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I definitely don't mind getting into the water during the shoulder seasons when waterborne bacteria is low. The water is clear for over 6 feet down, even as far north as the middle bay.

Great time to put on a wetsuit and wipe down the hull.
 

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I have a Nettle Net (nojellyfish.com) and I think it's great. It does go a bit oblong if there is a current or the boat is swinging much on the hook. Still, I would purchase it again. I hate the idea of not being able to swim for half the summer or more.
Wonder if I can make something like that? Those things seem pretty expensive for the amount of material in them.
 

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I have a nettle net - IMHO kind of a PITA for what you get. WAY cheaper to get a skinsuit/rashguard. I forgot to tie mine up correctly and I had to swim after it once - through the nettles :eek:

As for water quality, we love swimming in the creeks around Saint Michaels. The water usually looks quite nice there in May-June-early July and in the fall. At some point from mid-July on through August the water can get nasty with tons of brown algae. Last year not so much -depends a lot on the rainfall. The Corsica where our club is usually stays nice. At one time the town dumped raw sewage in there :eek::puke, but they got caught and now the river is a special recovery area and is quite nice. OTOH Queenstown Creek is --- not so good. I went up there to dive and ended up thinking I could have done better doing the bottom in my marina.
 

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There's lots of things to worry about, but.... The bay isn't as clean as it should be, but there's enough people swimming more that a plunge off the back of a sailboat to show it's generally not harmful. Don't drink the water, but don't be paranoid. Do your part to make it better. Here's a couple organizations showing our overall sensitivity to water quality is going to make a difference in the long haul. I contribute to the Elizabeth River Project because I frequent this end of the bay. I don't swim in the Elizabeth River, but it is getting cleaner. The public health concerns are well advertised. Those are the times to avoid swimming.

The Elizabeth River Project, Portsmouth, Virginia

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Again, we should do our part and restore the bay. Amazed all the rational thinkers think we have to stay out of the bay, but definitely go to the mall.
 

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Anne Arundel county has an email list for water quality alerts.
 

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I have a nettle net - IMHO kind of a PITA for what you get. WAY cheaper to get a skinsuit/rashguard. I forgot to tie mine up correctly and I had to swim after it once - through the nettles :eek:
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Good to know, now I can spend my money on something else boat-related.:laugher
 
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