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February 2012

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New Year, New Boat: Finance and Protect Your Boat

So you fancy yourself a boat owner? Want some helpful tips about boat loans and boat insurance policies? Well, here they are... by Beth Crabtree


Cuddy Cabins and Express Cruisers

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You see them at dock bars and AquaPaloozas, pulling tubes up remote creeks, tied up to your favorite marinas, or beached on sandy bars for afternoon snacks and siestas. See why these boats are so popular.


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Policing Maryland’s Winter Fisheries

Uncharacteristically waking before the crack of dawn, PropTalk rides along with Cpl. Roy Rafter and Ofc. Greg Harris on opening day of rockfish gillnet season. Take a look at what we learned that day. by Gary Reich


My Blue Heaven: Winter Bluefin Tuna Fishing “After another chorus of unnatural noises from the crankers, three more big tuna were released to fight another day. Time to re-rig, turn, pass, and hook up.” See what all the fuss is about. by Ric Burnley

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Coming in March • New Year, New Boat: Service Your New Boat • Tools of the Trade: Gear You’ll Need To Cruise the Bay • What and Where: Chesapeake Bay Marinas • Oystering with a Bay Waterman • Kids’ Boating and Camp-Based Fun • Building the Chesapeake Light Craft Cocktail Class Skua Racer • Five Fishing Knots You Need To Know and Why

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On the Cover An impressive express cruiser makes a statement heading up the Severn River near Annapolis. See our feature about cuddy cabins and express cruisers on page 34. PropTalk isn’t sure what make she is or her length, but the first reader who submits a confirmed, correct answer gets a PropTalk hat and T-shirt. Send your guesses to Photo by Gary Reich

IN THIS ISSUE Departments 11 Prop Thoughts 12 Out of My Mind 13 Letters 14 Dock Talk 20 Chesapeake Boating Calendar

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Prop Thoughts with

Gary Reich

Bird Nerd I

t was 1976 when my father first yanked me out of bed at some unholy hour to listen to a bunch of noisy Eastern Shore birds. Dad wasn’t really a bird watcher, but the sound of a gaggle of Canada geese over a Chesapeake marsh set his heart aflutter. He was a true romantic in that sense, having evolved from a bird-blasting hunter who helped feed his family with fresh dove meat during the Great Depression, to a teary eyed, waterfowl-loving hippy around the time he tackled his 50th birthday. Maybe bird watching didn’t make sense to me at first because getting up insanely early—unless it was to fish—didn’t seem rational. But dad was persistent and treasured driving over to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, MD, just to watch and listen to the geese. We generally made the trip at least twice a year. By the time he had taken me there a few times, I was asking for a Roger Tory Peterson bird guide for Christmas so I could identify the birds we saw on our trip. I guess that’s when I became a birder. Being a birder is kind of like being a fan of the Canadian prog rock band RUSH. You might air guitar Alex Lifeson’s “Free Will” riff when no one is watching, but at your office holiday party, you’re not likely to talk about how awesome Neil Peart’s drum solo was on the last tour. Being a birder is similar. I faithfully attend local bird club meetings and pore over my Sibley guidebook on cold winter evenings, but I’ve never walked into the PropTalk office and said, “Did anyone see that ruby-crowned kinglet in the park across the street?” But you don’t have to be a bird nerd to appreciate the insanely great variety of bird life here in Bay Country. I’ve never seen someone not get excited about seeing a bald eagle, and I don’t know many boaters who don’t heartily welcome the return of the first pairs of osprey every year around St. Patty’s day. Sure, maybe we could do without gulls and their habit of tagging our cars, but it’s awfully hard to spot breaking fish without them. And mallard ducks tend to make a wreck of swim platforms… but they do taste good.

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##A great blue heron (Ardea herodias) makes lunch out of a small chain pickerel at the Blackwater Wildlife Refuge near Cambridge, MD. Photo by Gary Reich

Bay cruises, fishing trips, and photography explorations are all made more enjoyable—and you’ll notice more unique things about the Bay—as a birder. Looking for birds forces you to slow down, look deep, and soak in the scenery versus whizzing past at breakneck speed. To me, it’s an ultimate perk for living on the Bay. The only problem I’ve encountered with being a birder on the Bay are the looks I get from my fishing buddies when I say, “Holy *expletive*, did you see that black-necked stilt back there?” The usual response is, “Shut up and fish.”

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Out of My Mind

by Ruth Christie

Making a List and Checking It Twice


t’s fun to look forward to all the marina packed to the gills with sandtrappings of a cruise on the Bay, ining, taping, and painting supplies, cold cluding the food, beverages, changes beverages, and enough snacks, books, in scenery, coziness and comfort of our and toys to keep our kids occupied as boat, peace of mind that ensues, and they wait for mom and dad to finish up other special treats for everyone onboard. for the day. We press onward knowing So, not long after Santa has checked off that the money we save by doing some of items on his holiday shopping list, we do the work ourselves goes directly into the the same thing, only it’s a penciled-in list trip-fuel kitty. of Chesapeake Bay spots we had wanted to cruise to last season. fall morning, this unexpected ##Up the Rhode River on a fine My husband Jim by Ruth Chris tie sight unfolded overhead. Photo and I share a cocktail while we pore over last year’s list, glance at a calendar for the new year, and scribble on a worn, water-stained pad of paper that houses similar lists dating back to 2008, which was our 20th year of Bay cruising. We pencil in desired destinations for big trips, day trips, and “fill-in” trips. We are part of a happy brotherhood of Bay cruisers who survive winter by daydreaming about the season ahead. Throughout 2011, we cruised to many of the places we had wanted to and thoroughly enjoyed dozens of calm anchorages and welcoming marinas. Those few places that we missed in 2011, such as St. Michaels for our wedding anniversary sans kids, get rolled over to the new list. We continue to tweak the checklist and begin adding meal menu options as we get closer to haul-in time. Planning our cruising season is driven This year, we’ve tacked on some time by anticipation of getting as much time pre-launch to paint our boat’s bottom away as possible. We especially look and perhaps tackle the neglected bright- forward to a week-long summer cruise work. (Ever notice how vanish is just one and Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and letter shy of varnish?) March weekends Labor Day jaunts, because they enable us will find our minivan parked at the to go farther afield. For weekenders, to

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extend our boat time, we depart many Fridays in the early afternoon to gain two nights onboard. Once or twice, we have even stayed on the hook Sunday night and make a mad dash for home Monday morning. We often don’t know where we’ll go until Friday morning blows into town, because marine weekend weather forecasts are 15 parts “sure thing” and 85 parts “up for grabs.” So, we check the real-time weather conditions against our cruise list and see what destinations have the greatest likelihood of following, or at least forgiving, seas. The great thing about the Bay is if you need a protected spot, there are tons of them. If you don’t need protection, your options are limitless. We’ve come to appreciate the unknowns. You never know what you’ll see, hear, or have to do on a boat trip, no matter where you go. Even if you have visited a place more times than you can count, things change and there’s always something new: different wildlife all around you, picturesque creeks and coves to investigate, refreshing swimming and watering holes, good food to savor, and other crews on boats nearby taking time out just as you are. There’s a neverending supply of peaceful anchorages and accommodating marinas to unwind and enjoy quality time with loved ones. That’s the signature beauty of cruising the Bay. There’s no other place like it.

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Ned Dozier with the Yacht Group in Stevensville, MD, was the first PropTalk reader to successfully identify the fine-looking center-console on our January cover. Hi Gary, The cover boat is a 26-foot Southport, and that is the owner and my buddy Tom Comparato running it. Ned Dozier olution PropTalk Res

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Congratulations, Ned! Ned’s crafty eye earned him a pile of PropTalk gear including a PropTalk hat, T-shirt, floating key chain, and beverage Koozie. Have a look at the cover of this issue, and if you are the first to properly identify this month’s mystery boat by e-mailing, we’ll send you a pile of goodies, too. ~ Gary

Gary, Regarding the January cover of PropTalk: That’s my boat named Tea Sea, which is short for TC, and that’s a nice cover shot. Love you guys and the magazine. Autographs available most lunch hours at the Boatyard Bar & Grill. She’s a Southport 26. Tom Comparato Thanks to all of the readers who responded to our request for an identification of the boat on our January cover.

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Don’t Miss the Baltimore Boat Show by Ruth Christie


he 2012 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show will roll into the Baltimore Convention Center January 19-22 with gleaming displays of boats, accessories, seminars, and hands-on fun for the whole family.


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Thursday-Friday, January 19-20: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, January 21: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 22: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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altimore’s Convention Center sits at 1 West Pratt Street (, one block shy of the Inner Harbor. Get personalized, step-by-step driving directions to the Boat Show by entering your address at Parking (for a fee) is available nearby at various city garages. You can also park (for a fee) at Camden Yards Lot C and take free shuttle buses to and from the Boat Show. Hit the Show Thursday through Saturday. Why? There’s a chance the Baltimore Ravens will have a playoff game at home that Sunday, which could make driving and parking very interesting.


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of Seamanship and Chesapeake Bay Magazine will be held in the Hall A VIP Suite. You’ll also be able to take the Maryland Safe Boating class ($75) during the Show. For a full list of seminar speakers and topics, visit Visitors will drool over the four-time World Champion Miss GEICO, a neon green catamaran missile with state-ofthe-art safety equipment and twin turbine engines. And at the Welcome to the Water Center, the Discover Boating Center is your one-stop resource for unbiased boating information and advice.


Do You Feel Lucky?

hen you will enjoy having the chance to enter a boatload of fun contests for great prizes. For starters, you’ll want to enter for a chance to win the Show’s Grand Prize: a “Fisherman’s Dream Getaway” sponsored by the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa and Rod ‘N’ Reel Charter Fishing Dock in Chesapeake Beach, MD. Valued at $2000, the Grand Prize includes a fun full-day fishing charter, dinner, and hotel accommodations for you and five of your most deserving buddies. The “Boat the Bay” Summer Boating Giveaway sponsored by Carefree Boats

includes 10 boat trips for the 2012 season on your choice of any boat in Carefree’s Baltimore Inner Harbor fleet. The “Family Water Ski Camp Getaway” for four by Coble Ski and Wake Board Camp features 14 private lessons over four days in North Carolina with Boat Show headliner and Olympic gold medalist April Coble. The winner also will enjoy demo gear, airconditioned lodging, fun at an inflatable water park, games, crafts, a pizza party, and more. And, everyone will have fun testing their boating knowledge in the “Nautical Challenge” trivia game and watching and taking part in the crab picking contest and powerboat docking challenge. Online, the Boat Show also is hosting a winter weekend getaway and a $250 Show shopping spree. Visit

For the Wee Wonders


ids will enjoy learning nautical knots, boat navigation, and other boating skills through daily, free hands-on sessions. They will also want to enter the Welcome to the Water coloring contest. The winner’s nautical artwork will be printed in a future issue of PropTalk Magazine, and all pictures will be on display during the Show. And, what kid doesn’t love photo

ops with the Baltimore Orioles Bird, Pirates of the Caribbean’s Jack Sparrow and Crew impersonators, and Aang from “The Last Air Benderitors”? There’s also story time with Blackbear the Pirate and a bunch of interactive games, such as the new Boat Show Bingo and Scavenger Hunt for daily prizes.


Beyond the Show

hen you’re about to drop from seeing all the glitzy new things at the Show, head outside the Convention Center for fine food, delightful drinks, and some stellar sightseeing. Nearby, in addition to welcoming pubs and restaurants, you’ll find the Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum, National Aquarium Baltimore, and Walters Art Museum. For shops, eateries, and people watching, visit the Inner Harbor. For an authentic Baltimore vibe, visit the Lexington Market. For wonderful restaurants, don’t miss Little Italy.


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Robotically Retrieving Rubbish by Ruth Christie


ust imagine what kinds of trash line the bottom of Annapolis Harbor. We’re thinking long-sunken cell phones, coins and car keys, pacifiers and bone fragments, gold chains and other jewelry, cans of Old Bay Seasoning, beer bottles and baby strollers, Painkiller cups, rusty tools and traffic cones, deflated fenders, sunglasses and gloves, flip-flops and cameras, “Don’t bug me, I’m crabby” T shirts, pens and parts of Styrofoam coolers, and other small and larger items coated with muck, mud, barnacles, and other slimy critters. This year, April 14 will bring the Rozalia Project for a Clean Ocean to the Bay. The nonprofit Rozalia Project mixes action, technology, outreach, and research to reduce the amount of marine debris littering coastal waters off the Atlantic Ocean. Captains Rachael Miller and James Lyne use a VideoRay remotely-operated vehicle equipped with a video camera, manipulator arms, and sonar to locate debris on the seabed, pick it up, and bring it to the surface for collection and proper disposal.

PropTalk, the Boat U.S. Foundation, and the National Sailing Hall of Fame (NSHOF) will host a marine trash pickup daytime event with the Rozalia Project April 14 at NSHOF near City Dock. All the trash collected will be recorded and sorted for reuse, recycling, or disposal. You’ll also be intrigued by stories of the Rozalia Project’s garbage-grabbing adventures from best to worst things recovered. PropTalk also is hosting a Trash to Treasure Art Show. Simply help clean up a shoreline near you, craft your debris discoveries into artworks, and bring your creations to the event April 14. The day’s festivities are free for all ages. We also are hosting a photo contest. Take an artistic photo of some marine trash you have collected (and disposed of properly, of course) and submit it to laura by April 23. Both contests will have great prizes. For more about April’s garbage-grabbing event, contact Laura Lutkefedder at (410) 216-9309 or For more details about the Rozalia Project, visit

Chesapeake Light Tackle: The Book


by Gary Reich

otrodded” jigs, BKDs, plugs, and discharges? If these terms look like Greek— or snippets from a medical manual—you can learn all about them and how to catch big stripers in Shawn Kimbro’s new, hot-selling book Chesapeake Light Tackle: An Introduction to Light Tackle Fishing on the Chesapeake Bay. While I had been a frequent visitor to his website ( for some time, I first met Shawn Kimbro personally at one of the Boatyard Bar & Grill’s “Anglers Night Out” events last year. I quickly found out that this fellow spoke the language of trophy stripers and how to jig them up. In fact, I even tricked him into going down to Harkers Island, NC, where I learned he can talk to false albacore, too. But that’s a different story. Kimbro’s excellent 344-page book takes a long wander through the cycle of life in Bay Country, with a focus on the comings and goings of Maryland’s state fish—the rockfish or striped bass. From rod, reel, line, and tackle selections, to jig making and retrieval techniques, Kimbro’s book lays down the goods on how stripers feed and where they like to hang out and provides helpful tips and techniques on getting one to put a bend in your rod no matter what time of year it is. Kimbro’s book isn’t just about tricking big stripers—it also comments on the Zen of careful catch-and-release fishing and its role in maintaining a fishery that future generations can enjoy as much as we do. Order yours today at ##Chesapeake Light Tackle by Shawn Kimbro


Think You’re Artistic?

any of us have a creative side that is underappreciated in our daily lives. Want a chance to unleash your passion for waterfowl and express yourself? You’re in luck. The 38th installment of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest is on. Due March 16, entries will be judged March 25 in conjunction with the Patuxent Wildlife Art Show at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, MD. Entries must represent waterfowl species common to the Atlantic Flyway. Proceeds from the sale of these stamps help fund important waterfowl and migratory game bird projects and research. The contest is hosted by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Friends of Patuxent. For all of the details, visit and search for “duck stamp.” 16 February 2012 PropTalk

##To get your artistic juices flowing, here’s the third-place winning entry by Richard Clifton of Milford, DE, from the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Choptank River Lighthouse Version 2.0


by Gary Reich

f you’ve ever had the opportunity to explore the Choptank River near Benoni Point at the mouth of the Tred Avon River, perhaps you have seen the remnants of what used to be the Choptank River Lighthouse. Marked on NOAA Chart 12266 as “Choptank River Fl 4s 35ft 8M,” all that stands today is a 35-foot high, lighted metal skeleton atop the old lighthouse’s stabilizing rock pile. The metal support structure and rock base that still stand were originally built on the site in 1871. At the same time in Baltimore, craftsmen worked feverishly to construct the lighthouse at the Lazaretto Lighthouse Center. Once complete, the lighthouse was shipped on a barge from Baltimore, installed atop the iron skeleton, and then placed into service. In 1918, ice floes destroyed the lighthouse; and in 1921, a spare lighthouse from Cape Charles, VA, was shipped to the site as a replacement. This structure was removed as part of the U.S. Coast Guard’s modernization program in 1964. If the Choptank River Lighthouse Society has its way, a new Choptank River Lighthouse will stand nine miles upriver from the original location off Pier A at the Cambridge (MD) Municipal Marina by the end of 2012. Working from original plans obtained from the National Archives, organizers say the new structure will be an exact replica of the original hexagonal cottage and welcome up to 20,000 visitors a year as the marina’s dockmaster headquarters and as a visitor and information center. One-third of the construction costs are being provided by public funds, and two-thirds are from private donations. For more information or to donate to the cause, visit

TieFest Turns Ten


ocal fishermen will once again enjoy the chance to meet and learn from internationally recognized fly anglers at TieFest February 25 at the Kent Narrows Yacht Club, Chester, MD. Showtimes are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and admission is free. See demos on fly patterns for fishing the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic seaboard, and learn about casting, techniques, and angling hot spots. The fun is hosted by Coastal Conservation Association Maryland.

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DOCK TALK Cruiser’s Workshop Turns Three


by Gary Reich

aybe you’re already a seasoned cruiser, or perhaps you are just thinking about taking up the cruising lifestyle. Either way, mark your calendar for February 11-12 when the Annapolis School of Seamanship will present the third installment of its wildly popular Cruiser’s Workshop at the Maritime Institute of Technology and Graduate Studies (MITAGS) in Linthicum Heights, MD, only a few miles from Baltimore Washington International Airport. The Cruiser’s Workshop is designed to provide a detailed examination of a variety of topics that help to ensure safe and enjoyable cruising. The weekend features six break-out sessions consisting of 15 topics, such as marine diesel basics, navigation, marine weather, handling emergencies, marine electrical systems, anchoring, outfitting your boat for cruising, and more. Presentations will be given by a panel of industry experts, including Frank Bohlen, Bob Campbell, Lee Chesneau, John Martino, Ralph Naranjo, Peter Trogdon, Paul Truelove, and Pam Wall.


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Cruiser’s Workshop’s interactive sessions also provide hands-on activities for handling emergencies at sea and avoiding big ship collisions by taking a seat in one of MITAGS’s simulators (above) so you can see exactly how difficult pleasure craft are to see from the helm of a large ship. Tuition is $395 per person or $750 per couple and includes all discussions, break-out sessions, interactive workshops, a wine and cheese party, and breakfast and lunch on both days. To learn more or to register, visit /cruisers-workshop.html.

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he federal government recently awarded 11 teams of scientists at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science (VIMS) more than $1 million to study some of the Chesapeake Bay’s most important fisheries. Coming from the Chesapeake Bay Office of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the money will fund population and health research projects on blue catfish, blue crabs, cownose rays, oysters, soft-shell clams, and striped bass. The VIMS teams will partner with academia, industry, and government agencies in Virginia and Maryland to do field and laboratory studies of these Bay creatures. Roughly double the amount NOAA provided last year, the boost is partly the result of President Barack Obama’s executive order to clean up the Bay. Old Dominion University and Virginia Commonwealth University also received grants. Learn more by visiting

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Drum Roll, Please

he results are in for two annual competitions. First, during the Great Fells Point Eggnog Contest December 3, One-Eyed Mike’s mixed it up into first place, The Daily Grind concocted second place, and Alexander’s Tavern took home third place. Todd Conner’s and Caviar & Cobwebs received honorable mentions. In keeping with tradition, a highly coveted plaque was awarded to the first-place winner. Second, a little birdie told us that this year, Maryland had the best of all state trees during the National Christmas Tree celebration on the Mall in Washington, DC. The ornaments were brilliant and included whimsical turtles and fish. Congrats to the students of Central Middle School in Edgewater, MD, for some fine and fishy festive decorations.

On Your Mark. Get Set. Plunge! by Beth Crabtree


ou charge into the water, and it’s absolutely shocking. Inevitably, you get splashed, and as you swear incessantly, you have to man-up and slip under the water. It quickly becomes painful; it’s the kind of cold that turns men into little girls. Then, you run out and huddle around with your friends and talk about what heroes you are. You promise yourself that you’ll never do it again. But then you do, because it’s all about raising the money for a good cause,” says veteran plunger Scott Farquarson of Annapolis Bay Charters, referring to his experiences at the Maryland State Police (MSP) Polar Bear Plunge. Last year, Farquarson and his buddies chose a theme of Ice Floe Rodeo, dressed as cowboys, and raised approximately $6000 for Special Olympics Maryland, the beneficiary of the Plunge. ‘Tis the season to be freezin’; if you’re going to be cold anyway, why not go all out and join in a Plunge? January 28 at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis, join in the 16th annual MSP Polar Bear Plunge and help Special Olympics Maryland. For $50 in pledges, freeze your arse off in the icy waters of the Bay along with thousands of other crazy brave folks. Cool prizes are awarded for amounts raised above $50. The event is a full-day Plungapalooza with a heated festival tent, live music, games, a kids’ corner, a costume contest, and warm food and drink for sale. Visit for details and to register. Want to plunge in the ocean? February 4, the 20th annual Polar Plunge in Virginia Beach, VA, benefits Special Olympics Virginia. Don’t miss the sand sculptures and ice carvings. For more details, click to Another Atlantic Ocean plunge takes place in Seaside Heights, NJ, on February 25. Or, plunge into warm water at the Wildwood (NJ) Convention Center. For more plunges around the Bay, see page 20.

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Richmond Fishing Expo State Fairgrounds of Virginia, Doswell, VA.


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Polar Bear Plunges Virginia Beach, VA. Cool School Challenge, Winter Festival, and Pee Wee Plunge. Benefits Special Olympics Virginia.

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Lewes Polar Bear Plunge Rehoboth Beach, DE. Benefits Special Olympics Delaware.


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Marine Radio Operator Permit Class Annapolis Elks Lodge #622. $150 for CAPCA members; $185 others.


Sea Kayak Fiberglass Workshop Annapolis Harbor Boat Yard. $5 includes barbecue.

Pasadena Sportfishing Flea Market and Show Severna Park, MD.

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Marine and Maritime Career Fair 1 to 4 p.m. Annapolis High School. Grades seven through 12.


Saltwater Fishing Expo Annapolis Elks Lodge # 622, Edgewater, MD. $5.

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The Way South Photos and Story by Ed and Elaine Henn


##Sun sets over a South Carolina marsh.

Ed and Elaine Henn, PropTalk’s intrepid Annapolis-area distribution team, took delivery of their new Ranger Tug 27 Bay Ranger in October, with plans to cruise south on the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to the Florida Keys. In the first of two installments, we follow the Henns’ adventures from Annapolis south to the Florida line.


hen you start scratching more things off your “to do” list than you are putting on, you are getting ready to go. So it was as we inched toward November 7, 2011, when we eased out of our slip in Eastport and headed down the Chesapeake Bay. It was a mere 11 days earlier that we had taken delivery of our new Ranger Tug 27. We figured that heading south on the ICW in a brand-new boat with almost no opportunity for a shakedown cruise probably wasn’t the smartest thing we ever did, but probably not the dumbest either. We had cruised the ICW before in our Ranger Tug 25 Bay Ranger, so we were generally familiar

with the boat, although we have to admit the improvements and upgrades in our new Ranger Tug 27 (also named Bay Ranger) make it an even better boat for this type of cruise. On both our previous trips south (2002 to 2003 in a sailboat and on our Ranger Tug 25 in 2008 to 2009), we left the third week in October. It has been somewhat painful to look at our logs of those trips and see how much farther south we were on corresponding dates. After a couple of beautiful nights at anchor, we encountered more than the usual number of weather delays on the Bay. It was not until November 19, day 12 of the cruise, that we reached Hampton Roads, VA, at the mouth of the Bay.

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Break On Through


ccording to the operation manual for Bay Ranger’s new Yanmar 180-horsepower diesel engine, it was to be broken in under load with limited operation at low rpms for the first 50 engine hours. Being old sailors, it pained us to run the boat at intervals of high rpms, but the tradeoff was that we got places much faster. After the break-in period, I’ll have to say that we probably won’t return to our normal seven-knot cruising speed of yesteryear! Only one incident came back to bite us on taking a boat south without a shakedown. After a quiet night on the hook on St. Leonard Creek (off the Patuxent River near Solomons, MD) the engine would not start. It wouldn’t turn over, it wouldn’t grunt—nada. Ed went through all the troubleshooting things he could think of and then called the factory. They walked us through a few additional steps, but she still wouldn’t start. To make a long story short, a long tow back to Solomons and a short diagnosis by a Yanmar technician, the problem was solved. The shifting lever safety switch in the engine compartment had come loose and was not making the proper contact necessary for the engine to start. A couple of screws were tightened, and we were back in business. Our son, daughter-in-law, and grandsons came down to visit us at Solomons. We had a nice visit, but it also reminded us that we really hadn’t gone very far in our first four days. Finally, after two more days of small-craft warnings for the Bay, it was on to Deltaville, VA, after a pleasant overnight anchorage on Antipoison Creek. Legend has it that it was so named because it is where local Indians used creek mud to treat Captain John Smith for a venomous stingray encounter.

We had our 50-hour engine service completed at Deltaville Boatyard. On Friday November 18, we headed to Hampton Roads after an overnight anchorage on the Poquoson River. The ICW takes on a whole new character here. It is as if the Chesapeake Bay was Chapter One and now we were starting Chapter Two. The chapter started with a review of the huge warships at the Norfolk Naval Base (the world’s largest), which had a complete array of vessels on display. They seemed even bigger from the helm of a 27-foot boat.

Oh, Way Down South in the Land of Dixie…


he next character change took place as we entered the beautiful Dismal Swamp Canal. It is one of our favorite stretches on the ICW. This 22-mile-long canal, protected by locks at each end, is a magical ride in the fall with autumn colors of the tree-lined shore mirrored in the calm waters of the narrow canal. After a free overnight tie-up at the North Carolina Visitors Center, we transited the

winding, scenic Pasquotank River to Elizabeth City, NC. Once again, the weather gods were good to us as we crossed the Albemarle Sound and Alligator River, both of which can whip up some mean chop in windy conditions. Next up was the AlligatorPungo Canal, sort of a big brother to the Dismal Swamp Canal, which is equally remote and beautiful.


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hanksgiving was upon us, and we decided to stop at the River Forest Marina in Belhaven, NC. Memories of the “World Famous Buffet” at the manor lingered from our 2002 stopover. Unfortunately, we found the manor closed, so it was off on foot to the grocery on the outskirts of town to round out our onboard Thanksgiving fixings. We were given a ride to the grocery by Roger, a member of the local Baptist church, who invited us to the church’s annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. We mentioned that there were a few other

##Bay Ranger locks through the Deep Creek lock on the Great Dismal Swamp Canal with a wind-powered neighbor.

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##That’s tannic acid, dude. The brown waters of the Great Dismal Swamp Canal get their color from decaying leaves and vegetation.

folks at the marina who might enjoy the event, and the invitation was extended to all. By the way, Roger’s hospitality included waiting while we picked up a few things at the grocery store and driving us back to the marina. A delegation of six hungry boaters took part in the Thanksgiving meal at the church, joining about 40 other community members. It was home cooking at its best, and the congregation wouldn’t let us leave until we filled a takeout plate to carry back to the boat with us for the evening.

After a beautiful trip down Bogue Sound south of Morehead City, NC, and an overnight anchorage at Mile Hammock near the training ranges of Camp Lejeune, it was on through to Wrightsville Beach, NC. We stayed a night at the newly renovated marina at Carolina Beach State Park. We found it a great place to stay, and it was within walking distance to a small shopping center with a grocery and Pizza Hut.



Passing the Buck

n the day after Thanksgiving, while millions were out hunting bargains at the shopping centers, we found ourselves on the remote Hoboken Canal between Belhaven and Beaufort, NC. The only signs of life we saw were occasional fishermen and duck hunters. As we traveled south on the canal, Ed saw what he thought was a snag of limbs in the water. Looking closer, we could see that it a large deer with a huge rack swimming along in the channel. As we approached, it quickly swam to shore, climbed out, and watched warily as we passed by. Seeing the first dolphins of the trip rounded out our passage to Beaufort.

We Didn’t See Robert DeNiro on a Houseboat

he Cape Fear River, which can get quite nasty, behaved itself as we followed it through Southport, NC, and on to an anchorage on Calabash Creek north of Myrtle Beach, SC, where we dropped the hook just ahead of a rainstorm. Strong winds prompted an unwanted, late-night foul weather gear drill so we could go forward and put out more anchor line. The pleasant result was sound sleep for the rest of the night. We continued to get our daily dose of dolphins. They love to swim close to the boat and surf Bay Ranger’s wake. We also spotted a number of bald eagles on the narrower rivers and cuts. We passed through

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Pungo, Coosaw, and Wadmalaw rivers, and Toogoodoo and Wapoo creeks, just to name a few. In South Carolina, we began to see a few palm trees in the forest mix along the shores, which gave us another hint that we were truly getting farther south. The crossing of ##Shrimp boats sit quietly at the dock with spooky fog as a backdrop in South Carolina. Charleston Harbor was a smooth one with the impressive Ft. Sumter to port and the picturesque skyline of the Myrtle Beach area next, which was replete with lovely waterfront homes, shop- Charleston glowing in the bright early morning sun. ping centers, and a golf course. We had been out three weeks as we arSouth of Myrtle Beach, the ICW rived in Beaufort, SC—one of our favorite returns to more natural surroundings. We ports of call. It is the quintessential small find the Waccamaw River to be one of the southern town, and we found it all decked most beautiful on the Waterway. Then, for out for the holidays. nearly half a day, we passed through the remote Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge.


What’s in a Name?

he names of the waterways in South Carolina are much different from those on the Chesapeake Bay. There are the Ashepoo, Great Pee Dee, Dawho,

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s we traveled south through Georgia, we noticed that the character of the ICW changes once again. Golden sea grasses line the route, tidal ranges increase to seven to eight feet, and there is a lot

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new year Financing and Insuring Your New Boat by Beth Crabtree


aving read the first installment of “New Year, New Boat” in our January issue, you’re likely high on the dream of a new boat for the 2012 season. For those in the proper financial position, this is a great time to take advantage of the many well-priced boats and favorable interest rates. Here, we cover the basics of securing financing and insurance for your new vessel.

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Getting Started

he first thing to do is shop around to get some rate quotes,” suggests Jim Christie, a nine-time boat owner who knows his way around a variety of boats and financial issues. “Boat shows are great places to do that because you can pick up brochures from local companies, get rate quotes on the spot, and speak face-to-face with a real person. The rates all tend to be competitive and relatively close, because most all finance companies that exhibit at boat shows are reputable and have been in business for a while. By talking in person, you’ll find out whom you are more comfortable with, who seems most interested, and who is most responsive in terms of follow-up. You want someone who is thorough. This is not the time to shop online and hope for the best,” advises Christie.

From the lender’s perspective, Don Parkhurst, senior vice president with SunTrust Bank, tells PropTalk, “There are two misperceptions we see when we’re out talking to people ##Reading the fine print is imperative when you go to settle your new boat financing. Photo by Gary Reich at places such as boat shows. One is that it’s difficult to find a bank to do a marine loan. market, be careful. “Unfortunately, we have The second is that these days you have to go seen a problem with bait-and-switch scams through a lot of hoops to borrow money.” In where the consumer later finds out that a reality, “There are plenty of loans available, very low advertised rate isn’t what he or she and the standards haven’t changed that really qualifies for,” warns Parkhurst. much,” says Parkhurst, who’s been in the An educated consumer should know his business for more than 30 years. credit score. They range from 400 to 800. Higher scores are better since they indicate you are less of a risk for lending purposes. hen it comes to loan terms and rates, “Generally, if your score is below 680, Parkhurst advises, “They will vary you’ll have more trouble getting a loan. based on the age of the boat and the amount But, with a score above 700, you’ll have borrowed. For a smaller boat, such as a ski plenty of options,” says Parkhurst. Take boat or any boat that is $25,000 or less, note that insurers may also look at your terms are about 10 to 12 years. For motor credit score to determine their risk. yachts in the $75,000 range on up, terms are generally 15 to 20 years. With used boats, a standard term is 20 years for a boat up to hen you’re financing a boat, there about 15 years in age. But for an older modare three main lending sources: a el, the term may be significantly shorter.” traditional bank, the dealer from whom Regarding interest rates, they vary widely you buy your boat, or a marine finance brobecause of the many products available. ker, also called a marine service company. “Expect to pay higher rates if you have credit “For the average consumer, it’s well worth blemishes or if it’s a smaller loan,” says it to work with a marine service company,” Parkhurst. Lower rates are generally associsays Parkhurst. “They look at the consumated with variable interest or products that ers’ particular situations and place them have a balloon. However, if you see a rate or with the right bank to get the best rate. get a quote that is way below the rest of the Since marine service companies are


Terms and Rates

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##Too good to be true? If it sounds like it, it probably is. Make sure you know what you’re getting into before signing on the dotted line. A good marine finance professional can help you with the details. Photo by Gary Reich

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new year looking at rates nationwide and only dealing with banks that do marine lending on a large scale, consumers generally get a better rate. Marine service companies can also offer a complete package, assisting you with documentation and insurance,” Parkhurst adds. To get your loan, you will need to secure it. Two common ways are a collateral loan and a home equity loan. With a collateral boat loan, the boat’s value is the lender’s security. With a home equity loan, your home secures the loan. Need we say it? Be careful about putting your home at risk because of your boat. If the boat has a galley, head, and berth, it may qualify as a second home, and interest payments may be tax deductible. In the case of the home equity loan especially, many specific tax law restrictions and financial planning strategies are at play. Do your homework thoroughly or consult a professional financial advisor.

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f you’re not borrowing money or taking out insurance, procuring a marine surveyor to assess the condition and value of the vessel is your own decision. But lenders and insurers often require it. Parkhurst says, “Survey requirements vary by bank. With a newer model or less expensive boat, the lender may not require it. But if the boat is more than a couple of years old or the loan amount is greater than $25,000, lenders usually require a survey.” Keep reading to learn under what conditions insurance companies require a survey. And, remember, the buyer pays the survey cost.



Boat Insurance Basics

our new boat will surely provide many happy hours on the water. However, unforeseen and unfortunate circumstances may befall you and your boat someday. Therefore, it’s a good idea to consider purchasing boat insurance, which can protect you financially in the event that you and your boat suffer misfortune. Essentially, we are talking about an asset protection policy. Sad scenarios of this type might be a collision, storm damage, theft, a docking mishap, or impact with a submerged object. For the new boat owner, PropTalk offers boating insurance basics. Use them as a starting point, remembering that every boat and her owner are unique. Do your homework, and ask lots of questions. The more you know, the better off you will be.


To Begin With…

lthough insurance isn’t mandated by the state, it will likely be required if you’re financing the boat, and most marinas require liability protection on all boats. For fiberglass boats 10 years and older and for wooden boats five years and older, a survey will probably be required before the boat can be insured. Boats older than 30 years may need specialty coverage. Talk with your insurance agent candidly and thoughtfully about where and how you plan to use your boat. “It’s critical to have that conversation,” says Steve Stusek, an experienced insurance agent

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A Little Terminology, Please

s you enter into conversations with the agent, be aware of basic boat insurance terminology. Insurers classify watercraft measuring 26 feet or shorter as “boats,” and they deem vessels measuring 26 feet and one inch or more to be “yachts.” Because yachts are more complex, often travel greater distances, and may carry a crew, yacht insurance is more specialized. In the event that a claim is paid out, yacht insurance generally pays an agreed-upon value that has been determined upfront, generally with the assistance of a marine surveyor. In contrast, boat protection is more basic, and generally insures the owner for the actual cash value of the boat, which is the replacement cost minus depreciation. “Since you’re protecting against financial loss with your policy, you may want to ask about a non-depreciation clause,” says Teresa Nilsen, an Allstate agent in Annapolis with over 20 years of experience. Another way to address depreciation is to insure for an agreed-upon value even if your boat isn’t classified as a yacht.

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xpect your policy to have a defined area of operation in which your boat is covered. This is the ratings

factor or navigational range. “As you might expect, ocean ratings are more expensive than inland and coastal uses,” says Nilsen. If a Bay boater takes her boat down the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway to vacation in Florida, a short-term rider can be purchased. Travel during the Atlantic hurricane season is often geographically limited, too. But extending coverage can be expensive, and not all policies allow for it. That’s one reason why the dialogue with your agent is so important. “Disclosing your game plan for the boat’s future use helps the agent place you with a company that will allow you to extend your navigational range in future years,” says Stusek.

What’s Covered?


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hen it comes to what’s covered and what’s not, ask many specific questions. “Liability, hull, engine, and trailer coverage are all parts that the policy should contain,” Nilsen advises. Hull coverage protects what we think of as “the boat” and may cover the engine, too. “Generally, an inboard motor is considered part of the hull and is covered, while an outboard motor will be insured separately,” Nilsen says. Trailers are always insured separately. Your liability coverage will protect you in the event of personal injury or damage to another boat. “Fuel spills are usually covered, but not always,” Nilsen says. Since you may keep thousands of dollars of boating toys and sports equipment aboard, make sure you know what’s covered and what’s not. “Generally, insurance will cover up to 10 percent of the value of the boat for items that are used only on the boat and are considered part of the boat.

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Often these items are screwed down,” says Nilsen. Think built-in electronics. In most cases, if you can walk off the boat and take an item with you, then it is excluded from coverage. Such items might be fishing gear, ski equipment, a hand held VHF, your portable chartplotter, or your laptop.


Finding an Agent


o find an agent, ask for names from people you trust. “Get a referral from a dockmate or friend who is an experienced boater, or ask an industry professional that you’re dealing with, such as your broker, surveyor, or lender,” says Stusek. Or, start with the agent that insures your home or auto. “It may be cost effective to go with the same company that insures your home and auto, but be sure to determine whether he or she knows about boat insurance, in particular,” says Nilsen. “You want to find someone knowledgeable, but you also have to like who you’re working with,” says Stusek. “If you like and respect one another, it will help you get the most appropriate protection at the best price,” he adds.

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Cuddy Cabins and

Express Cruisers by Gary Reich

cruiser (noun) ‘krü-z r e

cuddy (noun) ‘k -dē e

1. A small cabin or shelter on a ship.


ne day while our magazine staff was sitting around the PropTalk lair pondering the meaning of life, we took up the question of which powerboaters we thought really made use of their boats. That means more than once a month, folks. Obviously anglers came up first, since fishermen often use their boat two or three times in a week, but the other group that came up were cuddy cabin and express cruiser owners. While these types of boats sometimes get a snide glance down the nose from a few powerboaters, cuddy cabin and express cruiser owners sure look as if they love and use the hell out of these vessels. Regals, Cruisers, Tiaras, Four Winns, Monterey, Sea Rays, Chaparrals, Rinkers,

1. Also called a pleasure boat, especially one that is power-driven and has a cabin.

Formulas, and Bayliners, and recently Beneteau, are some of the names in this game. We’ve see them at dock bars, en masse at AquaPalooza events, anchored up remote creeks, at hydroplane races, or beached on sand bars for afternoon picnics. They are seemingly everywhere, and by large, their owners are quite enthusiastic about the boating scene. What is it about these types of boats that finds them so frequently used? We asked some cuddy cabin and express cruiser owners to find out.

Cuddy Cabins: What Are They?


ut first we should probably loosely define these boats. Generally speaking, a cuddy cabin boat is one with a fairly expansive, single-level deck with a small cabin space situated forward of the helm. An express cruiser is normally larger, but also higher off the water with a large forward deck, an elevated helm area, and sometimes a lower cockpit level aft of the helm. While not always the rule, these boats tend to have open interior plans with common galley/dining/sleeping areas versus bulkhead-separated staterooms. To round up some cuddy cabin and express cruiser owners, PropTalk put a call out on Facebook, Twitter, and the PropTalk website. ##Scott Gelo and Jenn Bickford along with their cruising Within minutes, an eager companion Lucy. The couple cruise their Sea Ray 240 Sundancer Scott Gelo pinged us with to remote Bay creeks almost every weekend of the season. Photo courtesy of Scott Gelo an e-mail telling us about 34 February 2012 PropTalk

##Fantastic four... Photo courtesy of Sea Ray

his 2004 Sea Ray 240 Sundancer, which he, his wife Jenn, and their black lab Lucy cruise quite enthusiastically in the Middle Bay region through the summer and into late fall.

Today Is Better Than Tomorrow

The couple told us that the purchase of their boat was primarily price-driven. Jenn says, “Price was definitely a consideration when we started looking for this boat.” She adds, “We had been thinking about our dreamboat for a couple of years, but we finally decided that if we waited until we could afford our dreamboat, we’d never go boating. That led us to start looking for a boat that was more within reach so we could go cruising every weekend.” Scott and Jenn found their Sea Ray 240 Sundancer on the Severn River. Scott says, “We bought her from a gentleman on the Severn River who had basically given up on using the boat. She was covered with leaves and branches when we first looked at her, so it was obvious that she hadn’t been used in quite a while. Once we’d purchased her, we spent a lot of time scrubbing, waxing, and getting her ready for the water.”

Run Away from the Rat Race

Even though they have only had Second Wind (a play on the couples’ original passion for sailing) for one full cruising season, Scott and Jenn have put many weekends “under her keel.” “We like to find and explore the small creeks and isolated places on the Bay,” says Jenn. Scott adds, “You can usually find us anchored out at the head of a creek somewhere most weekends. We really like to get away from the frenetic pace of the busier locales on the

Bay. I don’t think there is a creek on the South River we haven’t explored.” And like many cuddy and express cruiser owners, Scott and Jenn don’t often leave Second Wind idle for any length of time. Scott says, “We use the boat just about every weekend during the summer. It’s something we always look forward as the end of the week draws near.” Jenn says, “It’s only in late July and the early part of August when we cut back on cruising a little, since we don’t have air conditioning on the boat. That’s when we go out tubing and waterskiing to keep cool,” Scott adds.

Cruising Convenience

Owning a cuddy cabin or smaller express cruiser enables you to trailer the boat or use high-and-dry storage facilities. Scott says, “We keep our boat in a boatel, which is really convenient and means we’re not constantly worrying about the condition of the bottom, or what might be happening to the boat if we had her in a slip. It’s nice to be able to call the marina, have them splash the boat, and then drive down to the South River knowing we can just hop on the boat and go.” So for this Bay couple, the attractiveness of their cuddy/cruiser comes down to affordability, convenience, and cruisability. Second Wind provides an ideal platform for overnight cruising and creek-hopping while getting them on the water now, versus waiting for their dreamboat 10 years from now.

Make Mine an Express


hen PropTalk thinks of express cruisers, we envision sleek, larger vessels without a distinct cabin/deck/hull separation, multi-level decks for boating fun and entertainment, and more expansive interior accommodations that often use the under-deck space created by their height, even in the aft section of the boat. Some have separate staterooms and cabins, but you’ll generally find similar open interior plans like their smaller cousins.

Another Happy Customer

Ruth Day says, “We’ve totally enjoyed Day Dreamer, a 3470 Model Express Cruiser from Cruisers Yachts. Six years ago, we bought her from Clarks Landing in Shady Side, MD; their customer service has always been fantastic. We keep her off Back Creek in Annapolis. She cruises quite quietly and smoothly, handles rough weather well, and is comfortable when under way. While my husband, Jim, loves her speed, I’m more of a retired sailor than anything else and enjoy the creature comforts of a powerboat.”

##Scott and Lucy watch the sun go down on one of their weekend adventures aboard Second Wind, a Sea Ray 240 Sundancer. Photo courtesy of Scott Gelo

Bigger and Better

Ruth adds, “Previously, we owned an older Cruisers Yacht that still ran well for her age. Soon, we’d like to move up to a 40- or 42foot express cruiser from the same manufacturer, Cruisers Yachts. We’d like to have larger accommodations for longer cruises on the Bay and elsewhere, such as more cabin room for entertaining and simply to spread out a little more. Jim and I often travel with friends who have cruisers and raft up together or anchor close by in different coves on the Bay to enjoy cocktails and dinner.”

Thinking Ahead

“I wanted to get back into boating so much that I obtained my 50ton captain’s license and have plans to use our boat professionally, maybe chartering. This year, we hope to cruise south on the Bay. We really enjoy Bay Creek Marina in Cape Charles, VA, because of the beautiful golf course, nice restaurants, and excellent marina. We also like the Tides Inn off the Rappahannock River; again, it’s got golf. We also like cruising to Onancock, VA; it’s another nice place to visit and enjoy a beer and/or dinner,” Ruth says.

So, What Have We Learned?


uddy cabins and express cruisers are well-loved vessels. As often as possible, their owners use them to get away from it all. Once sailors, many owners now enjoy the creature comforts of powerboats. People who own these types of boats have found fun ways to live and love the liquid lifestyle. You can too. Simply turn to page 28 to learn more about how to make that happen this year.

##Day Dreamer visited Riverwalk Landing in Yorktown, VA (R-L): Jim and Ruth Day and Joan and Joe Crean. Photo courtesy of Ruth Day

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Policing Maryland’s Winter Fisheries Photos and story by Gary Reich


n January 31 of last year, Maryland Natural Resources Police (NRP) officers uncovered the first set of illegally anchored gill nets near the mouth of Eastern Bay. Few were prepared to see what they discovered: thousands of pounds of dead striped bass tangled up in a sickening mess of green monofilament. By the time the end of February rolled around, NRP had uncovered several more illegal gill nets in the waters surrounding Kent Island. In all, more than 12 tons of illegally netted striped bass were seized. Oysters also suffered concerning losses. Several individuals were apprehended scraping up oyster sanctuaries under the cover of darkness or heavy fog last winter with the help of anonymous tipsters.

Almost a year later, many are reflecting back and wondering what NRP is doing to ensure that a repeat performance isn’t in the works for 2012. To find out, PropTalk arranged to ride along with 10-year NRP veteran Cpl. Roy Rafter and Ofc. Greg Harris. I met Cpl. Rafter and Ofc. Harris in St. Michaels, MD, early (5:45 a.m. to be precise) on the opening day of the rockfish gill net season—December 6. As we motored out of Church Cove into the harbor aboard Cpl. Rafter’s 25-foot Sea Ark VC Commander patrol craft, he pointed out the new Hummingbird 1198c side-imaging/GPS unit that we would be using to look for gill nets. All of the pilings, bulkheads, and other underwater structures showed up with stunning detail on the large display. “We just received training on these new units yesterday,” Cpl. Rafter said, adding, “I’m really excited to get out here and see how these gill nets show up on there.” ##Three watermen haul in a lengthy gill net near Thomas Point on the Chesapeake Bay.

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On our way out into the Miles River, Cpl. Rafter also let me try out a pair of night vision binoculars, which showed far away targets with amazing clarity. Cpl. Rafter said, “We can get set up on shore or from the boat with these and keep an eye on what’s happening. Even a small LED headlamp or a cigarette lighter shows up with incredible brightness on these.” I asked Cpl. Rafter how they deal with the thick, dense fog, which can sometimes obscure poachers from view. Cpl. Rafter replied, “We have an incredibly sensitive Furuno radar unit on which boats show up very effectively. Just last week we spotted a target in an oyster sanctuary, snuck up very quietly on it, and when we stepped on the boat, the people onboard nearly had a heart attack. It turns out it was a research vessel, and they were only doing studies, but the crew was impressed that we have the tools to sneak up in most any condition.”

##Cpl. Roy Rafter (L) and Ofc. Greg Harris (R) cull through a waterman’s oyster catch. This fellow’s catch had more than seven percent undersized oysters and earned a citation.

##Boxes of gill nets sit ready for deployment.

Once he had shown me all of the sneaky gizmos NRP uses to spot lawbreakers, he opened up the floodgates on the twin, 225-horsepower E-TEC Evinrude outboards and blasted toward Bloody Point at 40 mph through a stiff chop. It was near there last year where Cpl. Rafter and Ofc. Harris had made the initial gill net discovery. When we entered the Bay, only a few boats could be seen setting nets, but Cpl. Rafter said he wanted to check all of them. “We want them to know we’re here and checking up to make sure things are right,” Cpl. Rafter said. As Cpl. Rafter and Ofc. Harris boarded each vessel, they checked all the nets for size and proper markings, inspected documentation and licensing, and inspected any catches that had been made. Cpl. Rafter said, “These guys aren’t catching much, because the water hasn’t cooled down enough. Come January and February, this area will be hopping.” As we continued to circle the area, we could see many gill nets on the side-imaging monitor. Cpl. Rafter said, “See them there? They show up like thin white threads, and we can also see if they are anchored. This will save us a lot of time dragging for illegal nets. We’ll also set up scopes on shore at night and during the day to keep an eye out for any illegal netting. Night time is when a lot of the illegal activity takes place, so we set up surveillance from shore.” Once we’d checked all of the fishing vessels, Cpl. Rafter pointed us toward Knapps Narrows. “I have received some tips that some of the bad boys are back on the Choptank pulling undersize

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oysters, so I want to go check that out today,” Cpl. Rafter said. As we cleared Knapps Narrows, Cpl. Rafter received an anonymous text about a boat power dredging for oysters in a handtong area just around the corner. Cpl. Rafter said, “I received a tip about this same boat from a property owner on Sunday. Dredging is not allowed on Sundays.” As we approached Nelson Island Shoal ##I spy a poacher... Cpl. Roy Rafter checks to see near Broad Creek, Cpl. if a reported oysterman is over the line or not. Rafter looked up into the hand tong area with a pair of binoculars to see if he could spot the offender. “I can see him, but I can’t tell if he is above the line or not. The only way we’re going to be able to catch him is if we can get up far enough up there before he sees us,” Cpl. Rafter says. As we approached the boat, the skipper saw us and made an immediate turn back toward the power dredge line.

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Policing Maryland’s Winter Fisheries continued... But it was too late—we had already sighted his position from fixed land points and plotted the coordinates of where he had his dredge down with GPS. Cpl. Rafter then called these coordinates in to the Maryland Department of Natural Resources’ Hydrographic Office to find out how far outside the line the boat was operating. He also took the GPS coordinates of the buoy that marks the boundary between the power dredge and hand tong areas to see if it was on station. Cpl. Rafter says, “The buoys get moved all the time by people, so they are only there as a guideline. Every waterman with an oyster endorsement gets a bound book each year, which gives the exact boundaries and GPS coordinates of oyster sanctuaries, hand-tong areas, and power dredge boundaries. This ensures the watermen know exactly where they can—and can’t—harvest oysters.” Only a few minutes later, the gentlemen from the Hydrographic Office phoned back and gave Cpl. Rafter the news. “That coordinate is 591 feet outside the power-dredge area, and the buoy is 40 feet off station,” the cartographer said. At this point, we had been circling the area for about 20 minutes, prompting the waterman to approach us first. He asked, “Is there something wrong?” Cpl. Rafter responded, “We unfortunately sighted you above the power dredge area. We’d like to come aboard and check your catch.”

Cpl. Rafter said, “I’m not trying to give you a hard time, but you should know that I have been getting calls about this boat.” The waterman responded, “That’s just other guys trying to give me a hard time. You can’t believe them.” Cpl. Rafter responded, “It wasn’t a waterman—it was a property owner complaining about a vessel with your boat’s name and a loud exhaust dredging here on Sunday. Are there any other boats in this area with your vessel’s name?” A blank look came over the gentleman’s face as Cpl. Rafter issued him a citation for power dredging in a hand tong area. The two and a half bushels of oysters aboard were returned to the reef. Next we headed for Benoni Point near the Tred Avon River. As we approached the fleet working the point, Cpl. Rafter noticed a vessel departing the area. Cpl. Rafter said, “I’m going to keep an eye on that one. These guys just don’t pick up and leave like that at this time of day.” After Cpl. Rafter inspected the first boat’s catch, he tracked down the departing boat with a pair of binoculars and pointed his patrol craft in that direction. As we moved up on the swift-moving deadrise, Cpl. Rafter noted unculled oysters on the culling board and untagged oysters in unapproved holding containers. Cpl. Rafter said, “You have to return that cull material and any undersize oysters to the reef before you leave. You also have to have the oysters in plastic bushel baskets with a proper tag. My bet is this guy took off

##Cpl. Rafter checks the oyster catch on a fine-looking deadrise out of St. Michaels, MD. The boat and her catch checked out OK.

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because he knows he has some small oysters.” Cpl. Rafter’s hunch was right. He found that more than seven percent of the catch was undersize and issued two citations: one for the unculled oysters, and one for the undersize catch. As we headed back toward Knapps Narrows, I asked Cpl. Rafter what he thought about the viewpoint that NRP is only out to make life hard for watermen. Cpl. Rafter said, “My responsibility is to protect the resource and make it so the honest, hard-working watermen can continue to make a living. Remember that husband and wife team I pointed out on our way over here? They are out here every day working their butts off to pay the bills. Why should someone else be able to have it easier by poaching? I’m here for them and to keep the resources safe. That’s my job.” Indeed, most affected, but unfortunately little recognized in the poaching mess are honest Maryland watermen, who rely on these winter fisheries to put food on their families’ tables and pay mortgages and boat notes. Unfortunately, it’s the miscreants who get all the attention. Thanks to the hard work of NRP officers like Cpl. Rafter and Ofc. Harris, though, the bad boys never know whether they’re being watched or not.

##Ofc. Greg Harris (L) and Cpl. Roy Rafter (R) check a vessel’s striped bass harvest permits.

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Cruising Club Notes


As You Plan for 2012…

hy not enter PropTalk’s spring shoreline cleanup contests? If your club submits the most artistic photo of tidal garbage and/or enters the best artwork made of maritime rubbish, you could win fun prizes and be mentioned in PropTalk Magazine. Need fodder for your art? Organize or help with shoreline cleanup days near you this spring and then put April 14 on your club calendars. That Saturday, PropTalk will be near City Dock in Annapolis for a “let’s see what kind of marine trash lies under these docks” event. A state-of-the-art, remote-operated vehicle from the Rozalia Project will pick up trash and debris from the bottom, and participants will showcase what it finds. See page 14 for more of the details. Now, back to business… Yellow perch. Pancakes. A rain check? Billboards. Dinner and dancing. Banquets. These are just some of the topics for discussion in the February installment of Club Notes. Read on. For each month in 2012, your assignment is to send in your club’s plans for getting out on the water this season. By January 25, send your Club Notes and photos, Club Directory updates, and a Corpse Reviver (absinthe and three-fourths ounces each of gin, Cointreau, Lillet Blanc, and lemon juice) (

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he Pasadena Sportfishing Group meets in Severna Park, MD, every second Monday of the month, except in July. During the January 9 meeting, Tim Cambell talked about yellow perch fishing. Every meeting features prizes, drawings, and good fishing friends. Don’t miss the January 18 meeting ( —by George Bentz and Natalie Menage


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hat does the Rockville Sail and Power Squadron (RSPS) do in winter? We take more courses! The Weather Course recently visited the National Weather Service’s office in Sterling, VA (right), where staff described their marine forecast reporting and highlighted their operations center. We had another wonderful holiday celebration in Silver Spring, MD, and are preparing for our annual Pancake Breakfast in early January ( —by Chuck Wells

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embers of the Chesapeake Yacht Club Ladies Auxiliary gave the Box of Rain Foundation a check for $2300. These proceeds from their fall Mardi Gras event will help fund bus transportation services for Box of Rain’s 2012 summer program benefiting local kids ( —by Kelsa McLaughlin

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he Chesapeake Family Cruising Network is slowly growing. We have a free billboard for people who would like their kids to enjoy the water as much as they do. Members can post questions, ask advice about kid-friendly destinations, and read the archives. Sign up by sending an e-mail to CFCNetwork-subscribe@yahoogroups. com or (the founder and moderator). —by Steve Codor


Having a Ball

n January 27-29, Back Creek Yacht Club members will attend the 10th Commodore’s Ball weekend at Westin Park Place in Annapolis. Saturday the 28th is the big celebration, featuring dinner with wine, the new officers installation ceremony, a delightful silent auction, and dancing to Robin & the Rhythmix. Leaving nothing to chance, Pam and John Loving and Ray Blake and Brenda Ripley (below) attended a chef’s tasting of all the appetizers, entrees, and dessert for the upcoming ball. The new officers are commodore Steve Bacon, vice commodore John Loving, rear commodore Bill Kranzer, fleet captain John Yates, secretary Karen Kranzer, and treasurer Mary Bowie. Mary Ross and Shay Collins will join J.J. Sul##BCYC members check out the food for the Commodore’s Ball this January. livan, Dale Schultz, Ted Edmunds, and Jamie Ritter on the Board of Governors. On February 18, the second annual club Mardi Gras Party at Bay Hills Gold Club in Arnold, MD, will feature a French-themed dinner. Come join the fun. Check events and membership for 2012 at backcreekyc. org. —by Otto Hetzel

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istrict 5 of the U.S. Power Squadrons (USPS) held our annual Fall Education Conference at the Wyndham Hotel in Gettysburg, PA, November 4-6. Approximately 200 educational leaders attended sessions on a range of topics. Recognizing District 5’s dedication to promoting safe and competent boating, representatives of the Portuguese Navy awarded the Magellan Award and Caravel Award to deserving squadrons in the region. There was plenty of time for dinners, banquets, and other festivities (left). District 5 is composed of 34 local squadrons (3500 members) bordering the waters of the Atlantic, the Chesapeake and Delaware Bays, and their tributaries in the Chesapeake Bay watershed ( —by Paul Mermelstein

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t may be hard to imagine now in the dead of winter, but only 97 days separate Chesapeake Bay powerboat racing fans from the water-splitting Power in the Park series, which will kick off the race season April 21 in Portsmouth, VA. Next up is the Greenwood Lake Regatta at Greenwood Lake, NJ, followed by the Carolina Cup Regatta in Elizabeth City, NC, and the Thunder on the Narrows races at Kent Island Yacht Club of Hambrooks Bay on Kent Island. PropTalk had not yet received the official Offshore Power-

boat Racing Association’s 2012 race schedule at press time, but we should have it printed in our March issue. If you have paid any attention to the last few Racing News reports, you’re aware that President’s Cup racing will return to Washington, DC, June 15-17 at National Harbor on the Potomac River. Think unlimited hydroplanes up to 32 feet in length with 3000-horsepower Lycoming T55 L7C turbines strapped on top. They give “water-shredding” a new meaning. Stay tuned for more President’s Cup details as they become available.

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triple-spreader outriggers, Palm Beach Pod single-lever controls, new electronics, and a wrap-around helm station. Our Hatteras 53 project continues as we install a new hardtop and new Corian cockpit counters and give her a completely new look with fresh Awlgrip and varnish. Also in the paint shed are a 36-foot Luhrs and a 39-foot O’Neal Jones, which will both get Awlgrip treatments.” Edwards adds, “We’re also rebuilding a 30-foot ProKat, which sunk in its slip; repainting the power plant and gelcoating the washboards on ##Vessel maintenance manager Mike Gorman (L) and docent volunteer John “Doc” Hawkinson (R) check out a 1931 37-foot Potomac River Dory at CBMM. Photo courtesy of CBMM


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“Book learnin’ takes a while, but hand learnin’ takes a lifetime.” ~ Boat builder David Stevens

old, wintry weather rolled into Bay Country as this report was being assembled; and boatyards, boatshops, and repair outfits were scurrying to handle last-minute winterization, winter storage, and winter repair requests. Despite the cold, boatbuilders will continue to churn out new boats, and many have laid new hulls and jigs for hulls that will launch come spring. Among the new boats that are planned for winter construction are a 22-foot Chesapeake Skiff by Edgewater, MD, shipwright Joe Reid of Mast & Mallet Boatworks; a 22foot, flared-out, Carolina-style, centerconsole fishing machine by Composite Yacht in Trappe, MD; a new model— the Eastport 26—by Eastport Yacht


atrick Edwards of Composite Yacht, reports, “We have the winner of the 2011 White Marlin Open, Tighten Up, in for a service and overhaul, which will last through the winter. We’ll be replacing her 450C Cummins diesels 44 February 2012 PropTalk

Company; a 16-foot custom Garwood Speedster by Dave Hannam at Sarles Boatyard & Marina in Annapolis; and a 23-foot express by Reid Bandy of Bandy Boats in Riva, MD. Stay tuned here for details as these boats are built. As you may have guessed by reading the last few issues of PropTalk, we’re pretty excited about building a boat ourselves. In January, we took possession of Chesapeake Light Craft’s first Cocktail Class Skua Racer kit to come off of its production line and have sorted out all the pieces and parts into a working shape. Keep an eye out for the first article in a series documenting our progress in assembling this cool little eight-foot racing machine in the March issue of PropTalk. with new 600QSC Cummins turbodiesels and new gears. In addition to the engines, she’ll get new five-blade props, PYI Shaft Seals, RCI fuel purifiers, and Racor fuel filters. Above the waterline, we’re installing a new hardtop and tuna tower, Rupp

Hartge Yacht Yard carpenter apprentice Sterling Schlegel replaces frames, planks, stem, and knee on a 1946 Matthews Sedan Cruiser. Photo courtesy of Hartge Yacht Yard

a 24-foot Grady-White; and working on finishing touches for a Composite 35 LB, which is nearing completion. We’re also really excited about a new 22-foot, flared-out, center-console boat we’re assembling the jig for now. We’ll start selling these boats soon, including a 150-horsepower Yamaha and trailer.”


oyce Pully with Zimmerman Marine in Cardinal and Deltaville, VA, and in Deale, MD, writes, “Winterization is the main focus at all three of our yards this time of year. Our new Herrington Harbour North location is working on a list of more than 100 boats. We just took delivery of a new Steyr MO286H43 six-cylinder diesel at our Cardinal location. We will be installing this on a fast-rescue boat, which belongs to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association, over the winter. Some fiberglass repair and reinforcements are being completed prior to the engine installation.” Pully adds, “A Zimmerman 36 is getting a new St. Croix removable davit and Volvo trim tabs in the Cardinal yard, and a 63-foot Burger will get her cabin top and sides painted with Awlgrip over the winter at our Deltaville location.”


oe Reid of Mast & Mallet Boatworks says, “I’m now winterizing some Thomas Point-built boats. Five of these vessels will winter over at Holiday Point Marina. All will receive some tender loving care during the off-season and then will be prepped for spring launches. Also during the winter, I will build a new 17-foot boom out of Sitka spruce for a 47-foot Vagabond.” Reid adds, “We are presently working on a ’50s Rhodes sailboat, which needs some deck beam replacement. Once we have replaced the rotten beams, we

all-new plywood on her bottom and sides and is ready to be flipped so we can install a new deck and interior.”


on Farinholt with Chesapeake Boat Works in Deltaville, worked fast with his crew to get a 1968, 83-foot wooden poweryacht named Black Knight hauled and relaunched for hull and running gear maintenance. Black Knight was built by Goudy and Stevens of East Boothbay, ME, and was formerly a New York Yacht Club committee boat. Farinholt says, “Her

The 83-foot poweryacht Black Knight, built by Goudy & Stevens of East Boothbay, ME, sits on Chesapeake Boat Works’ railway. Photo courtesy of Chesapeake Boat Works

Dave Miller (L) and Mike Heise (R) of Miller Fabrication at Bay Boat Works in North East, MD, fabricate a custom top for a Parker. Photo by Bill Griffin

will rebuild parts of the galley, including the cabinets. Also in the shop is a 36-foot Pacemaker, which is having her main bulkhead repaired using new marine plywood, fiberglass, and epoxy. We’ll also remove some of the sole to replace her water tank. We continue to work away on a 28-foot Cape Dory Flybridge. I’m pulling her windows out, so I can repaint them with Awlgrip. Her interior, which is mostly teak, is all being refinished with three coats of satin varnish. Last, but not least, I am looking forward to start building the outboard version of our 22-foot Chesapeake skiff.”

annual maintenance included bottom paint and servicing of her C-18 Caterpillar power plants. The through-hulls and vent hoses for her holding tanks also were enlarged; and her props, shafts, and couplings were disassembled and cleaned, and PropSpeed was applied before they were reassembled. Her bottom was painted using Interlux Fiberglass Bottomkote NT green, and her stabilizers were painted with Interlux Micron Extra Shark White. We had seven days to complete this project and worked overtime to finish the servicing and maintenance so she could be launched within the owner’s timetable.”


eorge Hazzard of Wooden Boat Restoration in Millington, MD, says, “We are working on converting the electrical system on a 1952, 17-foot Chris-Craft Special from six volts to 12 volts to improve her starting power out on the water. We are also starting to completely replank a 1941, 17-foot Chris-Craft runabout; and Mrs. Wonderful, the 1964, 30-foot Chris-Craft Constellation you reported on in the December issue, is looking wonderful after her new paint job and varnish work.” Hazzard adds, “The 1956, 15-foot Owens we’ve been restoring has Follow us!


olly Kruse with Stingray Point Boat Works in Deltaville, sent this report in via e-mail: “We have several hull painting and complete bottom jobs underway here at the yard. Most recently we repainted a 41-foot Morgan with Awlcraft 2000 and gave her a new fresh brightwork look using Epifanes Rapidclear UV stain. Her decks were also painted with Awlgrip, and some glass work was performed to repair deck hardware that had been relocated. The finished result was nothing short of spectacular.”


erry LeCompte with Dockside Boat Works in Easton, MD, says, “We are refinishing the deck on a beautiful 1930, 26-foot Chris-Craft triple cockpit’ putting a new bottom on a 1954, 22-foot ChrisCraft Holiday; and finishing the final coats of varnish on a 1941, 16-foot Chris-Craft Deluxe.”


ete Mathews with Mathews Brothers Boats in Denton, MD, says, “We are still putting everyone’s boats to bed for the winter. In our shop,

Composite Yacht in Trappe, MD, is building a slick, flared-out, 22-foot centerconsole for a spring delivery. Photo courtesy of Composite Yacht

we Awlgripped our long-term Pearson 35 project and only have a few details to sort out. We also are in the middle of an extensive refurbish job on an older Robbins 40, which includes a new, clean look with Awlgrip.” Mathews adds, “There are a couple of repowers in the mix with a lot of regular winter maintenance, and the new location at Mathews Landing (Bob Stein’s old yard) is keeping us on our toes.”


im Leech with Ruark Boatworks in Cambridge, MD, says, “Smallboat restoration is taking most of our boatshop attention, with three boats now in various stages of repair. The 1940s Pacific One Design Wildcat is getting final paint and varnish as we return her to the colors used on her in the 1960s. With yellow and black sides and matching yellow ‘pin stripes’ along her deck seams, she is a beauty. We have also identified someone to help us rebuild her original 1937 Ford 60-horsepower flat-head V8 engine. Our work on the classic wooden Lightning is also down to finishing work, with topsides and brightwork now getting redone. The Old Town sailboat Tinkerbelle II has been turned over to work on her bottom fastenPropTalk February 2012 45

ings and seams. We’ve made new laminated oak inner and outer stems and a new oak keel plank.”


att Holloway with Deltaville Boatyard in Deltaville says, “Deltaville Boatyard is performing a full array of services on a 2003, 46-foot Grand Banks. She is scheduled to cruise New England and Nova Scotia in 2012, and we are performing a variety of services on this vessel over the winter.

Jason Corsini, with Mast & Mallet Boatworks in Edgewater, MD, installs new planks on an old Dickerson. Photo by Bill Griffin

In addition to regular maintenance, we will perform full mechanical service to her Westerbeke 20- and eight-killowatt generators, including an extensive refit of the cooling system components. Her twin Caterpillar 3126B engines will receive 1000-hour services, including a full fluid analysis of engine oil and transmission oil. Outside, we will sodablast away her old bottom paint, apply a new Interlux 2000E Interprotect barrier coat, and then apply fresh anti-fouling paint. We will also

Paul Gagnon Jr., with Wooden Boat Restoration in Millington, MD, rubs some elbow grease into a 1952, 18-foot ChrisCraft Sportsman. Photo by Bill Griffin

install custom trim tab indicators along with replacement of failed components on the trim tab system.”


racey Munson with the Chesapeake Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels reports that a 37-foot Potomac River Dory, originally built by Francis Raymond “Peg Leg” Hayden in Banks O’Dee, MD, will be undergoing restoration inside the CBMM boat shop over the next few

This deadrise, built by Paul Jones of Hoopers Island, MD, in 1970, gets some love from her new owner at Clark Fiberglass in Centreville, MD. Photo by Bill Griffin

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months. Museum shipwrights, apprentices, and volunteers will replace all of her bottom planks. They also will fabricate a new forefoot piece for her stem and a new section of deadwood with the shaft alley drilled into it. Sixty percent of the boat will also be reframed, with cosmetic upgrades and reinstallation of her engine completing the project. She will be painted in traditional dory colors: green, red, and yellow stripes on the lapped sheer strake, with the topsides and decks white. Like other Po-

Anthony Anson of Washburn’s Boat Yard in Solomons, MD, preps the wheel on a Selene 55. Photo by Bill Griffin

tomac River Dories, this one is planked fore and aft, and her chine rises high above the waterline at her bow. Toward the bow, her sawn frames reach from the keel to the top of her side planks, stopping just short of her lapped sheer strake. Farther aft, her bottom frames are bolted to her side frames, but there is no chine log. The frames are spread at variable intervals. Her tuck stern and shield-shaped transom are typical of the Potomac River Dory style. Her bottom

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10 F

11 SA

12 SU

13 M

14 TU

15 W

12:29 AM 06:46 AM 01:42 PM 08:47 PM 01:23 AM 07:38 AM 02:38 PM 09:45 PM 02:20 AM 08:34 AM 03:31 PM 10:35 PM 03:16 AM 09:29 AM 04:20 PM 11:20 PM 04:08 AM 10:22 AM 05:05 PM

0.6 -0.3 0.9 0.2 0.6 -0.3 0.9 0.1 0.6 -0.3 1.0 0.1 0.6 -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.6 -0.3 1.1


12:00 AM 04:57 AM 11:13 AM 05:47 PM 12:38 AM 05:44 AM 12:03 PM 06:28 PM 01:14 AM 06:30 AM 12:52 PM 07:09 PM 01:49 AM 07:18 AM 01:44 PM 07:51 PM 02:25 AM 08:06 AM 02:38 PM 08:33 PM 03:02 AM 08:57 AM 03:37 PM 09:19 PM 03:43 AM 09:51 AM 04:41 PM 10:07 PM 04:27 AM 10:49 AM 05:51 PM 10:59 PM 05:18 AM 11:50 AM 07:04 PM 11:56 PM 06:16 AM 12:56 PM 08:15 PM

0.0 0.7 -0.3 1.1 -0.1 0.8 -0.4 1.1 -0.1 0.8 -0.4 1.2 -0.2 0.9 -0.3 1.1 -0.2 1.0 -0.3 1.1 -0.3 1.1 -0.2 1.0 -0.3 1.2 -0.1 0.9 -0.3 1.2 0.0 0.8 -0.3 1.2 0.0 0.7 -0.3 1.2 0.0


DIFFERENCES Sharps Island Light Havre de Grace Sevenfoot Knoll Light St Michaels, Miles River

High –3:47 +3:11 –0:06 –2:14


17 F

18 SA

19 SU

20 M


22 W

23 TH

24 F

25 SA

26 SU

27 M

28 TU

29 W

12:58 AM 07:21 AM 02:05 PM 09:20 PM 02:02 AM 08:30 PM 03:14 PM 10:18 PM 03:05 AM 09:36 AM 04:17 PM 11:10 PM 04:04 AM 10:37 AM 05:12 PM 11:56 PM 04:58 AM 11:33 AM 05:59 PM

0.7 -0.3 1.2 0.0 0.7 -0.3 1.2 0.0 0.8 -0.3 1.2 0.0 0.8 -0.4 1.2 0.0 0.9 -0.4 1.2

12:37 AM 05:48 AM 12:23 PM 06:41 PM 01:13 AM 06:35 AM 01:10 PM 07:18 PM 01:45 AM 07:20 AM 01:45 PM 07:53 PM 02:14 AM 08:04 AM 02:38 PM 08:28 PM 02:42 AM 08:46 AM 03:22 PM 09:03 PM 03:11 AM 09:29 AM 04:08 PM 09:40 PM 03:44 AM 10:12 AM 04:59 PM 10:21 PM 04:22 AM 10:58 AM 05:54 PM 11:05 PM 05:07 AM 11:48 AM 06:55 PM 11:56 PM

0.0 1.0 -0.3 1.1 0.0 1.0 -0.3 1.1 -0.1 1.0 -0.2 1.0 -0.1 1.1 -0.1 1.0 -0.1 1.1 0.0 0.9 -0.1 1.1 0.1 0.9 -0.1 1.1 0.1 0.8 -0.1 1.1 0.2 0.8 -0.1 1.1 0.2 0.7



















10 F

11 SA

12 SU

13 M

14 TU

15 W

Low –3:50 +3:30 –0:10 –1:58

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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

05:33 AM 12:23 PM 06:28 PM 11:46 PM 06:26 AM 01:20 PM 07:24 PM

-0.3 0.8 0.1 0.5 -0.3 0.8 0.1


05:56 AM 12:54 PM 07:08 PM

-0.3 1.0 0.1


12:41 PM 07:18 AM 02:13 PM 08:18 PM 01:36 AM 08:09 AM 03:00 PM 09:07 PM 02:30 AM 08:58 AM 03:44 PM 09:53 PM 03:22 AM 09:45 AM 04:25 PM 10:36 PM 04:12 AM 10:32 AM 05:04 PM 11:17 PM 05:01 AM 11:20 AM 05:43 PM 11:58 PM 05:50 AM 12:08 PM 06:23 PM

0.5 -0.3 0.8 0.1 0.6 -0.4 0.9 0.1 0.6 -0.4 0.9 0.0 0.6 -0.4 0.9 -0.1 0.7 -0.4 1.0 -0.1 0.8 -0.4 1.0 -0.2 0.8 -0.3 0.9


12:36 AM 07:00 AM 02:00 PM 08:10 PM 01:42 AM 08:01 AM 02:59 PM 09:05 PM 02:42 AM 08:59 AM 03:50 PM 09:53 PM 03:36 AM 09:52 AM 04:35 PM 10:35 PM 04:26 AM 10:42 AM 05:15 PM 11:14 PM 05:11 AM 11:28 AM 05:52 PM 11:51 PM 05:55 AM 12:12 PM 06:27 PM

0.6 -0.3 1.0 0.1 0.6 -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.7 -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.8 -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.8 -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.9 -0.3 0.9 -0.1 0.9 -0.2 0.9

12:39 AM 06:41 AM 12:59 PM 07:04 PM 01:22 AM 07:34 AM 01:52 PM 07:48 PM 02:08 AM 08:30 AM 02:48 PM 08:35 PM 02:59 AM 09:31 AM 03:49 PM 09:26 PM 03:53 AM 10:36 AM 04:54 PM 10:25 PM 04:53 AM 11:45 AM 06:01 PM 11:29 PM

-0.2 0.9 -0.3 0.9 -0.3 0.9 -0.2 0.8 -0.3 1.0 -0.1 0.8 -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.7 -0.3 1.0 0.0 0.6 -0.3 1.0 0.1 0.6


12:28 AM 06:37 AM 12:56 PM 07:00 PM 01:04 AM 07:19 AM 01:39 PM 07:34 PM 01:42 AM 08:03 AM 02:23 PM 08:09 PM 02:23 AM 08:50 AM 03:09 PM 08:46 PM 03:08 AM 09:40 AM 03:58 PM 09:27 PM 03:56 AM 10:37 AM 04:50 PM 10:14 PM

-0.1 1.0 -0.2 0.8 -0.1 1.0 -0.1 0.8 -0.1 1.0 0.0 0.7 -0.1 1.0 0.1 0.7 -0.1 0.9 0.1 0.7 -0.1 0.9 0.2 0.7


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




19 SU

20 M

21 TU

22 W

23 TH

24 F


26 SU

27 M

28 TU

29 W



















10 F

11 SA

12 SU

13 M

14 TU

15 W

Low +1:40 –1:15 –3:13 –3:47

H. Ht *0.88 *1.12 *1.33 *1.37

Spring L. Ht Range *0.88 1.0 *1.14 1.1 *1.33 1.4 *1.33 1.4

02:58 AM 08:55 AM 02:37 PM 08:50 PM 03:29 AM 09:53 AM 03:39 PM 09:47 PM 04:28 AM 10:48 AM 04:40 PM 10:41 PM 05:22 AM 11:36 AM 05:35 PM 11:32 PM 06:10 AM 12:21 AM 06:24 PM

2.2 0.5 1.7 0.2 2.2 0.4 1.8 0.1 2.3 0.3 1.8 0.0 2.4 0.2 2.0 -0.1 2.6 0.0 2.1


12:20 AM 06:54 AM 01:03 PM 07:09 PM 01:07 AM 07:35 AM 01:44 PM 07:53 PM 01:53 AM 08:17 AM 02:25 PM 08:37 PM 02:40 AM 08:59 AM 03:07 PM 09:22 PM 03:28 AM 09:42 AM 03:51 PM 10:09 PM 04:18 AM 10:27 AM 04:37 PM 10:58 PM 05:12 AM 11:15 AM 05:27 PM 11:51 PM 06:10 AM 12:08 PM 06:22 PM

-0.2 2.7 -0.1 2.3 -0.4 2.8 -0.3 2.5 -0.4 2.9 -0.4 2.7 -0.5 2.9 -0.5 2.8 -0.5 2.8 -0.5 2.9 -0.4 2.7 -0.5 2.9 -0.3 2.5 -0.4 2.8 -0.1 2.4 -0.3


12:50 AM 07:14 AM 01:08 PM 07:24 PM 01:57 AM 08:25 AM 02:17 PM 08:32 PM

2.7 0.0 2.2 -0.2 2.7 0.1 2.1 -0.1


DIFFERENCES Onancock Creek Stingray Point Hooper Strait Light Lynnhaven Inlet

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


17 F

18 SA

19 SU

20 M


22 W

23 TH

24 F

25 SA

26 SU

27 M

28 TU


03:10 AM 09:37 AM 03:34 PM 09:42 PM 04:24 AM 10:44 AM 04:48 PM 10:48 PM 05:29 AM 11:42 AM 05:51 PM 11:48 PM 06:24 AM 12:34 PM 06:43 PM

2.6 0.1 2.1 -0.1 2.7 0.1 2.1 -0.2 2.7 0.0 2.3 -0.2 2.8 -0.1 2.4

12:41 AM 07:11 AM 01:19 PM 07:29 PM 01:28 AM 07:53 AM 01:59 PM 08:10 PM 02:12 AM 08:31 AM 02:37 PM 08:48 PM 02:53 AM 09:07 AM 03:12 PM 09:24 PM 03:32 AM 09:41 AM 03:45 PM 10:00 PM 04:10 AM 10:15 AM 04:19 PM 10:36 PM 04:48 AM 10:50 AM 04:54 PM 11:14 PM 05:29 AM 11:28 AM 05:33 PM 11:56 PM 06:13 AM 12:09 PM 06:17 PM

-0.3 2.8 -0.2 2.5 -0.3 2.8 -0.2 2.6 -0.3 2.8 -0.2 2.7 -0.3 2.7 -0.2 2.7 -0.2 2.6 -0.1 2.7 0.0 2.4 0.0 2.6 0.1 2.3 0.1 2.5 0.2 2.2 0.2 2.4 0.4 2.0 0.3

12:42 AM 07:03 AM 12:57 PM 07:07 PM

2.3 0.5 1.9 0.3

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

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

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02:08AM 05:28AM -0.6 11 W 08:22AM 12:09AM +0.9 SA 03:50PM 07:01PM -0.7 10:47PM



12:55AM +0.3 12 Th 03:08AM 06:23AM -0.5 09:09AM 01:01PM +1.0 Su 04:40PM 07:56PM -0.8 11:44PM


01:54AM +0.3 13 F 04:11AM 07:18AM -0.5 M 09:59AM 01:51PM +1.0 05:27PM 08:45PM -0.9

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02:19AM 04:56AM +0.6 F 07:42AM 10:39AM -0.7 01:24PM 04:53PM +1.0 08:23PM 11:25PM -1.0

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12:01AM -1.0 Su Th 03:19AM 06:14AM +0.8 09:17AM 12:14PM -0.8 03:10PM 06:20PM +0.9 20 09:26PM M 12:37AM -1.0 10 03:50AM 06:55AM +0.9 Th 10:06AM 01:01PM -0.8 04:06PM 07:06PM +0.8 10:03PM

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01:48AM 04:41AM +0.8 07:40AM 10:39AM -0.8 01:35PM 04:50PM +1.0 08:01PM 11:11PM -1.0 22 02:25AM 05:25AM +0.9 01:56AM -0.9 W 08:29AM 11:29AM -0.8 02:28PM 05:35PM +0.9 05:00AM 08:24AM +1.0 08:41PM 11:51PM -1.0 11:52AM 02:52PM -0.8 06:09PM 08:46PM +0.6 23 03:01AM 06:07AM +0.9 11:24PM Th 09:17AM 12:16AM -0.8 03:18PM 06:19PM +0.8 02:41AM -0.8 09:19PM 05:43AM 09:15AM +1.1 12:29AM -0.9 12:50PM 03:52PM -0.8 24 07:19PM 09:44PM +0.5 F 03:37AM 06:48AM +0.9 10:03AM 01:02PM -0.8 12:12AM 03:32AM -0.7 04:09PM 07:02PM +0.7 06:31AM 10:11AM +1.1 09:57PM 01:50PM 04:56PM -0.8 01:07AM -0.8 08:32PM 10:49PM +0.4 25 04:12AM 07:28AM +0.9 S A 01:10AM 04:29AM -0.7 10:49AM 01:48PM -0.8 07:25AM 11:11AM +1.1 05:00PM 07:47PM +0.6 02:52PM 06:02PM -0.8 10:35PM 09:43PM 11:57PM +0.4 01:45AM -0.8 26 02:17AM 05:34AM -0.6 Su 04:48AM 08:10AM +0.9 11:36AM 02:37PM -0.7 08:26AM 12:13PM +1.1 05:55PM 08:33PM +0.5 03:53PM 07:05PM -0.9 11:14PM 10:46PM 02:26AM -0.7 01:05AM +0.4 27 03:30AM 06:42AM -0.6 M 05:25AM 08:54AM +0.9 12:25PM 03:28PM -0.7 09:31AM 01:16PM +1.1 06:54PM 09:24PM +0.4 04:50PM 08:04PM -0.9 11:58PM 11:40PM 03:10AM -0.6 28 02:08AM +0.5 06:06AM 09:42AM +0.9 04:42AM 07:48AM -0.7 Tu 01:16PM 04:24PM -0.7 10:37AM 02:15PM +1.1 07:58PM 10:20PM +0.3 05:43PM 08:57PM -1.0 12:48AM 03:59AM -0.5 29 12:27AM 03:04AM +0.6 06:50AM 10:33AM +0.9 W 05:48AM 08:50AM -0.7 02:10PM 05:22PM -0.7 11:40AM 03:11PM +1.1 09:03PM 11:21PM +0.3 06:33PM 09:45PM -1.0 01:09AM 03:55AM +0.7 06:46AM 09:47AM -0.8 12:39PM 04:02PM +1.0 07:18PM 10:29PM -1.0

Slack Water Maximum Current

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Slack Water Maximum Current

Slack Water Maximum Current

01:22AM 04:43AM -1.5 21 07:53AM 10:18AM +1.0 Tu 01:20AM 05:00PM -1.5 08:09PM 10:48PM +1.2

02:14AM 05:42AM -1.4 12:58AM 03:59AM +0.5 12 08:50AM 11:10AM +0.9 22 Su Th 07:16AM 10:58AM -0.8 02:02AM 05:55PM -1.4 W 02:30PM 04:32PM +0.3 09:00PM 11:41PM +1.1 06:28PM 10:16PM -0.9 13 03:11AM 06:45AM -1.3 3 01:50AM 04:49AM +0.6 M 09:54AM 12:07PM +0.7 23 02:51PM 06:53PM -1.3 F 08:08AM 11:40AM -0.9 Th 09:57PM 03:10AM 05:15PM +0.4 07:28PM 11:09PM -1.0 12:38AM +1.0 14 04:19AM 07:48AM -1.2 4 02:37AM 05:25AM +0.8 Tu 11:05PM 01:08PM +0.6 24 08:53AM 12:18PM -1.0 SA 03:54PM 07:54PM -1.2 F 03:43AM 05:53PM +0.5 11:01PM 08:26PM 11:57PM -1.2


01:38AM +0.9 03:19AM 06:01AM +0.9 15 05:32AM 08:59AM -1.2 W 09:34AM 12:57AM -1.2 12:19PM 02:17PM +0.5 Su 04:15PM 06:31PM +0.7 05:17PM 09:05PM -1.1 09:18PM 16 12:11AM 02:51AM +0.8 12:46AM -1.3 Th 06:41AM 10:13AM -1.2 6 01:29PM 03:45PM +0.5 M 03:59AM 06:40AM +1.0 06:35PM 10:20PM -1.2 10:11PM 01:36PM -1.4 04:48PM 07:13PM +0.8 17 01:20AM 04:13AM +0.9 10:07PM 07:46AM 11:15AM -1.3 F 02:30AM 04:54PM +0.6 01:34AM -1.4 7 07:45PM 11:23PM -1.3 Tu 04:39AM 07:22AM +1.1 10:48AM 02:14PM -1.5 18 02:52AM 05:12AM +0.9 05:21PM 07:55PM +0.9 SA 08:43AM 12:09PM -1.4 10:54PM 03:21AM 05:43PM +0.7 08:47PM 02:21AM -1.6 8 05:22AM 08:05AM +1.2 19 12:19AM -1.4 W 11:25AM 02:52PM -1.6 Su 03:20AM 06:00AM +1.0 09:33AM 01:00PM -1.4 06:00PM 08:36PM +1.1 04:05PM 06:29PM +0.8 11:42PM 09:40PM 03:06AM -1.6 9 01:12AM -1.4 20 04:10AM 06:46AM Th 06:10AM 08:48AM +1.2 +1.0 12:02PM 03:31PM -1.6 M 10:16PM 01:45PM -1.5 06:40PM 09:18PM +1.2 04:45PM 07:14PM +0.9 10:26PM 10 12:32AM 03:52AM -1.6 07:00AM 09:32AM +1.1 Th 12:40AM 04:13PM -1.6 07:23PM 10:01PM +1.2


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02:20AM -1.5 04:56AM 07:32AM +1.0 10:52AM 02:24PM -1.5 05:22PM 07:57PM +1.0 11:09PM 02:42AM -1.5 05:40AM 08:15AM +1.0 11:27AM 02:58PM -1.5 06:00PM 08:37PM +1.0 11:50PM 03:20AM -1.4 06:27AM 08:56AM +1.0 11:59AM 03:28PM -1.4 06:38PM 09:14PM +1.0 12:31AM 03:58AM -1.3 07:12AM 09:35AM +0.9 12:30PM 03:57PM -1.3 07:15PM 09:52PM +1.0 01:10AM 04:36AM -1.2 07:59AM 10:15AM +0.7 01:00PM 04:27PM -1.2 07:53PM 10:31PM +0.9 01:05AM 05:20AM -1.0 08:46AM 10:58AM +0.6 01:30PM 05:04PM -1.1 08:33PM 11:13PM +0.8 02:30AM 06:09AM -0.9 09:38AM 11:45AM +0.5 02:01PM 05:49PM -1.0 09:17PM 11:59PM +0.7 03:16AM 06:58AM -0.8 10:38AM 12:35PM +0.3 02:34PM 06:38PM -0.9 10:08PM 12:47AM +0.6 04:15AM 07:49AM -0.7 11:43AM 01:27PM +0.2 03:16PM 07:28PM -0.9 11:06PM

Current differences and speed ratios secondary stations Baltimore Harbor Approach

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secondary stations Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Time differences

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Cove Point, 3.9 n.mi. East

-3:29 -3:36 -4:08 -3:44 0.4 0.6

Chesapeake Beach, 1.5 miles North

Sharp Island Lt., 3.4 n.mi. West

-1:39 -1:41 -1:57 -1:43 0.4

Chesapeake Channel, (bridge tunnel) +0:05 +0:38 +0:32 +0:19 2.2 1.2

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

-1:05 -0:14 -0:22 -0:20 0.6 0.6

Stingray Point, 12.5 miles East

+2:18 +3:00 +2:09 +2:36 1.2 0.6

Pooles Island, 4 miles Southwest

+0:59 +0:48 +0:56 +1:12 0.6 0.8

Smith Point Light, 6.7 n.mi. East

+2:29 +2:57 +2:45 +1:59 0.5

Turkey Point, 1.2 n.mi. Southwest

+2:39 +1:30 +0:58 +1:00 0.6 0.8

Point No Point, 4.3 n.mi. East



Corrections Applied to Batlimore Harbor Approach

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February 2012 Currents

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My Blue Heaven Winter Bluefin Tuna Fishing Story and Photos by Ric Burnley

“But they better be ready, because these monster fish will test tackle, boat, and angler.”


thought I had died and gone to heaven. Acres of bluefin tuna surrounded Capt. Jim Bowman’s 56-foot Marlin Mania. To the left, huge fish rolled on top of the water. To the right, a 200-pound tuna launched into the sky. Ahead of us, a blob of bluefin tuna schooled so close to the surface that the mass created a flat spot on the water. Behind us, a dozen rods pulled a complement of Sea Witch skirts across the top of the water. As the lures skipped and frothed up and down the waves, I watched to see which one would get annihilated first. Soon enough, the right short rigger disappeared in an explosion of white water. The corresponding reel screamed. Next, the left flat blew up. And after that, the right long line fell in a violent wall of white spray. With three reels dumping line, the first three anglers looked worried. Captain Jim pulled back the throttles, and mate Tim Hagerich went to work clearing the other lines. Even though each fish was the size of a grown man, they were no match for their human adversaries. With a few minutes of grunting, groaning, and growling, the anglers had their fish to the back of the boat. Hagerich gaffed the first tuna and brought it into the tuna door. The next two fish were quickly released. In a flash, Hagerich had the baits re-rigged. Capt. Jim made a turn and headed back for the fish. Another pass, and the next three anglers were tied into big tuna. After another chorus of unnatural noises from the crankers, three more big tuna were released to fight another day. The process was repeated. Re-rig, turn, pass, and hook up. More moans and groans from the anglers. Then cheering as the fish swam away unharmed. Before Hagerich could rig the next salvo of baits and Capt. Jim could make another turn, one of the anglers spoke up. “Can we go home?” he asked. Capt. Jim and Hagerich looked at each other and grinned—mission accomplished.

B ##Save some strength to hoist the trophy catch. Big bluefin will wear out your arms and wrench your back, but boy does it feel good!

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Paradise Found

ack in the ’90s, Hatteras, NC, was the seasonal home to huge schools of monster bluefin tuna. Then the fish mysteriously disappeared. But now they’re back—and bigger than ever. Last year, more true giants were caught, including a new North Carolina state record—an 805-pounder caught aboard Sea Breeze. This year, staring in December, anglers from around the world will pray that the monsters return. But they better be ready, because these monster fish will test tackle, boat, and angler.

Finding bluefin can be the hardest part of the day. The fish start the season below Hatteras, then move up to Diamond Shoals Light before pushing offshore of Oregon Inlet. Your best bet is to start the day where the Gulf Stream and the 100-fathom curve intersect. The fish can also be found over any of the many rock piles off Hatteras Island. Trolling is the easiest way to catch big bluefins. Start with a heavy 80- or 130-pound outfit rigged with a Sea Witch, Ilander, or naked ballyhoo. If the fish are

releasing easier on the fish than it is on the angler. While the bluefin will usually swim off un-fazed, the angler most often stumbles away with limp arms and a new appreciation for the power of nature.



hile trolling for bluefin is effective, anglers looking for a greater challenge turn to jigging with light tackle. Rigging up is simple; getting the fish to the boat is the hard part. Start with a heavy-duty jigging rod and high-

“Be warned, after a couple rounds in the ring with these brawlers, it may seem like the angler is doing all the work.” deep, deploy a planer pulling a number four Drone Spoon. Sea Witches can be trolled at six to seven knots in every position in the spread. When working correctly, the lure should skip across the waves and swim just under the surface with a bubbly trail behind it. Trolling is a great way to find fish. The heavy tackle makes catching and

speed reel. The rod should be short—six feet or less—and have a thin diameter. This maximizes power and allows the angler to jerk the tip faster. The reel must be bulletproof. The dumpsters around Hatteras marinas are filled with jigging reels that have failed the test. Look for a model with a six-to-

##Hauling a big bluefin over the rail is a two-man job. Anglers are only allowed to keep one large fish each day. The rest must be released. Check NOAA’s website for current regulations.

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Winter Bluefin Tuna Fishing continued... one or faster retrieve that can hold 500 yards of 80-pound Power Pro braid. Be sure that the reel has lugs to attach a harness and a gimble in the butt. Shimano’s Trevala rods and Torsa line of reels are proven warriors—go big with the five-foot, eight-inch TFC58XXH and Torsa 40. Spool the system with 65- to 80-pound Power Pro Depth Hunter, which is color-coded in 10-yard increments so the angler can drop the jig to the depth where the skipper is marking fish. To the braided line, attach a 100-pound, wind-on leader using a bimini twist in the mainline. Tie the jig to the leader with a uni knot. Jigs come in a variety of colors and styles. Long, slender 250-gram versions seem to be most popular with the fish. The original Butterfly jigs, which incorporate a solid ring and Owner Dancing Stinger hooks, are hard to beat. To work the Butterfly jig with a conventional rod, drop it to the depth where the captain is marking fish on his bottom-machine. Then, place the butt of the rod under the left forearm and cradle the reel with the left hand. Holding the rod close to the body makes jigging easier. Pump the rod with short jerks while alternately turning the reel handle in short bursts.

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igging up a big popper is equally as easy. Start with the biggest, toughest, meanest spinning outfit known to man. Shimano’s new Terez rod (TZS70XHA) and Stella 18000 reels are up to the task. Spool it with 80-pound Power Pro braid and add a short piece of 100-pound fluorocarbon leader. To survive a bluefin tuna, a popper has to be built like

##Big guns for big fish. Use heavy 130- and 80-pound gear to quickly catch and release big bluefin.

“Soon enough, the right short rigger disappeared in an explosion of white water. The corresponding reel screamed. Next, the left flat blew up. And after that, the right long line fell in a violent wall of white spray.”

##Tim Hagerich releases another bruiser bluefin off the back of Marlin Mania. Handle with care... It’s best to remove the hook without taking the fish out of the water.

a Sherman tank with a through-body wire harness and 6X hooks. According to Mark Smith at Charkbait, “The biggest consideration when choosing a surface lure is weight distribution.” He suggests a lure that has the weight in the tail, or better yet, one with a weight transfer system that shifts from the nose, when it is in the water, to the tail, when it is in the air. The Toro Tamer casting lure is a perfect example. The newest way to fool bluefin tuna is with Shimano’s awardwinning Waxwing lures. Designed to work with the company’s new line of Terez rods, these subsurface lures dart back and forth with little effort from the angler. Simply cast out the bullet-shaped lure and retrieve at a steady pace; the fins do all the work. No matter what tackle you prefer, the best way to catch bluefin is always on any of the many professional charter boats that sail out of Hatteras, Oregon Inlet, or Morehead City. Relax and enjoy catching fish while the pros do the work. Be warned, after a couple rounds in the ring with these brawlers, it may seem like the angler is doing all the work.


Bluefin Regulations

ith so many fish, in such a small area, feeding so aggressively, strict regulations are in force to protect the fish. In fact, the regulations change so quickly that anglers have to keep tabs on the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s website ( to stay current with the laws and obtain a tuna permit. 52 February 2012 PropTalk

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##The incomparable Lefty Kreh. Photo by John Bildahl, John Bildahl Photography,


Fly Fishing Icon Honored

aryland’s own fly fishing legend Lefty Kreh garnered another honor last month when the state’s Board of Public Works renamed the Gunpowder South Trail the “Lefty Kreh Fishing Trail.” Lefty’s Trail follows a stretch of water that’s a nationally recognized blue ribbon catch-and-release trout stream. Born Bernard “Lefty” Kreh in Frederick, MD, in 1925, his name is synonymous with fly fishing. A decorated veteran of World War II, he has been an editor, writer, and photographer since the early 1950s. He created the iconic Lefty’s Deceiver, arguably one of the most widely used and imitated saltwater patterns in the world. The U.S. Postal Service honored it on a stamp in 1991. He was the outdoors editor for the Baltimore Sun for nearly 20 years and has penned articles for scores of fishing magazines. The author of more than 30 books, his epochal Fly Fishing in Salt Water was first published in 1974 and is now in its third edition. He also wrote a “how to” photography book for L.L. Bean. Lefty also is a member of the International Game Fish Association Hall of Fame and earned a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Sportfishing Association. Despite his worldwide acclaim, Lefty remains accessible to his legion of fans. Thousands of fly anglers have benefited from Lefty’s casting instruction at shows and seminars or through instructional videos. Now 86, Kreh lives in Cockeysville, MD, where is working on a new book.

Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series Comes to Annapolis

eorge Poveromo brings his successful “Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series” to Annapolis February 4. Celebrating its 25th year, the tour features PropTalk contributors Dr. Ken Neill III and Ric Burnley, Chesapeake guides Brady Bounds and “Walleye” Pete Dahlberg, and PropTalk’s fishing editor, Capt. Chris Dollar. Topics include taking big stripers on top-water lures, livelining for rockfish, jigging for bluefish and sea bass, and catching big flounder and tautog. Offshore strategies include locating offshore temperature breaks, catching monster makos, and tricking yellowfin and bluefin tuna and white marlin.


Chesapeake and Delaware Bay Seminars

oted fishing writer Keith Kaufman is hosting two workshops this winter. The first workshop, held February 18 at the Hoffman Community Building in Quarryville, PA, is highlighted by Capt. Chuck Fisher’s advice on trolling, jigging, and live-bait fishing for rockfish. Capt. Bob Meimbresse will talk about catching huge black drum and stripers in Delaware Bay. Capt. Richie Gaines will focus on using your depth finder/GPS to locate more fish. On February 26 at the Willow Street Fire Company, Kaufman will present a freshwater workshop, during which Mike Acord will speak about smallmouth bass, Capt. Dave Shindler will talk about landing big catfish, and Capt. Gaines will focus on largemouth bass in tidal rivers and stripers on the Flats. The cost is $25 for each workshop; $15 for women and youth under age 14. To register, call Kaufman at (717) 284-3385.

##(L-R): Sam Fisher Jr., Max King, David Nova, Brad Bates, and Joe Knott show off the 111.4-pound bluefin tuna that helped Fisher secure MSSA’s “Captain of the Year” recognition. Photo courtesy of MSSA

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MSSA’s Captain of the Year

fter three tournaments, the Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA) announced that the 2011 MSSA Captain of the Year, sponsored by Judge Yachts, is Sam Fisher Jr. of Heathsville, VA. Fisher is a longstanding member of MSSA’s Dorchester County Chapter. Fisher and his crew (pictured), team Right Hook, competed in every tournament MSSA hosted this year, which helped propel him to victory with 1393.15 points. This year’s MSSA Tournament Series consisted of two of the largest striped bass tournaments in the country, the MSSA spring tournament (Championship on the Chesapeake) and the fall tournament (Chesapeake Bay Fall Classic). The third tournament was the 22nd Tuna-Ment, MSSA’s only offshore tournament. Fisher had an impressive year averaging 30 pounds per fish caught in the spring tournament; he won the Tuna-Ment with a 111.4 pound bluefin tuna and an impressive 15-pound dolphin; and he took in a 28-pound fish in the fall to secure the Captain of the Year. He received $1000 in cash and free “All-In” entries into every tournament in the 2012 MSSA Tournament Series, a $4500 value. Second place went to Robert Moreland of Edgewater, MD. Moreland is a member of MSSA’s DC Metro Chapter and has been a tournament angler for many years now. Moreland finished just behind Fisher with 1341.5 points, a mere 51.65-point difference. Moreland also had an impressive run as he averaged 25-pounds per fish in the spring tournament, a 49.5-pound bluefin tuna and a 13-pound dolphin in the Tuna-Ment, and finished in the fall tournament averaging 27 pounds per fish. Moreland received “All-In” entries for two tournaments within the 2012 MSSA Tournament Series. Third place went to Tom Musser of Boyds, MD. Musser is a veteran MSSA member and represents the Frederick Chapter. Musser competed in all of the tournaments and finished with 1319.15 points. He averaged 17 pounds per fish in the spring tournament, took in a 46.5-pound bluefin tuna and a 17-pound dolphin in the Tuna-Ment, and caught two 26-pound stripers in the fall tournament. Musser received an “All-In” entry to one of the 2012 MSSA Tournament Series.

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Fish Forecasts by Capt. C.D. Dollar

Photo courtesy of Joe Bruce

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f you’re really jonesin’ to catch fish when there’s snow on the ground, try the Hot Ditch near Norfolk, VA (see our Fish Spots on page 56 for more details), for speckled trout and puppy drum, stripers at an area warm-water discharge (think the Power Plant off Calvert Cliffs), or run upriver to tangle with catfish, pickerel, crappie, and yellow perch. When the wind lies down, you can even venture off the Carolina coast for early season tuna, or tilefish and grouper in the canyons. Closer inshore on wrecks and reefs, you can find tautog and perhaps sea bass, if the season is opened. These are but a handful of options for those hardy mid-Atlantic anglers, some who never rest. In January and February, numerous local, regional, and national fishing seminars and boat shows will pass through our area. You can see the latest in tackle, gear, boats, and techniques when the mercury is too chilly to get on the water. On February 4, George Poveromo’s “Saltwater Sportsman National Seminar Series” ( comes to the Doubletree Hotel in Annapolis. Several PropTalk contributors, including this fishing editor, will participate. If you haven’t joined your local fishing club, seriously consider it. These clubs offer a wealth of fishing experiences and information. At meetings you can learn new techniques or the latest twist on an old stand-by while tempering the malaise brought on by cabin fever. Some good organizations include Coastal Conservation Association (CCA), Maryland Saltwater Sportfishermen’s Association (MSSA), and Trout Unlimited. Back for another season is the popular “Angler’s Night Out: Fishing Flicks & Tales” presented by the Boatyard Bar & Grill in Annapolis. Beginning January 10 and running through March 20, the iconic fishermen’s gathering spot will feature five fantastic fishing documentaries and food and wine specials in its Marketplace section. Make plans to attend to enjoy some piscatorial camaraderie.


inter? What winter? As long as it’s not too brutal, Capt. Monty on the party boat Morning Star will fish through January into February as much as the weather allows. Capt. Monty sails from the Ocean City (MD) Fishing Center, and in the winter months, he targets some of the biggest togs of the year. “Sometimes, the best bite is just before a snow,” Capt. Monty says. As always, he’ll remain diligent in his efforts to get more reefs built and to ensure recreational fishing regulations are fair to anglers and charter operators. He is as dogged in both endeavors as any one I’ve ever met.


n the Reel Relief, Capt. Sonney Forrest encourages anglers to take a break from the Chesapeake Country cold and come fishing with him down in Marathon, FL. He has his 26-foot Sailfish down there— an ideal rig to chase all kinds of hard-fighting gamefish like permit, bonefish, snook, barracuda, and tarpon. If you want in on the action in near-tropical weather, get in touch with Capt. Sonney.


apt. Walt of Light Tackle Charters reports that he can be found fishing the sweet water portion of the Pocomoke River on Maryland’s Eastern Shore for crappie, yellow perch, and pickerel during the winter months. Capt. Sonney says, “The Pocomoke River winds dramatically down the Eastern Shore, so we can always find a place to catch fish out of the wintry winds.” He adds, “We’ll launch each morning in Snow Hill, MD, and utilize ultra-light tackle (fourto six-pound gear) and small jigs to stretch some ultra light-line. We’ll have a real ‘tickle’ of a time.” These trips are inexpensive and can accommodate up to three people. ##PropTalk contributing writer Kendall Osborne snapped this fine underwater picture of a Lower Bay speckled trout that he fooled with a Clouser minnow.

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n the Healthy Grin, Dr. Ken Neill III checks in to remind us that in the heart of winter our saltwater fishing options are few, but avilable. “Striped bass will be working their way back toward the Chesapeake Bay,” Neill says. “You can intercept them in the open coastal waters or play catch-andrelease inside the Bay. Often, there will be a good fishery at the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) during February. Tautog will be sought after this month on the coastal wrecks. The deep-water wrecks will be loaded with jumbo sea bass, but unless the regulations change, this fishery will be closed. The deep-drop fishery also will have blueline tilefish available along with the occasional golden tile and snowy grouper, but you will have to deal with the hordes of spiny dogfish out there. The sea bass you catch will have to be released as by-kill.” Ken adds that large speckled trout will continue to be caught in the Elizabeth River in the area of the Hot Ditch power plant warm-water discharge. He also recommends a trip to Hatteras, NC, to “get jiggy” with blackfin and bluefin tuna.


rom January through March, Capt. Kevin Josenhans at Josenhans Fly Fishing will conduct several seminars at various fishing clubs throughout the Chesapeake region. On February 8, Capt. Kevin will talk fly fishing at the monthly meeting of the Delaware Fly Anglers in Lewes, DE. Capt. Kevin will then move to the Western Shore February 21 and give a presentation on Tangier Sound fly fishing and light tackle opportunities to the Essex-Middle River Chapter of the MSSA. On February 25, Kevin will attend TieFest, a free fly fishing show put on by the Kent Narrows Chapter of CCA Maryland. “TieFest has become one of the premier fly fishing gatherings along the entire East Coast,” Capt. Kevin adds. Capt. Kevin also reminds anglers to book early with him for the Susquehanna Flats striper season.

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fter a successful run at the CBBT for rockfish in December, Capt. Mark Galasso of Tuna the Tide Guide Service will spend his downtime recharging his internal batteries and gearing up for the spring trophy season. Capt. Mark is reserving spots for the spring Susquehanna Flats striper season.


anuary will be “goose hunting time” for Capt. Jeff Popp. On the days he’s not in the field and throughout February, he’ll lead yellow perch trips on the Susquehanna River. Capt. Jeff says, “The last couple of years, the action for yellow perch has been nothing short of spectacular.” Also, beginning sometime in March, Capt. Jeff will run trips for stripers on the Susquehanna Flats.


##Parker Steele of Delaware caught his first rockfish with Capt. Harry Nield aboard Kingfish II. Photo courtesy of Capt. Harry Nield

apt. Gary Neitzey of Fish Hawk Guide Service and his clients enjoyed a good striper season down at CBBT. He’ll run some pickerel and perch trips in the Chesapeake’s upper tidal waters over the winter and is now booking for the spring Susquehanna Flats season.

Elizabeth River’s “Hot Ditch”

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normally pair Chesapeake Bay speckled trout fishing with casting lures off marsh points in warmer months. But Virginia’s “Hot Ditch” is a winter hotspot for specks and puppy drum. The moniker refers to the warm-water outflow below Dominion Virginia Power’s plant on the Elizabeth River. But, several miles of fishy waters are technically not part of Dominion’s purview. This past December, fishermen scorched big speckled trout, according to reports from the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association. Leading the pack was 16-year-old Hunter Southall, who landed a wall-worthy gator weighing in at nine pounds, 10 ounces. Most Hot Ditch specks aren’t that big, but expect consistent action on fish between 15 and 25 inches, with enough specks over 27 inches to make your drag sing. These gamesters stay because winter water temperatures remain in the 50-plus degree range. Skiffs and kayaks dominate the fishing scene here. Trout Killers and Berkley’s Swimming Shad, MirroLures, Super Spook Jr. and Rapala’s Husky Jerk are just a few lures that catch specks and reds. Colors vary from fire-tiger to hot pink. A light-tackle spinning or baitcaster outfit loaded with 12-pound superbraid works fine. The braid’s sensitivity makes it a better choice than monofilament, especially when the air is cold. There are a few launch spots, including the Jordan and Great Bridge locks and Top Rack Marina (kayaks only). Volunteer anglers help the Virginia Game Fish Tagging Program, established in 1995, gather valuable information about these important game fish in the Hot Ditch. Recently, Dominion instituted a catch-and-release policy in its waters after tagging data suggested reproductively mature red drum and specks winter there. Recapture data also revealed some puppy drum overwinter at the Hot Ditch, while a few have been caught as far away as South Carolina. No wonder it’s called the Hot Ditch. 56 February 2012 PropTalk

##PropTalk’s chief Boatshop Report photographer Bill Griffin is the new general manager at Fawcett Boat Supplies in Annapolis. Fawcett will add two outside sales reps to replace Bill on the road. Bill brings many years of experience gained at Fawcett in the areas of store sales, store management, rigger, operations manager, and most recently as the outside sales rep. Bill also brings lots of energy and endless enthusiasm for the sport. Congrats, Bill! Thanks for all you’ve done for PropTalk.

##Rinker Boats recently introducted a new 290 Express Cruiser. Built on the 280’s existing hull, the 290 an entirely new deck and cockpit layout for better access to and use of the boat’s many amenities. For a local dealer, visit Rhode River Yacht Sales at

##After eight years with Hartge Insurance Associates (HIA), Christine Hartge Wilson has become a regional underwriter with ACE Recreational Marine Department. HIA’s Totch Hartge and Elizabeth Bishop will be available in her absence.

##John Dennison recently joined the Annapolis office of Outer Reef Yachts. He now handles sales of 58- to 118-foot Outer Reef Yachts and brokerage yachts of all sizes.

##Hank Sibley recently joined Bluewater Yacht Sales in Hampton, VA, as a yacht broker. “We are pleased to have Hank, who is making a strong contribution to our team with his experience and contacts throughout the trade,” says Bluewater vice president Jud Black.

##Scott Taylor recently joined the sales team at Forbes Horton Yachts in Annapolis. Taylor is a Certified Professional Yacht Broker with more than 21 years in the marine business. Follow us!

## Haven Harbour Marina near Rock Hall, MD, recently helped the United Way of Kent County exceed its fundraising goal for 2010-2011.

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## Annapolis Seafood Market recently joined the Oyster Recovery Partnership to collect used oyster shells from its three stores and area restaurants to help expand oyster reefs in the Bay. ##The Virginia Marine Trades Association recently elected Carolyn Norton Schmalenberger of Norton Yachts in Deltaville, VA, as its president. For a list of the other reps from local marine businesses, visit

##Orca Green Marine and Signal Mate, two marine-industry leaders in LED lighting and safety controls, recently formed the Marine Industry Safety Energy Affiliates (MISEA) Group. To learn more about MISEA Group’s participation in a Yacht To Be Green consortium, visit

##George Dunigan, account rep of the Chesapeake Region for Interlux Yachts Finishes, is the new president of the Marine Trades Association of Maryland. For a list of the other reps from local marine businesses, visit

## Weems & Plath in Eastport recently promoted 20-year employee Patricia Darnell. Darnell is responsible for the company’s largest sales territory, which includes the entire eastern United States, eastern Canada, and the Caribbean.

##Photo of Patricia Darnell courtesy of Weems & Plath

##Paul Langelier recently joined Atlantic Spars & Rigging in Annapolis. He brings a wealth of experience and knowledge in rigging, spar fabrication, and hydraulic work.

Department of Corrections Last month, PropTalk mentioned that Bluewater Yacht Sales is a new Sabre and Back Cove Yachts dealership. Bluewater has offices in Hampton and Grasonville, MD. Only the Hampton office offers these boats, serving the Southern Chesapeake Bay. The Northern Chesapeake dealer for Sabre and Back Cove Yachts is Oxford Boatyard Yacht Sales, and the West-Branch office remains Sabreline of Annapolis. We apologize for any misunderstandings our misprint may have caused.

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CLASSIFIED AND BROKERAGE HELP WANTED Marine Technicians Outstanding opportunity for professional & personal growth. High quality of life is Southern VA. Prospering successful business, The Deltaville Boatyard. Top pay, paid vacation, challenging workload & paid training. Visit us at Deltavilleboatyard. com. Contact Matt@deltavilleboatyard. com or Resident Caretaker Needed for Private 70 Slip Yacht Club in the Annapolis area. Duties include maintaining marina, clubhouse and grounds along with assisting with member activities. Generous Salary, Benefits and fully paid two bedroom apartment on site. Marine and Hospitality experience helpful. Please send cover letter and resume to or fax to 301-230-9103

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SURVEYORS ABYI Marine Surveyors, LLC Power & sailboat surveys, big or small, gas or dsl. Contact Derek Rhymes, NAMSCMS and SAMS A.M.S. (410) 2684404 or toll-free (866) 608-4404.

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22’ MathewsBros Bay Cruiser ’02 Barbara A 100-hp Yanmar dsl engine. Currently stored at MathewsBros IndoorBoatStorage in Denton, so come take a look! Asking $60,000 Call MathewsBros today at 410-479-9720.


New Annapolis Listings Needed ASAP We are selling as fast as we can get them! Complimentary deep water Annapolis dockage and wash and chamois for WELL MAINTAINED power or sailing yachts to 75'. Contact John Kaiser @ (410) 923-1400 or (443) 223-7864 cell /text anytime Email: Website: Boats, Trailers, RVs, Motor Homes Purchased Any cond. Quick, easy sale. Call Jody Palmisano (410) 3400008 or

17’ Key Largo ’05 Excellent Value, Owner is motivated to sell fast. Low hrs on 60hp Suzuki outboard, bimini top, trailer, ready to run. Considering all offers! Must Go 410-476-4414, 17’ Triumph dual console ’08 $16,900 Yamaha 60-hp four stroke, www., (410) 476-4414.

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20 Grady White Overnighter 20 1987 Popular cuddy model with new Johnson 200 hp engine, trailer, and add ons. Ask $9,000.00 At our offices on Kent Island. Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,,

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SLIPS 18-46 Foot Slips Available Covered slips as well , downtown Annapolis, Sarles marina on Spa Creek . Electric, water, and showers . 410-263-3661

26’ Back Cove ST ’06 Re-known Maine boat builder, Cruise 24 knots, dry & comfortable ride. Fun weekender! S-Yanmar dsl engine with 170 hrs, oil change system, bow thruster, separate head, pressure water & more. Asking $114,000 and looking for offers. OBYS 410-226-0100 Possibly 2 available. 26’ Rick Roe center console ’10  Built to spec, inboard gas engine w/ zero hours, Brand new boat at used boat price $35,000, (410) 476-4414,

27' Baja Shooter 272 1995. With 400 hp Mercruiser, trailer, and all bells and whistles, she tops out at 65 MPH and is an economic ride at $19,995.00. At our offices on Kent Island, Contact BOEMARINE, 866735-5926,,

23’ Bayliner Capri 1996 w/ 5.7L Mercruiser I/O w/ low hours. Bow rider model set to ski, tube and swim off ASK $6,900.00 At our offices on Kent Island. Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,, 23’ Caribiana Skiff ’09 Caribbean style flared bow skiff. Black hull w/ varnish trim. 60 Yamaha w/low hrs. Bimini. Bronze fittings. Full cover. $37,000 in Deltaville VA. Contact Jonathan (804) 776-7575 or

28’ Nauset 1993 Lift kept down east style boat with single 310 hp Mercruiser with only 350 hours. Great Bay boat with a little TLC. Ask $36,000.00. At our offices on Kent Island. Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,,

24’ Maxum 2400 SCR ’94 $11,400. New listing! Truly in ’turn key’ condition and equipped to go cruising. Sailing Associates (410) 275-8171 38’ 24’ Rosborough ’91 Perfect to fish The Bay. New Volvo D-3 computer controlled 160 HP turbo dsl + Volvo composite outdrive = fast & fun. Priced to sell $34,900. Contact Patrick 410-267-8181 or

24' Seaway Seafarer ‘08 Down East cuddy w/ enclosed head; galley; shorepower; teak windshield; full canvas; 150 Suzuki on Armstrong bracket; only 100hrs + warranty; dark blue hull; shed kept and Bristol. $75,000 OBO. Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or 26’ Albemarle Express 18’ outriggers, Lift kept, inboard/outboard, air conditioning, fishing machine!, (410) 4764414. Price Reduced !!! $29,000

28' Sea Ray Sundancer '06 Flag Blue hull sides, twin Mercruisers w/low hrs. Rare generator, full canvas, upgraded stereo. Boat is in perfect shape. Just detailed and bottom painted. Change of plans forces sale. $78,000. Call Ned Dozier, 443995-0732,, 29’ Robbins ‘99 Great Buy! This was Cecil Robbins personal boat, built to his standards. 5.7l gas engine with low hrs. Asking 25K . Contact patrick@, 410-476-4414 29’ Back Cove Hard Top ’04 New Flag Blue awlgripped hull, hauled & stored in covered shed every winter, Yanmar 315hp dsl, bow thruster, Elec windlass, oil change system, dockside AC, inverter, stereo & electronics. Priced right at $139,000 and looking for offers. OBYS 410-226-0100

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54’ Hatteras ‘89 email info @the 48’ Californian ’90 $179,000 39’ Tiara •Sovran ’07 IPS500, Loaded $298,000 47’ Riviera M470 Excalibur ’03 $238,500 37’ Formula PC ’06 T/DSLS $249,000 46’ Grand Banks Europa ’01 SOLD 37’ Formula SS ’06 T/496s $179,000 36’ Luhrs FB ’03 SOLD 45’ Riviera/Excalibur ’01 $179,000 Riviera FB ’08 LOADED SOLD 35’ Cigarette ’87 T700s, like new $69,000 Yacht45’ Group BBP 5.08.indd 1 45’ Californian ’90 SOLD 35’ Marlago ’07, Verados, loaded $119,000 42’ Navigator ’96 $154,900 35’ Marlago ’06, Verados, like new $115,000 42’ Riviera FB ’05 FAST SOLD 35’ Marlago ’05, Verados SOLD 40’ Carver 404 ’99 $165,000 35’ Marlago ’04, 300 Yamahas SOLD 35’ Marlago ’02, 4 Strokes, 98 hrs, Trlr SOLD 40’ Gorbon Custom Downeast FB ’07 $199,000 40’ Riviera FB ’05, LOADED $419,000 35’ Marlago ’99, beautiful $73,900

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33’ Back Cove HT ’08 Lovely, well maintained vessel w/nice upgrades. Flag blue hull, bow & stern thruster, Kohler genset, AC/HT with 2 zones, elec windlass, 2 flat screens, Furuno Navnet, Raymarine AP etc. Reduced to $269,900 OBYS 410-226-0100 29' Century 2900 CC ‘06, NEW Garmin GPS 3210 w/large display. Transport included to East coast including FL. Low hrs on the Twin 25-hp Yamaha 4-strokes. New electronics. ASK $65,000. Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,,

30’ Topaz CC 1975 “odyssey model”. Completely redone, with full tower, CC steering, cuddy to sleep two and fish rigged. ASK $30,000. In Connecticut, Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,,

29’ Mathews Brothers Patriot ’02 JWB Fiberglass hull. Yanmar 315hp dsl engine. Kept in top cond. at MathewsBros IndoorBoatStorage facility. $150,000 Purchase today! Call Mathews Brothers at (410) 479-9720. 29’ MathewsBros Patriot ’05  BAY TRIPPER Yanmar 240-hp dsl 110 hrs. Windlass, navigation, bowthruster, trim tabs, charger, inverter, head, galley. Asking $164,500 Call MathewsBros today at 410-479-9720

29’ SeaRay SLX sport day boat model, w/bow seating, swim platform, tow pkg, head, refrigerator, tons of room & clean. Sitting at our office on Kent Island ASK $55,000.Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,, 30’ Grady White Marlin ’90 Twin 250 Yamaha. Very limited use/low hrs. Full electronics, head, galley, 4 berths. Excellent cond., fish/cruise. Superb Value. $36,500 (410) 991-5544.

30’ Luhrs Alura ‘89 blue downeast hull in beautiful cond., twin Chrysler 318 gas engines run flawlessly. Raymarine depthsounder Lowrance GPS plotter, full galley. Price Reduced $16,500. Call Bob at AM PM Marine 410-360-7437

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34’ 2000 Rinker Fiesta Vee Was $55,000 Now $45,000, Black Canvas, neutral interior, Wet Bar, cockpit frige, Transom Shower, frige, Electric Stove, Microwave, AC/Heat, 6PkCD, TV, Elec Flush, Hot Water, 7.3 Generator, more. Contact Sales at 410-604-4300 or 410-867-9550. 31’ 2002 Doral 310 SE. $72,500 What a great open cabin, this 310 Doral has it all. Lift kepted no bottom paint, new canvas, new manifolds and risers. Contact Kellie Moody at 410-604-4300 or

31’ Cabo Express ’96 Stored inside, 300 hrs on 3208 Caterpillar engines, AC, Recently painted by Hinckley fighting lady yellow, $114,500 huge deal!!! (410) 476-4414, Price Reduced!!! $95,000 31’ Cabo Express w/HT ’99 Twin 350-hp Yanmar dsls. Hauled annually & professionally maintained. She has been lightly used & it shows. Shrinkwrapped for winter. 5KW genset, marine AC, Autopilot, Fununo Navnet, elec windlass, fiberglass hardtop w/ enclosure, Rupp outriggers & more. Asking $130,000 OBYS 410-226-0100

34’ 2004 Sea Ray 340 Sundancer $113,900. A beautifully maintained 340 Sundancer featuring NEW Black Canvas. Contact Sales at 410-604-4300 or 410-867-9550. 34’ Wellcraft Gran Sport ‘89 Twin 454s, gen, air, new canvas, free winter storage & spring launch - $17,500 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 5535046. email: tony@greatblueyachts. com, see photos & full specs at

32’ Island Gypsy Gourmet Cruiser ’03 Great for cruising! Dark blue hull, AC/ Heat, Bow thruster, Newer electronics, low hrs. No use in 2 years. Bring offers! $159,900 Call Dan at 410-267-8181. 32’ Mast & Mallet ’08 315 Yanmar offers 16 knot cruise; bow thruster; A/C; dark green hull; inverter; varnished transom; like new. Asking $199,000. Bring offers. Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

35’ Viking Express Sport Fish ’85 This is a must see boat that is in wonderful cond. This is the perfect boat for anyone looking for a boat to enjoy with the family or go out & fish with the guys. Please call David at our Annapolis North Point Office at 410-280-2038 Ext. 15 or Email him at

36’ Carver Mariner ‘06 Like new motor-yacht, spacious bridge, well equipped, and maintained. Great for cruising or entertaining. Quality accommodations incl. fully equipped galley & separate shower. $199,000. Call Kirk at 410-639-7111 ext 113, or email If you have a quality boat to be sold, we have in-water storage at our docks (summer) or Osprey Point (winter). Call Kirk’s cell 614-989-7775 for us to sell your boat. 36’ Albin Trawler ’81 Classic, single dsl engine, 2 cabin trawler that has been well cared for and has light hrs. Recent autopilot and clean interior. $54,900 Call Tim 410-267-8181 or

34’ Monza CC ’02 Lift kept. Low hours on reliable 250 Mercurys. Great seating, cuddy, and head. Good value in a large center console. $55,500. Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,, 32’ Custom Bayboat Luxury Charter Style ’10 deadrise built with nothing left unfinished. Cummins dsl, low hrs, fully ready to fish this fall!! Contact Composite Yacht for details 410-476-4414

35’ Marlago Cuddy ’07 Four Strokes. Great electronics. Perfect condition. Also available, 1999, 2002, 2005, 2006. All have Flag Blue hullsides and great equipment, all sold new and serviced by us. Call Ned Dozier, 443995-0732,

34’ Silverton Express ’89 Twin Crusader 454s, Gen Set, Air/Heat, New Canvas - clean and ready to cruise! $19,900. Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email: tony@, see photos & full specs at

36’ Hinckley Picnic Boat Classic ’01 STEP UP is a Hinckley maintained Classic Picnic Boat with virtually every option available. She is in top-notch shape and absolutely turn-key. $279,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Jennifer Richards (410) 2630095 or

35’ Duffy 35 Classic Flybridge DownEast w/ low hrs Yanmar. Yard maintained, new canvas ’11, AC, Galley up, shower stall + head, price reduced $129,000. Call David Cox 410-310-3476 or

36’ Jarvis Newman Pettegrow ’88 None nicer. Repowered in ’05 w/ 370 Yanmar; 15 knot cruise; thruster; genset; A/C; Espar; A/P; radar; 3 GPS/ plotters. Reduction down to $169,500. Call Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

37’ 1999 Maxum 3700 SCR, $74,900, With a wide-open interior and sporty appearance, FANDANGO will appeal to a cross section of budget-minded family cruisers. Contact Paul Lash at 410-867-9550 or 37’ Sea Ray 370 ’10 Gorgeous express cruiser, perfect for The Bay. Joystick controlled stern drives. Start creating memories to last a lifetime. $274,999! Contact Patrick at 410-267-8181 or

38’ Composite Yacht Lobster hull ‘10, Boat is built for comfort. All composite construction, 575-hp Caterpillar C-9 dsl eng, massive cockpit space & interior space. Fully equipped & ready to run. Owner also willing to sell, his TFL license with a Rockfish allocation. Asking $350K for the whole package. Contact 410-476-4414

38’ Little Harbor Whisperjet ’99 TRAVELLER is a fine example of a well-equipped Little Harbor 38. She is lightly used and Hinckley maintained and would make a boat for day or overnight boating. $300,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Jennifer Richards (410) 263-0095 or 38’ Marine Trader Tradewinds ’86 $64,900. An elegant one owner yacht. Owner is very anxious to sell asap!! Sailing Associates (410) 2758171. 39’ Mainship 390 ‘03 Yanmar dsl, gen set, bow thruster, radar/plotter, davits, exceptionally clean – deliver FL or Bahamas - $149,900 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email:, see photos & full specs at

39 Searay Sundancer 390 2005 Loaded with BRAND NEW ELECTRONICS PACKAGE, loaded, 8.1L T/420 hp mercruiser Horizons, with only 315 hours. TracVision SAT TV, Flat Screens, and more. Located on Long Island, NY. ASK $225,000. Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,, Regency 39 Aft Cabin Sun Deck Trawler ’86 $99,500 Many recent upgrades! Twin Volvo dsls, new 8kw Gen Set, Air/Heat, sun deck enclosure, upper & lower helm stations, dinghy hoist & storage. Call Tony Tumas, Great Blue Yachts 443553-5046 - see photos & full specs at 40’ Cheoy Lee Trawler ‘73 REDUCED to $39,900! Two great cabins, a generator, full canvas on flybridge, bottom job in 2003. On land at Jabins. Contact Denise at (410) 267-8181 or

40’ 1997 Sea Ray Sedan Bridge $135,000, 2 Staterooms, 2 Heads, Full Galley, 3 Burner Stove, Platform Lift and Dingy included. Very Clean Boat. Aft Cockpit, New Teak, New Flat Screen TV's. Contact Gregg Dyson at 410-604-4300 or

40’ Formula SS ’99 New Merc 496HO’s in 2008. Lift kept, just detailed, boat needs nothing. Full electronics including radar and autopilot. New enclosure. Priced below book even with upgrades. $115,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,

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2002 T44 Express ALEXA at $695,000 Hinckley maintained!

2007 T40 Express COB & PEN at $750,000 Pristine Condition

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40’ Riviera Convertible ’05 Custom props and 480 Cummins with warranties and only 300 hours provide amazing economy. New electronics in 2010. Boat is in turnkey shape. Owner will consider partial trade. $419,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,

42’ Jones ’00 well equipped dual purpose bay boat. Ready for pleasure & families, or for a charter business. 575-hp dsl eng, A/C w/reverse cycle heat, engine driven heater, gen, radar, & so much more!! Asking $190K, the owner is a motivated seller. Contact 410-476-4414

40’ Robbins by MathewsBros ’07 Madeline, Fiberglass hull. 540 Cummins dsl eng. Delivered in May of ’08, this highly customized boat is practically new! Available for immediate purchase. Just Reduced $429,000 Call MathewsBros at (410) 479-9720.

42’ Sabre Hardtop Express ’07 Lumina is in beautiful cond. and has been lightly used. Fully loaded with all the latest electronics by Furuno including 3D multi function displays. Twin Yanmar 480s, 8kw genset and 3 zone A/C provide all season comfort. $529,000 Paul Mikulski 410.961.5254 or

42’ Cruisers 420 Express Twin Volvo IPS 500 dsls, gen, air, hard top, bow thruser, IPS docking – CLEAN! $235,000 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email: tony@, see photos & full specs at

43’ 2001 Fairline 43 Phantom, $279,000, w/ 2 strm floorplan and lowered Helm 1000 hour Volvo engine service recently performed and engine room/bilge area very clean, sedan bridge, is well equipped and ready for you to cruise. Contact Mike Skreptack at 410-867-9550 or 43’ Tiara Sovran ’07 New listing; in fresh water; all the right options; low hrs. on T-435 hp Volvo IPS drives; joystick; full Raymarine electronics; Pristine is a must see. Asking Reduced to $499,000. Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or 43’ Wellcraft ’87 Portofino Express, twin 454 Chevys w/360 hrs, new radar w/ GPS & depth, new canvas, 7.5-Kw genset, many other upgrades, call for more details, Sea Scouts, PRICE SLASHED to $29,000, James Klimek, (240) 271-4631,

Carver 430 Cockpit Motor Yachts ‘96 $129,900 Twin Cummings dsl, Gen, Air Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email:, see photos & full specs at

44’ Hinckley Talaria 44 Express ’01 SIRIUS has been lovingly maintained and constantly updated by her second owner with no expense spared. Recent clean survey available! She lives under a custom built, covered slip and has always been Hinckley maintained. $695,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Jennifer Richards (410) 2630095 or

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#1 44’ Hinckley Talaria Flybridge ’08 BLUE ANGEL represents a virtually new T-44 FB and is a head-turner where ever she goes. Outfitted with the ultimate in entertainment systems and options; she leaves nothing to be desired. Recent clean survey available! $1,195M. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Jennifer Richards (410) 2630095 or

45’ Searay Sundancer 450 ’96 Powered by T/CAT3126s. Full electronics package w/ KVH sat tv, underwater lights, and new carpets, CLEAN,CLEAN,CLEAN. In Pasadena, MD. Price reduced to $133,900. Contact BOEMARINE, 866-735-5926,,

49’ Charter Boat ‘77 Honey Bee wood O'Neil built with 3208 dsl engine. New stability letter for 30 people. $59,000 Call (301) 872-5815.

46’ Markley ’05 Built to fish and charter ready, Full electronics, John Deere diesel, Fishing gear goes with sale, Make Offer – Must Go, 410-476-4414,

47’ Riviera Excalibur M470 ’04 COMPLETE Refit 2011. New motors, drives soft goods, electronics, everything. Boat was lift kept under cover in fresh water. Only redone to keep a crew busy. Unreal opportunity. Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,

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Composite Yacht..............................46

Luritek Eco-Clad...............................30

Allstate Insurance............................29

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Maritime Solutions...........................15

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Cutwater Marine Sales.....................33

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Annapolis Yacht Sales.....................32

Diversified Marine............................41

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Bandy Boats.....................................14

Fawcett Boat Supplies.....................26

Bay Shore Marine.............................15

Gratitude Marina...............................42

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Hartge Yacht Yard............................39

Boatyard Bar & Grill Tournament...55

Herringtown Creek Marina...............14

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Chesapeake Harbour Inc...................9

Jack Martin Insurance......................29

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his photo, taken on the Chesapeake Bay September 23, 1921 (about seven miles southwest of Tangier Island, VA), shows the U.S. Army Air Service’s initial attempts to illustrate the efficacy of aerial attacks on battleships. The ship beneath the shower of phosphorous is the Illinois-class battleship USS Alabama. She is being smacked with the first of several phosphorus bombs that U.S. Army Air Service aircraft would drop on her as part of a wider test to prove that aircraft could destroy a heavily armored ship. Until Gen. William Lendrum “Billy” Mitchell promoted the idea of aerial bombardment in defending the coastline, there were serious doubts as to whether an airplane could sink a battleship. Gen. Mitchell’s primary argument was that military aircraft were a far more effective and economic way to defend the coast than the continued construction of battleships and funding of coastal gun placements. Despite much controversy, the test results were effective enough to cause the U.S. Navy to refocus its attention on naval airpower.

by Gary Reich

The USS Alabama’s keel was originally laid in Philadelphia, PA, December 1, 1896, by the William Cramp and Sons Ship and Engine Building Company. She was launched on May 8, 1898, and commissioned into service on October 16, 1900. After serving in the Gulf of Mexico and Mediterranean Sea and making a rounding of South America, the USS Alabama was placed into reserve service in New York on November 3, 1907, and decommissioned August 17, 1909. She was later placed back into service on April 17, 1912, as a part of the Atlantic Reserve Fleet. She served as a training ship for many years, and in March 1919 sailed to the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis to pick up 184 midshipmen, who would cruise her to the Panama Canal and New England and then return to Annapolis. The USS Alabama sailed back to Philadelphia in August 1919 and was fully decommissioned on May 7, 1920. She was sold for scrap in March 1924 after being sunk by the bombing tests.

##Photo courtesy of the U.S. Naval Archives

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