Any upper Chesapeake boaters see this article?

Discussion in 'The Tiki Bar' started by Jharpe21, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. Jharpe21

    Jharpe21 New Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2018
    In search of newish boat, 2000 yamaha ls2000, 97 maxum 2300
    5.7, twin 135's
  2. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    403
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    Our boating association posted the video with all the debris floating around. Just glad it's not after the opening of the season on March 1st.
     
  3. Alegria

    Alegria Well-Known Member

    Feb 21, 2009
    Lancaster,PA Boat: -Sue Creek, MD
    2000 410 DA
    3126 CAT
    WOW I did not see that video... OMG my insurance is going up already from Harvey and Irma, now it will go up again!!! I hope they are running a lot of barges up and down the river to chop up the tree trunks before April!!
     
  4. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    Picking up my reconditioned props this week....this does not make me happy!
     
    Alegria likes this.
  5. Gofirstclass

    Gofirstclass Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 20, 2010
    Tri Cities, WA
    1995 550 Sedan Bridge,
    2010 Boston Whaler 130 Super Sport,
    1981 Boston Whaler 130 Sport,
    CAT 3406C's, 580hp.
    I wonder what they would do to that marina owner if he pushed all that crap back out into the river.
     
  6. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    403
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    just curious, what will happen with all that stuff?
     
  7. atrick

    atrick Member

    142
    Mar 4, 2017
    Penna
    1995 searay 290 Sundancer
    1990 21 maxum
    Twin 4.3 mercrusers with alpha one drives
    305 chevy with a alpha one drive
    it will end up in the ocean and or sink to the bottom of where ever its at same as all the other debris, from creeks to rivers to oceans.
     
  8. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    403
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    Not good at all......Even if our boat goes in the water, it's not going anywhere if the debris is in our area our the Bush River.
     
  9. importmonkey

    importmonkey Opinionated Member

    947
    Jul 9, 2015
    Middle River, MD
    2007 44 Sundancer
    QSC 500s
    Although that's a bit concerning just over a month away from launch into Middle River, we came from the Potomac which looks like that year round - constantly dodging something...and one reason we stay on the bay now.
     
    QT1 likes this.
  10. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    403
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    So I have to ask... How did you dodge debris like that without damaging your boat?
     
  11. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    We were in the Chesapeake a few years ago when there were massive debris fields. I think there had been a tropical storm or a hurricane which caused flooding in the upstream river area.

    Mostly in the Kent Narrows down 80 miles or so south.

    There were massive debris fields floating. Was not hard to see the debris fields.

    Was slow going, not sure we ran on plane very much at all for several days. We saw trees, limbs, pieces of firewood, even a refrigerator.

    Never went very fast, always two sets of eyes watching. When we encountered a debris field it was idle speed. Dodging big items. Sometimes it was ease forward a bit, then pull back to neutral. Focused on not going over anything that would cause prop damage.

    This was in the middle part of the bay, most of the debris was not in the channel, but off to the sides.

    No issues, no problems. Just go very slow, every eye on the boat on watch.

    Mark
     
  12. Jharpe21

    Jharpe21 New Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2018
    In search of newish boat, 2000 yamaha ls2000, 97 maxum 2300
    5.7, twin 135's
    Where I boat in the very upper chesapeake (i leave from turkey point) its not uncommon at all to see massive stumps in the water and trees floating and alot of times you can only see a tiny portion of them. We rarely go out at night its pretty risky. I lost a jetski a few years ago I saw something that looked like a turtle head but it was a massive stump put a hole in the bottom of the ski luckily I didn't get hurt.
     
  13. quality time

    quality time Well-Known Member

    Oct 30, 2007
    Upper Chesapeake Bay
    2003 480DB and Kencraft 190 CC
    QSM11's
    Upper Chesapeake also. It's not the part of the tree that you can see that's the issue...it's the part you can't see!
     
  14. QT1

    QT1 Active Member

    403
    Oct 20, 2016
    Belair, MD
    1990 350 Sundancer, "Quality Time II". Avon rib w/ Yamaha 4 stroke. Upgraded Raymarine GPS/radar.
    7.4 Mercruisers
    Unless it’s absolutely necessary to travel while it is heavy, I wouldn’t chance damaging my boat.
     
  15. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    Why didn't they clean that crap up before they opened the spill gates?

    It is a lot easier to get it corralled and removed at that point before sending it downriver to screw everyone else. If a private company was running that dam......the government would have shut them down and sent in the EPA. I guess the Pennsylvania State government (I believe they control that dam).....just could care less.
     
    Alegria and Jaybeaux like this.
  16. Boat Guy

    Boat Guy Well-Known Member

    It really shows how inept our different levels of government are in handling important issues.
     
  17. atrick

    atrick Member

    142
    Mar 4, 2017
    Penna
    1995 searay 290 Sundancer
    1990 21 maxum
    Twin 4.3 mercrusers with alpha one drives
    305 chevy with a alpha one drive
    They aren't required to clean it up, have had docks on the monongahela river in Penna. since 1990 and the debris is a fact of life living and boating on a river. It's a shame that people throw all that crap out and it ends up in the river, bays and ocean. High water comes with the heavy rain you don't go out boating till it clears up. The dams open up to let the extra water out, the debris go thru collects on docks A, he pushes it out and it goes down and collects on dock B, they push it out and it collects on mine then I push it out and on and on till it floats up on shore and you get to go boating again without a lot of debris till next heavy rain and high water. The logs, stumps and all the debris will never end just just the way it is.
     
  18. Jharpe21

    Jharpe21 New Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2018
    In search of newish boat, 2000 yamaha ls2000, 97 maxum 2300
    5.7, twin 135's
    Yeah the debris is just a pain in the .... but the stumps and logs and whatnot are a real safety hazard especially running at night. Alot of them don't move so atleast you know where they are but thats not always the case. Imagine hitting a 4 foot wide stump in a go fast boat.
     
  19. PlayDate

    PlayDate Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Dec 25, 2006
    Washington DC
    1994 370 Express Cruiser
    454 Mercruisers
    Well accepting incompetence and sending it down the river isn't the answer. On the Potomac, all the DC marinas get hit with river debris. The difference is they are required to clean it up using a number of contractors with barges and the equipment to remove it.
     
  20. Jharpe21

    Jharpe21 New Member

    19
    Jan 26, 2018
    In search of newish boat, 2000 yamaha ls2000, 97 maxum 2300
    5.7, twin 135's
    Unfortunately "sending it down the river" is how we solve all our problems
     

Share This Page

Show Sidebar