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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.
Great choice! I'm glad that you can get down to Dahlgren in a reasonable time. The river does open up nicely down there. My only warning is to check out the weekend traffic over the toll bridge. It backs up sometimes, but I'm not sure exactly when, which direction, or how far. Based on my experience visiting my father outside Fredricksburg, it's worst heading eastbound on Sunday evenings, which is probably the opposite direction you'll be going at that time.

I had never heard of that creek so I had to look it up, and lo and behold, that's where I first learned to sail. My girlfriend's father was a navy officer who had a huge farm house on the Navy base. There was a fleet of sailboats for the Navy people to use at any time, and he took me out on one of them a few times to teach me to sail. I never learned the name of the creek, or the model of boat.

Interesting story: That girlfriend and I broke up, but have stayed lifelong friends (she lives in NY State, near Lake Wallenpaupack where we often vacationed). Her parents retired to Oak Harbor, WA, and 30 years later we visited him, since my son is in Seattle. I came to learn that in Washington he has a fishing boat almost identical to mine (he has Trophy 17, I had Trophy 15 which I just sold a couple days ago). He also had an almost identical sailboat (he had a Catalina 270, I had a Catalina 250). Quite a coincidence! He kept one-upping me by 2', so I went out and got a Catalina 34. lol
 

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Not the Chesapeake Bay, but getting closer...

The first mate and I went out yesterday for a couple of hours on a rented Catalina 22 out of Leesylvania State Park on the Potomac river just south of Occoquan. This was our first sail of the season since taking our ASA101 course last Fall and renting a Flying Scot a couple of times afterwards.

Conditions were sunny with about 10-12 knots of wind out of the southeast. The wind died as soon as we got out of the marina, but after a while it picked up and we got a nice lean going. The Navionics app suggested we topped out about 7 knots SOG, which might be a bit generous given that the Catalina's hull speed is supposed to be 5.9. This was the fastest we had ever sailed, however, and it was a hoot. We're looking forward to getting back out on the water again soon, preferably on the Bay.
 

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Started getting the boat ready last week. The battery charger failed apparently; both banks were dead. So no engine start but she's in the water. I think I'll do a short haul to look at the bottom. Mostly she just needs washing.

Anchorage Marina, where we slip her, has been doing a replacement of the D / E /F docks over the winter. The new ones are gorgeous! It's like walking on hard wood floors. And Wayne, the dockmaster, has totally turned around the service there over the last couple of years. It's good to see. Our boat has been in a different slip over the winter (we're on E dock) and it looks like we can get back in our slip next week. Yay!

We have an Alberg 35, always seems to take forever to get her ready. Last week when I was there cleaning, there was a nice little breeze and the other Alberg 35 in the marina slipped out to day sail. I don't think I've ever been so envious!
 

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Anchorage Marina, where we slip her, has been doing a replacement of the D / E /F docks over the winter. The new ones are gorgeous!
Glad to see they are doing this as the old ones were getting pretty atrocious. Harbor East Marina did the same thing last year and apparently Lighthouse Point is going to start rebuilding theirs this spring.
 

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Maybe I'll have my pick of beautiful marinas by the time I have a non-trailerable boat :-D
 

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Yeah, I paint my prop every season with Rustoleum Cold Galvinizing Compound. Interwebz rumor says its the same as Petit Prop Coat.

It does a pretty good job of keeping the prop clean for a season.
I used this stuff this year, on the recommendation of the local prop fixer.

I guess I'll find out how well it works at the end of the year. It could well be that it's one of those "as long as you recoat every year" things.
 

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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.

YMMV.
I use Petit for my propeller and it works quite well. I keep my boat in Rock Hall, MD
 

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I used this stuff this year, on the recommendation of the local prop fixer.

I guess I'll find out how well it works at the end of the year. It could well be that it's one of those "as long as you recoat every year" things.
It's absolutely a re-paint every haul out deal, but from my observations the Rustoleum performs just as well (or poorly depending on you viewpoint)as the Pettit my friends use.
 

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My year did not get off to a good start. Today I hit what was apparently a submerged railroad tie (based on the 8'x8' square deadhead that I saw bobbing astern of my boat). I suspect it destroyed my newly refurbished prop (zero thrust when I put it back in gear), and may have damaged my shaft and/or strut (vibrations, and does not spin freely in neutral). I was towed to Delaware City Marina to await haulout for inspection, survey, and repairs.

@chef2sail, I know you've spoken highly of surveyor Steve Mason. I actually tried to hire him for pre-purchase survey when I bought this boat, but he only does insurance surveys. He has been assigned to my case, so I'll finally get to use him - but not under the circumstances I would have chosen.

Oh, by the way, this is one thing that Petit Barnacle Barrier does not protect against. Maybe Rustoleum would have done better. lol
 
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My year did not get off to a good start. Today I hit what was apparently a submerged railroad tie (based on the 8'x8' square deadhead that I saw bobbing astern of my boat). I suspect it destroyed my newly refurbished prop (zero thrust when I put it back in gear), and may have damaged my shaft and/or strut (vibrations, and does not spin freely in neutral). I was towed to Delaware City Marina to await haulout for inspection, survey, and repairs.

@chef2sail, I know you've spoken highly of surveyor Steve Mason. I actually tried to hire him for pre-purchase survey when I bought this boat, but he only does insurance surveys. He has been assigned to my case, so I'll finally get to use him - but not under the circumstances I would have chosen.

Oh, by the way, this is one thing that Petit Barnacle Barrier does not protect against. Maybe Rustoleum would have done better. lol
Well, trying to look on the bright side, at least whatever is left of the prop will look nice when you haul?

Sorry to hear of your seasons rough start. I'm sure many of us carry that seed of fear of something like this, especially when sailing or motoring at night. :captain:
 

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My year did not get off to a good start. Today I hit what was apparently a submerged railroad tie (based on the 8'x8' square deadhead that I saw bobbing astern of my boat). I suspect it destroyed my newly refurbished prop (zero thrust when I put it back in gear), and may have damaged my shaft and/or strut (vibrations, and does not spin freely in neutral). I was towed to Delaware City Marina to await haulout for inspection, survey, and repairs.

@chef2sail, I know you've spoken highly of surveyor Steve Mason. I actually tried to hire him for pre-purchase survey when I bought this boat, but he only does insurance surveys. He has been assigned to my case, so I'll finally get to use him - but not under the circumstances I would have chosen.

Oh, by the way, this is one thing that Petit Barnacle Barrier does not protect against. Maybe Rustoleum would have done better. lol
Damn Rick....sorry to hear that.

Steve was great to work with and his experience and reputation with the insurance company made it's breeze for me to get the correct compensation
 

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My year did not get off to a good start. Today I hit what was apparently a submerged railroad tie (based on the 8'x8' square deadhead that I saw bobbing astern of my boat). I suspect it destroyed my newly refurbished prop (zero thrust when I put it back in gear), and may have damaged my shaft and/or strut (vibrations, and does not spin freely in neutral). I was towed to Delaware City Marina to await haulout for inspection, survey, and repairs.

@chef2sail, I know you've spoken highly of surveyor Steve Mason. I actually tried to hire him for pre-purchase survey when I bought this boat, but he only does insurance surveys. He has been assigned to my case, so I'll finally get to use him - but not under the circumstances I would have chosen.

Oh, by the way, this is one thing that Petit Barnacle Barrier does not protect against. Maybe Rustoleum would have done better. lol
That stinks! Hopefully repairs will be quick. Good luck.
 

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My year did not get off to a good start. Today I hit what was apparently a submerged railroad tie (based on the 8'x8' square deadhead that I saw bobbing astern of my boat). ...
Very, very sorry to read this. Good luck with the repair process.
 

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The four ports on my boat are old, crazed (to the point it's hard to see through), and leaky around the frame. Over the weekend I received four new pieces of acrylic, custom cut, dark smoke. Port replacement will now commence!

But first, redoing the paint on the ceiling... That way I don't get any paint on the new acrylic. Or dust that would scratch it, or...

I'm hoping I can get all these projects done by June. Work gets in the way of having fun, but money makes it possible.
 

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I'm hoping I can get all these projects done by June. Work gets in the way of having fun, but money makes it possible.
Yes, I do lament the way work intrudes on my recreational interests.

Good luck with you project. I've done my hatches, and my opening portlights are in decent shape. I do have some fixed portlights that are pretty crazed. I can still ignore them now so replacing them won't intrude on my recreational interests. lol
 

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Yes, I do lament the way work intrudes on my recreational interests.

Good luck with you project. I've done my hatches, and my opening portlights are in decent shape. I do have some fixed portlights that are pretty crazed. I can still ignore them now so replacing them won't intrude on my recreational interests. lol
We are out on the loose today. We spent the AM putting the dinghy on the davits and tweaking the boat.

This week we had M Rigging from Annapolis do aninspection of the whole rig, retape spreader boots, put a second flag halyard in, a new Davis Windex ( one with spike on top so the birds can't land on it) , a new Raymarine wind instrument ( to replace the old half functioning one).

Winds were steady 20 gusts to 35 and rough out so we headed back up Mill Creek to quieter Anchorage.

All systems go for our LI Sound trip starting May 17 for 23 days,
 

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We had an abysmal 2018 season. We got a late start due to getting the house on the market and moving onto the Hatteras. But then it seems like every time we had the time to go sailing it was raining! We did two day trips and no overnighters. We are planning on moving the sailboat from the Anchorage Marina (where we live) to a marina much closer to the mouth of the Patapsco so we can get sailing much quicker and even one night overnight trips to the Magothy or Rock Hall are do-able. I'm having a hip replaced in early March so hopefully I'll be recovered in time for late spring/early summer sailing.

We had a terrible season too, same reasons are you. The new docks are in (moving back to my old slip E24 this Tuesday) and they look great. But I certainly understand what you are saying about wishing it wasn't a long sail to the mouth of the Patapsco.

This year we're hoping to do Annapolis for the first time and a week cruise. We planned the cruise last year but never got to do it. My wife, the less experienced one, said herself: "This year we are going even if it says thunderstorms possible late in the afternoon." So here's to a better year!
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I am looking for a recommendation for someone to go up the mast on my C & C 25 the bracket for my anchor light and windex has come unattached. The boat is in the Cambridge city marina. Thanks for any help
Jim W
 

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I am looking for a recommendation for someone to go up the mast on my C & C 25 the bracket for my anchor light and windex has come unattached. The boat is in the Cambridge city marina. Thanksc for any help
Jim W
We just had M Rigging from Annapolis due outs but they will get you with travel time.

Possibly you can find someone in Oxford as their are a fair number of marine trades out of that area
 
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