09/22/2007, Annapolis, Maryland
Thursday Sept. 20 Annapolis
After coffee, I took the dinghy down stream about 100 yards to introduce myself the other B 40... "Second
Wind". We left for town around 9:30 and spent a couple of hours wandering around the Naval Academy which was impressive. We then hiked up main street mostly window shopping, before having lunch at a little bar. We made a stop a Fawcett's for some containers to transport water and another at a deli for snacks and a sandwich for supper. By the time we got back to the boat is was mid-afternoon and we went to work. Kathy took the grate out of the shower and scrubbed everything in the head.. I taped off the eyebrow, sanded and got two coats of Cetol on them as well as the butterfly hatch before the evening dew began to set.
As we finished, the captain and crew of "Second Wind" stopped to invite us out to dinner with two other couples moored in our end of Spa Creek. We got cleaned up...well, at least I put on a clean shirt, and followed along in the dinghy. All streets that end in the water have either a dock for dinghies or a wall with cleats which makes it easy to get around town. After securing the inflatables, we walked a few blocks to a "non-tourist" place and had a very nice meal.
Friday, Sept. 21
This morning we hauled up both of our anchors and moved about 100 yards to a mooring. The city controls all moorings and before long one of the harbormaster boats was along side signing us up. I may have mentioned before that there is an ordinance here that precludes anchoring within 75 feet of a moored boat or a dock (this turned out to be untrue-one set of docks had a sign that said that, but it is not a city ordinance). To comply, I was forced to set a stern anchor as well as our 45 pound Bruce off the bow. We were in fine shape as long as the weather was calm, but the combination of not swinging with the wind and a very soft bottom forced us to bite the bullet and fork over the $150 / week.
Our main goal today was to get to the grocery store which is a challenge here. But first we needed to run into the city docks for some water. My estimate is that if we add about 8 - 10 gallons a day our 100 gallon tank will stay full. While in town we had to stop at the Harbor Master's office for some added paperwork and a trip to the hardware.
After returning to the boat to unload, we headed out with Steve and Carol for the bus stop. In moments the correct bus came along and we jumped on. Our trip to the store was uneventful. We bought too much stuff but that is to be expected with our ship stores as low as they have been lately. Back at the bus stop for our return, we waited in the sun for an hour and a half sweltering in the heat. However, in the end we were successful and have a much better idea of how the local bus system works.
We arrived back at the boat in time to unload, make a dish to pass, pack some dining utensils and head for a potluck over on Back Creek. The way I understand it the meal was sponsored by the people who put on the upcoming boat shows....first the Sailboat show and then the Powerboat show. They are still looking for workers. Many cruisers work the show year after year to boost the sailing kitty a little. It would be fun, but they work mostly 12 hour days....putting tents up, moving docks, erecting fences etc. and I really need to spend some time at the show which wouldn't be possible.
We had a nice time but after driving around after dark two nights in a row, the purchase of a night light for our dinghy may be in order.
Since we will be staying here for a couple of weeks, we will only update every two or three days. We don't want anyone to get bored with all the details of getting water and shopping!
Down the Chesapeake Bay
09/22/2007, Annapolis, Maryland
Sept. 19 Worton Creek to Annapolis
We were in no hurry (for the second day in a row...and it's nice for a change.) After coffee I delivered our propane tanks to the office to be filled while Kathy worked on filing some of these blog entries. I washed the boat and got most of the salt off. Our tank swere filled by 9am and we set out for Annapolis at about 9:30.
Once out of Worton Creek and into the bay we found a nice breeze and got the sails up. As our course changed more and more to the south ... we were forced to motor sail for the remainder of the trip. I worked on an anchor float while enroute using a net float that I found on the shore of Delaware Bay a year ago.
There are a number of creeks in the Annapolis that are suitable for anchoring each with its advantages and disadvantages. We chose Spa Creek because it is downtown Annapolis and we're here early enough that there is still room.
From the Bay proper we entered the Severn River dodging some Navy boats out practicing, and after a mile or so headed south for the mouth of Spa Creek which is the heart of Annapolis. The mouth of Spa Creek is about a half mile wide and narrows to nothing in its two mile length. There are docks and moorings on each side for the entire length so where we find ourselves about 3/4s of the way in, it seems much narrower than it's 400 yard width.
The approach is straight forward but there is a bridge that opens on the hour and half hour only so we stalled a little before entering the congested area of downtown . We made the 2:30 bridge and worked our way down the creek anchoring in the middle of the creek just in front of "Restless". There is an ordinance here that prohibits anchoring nearer that 75 feet from a dock or moored boat. In order to limit our swing, set a stern anchor but am thinking about moving the rode to the bow tomorrow morning so that we swing with the other boats.... it's cosmetic for the most part because this place is so well protected that any wind would be minor.
There is another Bayfield 40 in sight so after getting settled we jumped in the dinghy and explored Spa Creek. The homes here are all very nice. There are all sizes and shapes with a few condos in the mix... most have docks with both power and sail boats. We took the dinghy for sight-seeing trip and then cooked our last non-canned meal ...steak, salad, and corn. Food is in short supply here but we will take care of that problem tomorrow (or the next day).
Into Chesapeake Bay
Mike and Kathy
09/18/2007, Worton Creek Marina, MD
Tuesday...Sept. 18 Worton Creek, Maryland
Last night we were invited for dinner on "Cielo" along with the folks from "Cambio" which was the first sail boat we saw with their mast down on the Erie canal. We have been chatting and waving at each other for the three weeks but had never formally met. It was Kevin's birthday and he served a marinated pork loin and some excellent spinach wilted in olive oil and garlic. (I think that's all he did) The six of us were way too loud for the small crowded anchorage but no one said anything. Hopefully we'll catch up with both of these boats in Annapolis.
We were in no hurry this morning, primarily because we had no destination in mind. The only task was to find somewhere to get fuel, water and to do some laundry. Over coffee, we studied our maps and guidebooks and came up with a couple of ideas. Weighing anchor after everyone else was gone was new for us. We motored out of the canal into a .5 knot current and in no time found ourselves in the upper Chesapeake. Passing the Bohemia and Sassafras rivers, we left the main channel through a minefield of crab pots and headed up Worton Creek. About two miles up the creek we came to the Worton Creek Marina and headed for the fuel dock maintaining at least 6 feet of water all the way.
The place is exactly what I expected a Chesapeake Marina to be...laid back, with about eight work boats ..."watermen" tied to the end of the gas dock, and pleasant people. There is a huge travel lift and about three yachts (one is a Berger) in the 100 foot range, undergoing extensive work. I tried to buy some crabs from fisherman as they came in but was too late. By the time I got there the only person left was a boy guarding the bushel baskets holding the day's catch who didn't have the authority to sell anything. We have a slip on the end of A dock and the other side of the creek is wild land ... complete with eagles, deer, and other seemingly happy critters.
Kathy is on her second load of wash and has at least two more to do before we walk up the hill to a restaurant that looks very promising.
By the way... The Chesapeake is gorgeous.
After dinner... if any of you boaters ever are in the neighborhood, the Harbor House Restaurant was a huge success. While working on laundry, we had meals to die for... I had Crab Imperial and Kathy had a lobster / scallops with Vermont cheddar and zucchini wrapped in puff pastry and baked......we had salads with house lavender / honey mustard dressing that was very light.
As we were paying our bill our waiter asked if we needed to have his mom take us to the super market tomorrow ( he said they were boaters also)....We still have clothes in the dryer so maybe we can get a few entries posted before bedtime.