A photo gallery of our time spent in the Chesapeake. In general it begins from Beaufort, NC and we travel up to Baltimore, over to Chestertown, and hang in Annapolis until departing for the warmer waters for the winter. Great detail of our time here can be found in the blog.
We came to the Chesapeake for two reasons. First, to add a hard dodger and second to get out of the hurricane zone. W/ wanted a dodger and if we were to have one I wanted a hard top. One I could fall against, lean on, and sit on if need be.
There were only two places in the states where Hard Dodgers were fabricated and made for boats. One with a company in Washington State and one with a Company in the Chesapeake. I actually tried talking the maker of the dodger that lived in Washington State into flying down and fitting one on our boat. He could make it a vacation and stay with us. But, although he was quite nice and said if we sent him all the info and measurements he would consider aiding us but he would not come. He was particular and his work was meticulous.
The plus side of this is that being up the Chesapeake; although not hurricane free is out of the path of the majority of storms.
And there was a great by product of this trip. We were able to partake in a Westsail Rendezvous with our boat. We've been to quite a few but never had been able to get our boat to one. Finally! We are and we planned on it. Sweet.
Since there was no way we were going to get the boat to the Seattle area anytime soon we liked the East Coast option of the WaveStopper.