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Chesapeake Sailors,

I am going to spend a few days on the Choptank R. starting Saturday. I've never been through Knapps Narrows. Will the channel support 6'2" draft? Any recommendations within the Narrows for slip and restaurant?

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Wayne,

I went through the narrows 3 July and it was ok for my 5'6" draft. I few years back I ran aground in the western side right around red 2 and 4 but I think that ACE dregged the chanel since then. I ask the bridge tender about depth and he politely asked me to look at my charts. Watch for power boats comming west.
 

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I was through there last month - Knapps Narrows Marina was good for a transient slip if you need one. They have floating docks, electric, decent showers, etc. Their restaurant looked OK - We went to the one on the other side of the bridge and wont be going back.
 

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We went through the Narrows last year. with a draft of 5 and saw 6.5-7 most of the way. We anchored in Dun Cove on Harris Creek one of our favorite spots off of the Choptank. It is a 1/2 hour dingy ride up the creek to the "back" entrance to St Michaels.
 

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Thanks All,

I will try it at high tide on a weekday. Will add Dunn Cove to the week's entertainment too.

Best,
Wayne
 

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Wayne,

Youll really like Dunn Cove. One of our most favorite spots on the Chesapeake.

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The Sweatapeake Bay defeats Virginia Dare

All - We gave up, quit, defeated, whimpering home soaked in sweat. It was as hot and humid as I can remember and not a breath of air to sail by. Nothing but three knot winds that turned on and off all day long over the course of three days. We couldn't keep a 3/4 oz spinnaker filled for more than 10 minutes at a time.

We did anchor at Grace Ck and went swimming in nettle free 88-deg water. We anchored between the Hambilton Islands in San Domingo Ck. and swam in 88- deg water also free of the pests.

Best of all we discovered Cambridge - a place we had not been predisposed to like (years of rumor). A great sailing destination and a nice little town. We dined at "Bistro Poplar" and were "wowed". I'll be interested in the two chefs opinions who frequent this forum. Also, go to "Scoops" for a breakfast burrito and a sandwich to go.



We caught 17-22-kt (apparent) winds on Tuesday (though on-the-nose) so got a good romp home on a damned lumpy Bay.

Thanks all - we will return for the Narrows and Dunn cove and more of the Tred Avon. btw a friend took his HR-43 with 6'8" of lead dragging under her belly, right through the Narrows with no problem!

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Wayne,

Sorry it was so hot and humid for your trip. Thats why we go to New England and LI Sound for 3 weeks in July...too hot here.

My wife and have actually eaten atBistro Poplar 3 times. Once by boat, twicwe by car. It is an excellent choise, I had the buffalo prime rib one time and the Dorado with limes and finger bananas the second time. Great little find of a restaurant.
 

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Bummer about your trip, but would say typical of August here :( Good time to work on the boat though ;)

I have never been to Cambridge (by boat) or Bistro Poplar but I am glad to hear about a good eats on the bay. Sounds like a destination over the Labor Day weekend...anyone game???? You should post your comments on the Chesapeake Bay Eats thread :)

All the best
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Sounds like a destination over the Labor Day weekend...anyone game????
I think we will be ready for another Cambridge sail by Labor Day.

Anyone know about the inner harbor just before the bridge? Our cruising guide says mooring on the Dorchester County Office's quay wall is "free" in 8-10-ft depth, and the wall has a couple dozen recreational boat size cleats along its top.

Maybe Dunn Cove for a night prior.

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Dunn Cove is definitely a nice stopover.

When we're in that neck (vicinity of Cambridge), our favorite anchorage is tucked behind the sand spit at Marten Pt. on LaTrappe Creek. Study your charts carefully, but what a spot!! If you know how to Med moor, the depths are good for placing your stern almost on the shoreline.
 
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