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32 Wye Island Marathon by Charlie Iliff

24 Lights Parades Around the Bay by Ruth Christie 26 PropTalk’s Holiday Gift Guide 28 Chesapeake Curiosity Constellation by Allison Blake 30 Take the Wheel by Carrie Gentile Jimmy Reynolds Artist, Teacher, and Boat Wright 35 by Judy Willingham 42 Nelva Capps - Virginia Beach Boatbuilder by Kendall Osborne 48 Dreamboat—Bandy 27 by Joe Evans ON THE COVER: Reid Bandy’s 27-foot rocket ship carves out her place on the Severn River. Photo by

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Editor’s Notebook

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25 Subscription Form 34 Out of My Mind by Ruth Christie 38 Cruising Club Notes 41 Race Report 51 Fishing News and Forecasts by C.D. Dollar

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Editor’s Notebook with Joe Evans

Winterization, or Not


’m still holding to my argument that the best way to get the most from your maritime investment is to keep cruising and fishing until some overly-concerned group of friends stage an intervention to bring you in from the cold. However, if I were your mechanic, boatyard representative, doctor, or insurance agent, I would be obliged to advise you to winterize that boat early and often. It’s the responsible thing to do, and it’s good for the economy. The trick for the avid yachtsman is in picking just the time for putting her up for the season, when the chance of another toasty Indian Summer day has become as thin as skim ice, but not so late that a hard freeze causes the damage I warned you about when I was your boat doctor, some 10 or 15 years ago. Some would say trust the weatherman. But, I wouldn’t say that. The strategy I use, but according to my attorney, cannot recommend, is to get 8 December 2009 PropTalk

everything ready for a quick winterization knowing that your plans for a fishing trip might have to be abandoned in favor of rapid work at the dock or at the ramp in advance of a bitter nor’easter. The good news is, we are not subject to the severe winters that New England and the Great Lakes mariners endure, thank God. We have some flexibility here. Still, waiting a bitter night too long could cause you grave pain in your head and your wallet. The essential mission as the cold approaches is to protect the parts of the boat that might freeze. That is, any system that holds water. Inboard engine cooling systems must be fully flooded with antifreeze. Be sure to use the pink propylene glycol-based stuff. It’s non-toxic, biodegradable, and fine for use in your potable water system. It’s good for temperatures down to -50 F, a record low that hasn’t been seen in this region since the day I went fishing instead of attending my wife’s college reunion brunch.

A single-engine inboard boat will need about five gallons. Outboard engine owners have it easy. They simply need to get the boat out of the water, lower the engine, flush it with fresh water, and then drain it completely. The danger is in leaving water in the lower unit where it can freeze, expand, and crack the housing. While you’re at it, you might as well fog the cylinders, a process of squirting some kind of stuff into the carburetors until there is enough blue smoke in the air to gain the attention of the nearest fire department and, perhaps officials from the EPA. As straightforward as this entire process is, the clever yachtsman with a can of beer can stretch this task out to an entire Sunday morning and thereby forego church and a visit from in-laws. Keep in mind that batteries contain water. Remove them to your formal drawing room where you can keep them charged and ready to go. If your wife feels that they don’t fit the décor, you can have some quilted toaster cozies made to cover them


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up for about $200. Hide the charger behind the Ottoman and wrap the cables in festive holiday tissue paper. I think I got that concept from a Martha Stewart magazine I found in the powder room. The rest of the winterization undertaking is largely based on the extent of your obsession. In the unhealthy event that you love your boat more than you love your wife, you will want to make a long list of down-time tasks and do the work yourself. If she asks why you are spending every free moment at the marina, just show her the list and give her that it’s a dirty job but somebody must do it shrug. The list will represent all of the tasks you would forsake on a nice spring day in favor of fishing or cruising and should include lubricating anything that moves, removing anything that stinks, and cleaning anything that is gross. I’ve not found any reason not to add fuel stabilizer to your tank. It could be root beer as far as I know, but I always add some, and my engine still works. The mystery sauce makes me feel good about my fuel, which helps me sleep. Most experts agree that you should top off your gas or diesel tanks to reduce the certainty of condensation and water in the system. Plus, you will then be ready to go at the first report of giant rockfish in the Bay. The complete work list will be taken up with entertaining little projects, such as filter changes, oil changes, varnishing, scrubbing, some wood repair, perhaps some painting, hose and hose clamp checks, tackle maintenance, corrosion abatement, metal polishing, topside buffing, more outboard engine fogging, and the like. In the event that these items don’t inspire you, give a copy of the list to the boatyard manager and keep the original to show your wife as you leave to play cards down at the yacht club. I’ll see you there.

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Letter from the Publisher

As the holidays approach, we at PropTalk give thanks: – – for low gas prices – – for the Chesapeake Bay – – for the many days we spent on the water this year – – for the more than 850 locations that distribute PropTalk


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– – for the end of the recession – – and for the five years we’ve had Joe Evans directing the editorial mission for PropTalk.


n 2004, at the U.S. Powerboat Show, Joe, founding editor Dave Gendell, and I met over pitbeefs and draft beers to talk about creating a powerboat magazine for the Chesapeake Bay. After months of planning, in the summer of 2005, we launched PropTalk. A boatbuilder, fishing guide, conservationist, writer, story-teller, and all-around great guy, Joe was the perfect person to be the editor of PropTalk. Joe rallied some of his friends — craftsmen, writers, fishing buddies, and photographers — to join Team PropTalk, and once the ball got rolling, the rest of the Bay joined in. Now, as PropTalk approaches her fifth birthday, Joe is leaving us to share his many talents with the MD Department of Natural Resources. The DNR has made a great hire. We will miss Joe’s fine writing and sense of humor.

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With 2010 right around the corner and the economy finding its footing, we’re in full planning mode. We have a terrific team ready for the growth we know the new year will bring. Ruth Christie, our senior editor, will be managing PropTalk through the winter months, and we’re looking for an editor to join us. We’ll be adding some fun things to our editorial mix, so send us your suggestions. It’s your magazine, after all. And, if you love boating on the Bay, talking about boats and the Chesapeake, writing, and working hard, drop me a note. We’re looking for a new player to join our crew! But, be prepared for a tough interview process, as Joe’s a hard act to follow! Cheers,

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R ain D idn ’ t R ein in the F un by Ruth Christie


or the first time in 38 years, Annapolis’s U.S. Powerboat Show October 15-18 didn’t see the light of day, or sun rather. Four days of raw, cold, wet weather are nothing to sneeze at. What an excellent time to test out your foul-weather gear and sip some Painkillers (they started serving at 9 a.m.). Showgoers got terrific deals on merchandise and services from more than 600 exhibitors. If you snoozed, you lost. Ed Hartman, president of U.S. Yacht Shows, Inc., says, “Well over 15,000 people attended the show. They did not come to get a suntan; they braved the weather and came to the show with a mission—to look into buying a boat and/ or more gear.” They also came to talk with the pros, take virtual visits to marinas and destination ports, and learn a thing or two. 12 December 2009 PropTalk

But, what’s up with that guy in full pirate attire? By the time I walked over the Eastport Bridge to report to duty at PropTalk’s puddle-laden booth on Thursday, my freshly ironed, color-coordinated Khakis, socks, and shoes were a soggy, sodden mess. But, most people happily took our hot-off-thepresses magazines and were upbeat and well dressed for the wetness. After all, we are all boaters; you can’t control the weather, just your response to it. The good news is that people bought stuff. For one, we’re the proud new owners of a mail-ordered, high-output alternator, thanks to the kind folks at Cruising Solutions. Thanks to the shows, I now have my eye on some jewelry, a hand-painted scarf, and a runner rug for our boat. I’m

also hoping a new marine fridge will grace my stocking this holiday. Aaron Krenzer of Luhrs Marine Group says, “Qualified buyers visited our Luhrs, Mainship, Ovation, and Silverton displays. Our dealers were able to spend more time with potential buyers inside the boats. We set up several sea trials and have had a positive response to the show.” Jim Maier of BOE Marine adds, “Aside from our wet shoes and socks, we had a wonderful boat show. We had a great turnout of serious buyers and secured several marine electronics installations to carry us through the winter. We’re looking forward to a great 2010.” Though, I think PropTalk should come by boat next year, so we all can stay warm in a cozy, dry yacht. I’ll talk to management and get back to you.

Winning Ways To Celebrate South County


o celebrate 25 years, the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society (SSRHS) has arranged a bunch of fun events for locals. Here’s a snapshot, so to speak. The winners of the Shady Side Rural Heritage Society’s photo contest—“Local Lens: Images of South County and the Bay”—were unveiled October 4. The images had to capture sights from summer 2009. Photos by Jane Brown, Bruce George, Melvin Howard III, John Koontz, Tim Laur, PropTalk’s own Al Schreitmueller, and Lindsey Whitaker took blue ribbons. Honorable Mentions went to Daniel Brady, Mary Colaianni, Christine Edwards, Monica Grover Fitzgerald, Jeanine Hantske, Evelyn Jackson, Diane Orendorf, Glenda Rawlings, Gail Schneider, LeeAnn Nicole Smith, Peter Stevens, and Marcie

Wachter. Winning entries are on display and available as greeting cards at the Captain Salem Avery Museum. In other news, Amy and Brice Colhoun of Harwood, MD won the Society’s 20th annual raffle ($5000) during the wet and wild West River Heritage Day Oyster Festival October 18. Amy manages the West/Rhode Riverkeeper program. Upcoming free-for-all fun at the museum includes a family quilt-making to celebrate black watermen of the Chesapeake (November 21) and an old-fashioned Children’s Holiday Tree Trimming Time (December 6).

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New Winter Workshop for Cruisers



ore than 300 photographers helped celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Maryland Department of Natural Resources by entering the 2009 Maryland Natural Resource Magazine Photo Contest. My Phuong Nguyen captured the grand prize with “Egret Dancing” (above). She also took first place in the Wild Plants and Birds categories. Photos by Steven Dembo, David Gigliotti, Karen Messick, and Natalie Overholt also took first-place honors. Second-place winners included Harold Decker, Charles Durfor, John Gambrield, Scott Lintz, Karen Messic, and Chuck Prahl.


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hese duck’s eye views of Ego Alley come courtesy of JoAnn and Bob Uhl, who toured Annapolis this September via kayak and somehow kept their cameras dry. The Uhls launched out of the Annapolis Maritime Museum and show you don’t need expensive toys to enjoy the harbor.

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hat are Steve D’Antonio (technical editor of PassageMaker Magazine and owner of Steve D’Antonio Marine Consulting), Lee Chesneau (owner of Lee Chesneau’s Marine Weather); John Martino (founder/ president of Annapolis School of Seamanship), and Ralph Naranjo (technical editor of Practical Sailor) up to this winter? They’ll be headlining Annapolis School of Seamanship’s new Cruisers’ Winter Workshop January 23-24, 2010. Cruisers of all types will learn about passage planning, marine weather, onboard systems, collision avoidance, and much more. Hosted at Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies in Linthicum Heights, MD, the event will include full and breakout sessions, a simulator tour, meals, lodging, airport shuttle, and more, all for $475 per person.

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assageMaker Magazine’s Trawler Fest in Solomons October 2-4 at Calvert Marina drew more than 1600 people from all over the country and even as far away as the United Kingdom. More than 80 exhibitors helped showgoers join the liquid lifestyle or upgrade their existing boats. During PassageMaker University September 30-October 1, seminars were well attended, and the interactive afternoon activities at the marina attracted enthusiastic participants. Attendees voted the Selene 47, christened Holiday, as the winner of the PassageMaker People’s Choice Award; and the silent and live auctions raised $8500 for the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society.


A Legacy Lives On

t its second annual Capital Conservation Honors September 30 in Washington, DC, the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership (TRCP) recognized the achievements of some of the sportsmen-conservation world’s brightest stars and launched a fundraising effort honoring the legacy of former TRCP chairman and cofounder Jim Range. Range, who passed away in January at age 63, was memorialized with the official launch of the Jim Range Conservation Fund. He was one of the nation’s most prominent champions of natural resource conservation. Range was known in Washington and throughout the United States as a skilled policy strategist with an extraordinary bipartisan network of friends and contacts. Along with his political adeptness, he was a gifted speaker, who always spoke from his heart with passionate conviction. A life-long outdoorsman, Range was

egies in climate change legislation. instrumental in the conservation and Johnny Morris, founder of Bass Pro continued protection of many different corners of the American landscape Shops and a lifelong conservationist, received TRCP’s Lifetime Conservaand was a passionate advocate for the tion Achievement Award. country’s fish and wildlife and their habitat. Also during the ceremony, Congressman John Dingell of Michigan received TRCP’s Sportsman’s Champion Award for his leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives on legislation to protect our nation’s waters and wetlands and to provide funding for fish and wildlife adaptation stratPhoto of conservationist Jim Range courtesy of

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elly Bacon (L) and Jane Tayman (R) work the crowds during Trawler Fest Solomons this October at Calvert Marina. Since this summer, Tayman has served as Chesapeake Bay Region Manager for Trident Funding Corporation’s Annapolis team. Tayman says, “We were impressed with the turnout of qualified applicants at Trawler Fest and the boat shows in Annapolis this fall, even though the Powerboat Show was a little wet. We had good feedback and made deals happen for many new customers as a result of all three shows!”

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Sun 04:11PM H 11:01PM L 03:55AM H 09:48AM L Mon 04:56PM H 11:53PM L 04:40AM H 10:24AM L Tue 05:39PM H 12:41AM L 05:25AM H Wed 11:02AM L 06:21PM H 01:25AM L 06:09AM H Thu 11:43AM L 07:02PM H 02:07AM L 06:54AM H Fri 12:26PM L 07:44PM H 02:47AM L 07:40AM H Sat 01:13PM L 08:26PM H 03:26AM L 08:29AM H Sun 02:03PM L 09:09PM H 04:05AM L 09:22AM H Mon 02:57PM L 09:53PM H 04:44AM L 10:19AM H Tue 03:58PM L 10:36PM H 05:21AM L 11:18AM H Wed 05:06PM L 11:20PM H 05:58AM L 12:17PM H Thu 06:19PM L 12:05AM H 06:34AM L Fri 01:11PM H 07:31PM L 12:51AM H 07:09AM L Sat 02:01PM H 08:39PM L 01:39AM H 07:46AM L Sun 02:47PM H 09:40PM L

Mon 03:32PM H 10:35PM L 03:20AM H 09:07AM L Tue 04:17PM H 11:27PM L 04:12AM H 09:53AM L Wed 05:04PM H 12:16AM L 05:04AM H Thu 10:44AM L 05:54PM H 01:04AM L 05:57AM H Fri 11:39AM L 06:45PM H 01:52AM L 06:52AM H Sat 12:38PM L 07:38PM H 02:40AM L 07:49AM H Sun 01:42PM L 08:32PM H 03:28AM L 08:50AM H Mon 02:51PM L 09:27PM H 04:17AM L 09:55AM H Tue 04:06PM L 10:21PM H 05:04AM 1 L 11:03AM H Wed 05:25PM L 11:14PM H 05:50AM 1 L 12:11PM H Thu 06:43PM L 12:07AM H 06:34AM L Fri 01:16PM H 07:56PM L 12:59AM H 07:17AM L Sat 02:16PM H 09:03PM L 01:51AM H 07:58AM L Sun 03:10PM H 10:02PM L 02:43AM H 08:40AM L Mon 03:58PM H 10:54PM L

10 11 12 13 14

DIFFERENCES Spring DIFFERENCES Spring High Low H. Ht L. Ht Range High Low H. Ht L. Ht Range

DIFFERENCES Spring High Low H. Ht L. Ht Range

Onancock Creek +3 :52 +4 :15 *0.70 *0.83 2.2 Stingray Point +2 :01 +2 :29 *0.48 *0.83 1.4 Hooper Strait Light +5 :52 +6 :04 *0.66 *0.67 2.0 Lynnhaven Inlet +0 :47 +1 :08 *0.77 *0.83 2.4

Mtn Pt, Magothy River +1:24 Chesapeake Beach –1:14 Cedar Point –3:16 Point Lookout –3:48

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+1:56 +2:13 –0:07 +0:27 37°39’ +3:04 36°51’ +0:15

*0.50 *0.50 1.5 *0.65 *0.65 1.9 *0.58 *0.58 1.7 *1.12 *1.17 3.4

+1:40 –1:15 –3:13 –3:47

*0.88 *0.88 1.0 *1.12 *1.14 1.1 *1.33 *1.33 1.4 *1.37 *1.33 1.4

Sun 05:41PM H 12:45AM L 05:25AM H Mon 11:32AM L 06:26PM H 01:37AM L 06:10AM H Tue 12:08PM L 07:09PM H 02:25AM L 06:55AM H Wed 12:46PM L 07:51PM H 03:09AM L 07:39AM H Thu 01:27PM L 08:32PM H 03:51AM L 08:24AM H Fri 02:10PM L 09:14PM H 04:31AM L 09:10AM H Sat 02:57PM L 09:56PM H 05:10AM L 09:59AM H Sun 03:47PM L 10:39PM H 05:49AM L 10:52AM H Mon 04:41PM L 11:23PM H 06:28AM L 11:49AM H Tue 05:42PM L 12:06AM H 07:05AM L Wed 12:48PM H 06:50PM L 12:50AM H 07:42AM L Thu 01:47PM H 08:03PM L 01:35AM H 08:18AM L Fri 02:41PM H 09:15PM L 02:21AM H 08:53AM L Sat 03:31PM H 10:23PM L 03:09AM H 09:30AM L Sun 04:17PM H 11:24PM L

25 26 27 28 29

Mon 05:02PM H 12:19AM L 04:50AM H Tue 10:51AM L 05:47PM H 01:11AM L 05:42AM H Wed 11:37AM L 06:34PM H 02:00AM L 06:34AM H Thu 12:28PM L 07:24PM H 02:48AM L 07:27AM H Fri 01:23PM L 08:15PM H 03:36AM L 08:22AM H Sat 02:22PM L 09:08PM H 04:24AM L 09:19AM H Sun 03:26PM L 10:02PM H 05:12AM L 10:20AM H Mon 04:35PM L 10:57PM H 06:01AM L 11:25AM H Tue 05:50PM L 11:51PM H 06:48AM 1 L 12:33PM H Wed 07:09PM L 12:44AM H 07:34AM L Thu 01:41PM H 08:27PM L 01:37AM H 08:18AM L Fri 02:46PM H 09:40PM L 02:29AM H 09:01AM L Sat 03:46PM H 10:47PM L 03:21AM H 09:42AM L Sun 04:40PM H 11:46PM L 04:13AM H 10:24AM L Mon 05:28PM H

2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9

10 11 12 13 14

DIFFERENCES Spring High Low H. Ht L. Ht Range

Sharps Island Light –3:47 Havre de Grace +3:11 Sevenfoot Knoll Light – 0:06 St Michaels, Miles River –2:14

–3:50 +3:30 –0:10 –1:58

*1.18 *1.17 1.5 *1.59 *1.59 1.9 *0.82 *0.83 1.1 *1.08 *1.08 1.4

November 16

November 24

December 2

December 9

PropTalk’s Tide & Current Tables Provided by

November 15 - December 14 Currents

Current tables show location, day of the week, day of the month, event (Slack, max Flood, max Ebb), time, and current speed in knots.



15 0341 1002

0305 30 0930 1612

16 0424 1045

1 0348 1015

17 0507 1127

2 0432 1100

18 0551 1209

3 0520 1148

19 0639 1250

4 0612 1237

0031 20 0728 1331

0552 +1.1 1255 -1.3 1822 +0.7 2102

0047 -1.3 0624 +1.2 1335 -1.5 1646 1855 +0.7

0133 -1.3 0708 +1.2 1421 -1.5 1730 1943 +0.7 0215 -1.3 0754 +1.2 1501 -1.4 1816 2028 +0.7 0254 -1.3 0839 +1.1 1540 -1.3 1901 2110 +0.6

0041 -1.4 0633 +1.2 1343 -1.4 1654 1908 +0.8 0132 -1.5 0721 +1.3 1429 -1.5 1739 1958 +0.8 0222 -1.6 0811 +1.4 1514 -1.6 1827 2047 +0.9

0123 15 0613 1157

0421 +0.3 0933 -0.6 1606 +1.3 2305 -1.1

0307 17 0755 1323


0304 0721 1251 2027

0508 +0.4 1019 -0.6 1649 +1.3 2349 -1.1

18 0354 0846


0347 0554 +0.4 0813 1107 -0.6 1338 1735 +1.3 2110

19 0438 0939

4 0426 0908

20 0521 1034

5 0503 1008

21 0602 1131

6 0541 1112

22 0642 1230

7 0619 1218

0012 23 0721 1329 0056 24 0758 1425

0028 0709 1326 2009

0402 -1.6 0951 +1.3 1654 -1.5 2229 +0.9

0112 21 0818 1412


0128 0808 1415 2103

0501 -1.5 1045 +1.1 1753 -1.4 2329 +0.9

0155 22 0909 1452


0231 0607 -1.3 0910 1144 +1.0 1506 1851 -1.4 2200

23 0246 1005

8 0344 1020

24 0356 1107

9 0503 1136

25 0513 1209

10 0614 1251

0031 26 1308 0616

0054 11 0718 1404

0109 27 0710 1402


0408 -1.1 1007 +0.9 1702 -1.0 2032 2237 +0.5 0451 -1.0 1056 +0.8 1750 -0.9 2120 2328 +0.4 0544 -0.9 1148 +0.7 1836 -0.9 2211 0022 +0.4 0640 -0.8 1240 +0.6 1536 1917 -0.9 0115 +0.4 0733 -0.8 1331 +0.5 1624 1958 -0.9

0132 +0.8 0823 -1.2 1349 +0.6 1706 2048 -1.2

0436 +0.5 1002 -0.7 1628 +1.3 2000 2319 -1.1 0526 +0.5 1048 -0.6 1712 +1.2 2043 0004 -1.1 0614 +0.5 1134 -0.6 1406 1755 +1.2 0048 -1.1 0701 +0.5 1222 -0.5 1451 1839 +1.1 0131 -1.0 0749 +0.5 1311 -0.4 1537 1923 +1.0 0214 -1.0 0837 +0.5 1404 -0.4 1628 2010 +0.8 0258 -0.9 0925 +0.5 1500 -0.4 1725 2059 +0.7

0342 -0.9 1014 +0.6 1600 -0.4 1831 2153 +0.6 0427 -0.8 1103 +0.6 1702 -0.4 1944 2250 +0.5

0032 -1.1 0641 +0.4 1159 -0.6 1431 1822 +1.2 0116 -1.1 0729 +0.5 1256 -0.6 1530 1913 +1.1 0200 -1.1 0819 +0.6 1357 -0.6 1635 2007 +1.0

14 0327 0953

0516 +1.0 1208 -1.2 1741 +0.6 2013 2353 -1.3

DIFFERENCES ON CHESAPEAKE BAY ENTRANCE: Wolf Trap Light, 0.5 mi west of Stingray Point, 12.5 mi east of Point Lookout, 5.9 nm ESE of ON BALTIMORE APPROACH: Poplar Island, 2.2 nm WSW of Thomas Point Shoal Lt, 0.5 nm SE of Chesapeake Bay Bridge, main chan

0030 -1.2 0612 +1.0 1325 -1.4 1639 1843 +0.6

slack before

floodmax flood


0047 0545 1123 1857

0300 -1.3 0843 +2.2 1452 -2.9 2149 +2.5

0139 21 0652 1151


0131 0645 1228 1948

0350 -1.5 0937 +2.2 1550 -2.7 2239 +2.4

0213 22 0736 1238


0214 0745 1337 2040

0443 -1.6 1036 +2.2 1652 -2.5 2331 +2.3

0245 23 0822 1330


0257 0538 -1.8 0849 1140 +2.2 1450 1755 -2.2 2133

0317 24 0913 1430

9 0343 0957

25 0349 1008

10 0431 1107

26 0423 1105

11 0518 1213

27 0459 1200

0006 12 0604 1315

28 0537 1254

0054 13 0650 1413

0012 29 0617 1348

0144 14 0734 1504

0049 +0.4 0642 -0.7 1318 +0.9 1652 1957 -0.7


0147 +0.4 0725 -0.6 1400 +1.0 2048 -0.8

0023 +0.4 0610 -0.8 1250 +1.1 1629 1937 -0.9 0129 +0.4 0704 -0.7 1343 +1.2 1722 2036 -1.0

0023 0232 +0.4 0447 0757 -0.7 1041 1433 +1.2 1812 2129 -1.0

0121 14 0546 1127

0241 +0.3 0807 -0.6 1442 +1.1 1819 2135 -0.9

slack before ebb

0101 20 0608 1111

0517 -0.8 1156 +1.0 1833 -0.8 2158

0558 -0.7 1235 +0.8 1902 -0.6 2216

0030 29 0458 1051

0210 -1.2 0749 +2.1 1357 -3.0 2101 +2.6

0513 -0.8 1149 +0.7 1804 -0.5 2101 2350 +0.5

0410 1016 1736

0001 0446 1022 1805

0425 -0.9 1100 +0.9 1724 -0.7 2315 +0.5



0101 0740 1430 2034


0240 0531 +1.0 0907 1235 -1.4 1556 1801 +0.5 2049

0020 19 0522 1036


12 0347 0954

0147 0442 +0.8 0759 1123 -1.0 1450 1702 +0.5 1925 2307 -1.2

3 0349 0927

27 0321 0943

0448 +1.0 1142 -1.3 1718 +0.5 1959 2341 -1.2

18 0436 1002

0335 -1.0 1005 +0.8 1613 -0.6 2208 +0.7

0149 12 0816 1507

0405 +0.6 1035 -0.9 1622 +0.4 1839 2222 -1.1

2 0253 0835

0012 0658 1325 1908

11 0249 0908

0353 +0.9 1045 -1.2 1626 +0.5 1904 2250 -1.2

17 0352 0926


0232 26 0909 1606

0314 +0.5 0938 -0.8 1532 +0.4 1755 2133 -1.0

0329 +0.4 0849 -0.6 1521 +1.2 1858 2218 -1.1

0419 +2.1 1034 -2.7 1734 +2.1 2125 2326 -1.1


0154 10 0823 1531

0240 +0.9 0937 -1.2 1508 +0.5 1806 2152 -1.2

0103 30 0659 1441

0504 +2.0 1121 -2.6 1828 +2.5 2150

16 0307 0848

0247 -1.0 0911 +0.7 1504 -0.6 1748 2106 +0.8

0143 25 0834 1518

0211 +0.4 0831 -0.7 1429 +0.4 1710 2043 -0.9

0225 29 0846 1531

0031 +0.9 0714 -1.3 1245 +0.8 1603 1948 -1.3

0218 0632 1207 1944


0222 15 0807 1520

0332 +0.3 0850 -0.6 1523 +1.2 1901 2221 -1.0


0330 -1.2 0923 +1.0 1619 -1.2 1947 2152 +0.6

0127 30 0545 1128

0344 +0.5 0915 -0.7 1543 +1.3 1915 2232 -1.1

0218 16 0704 1240

0311 -1.6 0900 +1.4 1601 -1.5 1917 2136 +0.9


max ebb flood speed ratio ebb speed ratio

0007 -1.4 0547 +1.9 1204 -2.6 1609 1922 +2.4 0059 -1.3 0630 +1.8 1246 -2.5 1654 2008 +2.4 0148 -1.2 0714 +1.6 1328 -2.4 1734 2044 +2.3

0232 -1.2 0756 +1.5 1407 -2.3 1809 2114 +2.2 0313 -1.2 0837 +1.5 1445 -2.2 1841 2144 +2.2 0353 -1.3 0919 +1.4 1526 -2.1 1912 2218 +2.1 0435 -1.3 1004 +1.4 1611 -2.0 1945 2256 +2.1 0518 -1.4 1054 +1.4 1702 -1.8 2021 2337 +2.1 0601 -1.6 1148 +1.4 1756 -1.7 2102 0019 +2.1 0644 -1.8 1243 +1.5 1542 1849 -1.5 0103 +2.1 0728 -1.9 1339 +1.5 1658 1944 -1.4 0150 +2.0 0814 -2.1 1440 +1.6 1811 2043 -1.3 0239 +2.0 0902 -2.4 1542 +1.8 1920 2141 -1.2

0329 +2.1 0949 -2.6 1639 +2.0 2026 2234 -1.1

food dir.

ebb dir.

0156 0509 +2.0 0745 1119 -2.9 1532 1829 +2.3 2220 0020 -1.0 0600 +2.0 1208 -2.9 1622 1923 +2.4 0117 -1.1 0654 +2.1 1301 -3.0 1713 2014 +2.5

0022 +2.2 0631 -2.0 1245 +2.1 1607 1855 -2.0

0111 +2.1 0725 -2.1 1354 +2.1 1723 1956 -1.7 0202 +2.0 0823 -2.3 1512 +2.1 1833 2101 -1.5

0253 +1.9 0921 -2.4 1625 +2.2 1941 2202 -1.3 0344 +1.9 1012 -2.5 1725 +2.2 2042 2254 -1.2 0430 +1.8 1055 -2.5 1819 +2.2 2136 2342 -1.1

flood knots ebb knots

+1:43 +2:18 +3:45

+2:00 +3:00 +4:53

+1:34 +2:09 +4:57

+1:36 +2:36 +4:15

1.2 1.2 0.5

1.0 0.6 0.3

015° 030° 340°

190° 175° 161°

1.0 1.0 0.4

1.2 0.8 0.4

–0:44 –0:25 +0:16

–1:26 –0:09 +0:08

–0:57 –0:43 –0:17

–0:49 –0:41 +0:13

0.6 1.0 0.9

0.8 1.3 1.1

359° 033° 025°

185° 191° 230°

0.5 0.8 0.7

0.6 1.0 0.9

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Fridays and Saturdays. Mount Vernon or Fells Point.


oysters, clams, shrimp, crawfish, mussels & oyster shooters

Discovery Dredges 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Havre de Grace, MD. Select dates. Experience life on the Skipjack Martha Lewis while oystering. $125.


Waterfowl Festival Easton, MD. Fall on the Chesapeake! Wildlife collectables and sporting gear, contests and concerts, food and demos, antiques, crafts, and adventures await! The fun spills over into neighboring Oxford, St. Michaels, and Tilghman Island.


Colonel Ripley Memorial Fuel 4 Life Race 9 a.m. Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, Annapolis. Includes a 5K, a 2K for disabled participants, and a 1 Mile Fun Run for kids. Benefits Injured Marine Semper Fi Fund. Sign up as part of Team SpinSheet/ PropTalk.


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Jimmy Buffett in Virginia! Don’t miss the Big Kahuna at the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville.


Diesel Engines and Support Systems Certification American Boating & Yacht Council course in Annapolis.

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Safe Boating Course 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays. Fairfax (VA) High School. Eight-sessions hosted by the Northern Virginia Sail and Power Squadron. $40. (703) 777-8378,


Bruce Springsteen Live First Mariner Arena, Baltimore. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band bring on the “Working on a Dream” tour.

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100 Miles of Lights Tour millions of holiday lights displays in Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Richmond, Virginia Beach, and Williamsburg.

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McDonald’s Holiday Lights at the Beach Drive Virginia Beach’s Boardwalk (Second to 34th Streets). See festive fish, jumping dolphins, frolicking porpoises, Santa and his elves, and more all in bright, colored lights.


Make a Quilt 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Captain Salem Avery Museum, Shady Side, MD. Add your stitches to Dr. Joan Gaither’s multi-media quilt celebrating Black Watermen of the Chesapeake. (410) 867-4486

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MSSA Chesapeake Bay Fall Tournament Seven official weigh-in stations (rockfish and bluefish) throughout the Bay will be open from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Check website for specific signup meeting locations and dates November 16-20.

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Voices of National Harbor Waterfront, National Harbor, MD. Let the choir get you in the holiday spirit.

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AAMC’s Lights on the Bay 5 to 10 p.m. Sandy Point State Park. $14 per car. (443) 481-3161


Christmas on the Square 5 to 9 p.m. Downtown Leonardtown, MD. Tree lighting, music, sleigh rides, horse and carriage rides, live nativity, and Santa’s arrival!

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Catchin’ for Kids Striper Tournament Virginia Beach. Benefits the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program.


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Midnight Madness in St. Michaels Shop until you drop at midnight. Special sales, refreshments, and prizes.

Olde Towne Santa Arrives by Ferry! 11:55 a.m. to 2 p.m. High Street Landing, Portsmouth, VA. Holiday festival, carolers, and hot beverages as Santa arrives by Elizabeth River Ferry. Kids and pets are welcome.


Santa Swim Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa, and Marina, Cambridge, MD. Supports Care and Share Fund of Dorchester County. Bring a toy for the Salvation Army.


Christmas on Cockrell Creek Reedville Fishermen’s Museum, VA. Santa arrives by boat.


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MD/DNR Boating Safety Certification Course December 12 and 19 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; test December 21 at 6 p.m. Eastport/Annapolis Neck Branch Library. Offered by Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron. (410) 263-8777


Maritime Christmas 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Havre de Grace Maritime Museum. Wine, chocolate, music, food, demos, and discounts in museum store.


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Baltimore’s New Year’s Eve Spectacular 9 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Inner Harbor. Live music, countdown to 2010, and fireworks.

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Lights Parades

Getting Lit for the Holidays by Ruth Christie Recipe for Bay Boat Parades • Millions of Mini-Strings, Twinkle Nets, and LEDs • 23,008,921 Sets of Long Johns (circa 1980) • 18,998 Liters of Bacardi Gold • A Trillion People-Hours To Design, Decorate, and Display • 480,543 Metric Tons of Fuel • 2,456 Dominican Cigars • 16.8 Million Colors of Lights • 23,000,019 Spectators • Two and a Half Gigawatts of Power • 3,687 Gallons of Chili (We Recommend 76 Cups of Gebhardt’s Chili Powder)


t wasn’t easy, but PropTalk once again did some heavy lifting and found where lighted boats will parade around this holiday season on the Bay. So, step away from the antifreeze and fire up the generator. Here’s where the hot spots are this year. Most of the free-for-all fun starts at dusk or cocktail hour. If you’re so inclined, we recommend hot spiced rum. November 28 • The Middle River parade will delight all and benefit local kids’ programs— December 5 • Off Washington, DC and Alexandria, after Santa arrives by boat, you’ll see more than 50 illuminated boats reflecting on the Potomac— • Baltimore’s Inner Harbor and Fells Point will be abuzz with prizes, lights, and boats. Bring a toy for the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The rain date is December 6— • Near Colonial Beach, MD, boats and golf carts will be the vehicles of choice to celebrate Santa’s Wonderland and Winter Festival— • Hampton Holly Days Lighted Boat Parade boasts more than 30 lighted powerboats and rag haulers strutting their stuff along the waterfront. Sip hot cocoa and cider as Santa leads the parade up the Hampton River— • The Irvington action takes place out of the Tides Inn on Carter Creek— • In Rock Hall, Santa will arrive by boat at 6 p.m., lit boats will sashay around, and bands will play— • The parade of boats is the crowning jewel of the holiday celebrations in Solomons, which will be gift wrapped with art, music, entertainment, puppet shows, and more December 4-5— • Off Wormley Creek Marina at Yorktown Beach, VA, bedecked vessels will vie for Best of Show while you enjoy hot cider, music, and the glow of a beach bonfire— December 12 • Thanks to the Eastport YC, Annapolis Harbor and Spa Creek will rock with boats, fireworks, and spectators— • The James River near Richmond, VA will be packed with boats, a toy parade, prizes, bonfires, and more, all sponsored by the James River Advisory Commission and Henrico Recreation and Parks— If we missed a parade, send your news to

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Holiday Gift Guide I Fish, Therefore I Lie

by Ruth Christie

So reads the bumper sticker I want to get my brother-in-law as a stocking stuffer. Serves him right for getting us a goofy garden gnome last year. Turning our attention to the gift of giving, here are PropTalk’s top picks for 2009.

Make mine a large, please. A new company in Annapolis, Combustive Control Systems now offers a Fuel Valencer, which comes in three sizes. It’s designed to eliminate problems related to gunk in diesel fuel, reduce damage to fuel injectors caused by unfiltered pieces of gook, save money on fuel systems, and reduce diesel smoke, soot, and smells. The medium-sized unit is a mere $1500 installed.

CapeFear performance soft shells get technical with wind and water resistance so you can fish, crab, and cruise in dry comfort.

Fendergrip is intended to help you look good at any port or raft-up function. The heavy-duty, push-button construction lets you make instant adjustments to the vertical and horizontal placement of your fenders. Quite helpful when you want to keep friends and their vessels at arm’s length.

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TideSlide mooring systems are designed to be strong, lowprofile, self-adjusting, maintenance-free, safe and secure, and easy to use. They come with an array of mounting brackets to accommodate different tie-up options and are available at Annapolis Boat Sales, Annapolis Marine Construction, Chesapeake Lift Services, East May Marine Construction, and Triple Crown Marine, among others.

A new iPhone application—Boat Ramps—is designed to help you find boat ramps and launching facilities fast. It gives your current location, is searchable by zip code and city name, and gives you the street addresses and handy-dandy maps of ramps near you. Now if they could only invent a Boat Drinks application.

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The Constellation that Wasn’t

by Allison Blake


n a glorious day in 1955, a Civil War warship named for Old Glory’s stars entered Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Here she was, back in the city where she was built. Or so it seemed. As it turned out, the USS Constellation wasn’t home at all. “Home” was the other end of the Chesapeake Bay, in Portsmouth, VA. That’s where she’d been launched into duty in 1855 after being built in a shipyard there and christened Constellation. This took place right about the same time a Baltimore-built frigate of the very same name was taken out of service and broken up in a Portsmouth shipyard. Who wouldn’t be confused? The mystery wasn’t fully solved for decades, until a 1992 report was issued on the “Constellation question.” Oh the romance of the sea! If it’s not an old frigate that really wasn’t, it’s a lighthouse with a sketchy past. The Constellation’s sister entity in the Historic Ships of Baltimore is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. One of the Bay’s last four screwpile lights, she sits along the Inner Harbor and offers terrific views of the harbor, as well as a terrific (and free) overview for those interested in the harbor’s history. What they won’t find is anything more than a glimpse of her early history.

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Seems a fire at the U.S. Commerce Deptartment in the 1920s eradicated all but the most tantalizing of tips as to what went on at the lighthouse during its early active-duty years at the mouth of the Patapsco River. Gone were all the documents and correspondence from lighthouse keepers to headquarters. Left behind were notations, apparently created for a filing system. Notations such as the following date back to 1856: • Book No. 197, Page 387, 12 January 1857, Remains of Assistant Keeper, Conveyance Of • Book No. 197, Page 476, 9 January 1867, Remains of Assistant Keeper [John Pheil] • Book No. 190, Page 238, 4 March 1867, Deceased Laborer • Book No. 248, Page 235, 2 March 1870, Letter Directing Removal of Keeper’s Family • Book No. 248, Page 451, Request by Keeper for Family to Remain • Book No. 262, Page 431, 19 October 1870, Charges against Keeper • Book No. 316, 2 November 1872, Report on the impossibility of obtaining a written resignation from the late Assistant Keeper.

It reads like a case for Miss Marple. But at least one extant letter explains a bit about the 1870s trouble with the keeper and family, according to a history by Paul Cora, curator of historic vessels for Historic Ships. In his resignation letter, a newly-appointed assistant keeper pointed out that families weren’t supposed to live in “knoll” lights, and that assistant keepers struggled to tolerate the circumstances. Likewise, an old newspaper account might be enough to send visitors to the Constellation on a full-bore scavenger hunt: eight pieces of the first Constellation purportedly are built into the second. Where? Nobody knows for sure, but one good place to look is in the joinery in the cabins on the third deck. If true, this means the bones of the frigate that sailed under the command of Commodore Stephen Decatur himself (later killed in a duel at the Bladensburg Dueling Grounds, back when the bloody rite of honor was legal in Maryland—but not across the border in the nation’s capital) live on. Constellation II, meantime, has understandably undergone much rehabilitation. However, this former flagship of the African Squadron that fought slaverery remains about 50 percent original. She

remains the nation’s only active-duty Civil War ship still afloat, with four decks, 22 cannons, 60 hammocks, officers’ quarters, a hospital, and captain’s quarters. She’s berthed at Pier 1 in the Inner Harbor and is one of several interesting old vessels you can see there. The U.S. Coast Guard vessel Taney is the last Pearl Harbor warship still afloat; the USS Torsk is a genuine Tench Class fleet class submarine that saw action in World War II in the Pacific; and the lightship Chesapeake operated from 1930 to 1965 (and broke her main anchor chain twice, in two different hurricanes). Rounding out the Historic Ships in Baltimore’s collection is the Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse. The lightship and Torsk stand at Pier 3, and Taney and the lighthouse stand at Pier 5. If you’re looking for a cool maritime way to spend holiday time with guests, this may be it. Check the website or call for hours and tour info. About the Author: Allison Blake’s newest book, Maryland Curiosities was published by the Globe Pequot Press this spring. She is also the author of The Chesapeake Bay Book, a Great Destinations guidebook now in its sixth edition published by The Countryman Press. For information on The Chesapeake Bay Book, go to Photo courtesy of Historic Ships in Baltimore

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Taking the Wheel

by Carrie Gentile

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is the type of class you take when you’re hopelessly giddy yet overwhelmed at the prospect of buying a boat. Offered by the Annapolis School of Seamanship, this new seminar allowed novice boaters to get out on the water on four different types of powerboats (a KadeyKrogen, a Boston Whaler, an MJM Down East cruiser, and a Tiara express cruiser). It also included classroom education and afternoon seminars to help novices get over the hump of boat buying. 30 December 2009 PropTalk

John Martino, president of the Annapolis School of Seamanship, found many boat show goers didn’t know where to begin the boat purchasing process. First-timers often nod, faking comprehension, as a vendor explains, “the impeller jet propulsion with a hard chine, modified v twin screw…” I am sure it sounds to them like, “the Volvo engine contains a chortle of algorithms that when throttled down will spark the flux capacitor o-rings and performs like an aero-elastic/flutter stabilizer…” “Everything is in another language to them—displacement, impellers, pod

systems—and the vendors are trying to sell their specific product to them. The boat show can be very overwhelming. I wanted to help people make sense of it all,” says Martino. Martino, who holds a 500-Ton, Coast Guard captain’s license, offers curriculum through his school that includes navigation, electrical, weather, safety, and marine diesel engine education. Together with the U.S. Powerboat Show, the course offered sound advice on whether to buy new or used, how much insurance is needed, safety equipment, and other pre-purchase considerations. The class ran in concert with the Powerboat Show. Saturday’s class was sold out, and Sunday’s was close to capacity. It attracted mostly eager yet inexperienced boaters, and of course, one of the somewhat clueless powerboaters included me. Even after a recent purchase of a 42-foot Nautique, I still can’t speak of the percent of my boat’s chine, or explain a diagram of the plumbing system. But, truth be told, I’m not a complete novice. I’ve been sailing for years. But there are important differences between sailing an 18-foot dinghy and captaining a 40-foot trawler. The latter has big motors, plumbing and electrical outlets, and requires taking out a loan. To drive one with certainty requires mastering a set of skills, including reading navigation charts, memorizing the rules of the road, and tying a pastel sweater over your shoulders. All this learning came at a reasonable price. Individuals paid $149, couples paid $200. The price included the instruction, two hour-long boat rides on our chosen styles of boats, seminars of our choosing, and a two-day pass to the Powerboat Show. Academic matters were put aside for a complimentary lunch, as well as breakfast, and a wine and cheese party. Most came in pairs. Some couples had previously chartered boats, and for some, a cruise on Royal Caribbean completed their boating experience. But, they all were serious about the subject, as the 35-degree day spent under a moist tent did not drive us away.

Does Size Matter?

Martino’s theory is that by answering roughly a half-dozen questions, one can arrive at the style of boat that fits. Does size matter? How about speed? Do you want to cruise for long hauls without re-fueling? Do you need sleeping accommodations? Will in-laws, long-lost cousins, or new-found boating friends be joining you? Do you want to cook onboard? How about fishing? Do you want to buy or join a boating club? And of course, what is your price range? Well, if you’re like me, you want it all. But boat ownership is a compromise, and Martino suggests selecting the boat that fits your use 80 percent of the time. If you are looking to run about the Bay and occasionally go long-distance cruising, buy a center-console and charter a cruiser for the yearly weeklong getaway. Martino explained the available hull types, chines, and propulsion methods, and the basic boat styles. He said trawlers are gaining ground in the boating market, because Americans are becoming fatter and lazier. Well, perhaps those are not his exact words. He attributes the rise of these seaworthy, rugged, long-range cruising boats to Americans’ tendency toward creature comforts. We’re not exactly the tent-andbackpack nation we once strived to be.

On the Water

At 2 p.m., I boarded the Tiara Sovran express cruiser with a handful of other classmates. This boat features the efficient Volvo-Penta IPS system that allows a driver easy joystick control at low speed. It makes docking a boat a snap. It’s like the time when shaped skis hit the slopes; all of a sudden, everyone could make smooth, s-shaped curves down steep terrain without much practice or effort. The captain explained how a planing hull is significantly faster, yet guzzles more fuel than displacement hulls. Then he opened her up to about 35 knots as we cruised up and down the Severn River. Our captain ably showed off the Tiara’s small turning radius while buzzing the KadeyKrogen 44 repeatedly. He claims the skipper of the Krogen had asked him to create

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waves to show off the trawler’s stabilizers that minimize rolling at sea. When our turn on the Krogen arrived, it was hard not to be impressed with her palatial yet warm interior design, topped off with a separate washer and dryer stack unit.

More Learning

I chose to sit in on Janie Meneely’s afternoon seminar about cruising the Chesapeake. Meneely, the editor-at-large of Chesapeake Bay Magazine, has explored every nook and cranny on the Bay several times over. “If you want scenic rivers that look the same as when Captain John Smith came through, head to the Nanticoke, Wicomico, or Pokomoke. But be aware that there are few amenities. And watch the cordgrass and marsh. You’ll lose your shoe in that stuff,” says Meneely. Helpful advice also included which towns offered plenty of amenities, such as Deltaville, how to enter St. Michaels through the backdoor, and for freshwater fun, you should head to the Sassafras River. “If you want scenic gunk holing, go about an hour’s drive from any major metropolitan area,” she says. And the Chesapeake and gunk holing go together like sailing and rum, which is to say: exquisitely. She calls the lower tip of the Eastern Shore the Wild West, with a must-see town of Onancock, VA replete with good restaurants, funky art galleries, and a prettified harbor. After speaking with some of my fellow class members, I’d say the new seminar was a success. Now they can meet boat show vendors squarely in the eye and listen with attentiveness, armed with aptitude knowing they’ve cracked the code of powerboat vernacular. About the Author: Carrie Gentile is a freelance writer from Eastport. An avid sailor, she lives aboard a 42-foot Nautique aft-cabin powerboat with her boyfriend and two large dogs. She is exploring the virtues of power vs. sail.

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2009 Wye Island

Electric Boat

Marathon Report by Charlie Iliff


his year’s edition of the Wye Island Marathon, a 23.82mile boat race in the Miles and Wye Rivers for electric-powered vessels, launched October 2 in conjunction with the Small Craft Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Four boats posted and set out in a brisk easterly against a choppy and sloppy sea at the Miles River Yacht Club. Jim Campbell’s perennial competitor, E-Canoe, and two-time competitor Jay Bliss with his 15foot Elektra were the class of the field. Unfortunately, Todd Sims, of EPower Marine in Florida, was a late scratch, as was Tom Hesselink with his beautiful little Budsin Woodcraft boat. Hesselink arrived late in the day to put his boat in the Maritime Festival ranks and had supper with the competitors and spectators. For the first time since the inaugural Marathon in 2001, Paul Kydd came as a spectator instead of a competitor. His Elliott Bay launch, Prologue, has been fitted with solar panels on her roof and is now queen of a lake in Wisconsin, in the care of Paul’s son. Unfortunately, the conditions turned out a little much for Geoff Elliot, with his newly-electrified Chesapeake Light Craft Mill Creek kayak. Elliot has enjoyed the kayak for some years in the calm water for which it was designed. With the added

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weight of batteries and some water splashing over his electronics, soon after launch, Geoff decided to put off his marathon effort to 2010. He has a new boat designed and a model built, which he showed around. Elliot’s shop in Annapolis, GreenPedals, has all manner of small electric bicycles, scooters, and even skateboards.

Look for a formidable two-place electric launch entry next year. In 2007, the PropTalk Battery Warehouse ElectraShell, a retired 58-foot Kaschper eight-man rowing shell converted to electric power, set a record for the course of 2:25:47, averaging 9.8 mph without any trouble on a calm day. The boat missed last year’s race when her towboat refused to play. This year, she arrived with a new powertrain, two 36-volt battery banks in parallel, and an Etek motor driving a Yamato lower unit mounted under the hull with a new Elliott Bay propeller. This exciting powertrain malfunctioned in spectacular fashion, although no one was hurt, and the running gear will be usable again after some redesign. As with most malfunctions, it takes more than one error to cause a serious problem. In my case, there were two combining issues to prevent the ElectraShell ever reaching the starting line. One was an engineering mistake, and the other was operator error. Since I am both the engineer and the operator, I tried hard but haven’t found anyone else to blame. (In the tradition of O.J. Simpson, I spent long hours looking for the real culprit—out on the Bay, at the Boat Show, and other places where culprits lurk.)

In the first test of a new propulsion setup two days before the race, the shell rolled violently first one way, then the other. I found two broken steering links, which allowed the lower unit to spin all the way around while turning the prop. Hasty repairs got it going well enough to test briefly, showing that the boat was surely faster but more troublesome to control than before. The main problem was that the Etek electric motor is attached to the boat, with a chain drive to a vertical shaft down the steerable lower unit under the boat. So designed, the motor tries to turn the lower unit against the steering system. My support crew reinforced obvious weak spots in the steering system, and I decided to go race—not a great decision. Then came the operator error. After the crew installed the 12 batteries, wired it up, and taped on the covers, I climbed in to go to the starting line. Inexplicably, I skipped step four in the mental check list and clicked it into forward without verifying that the throttle was closed. It was wide open. The motor immediately broke the remaining weak link in the steering, drove the steering arm into the steering stop that had been installed an hour before, and violently rolled the boat to starboard, and green water entered the driver compartment. A yank on the safety cord shut it down, and the boat slowly righted herself. A quick inspection showed that the boat was too crippled to repair, not to mention the probability that electricity was free to go around wherever it pleased. Sitting in the seat and touching the hull resulted in a tingle. The pumps worked, but the water wasn’t always in their vicinity, so they couldn’t get the bilge dry. The sullen crew uninstalled the 12 65-pound batteries and returned the shell to her racks. The team members who had to carry the batteries didn’t have good things to say about the project or the engineer/operator. I ultimately had a pleasant ride around the island following the two racers, which were better designed and operated. With the collapse of the Electrashell effort, the marathon was now a match race. Bliss’s Elektra and Campbell’s E-Canoe hit the starting line and headed out into the Miles River on the way to the Wye. Campbell’s canoe has done the race enough times that his average speed is predictable, unless he has a secret weapon—which he did, or some electrical trouble—which he also did. Elektra had not competed before, but clearly was built to be light and fast for her size. She also had a not very secret weapon.

Her main battery bank was a nickel metal hydride pack from a Toyota Prius. Campbell didn’t know exactly how that would perform for the distance, but, like his boat, he knew his batteries were light. Through a DC switching circuit, the 270-volt Prius pack provided 27 volts to a 24-volt Minn Kota trolling motor. Bliss carried a couple of 12-volt lead-acid batteries as well to give the Prius pack a periodic rest. The E-canoe opened an early lead, but the boats were in sight of each other as they entered the Wye River. Then, Campbell launched his secret weapon. In the 15-knot breeze, he launched a kite, which astounded the observers. The debate on the committee and spectator boats wasn’t whether Campbell was cheating, but rather, could his cheating result in immediate sanction by the race committee. Since Campbell chairs that committee, the question was not resolved, but the PropTalk photographer was so involved in the debate that he forgot to take a picture of the kitedrawn canoe. At the dinner meeting of the Rules Committee, it was decided that in the future, kites will be legal, provided they are flown all the way around the course, including under the Wye Island Bridge. Soon after furling his kite, perhaps as the penalty of fate for his unfair tactic, Campbell’s canoe suddenly slowed—powerless and drifting toward a lee shore. This time, the temporary non-electric propul-

under way. He was now looking at the shiny transom of Elektra, which had quietly passed the struggling canoe. Soon after the Wye Island Bridge, but before the mandatory 10-minute stop at Wye Landing, the E-canoe resumed the lead, and Elektra tucked in behind. The canoe didn’t seem to gain, however. After the stop, down the east branch and back into the Miles River, Elektra paced the canoe, sometimes close behind, and sometimes nearly abreast, not following the canoe too closely as Campbell cut every corner, over shallow bars and even once inside the outer pilings of a pier-end boat slip. Despite Campbell’s effort to run the shortest possible distance, Elektra was always there. The home stretch up the Miles River was upwind into the 15-knot breeze that had persisted all day. Neither boat seemed in any peril in the slop, but both were slowed by the weather. Half way to the finish from the mouth of the Miles, Elektra quietly started to gain. Rounding the point into Long Haul Creek, Elektra had opened a solid lead. At the finish horn from the committee boat, and congratulatory horns from the spectator boats, the lead was over two minutes. Despite leading most of the way around, the E-Canoe finished second. Campbell swore that if his electronics had continued to work, he’d have had the speed to win. No one knows, however, just how much Bliss had in reserve in his Prius pack. Maybe next year we’ll find out. As usual, the Miles River Yacht Club not only generously allowed use of its grounds and launching ramp for the race, but provided a fine buffet and banquet table for competitors and guests.

sion came not from a kite, but from a paddle. The electronic engine controls had decided to take a break. Campbell hurriedly installed emergency jumper cables directly from the batteries to his twin motors and was soon again

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Out of My Mind

by Ruth Christie

Boats on display in the water at FallFest this year included Bumps, a 1966 fishing boat built by Benson Duvall of Rock Hall (left) and a traditional bateau built by Irving Crouch (right), also of Rock Hall. Photo courtesy of Cindy Genther of the Kent County Chamber of Commerce


ur two kids never know if a boat trip will have something fun for them to do. Sometimes, it’s a crap shoot. But, our fall festival cruise September 26-28 had surprises for everybody, despite the cold, rainy, windy weather. Saturday morning, we nosed out of Cadle Creek to see if the gray Bay wanted us to stay home or not. Up the Rhode River, we saw hundreds of sailboats packed in the anchorage off Camp Letts for the Seven Seas Cruising Association’s Annapolis Gam. If they could do it, so could we. Hoping to get to Fairlee Creek the next day, we cruised to the Moonlight Bay Marina and B&B near Rock Hall, where seagulls ruled the docks. We were the only boat there, and the waters were rolling. Our slip gave us an expansive view of the Bay Bridge to our south. With less protection than we had counted on and knowing rain was due soon, it was a bit disconcerting. But, the price was right at a buck a foot, and we were safely tied up and ready for lunch. We walked 1.5 miles into a FallFest full of people. The lively Catonsville High School Steel Drum Band was a hit, especially with the kids! Some of the band members had played for years; several had

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When they are not delighting crowds with sweet island sounds, the Catonsville High School Steel Drum Band has other tricks up their sleeves. Photo from Rock Hall’s FallFest 2009 courtesy of Dawn Jacobs

just started; they all were good! After tapping our toes to more great music outside the Mainstay and perusing the arts and crafts stands, we wolfed down hot dogs, sausages, and wonderful French fries laced with crab spices. In search of Margaritas, we took the trolley to Waterman’s Restaurant, where another band and boat displays greeted us. Seems we’ve been shadowing the Buyboat P. E. Pruitt this season; we last saw her at the Tides Inn fresh from a summer rendezvous in Urbanna, VA. She had joined Bumps, Mary Julia Hall, Radiance, Spirit, crabbing skiffs, a fishing ark, and a few canoes along the Sharp Street Pier. Kent County residents, who had built and restored these 15 boats, were displaying their handiwork. The kids loved the trolley ride back to town. Then we walked back to the boat, lit the oven, and put dinner in. Absolutely nothing beats the aroma of a roasting chicken on a cold, rainy day on the boat. Monitoring the temperature was tricky and best left to one person. After warming the cabin and tempting our taste buds all afternoon, the end product was one of the most juicy, tender, and tasty chickens we’ve had. It rained all night, but we were snug,

mostly dry, and content in our gyrating home. Sunday morning we walked in a quiet, light rain to the Muskrat Alley Café for hot coffee; a shrimp, cheese, and crab quiche; a western egg wrap; Fruit Loops; and a humongous muffin. Dark morning clouds over the western shore gave way to a mostly sunny fall day. It seemed smart to get fuel at Haven Harbour Marina and then head to the South River, so we did. With 20-knot winds on tap for Monday, we pushed Fairlee Creek to next year’s must-do list. We anchored up Harness Creek, dinghied over to the docks at Quiet Waters Park, and followed the sound of music to the Art and Music Festival. Sunny walks in the woods, plenty of tot lot time, a peaceful afternoon in the flybridge, and a steak dinner capped off an unexpectedly nice weekend. True to form, the water was quiet (no rocking or hull-slapping noises to contend with). On Monday, we snuck home before the winds and waves could have their way with us. We knew beforehand that the Gam and FallFest were that weekend. But, finding music and art in the park was a nice discovery for everyone. We all enjoyed the time away. The kids loved the live bands, saying, “This is the best boat trip ever!”

Jimmy Reynolds

Artist, Teacher, and Boatwright by Judy Willingham


have wanted to write this profile on Eastern Shore artist Jimmy Reynolds since I first saw his work in a Rock Hall gallery in August 2008. The whimsical style he employs in depictions of familiar lighthouses and classic watercraft appeals to me. The bright pure colors draw me into the moment—many of them well remembered from my years on the Bay and its rivers.

Weeks went by as I tried to connect more literally with Reynolds who apologized profusely for his lack of availability. Like many artists, he supplements his income with more traditional work. Weekdays find him teaching art at Radcliffe Creek School in Chestertown, MD. On many weekends he assists his caterer wife with her culinary works of art. Weather permitting, you might find him painting on the porch of a St. Michaels art gallery some Saturday morning. Follow us on Twitter—

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which Reynolds refers to as, “The 56 Corvette of the Chesapeake.” “I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” Reynolds says of the book, citing Consuelo Hanks as an example. Indeed, the volume is dedicated to Hanks, born in Maine and best known locally for her illustration of Beautiful Swimmers, William Warner’s Pulitzer Prize winning book about blue crabs and Chesapeake Bay watermen. Last January, I visited Reynolds in his studio in a rustic farmhouse he shares with his wife, Julia, and their three children— Matthias, Lia, and Georgia. Reynolds was excited about the progress he had made on Volume II of The Chesapeake Gazetteer, subtitled Brigands, Lanterns, and Tea, which was published recently. Several legends with which most locals are familiar are of particular fascination

I finally caught up with him in the Radcliffe Creek School parking lot during Sultana Downrigging weekend where he gathered with students, parents, and fellow teachers to decorate a 23-foot draketail skiff named Babygirl for a parade. This draketail, built by Reynolds and his students, is a half-size version of the Mary E., a 45-footer built in 1933 by Deale boat builder Bernard “Dukie” Marshall. She was crafted of yardsticks, signal board, and “lots of 5200,” according to Reynolds who describes the year-long boat building process as, “like making a dress.” Boat building as a means of teaching art struck me as something of a stretch, but Willy, one of the students who participated, explained it simply—“It’s an enrichment.” That’s as good a description of Reynolds as any I could think of. Born and raised in Wilmington, DE, the 49-year-old Reynolds spent every summer on the Sassafras 36 December 2009 PropTalk

River. As an adult, he returned to the area to live on some family property and to immerse himself in the history and traditions of the Eastern Shore. His paintings seek to capture that history, and he teaches not art but “culture.” Radcliffe Creek School offers a curriculum designed to help students with learning disabilities. Emily Massey, a language arts and literature teacher at the school, says, “Reynolds has the freedom here to use local culture as a hook.” Standing in the schoolyard, Reynolds shared an early draft of his first venture as writer and publisher of The Chesapeake Gazetteer—The 23 Rivers of the Chesapeake Eastern Shore, a book inspired by many of his earliest paintings to which he added carefully selected historic and ecological details unique to each area for his captions. Regional watercraft are featured in many of the paintings—log canoes, bugeyes, buyboats, and draketails,

for Reynolds in his second volume. One is the story of St. Michaels, “The town that fooled the British” during the War of 1812. He believes the account of townsmen placing lanterns in the trees causing the cannon fire to overshoot its target to be true—or at least quite possible—based on his extensive research. He also thoroughly investigated the story of Kitty Knight, said to have saved the life of an elderly woman (and some valuable Georgetown real estate) when Admiral Cockburn’s troops were burning everything in their path. Reynolds’ illustration of the scene incorporates a version of the story with a personal homage to a favorite work of art, “The Kiss” by Gustav Klimt. Reynolds is as enthusiastic about the book signings and demonstrations scheduled well into the New Year (see as he is about completing Volume III (workboats) and Volume IV

(the Spanish period of 1580-1630). In fact, Reynolds is enthusiastic about everything. He often prefaces observations with, “The great thing is” or, “Here’s the really interesting part.” When I point this out, he attributes it to his need to repeatedly capture the attention of his students, but I think it is just his nature. He is also unassuming about his work, just as happy to exhibit his prints in a Chestertown pizza parlor as he is in several trendy galleries. During the recent economic downturn, he experimented with framed miniatures and even reproduced his work on note cards. Reynolds is available for commissions too, and the family of one of his students was delighted with a painting on driftwood of their house on Still Pond that included their daughters and a family pet. “My stuff is not for everybody,” he says without apology. The great thing is that many like me are captivated at first glance. About the Author: Judy Willingham is a free-lance writer who lives aboard a classic yacht on the Eastern Shore with her husband Ken and their cat BooBoo.

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he boat-building idea came to Radcliffe with an offer of a donation from a benevolent benefactor to buy a skiff kit from Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis. Reynolds had enough boat building and repair experience to get the kids started. With help from Eddie Cutts Jr. of the renowned Cutts & Case Boatyard in Oxford, he was able to organize the project, and the kids built an excellent little boat. Subsequent projects have included a Radcliffe version of a Chesapeake crab scrape, a log canoe simulation,and a miniature draketail skiff. Reynolds says, “I put myself in the shoes of a 10-year-old and approach building a boat that way. It’s amazing to see how they figure it out. They just get it and seem to know what to do.” The projects provide hands-on experience and achievement, while building something functional, complicated, and beautiful. According to Reynolds, “Sometimes, big things are easier to understand.”

Located in Chestertown, MD, the school provides a unique learning environment for bright children ages six to 14 who have learning disabilities that manifest as difficulties in reading, writing, spelling, math, concentration, and organization. The program features innovative, multi-sensory methods to engage and educate students with a goal of helping them become truly independent, successful, and proud. With a three-to-one student/teacher ratio, each child is able to move along at his/her own pace, make mistakes, master new skills, and grow. The cornerstones of the Radcliffe approach are held in the acronym V.A.K.T.—visual, auditory, kinetic, tactile. Sometimes reading is learned by playing with chocolate pudding and shaving cream. Geography may be learned through baking chocolate chip cookies. Math, art, physics, culture, and teamwork are sometimes consolidated in the making of a boat. For more information, go to

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Cruising Club Notes When All Else Fails…


o cruising. Halloween ghosts and goblins have long since been stowed in the attic where they can no longer haunt anyone. Thanksgiving and haul-out are right around the corner, as is all the busywork that makes the holiday season “official.” Change is in the air; you can almost taste it. Soon, we’ll wave goodbye to boating on the Bay for 2009. But… hold on a second. Just like the one with the most toys, if you are lucky enough to be looking forward to one last cruise, you win. Aiming for something warm, we will haul out our pride and joy, tuck her in for the winter, and hop on Celebrity’s Mercury in Baltimore for a cruise down the Bay to the Bahamas. Hope you get out there, too. —Ruth Christie/

District Champs


he Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron’s (DSPS) 2009 season is winding down with some notable highlights (below). DSPS took top honors during the District 5 Rendezvous in Cape Charles, VA, taking home the top four places in the navigation contest. It was then on to Nags Head, NC for the Top Gun Cruise. The annual Crab Feast in Rock Hall lived up to its excellent reputation, despite the rain. In October, DSPS captured second place during the District 5 Sail Regatta at Herrington Harbour. Members look forward to seeing everyone at the Baltimore Boat Show January 21-24. For more details and a schedule of boating courses, visit —by Jennifer Dalgarno

Flying colors. DSPS’s Battlewagon won the District 5 Navigation Contest in Cape Charles, VA.

A mess o’ crabs. DSPS’s Crab Feast in Rock Hall.


Stoking Family Memories

ent Narrows Sail and Power Squadron’s (KNSPS) Predicted Log Contest (PLC) on the Eastern Bay October 3 was dedicated to Eleanor Lafferty, who passed away this July. Granddaughter, Helen Knudsen, and her husband Brian were on hand, as were Eleanor’s son Marty Lafferty, KNSPS executive officer, and his wife Sari. Baygirl, Key Largo, and Wye Tug were declared the winners. Baydazzled served as the judge’s boat. James Lafferty (Marty’s father) and Stanley Stevens (Sari’s father) were both active in the U.S. Power Squadron, serving as Commanders of the Lake George (NY) and Cross County squadrons, respectively, as well as Commanders of District 2. Marty and Sari first met at a District 2 Clambake at Sari’s parents’ home. A favorite family story, which inspired this year’s PLC, focuses on the Laffertys’ Kennesaw Express during a squadron PLC in the seventies. By simply following James’s direction regarding RPMs and compass readings, Eleanor surprised everyone by running the course within a second of James’s predicted time ( —by Dick Radlinski and Karen Wimsatt

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Southern Exposure


ecember 5 marks the launch of the Windjammers of the Chesapeake’s Winter Lecture Series at the Severn School in Severna Park, MD. Beth Leonard will share her compelling tale of dangerous seas, storm force winds, freezing temperatures, broken equipment, and more on a passage through the Southern Ocean (windjammers-chesapeake. org). —by Leah Duer Alfriend

Fishing for Compliments? Nah


asadena Sportfishing Group members met November 9 to hear Walter Zielezinski of Fishtail Tackle discuss making lures. All enjoyed the presentation, dinner, prizes, and the 50/50 to benefit 2010’s Kids’ Fishing Derbies. Group meetings are free and open to the public. In addition to the Fishing and Boating Flea Market and Show in February, members are looking forward to hearing what Captain Wayne Morgan has to say about mid-Bay fishing techniques December 14 ( —by Paul Coakley

Staying Connected


ilverton Owners Club members span the Bay from the C&D Canal to Norfolk and far beyond. The Internet brings us together; as soon as you join, you have a connection and something in common with everyone in the group. The bulletin board is a great place to find people with similar boats, exchange information, and make plans to meet in a favorite gunk hole or marina ( —by Nyla Deputy


Out with Sails, In with Power

uring the annual U.S. Sailboat Show Breakdown Party at the Annapolis Marriott Waterfront Hotel October 12, 40 members of the Back Creek YC (BCYC) enjoyed seeing sailboats exit Ego Alley (below)and welcomed powerboats within an hour thereafter. It was like clockwork. Bonnie and I hosted the party, and commodore John Oberright won the predict the pulling of the pin contest (6:36 p.m.). Joe Marin won the Name the Knot contest by identifying 12 of 17 knots. During our annual membership meeting at the Fleet Reserve Club in Annapolis November 1, we elected new officers for 2010, including commodore Richard Sanger, vice commodore Bill Falk, rear commodore Steve Bacon, fleet captain John Loving, treasurer Mary Bowie, and Secretary Betsy Beyer. JJ Sullivan and Dale Schulz are new members of the Board of Governors ( —by Otto Hetzel


In Good Company

aving relished boating all season long, the Jewish Navy is mournfully readying boats for the winter, but joyfully spending holiday time with families and friends. We are completing plans for our Offseason Luncheon/Speaker Series beginning in December. Our speakers will cover topics that include boating tips, Bay life and ecology, as well as world events. During discussions, we share experiences, boating tips, and humor. We know that laughing is good exercise, because it is like jogging on the inside. To reserve your spot, contact —by Adiva Sotzsky

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What to do while waiting to exit the U.S. Sailboat Show? For starters, Garth Hichens of Annapolis Yacht Sales plays Frisbee on the spreaders. Rumor has it money was taped to the airborn toys. Photo by Viola McAvey of BCYC

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CRUISING CLUBNOTES Down East and Below the Choptank


dozen Down East Cruising Club (DECC) vessels enjoyed a wonderful rendezvous on the Little Choptank October 3-4. Saturday brought a picture perfect evening and great food and camaraderie ( —by Rick Casali Oyster Stew (right) with John and Pat Potvin caught (snagged, actually) a goose on their way to DECC’s Little Choptank rendezvous.

Holy Mackerel!


or the second year in a row, the Frederick Chapter of the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA) (below) visited Calico Jack’s Marina Hotel on Harker’s Island, NC in early October for a three-tier King Mackerel Tournament. The weather was fantastic except for 20- to 25-knot winds Wednesday, when we visited Jarrett Bay Boatworks. The services and accommodations were second to none, thanks to Captain John Dickinson, the marina manager, and his crew. Our 14 boats were the first to use the marina’s new docks; a floating pier system will soon complete the planned renovations. Members of MSSA’s Frederick Chapter came across In addition to enjoying catered this sight while fishing off North Carolina this October. Crew members of the doomed vessel used their dinners, a 50/50 drawing, and great life raft (shown on the right above) to escape and gear prizes, we caught king and were quickly picked up by another fisherman nearby. Spanish mackerel, amberjack, cobia, dogfish, blues, and even a sailfish; and saw spinner sharks, little skippys, Wahoo, and porpoises. John Travers took the Calcutta ($1200) with a 32.7-pounder and first place ($630) with a 100.7-pounder. Tyler Watson netted second place ($378) with a 96-pounder, and third place ($252) went to Tom Valek with a 86-pounder. Even though we were competing, we all helped each other out so everyone could have a successful and safe day of fishing. Hope to see you next year ( —by Chris Linetty

Snowbirds in Solomons


n October 8-10, 46 boats and eight “land yachts” from Krogen Cruisers rendezvoused at Calvert Marina in Solomons. Everyone enjoyed great weather, a dog parade, many dock parties, and a sumptuous feast on Saturday. The band Classic Case rocked the house Saturday night and brought everyone back to the 60s. Boat tours (aka Krogen Krawls) offered owners many ideas on changes and upgrades and showed off the incredible ingenuity of owners. After the traditional blowing of ALL the horns Sunday morning, a streaming trail of Kadey-Krogens headed south for warmer climes. Our boats truly are “at home on any sea” ( —by Michael Warren


When Things Really Go South

s second-year liveaboard cruisers and long-term Seven Seas Cruising Association (SSCA) members, we were impressed with and thoroughly enjoyed the Annapolis SSCA Gam at Camp Letts September 25-27! We were able to socialize and have intimate lectures. The timing coincided perfectly with boat shows in Annapolis and passages south for the winter, giving us plenty of time to relax and enjoy the local area. The program was packed with high-quality lectures, roundtables, and socializing ops that were diverse and educational. SSCA’s current topics, online resources, bulletins, and Seven Seas University are an excellent fit with our needs. SSCA stays relevant to cruisers in all of their transitions ( —by Mark Cole and Michele Kelly Sunset off North Carolina during MSSA’s Frederick Chapter’s October tournament.

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Racing News Wild North American Championships by Joe Evans


he 2009 American Power Boat Association’s North American Championships were held under a compressed situation in Wildwood Crest, NJ October 11. Saturday’s racing at the annual Hydrofest on Sunset Lake had to be postponed due to high winds. Thus, the run for glory came down to a nail-biting schedule of heats and finals on Sunday under clear skies with just enough wind and waves to cause the boats to nearly take flight. Five of the eight classes fielded fleets large enough to qualify as championship competitions, including the 1.5-Litre Stock, 2.5-Litre Stock, 5-Litre, Jersey Speed Skiff, and Pro-Stock classes. The winners and 2009 North American Champs are: Jersey Speed Skiff Pro-Stock 1.5-Litre Stock 2.5-Litre Stock 5-Litre

David Greenlaw and Bobby Kennedy Michael Smith Brandon Kennedy Marc Theoret Tom Thompson

(Scott Liddycoat took second place in Ralph Cataneo’s and Wheeler Bakers’s The Mistress, the 5-liter boat with the big PropTalk logo.)

Hydrofest was also the stage for the presentation of the New Jersey Governor’s Cup awarded to David Greenlaw and Bobby Kennedy for delivering the best performance for the weekend.

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Nelva Capps, Jr.

by Kendall Osborne


ike almost everyone else who grew up on the coast of North Carolina, Nelva Capps has been around boats and boat building for as long as he can remember. Capps’s grandfather used to build boats in his backyard. Nelva, who was born in 1955, played around the keels. Nelva started to work as a mate when he was only 12. He built his first boat in 1982. Today, he builds boats between 25 and 60 feet in Virginia Beach. Capps has designed all of his boats himself. That first boat, for example, needed to safely navigate the shallow but choppy Carolina sounds. So, he gave the 21-foot craft a shallowdrafting flat stern but a sharp wave-eating bow and plenty of Carolina flare to knock down the spray. It worked so well that Capps and his family still use that original boat today. He has built several similar vessels for Chesapeake Bay anglers who have seen the original in action and wanted one just like it. But they didn’t get an exact replica. Says Capps, “The flat stern in the original was great for the sounds. I could run in less than a foot of water. But it’s not the best bottom for the Chesapeake Bay. I put a lot more V into the bottom of the boats built for the Chesapeake.” 42 December 2009 PropTalk

While his first boats were built over juniper frames, Capps began cold molding his boats in 1995. Unlike most cold mold boat builders, Capps builds his boats on

his larger vessels have double layers of halfinch marine fir plywood sealed and glassed with MAS epoxy. He builds a vertical honeycomb structure between the bottom and the deck, all glassed together, making the bottom and deck a rigid and essentially bomb-proof structure. To save weight and improve performance, the sides are laminated with Corecell foam. Capps believes his blend of core materials makes a boat that performs economically but is still as strong and seaworthy as possible. Almost all of Capps’s customers have come to him by word of mouth. Someone sees a Capps hull in action, inquires with the owner, then Capps gets a call. He has repeat customers as well, as most Capps owners are so satisfied that if they want to move up or down, or even get a second craft, they give Capps a call. Currently, Capps is building a 45-foot Merrit-style fishing vessel with a beautiful hardtop pilothouse but no tower. What is instantly visible on the boat is the goodlooking tumblehome that extends further forward than on similar vessels. According The Capps 45 in the shed. Photo by Kendall Osborne to Capps, “I bring the a female jig instead of the more common tumblehome further forward, because not male jig. The hull is built up inside the only does it look great, it actually provides frame, leaving the transom open for easier more room inside the boat. It’s not just for access during construction. The bottoms of looks.” As for power, “I will power a boat

with anything a customer wants. That said— most of my customers choose Cat diesels. This one will be powered by a single 715-horsepower turbo diesel.” Even in today’s crawling economy, Capps has customers. “I have a few serious potential buyers, and we are talking about specifics. And there is the repair work.” Since Capps has the only 70-ton travel lift in Virginia Beach, he and his crew are constantly hauling, repairing, and launching a variety of vessels. His customer base of about 600 boat owners steadfastly returns for upgrades, repairs, and maintenance. Capps has noticed that with the sluggish economy, some boaters are having him haul their boats, but then they attempt the work themselves. Capps’s intelligence, skill, and enthusiasm for his craft are readily apparent. He climbs in and around his 45-footer like someone half his age, pointing out unique features here and there. If you follow him around the hull as I did, you will be impressed with his obvious design skills and the features and quality of his work that define his prowess as a craftsman. He’s thought of everything. The glass work is smooth and uniform. When you see his workmanship, you instantly understand why his customers will not settle for a production boat. Nelva Capps and Capps Boatworks are excellent examples of why there is still a demand for thoughtfully hand-built custom boats. About the Author: Kendall Osborne, a writer, photographer, saltwater fly angler, and lifelong boater, lives in Norfolk.

Editor’s Note: The new Capps 45 was completed in June and delivered to Captain Larry Dempsey who took her straight to Hatteras to his private dock for tournament and “just for fun” blue water fishing. Dempsey is no neophyte, having owned a custom Carolina-built boat and a 55-footer he built himself before having the Capps 45 built. The Capps boat has a single C-12 CAT diesel, cruises at 25 knots, and tops out at 30. She burns about 55 gallons on a full day of fishing, just as Capps predicted. “Nelva’s predictions for speed and fuel consumption were right on the money,” says Dempsey.

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Eastern Shore boat building legends, Pete Mathews and Glen Manning. Photo by Bill Griffin


ay Allen in Cambridge, MD is very near completion on a 46-foot deadrise built on a Markley hull, which was molded by Mike Merrick in Denton, MD. The boat is for John Whitman in Deale, MD. She is being fit out with teak and holly trim, a full-service up-galley, air conditioning, a 9kW Onan genset, a full head with shower, and accommodations below for four. Whitman is an avid angler, so the boat will be fit out to serve


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ugene Evans at Evans Boats near Crisfield, MD has an order to build a 46-foot power catamaran for an operation in Wilmington, NC. The boat will go out with a pair of Cummins diesels driving MerCruiser outdrives. She will have a full head, comfy seats, and an extended hard top to accommodate pleasant sightseeing for up to 49 passengers around Wilmington Harbor and Cape Fear. She should be ready to launch in early March. Evans acquired the tooling from a yard in Florida, which will allow him to build catamarans up to 54 feet and of any reasonable beam by adjusting the hull molds and extending the center deck. Also in the deal is access to the tooling for large water taxi/transport boats up to 43 feet. Additionally, Evans has secured exclusive technology and tooling to install sightseeing glass bottoms on any of his boats, or any orginal construction boat, for that matter. The system is in place at Evans Boats, and the crew is ready to make boats for bottom watching and sightseeing. 44 December 2009 PropTalk


ave Mason at Chesapeake Boats on the Crisfield Road has his crew busy with the construction of another pirate ship. This one will be a 54foot two-masted power vessel complete with water cannons and realistic pirate trimmings for a repeat customer in Beach Haven, NJ. Her essential power plants will be a pair of 225-hp Volvo diesels driving Volvo Duoprop stern drives. She will be certified to carry as many as 49 buccaneers on raids and birthday parties along the Jersey Coast. At press time, her bottom is planked and flipped, and her topsides are beginning to take shape. She should be ready to test, deliver, and begin her career in June. Also taking shape is a 46-foot research and education vessel for Washington College in Chestertown, MD. This is a solid fiberglass boat suitable for carrying as many as 35 students and teachers on extended research trips. She will cruise along with a 510-hp C-9 CAT diesel, air conditioning, a full galley, a shower, and a genset. She should be ready to splash just after Thanksgiving.

A 46-foot deadrise vessel destined for Washington College takes shape at Chesapeake Boats near Crisfield. Photo by Bill Griffin

his passion for extrememely fresh fish. The engine is a 500-hp Cummins with electronic controls. Her navigation and fish-finding instruments will be Furuno products sourced and installed by MidShore Electronics. Her custom canvas is coming from Cambridge Canvas. Andy Bloodsworth of Punch Island Marine on Hoopers Island is fabricating the tubular metal work. John Tall of Quality First Services in Hooperville, MD built the running gear. Her topsides are painted in Awlgrip’s hunter green. Her decks are off-white. Depending on the weather and owner add-ons, she should be ready to splash and deliver by April 1.


uss Garufi and his team at Titan Boats in Bishopville, MD have moved on to the interior trim details on the new cold-molded 62foot sportfishing yacht in the shop. The elegant trim material is primarily Sapele mahogany sealed and coated with no fewer than 10 coats of ICA, three-part polyurethane, an Italian product that produces a tough forever-wet looking effect.


Once the interior is done, final painting of the hull and decks with Awlgrip’s stark white topcoat will proceed. She will then move out into the sun to cure where the custom fishing tower by Carolina Custom Towers will be installed. This Darron Roop-designed boat features three staterooms with full heads and showers. The main salon countertops are Corian from which a 42-inch flat screen monitor will rise on demand. The stateroom monitors are 20-inch screens with the ability to route all entertainment,

electronics, an upper steering station and fly-bridge, upgraded system sensors and alarms, a proper washdown system, a 16-foot crane, resealed deck plates, a transom door, a bow pulpit, bow thrusters, a hydraulic winch, a swim platform, and new canvas. Tom Jones of Crab Alley Skiffs built new seats and the bridge wrap using his unique PVC panel construction, which has proven itself so completely in his crab skiff construction method. Colin Quinn handled much of the custom fabrication

The keel and bottom of a pirate ship are set at Chesapeake Boats. Photo by Bill Griffin

The newest Composite 46 goes for a spin.

Virginia Wesleyan College’s Ocean Explorer goes for a test courtesy of Randy Renn’s Marine Forensics in Grasonville, MD.

work at Dominion Marine, including the swim platform, pulpit, and bow thruster installation. Renn reports that the boat achieves a comfortable 19 knots at 1980 rpm with her single 700-hp CAT diesel engine in spite of her soft chined, two-inch thick lobster boat-styled hull. She is located in Rudee Inlet, VA.

spring to head to her berth in Yorktown for creek crawling, crabbing, cocktails, and any other activity that starts with the letter C. Reid is also reviving a 26-foot doubleended sailboat project that he began with a bare fiberglass hull some 20 years ago. With the acute assistance and knack for numbers from designer Mike Kaufman, he intends to complete an excellent little gentleman’s or lady’s weekender.

fishfinding, navigation, and boat systems information to any screen. There is also a fold-down cockpit monitor, so the anglers can keep an eye on fishfinding info while working the baits. The hull features prop tunnels to allow a four-foot draft, which will make her ideal for fishing the Caribbean. She’ll also have a $22,000, 20-million candlepower spotlight and infrared camera arrangement to assist in night fishing. The boat’s power program is a pair of 1650-hp CATs.


andy Renn and his team of able contractors at Marine Forensics in Stevensville, MD recently completed and delivered a unique project to Virginia Wesleyan College (Hampton, VA) for use in the school’s Ocean Mammal Research Program, which they operate in concert with the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center. The school commissioned Renn to locate a suitable boat for educating students and for research. Renn’s hunt turned up four likely candidates. The winner was a 45-foot Canadianbuilt scallop boat, now named Ocean Explorer, which was for sale on Tilghman Island, MD. The upgrades included new Follow us on Twitter—


im Weaver and his crew at Weaver Boat Works in Tracys Landing, MD are busy with a 64-footer, which is coming together for a customer in Costa Rica. Donald Blount and Associates in Chesapeake, VA designed and engineered the essential elements of the boat. Annapolisbased Belkov Yacht Company is fabricating the interior. At press time, the twin 1900-hp CAT engines are installed, hooked up, and ready to roar. So are the twin Onan gensets. All tankage, plumbing, and fundamental wiring are in, as are the decks, the house, and the mezzanine. The forward staterooms are more or less complete, and the main saloon is beginning to take shape. The boat should be ready to run south in March.

oe Reid and his crew at Mast & Mallet in Edgewater, MD are building a 22-foot boat based on the lines of a traditional Smith Island Crab Scrape boat. Actually, this boat will be the second interpretation following on the success of a boat Reid built in Galesville, MD many years ago that mimicked the look and feel of a Smith Island skiff. This version will go to Mike Gilliam, who owns a Thomas Point 40 built by Mast & Mallet. Reid is rigging her with a 35-hp Universal diesel. According to Kaufman, “She will be ready in the


eorge Hazzard and his team at Wooden Boat Restoration in Millington, MD are replacing the tired original engine on a 22-foot Chris-Craft Sea Skiff Ranger built in 1958 with a rebuilt marinized Chevy 327. Hazzard has some leaky chine planks on a 1954, 17-foot ChrisCraft Special Runabout to rebed. The owner has had her since 1956. Also in the shop is a 1952 21-foot Chris-Craft Kit Boat with a new Okoume plywood bottom as she shows progress in her restoration. Hazzard has been assisting in Steffen Tengestal’s restoration of a 20-foot Chris-Craft Riviera while Tengestal has been returning the favor with expertise in building Wooden Boat Restoration’s new website PropTalk December 2009 45

Recently added to the work list is a 35foot Marblehead plumb bow, mid-cabin powerboat in need of new ribs, paint, and varnish. The boat was designed and built by Eldredge-McInnis Boat Builders near Boston. Once the repairs are complete, the boat will be actively for sale.


ark Julyan at Knapps Narrows Marina has acquired a lovely 24-foot Nova Scotia launch, possibly from the late 1960s, that he discovered in Easton, MD. He moved

Mike Gilliam has to work on his own new boat at Mast & Mallet as part of the company’s unique customer training program. Photo by Bill Griffin

her to the boatyard and stripped her to see what he had to work with. After assessing the fir planking, oak structure, and oak trim, he decided that he would seal her in epoxy and a layer of fiberglass cloth. His intention is to squeeze progress in over the winter between the usual off-season maintenance and refit work around the yard. He has a spare 18-hp Yanmar diesel from a sailboat repower job that should fit and perform nicely in the launch. After she’s done, he hopes to play with her for awhile before putting her up for sale.

First look at the Mast & Mallet double-ended sailing hull in Edgewater, MD. Photo by Bill Griffin


n 2002, Dave Decker of Annapolis acquired a 1974 Bertram 31-foot flybridge cruiser from a charter operator in Norfolk, who had recently recovered her from the bottom of the river. Decker trucked her to Holiday Hill Marina in Mayo, MD and set to work in an afterhours campaign to make her new again. He pulled her frozen 3160 CAT diesel engines and replaced them with a pair of 355-hp gas units and gutted the interior to begin the revival. He rebuilt the bulkheads and cabin joinery while adding a lower steering

The 35-foot Marblehead at Wooden Boat Restoration in Millington, MD. She’s for sale.

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station. On his first shakedown spin the boat turned 37 knots at wide open throttle. She is now sporting a stunning metallic silver paint job set off with a maroon and gold boot stripe at her berth in Mayo.


omposite Yacht in Trappe, MD has delivered the luxury 46-foot deadrise project after making an impressive stand at the Annapolis show. The owner is already talking about building a bigger version. Meanwhile, a classic Robbins 40 has entered the shop to receive

A 24-foot Nova Scotia motor launch under restoration at Knapps Narrows Marina. Photo by Bill Griffin

a cabin extension, a new hard top, new windows, and a paint job. Just out of the shop is a completed radar arch and electronics upgrade on a 38-foot Evans cruiser.


he father-son team of Herman and Ronnie Haddaway with shops in Bozeman and Easton, MD has begun building a 32-foot sport fishing boat for a local customer. She’ll be rigged with a 435-hp Cummins engine, and the prop will settle into a custom pocket to allow shallow running and more

Decker’s 1974 Bertram 31 in Mayo, MD.

room beneath the decks. Otherwise, the boat will be decked out with amenities for extended cruising and fishing, including a full head with a shower, an up-galley in the pilothouse, and bow thrusters. She should be ready to fish the trophy season in April.

John Swain and Dominic Dragotta prepare the stem of a traditional Bay bateau being built in Chestertown, MD. Photo by Nick Biles

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eid Bandy’s obsession with fishing boats began when he was a teenager growing out of his father’s small sailboats to find more fun on vessels that would go fast. By the age of 18, he had grown to about six feet five. Squeezing into small boats wasn’t working. The solution was a 20-foot fishing boat made by Old Town in 1969, a boat he could work on, modify, and ride to the Upper Bay fishing hot spots. “Things were still tight,” he recalls, “but this is where I began to get the idea that to be comfortable, a boat needed to fit the angler and the purpose.” The Old Town came with a 231-hp V-6 Buick engine connected to a vintage OMC outdrive mounted on a balsa-cored transom. Bandy removed the engine and outdrive, rebuilt the transom, and installed a 260 MerCruiser and a tall T-top to suit his needs for speed and comfort. A string of project fishing boats followed, leading up to a 40-foot Jersey-style bluefin tuna boat, which he campaigned nearly every offshore weekend out of Ocean City, MD to feed his growing passion for chasing fish. When he wasn’t cranking up pelagic fish or Chesapeake stripers, he was busy

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building a high-end auto body business with locations in Annapolis and Crofton making fine cars beautiful again after unfortunate events. I have a neighbor who has had more occasions to engage the services of Bandy’s Elite Auto Body shop than she or her insurance agent would like to acknowledge. Just this summer, we witnessed her taking out an entire display of her own recycling containers without blinking an eye on her way to the pool. She highly recommends Bandy’s workmanship and discretion to all who practice offensive driving or have an aversion to predictable driving intentions. Bandy recalls his Jersey tuna chaser as a formidable fishing machine that liked to run at 16 knots in calm water. “But she was light and touchy in rough seas, and she didn’t like to go too fast due to her flat underbody. She didn’t like it too much when I upgraded her engine to get more speed,” he says. So, he traded up to a 53-foot sport fisher built by Jarrett Bay Boatworks in North Carolina. This gave him an introduction to the Carolina-style of hardcharging fishing design and construction, which produces boats that can run at any time in any condition. “After a season on

the Jarrett Bay, I knew what I wanted for fishing the Bay—essentially a small version of a custom Carolina boat,” he recalls. Boat builders along the Outer Banks understood what he was after, but none would promise him a light and handy boat weighing less than 6000 pounds using the time-tested cold-molding method that is standard on the Tarheel Coast. “I went back to my shop, looked into more modern materials, bought some balsa core sheets, got [designer] Mick Price to produce some lines and digital patterns, and built a 26-foot boat to fit an old 225-hp Evinrude that I had acquired,” he recalls. Using a seat-of-the-pants method blending the best of each boat he had owned from the Old Town through the Jarrett Bay, he came up with a sturdy but light boat with an ample 11 degrees of transom deadrise, a sharp wave-splitting bow, and a sprayshedding topside Carolina flair in a hull form that worked out well. “I just got lucky,” he says. “With that boat running and fishing, I had something quantitative to work with,” he recalls. Bandy began collecting speed, fuel consumption, and photographic data to gauge his early intuitions. “She met my

expectations and gave me confidence to design the next boat—a 35-footer,” he says. This time, he chose Corecell expanded plastic foam as the core material sandwiched between layers of E-glass set in MAS epoxy for a decidedly high-tech, lightweight approach. He mounted a single 12-liter CAT diesel in her and took off for the open Bay. “The idea of a light but strong boat matched with a smaller lighter engine made sense, and the results made me want to revisit the 26-foot design,” he says. Bandy built the 35 with a touch of rocker to make her more sea kindly in a following sea based on what he could see of the Carolina offshore boats. A touch of rocker in the hull allows the bow to ride high over the backs of waves, while a good set of trim tabs can force the bow down to split the waves going into a head sea. So the lines for a new 27-footer began taking shape, but this time, Bandy would use carbon fiber on the inner hull skins and match the package up with Yamaha’s new 350-hp four stroke outboard on a bracket to meet a goal of 50 knots at wide open throttle. The idea was to create a strong and fast fishing boat, which wouldn’t break the bank or drain the local gas supply. By this time, Bandy had developed skills with CAD and boat design software (RhinoMarine), so he was able to digitally sketch the concept out. Again with assistance from Price, he had the jig patterns cut and soon began making another boat. The outside skins would be E-glass. Inside, she would be all carbon. Bandy launched the boat in early 2008 complete with a seven and a half-foot center console with full-standing room, seating and a head; a full t-top; and 100 gallons of fuel. On her first trip, she ran 67 mph and blew off her trim tabs. Apparently, the fine print on the box the tabs came in said something about them not being suitable for speeds over 50. By the time I got a ride on the new boat, Bandy had thrown the old tabs in the dumpster and replaced them with beefy Lenco units intended to keep the bow below vertical. Still, the boat seemed like a quarter horse breaking out of the gate when Bandy put the spurs to her. The boat jumped out of a hole and onto a plane quickly as the engine revolutions came up. I glanced down at the tachometer, which read a mere 3200 rpm. The speedo, however, read 35 and climbed. In less then 20 seconds, we were skimming Follow us on Twitter—

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along at 50 knots as if we were riding a monorail up the Severn River toward Ohio. We throttled down to her “comfortable cruising speed” of about 40 knots to throw in a string of smooth turns. The boat remained completely under control and almost mellow in spite of the disappearing markers and buoys, which became so small so quickly in our wake. Bandy gave me the wheel, and I dropped her back to 2000 rpm and 20 knots, where she purred along sipping a mere 3.5 gallons an hour, totally content with the relatively languid pace. A brief stop-and-go test suggested that she finds her planing attitude at 10 to 12 knots, a matter of five seconds with the hammer down. The Bandy 27 weighs a mere 3400 pounds all up. She’s exactly 27 by 10 feet, with her maximum beam one-third of the way back from her stem. She can accommodate as many fishing rods as you own and your neighbor’s gear, as well. Options for live and kill wells are open to the imagination, as are any other custom features. Other than that, she’s just lovely in a way that’s uncommon in small fishing boats. Many of the small boat designs following the Carolina fleet look a bit like Tonka versions of full-sized blue water fishing machines. Bandy’s 27 gives the impression of being bigger more lovely, and more capable than that. Bandy intends to keep hull one for a while and build subsequent boats to order. “I would build the next one just like this one, except with a smaller engine—a 225, Band Sponsor Band Sponsor and I’d use off-the-rack hardware and fittings to control the price,” he says. The conversation for a bare boat begins at $50K to $60K. Call him at (410) 9569496,

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value when considering striper management policy. For more information on the YOY index, go to dnr.state.

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New National Fishing Policy Ignores Recreational Anglers

n June, President Obama’s Interagency Oceans Policy Task Force promised a “fresh look” at the nation’s ocean policies and strategies, but apparently they determined that the opinions of the nation’s 60 million anglers didn’t matter. The interim report issued in September failed to include input from the sport fishing community, an incomprehensible oversight considering anglers generate $125 billion annually and support jobs in every state, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Sport anglers also have provided billions of dollars to fishery conservation via taxes placed on tackle and gear to support these programs. That the feds only allowed for a 30-day comment period struck many fishermen as ludicrous, since it’s a ridiculously short period of time for public input on such an important subject. According to several sport fishing organizations, the policy, as written, could close waters along coastal, ocean, and Great Lakes waters under the guise of “protecting” these areas, thus denying anglers access to vast areas of fishable waters. The final report is due December 9. Dave Pfeiffer, president of Shimano American Corporation, explains in a press release, “In spite of extensive submissions from the recreational fishing community to the Task Force in person and in writing, they failed to include any mention of the over one million jobs or the 60 million anglers that may be affected by the new policies coast to coast. The key points we submitted as an industry were ignored.” The Coastal Conservation Association, with more than 100,000 members nationally, says, “Federal ocean and fishery management policy has historically focused solely on commercial enterprises, be it energy, shipping, or

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fishing. And recreational interests are simply regulated or managed in a manner to do the least harm.” Sport fishermen can urge their members of Congress to insist recreational anglers’ views be included in the final policy. Visit to contact your elected representative.


Chesapeake Juvenile Striper Survey Records Another Dip

fter two years of studying Maryland’s fishery management process, a Maryland task force concluded that the Department of Natural Resource (DNR) Fisheries Service had made good use of new funds provided by a recreational fishing license fee increase mandated by state legislation in 2007. The Task Force on Fishery Management presented its findings in October and recommended that the General Assembly pass a new bill to extend the fees through December 31, 2010, past the sunset date of June 30, 2010. The Task Force, led by Baltimore lawyer Tom Lewis, was also lauded by the sport fishing community for taking long-sought steps to begin to change the culture of DNR’s Fisheries Service from one of managing fish and shellfish for harvest first to managing natural resources for abundance. The Task Force’s key recommendations include: Significantly strengthening resources available to the state’s Natural Resource Police (NRP) and ensuring prosecutors and judges are fully aware of the importance of enforcing natural resource violations. The Task Force reinforced the long-held concerns of sport anglers

or the second straight year, the Chesapeake Bay Young-of-the-Year (YOY) Striped Bass Survey registered below the long-term average of 11.7. “The 2009 index was 7.9, slightly below the average, but well within the normal range of expectations,” says DNR Fisheries Service Director Tom O’Connell. Every year for the past 50 years from July through September, DNR biologists use a large seine net to sweep 22 particular locations, counting all the fish the net picks up. This year’s survey revealed more than 35,000 fish of 49 species, including 1,039 YOY striped bass. DNR biologists aren’t too concerned about spikes and dips in the yearly average, because striped bass reproduction hinges on many environmental factors. The 2009 index is twice the 2008 index. DNR biologists believe the record-setting 1996, 2001, and 2003 YOY classes strengthen the population against downward trends. “The 2001 super year class, followed by a robust year class in 2003, should project for a healthy, sustainable population,” O’Connell says. However, not everyone is so optimistic. Anglers in the Chesapeake and along northern coastal states report catching fewer large, migrant stripers. Striped bass conservationists believe these anecdotal accounts have

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that the NRP’s ability to carry out its mission has been cut to the bone, and the General Assembly must restore its effectiveness. The Maryland Legislative Sportsman’s Caucus is sponsoring a Conservation Law Enforcement Summit on December 5 in Annapolis. By 2011, bring Maryland into full compliance with the mandatory federal angler registry by adopting regulations that would require fishing licenses for people fishing Maryland’s Atlantic and coastal waters. Currently, anglers are not required to have a license to fish coastal waters.


RFA Sues To Reopen Sea Bass Fishery

iting flawed federal data, the New Jersey-based Recreational Fishing Alliance (RFA) and its industry allies have filed suit against the federal government after the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) shutdown of the black sea bass fishery in October. Ocean City-based Captain Monty Hawkins of the Morning Star and others are already feeling the pain of declining bookings due to the closure. “These constant battles over Marine Recreational Fisheries Statistics Survey (MRFSS) data that no one believes are so distracting that real restoration of sea bass hasn’t even begun and can’t begin until the natural coral habitats have been reestablished,” he says. “No restoration can occur solely through catch restrictions.” In a press release, the RFA said that they are fighting back against this “unprecedented and unwarranted” action. “In the midst of the most severe economic crisis since the Great Depression, our federal government has chosen to shut down the recreational fishery for black sea bass for the next six months (effective October 5) based on survey data that’s been described as ‘fatally flawed’ by the National Academy of Sciences,” says RFA spokesman Jim Hutchinson in the release.


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Perfect Weather Marks VA Spot Round-Up

he Grafton Fishing Supply/Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association Spot Tournament held October 3-4 in Virginia’s tidal waters featured perfect weather and robust catches. Most of the fish were caught at the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel, at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, and in the York River near Sarah’s Creek. Bernie Sparrer caught the first-place fish at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel, and it weighed 0.71 pounds, earning Bernie a rod-reel combination from Grafton Fishing Supply. Wes Blow took second-place honors with a 0.68-pound spot caught at the Monitor-Merrimac Bridge Tunnel. Steve Martin came in third with a 0.61-pound spot, caught at the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel. In other Virginia fishing news, Ric Burnley fished the Chesapeake Light Tower to the South Tower, catching amberjack to 51 inches long and triggerfish, including one that weighed five pounds, one ounce that will take the top position in the annual Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament.

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Bay Ridge Striper caught with a grey/white Clouser minnow on a six-weight rod. Photo and fish by Mark Eustis


ungry rockfish demolishing an all-you-can-eat buffet is the name of the game in the late season. If you can brave the Chesapeake’s chill, the fishing can be downright epic at times. Resident schoolies and large ocean-run stripers looking to fatten up for the winter months are feeding heavily on menhaden and anchovies. Trolling, jigging, and casting are effective methods for hooking up. Did you put your ride to bed for the winter? Well, don’t fret, since there are plenty of big-boat skippers and light tackle/fly guides available to put you on the fish. In fact, sometimes grabbing some friends and booking a charter is the best way to go, since these pros know where to find the fish and have the experience, boat, and equipment to handle cold-weather conditions that can sometimes be a little snotty.


own Virginia Beach way in November and December, Captain Jim Brincefield will search for the big rockfish that haunt the mouth of the Bay. “We will drift eels at night under the high rise of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT) as well as troll and cast the CBBT area and off Cape Henry during the daylight hours,” Brincefield says. “My favorite lures are bucktails, parachutes, and jig heads with soft plastics. Big bluefish will also be making their late fall and early winter run. The best lures are spoons or plugs that they can’t chew through.” Brincefield suggests looking for diving gulls and gannets or large schools of menhaden. The big rock and blues should be right in the mix. His customers know full well that this is an exciting time for die-hard trollers and the light tackle enthusiasts in search of heavy action. Captain Jim Brincefield Follow us on Twitter—


The Maryland striper season runs until December 15, and fishermen can keep two per person per day of 18-28 inches or one of 18-28 inches and one larger than 28 inches. In Virginia, the Bay rockfish season extends through December 31, with a size limit of 18-28 inches. Note that in Virginia one of the two-rockfish possession limit may be 34 inches or larger, but you cannot keep any rockfish between 28 and 34 inches. Got all that? I’ve stepped on my soapbox for years to urge fishermen not to kill big cow stripers. Recreational anglers can’t control the behindthe-scenes, political “inside baseball” machinations that often drive fishery management decisions. But we can own what we do on the water. If you’ve caught enough fish for the holiday meals, set the larger stripers back into the water. Screw Gordon Gecko: Greed is bad, be it on Wall Street or on the Chesapeake.

aptain Sean Crawford of Terrapin Bay Guide Service out of Eastern Bay is looking forward to a good shallow-water bite continuing into early November during high-tide/ low-light periods. “This is a really exciting fishery, as rockfish up to 10 pounds crush poppers in less than four feet of water,” he says. “My favorite lures are Stillwater SmackIt Juniors and any ‘walk the dog’ type of surface lure. Flies should be fished on a floating line and paired with the largest popper you can cast, or small baitfish pattern like a Polar Minnow.” Crawford says schools of rockfish should also continue to blitz bay anchovies and menhaden in open water throughout November. In December, he’ll head to the CBBT and take advantage of the world-class fishery that sets up as large migratory rockfish return from New England waters to gorge on

bait leaving the Chesapeake Bay. “It’s a must-do trip for every serious fisherman. One-hundred fish days are possible,” he says. Captain Sean Crawford (410) 490-5942


t Shore Tackle and Custom Rods on Kent Narrows, MD, Bill O’Brien knows the colder weather means a shift from fishing in relatively shallow water (less than 20 feet) to working channel edges and drop-offs. You ought to encounter schools of breaking rockfish and the last of the bluefish, which are great sport on top-water lures like Stillwater Smack-Its or Atom’s Striper Swipers. As Bay water temperatures drop, O’Brien suggests trolling larger baits such as Tony Acetta spoons in sizes #17#21 as well as bucktails and parachutes (2, 4, and 8 ounces). Add twister tails or swim PropTalk December 2009 53



Mark Eustis caught this blitz of feeding bass and birds along the Bay Ridge Beach in October.

baits to your bucktails and parachutes. O’Brien likes the seven- and nine-inch Tsunami soft plastic swim baits in colors resembling bunker and herring. He also thinks the large “Alien Head” bucktail-style lures with the googily eyes are proven rockfish catches. Purple has been a hot color the last couple of years. He expects the channel edges and contours at the mouth of Eastern Bay, as well as Poplar Island to Gum Thickets, to hold stripers. Make sure you see and mark bait on your fish-finder before you drop your trolling spread overboard. Shore Tackle and Custom Rods (410) 827-7765


aptain Walt of Light Tackle Charters in Crisfield predicts that November-December will be the best time to intercept migrating schools of large striped bass headed toward their wintering grounds off Virginia or North Carolina. “They’ll be feeding voraciously, and much of the activity will be marked by the birds feeding on the bait pods the stripers push to the surface,” he says. “When the feeding frenzy happens down in the water column, look for concentrations of birds floating on the surface waiting for

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the action to come up to them. Or look for the tell-tale oil slick marking heavier water on the surface as a result of the oils from the baitfish being demolished rising to the surface.” Captain Walt will run charters out of Crisfield in early November and then will follow the rockfish down to the CBBT in December. “We’ll fish light tackle (15-pound test rigs) employing assorted artificial baits,” he says. “It’s not uncommon for my customers to catch as many as 60 per person. One thing is for sure: sore, tired arms will be along for the ride back home.” He still has good dates available. Captain Walt (410) 957-1664


aptain Gary Neitzey of Fish Hawk Guide Service in Eastern Bay expects to catch nice size stripers feeding on or near the surface in Eastern Bay through November. “Albino Shad BKDs are good now, as are Stillwater Smack-Its. When the fish go down, fish deep with BKDs or jigging spoons. This is also a good time to catch nice rockfish on the fly. A sinking line like a Teeny 300 with a Half-n-Half is great,” he says. “There should be a shallow-water

bite in low-light conditions; the Smack-It Jr is hard to beat. In late November and December, I will be heading to the CBBT, where I’ll fish the pilings and islands that are usually productive,” he adds. Captain Gary Neitzey (410) 758-4262


n November through the end of the striper season, you’ll find Captain Jeff Popp running for fish out of Solomons. “We will chase the breaking rockfish and live-line spot at the Gas Docks or on the reefs,” he says, adding that he’ll work Bay waters from Solomons to Point Lookout. Captain Popp likes to troll big umbrella rigs to target the large stripers expected to show up late in the year. As the weather gets colder, he’ll usually work his lures, parachutes, and big bucktails in white and chartreuse in deeper water (40-100 feet) and notes that in the past few years, planer boards have been hot in the fall. Captain Jeff Popp (410) 790-2015




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31’ Marlago Open CC ’02 $64,900, 157 one-owner hrs on 200 HPDI Yamahas, perfect shape and recently detailed. Owner moving up. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group (800) 827-8089.

Sea Ray 270 ’88 Hardtop, Recently repowered w/twin 5.7L $18,500. www.compositeyacht. biz (410) 476-4414.

25’ Parker 2510 Deep V ’00 twin 200 hp Yamaha Saltwaters w/EFI & 300 hrs; hardtop; outriggers; AP; radar; GPS/plotter; color fishfinder; trailer. Lift kept. Asking $27,900. Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or 26’ Hydra Sports ‘06  On a trailer with just 50 hrs. Great riding hull with a 225 Yamaha 4 stroke. Raymarine electronics & console head. $39,950 Call (443) 6500316 or 26’ Crosby Tug ’79  2001 Perkins 65-hp dsl. Many design changes & upgrades have been done to this lovely vessel to make her a great little cruiser. Truck cabin forward for a more comfortable sleeping cabin. Pilot house was completely rebuilt on the same footprint but in fiberglass. Aft end of pilot house made into galley, lrg cockpit, good side decks & so much more. She is safe & quite the eye catcher! Asking $59,000 OBYS (410) 226-0100.

26’ Four Winns ‘03 With Trailer & generator. Barely used and in top condition, priced at $47,000 Call (443) 650-0316 or 26’ Sea Ray Sundancer ’05 $49,500. Low hrs on 300 Mercruiser, just waxed & detailed, owner motivated. At our office and easy to show. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089. 27’ Tiara Open ‘87 New Flag Blue AwlGrip, great cond., meticulous maintenance. Owner moving up to larger boat. $34,900. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089. 56 December 2009 PropTalk

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28’ Four Winns Horizon ‘02 Twin Volvo 5.0 gas engines w/250 hrs. ‘04 aluminum trailer. Owner leaving country must sell! $28,900 All reasonable offers encouraged. Must see! Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime

280 Sea Ray Sundancer ’04 Twin Mercruiser 4.3L MPI engines with alpha drives & low hours. A/C, generator, dark green hull. Priced below current comps at $59,900. Photos @ John Kaiser (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 cell

29 Chaparral Signature ’05 Lots of custom features including custom hard top, salon upgrades. Twin gas engines. Extended warranty on boat and engines until 2010. Like New! $79,950. All reasonable offers encouraged. Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime 29’ Sea Ray Amberjack ’05 $89,000. One owner, our trade, beautiful boat w/all the options. At our offices & ready to go. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089 30’ Grady White ’06 Twin Yamahas and clean as can be. Lee outriggers & full electronics package. $147,000 Call (443) 6500316 or

32’ Carman ‘98 Ready to fish, crab, or cruise? This 32' Carman is ready with a 230hp single Volvo Turbo Diesel I/O $69,995 Call (443) 650-0316 or 32’ Ches. Deadrise ’00 PRICE REDUCED TO $47,500!!! No engine gear, Ready to drop in gas or dsl, Finished to fish, Full electronics, Fresh Awlgrip, (410) 476-4414,

2008 Eastport 32 The Jake Hull # 3, Loaded, like new. Twin Yanmar-BMW 260hp fully electronic turbo charged diesels with only 38 hours, Furuno Navnet electronics. Interior has extra cabinets and A/C. Set up for the serious fisherman but retains the comfort of a luxury weekender. Offered at $359,000 In Annapolis. Listed by the Eastport Yacht Company, call Tom Weaver (443)951-1380 ext 1101

32’ Jones ’06 Cummins 370, Beautifully finished, built with comfort and ease of operation in mind, Ready to fish or cruise, Well Priced @ $159,900, (410) 476-4414

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33' Cruisers 3372 Express ’03 Twin engines, low hours, fully loaded. Priced below current comps at $79,000 Photos @ John Kaiser (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 cell

35’ Doral 350 Sportcruiser ’95 All the options! Bow Thruster, AC/Gen., TV/VCR, ice maker, fridge, full galley, GPS plotter, trim tabs, power bow spotlight, elect. windlass, two staterooms, Mercruiser 7.2l engines, 24k cruise/33.4k top speed. $49,900. All reasonable offers encouraged. 100’s of Photos @ John Kaiser (443) 223-7864 cell anytime

330 Sea Ray Sundancer '96 T310 Mercruisers, Kohler gen., Garmin GPS, AC/Heat, micro., color TV/VHS, stereo, all factory extras, only 450 hrs., new tune-up $45,900. (443)3244938

35’ Marlago Sport Open ’06 $109,900 275 Mercury Verados w/low hrs. This is one of the best kept Marlagos on the market. No expense has been spared on her. Comes loaded with options! Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group (800) 827-8089

34’ Mariner Orient ’02 Exceptional upgrades, Single Cummins diesel, Upper & lower Helm, Bow & Stern Thrusters $175,000 Call (443) 650-0316 or

35’ Maxum ’04 Rare diesel powered model cruises at 27mph with a 16 gph fuel burn. Two staterooms and clean. $149,500 Call (443) 650-0316 or

34’ Sea Ray 340 Impeccably kept and truly turn key. Just 200 hrs on FWC 8.1 Mercs and generator. Not many boats this clean. $134,000 Call (443) 6500316 or 35’ Jefferson Marlago Cuddy ‘06 250 Verados w/130 hrs, trailer, t-top, loaded, better than new. Lift kept, owner ordering new Marlago. $124,900 Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089 35’ Donzi 35ZF Daytona ’01 $64,900 This 35 Donzi rare w/ 2003 Mercury Racing 250XS Optimax outboards. Under 400 hrs, unmatched by either 225 Optis or 250 EFIs. Optional Daytona package w/higher level of equipment & appearance upgrades. Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group (800) 827-8089

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35’ Tiara Open ’02 All the right options; low hrs on turbo Cummins; upgraded electronics & canvas; shed kept; meticulous care; best on the market today. Asking only $212,500 Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or 35’ Tiara Open ’02 Twin diesel, hardtop, dark interior. Lift kept and ready for a serious buyer to step aboard. $199,000 Call (443) 650-0316 or www.

36 Hinckley Picnic ‘95 Lisa Marie New to the market and shed stored. This boat is in stunning condition inside and out. Updated and pampered. Show ready. $195,000 (410) 268-1611 36’ Grand Banks ’86 Classic, single screw Lehman. Cruise equipped; generator, Heat/Air, Dsl heater, Davit system, more! Recently reduced: $139,850. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939,

36' Ellis H/T ‘99 A one owner real deal lobster yacht with a factory hardtop. Recently surveyed in traded on a larger boat. Price reduced for quick sale. Very turnkey, clean and neat. Cockpit A/C, dinghy and davits, thruster. $198,500 (410) 268-1611

36' Jarvis Newman Pettegrow '88 None nicer. Repowered in '05 w/ 370 Yanmar; 15 knot cruise; thruster; genset; A/C; Espar; A/P; radar; 3 GPS/plotters. Price down to $219,000 Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

36’ Sabre Double Cabin Fast Trawler ’93 This is a lovely and well maintained vessel. Upgraded electronics to 2001, awlgripped flag blue hull, T-250hp Detroit engines that cruise at 14 knots and tops at 18 knots. Great live-aboard or weekend cruiser for the family or w/friends. She is asking an incredible price of $135,000 and willing to listen to offers. OBYS 410-226-0100. 37’ Egg Harbor Convertible ‘01 This is an exceptionally clean vessel that has been professionally maintained! Only 580hrs on her Twin 420HP Caterpillar dsls. She has an inviting interior with above-average workmanship. 2 stateroom layout w/varnished teak woodwork, designer fabrics & topshelf furnishings. She has been priced to sell & is looking for offers. Asking $194,500 OBYS (410) 2260100.

37’ Formula ‘04 Silver Imron, Twin Mercs & Bravo III drives, Bow Thruster, the 37’ is the blend of speed and luxury $169,000 Call (443) 650-0316 or 37’ Formula PC ’06 $289,000. Volvo common rail DIESELS, low hrs, Bay usage. Beautiful one owner boat. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089. Mainship 37 MY ’95 $75,000 Twin marine power, air, gen. Call Tony Tumas: day or evening (443) 553-5046. www.; email: Trojan 11 Meter ’88  Two 454s. gem aor. radar. Call Tony Tumas: (443) 553-5046. www.; email:

38' Mast & Mallet/Wesmac Down East '02 $70,000 in upgrades; Bristol condition; 440 Yanmar; bowthruster; new genset; new A/C heat; new electronics; new Awlgrip. $299,500 Contact Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or 39’ Mainship ’03 Single dsl, Teak and Holly floors, very clean. Two stateroom layout and ready to go down the ICW in style.$179,000 Call (443) 650-0316 or

39’ Bar Harbor Yachts Cruiser ’06 Dealer Demo! Real downeast lobster boat … finished with finest yacht quality composite construction, fine furniture and superb systems. A liveaboard cruising vessel with superb accommodations for couple + guests and true offshore credentials. Single Cummins QSC540 with 20+ kt cruise at >1mpg. $585k. Bar Harbor Yachts (508)922-4101. Full photos/details see

40’ Viking ‘73 Completely redone inside and out and hard to find anything wrong. Cummins 450 diesels. Call (443) 650-0316 or 42’ Krogen Pilothouse Trawler ‘95 Widebody model. This is a real waterman’s boat. Original owner. Maintained to high standards. Meticulous records & logs. Benefit from the owner’s extensive knowledge & experience. Located Solomons. Kadey-Krogen Yachts (800) 247-1230

42’ Jones ’97 Well Equipped with 6 Pack, More Info Coming Soon, $179,900, (410) 476-4414 42’ Riviera Flybridge ’05 $499,000. 635hp Cummins QSM11s make it the fastest ever. Stidds, Sat TV, custom props, fish rigged but cruised only. Very custom, very nice. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089.

42’ Krogen Pilothouse Trawler ’84 Very rare. Island berth forward, stabilized, epoxy bottom, new galley, washer/dryer, electric dinghy davit and complete electronics. Excellent value. Located Annapolis. Kadey-Krogen Yachts (800) 247-1230.

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435 Island Pilot ‘08 Blue Jacket fast trawler with Twin IPS drives. Custom stainless steel arch and davit assy. Great sea boat, sips fuel and fast. Easily handled. Well below replacement $449,000 (410) 268-1611

43’ Eastbay HX43 ‘02 Mint! Loaded with standard factory/custom options. See what inside storage is about! Prepped for 2010 season! $535,000 Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 43’ Carver ACMY ’96 $189,900 Twin Cummins, Air, gen, radar, pilot. Call Tony Tumas: day or evening (443) 553-5046. www.; email: 43’ Viking ’90 Convertible., 671 TIs. Cruise, entertain or fish in this well-maintained yacht. PRICED TO SELL $224,900. Crusader YS (410) 269-0939 www.crusaderyachts. com

43’ Eastbay EX ’00 Kelly’s Catch Beautiful soft top express cruiser w/low hr CAT dsls, 25 knot cruise speed, 8kw Onan, dripless shaft seals, extensive electronics, flat screen TVs, DVD, Bose, CD, Stidd seats, windlass , 6 person life raft, covers for everything, A/C in helm area. Two staterooms, teak & holly sole, opening ports & overhead hatches for great ventilation. Recent Flag Blue hull paint & new non skid as well. Aggressively priced to sell at $359,000 Contact Marc Thomas (410) 991-0939 or 43’ Wellcraft ’87 Portofino Express, twin 454 Chevys w/360 hrs, new radar w/GPS & depth, new canvas, 7.5-Kw genset, many other upgrades, call for more details, Sea Scouts, $67K obo, James Klimek, (240) 271-4631, 44’ Krogen Pilothouse Widebody ’06  Very well equipped & in excellent cond. Complete electronics, RIB with 25 hp Yamaha, KVH, hydraulic stabilizers, washer/dryer & much more. Ready-to-go in every respect. Located Annapolis. KadeyKrogen Yachts (800) 247-1230.

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45’ Californian Aft Cabin ’90 $199,900 This well-maintained, highly updated Californian is now on the market. Featuring the upgraded 3208TA Caterpillars, Satellite TV, a RIB tender, updated electronics and interior, she is ready to go cruising now. Do not miss this boat! Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group (800) 827-8089.

45’ Cherubini ’01 Trawler Unique custom interior. Beautiful blue awlgrip hull. AC, genset, Espar furnace, cruising comfort, electronics galore! $395,000 Crusader Yacht Sales (410) 269-0939

46' Carman '01 TWIN John Deere 375HP, USCG Cert. 36 Passenger + 2 Crew, Fully Equipped Inside & Out, No Expense Spared, Incredibly Priced @ $279,900 (410) 476-4414

46’ Custom Bay Built ‘04 Solid fiberglass hull built to Coast Guard specs with the best equipment. Twin 370 HP Cummins, Aqua Drive, Dripless shaft seals, 6 KW Northern Lights, 30,000 BTU AC/Heat, Furuno NavNet Radar & GPS, Simrad Autopilot, Windlass, and much more. A great family boat, or ICW cruiser, with high end yacht quality finish inside and out! Offered at $495,000 by Luke Brown Yachts - Contact Marc Thomas (410) 991-0939 or

46' Grand Banks Europa '01 "Geronimo" has been maintained to the highest standards since new. Optional 435 HP 3208TA CAT diesels provide a fast cruise speed as well as a very economical displacement cruise speed. Naiad stabilizers, extensive electronics, watermaker, Aqua Drive, 24 volt Side-Power bow thruster, Novurania RIB with 25 HP Yamaha, and much more. This fresh water Europa is turn key! Trades considered. Asking $597,500 Offered by Luke Brown Yachts - Contact Marc Thomas (410) 991-0939 or 46’ Grand Banks Europa ’02 $629,000. Twin 3208 Cats with only 350 hrs. Beautiful boat, teak just done. At our docks. Call Paul Lippincott, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089.

46’ Markley ’05 Built to fish and charter ready, Full electronics, John Deere diesel, Fishing gear goes with sale, $235K, (410) 476-4414 46’ Pacemaker Flush Deck MY ’78 $189,900 Twin Detroits, Gen, Air, Call Tony Tumas: day or evening (443) 553-5046. www.; email: 46’ Sea Ray Express ’89 Must sell, Make offer! Extra clean, ever popular Sea Ray express. This boat is mint cond. w/extremely low hrs (300), on the durable 3208 Cats. She is in the water and located in Seaford Delaware. One hour from our office. The Yacht Group (800) 827-8089.

50’ Bestway ’87 Volvo diesels, shed kept, stabilizers, and an EZ2CY enclosure. Great layout to cruise or live on. $224,000 Call (443) 650-0316 or 47’ Grand Banks Eastbay Flybridge ’06 Arroway is hull #21, Purchased in 2008 and in “Brand new condition”, 185 hrs on the fully-warrantied Cat C-12 705hp dsls w/extended transferable warranties. A ‘Yacht Commander’ remote system operates both bow and stern thrusters and engine function, unbelievable control!. Reduced to $835,000 Photos @ (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 John Kaiser/cell anytime 47’ Riviera M470 Excalibur, ’02, ’05,  496 Mercs, both lift kept, both in amazing condition. 50 MPH speed in utmost luxury. The perfect move into cruising for the fast boat enthusiast. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group. (800) 827-8089 48’ Krogen Whaleback ‘00 The Whaleback is the biggest 48’ boat on the water – 3 staterooms, 2 heads, saloon & galley all on one level. Ship-like pilothouse with 360° visibility. AC and separate dsl heat. Fully found & ready-to-go. Located Solomons Kadey-Krogen Yachts (800) 247-1230. 48’ Chris Craft Catalina ’87 $169,900, Heavily updated in past three years. Kept under cover. 3208 Cats. Beautiful boat. Call Ned Dozier, The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089 48’ Krogen North Sea ’07 Popular widebody model that is in near perfect cond & exceptionally equipped including hydraulic stabilizers, water maker, dinghy crane, excellent electronics & custom décor. This was the Trawler Fest Peoples Choice award winner in ’08. There is absolutely nothing to do or add. Just GO! KadeyKrogen Yachts (800) 247-1230.

50’ Carver 504 ’99 Only 214 hrs on Cummins dsls, best priced one on the market. Easy to see at our docks. Call Jim Lascaris at The Yacht Group, (800) 827-8089.

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54’ Vicem Down East FBMY ’06 Absolutely perfect in every way; 2 staterooms; 2 heads; price reduction to $995,000. Bring offers. Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

56' Alden Grand Saloon Express '97 "Twilight" was built for Royalty! With Alden's renowned C. Raymond Hunt deep-V high performance hull fitted, with the upgraded and preferred 660 HP CAT 3196E diesels, and five bladed props, produce a fast 20 knot plus cruise speed in most any sea conditions. Two staterooms with two heads, exquisite teak woodwork with elegant raised panels hand-built by Alden craftsmen! Asking $699,000 Offered by Luke Brown Yachts - Contact Marc Thomas (410) 991-0939 or 56’ Jefferson Rivanna ’00 $789,000 To describe this boat as in excellent condition is an understatement, she is better than new! She has had an easy Chesapeake Bay life. New Atlantic Towers hardtop with enclosure, bridge is air conditioned. The anchor has never been down. The Yacht Group (800) 827-8089. 58’ Krogen ’03 Midship master layout w/VIP stateroom & additional day head. This boat has received constant attention & upgrades including new RIB & OB, electronics, décor & much more. Not only is this a go anywhere trawler, but it has all the comfort & conveniences of home. Located Annapolis. Kadey-Krogen Yachts (800) 247-1230.

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65' Marlow Explorer '01 "Never Better" has been exceptionally maintained by a full time Captain since new. Private access from the salon to master stateroom with adjoining office and split head arrangement. Two staterooms forward plus crew quarters aft. Reliable 800 HP 3406 CAT diesels, Naiad stabilizers, 12 Kw & 20 Kw Northern Lights generators, Satellite phone and TV, watermaker and much more. Asking $1,390,000 Trades considered. Offered by Luke Brown Yachts - Contact Marc Thomas (410) 991-0939 or

80’ Trumpy Cruiser ’60 Trianon One of the finest Trumpy Yachts ever built, with new teak decks & beautiful varnished woodwork everywhere! Aft of the pilothouse is the main salon w/private access to the 2 queen bed staterooms below, both w/ensuite heads. Spacious aft deck high/low teak table, fully equipped wet bar & access to the swim platform. Forward of the pilothouse is another salon which converts to a 3rd guest stateroom, w/ensuite head. Luke Brown Yachts, Contact Marc Thomas (410) 991-0939 or TOO LATE TO CLASSIFY

Full time sales position with event production company in Annapolis, MD Must be sales oriented and be able to identify and reach decision-makers through electonic means, cold calling, research and networking. Knowledge of boats is a plus. Must have good computer skills. Please submit detailed resume and salary requirements to CLARKS LANDING Mercruiser, Volvo, OMC Warranty Repair Center Chesapeake Bay’s Authorized Dealer For all minor or major repair work. (410) 643-2694 Kent Island or (410) 867-9550 Shady Side Two Mercruiser 7.4 380hp engines with 640 hours. Need manifolds and some head work. New injectors in one and fuel pumps for both. Available for $2,000 each. (703) 623-4097

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24’ Limestone ‘87 Volvo 270 I/O. Bertram-style, built by Hinterholer. Express cruiser. (410) 626-0273 34’ Chris Craft Crowne ‘95 T/454 Volvos. For long term charter (410) 626-0273

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Chesapeake Classic ust after Thanksgiving 2006, I found the McMichael family from Annapolis hanging a wreath on their Christmasred Evans 38, which was nearing completion at Evans Boats near Crisfield. Lee, Catherine, their son Mattigan, and their handsome young Bassett hound Guinness were out to check progress and to enjoy a beautiful fall drive down the Eastern Shore. Evans completed the boat over the winter and launched her for her shakedown cruise up to Annapolis on Mother’s Day 2007. Lee persevered in naming her Sister Mary Catherine in honor of the lovely Mrs. McMichael, who was once a nun. So begins the romance of boat ownership. Joe Evans

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2005 Cruisers 520 Volvo Diesels, Impeccable $499,500

1973 Hatteras 53 MY Great Price, Classy Interior $125,000

2004 Cruisers 455 MY Volvo Diesels, All Options $339,000

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2006 Wellcraft 360 Diesels, Loaded Boat $230,000

2006 Mariner 35 Seville Yanmar, Bow Thruster $247,000

55' Bluewater'91...........$195,000 50' Bestway CPMY '87..... $224,000 50' Sea Ray SD '95........... $189,000 50' Sea Ray SD '94........... $175,000 47' Chris Craft CM '69 ...... $ 99,900 45' Chris Craft CM 72 ....... $ 58,500 45' Sea Ray SD '98........... $198,500 44' Trojan 440 '96 .......... $149,900 42' Carver 4207 '86 ......... $129,000 42' Jersey Conv '88 ......... $149,000 42' Sea Ray AC'97 ........... $199,900 40’ Carver 404 00’............ $159,900

40' Sea Ray SD '98 .......... $154,000 40' Sea Ray SD '98 .......... $164,000 40' Viking Conv 73 .......... $ 97,000 39' Carver 396 '00 ........... $189,000 39' Sea Ray MY '04 ......... $319,000 39' Wellcraft Coast '04 .... $249,900 38' Cruisers 385 '06 ........ $284,000 38' Cruisers 3870 '02 ...... $214,900 38' Regal 3880 '05 (3) .... $220,000 37’ Formula PC 04’........... $169,900 37' Cruisers 3750 99'...... $125,000 32' Carmen Bay '98 ...........$ 69,995

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31' Contender CC '00 .........$ 77,000 30' Grady White '06 ........ $147,000 30' Sea Ray'89 ..................$ 32,450 29' Sea Ray sD '97 .............$ 40,495 28' Monterey 282 '05 .......$ 69,000 28' Sea Ray 280 '04 ..........$ 69,995 27' Chaparral 276 '06 .......$ 69,999 27' Formula 271 '95 ..........$ 32,500 27' Grady White '04 ..........$ 64,500 27' Maxum 2700 '02 .........$ 39,000 27' Regal 2765 '02 ............$ 41,500

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Rod ‘N’ Reel Restaurant - Waterfront Dining, Succulent Seafood, Juicy Tender Steaks, and more Smokey Joe’s Grill - BBQ, Ribs, and Chicken Boardwalk Cafe - Cool Breezes & Cold Drinks


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Full Service Hotel Accommodations Two Marinas with Annual & Transient Slips

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