Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Zahnisers Yachting Center
We cannot say enough good things about Zahnisers on Solomons Island, Maryland. We just completed the installation of our new Yanmar engine (named Mooch) by Jim Franklin there. Excellent work. Pricey? Yes, but very professionally executed, you get what you pay for. Each morning we would be briefed on what was planned to be done that day, and sure enough, it was. Any worker that came on our boat was friendly and diligent. A very well managed shop. They even assisted us with the shipment of our old engine which we sold on EBay.
While there we got to enjoy all of the amenities while on the work dock. Great laundromat ($1 a load), with ironing board and iron. (Hey, this stuff is important to cruisers for that annual blouse ironing.) GREAT restaurant, The Dry Dock, amazing soft shell crabs over linguine, with a good wine list. Good showerrooms, separate rooms with bathtubs and toilets. Very pretty grounds, well maintained. A lovely pool (not that we had time to use it) with a good grill serving lunch and drinks. Loaner bikes.
Nearby is Woodburn's Grocery, almost ridiculously priced. Very high quality goods though. Also there is a West Marine, post office, liquor store, and hair salon (The Hairport, ask for Daisy who gave me a great cut).
Good restaurants in town include Stoney's, excellent food at CD Cafe with a great bar, and Vincenzo's at Calvert Marina, a dink ride from Zahnisers.
Zahnisers also offers moorings on a first come first served basis.
I love this place!