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Home for the Holidays

Caroling in an anchorage, decorating the boat, cooking Turducken and more traditions of one couple’s floating home. by Alyse Caldwell


Fall Cruising Is Fabulous Cruising couples discuss the joys of late season cruising around and southbound on the Chesapeake. by Beth Crabtree


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Remembering the Smith Island Crabbing Speedboats

A speedy little crab boat showed up in 1919. Soft crab harvesting, weekend recreating, moonshine running, and racing are all parts of her heritage. by Jennings Evans and Trey Shinault

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If you’ve seen a fishing tournament on television, know that the Broadwater Point Invitational bears no resemblance to it. But it may be more fun. by Bob Gallagher

PropTalk senior editor Duffy Perkins captured this shot of Johnny Saris (with Jason Saris and Verne French) as race committee volunteers tossed him a flag after his victory at the Offshore Grand Prix in mid-September in Solomons.

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Another Year, Another Prayer


ord, let her life jacket be comfortable. Let her neither scream nor hit whenever her father or I attempt to fasten it to her tiny yet exceptionally strong body. Let her make peace with safety. And let her not be stricken by sea sickness. Deliver her from the wrath that is barfing over the side, although possibly let her do it once so that she finds in her heart compassion for those who do regularly suffer from it, and not place judgment upon them for being weak. Give her the ability to sleep soundly in her berth while on the hook, especially when we are on vacation, and her father and I have had a couple of drinks after she’s gone to bed. Grant her an appreciation for birthday parties swimming in a quiet cove with her girlfriends, as I am pretty positive that my husband meant it when he said “I am never setting foot in a Chuck E. Cheese ever again. You can do that $#%* as a single parent.” And if she ever does think of complaining about the weekends spent on the water with her family, let her be reminded of her father’s hour-long commute each way so that she can live near the water, and the fact that her mother hasn’t eaten brunch in years because we’re so committed to our weekends on the boat. Let her soul be filled with gratitude and thanks for her parents, and accept the fact that she’s going to attend public school for the rest of her life so that we can afford this.

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Lord, at school, let her fall into a crowd of other children who enjoy being out on the water. And let those children come from families who value boat ownership, so that we don’t always end up being the party boat of 80 screaming kids high on juice boxes. And of those adorable children, Lord, let one of them have a parent who is a talented yacht broker willing to help us

find a bigger boat for less than the standard 4% commission. Lord, spare my daughter from the desire to get a tattoo of an anchor anywhere on her body. Let not a dolphin grace her lower back nor a sunrise sully her alabaster shoulders. Let her think excessive piercings are “grody,” and instead be content with making jewelry out of the sea glass she finds on the shores of our idyllic family vacations.

But Lord, let not that sea glass infatuation go too far. Let her creative heart understand moderation and recognize tackiness when she sees it. And let her not demand that I wear it in public. One day, let her fall in love with a man who shares her passion with her. May they spend long weekends on the Bay and visit exciting anchorages together. Let her have a love that is as wide as the horizon and as deep as the ocean. But Lord, place not a sailor in my daughter’s heart. And also preferably not someone who lives on a ridiculous boat he says he “inherited” but everyone suspects he pulled out of the mud because he’s so cheap. Grant her future husband the serenity of a home that does not float so that her parents may easily come and visit without the situation getting weird. Oh, and Lord, let her future husband be not one of those “Deadliest Catch” guys. Let her know the pungent smell of fish guts as a temporary thing; not an everyday thing. And most importantly, Lord, let her understand that her parents love her more than life itself. We want to give her the best life possible, and the only way we know to do that is to have seawater spraying in her face. May she one day look back on her life and see that when we forced her to use a head, pump the bilge, and scrub the decks, what we were truly saying is that we love her. Amen.

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o you think your photos are good enough to be on the cover of a magazine? Here is your chance to prove it by entering the PropTalk Cover Contest. Boat size does not matter to us; we like to see pictures of people with smiling faces out on the water relaxing, fishing, cruising, racing, and wakeboarding on any sized new or well-loved boat in all seasons. Vertically oriented photos work better than horizontal ones. The winning image will be on the cover of PropTalk in the spring. Send three photos per entry, one entry per person to The deadline has been extended from Thanksgiving to December 16 to allow photographers to include photos of holiday light parades.

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Recognizing Hypothermia by Duffy Perkins


’m not proud to admit this, but I can tell you from experience what the initial symptoms of hypothermia look like on me. I get mouthy. I become irrational. You could say I pick fights. It’s important to note that at the time I was exhibiting symptoms, I didn’t look cold. I was dressed warmly, wearing multiple layers and a ski hat. Not long beforehand, I had drunk a beer with some friends and seemed completely fine. I wasn’t wet, or even really shivering. However, I was sitting on a boat in February on a day when the temperature barely broke 20 degrees. We should have seen it coming. Among the medical community, hypothermia is just one of several “cold injuries,” a common result of exposure to cold environments during physical activ-

ity of occupational pursuits. With weather conditions around the Chesapeake Bay staying temperate throughout the winter months, there’s no reason why boaters can’t extend their seasons. But you have to be smart about it, and to do that you have to know how to prevent hypothermia just as much as you know how to treat it. Hypothermia occurs when your body loses heat faster than it can produce it, creating a dangerously low temperature (generally around 95 degrees Fahrenheit). If left untreated, the body’s organs begin to fail, and death is possible. It’s very important to note that hypothermia doesn’t just occur with overboard victims. As in my case, I was sitting on deck and was completely dry. But I had made multiple mistakes during the day that led to my weakened condition. For one, I wasn’t dressed warmly enough. Women suffer from hypothermia between two and four times as often as men, so encourage women to wear extra layers (no matter how rotund it makes us look). Two, I was sitting on a cold deck, putting my body in direct contact with a cold surface. Three, I drank a beer. Alcohol causes blood vessels to dilate, increasing heat loss. And four, while I had been complaining about being cold all morning, once my body stopped shivering without a rise in body temperature, it signaled a dramatic change to conserve energy. That was the sign that things were really going downhill. If you suspect someone on your boat may be exhibiting the signs of mild hypothermia, the best thing for you to do is move them to a warmer environment. Once inside, remove the person’s cold or wet clothing and put them under blankets. Skin-to-skin contact is the most efficient way to bring a hypothermia victim’s core temperature back to normal, so don’t

##Hypothermia is a condition in which a person’s body temperature drops below 95 ºF. A person swimming in 50 ºF water, would have approximately one hour to get to safety before the risk of organ failure.

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hesitate stripping down to your skivvies and spooning them. Slowly introduce liquids to them (hot tea is great, but avoid any alcohol), as dehydration can prolong and increase the effects. If the victim isn’t apologizing for calling you a bonehead within 20 minutes, it may be the right call to head for the hospital. Now, this is all considering hypothermia when the victim has not been submerged in cold water. What do you do if you or another member of your party falls overboard? “Hypothermia on the Bay occurs when the body is immersed in waters below 72 degrees Fahrenheit,” says Petty Officer Alexander Polyak with the Baltimore Coast Guard Station. At the time of writing, water temps around the Bay were hovering around 56 degrees. “We haven’t seen a lot of ice on the Bay over the past two years,” says Polyak, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t frigid cold.” Often the tributaries and rivers surrounding the Bay will be ice covered, draining freezing-cold water into the Greater Bay. Polyak recommends a rule of thumb: “If you fall into ice cold water, you have one minute to get your breathing under control. Don’t panic. You have 10 minutes of meaningful movement, or to obtain a stable situation (raft or life ring). And finally, you have up to one hour until you become unconscious from hypothermia. If you don’t panic or struggle unnecessarily, and if you’re wearing a PFD that assists you in warming your body’s core temperature, you may have another hour.” So what’s the best advice? Plan ahead. Pack extra layers in your bag and food to help keep you warm. Go over the safety equipment and have it readily available. Check out the ice reports online and have a radio and cell phone handy on deck. And most importantly? Wear your PFD. Online at Toll free hotline: (410) 576-2682. Also monitor USCG marine broadcasts on VHF Channel 16. PropTalk December 2013 9


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A Great BiG Thanks!!! We have so much to be thankful for this Holiday Season. First, we want to express our hear t felt appreciation to all our wonder ful customers for making our 60th year fun, exciting, and rewarding. We had an amazing Beneteau Rendez vous and par ticipated in some remarkable events from races to raf t ups to fundraisers like the Hospice Cup. Annapolis Yacht Sales won the Dealer of the Year and Ser vice Dealer of the Year from Beneteau and won the Boat Dealer of the Year from both the Capital Newspaper and Bay Weekly Magazine. The sales team also broke all company records on the number of brokerage boats sold and we had a record-breaking year in total sales. With the addition of a great new group of employees, new locations and brands, AYS continues to expand our ser vices and product lines and reach into new market areas in the Mid-Atlantic area. This brings us back to thanking our customers – the past, the present, and those yet to come…Thank You!!! God Bless Us Ever yone.

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he BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety and Clean Water plans to put its money where its mouth is once again by awarding individual grants of up to $10,000 for grassroots organizations with projects utilizing new, innovative approaches to encourage safe and clean boating. The Foundation’s Grassroots Grants Program has funded more than $1.3 million in local boating safety and clean water projects over the past 25 years. Last year, the national 501(c)(3) nonprofit more than doubled its individual maximum grant size to $10,000. “While the program is still for small local groups, organizations, and non-profits, we’re getting away from awarding funds for traditional signs, brochures, or boat show giveaway items,” says BoatU.S. Foundation outreach manager Alanna Keating. “Now, we’re looking to tap into the many exciting interactive and innovative ways to encourage behavior changes, including social media, the web, or unique hands-on activities.” Groups wishing to apply for one or more Grassroots Grants may go to to view the guidelines and begin their application. Submissions may include videos, photos, graphics, or anything to potentially help increase the chances of funding. The projects with the Annapolis most votes willfrom have one year to Yacht Sales complete the grant project. Submit applications by January 15, 2014, and participate in public online voting in early spring 2014. To be the first to learn when voting for grant projects begins, “like” the BoatU.S. Foundation on Facebook at Click to to watch a short video on the Grants program and how to apply.

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Good Times and Good Weather for Anglers Fishing for a Cure


fter several years of cold, windy weather, Fish For A Cure (F4AC) finally got a beautiful day November 2. Anglers in 52 boats took to the Bay, had fun, and raised money to fight cancer. Bud Duckett, who fished with Captain Kelly Bjornerud on his Tiara Bjorn To Run, recalls, “It was a great day. The weather was perfect, and we were hitting in deep and shallow water using all kinds of tackle. At 7:35 a.m., we dropped our lines near Horn Point. By 8:15 we had about 12 lines in the water with planer boards, chartreuse tandems, and umbrellas. Our first hit was on a spoon at 9:02— a 27-inch rockfish. This was also the time of the first cocktail. “Will Aherne brought in a 25-inch rockfish with an umbrella rig about 11 a.m., followed by Glenn Sutton’s 25-incher using a tandum rig, and 10 minutes later Kelly (Bjornerud) had a 25-incher on a planer board. We ended the day with Sutton’s 28-inch catch on a spoon around 3:40 p.m. By 4:15 we were reeling in our rods and heading to Pusser’s for the weigh-in. “There were so many boats that it almost felt like the White Marlin tournament. It’s really become the fishing event in Annapolis. The guys who started the tournament and those who currently organize it have done a great job.” The winner of the fishing tournament was OSMC, captained by Dr. Cyrus Lashgari, with a 37-inch rockfish weighing 18 pounds. Second place went to Hot Tuna, captained by Steve Linhard, with a 14.35-pound rockfish. Captain Mike Cassidy on Bluejay took third with a 13.8-pound fish. Captain David Jenkins and his anglers on Luki Belle won the Captain’s Challenge raising $20,384. A close second went to Plan A captained by Scott Swidersky with $20,050, and Just In Time captained by Rob Schurr and Tom George took third by raising more than $15,000. In total, the event brought in more than $200,000, which will be donated to support the cancer programs within the Geaton and JoAnn DeCesaris Cancer Institute at Anne Arundel Medical Center.

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##Dr. Norman Ove, Dr. Cyrus Lashgari, and Dr. Chad Patton with their winning rockfish caught aboard OSMC.

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Kayaking Grandmother Heads to Guatemala


f you’ve never heard of Guatemala City’s garbage dump, it’s not a shock. It’s a heartbreaking, foul place: what was once a ravine stretching through the nation’s capital is now an area of 40 acres and growing, brimming with waste (both household and hazardous). Thirty thousand residents squat around the perimeter and scavenge the dump for a living, and almost 5000 people actually live on the dump itself. It’s not a place that makes the nightly news on a regular basis. Deborah Walters first experienced the garbage dump through Safe Passage, a non-profit organization started in the late 1990s to provide the dump’s children with an education. “At first, I offered to write some grants for them,” she says. “But people kept saying to me, ‘Come down and see the dump. You have to see it.’ So finally I just went.” She quickly realized that she wanted to make a bigger difference than simply writing grants and

attending fundraisers. An avid and adventurous kayaker with several Arctic expeditions under her belt, Walters decided to embark on a journey that would take her from Maine to Guatemala, allowing her to stop along the way and make presentations, bringing awareness to the people of the Guatemala City garbage dump. Pairing up with her is Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis, who initially provided Walters with the Chesapeake 18 kit and will be refurbishing the boat for her journey. “We’ll be making modifications to make it more expedition-worthy,” says Joey Schott of Chesapeake Light Craft. “Because she’s going to be out there on her own, she has to be self-sufficient.” Walters’ Arctic expeditions have helped her to prepare for the journey. “In the Arctic I would eat between 5000 and 6000 calories a day. I would eat sticks of butter, which sounds absolutely gross. But when you’re working really hard, it’s

very appetizing. The Inuits would give me whale blubber, which was also very satisfying, but not something I’d eat at home.” Walters has subbed out the whale blubber and butter sticks for her own concoction of peanut butter, olive oil, soy powder, and honey, which sustains her happily. “I’ve found that I really enjoy it,” she says. While the trip ahead of her is certainly a daunting one, it isn’t her sole focus. “I really want to tell the story of the children who live in the Guatemala City garbage dump, and how through Safe Passage they’ve been able to start dreaming about a future, and help break the cycle of poverty,” she says. We all agree that there should be nothing stopping her. Visit to learn more about Deborah Walters and the Safe Passage School. Walters’ expedition itinerary anticipates an October 2014 arrival in Annapolis; contact her for details on how you can learn more and help out.

##Deborah Walters paddling her Chesapeake 18, built from a kit provided by Chesapeake Light Craft in Annapolis. Above, Walters paddles in the Arctic.

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Shrink Wrap or Canvas?


hrink-wrap or a winter canvas cover? Two Annapolis experts give their thoughts on tucking in your baby for the winter. Bill Kratz of Prestige Yacht Management offers this advice about shrink wrapping: “Choosing a winter canvas cover or shrink-wrap is really about whether you are a hands-on owner who wants to have access to the boat and work on it over the winter, or the type of owner who just wants to enjoy the boat on the water and let someone else cover it, knowing that you won’t work on it until spring. “One benefit of shrink wrap is that it can cover the whole boat, including the hull, which protects the boat from the weather and provides ultraviolet protection from sun exposure, which breaks down the gel coat. Another benefit is that snow sheets right off the top. The downside of shrink wrap is that it only lasts one year, although most landfills will accept it for recycling. “Because there is a greenhouse effect, we put in as many vents as necessary to

minimize mildew and mold. For clients who want to have access to the boat, we can put in a zipper access door so they can check on lines, moisture, and bilges.” Dan Oldale of Annapolis Custom Yacht Canvas agrees that moisture control is important. “When selecting a canvas cover, ask about ventilation. Some materials breathe really well, while others don’t breathe at all and need lots of vents to allow moisture to escape.” He continues, “Shrink wrap costs about a quarter of a custom-made cover, but it only lasts one year. A winter canvas cover should last 10 to 12 years, so the owner can amortize the cost over the length of ownership. “Another consideration is maintaining control over when you’ll put the cover on and when you’ll remove it. Shrink wrapping will need to be coordinated with the shrink wrap company’s schedule. Canvas goes on whenever the owner is ready, and it’s easy to partially remove for winter work.” Oldale concludes, “I recommend everyone check their boats every other

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Bigeye Tuna Sets New VA Mark


rofessional football players who roam the offensive line weigh 300 pounds, but they can’t swim 40 MPH. Tuna can do both. The new Virginia state record bigeye tuna was such a beast. Caught September 25 by Vic Gaspeny, of Tavernier, FL, and certified by the Virginia Saltwater Fishing Tournament (VSFT), the bigeye weighed 311 pounds, easily besting the previous state mark of 285 pounds, 12 ounces, caught in August 2003 by Melvin Bray of Dumfries, VA. Gaspeny, a light-tackle fishing guide and outdoor writer from Islamorada, FL, was fishing with Captain Justin Wilson aboard the charter vessel Just Right, a custom-rigged 34-foot Judge. The group originally planned to day-drop for swordfish, a technique that Gaspeny has pioneered, but word of a white-hot bigeye bite sent the crew into tuna mode. They made the most of the opportunity, quickly landing two 50-pound class

yellowfins as well as three bigeyes in the 200-pound class bigeye tuna. They then tried for swordfish, but that bite never materialized so when the tuna turned on again they re-rigged for tuna. As day was fading, the huge bigeye hit a trolled ballyhoo rigged on a blue and white skirt trolled on a custombuilt J&B rod matched with a 50W Shimano TLD reel spooled with 80-pound test Suffix mono. After an hours-long fight, Gaspeny brought the massive tuna to heel at 9:15 p.m. and three hours later Just Right made fast to the dock at Long Bay Pointe Marina. The next morning VSFT officials weighed the record-setting fish. “With the phenomenal bigeye tuna fishery we had off the Virginia coast this year I would have been really disappointed if the bigeye state record had not been broken,” VSFT Director Lewis Gillingham said in a press release. ~C.D.

##Vic Gaspeny (left) of Tavernier, FL, landed this 311-lb. bigeye tuna on Sept. 25 to set a new Virginia state record. He was fishing with Capt. Justin Wilson aboard the charter vessel Just Right. Photo courtesy VA Marine Fisheries Commission

• The Offshore Powerboat Association racing series is officially over for the year, but we have a great video of 2013’s highlight race in Solomons. • PropTalk managed to set up a camera on a roof above Annapolis to record set up of the Powerboat Show. We cut four days down to three minutes. • Want to save the oceans? Eat weird fish. • Better update your Navionics software, because NOAA won’t be printing anymore paper charts. • Halloween brought more than trick-or-treaters to Assateague Island…

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The U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis


he U.S. Powerboat Show came into Annapolis October 1-4, and while there were hundreds of gorgeous boats to drool over, we were a little distracted by some of your awesome Tshirts. They ranged from adorable to hilarious, and they provided us with plenty of comic relief. Think you have one that’s better? Send a pic to and let’s get you featured as well.

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Winterfest of Lights Northside Park, Ocean City, MD. Snow Hill Christmas Tree Lighting 5:30 p.m. Byrd Park, Snow Hill, MD. Seasonal music, readings, and an appearance by Santa Claus.

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Foods & Feasts of Colonial Virginia Jamestown Settlement, Williamsburg, VA, and Yorktown Victory Center, VA. 9 am.-5 p.m. (888) 593-4682

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16th Annual Oyster Roast 5-9 p.m. Cape Charles Historical Society. $35 adults / $10 children



Christmas in Rock Hall Santa’s arrival by boat and the lighting of the town’s Christmas tree. The evening will also feature caroling, refreshments, and family activities.


Teams digging the “Chunnel” under the English Channel met in the middle. 1990

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Winter Wonderland at Portsmouth Art & Cultural Center Santa visits every weekend in December. Portsmouth, VA.

Irv Fenton Rockfish Tournament Hosted by Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association. Sponsored by Wilcox Bait and Tackle.

Denton Holiday Parade and Lighting of the Green 6-9 p.m.

Maryland Water Monitoring Council 19th Annual Conference Maritime Institute, North Linthicum, MD. Midnight Madness   Annapolis. Shops open until midnight.

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Holiday Arts Fair Firehouse Art Center, Snow Hill, MD.


Christmas on the Creek Activities throughout Oxford, MD.


Midnight Madness St. Michaels, MD. Shopping, holiday spirits, carolers, prizes, and more.


Solomons Christmas Walk Solomons, MD, will celebrate the season with a boat parade, candlelight tours, live entertainment, the lighting of the Drum Point Lighthouse and more.

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“A day which will live in infamy...” The Japanese Navy bombed the naval base at Pearl Harbor, destroying much of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, 1941.

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Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats Fells Point, Baltimore. Hampton Lighted Boat Parade  7:15 p.m. Hampton, VA.

Magical Weekend in Cape Charles and Central Park Grand Illumination Central Park and other locations throughout Town, Cape Charles, VA.


Prince William Marina Lighting Ceremony Creative slipholders decorate their docks and boats for this annual celebration. Prince William Marina, Woodbridge, VA


Santa Swim Strip down to your swimsuits,and dive into the Choptank River to benefit the Care and Share Fund. Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort, Cambridge, MD. 10 a.m.

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Christmas on Cockrell Creek Tour historic sites in Old Town Alexandria, VA, decorated for the holidays. Gadsby’s Tavern, Alexandria, VA. Sat. 6-9 p.m.; Sun. 3-6 p.m.


Annual Snow Hill Lion’s Club Christmas Parade 7 p.m., Market Street, Snow Hill, MD.


Candlelight Tour and Carver Celebration Features the traditional “duck head” Christmas tree, decoy carving demonstrations and exhibits, gift sales and the annual candlelight historic home tour through town. Havre de Grace Decoy Museum, Havre de Grace, MD.

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Midnight Madness Annapolis. Shops open until midnight.

Christmas in St. Michaels Both ticketed and free events including the Tour of Homes, Holiday Gala, Breakfast with Santa, and largest holiday parade on the Eastern Shore.

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Cambridge Dorchester Christmas Parade A Dorchester tradition for more than 60 years, this nighttime parade features floats, music, and much more. 5p.m.


Eastport YC Lighted Boat Parade 6 p.m. Annapolis Harbor.


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Season of the Sailor Concert Join Annapolis duo Calico Jack and traveling duo Pint and Dale for an evening of original and traditional seasonal maritime songs. Annapolis Maritime Museum, Annapolis. 7-9 p.m.



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Eleventh Hour Annapolis. Shops open until 11 p.m.

The Film “It’s a Wonderful Life” is first released in the United States, 1946 Author Philip Van Doren Stern mailed the story as a Christmas card to 200 friends and family members in December, 1943.


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Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights 5-7 p.m.


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Colonial Beach to Monroe Bay 5 p.m.

Baltimore Parade of Lighted Boats, Fells Point 6-8 p.m.

Tall Timbers Community Parade of Lights, Herring Creek to Piney Point Landing 6 p.m. Solomons Lighted Boat Parade 6:15 p.m.

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That Time of Year


he best part about this time of year is we finally have a few moments to reflect on everything that transpired over the previous season while we dream about what might be in the coming year. A time to make realistic plans for local journeys next season plus a little time to research grandiose destinations from the Chesapeake, such as how we’d make the ‘Loop, eat cheeseburgers in paradise, enjoy chowder on-deck in Boston, maybe moor next to seafood restaurants in Kennebunkport, drop anchor like royalty in Martha’s Vineyard, or forget about work while cruising to Nassau. Yeah, definitely the Bahamas. This time last year started off with the same aspirations, including a final “let’s do it” decision to repower our ride after a couple of seasons of mechanical issues. Ironically, the intent of that repowering decision was to increase uptime during the season. And, as (my) luck would have it, 22 December 2013 PropTalk

by Mike Edick

refitting her engines didn’t meet timeline predictions; not even close… more about that in the next issue of PropTalk. While our 2013 season didn’t quite work out as originally planned, often it’s overcoming a problem that is more educational, rewarding, and memorable than the problem itself. Now that there’s time to take a deep breath and review experiences of the entire past year, only the successes seem to stand out. There were mechanical successes, just not the obvious refit ones you might expect. Having no engines or transmissions in the bilge allowed cleaning and painting of surfaces that could never be reached with mechanical systems in the way. Electrical wiring, plumbing, and blowers were easily updated with all the open space in the engine room. Reworking almost every system below the sole while waiting for the major mechanicals to return compressed years of “I’ll get to it” into just a few months.

Although there was not as much time underway as planned one year ago, we did have some spectacular days and nights on the water in 2013 that almost made up for the year’s efforts. My family and I ended up setting two personal records despite the downtime: longest time under continuous cruise and furthest distance covered in one outing. So, what’s the best part about this time of year for me? Knowing my to-do list is greatly shorter after a year’s worth of (sometimes exhausting) work. Knowing that my bilges are clean and tidy and knowing I addressed every little thing in the engine room that had bugged me since purchase of this boat. Knowing that my mechanical systems are now as good as, if not significantly better than, new. But, the best part has to be planning next season’s boating, anticipating lower downtime, and planning those magnificent destinations. Yeah, I think I hear the islands calling…

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Boat Notes

Pursuit ST 310: Ooohs and Aaahs LOA: 31’2” | Beam: 9’6” | Draft: 2’10” | Displacement: 8890 | Max HP: 600 | Fuel capacity: 260 gal. | Water capacity: 20 gal.


ave you ever literally gasped out loud when seeing a drop-dead gorgeous boat for the first time? If the answer is “yes,” it’s official: you’re a boat nut. Welcome to the club. But even among us diehard boat lovers, it’s rare to spot a model that can generate this kind of uncontrollable gut response. One that made a cameo at the Annapolis Boat Show this year, however, the Pursuit ST 310, is bound to cause unrestrained gasping from Maine to Miami and beyond. The ST stands for Sport Tender, because Pursuit envisioned this boat as a tender to megayachts. And serve as a tender, it can. The ST 310 is equipped with additional lighting to meet USCG Rule 24 (power driven vessels towing astern) requirements, on top of the normally required nav lights. It can be fitted with a beefed-up bow towing eye. Dedicated stowage for recreational equipment commonly carried and used on megayachts, such as scuba diving and fishing gear, is integrated into the console and gunwales. And the reinforced, infused, one-piece stringer grid ensures that the boat has the strength to survive long open-water tows. Most of us, of course, don’t own yachts big enough to yank around a Follow us!

31-footer on a leash. Luckily for us, the ST 310 stands tall all on its own. Pursuit may have intended this boat as a tender, but they’ve also developed a spectacular dayboat. And yes, it really is a dayboat even though it has a center console and rides on one of Pursuit’s 24-degree deep-V offshore fishboat hulls. For example, the bow, instead of being laid out with a casting deck and fishboxes, is a case study in how to turn fishing space into a region of relaxation. Thick wrap-around cushions line the inwales, where normally you’d just find a coaming bolster which doubles as a backrest. And the starboard-side pass-through between the console and the gunwale is capped off, cushioned, and adjoins the forward console seat to add room for another couple. Now drop the cocktail table, pull out the insert cushion, and turn the entire bow cockpit into a sunpad in seconds. For those of you who appreciate the looks and the luxury but still like to fish, don’t worry. This is a Pursuit, after all, and it comes along with the basic fishing features one expects from this builder. There’s a 20-gallon lighted and insulated livewell built

into the back of the helm station. An integrated fishbox in the sole holds 29 gallons and has a diaphragm pump. The boat has both fresh and raw water washdowns, and the infused fiberglass hard top can be optioned with outriggers and rocket launchers, should you so desire. More about that top: note that it’s supported by powder-coated pipework that accents the boat’s lines as well as providing plenty of structural support. Plus, the top comes with tricolor LED lighting, spreader lights, overhead grab rails, and even Isinglass front and side curtains. A few of the other features on this boat are going to be appreciated regardless of how you use it. A big aft transom seat folds out for extra accommodations, or folds flat to open up more cockpit space. The walk-in console houses a fixed MSD. And the adjustable helm and passenger’s chairs are the fold-down bolster type, with arm rests. Beauty is, of course, in the eye of the beholder. So while I think this boat’s a knockout, you might walk down the dock and think nothing of it. But having let out my own involuntary “oooooh” on the docks of Annapolis, I’m betting that one glance at the ST 310 will get you gasping, too. PropTalk December 2013 23

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Steam at the Waterline I

by Allen Paltell

f Island Girl’s hour meters could record dates, they would reveal that I run the boat a lot more in the fall than any other time of year. From right after Labor Day through Thanksgiving, I find excuses to work on the boat, test the boat, clean the boat, fish the boat, and cruise the boat. My law partners know where to find me in the fall. Case in point. This Monday morning, at 8 a.m., I am not in the office. I am at home writing this story about boating. After I finish the story, I will hop on my bicycle and ride through the neighborhood down to the boat at Holiday Point Marina in slip A4. When I arrive, I’ll open her up, chat with the Gunther boys about football and baseball, check out the new projects in Joe Reid’s shop, and then spend about an hour sanding the small gelcoat patches I applied over the weekend. Then I’ll start to feel guilty about work, so I’ll ride home, walk the dogs, and head to the office in Annapolis. Sometimes I wonder why I like the fall so much. It’s not that I dislike spring, summer, and winter. They all have redeeming qualities. But the fall has always drawn me to the Bay and the boat. A few weeks ago, just after the boat shows, Nancy and I did what has kept us together in boating for many years. Without lots of fuss, we took a boat ride. We checked the weather, made some sandwiches, bought an inexpensive bottle of wine, grabbed some blankets, fed the dogs and the parrot, and went for a sunset cruise. For us, that means we start the engines, chug

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out of the marina, hop up on plane to clear the carbon off the pistons, and tuck into Selby Bay or Quiet Waters for a couple hours of doing not much of anything. Leaving the marina, we steamed out of the channel into the river and pointed Island Girl’s bow into the sun. I sat next to Nancy at the flybridge and gently pushed the throttle levers forward. The tachs crept upward, and she jumped up on plane with a slight shudder. Within seconds, the old Bertram settled down into her cruising groove, perfectly balanced, the two Chevy small blocks turning 3000 RPM. I checked the GPS, and as she always does at 3000 RPM, she was

doing 19 knots. I looked back at the wake behind us. It was perfectly symmetrical. Although I could not see her exhaust ports at the waterline from the flybridge, steam from her warm exhaust rose into the air just above the transom rail and did a little jig before it disappeared into the vortex off her stern. I smiled as I witnessed this simple old machine built in 1977 do exactly what she was designed to do. I felt a sense of pride in our ability to keep her doing her work. We ducked into Quiet Waters, and it belonged to us. After a simple supper and a spectacular sunset, we spread a couple of sleeping pads atop the warm engine hatches and lay there waiting for the arrival of the first stars, covered by an old army blanket. After about an hour of doing nothing, I made a cup of tea on the stove. We sat in the cockpit listening to the sounds of the park around us. At about 9 p.m., Nancy, ever mindful of the pets, said, “Lets go home.” Ever mindful of who wears the pants in my family, I did as requested. It was easy to clean up, weigh anchor, and follow the dotted black GPS line out of the creek into the river and back to our slip. It was a moonless night, and visibility was poor. I kept the speed below six knots. No, there was no great storm to escape. The boat ran just fine. We did not run aground. The entire experience took about four hours and cost about 20 bucks. Afterward, we felt relaxed and connected to the Bay and each other. These are the reasons we own our boat.

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Bill Goldsborough by Jim Heim


alking to Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) Director of Fisheries Bill Goldsborough on any subject in fisheries and the environment is like opening a detailed book that covers the subject. An incredibly complex, entertaining person with a well-exercised sense of humor, Goldsborough also has a huge intellect that makes him eminently qualified for his position. I met him for our second interview at his boat, a venerable 27-foot Bertram bearing the name Melrose. He showed me a pamphlet about the Melrose distillery, a Goldsborough family venture. His ancestors decided to dabble in manufacturing distilled spirits and made it work. Unfortunately, their timing was bad, and prohibition ended the venture. He was amused at the prospect that he might have been a prosperous whiskey maker if it hadn’t been for prohibition. He sent me his resume, which is longer than this article. It lists his employer, CBF, and lists his title as Senior Scientist and head of fisheries. The word that I like in his curriculum vitae is “advocate.” Goldsborough is an advocate for fish and for fishermen as well as a serious angler. I have met scientists who worked on environmental matters who weren’t fishermen, and they seemed know most of the story. Bill knows the whole story. When I met him at CBF’s headquarters, the Phillip Merrill Center, he pointed out a colleague’s boat tied to the dock behind the center and informed me that he would soon be on that boat as the occupants pursued fish in the Florida Keys. He is a staunch advocate for the environment. Asking a question on any topic Follow us!

is opening a wellspring of information. He doesn’t lecture, but it’s clear that he feels passionately about the fish, the Bay, and our threatened environment. Among the many commissions and committees on which he serves, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) stands out in my mind because they decide matters such as maximum catches of various species. They have been in the forefront in the battle over the over-harvesting of essential species such as menhaden. Other commission members represent the commercial interests that would endanger the species by taking too many without any regard for scientific measurement of the total biomass. Goldsborough serves as the voice of reason. Yet, he does recognize the economic impact of being over-restrictive. An advisor to the EPA Chesapeake Bay Program, Goldsborough has also served on the Sustainable Fisheries Goal Implementation Team since 2010. He has served that group in other capacities since 1993. Goldsborough is very involved in research, but he says he doesn’t do research; he interprets it, cuts through the jumble of scientific data to make it understandable, and frequently corrects misinformation. When asked a specific question about Omega Protein, the largest harvester of menhaden, he patiently explains how they are monitored by a port agent who samples their catch to ensure they stick to commitments about harvest quantities. He went on to point out that Omega is also monitored by VIMS (Virginia Institute of Marine Science) that looks to keep bycatch under one percent, as mandated by Virginia law.

When I asked about the future of our beloved blue crab, Goldsborough gave an in-depth explanation of the life cycle of blue crabs, including the fact that capricious changes in winds at key times in their life cycle could have either good or devastating effects on each year’s harvest. The theoretical lifespan of a crab is eight years, but because of harvesting, the reality is one to two years, primarily one. Born in Japan (although he only lived there for a short time), Goldsborough has made his home in Annapolis since 1989. He has a Master of Science in marine estuarine science from the University of Maryland at Horn Point near Cambridge. Early in his career at CBF from 1978 to 1980, he ran three-day field trips out of Smith Island “in workboats, skiffs, and canoes, emphasizing marsh, sea grass, and oyster bar ecology as well as local watermen’s culture and its dependence on a healthy Bay system.” During that period, he lived on the island and no doubt, added to his knowledge about the Bay. He also spent time running boat trips in Baltimore Harbor teaching guests about the effects of the harbor and its surrounding industry. An amazingly accessible person, who serves on too many boards to mention, who has published many meaningful tracts about all manner of environmental matters; it’s no surprise that the CBF leader has won awards for advocacy. During our interviews, Goldsborough added to my potential reading list, recommending books about science and historical tomes about the environment. He is truly a renaissance man. PropTalk December 2013 25

Home for the Holidays… ...Aboard a Trawler by Captain Alyse Caldwell

Except for the special feasting, Chris is really ‘Bah, humbug!’ about the holidays. So move us aboard our 44-foot trawler full time and what’s a girl to do?


Festival of Lights

s full-time cruisers, we had the holiday season For those grinches who still need some all wrapped up before help, there’s nothing to put you in the Halloween. Since we weren’t quite holiday spirit faster than a lighted boat sure how far we’d be from a post parade. Decorating a boat can be a office in December it was simpler real challenge yet it can be done much to find local treasures along the easier than in a traditional home. Just waterways throughout the year. remember that the captain must be We’d wrap these gifts in old charts for a nautical theme and ship ##Captain Alyse Caldwell, right, knows a them from small thing or two about entertaining in style. towns along the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW). By the time the holiday season was upon us we could just enjoy swinging on the hook. Each Christmas Eve I persuade my husband Chris to hop in our dinghy with me and go caroling in the anchorage. Sporting red Santa hats, we recruit a able to safely see, navigating among all small chorus of dinghies from the brightly colored garland and lights. nearby boats that end up more of a And while the sparkle of champagne floating party than a songfest. But is enticing, all crew members should everyone who politely listens to our hold off until the boat is securely back feeble attempt at warbling receives at the dock before popping the cork. I a stocking stuffer as payment for know, bah, humbug! the auditory assault.

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Since Chris is not a willing elf when it comes to boat decorating, over the years we have scaled back for the boat parades, instead assuming the role of cheering masses. But we still manage to decorate, which actually helped me perfect my knots! With some old thin line cut into short lengths I went up one side of our 44-foot boat and down the other, tying a bright string of lights to our handrails using the bowline knot. After 88 linear feet and 15 more across the stern, I was a knot-tying ‘spert! Nonetheless, the scent from a simple spray of evergreens tied with red and gold ribbon will put the ho-ho-ho in your waterfront home with a lot less effort. Just swing by the local Christmas tree market and ask for a few discards sawed from the trunks. When you tell them you are on your boat they are always glad to accommodate! I’ve even snipped a few casuarina pine boughs and added blooms of red bougainvillea to jazz up our teak dinner table when we are in the islands. Get creative and

remember that a cruisers favorite four letter “f” word is FREE. If you have a small tree, be sure your ornaments are boat-proof. Unless you are in a super protected marina, all boat trees take a tumble at least once from the wake of a go-fast boat. Wooden or paper ornaments survive the crash with much more grace than your great gramma’s antique heirlooms. One year I created an art deco tree with a dead branch, white paint, a small string of lights and oyster shells. Everything you ever needed to learn in life you really did learn in kindergarten, but having a cruiser’s fix-it mentality doesn’t hurt.

Mmmm… What’s for dinner?

Because our first holiday aboard taught us that our galley oven could only hold a 12-pound turkey, our Turducken was creative. A Turducken is a de-boned turkey stuffed with a de-boned duck, stuffed with a de-boned chicken. Really….in a boat galley. Our boat-sized oven couldn’t fit anything that large so each bird was the smallest available and the chicken got demoted to a quail. Try deboning something smaller than a sea gull and imagine the salty %@!# words you’ll invent. Coming from New Orleans, holidays are all about the food. So first you must know what makes a holiday a holiday for you. Then adapt your menu to cooking aboard. Some cruisers believe pizza and ice cream create the most wonderful Christmas dinner, and you can’t convince them otherwise. When you consider that most boat refrigerators can’t keep ice cream frozen solid, then you might agree. Pass the whipped cream! A traditionalist may substitute a turkey breast if you really don’t have the room for leftovers from an entire bird. Or break totally with convention and try surf and turf, a much less expensive undertaking when you go native. Taking on the local surf option you can substitute lobster for Georgia shrimp, Chesapeake Bay steamed crabs or even Florida grouper depending on your location. Season with some Old Bay or Follow us!

##Hosting the holidays onboard your boat opens up a myriad of doors for entertaining, decorating, and all-round merry making.

Tony Cachere’s and you have a feast just using your grill or boiling water on your stove top for a quick surf steamer. Add a green salad and crisp veggies and mmmmm! Near many seaside towns we find weekly farmers’ markets which sometimes include seafood caught by local fishermen in addition to the expected fresh fruits and veggies. Getting off the boat and stretching our legs is an added bonus as our 44-foot home can get a bit cozy by the time the cooler holiday season rolls around.

Decorate your Table

One of the many creature comforts we have enjoyed aboard our boat is our Christmas china, and in the 18 years since we first moved aboard we broke fewer fragile items than we ever did living on land. Now as dirt dwellers we have further to reach when moving items from cupboard to table, and I swear that dishwashers have teeth to grind away on our delicates. Use can koozies to protect wine glasses and bottle koozies to protect your champagne flutes. Simply placing bubble wrap layered in between your china plates works wonders to keep the plates from chipping when in rough seas. In 1995 we started with service for 12 of our everyday china, thinking we would break some…18 years later and we can still serve 12 for dinner. But all you really need is enough for your crew.

Red cloth napkins compliment the colors of the season and dress up our table for two...or twelve, if you invite other boat orphans--those of us without our families aboard. The bonus of red napkins is how they work for Valentines’ Day, July 4th, Memorial Day and any other time you want to feel less like camping when you dine aboard. Some of the harbors we’ve called home for the holidays have given us incredible memories. With ice on the decks in Charleston we realized that brrrr! we needed to be further south. When your wardrobe is limited, you follow the sun. In Fernandina Beach Florida we learned to appreciate the luxury of a generator as we meandered around the anchorage checking our depths. The aroma of roasted turkey, oyster stuffing and candied yams danced in our wake as cruisers popped out of their cabins to see what was creating memories of a home cooked meal. Most of our boat neighbors were either reheating something in the microwave or having sandwiches on that chilly holiday after a long day on the water. Once anchored, we invited a few new friends to share the feast. Need recipes? Check out our website for some easy galley recipes or visit Home is where the heart is…or where your boat is…Happy Holidays! PropTalk December 2013 27

Fall Cruising Is Fabulous


by Beth Crabtree

hile some boaters are winterizing, hauling out, and settling in by the fireplace, others continue cruising right through the holidays. For those whose season extends into November and December, the rewards are great: crisp dry air, beautiful fall foliage, deep blue skies, and less crowded waterways. Two couples, each with years of experience, share some of their best tips for late-season cruising.

##Sunset over Urbanna during the fall oyster festival. Photo by Tom Hale

Meet the cruisers and their boats:

Tom Hale and Cristina Sison live aboard their 38-foot trawler Tadhana in Deltaville, VA. Ed and Elaine Henn cruise out of Annapolis on their 27-foot Ranger Tug.

How we use our boat:

Hale: We are out cruising nearly every weekend from March 1 to Christmas. Living aboard is convenient, in that we rarely forget to pack or bring anything! Henn: In the fall, we combine day trips with overnights as time permits. We enjoy river trips in the fall to see the fall foliage. 

Favorite fall cruise:

Hale: One of my favorite fall cruises was on Dividing Creek off the Wye River. The colors of the leaves were stunning, and being near the head of the creek, the trees leaned far out over the water. When the wind rustled the tops of the trees, leaves floated down and settled in the cockpit. At sunset, the light was filtered by red and yellow leaves and was the warmest lovely color imaginable. After dark, the stars were very bright, 28 December 2013 PropTalk

because the air was so dry. A river of stars shone brightly between two black banks formed by the trees lining the creek. In the morning, cool air had ##Exploring the Rhode River. Photo by Jim Christie settled over the warmer water, creating a layer of dense fog about six feet off the water. Looking out the Late (or early) in the season, getting companionway, it was foggy, but when water can be hard after marinas shut off I stood on deck, my head was above the the water. Generally each marina has fog. a frost-free faucet. Once, when held Henn: A run up the Severn River, anover due to weather in Solomons in late choring at Round Bay or all the way up December, we strung together 400 feet to Indian Landing, is delightful. We also of hose to get water. enjoy traveling the length of the South Henn: We add instant hot cereals, River with an overnight anchorage in hot chocolate, and hearty soups to the the little hurricane hole near Quiet Wagalley.  ters Park off Harness Creek. We were Staying warm: just there enjoying two sun-filled days Hale: Even late in the season, we stay completely protected from the wind. very comfortable inside our trawler Provisioning: pilothouse. Twice we have been out in Hale: Once the days start to get shorter, the rain and sleet, but inside the Pilotwe tend to bake in the oven rather than house it was 75 degrees. The trouble is, grill out for dinner, because it’s difficult when you get to your destination, those to tell how the food’s doing on the grill wet dock lines don’t miraculously jump and because the oven gives some heat in off the deck and tie themselves to the the cabin for the evening. pilings. You’ve got to go out there and

handle the cold wet slush-covered lines. Still, it’s better than sitting around waiting for spring to arrive. We use our dinghy to explore the rivers and creeks. Late in the fall we need hats, gloves, and ski goggles. We use goggles because once the dinghy is on a plane, the cold wind makes you tear up. From late October until mid April taking the dinghy ashore requires boots. When the water temperature reads less than 50 degrees, condensation becomes an issue. All the windows get covered in clear film, but this gives a little insulation and stops the wind from blowing through the sliding panes. When the water temperature is below 45 degrees, we cease anchoring and start using marinas so that we can have heat. Henn: Whether we are fall cruising on the Bay or heading south on the ICW, we layer up a bit in the clothing department and add more blankets or heavier sleeping bags for a cozy onboard snooze. In the morning when we’re underway, the cabin heats up quickly for a snug day’s cruise.

Favorite marinas:

Hale: In the Southern Bay, we have a pretty good selection of marinas in the off-season. We like: Reedville, the museum stays open, and we have friends in the area; Ingram Bay Marina, which is small and rural; Chesapeake Boat Basin, also rather rural, but a lovely marina on

##Leaf peeping on Antiposon Creek. Photo by Tom Hale

Indian Creek; Yankee Point Marina on the Corrotoman River, small, rural, and friendly with a nice restaurant/ grill that’s open year-round; Urbanna, because we can walk to the grocery and restaurants, and there’s a Red Box for movies; Onancock Marina, a lovely town where we walk to restaurants; Tangier, the marina is close to Loraine's Restaurant, the only one open in the winter, and we visit friends and walk the roads and bridges enjoying lovely vistas.

Henn: We prefer to anchor out as much as possible. What better way to soak up the crisp air and colorful autumn colors? 

A word about safety:

“Because cruising between mid November and April 1 requires extra care, we wear inflatable life vests on deck and in the dinghy when the water temperature is less than 50 degrees,” says Hale. For more on safe cold-weather boating, turn to page 9.


rian Regan and Paula Radon “tailgating” with friends at Annapolis City Dock aboard their Little Harbor Express 36 GAMEDAY before the Navy versus Pitt game. Regan says, “Our tailgate at City Dock is representative of the many day trips we have enjoyed aboard GAMEDAY.” Regan and Radon are self-declared “heavy users” of their Little Harbor, taking many day trips and weekend cruises from their home slip on Lake Ogleton in Annapolis.

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he weather is getting cold, and boats are starting to get wrapped up for a long winter’s rest. It’s a great time to take a look back at some of the great things Clubs are doing around the Bay to enjoy the warmer months (and in some cases, warmer climes south). Have a story we should cover? Email and tell us what we’re missing!

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teve Baum stumbled across the website two years ago when he was researching C-Dory websites. The C-Dory wasn’t his first boat (the Coast Guard veteran has remarkably owned 53 boats in his lifetime), but the website was new: a user forum with everything from cruising destinations to repair tips and ideas from experienced C-Dory owners. Baum quickly became a member and frequent visitor in the forum. When he started attending functions with the “brats,” he knew he had found his tribe. “It’s really not a club,” he explains. “There’s no membership and no dues. It’s simply an ad-hoc group that gets together using an online forum. And we take cruises together—they’re not too complex, not too expensive.” A recent and memorable C-Brat cruise left July 12 from Portsmouth, VA, and had an itinerary filled with some of the best sites along the James River. C-Dories are convenient for river cruising, since “they’re self-contained and easy to operate,” Baum explains. They cruise an average of 13.5 knots and plane at nine, making your trip an enjoyable yet affordable one. “And you’re inside a boat as opposed to outside, so weather isn’t a factor.” Good thing because the James River trip involved intense July heat as well as well as a few passing showers. “Several boats took portable A/C window units. They’re easy to secure in the center window and are pretty nice on a super hot day.”

##The C-Brats enjoying dinner at the Blue Heron at River’s Rest. Photo courtesy of the C-Brats.

From Portsmouth, the group of seven C-Dories headed up the James to Smithfield. They took in some sightseeing in town and visited the country’s oldest ham (it just ‘turned’ 111, if you’re wondering). From Smithfield the group went north and deep into the Chickahominy River to River Rest Marina. “The Chickahominy is 65-feet deep in a lot of areas, and it’s all natural with no construction. There are lots of trees with eagles in them. It’s a beautiful, beautiful trip,” says Baum. And the River Rest Marina rolled out the red carpet for the group, putting out welcome signs and floating piers for their arrival. The next day, flooding on the James forced a reconfiguration of the itinerary. “We were going to go all the way to Rocketts Landing (in Richmond), but there was a lot of rain and debris. We ended up ##Skimmer working up to a plane on the James River. Photo courtesy of the C-Brats.

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stopping at Hopewell, and that was a good decision. We never would have gotten to Rocketts safely.” The Brats had to entertain themselves with a happy hour at the end of the dock and a dip in the pool, which brought out not a single complaint. The next day the boats made their ways slowly back down the James to their home ports, posting pictures on for the other forum members to see and comment upon. While the James River trip was somewhat short and sweet, other C-Brat trips have been extensive. An Intracoastal Waterway mini loop with 15 boats included participants from Oregon and Michigan. Last month, 15 boats trailered their way to North Carolina and cruised around the Beaufort and Oriental areas. Currently on the site there are forums posting itineraries for Lake Powell, Vancouver Island, and even Alaska. The site itself is a one-stop shop for not just C-Dory owners but also anyone with a small boat who wants to cruise it. “There are boats for sale, and you can sign up for trips. Plus, there’s constant chatter about the good and the bad places to go, what you want to know about your boat, and how to fix anything and everything. And all you have to do is sign in.” To get yourself an account and start planning your next adventure, click and tell them PropTalk sent you.

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he Chesapeake Women Anglers (CWA) will celebrate their 20th anniversary in 2014, and the group is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down. The fly fishing club has members in the Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas and works to share skills both on the water and in the classroom. But aside from being a place that women can go to learn how to fly fish from other women, CWA works with several organizations to bring the beauty of fly fishing to those who need it most. By partnering with Casting for Recovery (CFR), a national non-profit organization aimed at supporting and educating women who have or have had breast cancer, CWA hosts retreats for breast cancer patients and survivors. “Our club members help teach casting, or how to be a river helper,” explains CWA president LaJan Barnes. “Both men and women attend the retreats, and the cost is totally free for participants.” There’s no question the amount of healing that can happen when you have a fly rod in your hand; it’s wonderful to have CWA putting forth the effort to help make it happen. CWA has also recently started a relationship with Trout Unlimited Potomac-Patuxent Chapter (PPTU) and the Girl Scouts of America. On September 16, representatives of the three organizations met to plan a workshop program that would incorporate fly fishing, ecology, and conservation education into the structure of current Girl Scout badge programs. If you know someone who would benefit from the Chesapeake Women Anglers’ resources, be sure to check them out at

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elights from Executive Chef Drew Davidson await friends and potential new members at the Chesapeake Yacht Club Friends and Family Open House. Guests enjoyed an open bar, bacon-wrapped tuna lollipops, roast beef sliders and other treats. The Open House kicks off the full calendar of fall events at CYC. The annual Toys For Tots campaign has begun, and Italian Night is right around the corner. There’s no place better for friends and fun than CYC.

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the Special’s class, and we broke it by four tenths of a mile per hour to set a new one. I prefer to break a record by four or five miles, but We’ll take it,” he says with a chuckle. The Special’s been put to bed for the winter. Larry’s heading out to play some golf, but he’s expecting several major restoration jobs in the near future

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harlie Quimby of Bay Machine Company in St. Leonard, MD, is putting the finishing touches on his red and white runabout named Miss A.P.B.A. Charlie built her from plans reproduced from a 1922 edition of Motor Boating Magazine. She’s a 26-foot John Hacker design described as a “Gentleman’s Racer.” Charlie says he’s down to propulsion and upholstery. “The engine is finally in,” according to Charlie. “I had to make some major changes because I decided to use a 1965 426 V Chrysler Wedge instead of the Cadillac. The Chrysler puts out 350 horse power and tons of torque. I ran that through a one-and-a-half-to-one reduction gear to swing a larger prop because she’s a big boat. I didn’t think the Cadillac was up to that. Now I have to get the shaft and strut in and couple her up, do the upholstery, and she’s ready to go.”

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“A lot of people ask me if I were shipwrecked, and could only have one book, what would it be? I always say it would be ‘How To Build a Boat.”’ ~Steven Wright


arry Lauterbach of Lauterbach Boats in Chester, MD, reports that he’s almost completed the restoration of his father’s 1950 hydroplane. “We call this boat Uncle Henry, because that’s what all our workers used to call my dad,” Larry explains. The boat, built in 1950, is the oldest original Lauterbach built hydroplane in existence. “At least as far as we know,” Larry adds. “If there is an older one out there, I’d love to find it.” Uncle Henry has her paint and varnish work complete, and the engine is in. She needs only a couple of fuel line fittings, and she’s ready to go. Larry says that the early fall was slow at the shop, so he put the engine (a modified 302 Gaerte Chevy, rated at 650 HP) back in his Murjr’s Lauterbach Special and took her out to West Virginia to race in September. “We held the world speed record for

Larry Lauterbach with his Murjr’s Lauterbach Special, the boat that set a new world speed record in September.

skiff built by a friend’s grandfather, a longtime resident of Calvert County and current resident of Chincoteague, VA. The skiff was equipped with a 5 HP Suzuki, and it cut the water nicely with the boys inside. Later, with the boat’s full-sized plans in hand, Lake questioned the utility of owning a 14-foot skiff similar to his 17-foot Carolina Skiff. A visit with Richard Dodds, curator of maritime history at the Calvert Marine Museum Library and a perusal of Paula Johnson’s “The Workboats of Smith Island” revealed the perfect boat designed to handle the Bay yet get in the skinny water of the Eastern Shore to search for soft shell crabs or to dock at his own shallow pier: the Smith Island Scrape Boat. Lake, who had not yet built a boat but had considerable woodworking experience, figured that he and his four children (Mitch, Carrie, Rebecca,

and Ellie) would build the boat in his 32-foot deep double-car garage in Dowell, MD. However, an eight-foot wide garage door presents a problem for a 10-foot beamed boat. The solution? Build the boat outside. And so a two-year project began, as did its blog documentation. “One thing I did not mention in my blog is how much Richard Scofield, boatyard manager at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, helped me,” says Lake. “He instilled in me early on how to build a boat, not how to build the boat. He told me you really can’t do it off a set of plans. You have to build it with the constraints you have, your


Lake’s Boatbuilding Lessons Learned

n October 2, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) shipwrights and apprentices placed the last plank, or “whiskey plank,” on the 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks, which has been under restoration since 2011. Pictured from left: Shipwright Apprentices Bill Bronaugh, Brooke Ricketts, and Chris Kretch work on fastening the last plank on the skipjack. Following maritime tradition, the plank was splashed with whiskey before installation, followed by a celebration among shipwrights, apprentices, volunteers, and descendants of the boat’s

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Carrie finishing the bottom planking on the Smith Island Scrape Boat Stella Grace.

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own way, and depend upon yourself. Without that e-mail he sent, I would have struggled.” Lake’s blog details his journey: choosing lumber, making molds, laying the keel, steaming bottom planks, planking and caulking, fitting frames and beams, installing a steering system, sanding, installing washboards, collar boards, and toe rails. As of the first of November, Lake estimated that he was two months from taking the Stella Grace (named for his mother and other female relatives) to a boatyard to install her engine. On top of the “Lessons Learned” on his blog, Lake placed to keep your wife happy. “There was only one place in the yard for lumber, and it went right over one of my wife’s gardens. She will be very happy when the boat is no longer in the yard. She will be able to use her fire pit again.”

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builder and captain who participated in the restoration work. The skipjack was originally built in Wingate, MD, by Bronza Parks for his brother, Captain Orville Parks. A skipjack is a traditional sailing workboat used for oyster dredging along the Chesapeake Bay. The fleet used to number in the hundreds, with only a few still dredging today. The re-launch of the Rosie Parks is scheduled for CBMM’s OysterFest November 2, with rigging to be completed in 2014. For more information, visit html.


ew kid on the block Jason Corsini of Quiet Waters Boat Works reports a lot of interest in the debut of his Cherny designed Hill 16. “As always, we had to rush at the last minute to show her at the Maryland Boatbuilders Expo. So now PropTalk December 2013 37

we are finishing up her interior paint and varnish and making her look really good.” “We were very pleased to learn that Wooden Boat Magazine liked the 16 enough to feature her on their website,” Jason adds. New projects on the horizon at Quiet Waters include the construction of a cocktail class racer utilizing a kit from Chesapeake Light Craft.


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ave Hannam of Classic Watercraft Restoration located in Annapolis reports that his owner’s classic old woody, the 1941 22-foot Morin Craft has returned to the boat shop for extensive re-staining and a re-powering of the engine. Summer use

on the South River has proven to be a fun time—now it’s time to add even more power under the hull! Hannam also reports that he is looking forward to starting on another 19-foot 1961 Chris-Craft Capri, coming in from Smith Island Lake, VA, for a complete coatings and interior restoration along with an update to the electrical system early next year.

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Remembering The Smith Island Crabbing Speedboats by Jennings Evans and Trey Shinault

##Photo courtesy of Paula Johnson, author of “Workboats of Smith Island”


hirty years before the outboard motor gained prominence on the Chesapeake Bay boating scene, a little-known motorized skiff became the sweetheart of Smith Island’s peeler and soft crabbers. Prior to 1919, when the sporty little crab skiff made her appearance, Smith Island’s crabbers earned their livelihood dragging crab scrapes across the rich eel grass beds in 18- to 20-foot length sailing bateaus known as “Jenkins Creekers” and “dead risers.” Soft crab harvesting was done either using the wind-powered, single-sail bateau or by searching the grass beds from the bow of a smaller, crab-netting skiff, using the crabbers main strength to skiff over the peeler and soft crab habitats at low tide each day. The motorized skiff did not significantly change the soft crab harvesting methods that had been used by lower Bay waterman since the 1890s, but it did allow the crabber much more mobility to reach distant crab beds early each morning and to return much quicker in the afternoons. The Smith Island Crab Skiff was the forerunner of the mechanized crabbing fleets that would spell the end of the sailboat crabbing era. Near the end of World War I, some of the mail-or-

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der companies began to display advertising photographs of small single cylinder, 4 HP gasoline-powered engines for sale in their thick catalogues, which were circulated around the Bay area. These small engines had a number of trade names: “Uncle Sam” and “Victory” and later the 4.5 and 6 HP “Roebucks” (named for one of the founders of the largest mail-order company Sears and Roebuck). About 1919, Captain Lawson Tyler (1882-1971), a noted Smith Island carpenter and builder of many sailing crab skiffs, designed a small, sturdy craft that would accommodate a one-cylinder inboard motor. “Captain Lawse,” as he was known, built his first speedboat for a Smith Island waterman and home builder, Captain Jim Sneade, who installed a two cycle, 4 HP Victory motor that was noted more for its dependability than for its speed. However, the tiny engine did allow him to move unencumbered and quickly from one crab-netting grass bed to another, saving both time and physical energy. A year later, in 1920, Captain Edward Phillips, another island waterman, put in an order for Captain Lawse to build another skiff similar in design to Captain Jim’s. He chose to power his craft with a two cycle 4 HP single-cylinder “Uncle

Sam” engine. It was the beginning of a new skiff building era for Captain Lawse Tyler, who spent the next 15 years turning out one after the other of his popular skiff. As time passed, the small inboard motors were modified to add more horsepower to the single-cylinder models. The 4 HP Roebuck was increased to 5 and 6 HP models. Other engines that crabbers liked included the 6 HP Regal and the four cycle 6 HP Lockwood-Ash. When these engines were added and horsepower was throttled up, the skiffs would spring out on top of the water, giving it the appearance of a fast-moving speedboat. The cruise time to the distant crabbing areas in upper Somerset and lower Dorchester Counties was cut remarkably. Islanders soon found alternate ways to use the speedy little vessels. They cruised around the Tangier Sound and Chesapeake Bay for weekend activities, and some waterman even used them to pick up a few extra bucks running moonshine from St. Mary’s County. And, of course, speedboat races were organized around the Bay. By the early 1920s, Oxford, MD, became the home of the Crab Skiff Race held each June, and a number of Smith Island crabbers would cruise up the Bay to the Tred Avon River for races.

The skiffs’ design made them easy to push out on top of the water using only low horsepower engines, making them ideal race boats. They were built of wood, mostly white pine or cypress, depending on what was available to the crabber at the time of construction. Captain Lawse always used stripped bottom planking running lengthwise from bow to stern, rather than the more common cross planking. This method of bottom planking enhanced the free movement of the skiff through the water, enabling it to reach higher speeds. Its dimensions made the crabbing skiff easy to push. It was about 18 feet long with a narrow beam (about three and a half feet wide) and a depth of not more than 18 inches, thus giving the little craft its long, sleek look. The transom was slightly raked, and steering was controlled with a long tiller attached to the neck of a small wooden rudder. A jury rig with the steering line running through the sheath of two tiny blocks kept the rudder stable and centered. Captain Ben Whitney of Rhodes Point (born in 1910) remembered Captain Lawse’s speedboats very well, for he owned one in the 1930s. The engine, ordered from a mail-order catalogue, was a four cycle 5 HP Lockwood-Ash with a universal joint attached to the back. A three-bolt, one-inch brass coupling extended from the universal joint attached to the back, while a three-bolt, oneinch brass coupling extended from the universal joint and gripped the front end of a five foot- long brass shaft which spun a 14-inch, two-bladed propeller wheel attached to the other end. “You had to hand-crank the fly wheel to get the engine started every morning,” Captain Ben says. “The Lockwood-Ash was left-handed, meaning that, to start it, I had to grab the fly wheel with both hands and spin it to my right side because I was at the front end of the motor. When I turned over the fly wheel, the coil would

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make a loud ‘buzz’ and, if everything was alright, away you would go! “The little speedboat engines never had a clutch in those days,” he continues, “so you had better have your speed lever throttled down when she started to avoid taking off down the creek aflying!” Captain Ben’s Lockwood-Ash also had a small water pump that circulated water through its head to keep it cool. Sea water was drawn in through a hose or tube in the speedboat’s bottom, pumped up through the engine’s head, and out through an overflow hose hanging over the port side. The pump had to be constantly lubricated with hard grease or it would stop pumping and the engine would get hot and break down. To keep the grease firmly in the pump’s housing, a webbed-style lamp wick was wrapped tightly to the pump fittings. Another unusual feature of the Lockwood-Ash was that it ran very well with a Chevrolet engine carburetor. Crabbers discovered that they could get by using a lot less gasoline when a Chevrolet’s carburetor was seated in the same slot, and the engine ran much smoother as well. Captain Ben said, “I only had a little two-gallon gas tank aboard. I could go up the Sound, crab all day, and come home on a gallon and half of gasoline… crabbed all day for about 21 cents; you couldn’t beat that for economy!” Although Captain Lawse built approximately 150 boats between 1920 and

1950, sadly there is only one to be found on Smith Island today. On loan from the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, MD, it was last owned by Captain “Early Bird” Tyler who won the Oxford race in 1927 and passed away in 1968. The only two other original crab skiffs are located in St. Michaels at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum. The Smith Island Crab Skiffs would have been left to history if not for Richard “Dickie” White, a waterman as well as a craftsman who was well known in the tight-knit Oxford community. Dickie grew up in Oxford in the 1940s playing around with Smith Island Crab Skiffs. Thirty-five years later, Dickie used his considerable woodworking skills to build the first known reproduction crab skiff. He named her Salty Eel and used the boat for crabbing, often overnighting on the boat using only a tent tarp. The Salty Eel made Bay history come alive, and so White and his buddies Doug Hanks, Jr., Todd Pyles, and Bill Macindoe got to thinking about how great it would be to keep the design alive. They decided to challenge nearby Crisfield to build one to race during the annual Crab Derby over Labor Day weekend in 1998. While Dickie was prepared to finance the construction, Hanks suggested that a syndicate be formed. A group of 80 members (or “plank owners”) worked together to finance the project. Dickie then went to the Tawes Museum in Crisfield, tossed a grubby white glove on then-director Jack Paul’s desk, and announced that the Slippery Eel syndicate was a issuing the challenge to any and all comers to the race in Crisfield. The Slippery Eel was christened on July 28, 1998, and on the following Labor Day Weekend the first race was held with four boats in attendance. The class has been racing actively, and growing, ever since. For more information on the skiffs find them on Facebook or call (804) 366-5351 PropTalk December 2013 41

2013 Wye Island

Electric Boat Marathon by Charlie Iliff

##eCanoe from the Wye Island Bridge.


n the October 4 Wye Marathon, Jim Campbell and his eCanoe were first to finish overall and class winner in the Single Hull Lead Acid Battery Division. The eCanoe has run more Wye Marathons than any other competitor. eCanoe beat 2011 and 2012 winner Ned Farinholt and two other Advanced-Battery (lithium) competitors by over 40 minutes boat-for-boat. His time of 2:17 for the 23.82 miles was 10 minutes faster than his previous best time and only 10 minutes off the overall record for the event. The Wye Challenge Electric Boat Marathon starts at the Miles River YC (MRYC) each year on the day before the Small Craft Festival in St. Michaels. Competitors run out the Miles to the Wye, around Wye Island to a mandatory 10-minute stop at Wye Landing, and then return to MRYC. It is a race but also a demonstration each year of the capability of electric boats. Entries range from useful to ridiculous and elegant to, er, let’s say scruffy. For the first time this year, the Marathon had some sponsorship funding from Torqeedo. By way of sponsor gratification, Torqeedo motors powered five of the six finishers, including the top three. Last year, Campbell upgraded the 20-foot eCanoe to Torqeedo power with a big jump in performance. This year, they were even faster. This year’s race coincided with the second day of the Annapolis Powerboat Show. Soon after the race results were calculated in St. Michaels, the shout “Torqeedos

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one, two and three at the Wye Marathon!” was heard from the Torqeedo booth at the show. Although the race aspect of the Marathon is fun, the real objective of the event is to show the utility and pleasure of electric boating. The trip around Wye Island is beautiful, and the weather October 4 was perfect. Doing the trip in style and comfort is more important than doing it fast. Once again this year, if there were a prize for elegance, it would certainly have gone to Budsin Woodcraft. Budsin’s Tom Hesselink and his mother Joanne toured the Island in True North, a Budsin Telescope. As usual the woodwork was fine-furniture quality throughout the boat, and its traditional beauty would have made Gatsby proud. A newcomer to this year’s Marathon was David Borton’s Sol. Built in stripplanked cedar by David, his wife, and friends, Sol is in the tradition of easily-driven harbor launches, powered in the past by steam or low-powered internal combustion engines. Sol was widened a bit to make room for four 327-Watt photovoltaic panels on her roof. Those panels not only keep her Torqeedo lithium battery bank charged, but on a sunny day can directly

##Budsin True North finishing the race.

power her well-mounted Torqeedo outboard to a boatspeed of nearly five knots. As a spectator boat came by Sol just before the Wye Landing stop, David pointed to the solar panels, indicating that the boat was running on solar power only. David, an adjunct professor of Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, identifies himself as Sol’s Captain, answering to his wife, Admiral Harriet. The Admiral and Captain were joined for the Marathon by David’s sister Alison and her husband Skip, and the ship’s dog, Sandy. Sol’s crew thoroughly enjoyed the three-hour and twenty-minute trip around one of the prettiest waterways anywhere and did the trip without using any electricity from the shore grid. (A competitor last year and entrant this year, John Kocher, might also have been able to do the trip without ever plugging in his solar canoe to charge his batteries, but when the government shut down, he was declared essential and

called in from his planned day off for the Marathon.) A second Budsin ran this year, piloted by Brandon Loftis. In typical Budsin fashion, it was immaculately finished, suitable for concours competition. Unfortunately, a circuit breaker malfunctioned, and the motor stopped at the mouth of the Wye River. Brandon could perhaps have jury-rigged a fix, but Phil Donahue was close behind and immediately offered a tow and a beer aboard his multihull. The tug and tow then proceeded counterclockwise around Wye Island to Wye Landing. No one protested the reversal of the usual clockwise course. If anyone had, the protest would no doubt have been greeted by a lusty Bronx cheer from everyone else involved. Sol, from upstate New York, did not travel the greatest distance to compete this year. Once again, Todd Sims of EPower Marine brought a Torqeedo-powered entrant from Florida. His 11-foot LWL Swiss Cat was running reasonably well, but Todd managed to push a bit too hard and ran the battery bank down a mile or so short of the finish. Disdaining the offered tow, he reached ahead of his feet, extracted a Torqeedo trolling motor with its own battery, clamped it to the transom and ran the rest of the way to the finish. The winner the last two years, Ned Farinholt, brought his Erged On II to the start with not one but two Torqeedo motors and an expanded lithium battery array. Ned was aiming not only at his own record of two hours and seven minutes, but planned to set a new mark under two

##Sol underway.

hours. He left the starting line exhibiting plenty of speed to do the job, but off the end of Deepwater Point he suddenly slowed. An unidentified underwater object had whacked one of the Torqeedos hard enough to remove its skeg and damage the prop and shaft. Ned was able to make the rest of the trip on one motor, but his hope for a new record will have to wait for next year. Ned (and Todd) were sure that two motors were adequate for the task. In the “If some’s good, more’s better” category, however, Bob Lacca came in from Michigan with his three-motored much-modified 15-foot Glasstron. Reminiscent of Ned Farinholt’s misadventure a few years back, Bob reported that he had been working up a much faster boat—but it sank. Fortunately, a search and rescue team was practicing nearby and fished Bob out of the drink, but he had to turn to his Glasstron to prepare a race boat. With three motors mounted, the boat still has an empty bracket for a fourth: maybe next year. Bob found that he had insufficient battery to do the whole course,

but ran until he had to turn back and made it to the MRYC under his own power. The PropTalk ElectraShell once again failed ignominiously. Although it seemed to be running reasonably well, just behind Ned’s Erged On II, with ElectraShell’s operator still dry and actually finding most of the controls operable, the motor abruptly became disconnected from the propeller. For those afflicted with mechanical curiosity, the chain-driven vertical driveshaft down to the Yamato lower unit climbed upward until the bottom of the shaft pulled out of the coupler. Another engineering screwup by your not-so-humble scribe extends the failure string to three years in a row. (We no longer count the failures with the first ElectraShell.) Similarly, Paul Kydd’s foilborne jon boat was a no-show. Having failed its last pre-race test, it didn’t even make last year’s mouth of the Wye performance. So there’s some adventure to look forward to next year, but the event can’t possibly have better weather, better scenery, or better hospitality than at MRYC in 2013.

2013 Wye Island Challenge Results Captain





WL Length

Hull Speed**


Boat Type

Jim Campbell








20’ Old Town Canoe

Tom Hesselink








Budsin “Telescope” Launch

Brandon Loftis


15’ Black River Guide

Bob Lacca


15’ Glasstron

Todd Sims








11’ Lwl Swiss Cat

Ned Farinholt








19’ Speedster, Home Built







Single Hull Category / Lead Acid Batteries

Single Hull Category / Advanced Batteries

David Barton


Charlie Iliff, Jr.


Paul Kydd


25’ Weston Farmer Launch 42’ Rowing Shell Conversion Foilborne Jon Boat

Multi Hull Category Phil Donahue





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Course length measured at 23.82 miles or 20.70 nautical miles. MPH/HS is the basis for displacement hull handicap award.

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Racing News 2013 Union Lake Regatta Millville, NJ - September 14 by Charlie Iliff


ocktail Class Racers who couldn’t get their acts together to make it to Millville, NJ, on September 14 missed a treat. Unfortunately, PropTalk’s Molotov didn’t go–clearly our loss. Frank Stauss put together the regatta at the Union Lake Sailing and Tennis Club which was thoroughly enjoyed by racers, their supporters, and spectators. The club’s hospitality and excellent facilities made for a great event. Although fun, the racing was certainly serious and competitive. Fifteen Cocktail Class racers (CCRs) were raced by 20 drivers. The most popular class was the 8 HP boats; and for a change, all eight starters finished their races. Eighteen-mile-per-hour winds made the courses a bit lumpy and challenging for the drivers, but the rescue boat wasn’t required (not even to tow in a stalled boat). A couple of racers did have engines come partway loose due to the rough conditions, reminding all to review the recom-

mendations for securing the engines and stimulating more discussion about transom reinforcements. The class website invites the reader to “just ask the women about their special race course...” Having not actually asked one of them, we will leave it to the reader to surmise what the answer might be. It seems likely, however, that they liked the course design. Those following the class on its website know that course design, for safety and good competition is under continuing discussion. An added treat at Millville was provided by one of the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat RA’s (CWBRA’s) Richmond-area members who flew to the race on his private plane. He took up a photographer to take pictures of the races. These and other race pictures are available for viewing and purchasing at Other photos have been posted to the Union Lake 2013 album on CCWBRA’s Photo Gallery page.

##The ladies of the CCWBRA, BreeAnn Edmonds, Gretchen Granberry, and Marget Bluefeld present their awards at Union Lake Regatta. Photo by Fred Allerton

##Darryl Keppler pushes Silver Bullet to the limit to take 1st place in 8 HP class. Photo by BreeAnn Edmonds

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2013 Union Lake Regatta Results 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 1 2 3

6 HP Mixed Classic #28 Swamp Rocket #8 French 75 #85 Last Call 6 HP Heavy Classic Wayne Wheeler #85 Last Call Frank Stauss #30 Anna Jane John Widmayer #45 Orange Crush 6 HP Women’s BreeAnn Edmonds #83 Sundowner Gretchen Granbery #8 Shirley Temple Marget Bluefeld #9 Fish House Punch 6 HP Mixed Post-1979 Eb Townes #72 Lucy Rose Bret Edmonds #83 Sundowner 6 HP Heavy Post-1979 Lee Edmonds #83 Sundowner John Widmayer #45 Orange Crush Jeff Townes #72 Lucy Rose 8 HP Mixed Darryl Kepler #777 Silver Bullet Peter Urbani #35 Stoli NFL Fred Allerton #28 Swamp Rocket Fred Allerton Kim Granbery Bob Welsh

2013 Oktoberfest Regatta Results 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3 1 2 3

6 HP Mixed Classic Russ Bowler #40 The Flying Kiwi Fred Allerton #28 Swamp Rocket Michael Allerton #53 Smokin’ Loon 6 HP Heavy Classic 6 HP Zach Ditmars #67 Molotov Jack Pettigrew #82 Havin’ Fun Jim Schmicker #214 River Madness 6 HP Women’s BreeAnn Edmonds #83 Sundowner Gretchen Granbery #9 Fish House Punch Erin Wheeler #85 Last Call 6 HP Heavy Post-1979 Zach Ditmars #67 Molotov Lee Edmonds #83 Sundowner Todd Steffes #20 Hot Toddy 8 HP Mixed Darryl Kepler #777 Silver Bullet Kim Granbery #7 Cliquot Russ Bowler #40 The Flying Kiwi

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Racing News 2013 Oktoberfest Regatta Essington, PA - October 12


eading north up I-95 toward Philadelphia for the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat RA (CCWBRA) Oktoberfest October 12, we were greeted with warm weather and sunny skies. It was a far cry from the clouds and cold rain that loomed over the Annapolis Sailboat Show. Rich Faulkner did an excellent job putting the event together, and the Corinthian YC proved to be an excellent venue with an accommodating staff. Despite the distance from the parking lot, the floating docks provided a convenient setup for the races. Twenty-six drivers showed up to run this unique course amid the industrial Philadelphia skyline. After the skippers’ meeting led by Faulkner and Gretchen Granberry, the Men’s Heavyweight Classic 6 HP started things off. PropTalk’s own Zach Ditmars, in the seat of Molotov, was able to pull out a tight win over Jack Pettigrew’s Havin’ Fun, who placed first at Nationals back in August. Jim Schmicker clinched third place over Wayne Wheeler. The turnout for the 6 HP Mixed Classic was one of the largest to date. Three groups of racers determined who would advance to the final heats. As usual, there seemed to be no contest with Russ Bowler’s Flying Kiwi in the water as he swept consecutive first place wins. Fred Allerton’s Swamp Rocket placed second, while Michael Allerton placed third in Smokin’ Loon. With the advantage of running an open 6 HP motor, BreeAnn Edmonds took her turns wide in Sundowner and gave Gran##Russ Bowler getting some serious air in Flying Kiwi. Photo by Zach Ditmars

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##Nothing but smiles coming from Curt Bluefeld and Michael Allerton as they are neck and neck across the finish line with Kim Granberry close behind. Photo by Zach Ditmars

berry and Erin Wheeler a sporting chance in their boats propelled by classic 6 HPs. After lunch, the heavyweights mounted their open class 6 HP motors for another race. Ditmars drove Molotov to yet another first place win. Behind the wheel of Sundowner, Lee Edmonds was a close second followed by Todd Steffes’s Hot Toddy in third. (When out of the water, we noticed Hot Toddy was sporting a custom thrust bracket designed by Alan Brown. These types of brackets are often found on hydroplane race boats. We’ll be sure to keep eye on this modification to see if Todd can fine-tune it for enhanced performance.)

Despite some engine trouble, Schmicker was able to round the course and complete all heats to earn fourth place. As heavy winds started to roll in, the Race Committee decided to cancel the mixed open 6 HP class so that the 8 HP drivers could get their time on the water. Like clockwork, the 8 HP racers never failed to provide spectators with plenty of excitement, especially under winds gusting up to 15 knots. Right off the bat, Paul Faulkner unluckily managed to capsize boat #13 on turn three. Fortunately, both he and the boat were safely recovered by the chase boat. With caution the race drivers proceeded, but the boats were getting tremendous air. Despite only having two final races due to increased winds, the results were definitive: Darryl Kepler’s Silver Bullet placed first, followed by Kim Granberry in Cliquot, and Bowler’s (somewhat literally) Flying Kiwi. Thanks again to Faulkner and the Corinthian YC for hosting Oktoberfest 2013. Special thanks to Granberry, Debbie Edmonds, Curt Bluefeld and the rest of the race committee for all of their efforts. Please visit for complete results and photos and check out some additional photos at ~Z.D.

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Broadwater Point Invitational by Bob Gallagher


wenty knots of wind and a long fetch piled up a steep chop. It seemed as if the boat was making as much distance in the vertical plane as the horizontal. Crew were thrown from one side of the boat to the other. Ron Wolfe seemed not to notice as he trolled his Stamas 24 Walk Around up the Eastern Shore of the Bay. Winning the Broadwater Point Invitational Fishing Tournament was on his bucket list. This attempt a few years ago, like several before, was unsuccessful. When Ron asked me to join him again this year, memories of fresh fish cooked six ways and lessons learned from hardcore fisherman won out over memories of a nearly lost lunch and painful boat bites. I quickly agreed. The Broadwater Point YC is an ephemeral club. It springs to life for the tournament and other events. There are no dues,

##The winner. Photo by Dr. Lee-Ann Hayek

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## Trophies go to the entrants with the greatest amount of fish, by weight, and with the biggest fish.

no clubhouse, and few rules. Commodore Mary Ellen McGrath has served for years by acclamation. Her many qualifications include a great sense of humor and a hat acquired at a Naval Academy graduation. This year’s tournament, held the last Saturday in September, was the 23rd. The tournament is open to anyone who lives in the community. Trophies go to the entrants with the greatest amount of fish, by weight, and with the biggest fish. Typically five or six boats participate. In 2012, all of the boats were skunked. The trophies went to the commodore’s granddaughter for a perch she caught from a pier. In case you have seen a tournament on TV, there is no resemblance. All the boats together wouldn’t cost as much as a small Hatteras. Much of the gear probably came from flea markets. There were no corporate sponsorships, and the fishermen did not look like NASCAR drivers. Captain Ron is a professor at Georgetown University. He teaches a graduate course called the Historic Development of Arabic Grammar. As you would expect from one who teaches such a course, thorough preparation is one of his strengths. The day before the tournament, Ron learned that blues and rock were taking live-lined spot north of Sharps Island and that spot could be found off of Chesapeake Beach. That afternoon, he caught 40 spot and put them in a keeper box. When we got to the boat before daybreak on tournament day, all but five of the spot had gone missing. We started off the tournament in ugly chop off Chesapeake Beach while restocking our supply of spot. By 9:30 a.m., we had 25 spot, the wind lay down, and we were headed for Sharps Island. Ron is a hard core fisherman. So is Dave, a retired executive who chases

rockfish annually from the Carolinas to Cape Cod, MA. Bert is an environmental scientist with much experience freshwater fly fishing. My limited skills qualified me to set and haul the anchor from the wet end of the boat. Ron passed a hook through a spot just below the front edge of the dorsal fin, and I dropped it overboard. Instantly, my rod tip bent toward the bottom. As instructed, I let the fish run for a couple of seconds and then snapped the bail closed. The rod tip bent again and just as quickly sprang back. The spot, with the hook still set and missing its after parts, shot from the water past my head. The look of surprise in its eyes must have matched that in my own. From the other side of the boat, I heard “fish on!” For the next 30 minutes our problem was keeping lines in the water. Netting fish, rebaiting hooks, and replacing damaged gear limited our haul. Then we ran out of whole spot and used every last scrap of those partially consumed before turning to artificial lures. When I caught a small perch and suggested using it for bait, Ron looked at me incredulously and said, “This is a meat tournament. Every fish counts.” In less than an hour, the pace slowed. By 1 p.m., we were headed back to the marina. The weigh-in and awards ceremony were set for 3 p.m. at the commodore’s house. We were unsure of our chances, and the other fishermen weren’t talking. One boat had onboard a young ringer named Matt who, legend has it, fishes with a pole in each hand. They acted as if their cooler weighed a hundred pounds. We modestly dumped our trash bag on the deck. The total weight of our fish— two rock, 16 blues, and the perch—was about eight pounds greater than our competition. Our largest rockfish was a quarter inch longer. PropTalk December 2013 47

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5 03:08 AM THu 09:37 AM 03:59 PM 10:04 PM

-0.5 L 3.4 H -0.4 L 2.7 H


01:42 AM 07:10 AM 01:25 PM 08:08 PM

0.1 L 0.8 H -0.3 L 1.3 H


02:25 AM Sun 08:00 AM 02:11 PM 08:35 PM

0 L 0.6 H -0.2 L 0.9 H



-0.4 L 3.2 H -0.3 L 2.6 H


02:35 AM SAT 08:14 AM 02:25 PM 09:01 PM

0 L 0.8 H -0.2 L 1.2 H


03:05 AM Mon 08:51 AM 02:59 PM 09:12 PM

-0.1 L 0.7 H -0.1 L 0.9 H


03:28 AM Sun 09:22 AM 03:28 PM 09:55 PM

0 L 0.8 H -0.1 L 1.1 H


03:47 AM Tue 09:46 AM 03:52 PM 09:51 PM

-0.1 L 0.7 H 0 L 0.8 H


04:22 AM Mon 10:32 AM 04:34 PM 10:49 PM

-0.1 L 0.9 H 0 L 1 H


04:31 AM Wed 10:44 AM 04:51 PM 10:34 PM

-0.2 L 0.7 H 0 L 0.7 H

0.9 H -0.2 L 1 H 0.2 L


-0.1 L 0.9 H 0.1 L 0.9 H


-0.2 L 0.8 H 0.1 L 0.7 H

12:56 AM 07:28 AM 02:01 PM 08:59 PM

0.8 H -0.3 L 1.1 H 0.1 L


06:09 AM -0.2 L Wed 12:49 PM 1 H 06:49 PM 0.1 L


06:04 AM -0.3 L 12:45 PM 0.9 H 06:56 PM 0.1 L


01:51 AM SAT 08:16 AM 02:57 PM 10:07 PM

0.7 H -0.3 L 1.2 H 0.1 L



0.7 H -0.4 L 1.3 H 0 L




02:48 AM Sun 09:06 AM 03:53 PM 11:07 PM



03:46 AM 0.7 H Mon 10:00 AM -0.5 L 04:47 PM 1.4 H

31 Tue

12:02 AM 04:44 AM 10:55 AM 05:41 PM

0 L 0.7 H -0.5 L 1.4 H


04:28 AM Tue 10:43 AM 05:36 PM 11:49 PM


05:16 AM Tue 11:42 AM 05:42 PM 11:44 PM

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H. Ht *1.18 *1.59 *0.82 *1.08

L. Ht *1.17 *1.59 *0.83 *1.08

Spring Range 1.5 1.9 1.1 1.4


0 2.6 0 2.2



04:02 AM SAT 10:23 AM 04:40 PM 10:48 PM

0.1 2.5 0 2.1



0.2 2.4 0.1 2.1


04:43 AM Sun 11:00 AM 05:18 PM 11:29 PM



02:14 AM Tue 08:27 AM 02:30 PM 08:47 PM

2.6 H 0.1 L 2.4 H -0.1 L

01:03 AM Wed 07:13 AM 01:12 PM 07:33 PM

2.2 0.3 2.1 0




03:21 AM Wed 09:35 AM 03:35 PM 09:44 PM

2.6 H 0.2 L 2.3 H -0.1 L

01:57 AM THu 08:14 AM 02:07 PM 08:26 PM

2.3 0.3 2 0



02:55 AM 09:16 AM 03:07 PM 09:23 PM

2.4 H 0.2 L 2 H -0.1 L


03:55 AM SAT 10:18 AM 04:09 PM 10:20 PM

2.6 H 0.1 L 2.1 H -0.3 L


2.8 H -0.1 L 2.2 H -0.4 L

0.8 H -0.3 L 1.1 H 0.1 L


01:09 AM Sun 07:46 AM 02:41 PM 08:57 PM

0.6 H -0.4 L 1 H 0.1 L


2.8 H 0.1 L 2.2 H -0.1 L

02:20 AM SAT 08:35 AM 03:34 PM 09:42 PM

0.7 H -0.3 L 1.1 H 0.1 L


02:06 AM Mon 08:40 AM 03:35 PM 09:53 PM

0.6 H -0.5 L 1.1 H 0 L



03:05 AM 09:19 AM 04:18 PM 10:28 PM

0.7 H -0.3 L 1.1 H 0.1 L


0.6 H -0.5 L 1.2 H 0 L

03:48 AM Mon 10:02 AM 04:58 PM 11:10 PM

0.7 H -0.3 L 1.1 H 0.1 L Spring L. Ht Range *0.88 1.0 *1.14 1.1 *1.33 1.4 *1.33 1.4

03:23 AM 09:48 AM 04:04 PM 10:09 PM


2.6 H 0.1 L 2.6 H -0.2 L

01:31 AM 07:49 AM 02:45 PM 08:50 PM

H. Ht *0.88 *1.12 *1.33 *1.37


9 01:07 AM Mon 07:16 AM 01:25 PM 07:48 PM


Low +1:40 –1:15 –3:13 –3:47

-0.1 L 2.7 H 0 L 2.2 H


2.7 H 0.1 L 2.2 H -0.1 L

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

02:45 AM THu 09:13 AM 03:30 PM 09:31 PM

2.2 0.3 2.2 0.1

04:22 AM THu 10:37 AM 04:37 PM 10:36 PM



12:14 AM Tue 06:17 AM 12:23 PM 06:43 PM



-0.1 L 2.8 H 0 L 2.2 H


0.6 H -0.4 L 1 H 0.1 L


02:08 AM Wed 08:37 AM 02:55 PM 08:54 PM

2.6 H -0.1 L 2.8 H -0.2 L

12:13 AM SAT 06:55 AM 01:44 PM 07:58 PM

03:04 AM 09:33 AM 04:28 PM 10:46 PM


8 12:02 AM Sun 06:08 AM 12:23 PM 06:48 PM



-0.1 L 2.8 H 0 L 2.2 H


0.8 H -0.2 L 1 H 0.1 L


01:30 AM Tue 08:02 AM 02:20 PM 08:18 PM

7 05:04 AM -0.2 L SAT 11:25 AM 3 H 05:50 PM -0.3 L

12:39 AM THu 07:00 AM 01:51 PM 07:53 PM


Low –3:50 +3:30 –0:10 –1:58

05:16 AM THu 11:44 AM 05:53 PM 11:21 PM

04:04 AM 10:30 AM 04:53 PM 11:01 PM



05:16 AM 11:32 AM 05:31 PM 11:25 PM

06:04 AM 2.8 H SAT 12:20 PM 0 L 06:19 PM 2.2 H


12:09 AM Sun 06:46 AM 01:04 PM 07:02 PM

-0.1 L 2.9 H 0 L 2.2 H


-0.1 L 2.9 H 0 L 2.2 H

12:51 AM Mon 07:25 AM 01:43 PM 07:41 PM

diFFerenCes Onancock Creek Stingray Point Hooper Strait Light Lynnhaven Inlet

High +3 :52 +2 :01 +5 :52 +0 :47

05:27 AM 0.3 L Mon 11:40 AM 2.3 H 05:59 PM 0.1 L


04:54 AM Sun 11:16 AM 05:11 PM 11:16 PM


05:52 AM 3 H Mon 12:12 PM -0.3 L 06:11 PM 2.3 H


12:12 AM Tue 06:47 AM 01:06 PM 07:08 PM

Low H. Ht +4 :15 *0.70 +2 :29 *0.48 +6 :04 *0.66 +1 :08 *0.77

-0.6 L 3.2 H -0.5 L 2.5 H

Spring L. Ht Range *0.83 2.2 *0.83 1.4 *0.67 2.0 *0.83 2.4

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Tidal Current Tables

Baltimore Harbor Approach (Off Sandy Point) 1

Slack Water Max Current Speed

Slack Water Max Current Speed

0338 0905 1535 2225

+0.4 -0.7 +1.2 -1.1


0210 Mon 0650 1230 1952

0426 0951 1619 2309

+0.5 -0.7 +1.3 -1.1



0255 Tue 0742 1317 2035

0514 1039 1704 2354

+0.5 -0.7 +1.3 -1.2

13 Fri


0601 +0.6 1129 -0.7 1751 +1.3


0038 0650 1223 1840

-1.2 +0.6 -0.7 +1.2


0124 0740 1321 1932

-1.2 +0.7 -0.7 +1.1

0211 0832 1423 2028

-1.1 +0.8 -0.7 +0.9








0338 0835 1407 2119 0419 0932 1502 2204 0501 1032 1601 2250


SAT 0543 1135 1706 2338


0300 0927 1529 2128

-1.0 +0.8 -0.7 +0.8

0028 0711 1347 1937

0351 1023 1637 2232

-1.0 +0.9 -0.7 +0.7

0121 Tue 0758 1451 2058

0444 1120 1747 2339

-0.9 +1.0 -0.7 +0.5

Sun 0626 1241 1819





0217 0845 1551 2217

0539 -0.8 1217 +1.1 1853 -0.8


0045 0634 1311 1955

+0.5 -0.8 +1.1 -0.9

0415 1020 1738

0149 0729 1403 2050

+0.4 -0.7 +1.2 -1.0


0030 0514 1107 1826

0249 0821 1452 2141

+0.4 -0.7 +1.2 -1.0


0124 0611 1153 1910

0343 0912 1538 2228

+0.5 -0.6 +1.2 -1.1


0212 0705 1237 1951

0433 1000 1622 2311

+0.5 -0.6 +1.2 -1.1


0255 Tue 0757 1320 2030

0520 1046 1704 2352

+0.5 -0.6 +1.1 -1.1


0335 Wed 0847 1403 2108

0604 +0.5 1131 -0.5 1745 +1.1

28 SAT


0031 0647 1216 1825

-1.1 +0.6 -0.5 +1.0


0109 0729 1302 1907

-1.0 +0.6 -0.5 +0.9

THu 0316 0933 1647 2328






THu 0413 0936 1447 2145

20 Fri

0449 1025 1533 2222

0147 0811 1351 1950

-1.0 +0.6 -0.5 +0.8


0010 0602 1300 1827

-1.4 +1.3 -1.5 +0.9

0226 0854 1442 2036

-0.9 +0.7 -0.5 +0.7


0101 0648 1350 1916

-1.6 +1.4 -1.6 +1.0

0306 0937 1537 2126

-0.9 +0.7 -0.5 +0.6

0019 0708 1352 1932

0347 1023 1636 2220

-0.8 +0.8 -0.5 +0.5

0101 0743 1445 2048

0430 1109 1737 2319

-0.7 +0.8 -0.6 +0.4

0147 0820 1536 2204

0515 -0.7 1157 +0.9 1836 -0.6

0525 1115 1623 2300



0559 1206 1718 2339


Mon 0634 1259 1821 Tue




0020 0602 1245 1933

+0.3 -0.6 +1.0 -0.7

0330 0942 1714

0120 0651 1333 2026

+0.3 -0.6 +1.1 -0.9

0013 0427 1028 1800

0218 0742 1421 2115

+0.3 -0.6 +1.2 -1.0

0104 Mon 0525 1117 1845

0311 0834 1508 2202

+0.4 -0.7 +1.2 -1.1


0402 0927 1557 2247

+0.4 -0.7 +1.3 -1.1



0236 0900 1626 2313



Slack Water Max Current Speed

0148 0623 1208 1930

All times listed are in Local Time, Daylight Saving Time has been applied when appropriate. All speeds are in knots.

Sun 0318 0937 1611 2120 Mon 0402 1024 1658 2211


0153 0739 1438 2008

-1.7 +1.5 -1.7 +1.0

0243 0830 1525 2100

-1.7 +1.5 -1.8 +1.1

0000 0637 1251 1928

0334 0921 1614 2151

-1.7 +1.5 -1.7 +1.1

6 0058 Fri 0733 1341 2022

0428 1013 1710 2246

-1.6 +1.3 -1.6 +1.0

7 0158 SAT 0833 1433 2119

0531 1110 1810 2347

-1.5 +1.2 -1.5 +1.0

8 0303 Sun 0939 1528 2219

0639 -1.4 1211 +1.0 1909 -1.4


0049 0745 1313 2008

+0.9 -1.3 +0.8 -1.3

0152 0856 1421 2111

+0.8 -1.2 +0.6 -1.2

Tue 0450 1111 1745 2303


Wed 0541 1201 1835



Mon 0418 1050 1630 2320


Tue 0534 1206 1734

Slack Water Max Current Speed


Slack Water Max Current Speed

0020 0641 1319 1834

0308 1009 1544 2215

+0.8 -1.2 +0.6 -1.2


0104 SAT 0748 1336 2044

0423 1024 1706 2305

-1.1 +0.8 -1.1 +0.6

0119 THu 0743 1426 1929

0422 1111 1648 2310

+0.8 -1.3 +0.6 -1.2


0148 Sun 0830 1406 2125

0509 1106 1749 2352

-1.0 +0.7 -1.0 +0.5


0510 +0.9 1205 -1.3 1734 +0.6


0234 Mon 0918 1436 2208

0602 -0.9 1150 +0.6 1833 -1.0


0036 0655 1236 1916

+0.5 -0.8 +0.5 -1.0


0120 0749 1324 2003

+0.5 -0.8 +0.4 -1.0


0210 0849 1421 2057

+0.6 -0.9 +0.4 -1.0

0021 0636 1319 1756

0308 0956 1529 2157

+0.7 -1.0 +0.4 -1.1


0110 SAT 0731 1414 1856

0404 1054 1627 2252

+0.9 -1.1 +0.6 -1.3


0201 Sun 0824 1503 1957

0452 1146 1716 2346

+1.1 -1.3 +0.7 -1.5





0212 0839 1521 2020

0000 0548 1256 1814

-1.2 +0.9 -1.3 +0.6


0045 0626 1342 1856

-1.2 +0.9 -1.3 +0.6


0127 0706 1422 1939

-1.2 +1.0 -1.3 +0.6


0301 0927 1608 2106

Sun 0344 1009 1648 2146 Mon 0425 1046 1728 2223


Tue 0330 1011 1509 2250 Wed 0437 1115 1553 2335 THu 0539 1219 1654

27 Fri

0204 0748 1457 2021

-1.2 +1.0 -1.3 +0.7


0238 0829 1528 2101

-1.2 +0.9 -1.2 +0.7


0310 0908 1558 2140

-1.2 +0.9 -1.2 +0.6


0252 Mon 0916 1550 2057

0539 +1.3 1238 -1.5 1804 +0.9

0344 0945 1629 2221

-1.2 +0.9 -1.1 +0.6


0040 0627 1330 1855


0503 1122 1806 2301

Wed 0543 1157 1846 2340 THu 0624 1231 1926

20 Fri

0022 0706 1304 2005

Tue 0342 1005 1636 2154

-1.6 +1.4 -1.7 +1.0

All times listed are in Local Time, Daylight Saving Time has been applied when appropriate. All speeds are in knots.

Current Differences and Speed Ratios Secondary Stations Baltimore Harbor Approach

Time Differences

Min. before Flood


Min. before Ebb

Speed Ratios Ebb



Secondary Stations Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Time Differences

Min. before Flood


Min. before Ebb

Speed Ratios Ebb



Cove Point, 3.9 n.mi. East







Chesapeake Beach, 1.5 miles North







Sharp Island Lt., 3.4 n.mi. West







Chesapeake Channel, (bridge tunnel) +0:05






Thomas Pt. Shoal Lt., 2.0 n.mi. East







Stingray Point, 12.5 miles East







Pooles Island, 4 miles Southwest







Smith Point Light, 6.7 n.mi. East







Turkey Point, 1.2 n.mi. Southwest







Point No Point, 4.3 n.mi. East







Corrections Applied to Baltimore Harbor Approach

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Slack Water Max Current Speed


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Juvenile Striper Index Below Average Again


ast month, Maryland’s Fisheries Service released its annual striped bass juvenile survey that pegged the Bay-wide mean catch per haul index at 5.8, well below the long-term average of 11.7, though significantly higher than the all-time low number of .09 set in 2012. The Chesapeake is the primary spawning grounds for stripers, a coastal migrant greatly prized by commercial and sport fishermen. Each summer, state biologists sample with nets 22 major sites in the Bay’s four major spawning systems—the Choptank, Potomac, and Nanticoke Rivers, and the Upper Bay. The 2012 young-of-year survey marked the sixth time in eight years that the index has dipped below the 60-year average. Fish biologists point out that the reproductive success for rockfish can fluctuate seasonto-season. “Several years of average reproduction mixed with large and small year-classes are typical for striped bass,” says DNR Fisheries Director Tom O’Connell. “For example, as recently as 2011, we saw the fourth-highest spawning success in the survey’s history.” Some sport fishermen and fish conservationists contend low recruitment combined with worrisome findings in the comprehensive striped bass stock assessment released earlier this fall warrant action by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, which


##Cory Deere presents a healthy striped bass he reeled aboard a charter trip aboard Capt. Randy Dean’s Bay Hunter.

oversees the management of numerous species of fish. Per ASMFC rules, three continuous years of poor striped bass recruitment trigger a review of management actions. 
 At its October meeting, ASMFC voted to adopt new target and threshold mortality levels for striped bass. The commission also developed a suite of management measures, to be implemented by

January 2015, that reduces fishing mortality. However, a motion to reduce in 2014 the recreational coastal catch to one rockfish at 28 inches, with an equivalent reduction for commercial landings, failed. In a statement, Tony Friedrich, the CCA-MD executive director, says the ASMFC’s actions are “a great victory for the fish. The new, lower target and threshold opens the door for reducing mortality in 2015.”

VA Nixes Winter Crab Dredging

or the sixth straight year, there won’t be a winter crab dredge season in Virginia. Last month, the Virginia Marine Resource Commission voted unanimously (7-0) to continue the ban on this controversial fishery. The state’s winter dredge fishery has been closed since 2008, part of emergency measures taken after federal officials declared the crab stock in peril. Maryland has banned crab dredging for years. Conservation groups, including CCA-VA, applaud the action since they contend the fishery targets mostly female crabs that hibernate in the mud at the Chesapeake’s mouth and destroys habitat and harms bottom-dwelling creatures. Others took a more non-committal tone against re-opening the dredge fishing. “The Chesapeake

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Bay Foundation (CBF) remains hopeful that with conservation-minded management in place, the blue crab population will rise to consistent and sustainable levels where Virginia can consider options for increasing harvest and maximizing the economics of the fishery,” says Chris Moore of CBF’s Norfolk office. This year, the overall population of blue crabs in the Bay is only estimated at 300 million, a huge drop from last year’s estimated population of 765 million. Some VMRC members told The Daily Press they›d consider reopening the winter crab dredge fishery when the stock rebounds to numbers strong enough to sustain the additional

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effort. Female crabs prefer higher salinity waters found in the lower Bay, while the males seek lower salinities common in the upper Chesapeake.

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ysters on the half shell; waterfowl in the slow cooker; pan-seared rockfish or sea bass. That’s what crops up in the epicurean side of my brain this time of year. It has been a quirky fall so far, with lots of wind, a mini heat wave followed by a Nor’easter and capped off with a cold snap. I didn’t see my first loon until almost Halloween. It was a solo bird, silhouetted against the steel gray waters and the autumn-hued trees of Wye Island, diving for fish. As for fishing over the next month, we can also dive into some action, although our options will have been narrowed considerably since last month. Yet, don’t be deterred; you can still feel the tug of a big fish as long as you prudently handle the weather. Stripers, sea bass, white perch, and speckled trout are all viable options. Or you can head to North Carolina or Florida. Here’s how PropTalk’s fishing pros are going to spend the month of November.


rom Solomons, MD, Captain Sonney Forrest of Reel Relief Charters will be wrapping up his Chesapeake season this month, running trips to jig up with light tackle for rockfish and possibly sea trout if they make a showing. Then around Thanksgiving, he’ll trailer his 26-foot center console Reel Relief to Marathon, FL, where he’ll spend the winter chasing all kinds of gamefish. For more details, check out Captain Sonney’s contact information in PropTalk’s charter boat section.

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ea Bass!” replied Captain Monty Hawkins on the head boat Morning Star when asked what he plans to fish for this month. “We’ll be looking for an October bite in November and a November bite in December. Fishing is usually quite good in fall, and we ought to see some flounder, too.” Sea bass fishing off the OC coast is a fun complement to Bay rockfishing this time of year. Sailing out of the Ocean City Fishing Center in West Ocean City, MD, Captain Monty’s party boat is more like a charter boat than typical head boat. He requires reservations and caps the number of anglers at 25, which means everyone gets a rail spot. No crowded, elbowto-elbow combat. There are never any guarantees when it comes to fishing, but you can guarantee that. Captain Monty uses his three decades of fishing experience to pinpoint with laser accuracy the wealth of structure—natural, shipwreck, and artificial reefs—off the coast of ##Bill Rader can’t even get his hand Maryland. Check out his around this big ole’ doormat. Photo by Bill Kennedy ad in PropTalk’s charter boat section or visit his

website at Or sign up for sea bass trips announced via e-mail: aptain Walt of Light Tackle Charters will spend the next month focused exclusively on winter-run striped bass. “Depending on the water temperature, I’ll be anywhere between Crisfield and the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel (CBBT), or fishing Chincoteague on the seaside,” Captain Walt says. “Wherever the biggest concentrations of the biggest class of striped bass are is where we’ll be fishing.” Captain Walt’s clients use light tackle (12- to 15-pound test gear) and fly outfits in the 8/9 weight class. “I plan to fish structure as well as schools of fish marauding large bait balls,” he adds. “A simple phone call to me will give you an idea where we’ll be launching from.” or Virginia-based fishing writer Ric Burnley, December is the climax of the striped bass season in the lower Chesapeake. “Anglers drifting live eels through the deep slough off Cape Charles will score trophy rockfish. Rig the eel on a 9/0 Owner J-hook and five-feet of 50-pound fluorocarbon leader. Then, slice a one- to three-ounce egg sinker off the running line and tie the leader on with a 100-pound test swivel,” he suggests. “Fish the baits at various depths, and always keep one eel rigged without weight drifting on the surface.”



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Ric says that boats pulling big parachutes and umbrella rigs in the same area will also score big numbers of big rockfish. Once the sun sets, he suggests you anchor up-tide of the pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel, especially around the Fourth Island and North Channel. “Drift eels back to the bridge under bobbers,” Ric says. “Score ‘slot-sized’ striper by casting three- to five-inch swim shads at the bridge pilings or bouncing half- to one-ounce jigs off the bottom around the bridge.” Ric urges you also get in on speckled trout bite. If past seasons are any indication, it’ll really get hot in the Elizabeth River. “Look for the fish around the Dominion Power Plant with Gulp! Pogy jigs on a quarter-ounce jig head or a suspending hardbait, such as MirrOlure’s MirrOdine,” he says. Offshore, Ric is confident that the sea bass season will be in full swing on Triangle Wrecks. “Drop cut squid or Fish-

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##Cobia caught aboard charter boat Bay Hunter with Capt. Randy Dean. Photo courtesy of Bay Hunter Charters

bites on a two-hook bottomrig with 5/0 baitholder hooks and a six- to 10-ounce sinker,” he says. “To entice larger sea bass, fish a Lucanus jig or Diamond jig off the bottom. With any luck, big bluefish will show up in the same area. Troll big swimming plugs, like Mann’s Stretch or Rapala’s Magnum around the wrecks, hills and humps.” ver the next four weeks, Captain Mark Galasso, who runs the charter boat Tuna the Tide, will split his time between Kent Island and the CBBT. “If last year is any indication, it should be interesting. The coastal migration stayed a bit offshore making the light tackle fishing around the bridge a bit tough,” he says. “Recruitment from the Bay was way down since a lot of the smaller fish stayed well up the Bay. On the positive side, we should see good numbers of puppy drum into early December if the weather doesn’t get too cold too fast. But cold weather could also move Bay stripers south more quickly. If so, we’ll get back to jigging around the CBBT rocks and pilings. It seems there are always a few trophies lingering about.” lexibility is the name of the game for Captain Kevin Josenhans of Josenhans Fly Fishing this month, and that’s a trait that serves the year-round guide well.



“December could see me all over the map. I’m going to let the fish dictate my schedule,” he says. “I have a waiting list of clients eager to wet a line wherever pickings are best. Whether it be the CBBT for big sea-run stripers, Crisfield chasing surface-feeding rockfish, or the Pocomoke River for a relaxing trip catching crappie, pickerel, and bass, you can be sure of one thing: I’ll be on the water somewhere.” ohn Veil of Annapolis doesn’t let the fall’s chill scare him off the water. From a kayak and a skiff, he plans rockfish in the Severn River, around the Bay Bridges, and some of the western shore points and bars. He says in deep water this will involve jigging BKDs or Stingsilvers. In shallower water, it will involve casting small jigheads with soft plastics and retrieving them laterally at the surface or in the water column. “During November, I plan to make frequent kayak fishing trips in the Severn River tributaries targeting chain pickerel and rockfish,” he says. “As the white perch move out of the shallows and the amount of natural food declines, pickerel become easier to target. Artificials work well, but I have the most success casting live minnows on a jighead and working the minnows slowly back to the kayak as you would a lure.”


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Old Plantation Flats, VA

he Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel may get more hype as a cold-weather, monster striper location, but fishermen in the know never overlook Old Plantation Flats in the late fall. This fishy area is close to Cape Charles, VA, from which you can launch your own boat or charter a professional skipper. The town also has plenty of lodging and places to eat or play golf, as well as tackle shops to replenish supplies ( Named for a nearby creek, Old Plantation Flats is a series of sloughs and shoals that run parallel to the Eastern Shore side of the Chesapeake. In the late 1800s, Cape Charles became a key southern terminal for the Pennsylvania Railroad, and the Army Corps of Engineers dredged out a lagoon and cut a channel across to flats to improve access, thus increasing commerce. Today, the Flats are a major way station for the fall run of big migrant stripers.

Fishermen typically troll or drifting live eels through the deep sloughs. A study of the area on a nautical chart should scream “fishy spot” to you. If it doesn’t, book a pro to show you the ropes. Water temps in the lower 50-degree Fahrenheit range are optimal. The last time I trolled the Flats, which truth be told was many years ago on a buddy’s boat, we dragged large 6/0-8/0 parachutes and umbrella rigs. That day the popeye, alien heads (purple), out caught the others but I’m sure white, chartreuse, and the like will catch just fine if the rock are there. Swimming plugs (Manns et al) could ring the stripers’ dinner bell, too. Lots of fishermen prefer to drift live eels when fishing Old Plantation Flats. Eels are catadromous fish, and the adults exit the Bay this time of year en route to their mysterious breeding grounds in the Sargasso Sea. Stripers love them. And although this isn’t my bag, without question you can land a 40- or 50-pound striper this way.

Make sure to use big cow gear here. Swivels should be 60-pound test and up. Practitioners like fish-finder rigs or the standard three-way bottom rig, using big hooks (I suggest circle hooks) from reputable manufacturers (Owner, Gamakatsu, Mustad) rigged with 40- to 50-pound fluorocarbon leaders. Dedicated eelers recommend you fish the eels at various depths using floaters, and always fish one eel fished weightless on the surface. Over the years I’ve heard different theories on how best to hook an eel. Some say rig the slimy fish under its chin; others claim through the dorsal; one school of thought says hooking an eel by the tail is the way to go, since it wants to swim away from the terminal tackle, and therefore reduces the potential for a Gordian knot. Before you do that, make life easier by icing the eels in a bucket and covering them with a wet towel. This puts them in a much more relaxed state and easier to handle.


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The Family Business is Expanding

Welcome to the Family!

The Campbell family, which owns and operates Campbell’s Boatyards, has announced the opening of Campbell’s Yacht Sales. Heading up the new venture are Alan Campbell and PJ Campbell. The yacht brokerage service will be operating from the Bachelor Point location of Campbell’s in Oxford, MD.

Coastal Properties Management has recently been awarded the management of Bohemia Vista Marina and Hack’s Point Marina. Both properties are managed by Karen Smith and a year-round staff.

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Welcome Aboard! VesselVanguard, the web-based subscription service that simplifies boat ownership, has recently appointed David Hensel as Chief Marketing Officer. Hensel comes to VesselVanguard from Grand Banks Yachts, where he served for nearly a decade as Director of Brand and Marketing. “I am incredibly pleased to welcome David to the VesselVanguard team,” said Don Hyde, CEO and founder of VesselVanguard.

Ten Years Young Harris Marine Group is proud to announce their tenth anniversary as the marine finance provider to boat buyers in the Mid-Atlantic region. Harris, a longtime member of the National Marine Bankers Association and the American Vessel Documentation Association, provides a comprehensive menu of financing and associated services such as lien perfection, state titling, USCG documentation, and no obligation detailed marine insurance quotes.

All ‘A’s on that Report Card The technicians at Jackson Marine Sales in North East, MD, recently received an excellent Service Satisfaction award from their annual service training at Robalo Boats. Their rating was 100% for the training on both Robalo boats and Yamaha outboards.

New Manager on Duty As of August 1, Jim Godey has turned over the operation and management of Dennis Point Marina and Campgrounds to Joe and Cindy Salvo and Lou and Pam Grasso, operating under the name of Matrix Marine group, LLC.

New Clean Marinas Announced The Baltimore Boating Center in Essex and the Hyatt River Marsh Marina in Cambridge are the newest Maryland Clean Marinas certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. The facilities earned their awards after taking the necessary steps to prevent pollution and meet regulations that result in more sustainable operations.

Giving Back The Miles River Yacht Club Foundation has made nine grants in its Fall 2013 grants cycle, totaling $17,200, to help support 18 Chesapeake-area nonprofit organizations.

##Easton High School Navy JROTC cadets will experience basic training next May at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May, New Jersey, with funding from the MRYC Foundation.

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POWER 18’ Bayliner 185 ‘05 Sport Single Mercruiser 3.0L 135-hp I/O Gas - $2,000 – Contact Paul J. Lash, C.P.Y.B. at (410) 867-9550 or     

Helping Our Wounded Veterans 240-750-9899 Boy Scout Sea Ship 59 Looking for tax deductible donations of sail & power boats in the Chesapeake Bay area. Donated boats must be structurally sound & in good cond. Contact Dr. Fred Broadrup (301) 228-2131.     Donate Your Boat And help teach at-risk teens to sail. (202) 478-0396,    


John Kaiser, Owner of Yacht View Brokerage LLC Is offering complimentary dockage, electric and weekly professional cleaning for all Power and Sailing yachts from 20’ to 75’, until sold! A USCG 100 Ton Master with 25 years of experience, John has built a strong reputation nationally for excellent service and incredible listing to sale time(Usually less than 45 days!). John’s clients have often purchased multiple boats through him and many have become lifetime friends. Contact John Kaiser to request a referral to his most recent satisfied Sellers and to discuss listing your beautifully maintained yacht! Email:, Cell: 443223-7864, Office: 410-923-1400, Website:     


22’ Budsin Phantom ‘03 This fully electric launch runs off of a series of 4D batteries housed in the keel of this beautiful mahogany and cedar boat. Contact Aaron 410-267-8181or     

26’ General Marine Downeast Picnic Cruiser ‘90 Only 735 original hrs on single Volvo dsl. Cool little boat $35,000 Curtis Stokes & Associates. Call Randy Walterhoefer 917-478-4944,    

22’ Composite Bitten Center Console curvy w/Carolina flare fwd, break sheer mid ships & tumble home aft. Introductory pricing includes 150-hp Yamaha & a venture trailer. $49,000, 410-476-4414     

26’ Composite Center Console Starting at $78,000, is a well priced fishing machine. Call now for our extensive option list & pricing CC, Cuddy & Express models also available. 410-476-4414    

22’ Sea Ray ’02 225 Weekender Single Mercruiser 5.0 L MPI 260 HP I/O Gas - $15,900 - Contact Mike Skreptack at (410) 867-9550 or     

26’ Formula ’01 260SS Mercruiser 7.4L MPI 310 HP I/O Gas - $29,995 - Contact Kellie Moody at (410) 604-4300 or     

1999 Sea Ray 180 Bowrider Mercruiser 3.0 L. Carpeted, standard tilt wheel. Ski locker in deck. Large storage. Completely redone. Ready for the water. Call John at 757-481-3060     Key West 189 FS ’12 Very new. Bottom paint. 115 hp Yamaha 4-stroke with less than 10 hrs. Trailer. Wonderful boat for fishing or family/recreational use. Owner needs to sell. $22,500 (443) 510-5327      20’ Grady White Tournament ‘04 Bow Rider, single 200-hp Yamaha Saltwater Series outboard. Nice, lightly used, clean vessel. Has her own dual axle trailer. Asking only $27,000 OBYS 410-226-0100     

21’ Bayliner Trophy ’99 Just serviced from top to bottom.V8 Motor.Very Clean. Ready to go. Good storage. Bimini top. Cuddy cab. & more Call John at 757-481-3060     

22’ Stingray ’07 220 DR Single Mercruiser 5.0L 220-hp I/O Gas $26,900 – Contact Kellie Moody at (410) 604-4300 or     24’ Glastron V-berth, mid-berth, fish finder, refrigerator/freezer, 250-hp Volvo inboard, slip paid until 2014. $19,000 Call Ed (301) 254-4722.     

27’ Crownline ’04 270CR Single Volvo 5.7 GXI 300-hp I/O Gas - $27,350 Contact Gregg Dyson at (410) 867-9550 or      21.6’ Sea Ray Express Cruiser ’98  Stern drive single inboard. Mercruiser 22-hp 5.0l. Cuddy cab, with sink, bimini top, cockpit cover, ladder, am/fm radio. Call John 757-481-3060     

247 Grady White Center Console ‘02 twin Yamahas, 115-hp, 2014 slip included. Nationwide, Fast, Easy & Reliable Toll Free: 877-886-8848

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264 Wellcraft Coastal ’97 Twin Honda 200-hp new in 2004. Furuno radar, Raymarine fishfinder hummingbird 898c ezanchor puller dual batteries outriggers flo scan fuel monitor. Ready to fish. $25,000 (443) 506-2275.     

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25’ Chris Craft Launch ’01 Lift kept, 199 hrs on upgraded Volvo 5.7. Full covers, blue hull, captain’s call exhaust. Trailer included. $37,500 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,    

27’ Ranger Tug ’12 Single 180-hp Yanmar dsl. Genset, Air/Heat, Garmin electronics package. Dinghy and outboard convey. Seller moving up. A solid value at $139,000! Pocket-Yacht (410) 827-5230.     

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BROKERAGE & CLASSIFIED Belkov 30 Draketail ‘83 Wood/glass, Cummins dsl, less than 55 hrs, fresh paint, excellent condition, no trailer. $22,500. Call Lad Mills at 401-745-4942 or     

28’ Albin TE Newport Edition ’07 Flush Deck, bowthruster, Yanmar 315-hp only 345 hrs . $107,000 Curtis Stokes & Associates -Call Randy Walterhoefer at 917-478-4944,    

28’ Bayliner Trophy ’87 Good cond., runs well. 330-hp Ford eng, OMC outdrive, 1050 hrs, 10’ beam. Full head, stove, sleeps 6, GPS, depth finder. On Rhode River. $3900, (410) 956-5688.    

28’ Legacy Yachts 28 ’00 Clean and well cared for, hull painted in 2011 along w/bottom paint, all exterior varnish work redone this year, excellent day cruiser or local weekender $88,800 call Tommy Harken 843-830-4483 or     28’ Sea Ray ’04 Twin Mercruiser 4.3L MPI Alpha 220hp I/O Gas - 47,500 Contact Mike Skreptack at (410) 8679550 or     

29’ Cobalt 293 ’99 Lightly used one owner cruiser, only 186hrs on twin Volvo Penta engines, as new cond. and clean as whistle. Priced to sell! $39,900 Contact Keith 410-267-8181 or     29’ Hinckley Talaria 29 R ’03 JAN PIETER (NEW TO MARKET) has been lovingly maintained and has very few hrs on her dsl eng. She lives under a custom built, covered slip & has always been Hinckley maintained. Priced at $219,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 or    

30’ Bruckmann 29.9 Blue Star (2001) Aggressively priced at $132,000. Neat as a pin and comfortable below. Twin dsls w/ low hrs. Contact davidcox@ or call 410310-3476 for details or make an offer.    

29’ MJM 29z ’12 Being sold as a dealer demo, great looking, fuel efficient, easy handling and stable ride. Ideal for someone downsizing from larger power or sail. Offered at $375,000, Call Ken Comerford 410-280-2038 or     29’ Sea Ray 290 Amberjack ’03 Twin Mercruiser Inboards w/ V drives, Gen Air/Heat, Raymarine C80 - Exceptionally clean! $59,500 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email: tony@, see photos & full specs at    

28’ Sea Ray 280 ’06 Sundancer Twin Mercruiser 4.3 MPI Alpha 220 HP I/O Gas *AS-IS* - $63,900 - Contact Kim Ewing (410) 604-4300 or     

28’ Southport ’08 One owner, 240 hrs on Yamaha Four Strokes w/warranties, new enclosure, gorgeous boat with the best ride in its class. $109,500. Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,,     

29’ Tiara 2900 Coronet Custom ’04 Stored indoors for 9 months of year, light seasonal use, professionally maintained, full canvas and electronics. Offered at $84,900 call Ken Comerford 410-280-2038 or     2900 Angler ’02 T-200 Yamaha outboards, cruise 30 knots top speed 40 knots, Hydraulic steering, Fighting Lady Yellow, T-top, Rod racks, etc. Great Fishing vessel! Asking $24,500 OBYS 410-226-0100     30’ Back Cove ‘11 Extremely well equipped & professionally maintained. Her electronics would compliment a much larger vessel. Generator, AC in cabin & helm deck, 380HP Yanmar dsl! Asking $245,000 OBYS 410-226-0100    

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30’ Boston Whaler 285 Conquest ’10 Extremely clean. Perfect for fishing or family! Only 60 hrs on a set of 225-hp Mercury Verrado Four Stroke outboard motors. Call Today! Gregg Cohen, 410-267-8181    

31’ Concord ’73 Flybridge (U&L cntrls), good cond, twin 260-hp FW-cld Mercruisers (150 hrs), AC+rev cyc heat, new inst & cntrls, GPSCP,VHF,dpth,spd, Sea Scouts, a bargain at $5K obo, James Klimek, 240-271-4631,     

31’ Eastern Casco Bay ’08 True classic downeast style boat dressed out as a “gentlemen’s” yacht. Over 450 built. Maintained continually in bristol condition! $185,000. S&J Yachts 410571-3605     

30’ Grady White Marlin 300 ’04 T-225 Yamaha 4-stroke outboards, hardtop, radar, GPS, TV, stereo, AC, bow thruster, outriggers, rod holders etc. Asking $79,500 Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales      31’ Sea Ray 310 ’12 MUST SELL NOW! Low hrs. All the right gear. Asking $179,900. Motivated sellers - Bring any reasonable offer! Contact Dan Nardo or 410-267-8181     31’ Silverton 310 ’84 Convertible  Twin Chrysler 5.2L 235-hp I/O $8,900 - Contact Jeff Truesdale 30’ Grady-White 300 Marlin ’02  at (410) 867-9550 or Yamaha Four Strokes, loaded to fish or      cruise, lift kept, owner moving up. $79,500 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,      30’ Mainship Pilot II ’03 Single Yanmar dsl, Gen Set, Air/Heat, thruster, full enclosure $93,000 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email:, see photos & full specs at     30’ Regal 3060 ’08 Shed kept, well maintained and very well equipped. T-5.0 Volvo 270 H.P. and generator. Cherry cabinets, corian countertop. Queen berth in midcabin. Loaded, must see $77,500 Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888)221-5022     30’ Sea Ray ’04 Sundancer Twin Mercruiser 350 MAG MPI 300hp I/B Gas - $69,900 - Contact Mike Skreptack at (410) 867-9550 or      30’ Sea Ray ’94 Weekender  Twin Mercruiser 5.7L 250hp I/B Gas – $15,840 – Contact Kellie Moody at (410) 604-4300 or     

31’ Stamas ’01 Rare twin Yanmar dsls with low hrs and Furuno electronics. Local boat. Estate sale. $59,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,,    

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38’ Fountain CC ’08.................................................SOLD

34’ Sea Ray Sundancer ’06............................$139,000

47’ Riviera M470 Excalibur ’02.....................$179,000

37’ Formula SS ’06 T/496s .............................$179,000

33‘ Formula SS ’04 ............................................. $75,000

44’ Riviera Sport Yacht ’09 ............................$649,000

37’ Formula PC ’04...........................................$119,500

41‘ Carver MY ’07 Diesels .............................$249,000 40’ Formula 400SS ’01 ...................................... $99,000

32’ Sea Ray ’07..........................................................SOLD 31’ Stamas ‘01, Diesels...................................... $59,000

35’ Marlago ’07, Verados, Loaded...............$107,500

30’ Grady-White ’02........................................... $79,000

40’ Riviera Express ’04 ...........................................SOLD

35’ Marlago ’05, Verados.................................. $89,000

28’ Southport CC ’08.......................................$112,900

40’ Riviera FB ’05 ..............................................$359,000

35’ Marlago ’02, 4 Strokes, 98 hrs, Trlr...............SOLD

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Rinker 310 Fiesta Vee ’01 Lift kept and stored w/no bottom paint, new electronics ’12, new AC/Heat 16,000 BTU in ‘11, 5.0 Merc I/Os 260-hp. Contact Rob Dorfmeyer 216-533-9187 Curtis Stokes & Associates or email     

32’ Regulator ’05 The 32 FS includes the Fiberglass Grillage System™ which provides structural framework & stability to fish in any sea condition. Call for options. $89,000 410-476 4414     

33’ Four Winns 318 Vista ’07 The cleanest of its kind. With a smooth riding hull and spacious interior. A must see! $89,900 Contact Ian Dimka 410-267-8181 or Greg Cohen,    

34’ Pursuit 3400 Express ’00 Fishbones Asking $110,000 Twin Gas 7.4 L MPI Crusaders, 900 hrs, 12.75 beam. Contact Rob Dorfmeyer 216-5339187 Curtis Stokes & Associates or email    

33’ Rinker Twin Mercs 5.7 Liters 810 hrs asking $45k Curtis Stokes & Associates call Rob Dorfmeyer 216-533-9187    

34’ Pursuit Express ’00 New canvas; Bristol condition; A/C; genset; many upgrades. New listing. Asking $109,000. Call Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or    

32’ Sea Ray 320 Sundancer ’05 Twin Mercruiser 496 MAG Bravo III I/O Gas - $93,086 - Contact Kellie Moody at (410) 604-4300 or     

32’ Albin Sportfisher ’92 Downeast style perfect for the Chesapeake. Single Cat dsl, thruster for maneuverability. Generator, A/C, Helm chairs, Canvas and lots of cockpit space. $64,900. Contact or 410-267-8181.      32’ Carver 3207 ’87 Aft Cabin, Twin Mercruiser 5.7L 260-hp I/B - $21,500 Contact Kellie Moody at (410) 604-4300 or     

32’ Wellcraft 3200 ’89 St. Tropez Twin Mercury 7.4L 340-hp I/B Gas - $12,900 Contact Paul J. Lash at (410) 867-9550 or     

33’ Sea Ray 330 ’10 Sundancer Twin Mercruiser 350 MAG 300-hp I/B Gas $189,058 - Contact Paul J. Lash at (410) 867-9550 or     

Century 3200 Walk Around ’04 Ultimate getaway machine for fishing/ cruising. Stability, speed and comfort in almost any sea condition. Spacious interior. Sleeps 4. $74,900. S&J Yachts 804-776-0604     

32’ Cruisers Yachts 320 ’04 This express cruiser has the capacity for many guests with the spaciousness and comfort of home. Nordic Tug 32 ’08 Very well maintained. $75,000 Call Today! Gregg Cohen, Cruise ready, well equipped: Generator, A/C, Full electronics package. 410-267-8181     Outstanding audio and visual entertainment systems. $229,000 S&J Yachts 410-571-3605    

32’ Parker 2310 ’06 Clean with a Yamaha 225-hp (<200 hrs). Great fishing boat with “rocket launchers”, built-in insulated fish-box, swim platform, large V-berth, port-a-potty. $43,900. Contact or 410-570-8533     

34’ Carver 34 Santego ’89 For entertainment, live-aboard or long distance cruising, ‘Tex Sixteen’ will not disappoint! Priced to sell at $33,000 with motivated seller! Contact Ian 410-2678181 or     

35’ Sea Ray 350 ‘09 Sundancer Twin Mercruiser 496 MAG Seacore Axius I/O Gas - $235,000 – Contact Kim Ewing, C.P. Y.B. (410) 604-4300 or kewing@     35’ Carver 355 Double Cabin ’95  Spacious interior w/new carpet ’12 and new windows ’13. Aft deck hardtop w/ enclosure. T-Crusaders w/low hrs Gen., Elects, Windlass. $49,900 Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888) 2215022     35’ Maxum 3500 ’04 SCR Twin Mercruiser 8.1S 370-hp I/B Gas $79,950 - - Contact Gregg Dyson at (410) 867-9550 or gdyson@      35’ Sea Ray 350 ’12 Twin Mercruiser 350 Axius 320-hp I/O Gas $265,000 - Contact Jeff Truesdale at (410) 604-4300 or     

33’ Rinker 300 Express Cruiser ‘07 JUST LISTED!! Low hrs (175 hrs.), Airconditioning and very well maintained. Priced to sell at $74,000. Contact Bob Oberg (410)-267-8181 or     

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Albin 33 Trawler ’79 Compact, easily handled trawler for cruising/living aboard. 3 cabins, 2 heads, dual steering stations. Diesel engine under 1500 hours. $42,500. S&J Yachts 804-7760604     

35’ Marlago ‘05 Yamaha 250 Four Strokes with 330 hours, Hard Top, Flag blue Awlgripped hullsides. One Owner, lift kept (sistership photo). $99,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,,     

34’ Mainship 34 Trawler ’05 This boat sets the standard for usable space in a boat this size. Joystick controlled bow & stern thrusters, low hrs, beautifully kept, PRICE REDUCED TO $149,000 David Malkin 410-280-2038 or    

35’ Tiara 3500 ’95 Twin Crusader, Gen Set, Air/Heat, full enclosure, Very clean! $69,900 clean! Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email: tony@, see photos & full specs at

Nauset 35 ‘85 Striking green hull and beautiful Downeast styling. Only 260 hrs. Nicely laid out for comfortable cruising and entertaining. $89,000 . S&J Yachts 410-571-3605     

36’ Carver Mariner ’06 In boat show cond.! Low hrs. Great boat for cruising/ entertaining with a roomy bridge built for entertainment. $153,000 S&J Yachts 410-571-3605     36’ Cruisers 3672 ’01 Fresh water express cruiser. Spacious interior w/ upscale cherrywood cabinetry. Large aftdeck. Walk-through windshield. T-8.1 Mercruisers, $89,900 Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888) 221-5022      36’ Fiberglass Gentleman’s Fishing & Cruising  Boat ’02 2 bunks, enclosed head, 2 steering stations, outriggers, settee, 4 Pompanette chairs, cabin w/ curtains. John Deere dsl, new GPS, radar, fish finder, AP, VHF. 1,200 hrs. $79,000 (410) 924-4168      36’ Hinckley Picnic Boat Classic ’99 CIAO BELL is a Hinckley maintained Classic Picnic Boat /many recent upgrades including Flag Blue Awlgrip and bowrail . She is ready to go. $220k Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 or     

36’ Silverton 36 Convertible ’07 Crusader 8.1L MPIs w/only 267 hrs . Spotless condition! Owners have found their next boat . $179,000. Curtis Stokes & Associates. Call Randy Walterhoefer 917-478-4944     

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Monk 36 ‘00 A popular trawler. Well maintained, lots of upgrades. Galley up with L-shaped dinette. 2 strms. Master has centerline. Great storage. $176,000 S&J Yachts 410-571-3605     

37’ Intrepid 377WA ‘00 Triple ’04 250 Suzuki Four Strokes, $40,000+ refit in 2013 including black hullside Awlgrip, all new cushions, systems, EVERYTHING. Must see. $149,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732, ned@theyachtgroup. com,     

2009 Sabre 42 PATRIOT at $529,000 ZEUS Drives

2008 T 44 Flybridge BLUE ANGEL is now $849,000 Virtually Every Option

2001 Picnic Boat Classic SWEET 16 at $240,000

2009 T40 PATRIOT DREAM at $799,000

2011 Picnic Boat MK III GRACE at $795,000 Practically Brand New and Available Now!!!

22’ Custom Skiff SURPRISE at $69,000 Built for past Owner of Hinckley

37’ Egg Harbor Sport Yacht ’08 T-Cummins QSB 5.9, Generator, hardtop w/strata-glass enclosure, Outriggers,2 strms, head w/stall shower. Demo, like new cond. $369,000. Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (410) 708-0579     

37’ Formula PC ’04 $119,500. Lift kept, new Imron paint, low hrs on 496 Mercs w/ drive showers. Perfect cond. and the best deal on the market. Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732 (cell),,      38’ Silverton 38 ‘06 Sport Bridge Twin Yanmar 6LYA-STP 370-hp I/B dsl - $199,000 - Contact Mike Skreptack at (410) 867-9550 or      38’ Carver Aft Cabin ’89 Two strm, 2 head floor plan. New carpet and curtains ‘12. Large aft deck w/wet bar and refrigerator. Powered by T-Mercruiser. Comfortable live-aboard.$59,000 Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888)221-5022     38’ Little Harbor Whisperjet ’99  TRAVELLER is a fine example of a wellequipped Little Harbor 38. Lightly used & Hinckley maintained. Would make a great boat for day or overnight boating. Price reduced to $259,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 or     

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Chris Craft Catalina 381 ’86 Dsl powered. Great liveaboard/cruiser. Island berth forward, queen berth aft, tremendous storage. Wonderful updated interior, marble countertops. $79,900 S&J Yachts 410-571-3605     

39’ Cruisers Yachts 385MY ‘06 Stunning boat. Elaborately and tastefully decorated. Only 195 hrs and perfectly maintained. Simply the best anywhere. $219,900. S&J Yachts 410-571-3605     

39’ Sea Ray Sundancer ‘04 One owner, lift kept, beyond perfect. Blue hull, hard top, bow thruster, many, many updates. $169,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,      39’ Sea Ray 390 MY Cummins dsl, Gen, Air, thruster, radar, washer/dryer $235,000 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email: tony@, see photos & full specs at     

40’ Formula 400SS ’01 Mercruiser 502s with 380 hrs, new gen w/13 hrs. New enclosure, just detailed, local boat in perfect shape. Fast, gorgeous, and comfortable. Owner moving up. $99,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,,     

40’ Riviera Convertible ’05 Custom props and 480 Cummins w/warranties and only 300 hrs provide amazing economy. New electronics in 2010. Boat is in turnkey shape. Owner will consider partial trade. $359,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732, ned@theyachtgroup. com,     

40’ Robbins This Robbins 40 is in pristine cond. Attention to maintenance & upgrades shows tremendously. 2010 Refit--500-hp Cummins (8.3L QSC-500) 1000 hrs, Asking $180,000 Contact 410-476 4414     

41’ Carver Motoryacht ’07 Lift kept! Well-maintained local boat. 370-hp Volvo D6 dsls, 9Kw generator, Furuno and Raymarine electronics. Great accommodations in a manageable size. Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,,    

42’ Jones ‘00 Charter Boat USCG certified for 33 passengers,3406 E CAT 80-hp W/5,000 original hrs, generator, A/C, hot water, shower, trolling valve, full electronics. Ready to go. $165,000 or B/O. (410) 310-1600.     

42’ Nautique Convertible ‘90 Well maintained, well cared for, fully loaded Sportfish. Both engines majored in 2008, all electronics new 2009. $99,900. S&J Yachts 804-776-0604     

42’ Jones ’00 Well equipped dual purpose bay boat. 575-hp dsl eng, A/C w/reverse cycle heat, engine driven heater, gen, radar, & so much more!! Asking $165,000. Contact 410-476-4414     

42’ Phil Jones Custom Chesapeake ’07 Fly bridge, 3 steering stations. Nicely kept and outfitted for serious fishing, serious cruising or serious fun! $270,000 S&J Yachts 410-571-3605    

43’ Island Pilot 435 ’08 Twin Volvo 435hp IPS Drives . Beautiful cond. ! $285,000 Also available 39’ IP395 ’07 $249,000 Curtis Stokes & Associates Call Randy Walterhoefer 917-478-4944     

Menorquin (43’) ‘04 Luxurious accommodations. Powerful yacht w/ semi-displacement hull will do 20 knots. Stands out in any harbor. Great for entertaining. Excellent fuel economy. $275,000. S&J Yachts 410-571-3605      44’ Hinckley Talaria Flybridge ’08  BLUE ANGEL represents a virtually new T-44 FB and is a head-turner wherever she goes. Outfitted w/the ultimate in entertainment systems & options; she leaves nothing to be desired. Recent clean survey available! Price reduced to $849,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 or    

44’ Riviera Sport Yacht ’09 Volvo IPS600s w/Joystick. Blue Awlgripped hull, hydraulic platform w/ Zodiac RIB, every option including teak cockpit. Amazing boat. $595,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,     

47’ Riviera Excalibur ‘03 Twin Yanmar dsls= 19 GPH at cruise! Just detailed and serviced, many upgrades, boat is turnkey. $195,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443995-0732,,     

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47’ Riviera M470 Excalibur ’08 Volvo common rail dsls provide amazing economy & speed (38mph cruise at 26 gph). Blue Awlgripped hullsides, new electronics, one owner. Amazing opportunity. $299,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732, ned@theyachtgroup. com,     

48’ Glass Boat Works Custom ChesapeakeDowneast Flybridge ’04. Twin Cummins, 3 helm stations, great layout, original owner, very custom, offered at a fraction of replacement. $295,000. Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,     

52’ Jefferson Monticello ’87 Really beautiful, elegant motor yacht suitable as a luxury live-aboard or weekend cruiser. Twin 320-hp Caterpillar dsls in ’02. Loaded, clean! $164,900 Contact Keith at 410-267-8181 or    

54’ Meridian 540 Pilothouse ’03 This beautiful one owner yacht has all you’d expect and more! Beautifully appointed with a wide open layout. Must be seen! Asking $439,000. Only one on the east coast! Pocket-Yacht (410) 827-5230.    

56’ Sea Ray 560 Sedan Bridge ’00 Twin CAT 3406 , teak cockpit sole, rare light wood interior, custom decor package. Stidd helm chairs ,EZ2CY. $345,000 . Curtis Stokes & Associates. Call Randy Walterhoefer 917-478-4944     

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C HESAPEAKE CLA SSIC The Final Voyage of the City of Baltimore

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n a typically stifling Maryland summer evening early in 1937, 40 passengers and 55 crew members were on the decks for the final voyage of the doomed steamship the City of Baltimore. The City of Baltimore was a jewel of the Chesapeake Steamship Company. Advertisements called it a “floating hotel of the most modern type.” She promised a luxurious and worry-free overnight voyage from Baltimore to Norfolk. Passengers began to settle down for dinner admiring the panorama of the Seven Foot Knoll lighthouse, offered by the unique location of the dining room in the forward part of the main gallery. As they looked over a menu for the night, including Long Island duck and York River oysters, there came the sound of frantic footsteps and a terrifying exclamation: “Fire! Fire, in the hold!” screamed James Johnson, a 21-year-old messenger from Norfolk. As the alarm bell on the ship sounded, pandemonium ensued. As the officers tried to marshal passengers to relative safety on the forward and

aft decks, crew members ran toward the fire hose stations to attempt to quell the blaze. The water valves were opened, but the hose remained limp in the arms of the crew. The water controls were inoperative. The fire began to spread fiercely. “The boat was in flames in three minutes,” the ship’s captain, Charles O. Brooks, would later say. Captain Brooks remained at the wheel of the ship, bravely attempting to steer her toward the shore, but soon after the ship left the channel, she ran aground on a sand bar. The Arkansan, following behind, attempted to pull alongside the City of Baltimore, but she was unable to slow her forward momentum and rammed into the side of the ship. Panicked passengers attempted to jump onto the decks of the Arkansan, but they were restrained by crew members who knew they would have been crushed to death between the two ships’ grinding hulls. The lifeboats were deployed but underutilized, with some drifting away with as few as four passengers. As the flames closed in, Elizabeth Ramsay and her pet, a setter named Judy, inched closer

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and closer to the edge of the high deck. Finally Elizabeth pushed the dog and plunged herself into the water below. “Seeing that dog go in and then the girl follow–that gave us the nerve to jump in,” recalled survivor Helen Bomba. Steadily more and more passengers leapt overboard, emerging as specks in the shadow of the ship, desperately treading water for their lives. Luckily the mouth of the Patapsco River was packed with boaters that day, and every type of floating vessel began to converge toward the City of Baltimore. Thanks to the heroic efforts of these everyday Chesapeake boaters, of the 95 people onboard the City of Baltimore, only four were lost at sea. Fires on ships were all too common at that time, with five ships burning in the Chesapeake Bay alone between 1910 and 1937. But the disaster of the City of Baltimore, occurring in plain sight of thousands of witnesses on shore finally spurred the government into action. Fifteen days later, the U.S. Senate passed the Copeland Safety-at-Sea Bill, regulating safety features on ships to include life boats and sprinkler systems.

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