We’re almost leaving!

Oh my goodness it’s almost time to go!! We are sort of in denial about leaving… but we’re hauling out a week from today…

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epoxy, vape, beer. an apt description of life these days

At the end of July, we moved out of our studio. So sad. Im going to miss that little classroom. On a positive note, we had a pizza party once we had cleaned out the whole space.

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“wah!”

Now we’re just winging it on the boat to get stuff done. But here are a few things we did before we moved out. We removed the rails form the boat and Kasy epoxied the cracks in them and then rebedded them with new hardware.

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Also replaced all the hardware on the self steering gear…

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…And installed a bulkhead to block off the space in the bow where the anchor chain goes. It’s that little triangular space in the picture below… The chain sits in the very forward “corner” of the boat, and blocking off that little triangle made it easier to store stuff in the space next to it without the stuff getting wet/dirty from the anchor.

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I made mosquito netting for both hatches. The way this works: it’s basically two rectangles of mosquito netting with tubular webbing sewn around the edges. I filled the webbing with sand to weigh the netting down, so now you can just drape the netting over each hatch and it stays in place. (more pictures later)

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I also made myself a fanny pack, otherwise known as a utility belt.

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And the coolest thing that happened… over the winter, the auxiliary rudder got snapped off by ice. It’s just a piece of wood, about 2 feet by 8 inches. Kasy thought it might have sunk down in the marina, because it’s heavy wood and was waterlogged. I thought it was just lost somewhere in the Delaware. But Kasy decided to try to find it, so he borrowed scuba gear from our friends and dove down about 20  feet in the marina. AND HE FOUND IT, within 30 minutes, on the third descent. I always knew he was good at finding stuff, but this was too much. It seemed like the rudder found him.

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the auxiliary rudder that could

In other news, I’ve now tried and failed twice to make lacto-fermented pickles. It’s just not working for us. And also there was a massive spider in one of the portholes (it’s in the upper right corner.)

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Here’s a night shot of the inside of Stout, with Kasy making salad. And a patron (cat) hanging out in a bar.

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WE’LL SEE YOU WHEN WE LEAVE!!!!!!!!!

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5 Responses to We’re almost leaving!

  1. Adam Plourde says:

    Very exciting. What are your plans now that the boat is just about finished?

    • Hey. So far the plan is to head to the Chesapeake for a couple months and if we still like each other down the ICW and the Bahamas? Do you have any recommendations for anchorages in the Chesapeake?

      • Adam Plourde says:

        Sure. There are LOTS of great places on the Chesapeake. I guess it depends on what you are looking for; but practically every little river, creek, and inlet seems to have something to recommend it. My reply got a little carried away…call this an impromptu Chesapeake Cruising Guide…

        I’m assuming you will head south through the C&D canal.

        The Sassafras River is very scenic. You can head up the river to Georgetown or so. Georgetown is a sleepy little town; but kind of nice. There’s a bunch of (reasonably priced) moorings up there; but you should be able to find a place to drop the hook. Georgetown Yacht Basin has a good marine store should you need supplies. There is a small grocery store in town, and a restaurant or two. I haven’t been there since I bought my boat; but I’ve been planning on returning.

        Worton Creek on the Eastern Shore is a favorite of mine. Mostly because it is fairly easy for me to get to and offers opportunities to anchor in a fairly protected area, or more open if looking for a breeze. Great sunsets. If you like cat fish, it is easy to catch a lot (last time I was there with a buddy, we hooked probably eight or ten without really trying hard). I’ve never used any shore-side facilities there.

        A little further south on the Eastern shore is Fairlee Creek. The entrance is a bit tricky (pay attention to the markers, it is necessary to almost hug the shore on the way in); but I always get a kick out of it. Inside is large, very well protected, and quite comfortable. In season there is a beach bar if you feel the need. It can get pretty crowded on summer weekends; but I think you’ve missed the prime busy time. I like this anchorage a lot.

        Further south on the Eastern Shore is Rock Hall. Swan Creek is a good anchorage; but there isn’t an easy way ashore. If you go in to Rock Hall Harbor there is a free wall you can tie onto. I haven’t explored the town yet; but I hear it is nice with a nice restaurant or two, and some marine supplies. I assume there is a grocery somewhere. The Rock Hall Trolley is a dollar or two.

        On the Western shore you have Middle River, which is nice enough; but the thing that most recommends it is that this is where I am based out of, up Frog Mortor Creek. If you end up there I can probably arrange some transportation, help, a meal, showers, supplies, etc… Let me know.

        Up the Patapsco River is Baltimore, of course. There used to be a great free wall to tie up to at Brown’s Wharf in Fells Point; but they aren’t permitting that any longer. There is another wall in Fells Point that is OK, and less in the public eye at the end of Thames Street. You can also anchor in the area. There is a dinghy dock near the Safeway and West Marine. Fells Point is fun, and Baltimore’s Inner Harbor is friendly (a longish; but not unreasonable walk); but it’s the big city so it pays to be aware. We haven’t had riots here in a couple months. Really, a worthwhile stop, even with the inconveniences. It is possible to pick up a spot on the wall in the Inner Harbor (I’ve tied up next to the aquarium); but if they bother to collect money, it is really way too much (for your boat I think it would be $25 for five hours, or $2/ft LOA for overnight with no real services. A better bargain would probably be the Anchorage Marina; although it doesn’t sound like marinas are your thing).

        Up the Magothy River (also, West Shore) there are a few opportunities. Heading north into Silery bay immediately upon entering the river is a popular anchorage is behind Dobbins Island, which is easy to get to, although it is important to be aware of shoals in the area (well charted). There is a neat house with a light house on Little Island. I prefer going around Gibson Island to the first little cove. There is a horse farm on the northern end of the cove. Nice little place to spend some time. Neither of these anchorages provide any shore-side facilities; but they are nice places to jump in the water for a swim or to just relax. I’ve not really spent time in the rest of the river so can’t comment further.

        The Chester River is a scenic place to spend a few days. It is just a little north of the Bay Bridge on the Eastern Shore. I’ve only recently started exploring this area, so can’t speak too much about it. There is no shortage of nice anchorages. I haven’t been ashore up this river, but if you go all the way up to Chestertown there should be services. I’ve been meaning to check out Centerville (at the end of the Corsica River off of the Chester) as well. I suspect there are other gems up here.

        The next really good place to stop heading south is Annapolis. This stop should not be missed. Assuming you don’t want to pick up a mooring (the discount moorings are $25/night), I generally recommend heading up Spa Creek past the bridge. They are supposed to open on the half hour (not during rush hours), and monitor the VHF. I’ve found they won’t open if you don’t talk to them, and they aren’t the best at monitoring the VHF, so a phone call to 410-974-3840 a few minutes before the scheduled open time is a good idea. Once inside, you can probably find some place to drop the hook. One of the neat things about Annapolis is that every street that ends at the water is a dinghy dock. This is a fun town. You can also anchor up Back Creek; but I think this will put you further away from a lot of the activity, although the Eastport area is pretty good in its’ own right. Perhaps spending time in both anchorages is worth while. Back Creek is probably the better for access to Fawcett Boat Supplies and West Marine, while Spa Creek is a little closer to Bacon Sails. I’ve never anchored up Back Creek, so take my advice with a grain of salt. There is an excellent water taxi ($3-8/pp, depending on where you are); but if you are on a budget it might be hard to justify the cost, especially with all the good places to tie up a dinghy.

        South of Annapolis is the West River, and right off the West River is the Rhode River, which I tend to stop at at least once a year. If you are in the neighborhood at the end of September, this is where the SSCA has their Gam. It can be fun. Otherwise, it is a pleasant place. There is a little island where you can stretch your legs. I’m not sure if there are any notable shore-side facilities, although there are several marinas to fuel up. There is also a pump out boat which comes around.

        I normally take my next anchorage on the Choptank River (I’ll generally take the Knapps Narrows shortcut unless the wind has been perfect and I’m arriving early). If I’m in the mood just to hang at anchor, I’ll maybe head to Dun Creek, which is nice and has always been very quiet when I’ve been there, although different cruising guides I’ve read have suggested that this is a popular raft up spot.

        If I want a town I try to head to Oxford which is small, quiet and friendly. I always anchor in Town Creek. Some people complain of poor holding here; but I’ve not had much trouble (Rocna anchor). It does get shallow a little ways in, though. Hinckley’s has a nice boat store, and they’ve been very accommodating to me regards filling with water and dumping trash, etc… though I did buy stuff at the store. There is a free dinghy dock in a residential neighborhood. It is close to the post office and a little general store. Schooners is a nice little pub/restaurant with dock access that I’ve always enjoyed (I loved their fish tacos the last time I was there). The patrons and staff are very friendly. Nearby is an excellent ice cream shop. It’s a good walking town.

        A little further up the Choptank is the town of Cambridge, which is bigger than Oxford. You can tie up to a free wall here. The wall is a little ugly and scary; but seems to work and offers great access to the town. There is also room for a couple boats to anchor in the tight harbor. There are a number of nice little shops and museums. We shopped at a small grocery; but I understand there is a bigger one a $2 bus ride away. Strangely, we didn’t find any coffee shops or marine shops within walking distance. Snappers Restaurant was good. We also caught the Farmers Market nearby which was small; but provided us some nice fresh food. Even though we didn’t stay there, the Cambridge Municipal Yacht Basin was happy to fill our water tanks.

        The back door to St. Michael’s is not far away from here; but I have somehow managed to not make it to St. Michael’s yet. I will have to put it on my list for this year.

        Heading south on the Chesapeake you will eventually get to Solomons on the Western Shore (Patuxent River). There are lots of places to anchor. The Calvert Marine Museum is worth while, and I believe provides free dinghy access to shore. Zahniser’s welcomes those at anchor ($3 dinghy dock, $3/pp showers, $1 for trash).

        I haven’t explored much further south. There are lots of other anchorages that I haven’t mentioned, of course, but these are the one’s that stand out in my head. I hope this is useful.

      • Wow. Thanks Adam. This is immensely useful, we’ve never been to the Chesapeake by boat and it helps alot to have your insight. We”l make sure to give you a heads up when we get to Frog Mortor Creek.

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