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Old 02-18-2011, 04:03 AM
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Default Lower Delaware Bay Lewes area

Getting back on the water this summer after about 12 years with out a running boat.

We will be boating the lower Delaware bay out of Rosevelt Inlet and the Broadkill river.
We used to put in at Milton, or at the public ramp in Lewes when it used to be next to the lightship in the canal.
I have checked out the new public ramp, but can you still get up the Broadkill to Milton?

Our new boat is a Regal Leisure Cat 26, a pretty cool (atleast I think so) Catamaran Hull deck boat.
Our old boat was an MFG Gypsy 15. The 'cat is supposed to have a draft of about 18 inches or so, but it has an 8ft plus beam. Any chance I can get this barge up to or down from Milton?

I'm also looking for a slip. I don't want to leave her in the water all summer, but I'd like something where I can dunk her on Friday afternoon and pull her out on Sunday before we head home. Also maybe for a week around 4th of July when I'll be on vacation for the week.

Also looking for fishing spots. I remember running out to the southwest corner of the anchorage a few times...

Planning on some clamming in Rehoboth Bay too.

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You are moving to Braodkill???? Wow, buy some DEET now because the mosquitoes and flies are terrible at Broadkill. Plus the US Fish and Wildlife Service (Primehook NWR) is getting ready to implement a "no spray" policy on the Refuge such that the State of Delaware can no longer spray for mosquito larvae on the Refuge. This isn't a "science-based" decision on the part of the USFWS; just a policy that they feel is "the right thing to do". As such, the Refuge will be producing millions and millions of mosquitoes and then fly 400 yards into your backyard. If (and WHEN) these mosquitoes start to transmit diseases such as Eastern Equine Encephalitis or West Nile Virus, the State of Delaware will be allowed to start spraying for mosquitoes again .... but only after a disease cycle has started.

Good luck!

Oh, YES, you can navigate your boat from Lewes to Milton in the boat you describe but it is a long run and largely un-necessary unless you just want to cruise around on the Broadkill River.

No temporary boat slips in Lewes though. You could rent for a season .... prices are generally around $2500
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Old 02-18-2011, 12:54 PM
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We have been at Broadkill for nearly 30 years now.
The green head flies have not been a problem for quite a while now....in fact I can't remember the last time I saw one. The black files however....

As for the skeeters....well, I just deal with those.
As for the spraying, unless that is what has taken care of the greenies, I don't see it making a difference. I think the skeeters actually thrive on the stuff.

I always liked the ride down from Milton.
We started using the ramp in Milton because the Lewes ramp was always such a circus.

The last time I rode down Pilottown Rd there were a lot of empty slips. I was hoping that maybe I could get a deal.
I would actually like to check out Steamboat Landing. Not too far up the river, but not as busy as the canal.....

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Talk to Henry Sharp - he's the farm just off Rt 1 where it crosses the Broadkill, and is west of the Steamboat Landing Ramp. I've known of guys that store their boat there and use his boat ramp for the season for skinny money. I hear he is very approachable, and a very nice guy who is used to people asking for access to the Broadkill... I used to hunt there years ago, but it was arranged through someone else and I never really had the opportunity to meet him.

As for getting up to Milton.... Well, I've run my duck boat up there quite a bit and it's always ok. My fear for you would be submerged logs - that can change by the storm. I would take the first run up fairly slow, until you get the lay of the land.


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Old 02-22-2011, 08:22 AM
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I know right where Sharp's place is.
My brother in law suggested that I look in to storing there, and I have a neighbor on the beach that stores his there.

With the weather here right now, I wish I could just stay in Florida where the boat is right now......
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Talk to Henry Sharp - he's the farm just off Rt 1 where it crosses the Broadkill, and is west of the Steamboat Landing Ramp. I've known of guys that store their boat there and use his boat ramp for the season for skinny money. I hear he is very approachable, and a very nice guy who is used to people asking for access to the Broadkill... I used to hunt there years ago, but it was arranged through someone else and I never really had the opportunity to meet him.

As for getting up to Milton.... Well, I've run my duck boat up there quite a bit and it's always ok. My fear for you would be submerged logs - that can change by the storm. I would take the first run up fairly slow, until you get the lay of the land.


Chris,
I'm Paul's friend Kevin - I just talked to Dave the other day when I got my oyster license, he's doing well. From what Paul tells me, you're not missing Delaware...

Hey Kevin. I'm suprised that you didn't beat the snot out of Dave when you saw him..... and if you had, I doubt taht you could find 12 jurors in Sussex County that would have unanamiously convicted you of any type of significant crime at all.

Nope. I'm not missing Delaware at all, although I do miss seeing many of my friends on a regular basis.

I'm still trying to get Paul to move to FLA and even offered him a job as recently as last week but I don't think that I can get him nor Jill to move any further south than DE.
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