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Which Mill Creek are you referring to (seems every river has one..lol) .

If you are referring to the Whitehall Bay Creeks. You can dinghy to Cantlers. If you decide on Whitehall Creek , our marina has a dinghy platform/ raft. I don’t think John the marina manager would say anything but you can use my name if you want. Both places are in neighborhoods so walking Fido is possible.
Yes, it was “your” Miil Creek thay I was asking about. Thanks for the tips. This time we’ll probably stay in Magothy so we’re close enough to return same day if temps or the dog are too miserable. But if it goes well we might shoot down there later.

Good luck with your recovery. You picked the right month to stay off the boat.
 
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How tall is your mast?
Too tall for the short cut even if I was comfortable with the depth.Going around not a problem to me, when we came down we went directly from sandy Hook to Delaware City.

BTW - we have lots of flyswatters and look at it as entertainment along the way.
 

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I have experience with the salt gun. It’s a hoot and well worth its value based upon its entertainment value alone! Generally used against stationary targets but with practice prey can be taken on the fly. Deadly against boat spiders especially those in the rigging...just out of reach. Admiral doesn’t like indoor use at home but boat operations are encouraged. Important to shoot it til empty and reload with fresh dry ammo otherwise pattern suffers.

Not recommended for PETA associates as it is deadly, however I consider it purely a defensive tool.

V/r

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The only other solution that I know that is efficient is purchasing a replacement gazebo screen enclosure, which I found years ago at Walmart for $30. It provides you with a complete screen enclosure of your cockpit - NO BUGS at all! :) I've only used mine a few times, but it worked very, very well, especially in the lower Chesapeake where those nasty black flies will eat big chunks from your legs. Their bite is so nasty it feels like a bee sting. Ouch!

The price of the replacement screen/mosquito netting has increased quite a bit since I purchased mine, though. https://www.amazon.com/Universal-Gazebo-Replacement-Mosquito-Netting/dp/B01M0SJHSL

My boat is always salty - spray does that. ;)


Good luck from an old salt,

Gary :cool:
 

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Fly swatters are sufficient. No need for a salt weapon , besides half the ones you kill are on your person.


We have friends with full screen cockpit enclosures who have had issues with the green heads. While the “traveling tent” idea may work, I’d still carry some swatters

These green heads are Way more aggressive than the flies you normally find on the water.
 

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Had a great day on the water today. We sailed most of the way down to Annapolis from Sandy Point, and then the wind basically died. We motored most of the way back to Sandy Point. It was great seeing so many boats out, even if they didn't all have their sails up. I don't think I saw anyone who is on the forum. On the plus side I've worked out a few kinks on the boat and I'm comfortable with using it in light winds. Also - I got to spend the day with my dad, which is never a bad thing :) I'm so tired now... and I have half a bottle of wine in me, so I think I'll quit while I'm ahead.
 

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Had a great day on the water today. We sailed most of the way down to Annapolis from Sandy Point, and then the wind basically died. We motored most of the way back to Sandy Point. It was great seeing so many boats out, even if they didn't all have their sails up. I don't think I saw anyone who is on the forum. On the plus side I've worked out a few kinks on the boat and I'm comfortable with using it in light winds. Also - I got to spend the day with my dad, which is never a bad thing :) I'm so tired now... and I have half a bottle of wine in me, so I think I'll quit while I'm ahead.

Res,

Really good to see you're getting some fun time out on the water. Hope to see you around some time.
Safe Travels.:svoilier:
 

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We’re anchored at Dobbins Island. We’ll be out of here in a couple hours before too many crazies arrive.

We left Rock Hall around 2 yesterday, after resolving a couple issues related to extended non-use of the boat (one water tank was foul, needed shocking, etc). Depth finder never missed a beat, so one of the things I did must have worked. Winds were light at first, but I was determined to sail, so we settled for 2 kts at the beginning. We saw dolfins(!!!) just outside the Swan Point bar. I’d never heard of them coming this far up the bay. Winds picked up nicely (but still gentle) for the second half of our trip, allowing us to hit 5-5.5 kts sustained, and a brief moment at 6 kts. It was a great sail, and much needed given our lack of sailing time this year. We arrived around 5:30, a little longer than normal for this trip.

There were about 18 boats anchored near the beach, but all but a few were gone by sunset. Immediately after anchoring we jumped in for a swim. The dog is a good swimmer, but seemed a little panicked, clinging to my wife a lot. He took to the dinghy ride real well, taking in all the wildlife around us. First we dinghied to the beach and walked around outside the high water mark, then we motored over to Grays Creek and Atlantic Marina, just to check things out. Dinner was grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and canteloupe.

I spent an hour installing the Navisafe lights for a nighttime trip to shore, but we decided to take the dog on a walk around the boat first just in case he suddenly catches on and pees on the green mat. I turned on the deck lights so he would see it lying in front of the mast, he sniffed around it (I had taken a urine specimen at home and poured it onto the mat) and immediately peed. Eureka! Big reward! This morning we did the same thing, and he peed on command.

It’s been great having the dog, but with the heat coming and the inability to take him into air conditioned restaurants, we’re probably going to return to Rock Hall today and take him home. We hope to return to the boat tomorrow and head out for a couple nights by ourselves. We’ll definintely bring him along again when temperatures are a little more moderate.

Before leaving we’ll pump out the bleachy shock water and rinse the tank, and also empty the other tank and shock it as a precaution (it seems fine, and we’re using it now).

Sorry we missed you RZS, but sounds like you were out earlier in the day.
 

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Nighttime delivery to Solomon's tonight. 10kts of breeze and cooler temps. This will stage the boat for my vacation next week.
 

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Dan, is your boat in the water now? After all the work you have put in on it, it's time to enjoy the fruits of your labors.

Gary :cool:
Unfortunately no. Not yet.

Work day in the boat today though. Making progress a little at a time.
 

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We’re anchored at Dobbins Island. We’ll be out of here in a couple hours before too many crazies arrive.

We left Rock Hall around 2 yesterday, after resolving a couple issues related to extended non-use of the boat (one water tank was foul, needed shocking, etc). Depth finder never missed a beat, so one of the things I did must have worked. Winds were light at first, but I was determined to sail, so we settled for 2 kts at the beginning. We saw dolfins(!!!) just outside the Swan Point bar. I’d never heard of them coming this far up the bay. Winds picked up nicely (but still gentle) for the second half of our trip, allowing us to hit 5-5.5 kts sustained, and a brief moment at 6 kts. It was a great sail, and much needed given our lack of sailing time this year. We arrived around 5:30, a little longer than normal for this trip.

There were about 18 boats anchored near the beach, but all but a few were gone by sunset. Immediately after anchoring we jumped in for a swim. The dog is a good swimmer, but seemed a little panicked, clinging to my wife a lot. He took to the dinghy ride real well, taking in all the wildlife around us. First we dinghied to the beach and walked around outside the high water mark, then we motored over to Grays Creek and Atlantic Marina, just to check things out. Dinner was grilled chicken, corn on the cob, and canteloupe.

I spent an hour installing the Navisafe lights for a nighttime trip to shore, but we decided to take the dog on a walk around the boat first just in case he suddenly catches on and pees on the green mat. I turned on the deck lights so he would see it lying in front of the mast, he sniffed around it (I had taken a urine specimen at home and poured it onto the mat) and immediately peed. Eureka! Big reward! This morning we did the same thing, and he peed on command.

It’s been great having the dog, but with the heat coming and the inability to take him into air conditioned restaurants, we’re probably going to return to Rock Hall today and take him home. We hope to return to the boat tomorrow and head out for a couple nights by ourselves. We’ll definintely bring him along again when temperatures are a little more moderate.

Before leaving we’ll pump out the bleachy shock water and rinse the tank, and also empty the other tank and shock it as a precaution (it seems fine, and we’re using it now).

Sorry we missed you RZS, but sounds like you were out earlier in the day.
Great news on training Fido.
 

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Lots of activity on Ch16 today. Capsized boat with 7 children off Sandy Point (deja vu, T37chef?). Panpan quickly called off, so hopefully a successful outcome. Two 40+ foot sailboats collided in Patapsco. (Don’t know if they were racing) And, as often the case, a transient missed a perimeter marker at dead low tide in Rock Hall Harbor, running aground. That’s so easy to do at the end of a long, sweaty day, which is why I still follow a plotted course to get in.
 

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There was a pod of dolphins in the Rhode River Monday afternoon - it might have been the same group.
We’ve seen dolphins this year off of Love Pt , Eastern Bay and at least 5 of our six days on vacation from the Pautuxat to the Rhappohanok. More prevalent the last few years indicating that the Bay may be in better health.

This year we saw many many rays sunning themselves on the surface when we crossed the Potomac.
 

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Went to the boat today, 93 degrees in the cabin, so I fired up the AC and within 30 minutes it was down to 78 degrees, a bit warm, but comfortable enough to get some work done. After about 30 minutes of work, I popped the top on a Coors Light, then drove home. On the way I stopped at Mc Donald's and purchased a smokey bacon burger, which was pretty darned good - I was pleasantly surprised. Its' a bit overpriced, but it was tasty.

Tomorrow, the weather forecast is for a code red air pollution alert, so I'm not leaving the ranch. Just gonna sit around and sip Jim Bean Honey Bourbon and watch big screen TV. :)

Be careful out there, sailors,

Gary :cool:
 
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