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Old 11-25-2017, 09:25 AM   #1
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Greetings Annapolitians,

In a few short weeks my wife my Sabre and I will be moving from Long Island to Annapolis.

Although we have friends in the area none of them are boaters so I'm hoping the Hull Truth community will help educate us on our new home town.

We are looking for information on everything Annapolis. To include...

Your favorite boat store? I know that there is a West Marine but also what looks like a smaller store near by.

Your favorite marina?

Where do you store your boat in the off season? I'm looking for a boat yard that will allow me to do most of my own boat work, i.e. engine work and bottom painting.

Boat mechanic, I have Yanmars 6LY's and do most of my own engine work but I need some one who I can call when I F*&K things up.

What's up with Ego Alley...I have been calling it the "Parade of Fools" ever since I watched a guy mess up a easy docking job.

And anything else you can think of....Restaurants, crusing destination, fireworks, Blue Angles heck we even can use a recommendation for a good Dentest.

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Old 11-25-2017, 09:43 AM   #2
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If you mean really Annapolis, Annapolis Landing, Port Annapolis, Bert Jabins, Eastport Yachting Center -- all on Back Creek -- maybe worth a look. If you mean the general vicinity, there's Holiday Point on the South River, Hartge's in Galesville, Herrington Harbor North in Deale... probably some others I can't think of just now. Check ActiveCaptain, of course.

Fawcett's, West Marine, and you'll probably like Bacon's.

Sometimes things just go south. Usually "Ego Alley" is more on target.

For Chesapeake anchorages, get a copy of Cruising the Chesapeake, A Gunkholer's Guide, by Bill Shellenberger. For marina destinations: Galesville, Deale, Solomons, Knapp's Narrows, Oxford, Cambridge, St. Michael's, Kent Narrows, Bay Bridge, Rock Hall, Fairlee Creek, Georgetown, Bal'mer... That oughta get you started.

Can't think of any bad restaurants... so take the first one on your left (or right) and enjoy!

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Old 11-25-2017, 09:57 AM   #3
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Annapolis is a great town full of good restaurants (and crowds). Cantlers for crabs, Lewnes' for steaks, Davis' Pub for burgers, The Boatyard, The Point, too many more to list.

Best cruising is across the bay on the Eastern Shore. St Michaels, Oxford, Cambridge, Kent Narrows, Knapps Narrows. Baltimore is also a nice cruise as long as you don't wander too far from the Inner Harbor. Nice anchorages on the Wye and Choptank Rivers.

No need to pull your boat for the winter unless you want to. A bubbler is all you need and some marinas provide these as part of your contract. Don't know about working on your own boat. There are constantly changing eco restrictions on activities such as sanding and painting.

Nice marinas on Back Creek, Mears is probably in the best location with the most amenities.

Just avoid Ego Alley from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Bay Shore Marine is the local Yanmar dealer. I was always happy with their work when I had a boat with a Yanmar engine.
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I second the idea of Cantler's for food.

Also Hild's Marine Service is a mobile Diesel mechanic who is awesome with the diesels
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www.baydreaming.com is a good resource for cruising the bay.

http://www.whatsupmag.com/ is a great resource for local events.

Favorite marina would depend on what you are looking for.

If Bay Shore is a Yanmar dealer, they have a good reputation.
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Cantlers,,, blah... tourist trap. Good for fuel.

Davis's

The Point

Boatyard

Blackwall Hitch

Lewnes

Lots of other good places downtown.

Nothing wrong with ego alley.

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X2 on Fawcetts marine store
Gingerville yachting Center is the yard I use
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In general prices for marinas and yard haul out & storage will fall off pretty dramatically with even relatively small distances from downtown Annapolis. 10 or 15 miles North, South, or particularly East (across the bay) could be a 1/3 or 1/2 the cost of a comparable marina (in terms of amenities, services, condition, etc) in downtown Annapolis.
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Good luck and welcome!! I'm a recent transplant too - hope you like crab cakes!! Good food at Miss Shirley's (great breakfast), good Italian food at Carpaccio's, also like Cooper's Hawk Winery although ambiance is meh. Lures in Crownsville is a fun casual place for drinks and dinner. Anglers is a good place for fishing gear, bait and local knowledge. Taxes are good compared to farther north but worse than farther south. Getting building permits at the county is truly painful. Can't beat the weather here, especially the mellow winters - its November and I'm not even thinking about winterizing the boat yet. Lots of traffic but lots of roads so you can always find an alternate route. Can't get used to calling stripers Rockfish and can't get used to seeing people keep fish over 16 inches and under 28 inches!! I only recently picked up a boat for down here (I also live in MA) so I'm not much help with on the water info yet. I hope this is a good move for you! I really like it here but can't stand living in two places so I'm hoping to get back to freezing cold 1/2 the year northern MA in a year or so.
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. Can't get used to calling stripers Rockfish and can't get used to seeing people keep fish over 16 inches and under 28 inches!!

Hopefully they are at least 20"
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Cantlers,,, blah... tourist trap. Good for fuel.

Davis's

The Point

Boatyard

Blackwall Hitch

Lewnes

Lots of other good places downtown.

Nothing wrong with ego alley.
^eastport is where it's at! great list....all within 2 blocks of my house (except for the point). come and have fun, just don't park like an @$$ and leave 4 feet of unusable space between you and the corner

a lot of the boating questions depend on a few factors: (a) where will you live? (b) do you care about marina amenities? (c) do you want to be able to walk to your boat? or are you OK with driving to the marina? (d) are you looking for a yacht club? (you have a few choices) and (e) budget

answer those questions and we can get you some better recommendations.

i've lived in the 21403 zip code for the majority of my life, so i can tell you the good, bad, and the ugly...it's mostly good!
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I moved a little south of annapolis from Locust Valley quite a few years back. Was a change for us big time but we are glad we made the move. First thing you will notice is the water is no where as salty as the LI sound, also NO ROCKS. Espeially those ones in like 25 feet of water, i dont miss them at all.

Hope port is herrington harbour north, you can work on your boat its not an issue,

We have 2 kids and places we travel are Hyatt in Cambridge, Annapolis, Baltimore Inner Harbor, Jellyfish Joels @ Great Oak Marina, Solomons Island, St. Michaels
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Thanks for the replies.

I could also use a good car mechanic, Lexus and BMW. We will be living South of Annapolis not far from Fawcett Marine Supply.
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Thanks for the replies.

I could also use a good car mechanic, Lexus and BMW. We will be living South of Annapolis not far from Fawcett Marine Supply.
Welcome to our region. My wife’s brother spent most of his working life in East Northport L.I. and will be retiring here on the MD Eastern Shore, an hour east of Annapolis. You will love it here. The offshore fishing is quite good, as well. If you like crabs, you might want to pick up a smaller side console boat at some point. As a retiree, crabbing during the week is a lot of fun and there are literally thousands of creeks and tributaries that hold crabs.
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Thanks for the replies.

I could also use a good car mechanic, Lexus and BMW. We will be living South of Annapolis not far from Fawcett Marine Supply.
great area with water all around you. i'd guess that your neighborhood will likely have a marina with great rates on slips (if any available). out on the peninsula near you, marina options include jabins, annapolis landing, or port annapolis. otherwise you could look at any of the marinas downtown annapolis / eastport (mears, eastport yacht center, annapolis city, south annapolis) -- these have a range of services / atmosphere but will tend to be pricier. alternatively, you could look a little further out on the south river (pier 7, oak grove, gingerville, or liberty marina).

rush hour on forest drive can be a pain in @$$...it's pretty much one road in - one road out. if there's a major accident, annapolis become literal gridlock -- lots of peninsulas make traffic planning very difficult.

can't help you on your lexus, but i've owned 8 bimmers (currently own 4!). i haven't used annapolis BMW (dealership) for over 10 years, even though i understand their reputation has improved *slightly*. i like chesapeake import services as an independent BMW shop. silver star also has a good reputation, but they're trying to somewhat re-create the higher-end dealership experience so their prices are relatively high (though not as high as the dealership).

BTW, best burger in annapolis is at the ebb tide tavern which may be stumbling distance for you depending on your neighborhood.

welcome to naptown!

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Thanks All,

My wife drives a 2005 BMW 3 series ragtop. Other then a recent recall for airbag replacement it has not been to a BMW dealership and I would like to keep it that way same with the Lexus.

I have been using a local shop here in Huntington and hopefully will find a good trustworthy mechanic in Annapolis.

Our move is less than 2 weeks away, looking forward to being in Annapolis for Christmas.
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Ya gotta go to this dive Chick and Ruth's, its a Naptown staple.
Just an old sandwich joint for lunch.
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Just an old sandwich joint for lunch.
Good greasy breakfasts too. Clean you right out
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Thanks All,

My wife drives a 2005 BMW 3 series ragtop. Other then a recent recall for airbag replacement it has not been to a BMW dealership and I would like to keep it that way same with the Lexus.

I have been using a local shop here in Huntington and hopefully will find a good trustworthy mechanic in Annapolis.

Our move is less than 2 weeks away, looking forward to being in Annapolis for Christmas.
See Jeff at Cape Auto, he works on my Lexus.
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BTW, best burger in annapolis is at the ebb tide tavern which may be stumbling distance for you depending on your neighborhood.

welcome to naptown!
I'll raise your best burger with The Point burger.
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