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Marlin posted 11-01-2004 05:35 PM ET (US)   Profile for Marlin   Send Email to Marlin  
This past Sunday, a few of us got together in our Whalers for some Halloween boating on the lower Potomac River in Maryland. The weather was unusually warm, in the low 70s, with partly sunny skies. The trees in the mid-Atlantic are just about at their peak right now, and the scenery was gorgeous. The only thing that wasn't perfect was the wind, west at 15-20 with gusts forecast to 35. Our fleet consisted of Henry (yiddil) in his Nantucket “Das Boot”, Kamie and her Outrage 18 “Evenstar”, Kevin (kgregg) with his son Levi and another Outrage 18, and me and my golden retriever in my 160 Dauntless “Golden Daze”. Unfortunately Scott from Chesapeake Whalertowne wasn't able to join us.

We headed out from St. Patrick's Creek, and went out into the Potomac River by St. Clement's Island so Kevin and Levi could try their luck on some rockfish. For the historically-minded, St. Clement’s Island was the first landfall of the original English settlers of Maryland, who arrived there with the “Ark” and “Dove” in March of 1634. Despite the sounders all showing lots of returns at the 25-foot level over a 40-foot bottom, it seemed that the rockfish were on a hunger strike – Kevin and Levi got the big nothin’. The rest of us headed off in various directions, running the boats through 2-foot whitecaps on the river. The wind was blowing even harder on the Virginia side of the river, with an occasional 3-footer thrown in, which made for a hard ride in the little Dauntless.

After Kevin gave up on the fish, we all rafted up inside St. Clement's Bay. We ate some lunch and talked a lot about boats and dogs, but mercifully little about politics. Part of the plan was to try Henry's new stainless prop on the Nantucket's 115 2-stroke, but that stubborn prop nut wouldn't budge with the prop wrench we had on hand. That job will have to wait for another day. My dog Halley had a fine time hopping from boat to boat mooching snacks from whoever had something interesting. She also got to go for a swim, with Levi tossing a tennis ball out into the water for her.

The rest of the crowd had never been on a Dauntless before, so the guys all piled on (Kamie stayed behind working on replacing the cooler seat backrest) and we cruised up the bay, winding up to about 42 MPH on the smooth water. As it turns out, the little Dauntless with a 115 4-stroke is the fastest boat of the bunch, even faster than the Outrages with a 135 and a 150, but only on the flat water. When we all headed back out to the mouth of the bay afterwards, I was taking a pounding in the 1-foot chop at 30 MPH while the bigger boats cut through it without too much trouble.

We headed back in around 3:00 after about 4 hours of fun on the water. Two of us had to get our boats hauled back to storage, and with the return of standard time their wasn't too much time left before dark. It was an outstanding day of boating, and while we'll all get some more use out of our boats before we call it a season, I doubt we'll have another day like this!

Pictures can be seen at:


kgregg posted 11-01-2004 07:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for kgregg  Send Email to kgregg     
Great writeup and pics. I still can't get over how warm it was for last day of Oct. Must have been 15 degrees above normal. A real fall treat (without the pesky trick). Good to see you, Kamie, and Henry yesterday.

I'll have to come up with a name for my Outrage. How about "Formerly Un-named"? [grin] Kevin

Yiddil posted 11-05-2004 03:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Yep! Great write up:)))Terriffic Pics as well. I never remember to bring one of my many camera's so I'm always appreciative you guys did:)I gotta say a few things about this group:) There so much fun to be around that I'm always looking forward to the next time we get together. Finally, it didnt storm and rain on us...we had sun, and I have to tell you the pride I have and the big smile on my face as we went Whalering together. If any on this forum havn't been down there and would like to join us, just email us and we can steer you right. This is a fantastic boating experience to enjoy:) I can't tell you how great it feels come back in two by two, up St. Patricks Creek after a such a fun outing as we always seem to have rain or shine:)Bob, I know you came a long way to make it, but its always special when you join us, and hope that you will do it again soon:)

I'm sure Ill get that prop tested before winterizing, matter of fact were thinking of doing it again Sunday...Ft or less....just email one of us for directions:)

Scott says he'l be down on the 20/21Nov date...

I need more!!!!!hoping for plesant weather thru Dec.!!!

Come join the "Potomac River Chapter" of the Chesapeake Bay Whalers Club":))

kamie posted 11-06-2004 04:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamie  Send Email to kamie     
Kevin, you can always name it 'Boat' I know someone that named their dog, Dog.

Looks like Sunday is going to be a beautiful day to be on the water. Anyone that wants to join is welcome, probably pull out of CPM around 11am on Sunday.

Yiddil posted 11-06-2004 07:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Ill be there with bells on...not to many days like the one tomorrow left this year...Hasten to CPM:)) youl be glad you did:))
Yiddil posted 11-06-2004 07:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
But not "Das Boat" that one is taken for the Nantucket!:)
Yiddil posted 11-07-2004 07:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Well, we did it again this weekend(sunday) It was so nice out there again, even calmer less than a foot all day, a bit chillier...66-70 but the water was blue and a bit of a ripple on the river, Molasses in the bay...and darn right still in the creek:) what a great day!:) Very very low tide on the way in this time...but we made it just fine plus a bit of mud and a few extra steps getting out of the boat!

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