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Old 24-05-2017, 10:31   #1
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Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Every captain on the Chesapeake knows the usual spots like behind Hart Miller Island where boaters congregate to break out the barbecue grill and take a dip in the water on sunny weekends during the summer. But almost every captain also knows a few local anchorages where they can drop anchor or just raft up with a few friends when they want to avoid the crowds too. (THOSE are what I'm looking for).

I'm attempting to create a comprehensive Google Map of shallow "sandy", (not mud, muck, or rocky), anchorages around the bay. The kind of place where you can anchor and everyone on board can jump off and stand barefoot in chest deep water (4'-5') on a sandy bottom with a sandy walk up shoreline.

What I'm looking for are either lat long coords or very specific location descriptions that you have a first hand knowledge of along with a short sentence or two describing the best way to anchor there, how crowded it gets (or doesn't get) during the summer months, and any unique characteristics of the location.

The current map can be found here:

https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?h...2330000002&z=7
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Old 24-05-2017, 12:36   #2
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Re: Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Great project! I've bookmarked the page and hope to contribute.
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Old 25-05-2017, 05:48   #3
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Re: Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Review Bill Shellenberger's book "Cruising the Chesapeake, a Gunkholer's Guide" for detailed info.

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Review Bill Shellenberger's book "Cruising the Chesapeake, a Gunkholer's Guide" for detailed info.

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I'm aware of his guide and it's a great resource. But it's really focused more on pointing out protected anchorages irrespective of bottom conditions. The online waterway guide is similar to this and a great resource.

https://www.waterwayguide.com/explor...mode=anchorage

This map is really more for sandy bottom spots where you can exit the boat and comfortably stand on the bottom near your boat.
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Re: Chesapeake Bay - Sandy Anchorages

Wow thanks for the post. Half a century ago I was a teenager and leaning to sail in the Annapolis area. I'm not sure if it remains but we used to go to the mouth of Weems Creek, northwest side where there was a sand spit and go swimming and sunbathing (at low tide) there on the beach. Unfortunately it seems from the satellite view that it may have washed away. I also recall some other sandy beaches farther up the Severn, but most of them private clubs I guess.
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Wow thanks for the post. Half a century ago I was a teenager and leaning to sail in the Annapolis area. I'm not sure if it remains but we used to go to the mouth of Weems Creek, northwest side where there was a sand spit and go swimming and sunbathing (at low tide) there on the beach. Unfortunately it seems from the satellite view that it may have washed away. I also recall some other sandy beaches farther up the Severn, but most of them private clubs I guess.
A lot of the bay coastline and beaches are private property and you have to be respectful of that. But at the same time, the owners of these little bits of coastline can only claim up to the waterline. There's nothing barring you from anchoring off even private beaches. The back of Dobbin Island is a good example where someone bought the island and put up fences, but the sand bar still remains a popular spot for boaters.
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If we tell you where our favorite sandy beaches are that are quiet and secluded, they certainly won't stay that way for long! Shhhhh, it's a secret!
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