Continued the southeasterly transit of the Potomac towards the Chesapeake Bay. Leaving Colonial Beach I entered the southerly 10+ miles of the Navy’s Dahlgren practice range. Contacted the range by radio and the range was not hot or active so I was able to do a straight shot through the range. Light breeze, calm seas and 32 nm later I arrived at Point Lookout Marina near Ridge MD – just a couple miles westerly of the intersection with the Chesapeake. Tied up for the remainder of the day. The marina was a decent marina, an easy tie though fixed docks. Fixed docks generally mean a bit more difficult for an old man like me to get off and on the boat. At high tide it is a long ways down over the cockpit rail to the dock in most cases requiring a step or short ladder on the dock and at low tide access from the swim platform to the dock requires adding a step onto thee swim platform. A fixed dock also means that your tie has to be able to compensate for tidal changes. Floating docks are, besides floating, lower to the water and pretty much allow me, no matter high, low or whatever tide, to just take the step down from the aft cockpit to the swim platform and then a short step up to the dock. Very EZ.
The marina’s on-site restaurant is closed weekdays and town was a good walk away so I broke out the spaghetti, sauce and ground beef for a delish dinner. Cooking aboard is much easier on the boat than it was in the motor home. As there wasn’t much/anything to do/see it was a quiet restful time and I enjoyed a beautiful evening and sunset.
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