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A trip in the Nantucket
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posted 10-11-2009 10:00 PM ET (US)
This weekend three of my friends and I took my 2004 BW Nantucket (purchased new in 2004) with 115 4-stroke on an adventurous river/bay/river trip on the Chesapeake Bay and I thought owners of similar boats might find this of interest.
Weather cool in morning and warming to mid 70’s. Wind south at 15-20 swinging to SW at 20-25 during the day. Sunny and clear. Food and water for the day. Just exploring, so no fishing gear.
Full 60 gallon fuel tank. Mills bow dodger (fantastic). Never deployed the bimini or used the full Mills windshield. Bennett Trim Tabs.
Left West Point, Virginia at 09:15 and explored our way down the York River, checking out interesting creeks and spotting eagles along the way.
Visited the Waterman’s Museum in Yorktown (well worth the visit).
Crossed into Mobjack Bay with 3-5 ft waves from the southern Chesapeake moving to the north. Rounded New Point Comfort and headed out into the open Bay to deeper water and less chop. Rounded the abandoned Wolf Trap light house out in the Bay.
Around Guinn’s Island, and across Fishing Bay to round Stingray Point and head up the Rappahannock River.
Ten miles upriver into 2-3 foot waves and 15-20 mph winds to my friend’s home near Gray’s Point, Virignia.
Counting creek exploring we traveled 122 miles averaging about 18 statute mph. I burned 28.4 gal of gas for 4.3 mpg and 3.4 gal/hour of actual travel time. Despite rough conditions and occasionally adverse winds, the only equipment failure was a popped rivet on the Bimini frame that was quickly repaired…with a pop rivet.
I felt underpowered with the 115 on one occasion, climbing a wave traveling in the same direction we were going, and it took some extra oomph to pop over the top and surf. Otherwise, performance with a pretty full load was fine. Very dry ride. Could not have traveled much faster with sea conditions even with a 150.
Fantastic day on the water enjoyed with total confidence in the safety and solid construction of this great boat!
posted 10-12-2009 12:41 AM ET (US)
Sounds like you had a nice trip...thats a great area your boating in, and a great boat to do it in...I agree your bow Dodger is the best there is:) but then you know I have one on Das Boat. That 2004 Nantucket is quite a boat (got one of those myself:) w/Das BOat) If your ever going up the Potomac, near St. Clements Island, let me know...thats where I do my boating down to the Bay and up to Colonial Beach..Sounds like you covered a lot of ground, and the Nantucket handled it well:) Your MPH/MPG/ Gas usage is interesting as the 115-4 and also the 115-2 I have dose wonders with gas usuage, and in bad weather too:)
I'm not a big fan of 4-5 footers though...but I do love that area and the boat your doing it in:) enjoy:)
posted 10-13-2009 02:03 AM ET (US)
hhagan, sounds like a good trip. Hopefully you`ll be in the water for awhile yet.
The Mills Dodger is great to have on trips for storage and shelter from the wind and weather for passengers.
We made several 50 mile trips this summer in questionable weather and couldn`t have done it(with passengers) without the Dodger.
How are you liking the tabs?
They are on my list of things to do/get.
posted 10-13-2009 08:52 AM ET (US)
I have boated some of those waters. On one occasion I went from the York River State Park out to the mouth of the river where it empties into the Chesapeak bay and back. I had lunch at Sara Creek. On another occasion I explored Mobjack Bay and three of its rivers. Both were very nice trips, even though Mobjack Bay was a bit rough in the afternoon and both were all day events. Your trip was much more ambitious. You must have been pushing it pretty hard.
posted 10-13-2009 09:37 AM ET (US)
Nice trip, hhagan, and to a bunch of places I'm familiar with due to some misspent years in my youth around Yorktown. I love those waters so much that I'm currently in planning for a November Striper trip on the Chesapeake around the CBBT and the York River if weather and wind dictate. I'll be dragging my Outrage - 18 down from Milwaukee, the draw is so strong!
posted 10-13-2009 06:18 PM ET (US)
The tabs make the boat perform like it is a 22 footer. They enable me to adjust the attitude of the boat for the sea conditions and the trim of the engine for performance. They also allow me to adjust for load side to side to prevent yaw underway. You can also plane with the "flaps down" at a lower speed if needed. All in all, a great addition to the boat.
We were pushing fairly hard, but are familiar with the area from our own misspent youths (we are all in our 50's now) and wanted to visit some old haunts. Saw several places where we had run aground into the mud in my buddy's sailboat in the past.
The draw to the area IS strong. We pull these little trips once or twice a year. Next time we are planning Tangier and Smith Islands and some camping. The Chesapeake is endless for gunk-holing opportunities!
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