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We're taking Friday off and doing a 3.5 day cruise headed south from Deltaville. Plan to anchor out somewhere in Mobjack Bay Friday evening, then the York River Yacht Haven Saturday evening. On the way home we'll probably either return to Mobjack or if we make good time to Fishing Bay before returning home early Monday.

Anyone have any suggestions for anchorages on Mobjack? Maybe one at the southern end for the trip down and the north side for the trip home? It covers a lot of territory and it will be our first visit, so any input is appreciated.
 

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Wow, I guess Mobjack won't be too crowded if no one's ever been there! lol

Looks like we're off for a true adventure.
 

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Midlife,

I've been in Back River twice, south of Mobjack. Not much to recommend it except that it is the least out of the way creek from the bay. It's not scenic in the least, and there's nothing to do there. I have no other experience with Mobjack except getting the crap beaten out of me and the boat crossing it in November a couple years ago.

No Gwynn Island Hole in the Wall for you on the way back? I guess the depths and tight channel may be too much for your lead mine.

Stop by and say hi tomorrow, or at least wave on your way out of Dville. I was hoping to go out today, but there's a little too much wind for me. I'll try to get out tomorrow with you, but friends are coming down this weekend to haul out over in Jackson creek. I may be too busy giving them a hand to sail.

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Midlife,

I have been to Mobjack many times, East River is one of my favorite spots.

A really good anchorage on East River is just past Green Marker 15. On the port side (goinf up river) there is plenty of room and very good holding. I've never drug there and have seen 45 kts on occasion. Marker 15 is just opposite Put In Creek.

North, Ware and Severn rivers arer also nice but IMO not quite as pretty as East River.

We will also be in York River Yacht haven on saturday night so we might bump into each other. If you see a Catalina 400 named Querencia with a crazy Swedish / Irish couple - thats us!

Cheers / Jorgen

/Jorgen
 

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Scott/Jorgen,

Thanks and I'll definitely look for you both.

Scott I know where your boat is, but the times I've seen you aboard I was coming or going. Will try to at least say Hi this weekend.
 

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Mobjack Bay

I have been there twice, once in 1979 and once 2 years ago. My recolections form 30 years ago were a nice rural place with little or no people. My thoughts from 2 years ago were from a delivery trip and we were pushing to make Mobjeck before dark. We had sailed from Smith Creek (just west of Point Lookout MD). We sailed the almost 60 miles in about 12 hours making it just before dark. We were in a 22' sailboat and had a healthy quarting sea with about 15-20 knots and 4-5' seas. We were nearly exhausted when we passed New Point Comfort (check the chart for the false point that is easy to mistake for where you can cross if approaching from the north). Once we rounded the point we were blessed with a pleasant area with small boats racing and cruisers looking to anchor. We sailed almost the entire way to our destination on the far end of North River. I found the area fairly deep with 12'-20' almost everywhere.

If I were to choose Mobjack Bay as an anchorage i wouod first look at the wind. If the wind was near SE I would seek sheltered area of the Severn River (SW corner of Mobjack Bay), the reason is, Mobjeck is nearly exposed to the open waters of the Atlantic with a clear shot across the Bay and out through the capes. When the wind is out of almost anywhere else you can pick at your own fancy.

All in all, Mobjack Bay was a beautiful place to sail. I would go again.
 

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Midlife,

I have been to Mobjack many times, East River is one of my favorite spots.

A really good anchorage on East River is just past Green Marker 15. On the port side (goinf up river) there is plenty of room and very good holding. I've never drug there and have seen 45 kts on occasion. Marker 15 is just opposite Put In Creek.

North, Ware and Severn rivers arer also nice but IMO not quite as pretty as East River.

We will also be in York River Yacht haven on saturday night so we might bump into each other. If you see a Catalina 400 named Querencia with a crazy Swedish / Irish couple - thats us!

Cheers / Jorgen

/Jorgen
Jorgen,

I'm sorry I didn't recognize you guys at YRYH. I saw you there as we were headed out Sunday AM and knew the name of your boat rang a bell but at the time it didn't click.

We did anchor in the East River but had to go on up to around the 17 to fit the boats with our group. Thankfully the group split some opting not to face the quartering seas with SCA on Friday. As it was, we pretty well filled up the river at the 17 mark. You are correct that the East River is a beautiful spot. No doubt we'll be back.
 

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I used to work on the East River. BEAUTIFUL place and when I was back there in June of this year it still is. Go up above G13 and you should have no probs w/ finding shelter regardless of the wind direction. But that's just my 25 years of memory. (Damn that makes me old!) Great place to go...
 

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jorgenl,

Is that area on East River near Green Maker 15 still a good place? I plan on going to Mobjack Bay in August and just looking for a good place to anchor overnight. Any other suggestions would be great, we have a C&C 29.

Thanks,
Greg
 

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I'm sure it hasn't changed much in a year. If you can find room around the 15, it would be the place to go vs going all the way up to the 17. We were with a group of other boats and needed room for several of us to anchor, so we went way up the river to find a place where we could all fit. If you're traveling solo or with one buddy boat, you shouldn't have any problem finding a place and you might not need to go so far up the river. We saw lots of onesy's and twosy's snugged in along the River so there are lots of choices. If you have time, its worth the trip further up, but the whole river is nice and you could save some time getting back to the bay by selecting a anchorage before the 15 and it seemed like a really long way up to the 17 mark.

Hope you have a great trip.

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Been there several times - info above good. If you have not "joined" ActiveCaptain.com you should. Free to sign up but has great info about marinas, anchorages, current NOAA charts and all kinds of other info. Thing I like best about the site is you can add your input based on what you find. Covers places all over the world.
 

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Thanks guys...I'm considering only going about half way up East River, it all depends on the time it takes to get there from Salt Ponds in Hampton. I'll let you all know how it turns out.
 

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Greg,

If you can spare an addtional 15 minutes, go all the way to marker 15.

You will be more protected from southerly winds there.

Further down the river you can get a small swell in a southerly which makes dinghy operations etc less fun and more wet.

In addtion marker 15 is just opposite Put In creek which is ideal for dinghy ops and you can go all the way to Matthews on a high tide.

Just my $0.02
 

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I know this is an old thread, but but "Midlife" I just wanted to tell you my girlfriend and i went up two G15 marker and found a great spot right at low tide. Work out great, we even did a little swimming. A couple weeks later we went Severn River and found another spot just as good. Next summer we'll check out the other two rivers in Mobjack Bay.

thanks for the advice!
 

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I know this is an old thread, but but "Midlife" I just wanted to tell you my girlfriend and i went up two G15 marker and found a great spot right at low tide. Work out great, we even did a little swimming. A couple weeks later we went Severn River and found another spot just as good. Next summer we'll check out the other two rivers in Mobjack Bay.

thanks for the advice!
Thanks, Glad you had a good time. We are enjoying our new sailing area but really do miss it further south.

Next year I'm planning do do our week cruise to the south to hit some of our old favorites like Mobjack and pick up a few I didn't get to while I was down there like Cape Charles and Hampton/Norfolk.
 

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Yep..been there..even was boarded by the USCG..probably 'cause the area is so remote and quiet.
Isn't there a CG training facility on the York River (just around the corner)? I have heard of stories of their boarding many boats there for that reason...
 

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Yep the Coast Guard Training center is right next to Yorktown battlefields. Its on the left side of the York River just after refinery before the Coleman Bridge. We use to go sailing up and down that river all the time before sailing out of Hampton, but we never had them board our boat. I guess Mobjack Bay and Severe River is a little more secluded.
 
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