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Old 10-20-2021, 05:36 AM   #1
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Wow! Look at the migration!

I use marine traffic at work to track our fleet and I couldn't help but notice all of the boats making their trek South at the same time in the same area. The weather conditions must be just right and everyone piled onto their boats at once! The first picture is centered around Smith Point Light on the Chesapeake Bay. There was a thick concentration of Southbounders from Annapolis MD to Norfolk. The second capture is of all the boats anchored for the night (in our creek and every other navigable creek) and the shipping lanes cleared.
I've never left before the end of October and it's with good reason; we always waited for the crowds to thin out so there was a better chance of getting a slip or anchoring spot, and it was just less stressful on the waterways without so much traffic.
I hope I haven't jinxed myself and that the traffic will be way ahead of us when we leave!
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Old 10-20-2021, 07:25 AM   #2
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Yes, the migration is in full flow. I'm approaching Morehead city, NC and there is moderate flow here. I'm hoping to stay ahead of the flow. Should be in Mile Hammock this evening. Will be interesting to see how many are there.

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Looks almost like the migration north to Alaska. Fun to watch...
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ASD,
Most skippers go north when they’re ready. So the’re strung out over about 3 months.

But most rec trawlers will head south before September … being the very conservative lot they are (except ASD) they will listen to the semi-horror stories of the past and prematurely go south. So you’ll see a more-or-less mass migration south.
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Old 10-20-2021, 02:19 PM   #5
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Yes, the migration is in full flow. I'm approaching Morehead city, NC and there is moderate flow here. I'm hoping to stay ahead of the flow. Should be in Mile Hammock this evening. Will be interesting to see how many are there.

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Ahead of the crowd is good too. I can't imagine how bummed I'd be when the day comes that we can't find a decent anchorage at the end of a long day due to overcrowding. I try to always have at least 1 of not 2 backup anchorages close by. The ace up our sleeve is that all we draw is 3'. If need be, we can get into skinny water and that allows us a few more options. We have a full keel & I'm not afraid to use it!
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I noticed in the screen shot one of our favorite anchorages was full up. We try to leave as early as possible and get to our intended anchorage no later than mid afternoon. We have better luck with getting a good spot and I really hate getting done late in the day and not confidant I’ll find a decent spot to anchor.
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Old 10-20-2021, 02:34 PM   #7
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I noticed in the screen shot one of our favorite anchorages was full up. We try to leave as early as possible and get to our intended anchorage no later than mid afternoon. We have better luck with getting a good spot and I really hate getting done late in the day and not confidant I’ll find a decent spot to anchor.
I know it's kind of disheartening to see an intended anchorage full of boats on the AIS but you have to remind yourself that the icon size is so exaggerated that there's probably plenty of room. Your favorite spot might be taken but hopefully there's room for a few more boats close by.
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Seeing that many AIS targets in [secret anchorage location] means that it is likely full. It’s kind of surprising to see that many there with AIS on. I kind of look at AIS like cockroaches. For every one you see, there are many more you don’t. Or something like that.
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Did you ever wonder how well you were going to sleep while anchored off the AICW?

All morning as I was approaching Morehead City, NC there were Navy amphibious assault ships maintaining station offshore (telling us to maintain 3 mile distance). One of them came into the Morehead City commercial basin complete with helicopters.

After clearing the Onslow Beach bridge, there's the distinct smell of JP5 (jet fuel). Some of these guys are idling on the beach.

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8 RIBS are waiting on the boat ramp.

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The only thing missing are the Osprey tilt engine aircraft. Probably only a matter of time.

More pictures to follow.

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You have a front row seat! Pretty cool that civilians can get that close to actual maneuvers. The noise is but a small inconvenience knowing they're on our side.
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Most skippers go north when they’re ready. So the’re strung out over about 3 months.

But most rec trawlers will head south before September … being the very conservative lot they are (except ASD) they will listen to the semi-horror stories of the past and prematurely go south. So you’ll see a more-or-less mass migration south.
Oh, I get it!

Hey you all. The PNW sucks, don't come. Weather is rain and cold clouds. No marinas or fuel.

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Old 10-20-2021, 06:30 PM   #12
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I use marine traffic at work to track our fleet and I couldn't help but notice all of the boats making their trek South at the same time in the same area. The weather conditions must be just right and everyone piled onto their boats at once! The first picture is centered around Smith Point Light on the Chesapeake Bay. There was a thick concentration of Southbounders from Annapolis MD to Norfolk. The second capture is of all the boats anchored for the night (in our creek and every other navigable creek) and the shipping lanes cleared.

I've never left before the end of October and it's with good reason; we always waited for the crowds to thin out so there was a better chance of getting a slip or anchoring spot, and it was just less stressful on the waterways without so much traffic.

I hope I haven't jinxed myself and that the traffic will be way ahead of us when we leave!
Yesterday the Krogen Rendezvous left from Solomon's. From the time stamp on you shot that would be about 30 Krogen mixed in there going south.
I in Solomon's. There are at least 30-40 boats anchored in the creeks moving south.
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Old 10-20-2021, 06:49 PM   #13
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Had the same sort of thing happening in Oz with boats heading north
We were already north, the extra boats freaked us out so we came back south and had it all to ourselves.
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Oh, I get it!

Hey you all. The PNW sucks, don't come. Weather is rain and cold clouds. No marinas or fuel.

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Then if you stray north into SW BC, fewer marinas, more expensive fuel, more rain and heavier clouds.
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Then if you stray north into SW BC, fewer marinas, more expensive fuel, more rain and heavier clouds.
How true. Fun times watching the south traffic
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We're in the migration. Just a day or less behind Ted. Tied to the dock at Jarrett Bay. It's been a terrible game of "red light green light" with the three-day fronts blowing through.

It's pretty busy. We're doing our best to stay out of the busy anchorages.
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"I really hate getting done late in the day and not confidant I’ll find a decent spot to anchor."


The std "Bahama " 2 anchor setup only takes an extra min. or two to set and about triples the size of most anchoring areas.
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There was a thick concentration of Southbounders from Annapolis MD to Norfolk.

There are quite a few annual transients who work the boat show here and then head south right after it finishes (11/18, this year)... so that's adding to the mix.

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Think the Annapolis Boat Show wrapped up very recently. Wonder if that might contribute?
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I don’t know what effect Covid is having but pretty much every year is similar. Post boat show departure, some clogging due to weather, Canadian power and sail snowbirds. Add to that the calendar dance of not wanting to be too far south before hurricane season is over yet, not so late as winter fronts become problematic.
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