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    Quote Originally Posted by lovinmaryland View Post
    Could you post more info on cost to go there? How did you book? etc...
    I was camping in Pocomoke State Park, MD. I checked out Tuesday and drove to Crisfield, MD. The rule is you need to be there before 12:30 pm. There is only one departure at 12:30pm, that's it!!! So if you miss that 12:30 you are finished. You can buy tickets online and come there with them, but I didn't do that and I don't think it matters, unless I guess if the boat is full.

    http://smithislandcruises.com/

    Is the website I went to, but didn't buy tickets. Once you get to Crisfield, there is a hotel there (Captain Taylor's or something). There is a little building off to the hotel that says Smith Island cruises. I walked in there and bought tickets (26 for adults and 13 for children). Anyway they board the boat at around 12:00 and the parking lot is around the corner from where you get tickets. Parking is free in Crisfield. There is plenty of parking! I boarded early, you can bring food with you on the boat.

  2. #12
    Quote Originally Posted by Bonehead View Post
    I thought max was about 40' along that area. Near the target ship etc.
    True..I always considered that fairly deep for the bay and Potomac though. The main shipping channel in that area is 55-65'.

    I study waves for a living..marine engineer and all that rot. Waves formed in deeper water become much larger/steeper when they travel in to shallower water because the energy entrained in the wave field (which extends significantly below the water surface in "deep" conditions) remains largely constant. So on a trip from Piney Point to Smith Island, for example, the worst seas you may encounter are often going to be those in the shallowest water, depending on wind strength and direction of course. That very effect tears up our island property when storms bring heavy winds from the SE that build "only" 3-4' waves over the several miles of fetch..that then "stand up" to become 6 footers and more when they encounter the very shallow water in cove in front of our shoreline.
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  3. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
    I was camping in Pocomoke State Park, MD. I checked out Tuesday and drove to Crisfield, MD. The rule is you need to be there before 12:30 pm. There is only one departure at 12:30pm, that's it!!! So if you miss that 12:30 you are finished. You can buy tickets online and come there with them, but I didn't do that and I don't think it matters, unless I guess if the boat is full.

    http://smithislandcruises.com/

    Is the website I went to, but didn't buy tickets. Once you get to Crisfield, there is a hotel there (Captain Taylor's or something). There is a little building off to the hotel that says Smith Island cruises. I walked in there and bought tickets (26 for adults and 13 for children). Anyway they board the boat at around 12:00 and the parking lot is around the corner from where you get tickets. Parking is free in Crisfield. There is plenty of parking! I boarded early, you can bring food with you on the boat.
    From the Piney Point area...although he also has a slip in Clarks' Landing.. But Butch only does full-boat charter trips, so for groups only, unless of course you've got some fairly deep pockets.


    http://www.northstarcharter.net/
    Last edited by Gilligan; 08-07-2017 at 11:02 AM.
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    Where the target ship is it is probably less than 20', west of the ship, in the main channel, deepest parts are 80'+, but that is a very narrow stretch.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken King View Post
    Where the target ship is it is probably less than 20', west of the ship, in the main channel, deepest parts are 80'+, but that is a very narrow stretch.
    What is a "target ship"? Are you talking about the smaller boat that was riding along us? Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
    What is a "target ship"? Are you talking about the smaller boat that was riding along us? Why?
    It's the scuttled ship off of Smith Island that it used as a target.

  7. #17
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    From the Piney Point area...although he also has a slip in Clarks' Landing.. But Butch only does full-boat charter trips, so for groups only, unless of course you've got some fairly deep pockets.


    http://www.northstarcharter.net/
    Thanks for the info.

    I just called the number on the top of that website, a nice woman answered. This is the way the conversation went.

    Q: Hello do you do tours to Smith Island?
    A: Yes we do

    Q: How much would it be fore 4 people to run to and from Smith Island
    A: Oh about $800.00 dollars.


  8. #18
    Quote Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
    Thanks for the info.

    I just called the number on the top of that website, a nice woman answered. This is the way the conversation went.

    Q: Hello do you do tours to Smith Island?
    A: Yes we do

    Q: How much would it be fore 4 people to run to and from Smith Island
    A: Oh about $800.00 dollars.

    Yep. A great day rate price considering the vessel and the service. But like I posted..for groups typically. We fish with Butch on occasion..rate is still the same. You must not be familiar with charter rates. What is surprising is how little they've gone up over the last couple of decades.
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  9. #19
    Quote Originally Posted by Gilligan View Post
    Yep. A great day rate price considering the vessel and the service. But like I posted..for groups typically. We fish with Butch on occasion..rate is still the same. You must not be familiar with charter rates. What is surprising is how little they've gone up over the last couple of decades.
    I'm not familiar with much of this field, Yeah I understand it's a private boat and if you consider everything involved the price is likely correct or the industry standard.

    So I guess that 26 per person boat ride is the welfare rate right :) LOL

  10. #20
    Quote Originally Posted by steppinthrax View Post
    I'm not familiar with much of this field, Yeah I understand it's a private boat and if you consider everything involved the price is likely correct or the industry standard.

    So I guess that 26 per person boat ride is the welfare rate right :) LOL
    It's a charter fishing boat..one of very,very many we have in this general area. Capt. Butch's just happens to be one of the larger and better equipped and so he does the cruises in addition to "just fishing". There are a couple of other well-appointed charter boats that will do day cruises too.

    We typically go fishing with 6 to 8 people in his boat. So around $100 a head plus the mate's tip. Cheap recreation by any standard.
    You can't be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline. It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer. -Frank Zappa

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