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Old 06-02-2012, 07:03   #1
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Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

We are planning to move our Hunter 36 from its long term home on Lake Champlain to the Chesapeake for a couple years as part of a long term plan to take it to the Caribbean. We are planning on making Tidewater Marina at Havre de Grace our next home as a nice place to be and to sail from and to have work done before we take the boat further South. Anybody have any input on this marina or on our plan generally.
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We are planning to move our Hunter 36 from its long term home on Lake Champlain to the Chesapeake for a couple years as part of a long term plan to take it to the Caribbean. We are planning on making Tidewater Marina at Havre de Grace our next home as a nice place to be and to sail from and to have work done before we take the boat further South. Anybody have any input on this marina or on our plan generally.
Tidewater is tucked a long way up a winding channel from the Chesapeake. Light winds in the northern Chessie also You'd be better off on Sassafras, Rock Hall, Worton Creekor Middle River

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Go further south. Havre de Grace is 45 minutes up a narrow winding shoaled channel from the Chessie

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Re: Move to Chesapeake---Tidewater Marina

I agree. Better to drive a bit further south to the boat, versus motoring the boat south (from Tidewater) every time you want to sail.
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Re: Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

If you're driving from the North look at Worton Creek or Rock Hall on the MD Eastern Shore. If you're flying in look at the Patapsco or Middle Rivers near BWI.
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Re: Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

Unless you want to spend most of your sailing day getting to and returning from the bay, listen to the other posts.
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Re: Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

Long haul to the Bay from Have a Disgrace.
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Re: Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

We are in the Sassafras right across from you. The channel is narrow up to Tidewater but it depends on what your're going to do. Day sails or more weekends and week long trips. Making the trip out for a couple hour sail might get old, but if your leaving to come back in a couple days, not so bad.
We are at Georgetown Yacht Basin. Great mooring prices. Long haul to open bay, but doable. Plus theres a butt load of great places to camp and hang on the Sassafras itself. Ammenities are top notch as well.
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Tx, I need a marina that is not just a good base for sailing but where I can get a lot of work done next winter. My plan is to add AC, inverter etc next winter before taking boat further South in the Fall of 2013. Recommendations?
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Re: Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

Well, Georgetown Yacht Basin. They have a DIY area, with power and water. Or have the yard do the work. Dave is a great guy to deal with. www.gybinc.com Read for youself, and check out the annual mooring costs, and the included ammenities.
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Re: Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

Check out Cambridge Municipal Marina. Good rates from 1-1 to 12-31 can keep boat in all year or Yacht Maintenence is there for @ $6 a ft for winter storage and don't mind you working on own boat. Will usually help also. They have a RR or travel lift.
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Re: Move to Chesapeake --- Tidewater Marina

You did not clarify if you were going to do the work yourself or have the yard do it. For work to be done, Tidewater has a good reputation but there are many who also can provide excellent services but also have the better sailing grounds.

You may want to scout out quotes from Haven Harbour, Lankford Bay or Sailing Emporium in Rock Hall. The Western shore has so many options in Annapolis that I will not list here but Jabin's comes to mind. Oxford Boatyard in Oxford is also a full service organization. If you can get a number of quotes to see who is the most economical, I would also ask if they will store you vessel at no charge while the work is done.

That can help you make the best choice as you move forward with this plan. It may take a weekend of driving down and visiting some of the yards and talking with the managers but that could be a fun trip.

Good luck with your plan. It sounds like a fun time.

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