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Old 02-06-2009, 09:04   #1
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Ewell, Smith Island, MD - Navigation ?

I'm going to be cruising up the Chesapeake, and I'm very wary of shallow water after two groundings on the ICW (one I was able to use sail heel to get off, one I needed a tow from boatus.)
I'd like to stop in at Smith Island, and according to the charts it looks doable with my 4'10" draft but I wanted to see if anyone has been there and could offer any tips/info:

Are there good spots to anchor/tie up?
Is shoaling a problem or can the marks be trusted?

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It's been some years since I was there, and it was in my Grady White 24, so I wasn't looking for >5' depths like you will be. There will always be some shoaling in dredged channels like those leading to Ewell, so if you go, you'd better go slowly and check your ranges both fore and aft so you stay in the marked channel.

There's a marina in Ewell that has a few slips for transients, but it would be a good idea to call or email. I believe it's called the Smith Island Marina (surprise!). I don't recall any place for anchoring, and the way the watermen roar out around dawn to go to work, you're better off in a slip. You could also ask the marina people about current depths in the approach channels.

Here's a Google Earth image of Ewell. You can see how constrained the "good" water is there. It's worth a try, if only for the crab cakes!
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