Saturday, May 28, 2016

Cambridge, Oxford, Fishing, and the Joys of Working Part-Time

I visited Oxford once years ago for a log canoe race. It hasn't changed much, which is good. The guide book says the holding in Town Creek is poor, which I do not understand (I anchored in the wide spot across from Squeazers. I also suppose it could get crowded in season, but the cove to the east is huge for the shoal draft (lots of 4.5-6 feet).

Just a short walk over to the Strand.

I toddled over to Cambridge the next day. Some load testing, but nothing photogenic.

One the way back home the next day, a little fishing.

35 inches, 20 pounds, on a hand line with a plug. Like pulling in a tire.

A good break from, well, my break. Actually, a lot of time was spent trolling for ideas, measuring stuff, and taking detailed photos that are needed for articles but, frankly, are dull.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

The Last House on Holand Island

If you've ever sailed down to Tangier or Smith Island, you've probably seen THIS HOUSE on the horizon.

It wasn't always that way:

However, it is gone now, below the waves.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Three Days of Pure Relaxation

For those or you that either didn't notice or have forgotten, I also have a page about kayaking on the Chesapeake; The Other Chesapeake, with a link on the right. Lots of special out of the way places, mostly not in the usual guides.

Day One. Deale to Warehouse Creek. Light winds, one 28-inch rockfish, good kayaking.

 Making 5 knots in 4.5 apparent.

Day Two. Paddling in the morning, a brisk sail to the Wye River, followed by hiking and paddling in the afternoon.

Over 275 years old and going strong.

Day Three. Sailing home in light winds.

Hauling this in while still making 5-6 knots was a bear. But it's hard to kill speed with the chute up.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

So What Do You Do When Your Boat Drags Its Butt?

Glue on and extension, of course. You can claim shes now a 37-foot boat with a swim platform!

The amazing thing is that this is the Gemini Freestyle. They took the Legacy, removed the cabin, and it is STILL overweight. But they have lots of interest, suggesting there is a market full of sailors that that don't know boats and who will believe what they are told, if it looks good and it's cheap enough.

I used to like Geminis. Now I'm sad.