After moving aboard officially toward the end of June 2008, we began 'shaking out' the boat and improving our skills. Cruising i.e. 'practicing' in the Chesapeake Bay was a wonderful experience, with it's forgiving soft mud bottom, the beautiful scenery all around, the many rivers to cruise up and back in and especially the ability to explore the numerous maritime little communities such as Oxford, St. Michaels, Smith & Tangier Islands, and of course, Baltimore and Annapolis.
Grandkids visited us, learning along with us how to enjoy the boat!
|Jumping off the boat into Chesapeake Bay|
|Baby Pickett enjoying time on Finally Fun|
We stayed in the Bay long enough to watch the Summer season change to Fall, enabling us to experience both the lonely work of the individual crabber on the Bay, and to learn all about the biology and life cycle of the blue crab. We, along with our grandchildren, learned how to bait our trap with stinky chicken necks to entice the crab in and how to cook and eat our own blue crabs all summer. Now we know why crab is SO expensive and have a new appreciation for crab and the prices they command! ($65 for a dozen large!!) We learned the difference between male and female and learned that SIZE MATTERS...
|Catching Crabs off Finally Fun|
|A diver had to remove this from our props - crab trap marker|