January 7, 2020 at 3:43 pm #225399
Ladies, Gentlemen and Sailors,
Good afternoon. I want to start a new thread in announcements for the raft-up to commit to this.
Let’s give this a shot and set dates for a 424 raft-up/gathering. I am proposing we meet up over the second weekend in June. I intend to anchor out Thursday 11 June at Solomon’s Island MD, which is about half way up the Chesapeake on the Patuxent River. The intent is to stay until Sunday.
I have not completely decided on exactly where we can raft up but I have a connection at Zahnheisers Marina who might be able to get us a deal on mooring balls (or at least a reservation) for those who can make it. They have a small mooring field that is very convenient and I think the fees are about $35.00 a night (I’ll see if we can get a special rate). Z’s has a pool, showers and a fantastic restaurant called the “Dry Dock” that I highly recommend.
Alternately, I have an idea. There is a good spot to raft up right near the Lighthouse restaurant but I need to double-check that the area will work. Either way, we will be right in town and a short dinghy ride to restaurants and town.
If everyone is amenable, I can arrange a tour of the Calvert Marine Museum, set an evening for dinner out as well as a potluck at anchor. If there is enough interest, I can also arrange for a tour of Naval Air Station Patuxent River to include the museum (fee involved) and the Naval Test Pilot School. There will be plenty of time to explore the area (it’s small) as well as get to know one another.
If anyone is interested please let me know. Also voice your opinion about the base tour and raft-up vs mooring ball.
My email is NSW1959@gmail.com you can email if you wish or post here.
Rich and Sherry Harris
S/V Forget Knot
1982 Pearson 424 #187
January 8, 2020 at 12:01 pm #225408DunphyjeParticipant
Rich & Sherry,
We are based out of Cape Charles Vs. but the boat is wintering in Cambridge Md.
Can you put us on the notification list.. we would love to hook up if the timing is right..
Might be a lot of fun..
John & June Dunphy
1980 Pearson 424 #99
January 9, 2020 at 1:03 pm #225410
John and June,
I will absolutely do that.
If anyone has done this before, I’m open to coaching. I’m winging it based upon experience with reunions, graduations and military events I’ve planned in the past.
January 9, 2020 at 1:17 pm #225411RichCarterParticipant
I won’t be able to go that far. My home port is north of Boston. I’ve hosted a couple of rendezvous in the past. Photos of one raft-up is on the 424 website under photos->rendezvous. This was held in Edgartown on Martha’s Vinyard about 20 years ago. We had two there, one in Three-Mile Harbor on LI, one in Green Harbor RI, and one that I didn’t attend near the mouth of the Chesapeake.
If boats are going to be rafted for more than a day, you don’t want them tangling their anchors. There are a few ways to avoid this. The host should make whatever arrangements are needed to provide shore access to the other boats. A picnic area is nice to have. We’ve kept things low-key in the past.
January 13, 2020 at 12:56 pm #225417figie47gmail-comParticipant
Rich and Sherry
We will be based in Deltaville this coming season. As us to you list.
Jan and I would love to meet other 424 owners in the area.
Ron & Jan Feigenbaum
S/V Patricia Bess
January 14, 2020 at 7:48 pm #225418
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