When I was stationed at NAS Norfolk, lived aboard my boat at the old rescue
boat marina off the N/S runway. Walked to the hangar and used the facilities to shower
and store uniforms. Worked great till they issued me a wife. Haven't been back in decades but wonder how things have changed over the years.
If you are single
handing, the first thing you need is a self steering
vane or auto pilot. The relatively cheap wheel
pilots will work if not too much force required to steer. If you have a tiller, a self steering
vane would probably work great, is totally reliable and doesn't eat electrons. Search Craig's list or Ebay to find them used. Unlike electronics
, the marine environment
doesn't kill them. When you say gennaker
, assume it's a reacher/drifter or asym. spinnaker
. If you can fit an ATN snuffing sleeve, they are very easy to set and retrieve. Will definitely need someone or something on the tiller while you are setting the sail.
Enjoy the Chesapeake, it's a great place to sail and explore except for those 100/100 temp/humidity in the middle of summer. Very long sailing season, actually year around if you are the hardy sort.