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Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

Prince Frederick
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Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

We are boating over to St. Michael's from Battle Creek/Patuxent River in our 2500 Vector Series Hydra Sport; leaving this Friday and returning on Monday. Couple of questions:

1. Any advice on boating across the Bay?

2. Suggestions of "must-haves" on the boat besides

the obvious safety equipment?

3. Suggestions for a marina to dock at with power?

4. Things to do at St. Michael's?

5. Restaurants? Bars? Etc.???

Thanks for any help you can give me quickly!!

- cjcook524

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1. Re: Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

1 be careful

2 ME!!!!

3. I am not a boater but there seem to be a ton of marina's in St Michael's

4. Boat or shop or eat

5. Yes, all within a very small downtown area

How is that for quick? Sounds like a great weekend, hope the weather is nice.

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2. Re: Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

cjcook-

I'm assuming when you mean safety equipment you refer to things like a depth sounder, GPS, VHF, PFD's, flares, fire extinguisher, charts, etc.

You will be crossing a lot of open water even after you get into the Eastern Bay, as it is just as expansive as the bay itself. Things only begin to narrow as you cruise well into the Miles River. I think the most important things before leaving is check and know sea conditions, winds, etc, have a chart and plot your course using the green cans and red nuns, and check and double check the forecast before you cruise.

There is no place to duck into if you run into any foul weather and with the extended forecasts including storms every day be you have to be vigilant. Remember too after checking NOAA for sea conditions that these can vary tremendously and should be used as a guide only. Seas can build up in certain places w/ wind against tide etc.

On a nice day, the middle of the bay (shipping channel) can often be the safest as there is less traffic and no crab pots. Avoid any bigger cruisers, (not to mention tankers) coming too close as their wakes can be enormous.

Watch for crab pots as you may find them in the most unusual places.

St. Michael's is very busy so you may encounter a lot of boat traffic in the Miles. Be sure to follow the channel, and binoculars might come in handy if the markers are spaced farther than the eye can see. You also need reservations for a marina as they rarely have space available. If you want to pay a cheaper per foot charge, then call Higgins Yacht Yard. They don't have all the bells and whistles but you don't have to pay the hefty charge.

St. Michael's Marina would come next from a location stand point as the walk to town is close but expect to pay premium prices. $3.50/per foot and more is the norm. They have a pool and other amenities. St. Micheal's Harbour Inn and Marina is last. It's sits right next to the last marina mentioned but the walk to town is much longer. Charges there would probably be a bit less expensive than at St. Micheal's Marina.

We prefer Higgins just because they don't charge such ridiculous prices, but if a pool, bath house, etc. are important, then you may want to pay the extra $$$$. I think we paid $2.00/foot at Higgins.

There is a maritime museum that is excellent with the exhibitions located througout the many acred waterfront property with real boats, a replica of a lighthouse, etc.

Recommended restaurants are: for casual (Ava's Pizzeria & Wine Bar, Carpenter St. Saloon, Foxy's Marina Bar, Key Lime Cafe) for pricier/upscale (Bistro St. Michaels,208 Talbot restaurant & wine bar, Crab & Steakhouse)

We have been so sorely disappointed with the Crab Claw lately so it is hard for us to recommend it. If you want steamed crabs, acceptable, anything else questionable.

Plenty of shops, boutiques, galleries. You can rent bikes, or just stroll some of the historic streets. Be sure to call ahead for marina reservations though. You don't want to get there and not have a place to stay unless you are ready to drop anchor and take a water taxi in.

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3. Re: Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

Thank you so very, very much!!!!

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4. Re: Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

Another option for dockage in St. Michael's is the Maritime Museum itself. They have a limited number of slips that are available to donors or others for a fee. They also have restrooms / shower facilities on site.

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5. Re: Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

cjcook524 - Have a great cruise. Conditions look very good. If you call the museum just be sure you ask for a slip with power as not all have them. Members get priority here, so they book up quickly too.

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6. Re: Boating to St. Michael's, Maryland

Bring your chicken necks and a dip net. Best crabs in the bay around the corner in Wye River.

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