Cruisers Forum
 


Join CruisersForum Today

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 24-04-2011, 07:29   #1
Registered User
 
twellsjd's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bristol, Vermont
Boat: Hunter 36
Posts: 18
Send a message via Skype™ to twellsjd
Make Home in Chesapeake

Our home port is on Lake Champlain in Vermont. In our slow but sure exploration of the "known world" my evolving plan (I am studying the guides and asking for advice here now) is to keep our Hunter 36 in the Chesapeake this winter. We will arrive in August and keep it on in the bay until the Fall of 2012 then head down the ICW. I am looking for recommendations of great marinas to hang out for awhile and ultimately to spend the winter. I am open to suggestions in both the upper and lower bays. We are, alas, not full time crusiers and must come home for long periods to work. A marina in a great town for land exploration as well is a great plus.
__________________

__________________
Tom Wells
Chapter III --Hunter 36
twells@wellslaw.com
twellsjd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2011, 07:37   #2
Registered User
 
Doodles's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Virginia, USA & Krabi, Thailand
Boat: Wauquiez Pretorien 35; Nordica 16
Posts: 2,810
Images: 1
Re: Make home in Chesapeake

On the lower Bay, I'd suggest Olverson's Lodge Creek Marina. It's off the Potomac River at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. Great rates and quite a few full time cruisers spend their summers there before heading back south for the winter.
__________________

__________________
Mundis Ex Igne Factus Est
Doodles is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2011, 07:41   #3
Registered User

Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 3,949
Re: Make home in Chesapeake

Sounds like a wonderful plan. Living in upstate NY I understand its appeal. I don't know if you've sailed in the Chesapeake much, but they do have a much longer sailing season. It is easily April through November, and some sail year 'round, particularly in the southern bay. On the other hand, there are winters when Annapolis harbor is iced over, and everywhere can see snow, so don't plan on being down there at Christmas in your bathing suit. Sounds obvious, but I would drive or sail around a bit and check out things before committing to a particular area. Places like Annapolis have a lot going on, but prices are higher and it is busy in the summer. The Eastern Shore has both active towns like St. Michaels and Oxford, and sleepy fishing villages. Driving time from Vermont to the Eastern Shore is much less than to the southern Virginia shore, but it is also significantly warmer down there in the winter. Watch out for the Maryland sales/use tax. I believe it applies whether or not you've paid sales/use tax elsewhere. Better check into the latest on that before committing.
__________________
Kettlewell Cruising
Kettlewell is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2011, 08:26   #4
CF Adviser
Moderator Emeritus
 
Hud3's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Virginia
Boat: Island Packet 380, now sold
Posts: 8,929
Images: 49
Re: Make home in Chesapeake

Lots and lots to choose from on The Bay. Here's a website that has a bunch of marina info, plus aerial photos and an interactive map: Maryland Marinas - MD Marinas, United States

You can also use it to find marinas in Virginia.
__________________
Hud
Hud3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 24-04-2011, 08:44   #5
Moderator
 
Hudson Force's Avatar

Cruisers Forum Supporter

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Lived aboard & cruised for 45 years,- now on a chair in my walk-in closet.
Boat: Morgan OI 413 1973 - Aythya
Posts: 7,894
Images: 1
Re: Make home in Chesapeake

To the north end, we like Havre De Grace. We've also enjoyed spending lengths of time in Baltimore, Annaoplis, Solomons Island. Our favorite on the Eastern Shore is Chestertown. The marinas in Wharton Creek provide near access to Chestertown if you have a car. To the south end we favor Portsmouth, but Hampton and Norfolk have much to offer.
__________________
Take care and joy, Aythya crew
Hudson Force is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2011, 16:42   #6
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2004
Posts: 5
Re: Make Home in Chesapeake

My husband is currently moving our boat "home" to the Chesapeake (from Marathon, Florida - so there is now an empty "slip" at our friend's place, of which the rates are GREAT (relatively speaking; similar to Deltaville, VA), so if anyone wants the contact info. for a place just off of Boot Key Harbor, near the seven mile bridge, let me know)...anyways, we are going to Salt Ponds in Hampton as the facility is really nice, and the rates are good, and no taxes, etc....while a VERY different area than Deltaville, Annapolis, or such, we are really looking forward to the easy hop over to Cape Charles, etc, and other eastern shore towns and bay sailing, plus spending time in Williamsburg, VA Beach, etc....lots of history, and we have children, so the beach, Norfolk, "city stuff" will be good. We also have some friends who have kept boats there and have been more than happy....it's not too far from the airport in Hampton Roads (Airtran flies there)....by the way, Salt Ponds offers a short walk (3 minutes or so!) to a sandy "bay" beach, as well as bands, etc....again, not a quaint sailing town, but lots to do, very nice facility, and reasonably priced....and live aboards....
__________________
Joalem is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2011, 17:51   #7
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: Chesapeake Bay
Posts: 128
Re: Make Home in Chesapeake

twellsjd-

We really like the upper bay (closer to our land-locked home).

We sail out of Herrington Harbour North.

Herrington has good amenities, several convenient local restaurants within a short walk from the dock. Calypso bay is right on the dock. Also Skippers Pier and Dock Bar are short dinghy ride across the harbour.

We are a short day sail over to Tilghman Island and Knapps Narrows.

And a long day sail to St. Michaels or Annapolis.

There are many great locations on the Chesapeake Bay.

Best,
DJ
__________________
____________________________
~~~~_/)~~~~
http://www.datsariot.com
Coolruns is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 27-04-2011, 20:03   #8
Writing Full-Time Since 2014
 
thinwater's Avatar

Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Deale, MD
Boat: PDQ Altair, 32/34
Posts: 4,326
Re: Make Home in Chesapeake

Quote:
Originally Posted by Coolruns View Post
twellsjd-

We really like the upper bay (closer to our land-locked home).

We sail out of Herrington Harbour North.

Herrington has good amenities, several convenient local restaurants within a short walk from the dock. Calypso bay is right on the dock. Also Skippers Pier and Dock Bar are short dinghy ride across the harbour.

We are a short day sail over to Tilghman Island and Knapps Narrows.

And a long day sail to St. Michaels or Annapolis.

There are many great locations on the Chesapeake Bay.

Best,
DJ
Having sailed all over the Bay many times, I've got to admit that the central section, south of the Bay Bridge, is my favorite too. There is more within a day's sail and the ends aren't too far.

There's more on my blog, mostly under the trip report tab:
Sail Delmarva: Trip Reports

But everyone is going to have different tastes.
__________________

__________________
Gear Testing--Engineering--Sailing

Writing full-time since 2014.
Bookstore:http://sail-delmarva.blogspot.com/20...ook-store.html
thinwater is online now   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Home at last Jim Cate General Sailing Forum 2 03-05-2009 16:48
Almost home Cowboy Sailer Off Topic Forum 2 05-04-2009 23:06
Looking for new home.. RichT Liveaboard's Forum 7 04-09-2007 03:41
did you make it? beau Multihull Sailboats 1 13-03-2007 17:37
Where should we make home base? dianajh73 Off Topic Forum 8 27-08-2006 15:21



Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 23:19.


Google+
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.