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Hudson Creek

2010.08.07

The seventh was a perfect day. A Saturday, Temps in the mid Eighties, Humidity less than 50% (rare here) and almost no wind.

To me, that means two things. A. I have to go out in a boat and B. it's not windy enough to go sailing.

So, I took the little runabout up to Madison Bay boat ramp, where I launched and headed for Hudson Creek.

No wind on a trip like this is critical, because despite these Chesapeake Bay tributaries being called creeks and rivers, they are still pretty big water, with lots of fetch. My tiny little 400 lb. 14' runabout gets pretty scary out there, with just a little bit of a breeze.

So, I went up to Hudson Creek, checked out the water depth at a property that just came on the market (not enough) and then checked out Back Creek (Which actually feels like a creek) where there were two properties on the market for a long time. Both are off the market now, but I had always been curious whether I could get my sailboat in there. (NO.) I need 6' at low tide. There were about 3.5' at mid tide... sigh.

Then as long as I was in the neigborhood, I ran over to Beckwith Creek and did a loop around Cherry Island. Cherry Island has been for sale for about ten years. Built as a summer camp for the Dupont family in 1911, it's a beautiful spot with deep water harbor and two lovely homes with some outbuildings on this island. Just an spectacularly gorgeous property. An Island which used to be over 10 acres but is now about six acres... Any questions on why it hasn't sold?

All total, my nav software tells me I put about 15 miles on the boat, while burning about six gallons of gas. Very disappointing for such a little boat and if I can ever afford it, will upgrade to a nice new Yamaha Four stroke, which has tested out at six plus miles per gallon to the 2+ I was getting. Of course, at $3/gal and nearly $6,000 for a new Yamaha 50hp 4 stroke, I'm going to have to put a lot of hours in the boat to make it worth the cost of the motor upgrade.

Could happen...


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