The other day we left the Little Choptank River bright and early after a beautiful sunrise for our trek up the Chesapeake Bay to Haven Harbor Marina in Rock Hall, Maryland where we bought Gypsies.
The trip up from the Little Choptank on a beautiful Sunday afternoon was busier than we've seen the waterways in a long time!!! Tons of boats were out in the Bay enjoying the day sailing or fishing or just having fun and the radio was ablaze with chatter - not all of it appropriate for the hailing/distress channel 16 as the Coast Guard repeatedly reminded those boating idiots who haven't learned the rules and radio etiquette yet!! There is also a lot more tanker/cargo ship traffic in the northern Bay heading in and out of Baltimore especially!!
Heading into Haven Harbor we formed up into the stream of boats heading back in for the day - as we knew all too well, a cluster f___ was in the making because the harbor leading to the marina is not only very tight but it is extremely shallow!!
We finally got into our slip which was an interesting series of physical gyrations with very little water below our keel - you know it's never good when the guy greeting you on the dock says "gee I didn't realize you were this big" - does 49 feet have a different meaning in Maryland than elsewhere?? besides this used to be Gypsies home port - what do you mean you didn't realize?? Oh well, no worries - we are tucked into our slip just fine, we just stick out into the fairway a little more than the other boaters having to make their way in and out of their slips might like!!
Shortly after docking we joined September Song up at the TIki Bar for a post cruise beverage - we had earned one!! Well one turned into two and we decided to introduce the September Song gang to our favorite haunt in Rock Hall, the Harbor Shack!!! The Harbor Shack is a little joint down by the water that happens to have happy hour all day on Sunday - now how cool is that!!! So we consumed some very tasty and inexpensive adult libations along with wings, nachos and quesadillas!!! All liquid and no food makes the crew sloppy!! Of course both Bob and I forgot our cameras so we have no pictures of the evening at the Shack (which in retrospect is probably a good thing)!! Nor do we have any pictures of our friendly bartender who appeared to be something straight out of Wrestlemania what with the no neck, the chest that could stop a moving bullet and arms that could crush a beer bottle not just a can!!! Turned out to be a great guy as he kept the mini cold 10 ounce beers coming (for $1) and only charged us $1.88 for Captain and cokes - now I ask you who came up with that price?? Happy people who plan on heading back to the Shack each afternoon for happy hour I tell you!!!
Yesterday was a day of boat chores - Doug worked with the marina guys on our watermaker all day - turns out they are as stumped as Doug was over in the Bahamas when he was trying to fix it. At the end of the day, they just decided to pack the whole unit up and ship it back to Spectra in California for them to either fix and test it or send us a whole new one!!! What does this mean for our cruising plans?? Well not much since we don't make water in the Chesapeake anyways (we'd go through way too many filters and there is no real need as marinas where we can get water are plentiful) so we'll just head out whenever we are ready and swing back by Haven Harbor once they get it back. Hopefully that won't be too long!!! While the guys were being mechanics I took advantage of the courtesy car Haven Harbor has and did a big food/booze provisioning run (we were down to our last four beers!!! emergency!!!!) - you have to take advantage of cars when you have them!! So now we are back to being fully stocked and ready for anything!! While we slaved away all day the boat kitties enjoyed the relatively cool weather (when we woke up in the morning it was downright chilly - - Bob even dug out his jeans!!)
By 4:00 pm yesterday we were very much ready for a cocktail or two after a long but productive day so we headed to the Shack (same bartender, same great cold beers and same awesome BBQ wings - did I mention I love this place!!) - September Song was having the mechanics help them with a battery issue so they hung back at the marina.
Click ere to see a Google map of our location at Haven Harbour.
Happy Birthday, Dee Dee!!!
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