Thursday, September 19, 2013

Baltimore skyline

We are anchored in a cove west of Rock Point, just off the Patapsco River.  Northwest of us we can see the Francis Scott Key Bridge and, beyond it, the skyline of Baltimore. The city lights made a nice backdrop for after dinner cocktails last night.

This is a good deal further than the Magothy River, our originally planned stop yesterday, but once again we had perfect cruising weather, and when we arrived at the Magothy before 1pm we decided to press on a bit further.  We passed one more anchorage on our way here, but we knew it had a narrow entrance channel subject to shoaling, and there was no need to take any chances.  I'm glad we did, because the view here was great, we had the anchorage to ourselves, and we're getting a good WiFi signal.

Our reservations called for arrival in Baltimore's Inner Harbor tomorrow, but I called the marina after we dropped the hook here, and they were able to move us up by a day since our slip opened up yesterday.  We're paying for a month, on a monthly rate negotiated by the MTOA, so it won't cost us anything extra to be a day early, and this will let us get docked and squared away before the weekend boaters start ramping up.

It will good to be tied up again -- we now have a week's worth of trash to offload, and we're still fighting with the batteries, having to run the generator several times a day for an hour or so each time.  We'll be in the same marina where we parked Odyssey two years ago, so we are already familiar with the neighborhood.

We'll be spending the next few days wrapping up projects, putting things away, and generally getting the boat cleaned up.  Our friends Martin and Steph, who are boatless at this moment, having sold their Tiara express cruiser a month or two ago while they await delivery of their new Nordhavn, will be staying aboard with us for Trawler Fest.  So we need to have the guest quarters fully squared away for the first time since our first training captain was aboard, back in February.

We'll be in Baltimore at least two weeks, and possibly longer.  Trawler Fest runs from Tuesday through Sunday, and then the MTOA rendezvous will take us to the following Thursday.  After that we are on our own, but we'll be paid up through the 18th.  I expect my posting here will be sporadic until after the shows, but I will try to get in another post or two in the next several days as time permits.


  1. I'm pleased to see Vector has been up to the task of taking you on this journey in fine style.Thanks - as usual - for sharing the details of what it really takes to keep the boat running properly.

    As it turns out, you're now right near where I will be tomorrow afternoon: A friend keeps his C&C Landfall 38 at White Rocks marina. I plan to be on the water with him for a few hours tomorrow, aiding him in his ulterior motive: To help my 3 middle school kids learn to become more than "winch monkeys" on his boat.

    If family schedules cooperate, I may even make it to the Trawler Fest. I hope you enjoy your time in Baltimore!

    1. Perhaps we will run into you at the show. Say hello if you see us.

  2. Hi Sean!

    One of the things I really enjoyed about your travels w/ the coach was how you'd imbed latitude & longitude coordinates in your opening blog paragraph "we are parked (here), after. . ." It really helped to get a sense of where you were.

    Is it possible that you can do the same thing from Vector? We landlubbers often have no clue where Rock Point is, let alone trying to find the Patapsco River!

    Say hello to Louise!


    1. RJ, I would love to be able to do that, but thus far I have not found a tool to make it happen in a few clicks. On the bus, I used a simple tool that pulled the GPS location from the DataStorm satellite mount, then submitted it to a web site which converted it directly to a URL for Google Maps. I simply cut and pasted that URL into the blog. I have posted here before asking for suggestions for a replacement tool, but so far no one has come up with one. Transcribing GPS coordinates from one of the chartplotters and formatting a URL involves more steps than I am willing to undertake every time I post.

    2. Sean, you should be able to do this with Google Maps. It'll take a couple of clicks though.

      Find the location of where you are and right click. Select What's here? It'll put a push pin where you just clicked. Roll over it to get the lat and long or left click it and select "more"->Send. This will bring up a dialog box with a link (lat and long) that you can copy and paste.


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