Cruising on Alexia

An informal update of our travels for Family and Friends

05 September 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
27 June 2013
20 June 2013 | William wears kneepads to protect from the heat of the deck
17 June 2013 | Torrential rain for six hours
13 June 2013 | Herring Bay off Chesapeake Bay
08 June 2013 | Miles River, Maryland
08 June 2013 | Amelia at the helm with a helping hand from DAD
28 May 2013 | Just a short half mile journey across the River
27 May 2013 | Free dockage at the city marina
24 May 2013 | Narrow and shallow
24 May 2013 | Visitor Centre Dock
24 May 2013 | We're at the top
24 May 2013 | Going up
24 May 2013 | The gates close behind us

The Great Dismal Swamp

24 May 2013 | Narrow and shallow
Take it gently and look up for branches
The Great Dismal Swamp canal is 22 miles long with a lock at each end. It is shallow, with depths between 5ft and 8ft, it's also narrow and has overhanging tree branches which can easily rip out aerials at the top of a mast.

Everyone takes it slowly, but then the scenery is so gorgeous that you really don't want to go very fast at all.

It is a busy nature lovers area - several kayak parties pass us during the day and we catch glimpses of walkers and cyclists on the path slightly obscured by the tree lined bank.

The swamp is narrow here but there's little chance of meeting another boat.
Vessel Name: Alexia
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 42 built in 1998. She's extremely comfortable aboard with two ensuite cabins. Endless useful equipment like microwave, bilge pump counter, bowthrusters, Mastervolt generator, air conditioning, 12v freezer,
Hailing Port: London, United Kingdom
Crew: William Spouse and Frances Rogers
About: William has been a competitive sailor most of his life and introduced Frances to the boating life 29 years ago. In that time they have chartered many sailboats in Europe and the Caribbean finally purchasing Alexia in 2007.