it downward until it began churning the water again. My hull was exposed to the keel root but sitting upright, thanks to proper adjustment of the docklines. I really can't complain about the West Marine bottom paint. 2 years and not a speck of growth or a single barnacle.
I'm getting very close to the final fit of the cabin sole but it's somewhere between 3F and 5F here this morning and I just don't know if I want to go down there today. The wind is supposed to finally quit today, at least.
Yes, I remember. I haven't started the sole yet, only a test piece.My slip is 20 feet wide, but yesterday, you could have walked on the bottom if it were not for the frozen mud that your would likely have broken through to your waist.
Ajax, did you remember the non skid trick I posted about the cabin sole varnish. Add 1 tablespoon of neetsfoot oil to a quart of varnish and it will be non skid, but it does not change the finish appearance at all.
My slip is around 14' deep at normal water level. Plus, I think my boat looks like it has a lot of room because its beam is only 7'. Two of my neighbors' boats, tied up to much shallower piers, heeled way over the other day when their bottoms were touching. It looks like in that situation, if you had time and it weren't deathly cold out, it would have been a good idea to either lash a "leg" to keep the boat upright, or rig an extra dockline. This assumes also that you could actually get on (and off!) the boat when it's that far below its normal position relative to the pier.There's something to be said for shallow draft boats. It must be nice to have such a large slip. I have to butter her hips to get her in and out of my slip.