Sunday, May 8, 2011

Zahniser’s Yachting Center at Solomons, MD – At a dock

Senset at Zahniser's Yachting Center
We said our goodbyes to Don and Liz Bunch and continued our trek north. The water was flat and there was no wind – so it was motoring all the way, 54 miles to Solomons, MD. Just to add to our enjoyment, we had a foul tide too so we didn’t get to Solomons until 5:00 pm.

We saw a huge ship in the distance but it didn’t seem to be moving. Then I looked at the chart and noticed a warning about a sunken ship that was still above the water and it was surrounded by a circle on the chart denoting a bombing range. It was obviously a practice target for bombing runs but there was no activity today. In fact, there’s a lot of areas in the Chesapeake Bay where there are warnings about unexploded ordinances.

The Zahniser’s Yachting Center in Solomons has fixed docks and we were assigned an end dock on a T which is very easy to come into. Such docks invariably have pilings on the end that extend beyond the edge of the dock so you can’t put out fenders if you have any forward motion, they will just get caught between the pilings and the side of the boat, putting great stain on lifelines or even bending a stanchion. The pilings we’ve encountered have all been treated pine and relatively soft, causing no damage or marks on the boat.

We’re watching the weather and it looks like Monday will not be a good day for going north. If the bad forecast holds out, we’ll just stay another day and wait for better weather, we’re in no hurry.


Aliice said...

This photo is beautiful! I am building a new website for a sailing school called Sail Solomons based at Zanhiser's and I would love to use your photo on the new homeport page. I would happily give you a credit and link back to your website if you would be happy for me to use it.

Just a thought anyway, no worries if you'd rather now! My email address is alice (at) aliceralph (dot) com if you are up for it! :-)

Great blog