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Saving Striped Bass


hat’s not companyappropriate discussion,” my mother used to say when I’d bring up some embarrassing family tidbit at the dinner table among my parent’s friends. I admit it—maybe I once let slip that mom got a speeding ticket or that dad gave me a good talking to when he ran over a hammer with our lawn mower after I’d left it lying in the grass one weekend. And when it comes to skeptical talk about the health of our striped bass fishery in Chesapeake Bay, it seems that’s been the theme until lately—share your thoughts carefully. But when the Susquehanna Flats catch-and-release striped bass fishery fell… well… flat, this year, anglers started talking openly about the state of Maryland’s state fish. To understand this apparent cone of angling silence, you first have to dissect the fishery—and there’s an awful lot at stake when you examine the economic value of striped bass. It’s an economy where professional fishing guides and charter captains make a living taking recreational anglers out for a chance at a big one; recreational fishermen invest millions of dollars on tackle, gear, gas, slips, lodging, and boats just to put a few

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in the cooler or maybe win big money at a tournament; commercial fishermen put food on their families’ tables in exchange for their harvest; and tackle shops exist for the very purpose of supplying that aforementioned gear to recreational folks. That’s before we even talk about the pile of cash wrapped up into the management and conservation taken on by government and conservation groups. All told, you’ll find hundreds of millions of dollars swirling around the conservation, management, and “catching” aspects of this one species of fish. It seems sort of like the global warming debate. One side believes we’re in a natural climatic cycle that will work its way out, while the other cites piles of scientific data that might show otherwise. If you’re in any aspect of the energy business, talk of your product warming up the earth toward one big natural disaster probably isn’t “company-appropriate.” I find it much the same when I’m sitting in a meeting room full of recreational anglers, fisheries biologists, charter captains, conservationists and fishing guides who all generally get along just fine—until you mention a possible decline in the striped bass fishery. Declines generally mean harvest limitations, closures, and decreases in quota, which get everyone’s attention.

“Well we don’t know exactly what’s going on with the fishery, and the last stock assessment looks good,” one person might say while another might exclaim, “We’ve had a great season, couldn’t ask for better.” Then you hear “Fisheries go in cycles; this is a natural downturn,” or, “The young-of-year index was off the charts.” And truthfully, maybe we don’t know exactly what the health of the fishery is, despite years of so-so fishing. After all, fish are moving targets, migrating up and down the coast in a complex life cycle where they eventually only spend a small portion of time in the Bay. But the quiet mumblings about mediocre fishing over the last five years has grown into an audible rumble among guides, charter captains, and recreational anglers. Of course we’ll have to wait until the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission striped bass stock assessment comes out later this year for a better picture of the story, but what if the numbers point to a sharp decline like many are guessing? What are we willing to give up to save the striped bass? Anything? Nothing? See you out there,

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Bay Crab Numbers Take a Dive


he burning question is: Will crabs be abundant in the Bay this summer? “Hopefully,” say those of us yearning to roll out the newspaper, get out the hammers and Old Bay, and dig into a big pile of steamy goodness. But the numbers are mixed, according to the 2013 Chesapeake Bay Winter Dredge Survey (WDS), which was recently released by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The WDS is an annual count of the crab population in both Maryland and Virginia. The good news? The number of spawning-age females increased by 52 percent to 147 million, which is more than twice the “healthy-abundance” threshold of 70 million. The not-so-good news? An overall decline in the Bay-wide population, from 765 million to 300 million, with the number of juvenile crabs dropping from 581 million to 111 million. “It’s important to keep these results in perspective,” says Jack Travelshead, a commissioner with the Virginia Marine Resources Commission (VMRC). “Five years ago, this fishery was declared a federal disaster. That is no longer the case. Overfishing is no longer occurring. A good fisheries management framework is in place. The stock is healthy, and spawning-age females are doing well.” So what caused the drop? Well, first of all, keep in mind that last year’s findings reported the highest crab reproduction in the history of the survey. Since young blue crabs are known to prey on each other when their densities are high, cannibalism could be one contributing factor. A second cause may be the unusually high numbers of red drum (fish) in the Bay last year. Red drum, which prey

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##Things could get tough for Maryland and Virginia watermen this year if the downturn in crab numbers means anything. Photo by Gary Reich

on young crabs, were reported in record numbers last year. Maryland’s red drum harvest for 2012 was estimated to be 100 times greater than 2010 and 2011. Finally, weather conditions and water quality have an impact, too. Bay grasses, which provide protection for crabs to hide from predators, have suffered declines in recent years. To keep harvest levels in balance with the crab population, each year Maryland, Virginia, and the Potomac River Fisheries Commission work together to determine if current management measures are adequate. For the last five years, harvest levels have remained below the scientifically established target. Maryland officials are expected to work with the crabbing industry to reduce bushel limits by about 10 percent for female crabs this year. To create the WDS, every winter Maryland and Virginia biologists dredge the Bay’s bottom, where crabs burrow into the mud and hibernate. Samples are taken at 1500 sites throughout the Bay during the months from December through March. Information is gathered on abundance, young-of-the-year, and spawning stock (crabs that will mature enough to reproduce during the upcoming year), and the data is used by fishery managers to set commercial and recreational harvest limits for the season ahead. The WDS is the only Bay-wide, fishery-independent effort to estimate the number of blue crabs living in the Chesapeake Bay. The Fisheries Service of the Maryland DNR and Virginia Institute of Marine Science have conducted the survey in its present form since 1990.

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Antique & Classic Boat Festival Rolls Into St. Mikes

veryone loves looking at shiny, beautiful boats, especially when they’re antique or classic. It seems you don’t have to be an expert on restoration and preservation to appreciate the glossy sheen of a highly varnished hull. Fortunately for boaters around the Chesapeake, we’ll soon have the opportunity to feast our eyes on the largest collection of antique and classic boats on the East Coast. Everyone from restoration aficionados to average Joes will love the 26th annual Antique & Classic Boat Festival at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD, June 14 to 16. For three days, more than 130 boats will be displayed on land and in water. We’re talking famous names like ChrisCraft, Larson, Century, Trumpy, and more. All kinds of hulls, from runabouts to fancy yachts, will be on display, including: race and workboats; launches; hydroplanes; and utilities. And the Antique and Classic Boat Society will present a judged show of the preserved and restored wooden and classic fiberglass boats.

In the Arts at Navy Point section of the festival, 70 juried fine artists, craftspeople, and vendors will offer nautical and maritime-themed items for boat and home. There you’ll find good stuff like boating products, boat restoration services, hard-to-find parts, and even someone who can restore old engine gauges. In the festival’s Nautical Flea Market, scavenge around the Field of Dreams, an array of restorable classic boats and motors. Youngsters can learn about the award-winning qualities of preserved and restored classic boats at the youth judging program. In addition, they’ll enjoy boatbuilding craft projects and other kids’ activities. While you’re there, take advantage of full access to the CBMM’s 12 exhibit buildings, including the 1879 Hooper Strait Lighthouse and the museum’s new special exhibits: Crisfield Carvings— Bird Hunting on Broad Waters; and Navigating Freedom— The War of 1812 on the Chesapeake Bay.

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of them have been racing for several years. Skipper says, “Duffy Andrews’s Solid Waste, which hangs on the wall at Schooner’s Landing restaurant, is always a major contender when she comes down off the wall. And Colander, Stew Lamon’s war canoe, holds a lot of people and always does well.” Race categories are: the Iron Man, the longest race; the Battle of the Brave, Coast Guard, police, and firemen compete; the Corporate Challenge, between local businesses; the Funny Race, in honor of former Police Chief Wally Jones; and the Kids’ Race. Over the years the craft have been perfected. Today, there are specific construction rules, and plans are available online. If you’re not ready to release your inner boatbuilder, a few boats are available to rent (in advance) for race day. Viewing the race is free and open to the public. Registration forms (race entry is $25), building tips, fun photos, and more can be found at:

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Why You Should Care About Maryland’s Boat Excise Tax Cap

n the month of April, the word “tax” tends to make Americans’ blood pressure rise; add the word “cap,” and you may see some foaming at the mouth. The fight to cap Maryland’s boat excise tax last month and the ensuing compromise proved to be no exception to the rule of rising

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tax-talk emotions. Here’s why the Marine Trades Association of Maryland (MTAM) and hordes of regional marine professionals supported the boat excise tax cap. The controversy stems from the perception of giving tax breaks to the rich. I can look up Back Creek from my Eastport office window and see more boats than countable—and yes, some of those boat owners might be wealthy. Whether they deserve tax breaks is not my business. The next part of the equation is my business: when looking up the same creek, I can count marinas and boatyards housing dozens of people I know who sell, rig, haul, service, rehabilitate, fuel, and dive under boats for a living. Those are some of the folks who will benefit from the excise tax cap in Maryland. After much controversy and a near death on the floor, legislators compromised on the original bill (Senate Bill 90) and passed it with a $15,000 gross tax cap in lieu of a $10,000 cap. That there is a cap at all is cause for celebration here in a state bordered by Delaware (no tax) and Virginia (twopercent tax with a $2000 tax cap).

Boaters must pay a five-percent tax if they buy their boats in Maryland or keep them here for more than 90 days. Now with the tax cap, rather than register their boats in other states to avoid the big tax bill (as some say they have for years), powerboat buyers with boats worth more than $300,000 may buy and keep their boats in Maryland all season long without paying more than $15,000 total in taxes. For our regional marine professionals, this will mean more big boats to sell, fix, haul, rig, and service—at least for the three years the new law will be in effect. This gives our maritime community more opportunities to thrive. MTAM’s executive director Susan Zellers says, “I am so happy we will have this opportunity to increase the number of boats that are registering in Maryland. This bill will lead to more jobs and services in the marine industry, and that’s good for all boaters. Start getting the word out now: come to the Chesapeake. We are a tax-friendly state for boaters.”

Virginia Struggles With Oyster Poaching


of the state’s 34 sanctuaries reported being n 2012, the Virginia Marine Police victimized by poachers in 2010, further (VMP) logged 240 violations for illegal oyster harvesting. But on a single weekcrippled by a 40-percent decrease in the amount of natural resource police officers. end in early March, VMP officials served 10 Gloucester, VA, watermen with a total 115 violations in what is being called an oyster poaching epidemic. The number of citations issued to local commercial watermen has increased by fourfold over the last two years, while the dockside value has increased from $575,000 in 2001 to more than $8.25 million in 2012. Oyster poaching is serious business when one understands the bivalve’s importance to the health ##Penalties and fines aren’t deterring poachers from of the Chesapeake Bay. One single taking the Bay’s most-loved bivalve from sanctuaries and other off-limits areas. Photo by Gary Reich oyster filters through at least 50 gallons of water each day, making no-harvest zones both precious The rise in poaching is due to several and critical aspects of Bay cleanup. factors, police and shellfish experts say. No-harvest zones protect reef structures A weak economy and fewer patrol officers that can act as shelters and breeding on the water make poaching easier, and grounds for oysters and other life forms, but also accelerate the development of the growing number of oyster sanctuardisease resistance. In Maryland, nearly all ies presents a larger environment from

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Spring Festivals


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pringtime in the Chesapeake brings some of the best weather of the year. And while you’re never needing an excuse to get the whole family outside, it’s nice when you have one. So we’ve pooled together some of the best family-friendly festivals for you to put on the calendar. Get the family together, get outside, and get ready for a season full of fun.

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Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

onnie Raitt brings all-star Blues musicians with her for this festival held at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis. Kids can enjoy the beach and playgrounds. Come by boat since car and bus traffic will be heavy, but remember your tender because boats are prohibited any less than 600 feet from shore. Docks are not available.

May 18

Virginia Beer Festival


here will be over 125 international beers on tap in Hampton, VA, to try, but we really love the fact that the Boater’s Package includes four tickets as well as docking during. Call ahead to reserve your space!

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Chestertown Tea Party Festival

elebrate Colonial resistance to British tyranny at this rousing festival in Chestertown, MD. Re-enactments, parades, raft races, tall ships tours, wine and food tastings, and much more.

May 26


21st Annual Soft Shell Spring Fair

rom noon until 5 p.m. plan on spending time in Crisfield, MD, for their annual Soft Shell Spring Fair, featuring fresh local soft crabs, seafood, arts and crafts, Waterman’s Hall of Fame awards, and live entertainment. Free admission.

June 1-2

14th Annual Hampton Blackbeard Pirate Festival


irates overtake Hampton, VA, for this fun family festival. Be ready for re-enactments and street skirmishes, pirate cuisine, and lots of Hampton pirate history.

June 6-9

37th Annual Norfolk Harborfest


he historic waterfront festival brings a weekend full of exciting activities, adventures on land and sea, fireworks, and amazing entertainment to Norfolk, VA. Go for the tall ships, a fun carnival, and Rusted Root, who will be headlining.

June 15-17

26th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Festival


ou’ll initially be drawn to the over 100 classic and antique boats, but the building demonstrations, maritime artists and craftsmen, vendors, and nautical flea market will keep you enthralled for hours. Regional food, beverages, and music will also be avilable.

June 22


Tilghman Island Summer Seafood Festival

ried clams, steamed crabs, crab cakes, chicken and hotdogs, and oh, so much more will be served at this great event that’s perfect for families. Head down to the Tilghman Island, MD, Volunteer Fire Department for all the action.

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4th Annual Kekoka Music Festival

here’s live acoustic rock and country blues performed on a waterfront stage at Camp Kekoka in Kilmarnock, VA, June 7 and 8. There’s also local food, craft beer, swimming, kayaking, fishing and crabbing to keep the whole family entertained. Take advantage of the many beautiful boat anchorages just offshore on Indian Creek. Affordable tent camping is available, as are cabin rentals.

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##Softies are the headliners at the 21st Annual Soft Shell Spring Fair in Crisfield, MD, May 26. Photo by Gary Reich

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Boat Notes

by Gary Reich

Cutwater 30


he moniker “sport utility boat” is somewhat overused in the industry these days, but perhaps no other builder has more right to use the term than Fluid Motion, manufacturer of Cutwater Boats and Ranger Tugs. Built in Monroe, WA, the Cutwater line of boats was designed with an eye toward keeping many of the utilitarian features of the Ranger Tug line, but adding in some of the performance and cruising features you might find in an express or sedan cruiser. The Cutwater 30 was added to the company’s already popular 26- and 28-foot lineup in 2012, offering an even larger version of the company’s smart, utilitarian cruisers. Oh, and the best part? She’s trailerable. You won’t find ultrasuede cushions, glossy teak, or other hard-to-maintain trim on the Cutwater’s exterior. What you will find are substantial hand and bow rails, high-quality hatches and ports, and an expansive cabin top that is perfect for storing kayaks, tubes, water skis, and other water toys. In the cockpit to starboard is an outside aft helm with steering and throttle controls—handy for docking maneuvers and fishing activities. The cockpit is designed for relaxation and fun, with seating for four via two side hull foldout seats (port and starboard) and a double bench that can be pivoted to face into the cockpit or aft over the

large swim platform, which is accessed via a starboard stern walkthrough and surrounded by stainless steel rails. Another interesting feature is a dinette table that can be reversed from the cabin for use in the cockpit to enjoy outside dining. Cleaning up the outside of the Cutwater after an extended cruise or day trip is easy—simply spray down and go. Below, you’ll find a well-equipped galley with a hinged convertible countertop situated to port and a twoseat helm and four-person dinette to starboard. The dinette drops down for sleeping, and a relatively private double berth and guest cabin is situated aft and under the dinette. Visibility and ventilation are excellent via the large opening cabin windows and four overhead hatches. Below and forward is the master stateroom, which has an island double berth in the “V” and along the centerline, plenty of storage cabinetry and a hanging locker, and a head with vanity and shower. The shower can be enclosed via a clever sliding Plexiglas panel, which helps to keep the rest of the space dry.

The Cutwater 30’s Volvo D6 diesel churns out 370 horses and can push her to about 26 to 28 knots at wide open throttle. Her reported cruising sweet spot seems to be around 15 to 18 knots, where the engine slurps about 10 gallons an hour of diesel fuel. A bowthruster helps with docking drills. Below the waterline she has a keel-stepped hull bottom to enhance performance; a skeg keel that improves tracking and protects her running gear, and a modified keel pad that runs from the bow aft to the skeg keel for additional stability. Hull and deck are fiberglass with an enhanced hull stringer system for rigidity. All in all, the Cutwater 30 (and her smaller sisters) seems purpose-built for the active cruising set—the type of people who don’t just hop from marina to marina, but do all sorts of things in between such as fishing, kayaking, crabbing, and exploring. With a no-fuss exterior, a clever interior that sleeps six, and either quick performance or thrifty cruising when you need it, the Cutwater 30 seems tailor-made for that job.

Specifications: Length Overall: 30’ Beam: 10’ Draft: 2’ 5” Dry Weight: 10,200 pounds Fuel: 180 gallons Water: 80 gallons Power: Volvo D6, 370hp ##Image courtesy of Cutwater Boats

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B.O.A.T. The Best Education Photo and story by Mike Edick


he old adage must be true. Immediately after your own failure to grasp the obvious, someone says, “I guess you learn from your mistakes.” If that’s the case, well, brother, then I might just be the most highly educated person you’ve ever come in contact with. Whether through Darwinism or lucky breaks, I’ve learned what not to do, somehow stumbling onto a better path along the way. I won’t even tell you my landlubber stories about flipping snowmobiles, jumping motorcycles into trees, or shearing the chin guard off a full-face helmet doing donuts on a three wheeler. I won’t mention the submerged, stuck-in-a-sand-dune, or cliff-dangling stories my truck somehow survived—all ending with a tow truck driver. Why? Because I have personally amassed a ton of my own waterbased schooling in idiocy. For instance, have you have ever walked by the one boat that no one wanted and thought “with a little TLC, I can make something of that” and then dragged her home on a trailer, stopping at every gas station to fill the tires? Remember scraping paint from her transom as your scraper went through the transom? Got out your saw and made that boat three inches shorter? Yeah, me either. Follow us!

Have you ever had a dead outboard motor that you spent all winter rebuilding only to sit at the launch ramp on the first day of spring attempting to start it with about a hundred onlookers? Did the outboard finally sputter to life causing you to exclaim, “I’m going to take it offshore now!” Did it die again about a mile or so offshore, causing so you take the cowl off, hit the starter switch only to hear “vrrrring… plunk,” making you realize you forgot to tighten down the nut on the starter’s throw out gear? Nope, me either. Maybe you’ve never been on a canal where the only sound you heard was the gentle “swoosh” of your wake breaking against the shoreline as you enjoyed a gentle 50 to 60 mph breeze blowing through your hair. And you’ve probably never arrived at the following lock where the tender reminds you of the five mph no-wake buoy you apparently passed leaving the previous lock, then stands with his arms folded for the next 50 minutes—because that’s how long it should have taken you to travel between the two locks. But, it could happen.

Have you ever launched your boat, driven your trailer away, and then realized that you forgot to install the drain plug as your bilge pump reminded you? Okay, who hasn’t done the scramble to the truck and trailer during a busy launch day? Not me, nope. Surely you’ve never heard the story about the guy who forgot to reinstall the winterizing cap on his engine, launched the boat from the marina, only to drive about a quarter mile and then noticed that the boat was sluggish? Supposedly, the bilge was full of water up to the middle of the engine and the reason the boat was sluggish was because it was on fire. That’s just what I heard. Believe it or not, there are 20 or more stories like that which may—or may not—have happened. What I’ve learned after all these experiences is not just that I’m a moron, but that adversity happens whether you cause it or not, and it’s how you handle things during and after those situations that shape who you are. Sure, I’ve had some errors I like to call learning experiences, but I’ve never made the same mistake twice. After all, I prefer to learn new things. PropTalk June 2013 19

Marty’s Bag Works Photo and story by Allen J. Paltell


he shelves at my local West Marine are full of cleaning supplies, paints, electronic gear, and gleaming chrome hardware. Day-Glo kayaks stand on end in the window and bucktails of every size, shape, and shade of chartreuse hang in plastic bags in the fishing aisle. It’s hard not to find everything you need in one place. The guys at the counter recognize me, and we always manage to chat for a few minutes about the weather and boats. The buying experience is efficient and pleasant… I always go back.

But it wasn’t always this way. Many readers may remember when the boating supply business was divided into thousands of small specialty shops. If you needed an impeller, you drove out to Fairwinds Marina in Cape St. Claire, MD. If you needed hardware, you went to Fawcett Boat Supplies in downtown Annapolis. These shops were often located in or near a marina, providing the perfect excuse to wander around, look at boats, and talk with other boaters. Back in the 1960s, a young woman named Martha Gentner rented a little red brick building on Bay Ridge Avenue in the Eastport section of Annapolis. Marty had a sign made for the front of the building that read, “Marty’s Bag Works.” I remember passing by that store in my old Volkswagen Beetle, wondering what was going on inside. Now I know. Marty made bags... boat bags, hand bags, tool bags. People from all over came to buy her custom bags. Over time, Marty’s business grew, and her family evolved. Marty and her husband Ron built the little business into a diversified canvas and embroidery enterprise that survived the real estate crisis, several boat business downturns, technology, and family strife. Her son Charlie now runs the boat cover part of the family business. Marty unfortunately died in 2011, far too young. She is sorely missed, and her absence from the shop is felt every day. However, her legacy survives in the form of a revitalized “Bag Works,” which today is located in Edgewater, MD, and housed in a building she and

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her husband Ron purchased together. Each time I enter the shop I’m greeted by Ron’s warm handshake. And when Ron shakes your hand, you know he played football and boxed. Angela, a senior staff member, greets me from behind her computer, and waves her hand franticly, warning me not to take her picture. I take it anyway. Ron’s daughter Lisa turns her back and issues a stern warning... “no pictures!” I nod and click away. She is beautiful even on a bad day. Charlie is busy with a customer, so I respect his attention to work. The embroidery machines hum in the background, needling away on an embroidery job for this very magazine, they say. It feels warm and friendly at the shop. Staff members look up from their work, take a few minutes to greet me and talk about their projects, voice their recollections of the Annapolis boat business, and of course, Marty. I wander upstairs to Marty’s old office where I remember visiting her a few years ago. In my mind, I can see her in that chair, hands gripping a piece of fabric, her curly hair, freshly applied lipstick, and flashing that trademark smile with the little gap between her front teeth. Marty talks about Ron’s desire to grow the business and expand into new areas, expressing worry that things will not go as Ron hopes. I assure her that her worries are legitimate, that there are no guarantees, but that her business is strong and her staff and customers dedicated and loyal. She listens attentively, looks down at the piece of fabric

and starts the sewing machine. “Back to work,” she says. Marty’s memory lives on. She would still be worried about the business, and there are still no guarantees. However, she would be pleased to see her family and staff coming to work every day, her children cooperating with one another, her customers coming back for more work, referring new customers to the Bag Works. I am sure she would be happy to see Ron, and he would put his arms around her and give her a big kiss. She would push him away with a wink and a smile. I like to think that she’d be very proud of the work she started and honored that her family and staff have carried on. That’s the magic of a small marine business.

By Duffy Perkins

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Orrell’s Maryland Beaten Biscuits


uth Orrell opened Orrell’s Maryland Beaten Biscuits in Wye Mills, MD, in 1935 as a way of making what she referred to as “pin money.” The recipe she used had been handed down throughout generations, stemming back to Colonial times: flour, country lard, water, sugar, salt, a smidgen of baking soda, and elbow grease. Yes, elbow grease. The lack of a leavening agent in the biscuit meant that air had to be incorporated into the dough by beating it, which Ms. Orrell gladly did with a two-pound hammer for that first batch. This process doesn’t make them light or flaky. Maryland Beaten Biscuits generally have a different set of adjectives assigned to them: hard, sturdy, golf ball-esque. The author John Barth wrote about them in his 1957 novel The Floating Opera, noting that they “are hard as a haul-seiner’s conscience and dry as a dredger’s tongue, and

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they sit for hours in your morning stomach like ballast on a tender ship’s keel, and if forgotten and gone stale are neither harder nor less palatable than when fresh.” Recipes for beaten biscuits date back to the Colonial plantations of Southern Maryland and the Eastern Shore. Leavening was in short supply to the colonies, so bakers borrowed a method used by the Native Americans to beat the dough, putting tiny air bubbles into it. Beating times varied from a half hour to two hours. A “cookery book” titled The Good Housewife’s Jewel by Thomas Dawson and published in 1596 for the growing English middle classes called for the dough to be beaten for two hours, although most Marylanders recommended half an hour’s time to be sufficient. The dough was later laid out on tree stumps and beaten with the back of an axe until one could hear popping noises. It

was then rolled into palm-sized balls and baked. Particular to Maryland, the biscuits were simply called “Maryland Biscuits” and were considered high class party fare as late as the early 20th century, when they would be served with a slice of country ham tucked into them. Watermen appreciated their sturdiness: the biscuits were easily tucked into pockets and wouldn’t crumble and disintegrate if they got wet. Those were the biscuits of yesteryear, however. Today, Orrell’s biscuits are beaten with a specialized mixer for 25 minutes (some purists still prefer baseball bats), although a team of five ladies still hand rolls, cuts, and processes each biscuit. They still maintain the hard shell of a Bay bivalve, but their interiors are often filled with such delights as sun dried tomatoes, sweet potato, pumpkin, cheddar, or honey. While it’s best to get the biscuits fresh out of the oven (and by the size of the line outside Orrell’s each Wednesday, we gather this is no secret), the biscuits certainly don’t age as rapidly as the light and flaky biscuits with which we’re most familiar. Ruth Orrell is said to have been fond of breaking up the biscuits and mixing them into her pancake batter; we think this is definitely something to try. Ruth Orrell lived well into her 90s, passing the management of Orrell’s Maryland Beaten Biscuits on to her younger family members to carry on the tradition that her grandmother once passed onto her. The crowds outside their kitchen window every Wednesday work to assure us that luckily, the tradition is alive and well.

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Paddlesports America Class Two Tuesdays. Gaithersburg Senior Center, MD. Hosted by Gaithersburg USCG Auxiliary Flotilla.

Free Seminar: Marine RADAR West Marine, Rockville, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.

Undersea Parasite Turns Male Mud Crabs Female Lecture with SERC Research Associate Dr. Amy Fowler will discuss her research on this parasitic barnacle and how it responds to environmental factors such as salinity and temperature.

Holo Niu & Holo Tiki Chester, MD. Hosted by Kent Island Outrigger Canoe Club.

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Wednesday Night Paddles Annapolis Community Boating Canoes, single and double kayaks are available.


OkoumeFest: A Boatbuilder Rendezvous Chesapeake Light Craft, Annapolis, and Kent Island, MD.

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Dominion Riverrock Richmond, VA.

Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show Military Aviation Museum, Virginia Beach, VA.

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USNA Commissioning Week Annapolis.

Chesapeake Bay Tour de Cure Talbot County Community Center, Easton, MD. Benefits American Diabetes Association.


Fishing Tournament 8 p.m. to Midnight. Staunton View Park, Red Oak, VA.

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Horn Point Antique Fly-In Horn Point Laboratory, Cambridge, MD.

Kent Island Day Historic Stevensville, MD. Parade, exhibits, food, kids’ fun, costumes, music, and more.


Marine Science Day Virginia Institute of Marine Science, Gloucester Point, VA.


Marines Helping Marines Fishing Tournament Anchor Marina, North East, MD.


Music on the Nanticoke Vienna, MD. Explore the Nanticoke River and enjoy the music of Barren Creek at a waterfront park. Free dockage is available on the waterfront.

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Preakness Stakes Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore.

Warrior Paddle Race Ocean View, DE. Racers compete on one- to seven-mile courses using water paddle sports.

Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival Sandy Point State Park, Annapolis.

Dragon Boat Festival Thompson’s Boat Center, Washington, D.C.


Marine Max at Kent Narrows Demo Event At Harrison’s Yacht Yard in Grasonville


Maritime Model Expo Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.

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National Safe Boating Week

Five TwoDay Safe Powerboat Handling Courses Each 16hour course on the third weekend of every month is hosted by Eastport Yacht Club.


Guided Kayak Tour Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, Grasonville, MD.

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Super Saturday (Town-Wide Yard Sale) Onancock, VA. Maryland Safe Boater Course Middle River, MD.

MSSA Youth Fishing Seminar: Fish Biology and Ecosystem Alltackle, Annapolis. Learn from Bill Goldsborough of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Free.

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Memorial Day Enjoy your barbecue.

Benefit by the Bay Cape Charles, VA.

Celebrate the Rapp-American Canoe Assoc. Paddle Green Event Fredericksburg, VA.

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Soft Shell Spring Fair Celebrate soft crabs. Crisfield,

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Nation’s River Bass Tournament

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Memorial Day Bluefish Tournament Sunset Marina, West Ocean City, MD.

1-Jun 2 Harrison Yacht Sales Open House  Raffles for canvas shop gift certificate, free short hauls, demonstrations, West Marine, Fire truck and much more. June


Potomac River Waterfowl Show Birds, decoys, and more. Leonardtown, MD. Tea Party Festival  Chestertown, MD.


Martin Frobisher Sails from Harwich, England, to Frobisher Bay, Canada, 1578 In Canada, he mined what he thought was gold; it turned out to be iron pyrite.


Clean the Bay Day Hosted by Chesapeake Bay Foundation.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Conference Cambridge, MD.


Free Seminar: Paddle Smart 9:30 a.m. West Marine, Rockville, MD. Hosted by Rockville Sail and Power Squadron.

Open House Cummins Power Systems, Grasonville, MD. Enjoy seminars, raffles, brokerage boat tours, and plenty of beer, wine, soda, and food.


Great Rappahannock Whitewater Canoe Race Old Mill Park, Fredericksburg, VA. Includes American Canoe Association’s Middle States Whitewater Championships

SERC Science on the Bay Spring Family Days In this class, children 3-5 years old learn all about croaking amphibians and their songs.



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James Clark Ross Discovers the North Magnetic Pole, 1831 “Magnetism, as you recall from physics class, is a powerful force that causes certain items to be attracted to refrigerators.” ~Dave Barry




Westover Lawn Party Westover Plantation, Charles City, VA. Benefits James River Association.




Youth Fishing Fun Day Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, Cambridge, MD.


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Youth Panfish Derby Tournament Piney Run Park, Sykesville, MD.

Blackbeard Pirate Festival Hampton, VA. Live entertainment, pirate camps, kids’ activities, sea battles, and more.

Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament Morehead City, NC.

St. Clement’s Island Heritage Day Clement’s Island State Park, Coltons Point, MD.

Bay Music Festival 4 to 10 p.m. Centreville, MD. Benefits local charities. Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival  Richmond Raceway Complex, VA.

World Oceans Day Hon Fest celebrates all things Hampden in Baltimore. Ocean City Air Show 

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Great Chesapeake Bay Swim 4.4mile swim starting in Annapolis.

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Potomac Snakehead Tournament Smallwood State Park, Marbury, MD.


Seed to Stalk Month Jamestown Settlement, Baltimore. Sponsored by Marine Trades Association of Baltimore County.

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Nordic Tug Rendezvous Tilghman, MD.

Tribute to the Coast Guard in Our Nation’s Capital National Harbor, MD. Hosted by Coast Guard Foundation.


Capt. John Smith Charters the “Russell Isles” in the Chesapeake Bay, 1608 One island was later named Smith Island after Henry Smith, an early landowner. Another became Tangier Island.


Start of “Shagging on the Riverwalk” Beach Music Series Riverwalk Landing, Yorktown, VA.


Norfolk Harborfest Town Point Park, Norfolk, VA. Ships, food, music, and fireworks.

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South Jersey Shark Tournament Cape May, NJ.

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Capital Clash Fishing Tournament Potomac River near Smallwood State Park, Marbury, MD. Hosted by National Paralyzed Veterans of America. Potomac River Festival Colonial Beach, VA.

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Safe Boating Class 3 Four Mondays. Bass Pro Outdoor Store, Arundel Mills Mall, MD. Hosted by Patapsco River Power Squadron.


Beer, Boats, and Ballads Tall ship Gazela deck tours, reggae music, food, drinks, and more. At HarborView in Baltimore.


Beer, Boats, and Ballads HarborView Marina Pier and the Tiki Barge, Baltimore. Benefits Sail Baltimore. $65; $75 day of.


From Enemies to Allies An international conference on the War of 1812 and its aftermath, held at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis.

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Bass Pro Shops Northern Open Tournament ames River, Richmond, VA. Hosted by Bassmaster. Flag Day  Wave yours proudly.

Beer, Bourbon, and Barbecue Festival National Harbor, MD.

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BTB Mako Rodeo and Tournament


Antique & Classic Boat Festival Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, St. Michaels.


Tall Ships at Cape Charles Cape Charles Harbor, VA.

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Bands in the Sand Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Merrill Environmental Center, Annapolis. Biggest Little Poker Run  Dare Marina and Yacht Sales, Yorktown, VA. Hosted by Colonial Sail and Power Squadron. Benefits Virginia Institute of Marine Science.


Fishing Tournament 8 p.m. to Midnight. Staunton View Boat Ramp, Red Oak, VA.


Harbor Fest Delaware Avenue, Cape May, NJ. Street festival with a beer garden, live music, kayaking, food, arts and crafts, nature programs, kids’ fun, and more.

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Largemouth Bass Tournament Piney Run Park, Sykesville, MD.

Rhythm on the River Hartge’s Yacht Harbor, Galesville, MD. Benefits West and Rhode Riverkeeper.

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RivahFest Tappahannock, VA.

Washington Monumental Potomac River in Washington, D.C. Hosted by East Coast Outrigger Association.

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Three Adventure Cruises for Lighthouse Lovers Calvert Maritime Museum, Solomons.


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Groovin’ by the Bay Buckroe Beach, Hampton, VA.


Summer Science Camps for Kids Virginia Air & Space Center, Hampton, VA.

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Anthony and Sandra Foley File a Patent for Their Fishing Pole Mounted Drink Holder, 1995

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Maryland Safe Boater Course Middle River, MD. Hosted by Bowleys Quarters Junior Fire Brigade.

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First Day of Summer Remember your sunscreen.

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Take Your Dog to Work Day “Dogs have owners; cats have staff.” ~Anonymous


DelMarVa Chicken Festival Byrd Park, Snow Hill, MD.


Tuna-Ment Offshore Tournament Ocean City, MD. Hosted by Maryland Saltwater Sportfishing Association.

21-Jul 19

St. Mary’s College of Maryland River Concert Series Five Fridays. St. Mary’s City, MD.


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Beer Fest Historic St. Mary’s City Museum, St. Mary’s City, MD.


Cardboard Boat Races The Strand, Oxford, MD. Benefits Special Olympics of Maryland.

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22-23 Ocean City, MD.

Small-BoatTournament Sunset Marina, West

22-23 Kent Narrows, MD.

Thunder on the Narrows

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Evening Paddles 7 to 9 p.m. North East, MD. Dates are June 22, July 20, August 17, and September 7.


Sassafest River Jam Georgetown Yacht Basin, MD. Hosted by Sassafras River Association. Don’t miss the music, wade-in, dinghy poker run, kayak race, and local food and drink.

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Flounder Bowl Fishing Tournament Two-day fishing tournament with a First Place award of $5000. Free food, drink, and music is provided for participants. Held at Dare Marina in Yorktown.

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Hampton Jazz Festival Hampton


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Five Days on the Potomac River by Gary Reich


hile the Potomac River certainly is part of the Chesapeake Bay in a geographical sense, once you cruise past the St. Marys and Wicomico rivers, it takes on its own unique personality, making it much like that of a true inland river such as the Ohio or Upper Hudson. And perhaps it’s this unique quasifreshwater personality that creates a small disconnect between the Chesapeake Bayproper and places like Colonial Beach, Woodbridge, and Alexandria in Virginia, and Washington, DC farther up. But it’s that same personality that also makes the Potomac a great place to explore by boat.

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The Potomac River gets its start in West Virginia, flowing about 405 miles to its confluence with the Chesapeake Bay at Point Lookout. Along the way, the Potomac can look like Class V rapids, an idyllic meandering trout stream, an urban river, or wideopen bay. The spelling of the river’s name has been abridged over the centuries from “Patawomeke” as Captain John Smith named it, to “Patowmac,” and finally, Potomac. It is the fourth largest river on the Atlantic Coast and between its small, remote, waterside fishing towns to big cities like Alexandria and Washington, D.C., more than five million people live in the river’s watershed. Before you head for the Potomac River from any part of the Bay, though, you should be prepared to travel long distances and be somewhat self-reliant in the lower stretches, as ports can be spaced far apart. Make sure you have adequate fuel,

provisions, and spare parts, as well as a working VHF radio in case you need to call for assistance. Finding transient slips can be a challenge in some places, so you should be prepared to anchor out for the night, perhaps half the evenings on your cruise. The mouth of the Potomac River can be quite an unnerving place in the wrong weather conditions, especially when wind meets tide. Check weather and winds before you go. To do a proper job exploring the navigable Potomac, you should try to allot at least five days for your cruise, though you could easily spend a week or more exploring the many ports, parks, and cities. The port towns we mention are primarily guidelines to help you progress up the river in a timely fashion, but they certainly aren’t the only ones on the Potomac worth exploring—you’ll find many rivers and creeks with great facilities and towns.



St. Marys River (NOAA Chart 12233)

Keeping the aforementioned weather forecasting in mind, there are two major land points you will need to clear when you enter the Potomac River. From the south, you’ll want to give Smith Point Light (flashes white every 10 seconds, 52 feet high) a wide berth as you shoot toward the river’s center, which is marked by red and white Morse buoy “A.” This mark also happens to be southwest of Point Lookout—the northern Potomac entry point. Heading for the St. Marys River from red and white Morse buoy “A,” you’ll want to shoot for flashing red (2 + 1), red and green buoy “SM” southeast of St. George Island. St. George Island does not have any transient facilities to speak of, but you can drop the hook in St. George Creek between flashing green “3” and flashing green “4” in 13 to 14 feet of water. The

entrance to St. George Creek is a bit tricky, so you’ll want to keep an eye on the depth sounder on the way in. Farther up the St. Marys are the river’s main attractions— Historic St. Marys City and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The two sit tucked just behind unmarked Church Point about six miles upriver. While St. Mary’s College does provide some short-term (two hour) dockage, most cruisers anchor here in Horseshoe bend in 15- to 18-foot depths. Here you can dinghy ashore to the college or to Historic St. Mary’s City where you can explore a myriad of living exhibits on the fourth English settlement in North America. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (800) 7621634 or go to

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Colonial Beach

(NOAA Chart 12286 and 12287)

About a 30-mile run upriver sits Colonial Beach on the Virginia side and Cobb Island and the Wicomico on the Maryland side. The only navigation items of note heading upriver are Ragged Point off Coles Neck (marked by a 44-foot-high flashing white light) and St. Clements Island near the mouth of St. Clements Bay and marked by red nun buoy “14” and red and white Morse A buoy “C.” The uninhabited island is a state park and marks the site of the March 25, 1634 landing of Maryland’s first colonists. There is a dinghy dock or beach here for boaters interested in visiting. You can’t miss the island; it is marked by a huge white cross. Upriver, the town of Colonial Beach becomes visible to the west past Popes Creek. Though Mattox and Monroe creeks share a common entrance, the

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main action is in Monroe Creek, and this is where you’ll find the Colonial Beach proper. If you’re low on fuel, this is a great place to stop before making the trek farther upriver past the Harry Nice Bridge. Flashing green “1” marks the common entrance to the creeks. Once you’re there, head north toward quick flashing red “4” at the mouth of Monroe Creek at Sebastian and Gum Bat points, where you’ll find five- to six-foot depths in the main channel. If you’re looking for a place to tie up for the night, consider Colonial Beach Yacht Center (this is where the aforementioned fuel stop is), Stanford’s Marine Railway, Winkie Doodle Point Marina, or the Nightingale Motel and Marina. While Colonial Beach Yacht Center has the most transient space, the others will do their best to make room

for you when they can. If you want to anchor out for the evening, space is tight, but you can find decent depths at red daybeacons “10” and “12” south of Robins Grove Point. Ashore in Colonial Beach are restaurants, shops, municipal pier, boardwalk, grocery and convenience stores, a museum, and more. It’s a great walking town and good place to explore some local history while you wind through the old Victorian homes. On the other side of the Potomac (northeast from Colonial Beach) are Cobb Island and the Wicomico River. Here you can find a crab house with marina (Captain John’s) and a seafood restaurant (Shymansky’s), which both sell fuel and have transient marinas. The Wicomico River is an excellent river to explore and anchor out in.

Days Three and Four:

Middle Potomac River

(NOAA Charts 12286 and 12288)

There are about 63 miles between Colonial Beach and Alexandria, VA, so the next leg of the cruise can have a number of different end destinations, depending on the speed of your boat and your endurance. But before you set out to head farther upriver, keep in mind that you will need to give the three charted magenta danger lines around Dahlgren Naval Surface Weapons Center on the Virginia side of the river a wide berth. You can hear announcements and warnings about the base’s firing activities on VHF Channel 16, but generally speaking, the charted “Middle Danger Zone” is the one that’s active most weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Once past the Harry Nice Bridge, which carries U.S. Route 301 traffic back and forth across the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia, the passage broadens up at Mathias Point and the Port Tobacco River. There is a state park at Chapel Point on the Tobacco River, and a marina and restaurant about three or so miles upriver. Once around Mathias Point, keep an eye out for flashing red “6” at Upper Cedar Point near the mouth of Nanjemoy Creek, where you can anchor at the mouth (conditions permitting), and then dinghy upstream to try your luck at catching and killing a Northern snakehead, an invasive species the Maryland Department of Natural Resources is trying to control. About 11 miles upriver, Potomac Creek will show up in front of you past Maryland Point (Maryland side), where several buoys (green can “19,” flashing green buoy “21,” and a 42-foot-high flashing white tower) mark some shallower mounds in the midriver section. After you clear the obstacle course of buoys, flashing red “2PC” ushers the way into protected Potomac Creek, where you can anchor in three- to fourfoot depths. Next upriver to the north is Aquia Creek, marked by flashing red “2” where it meets with the Potomac River. A series of quick-flashing lights and daybeacons outline the twisty channel past Brent and Simms points before it opens up into the creek, which has three- to four-foot depths for those who want to anchor (though the creek is somewhat exposed). A fixed railroad bridge with 26 feet of vertical clearance crosses the creek about three miles Follow us!

##Mount Vernon, President George Washington’s plantation, overlooks the Potomac River about eight miles south of Washington, D.C. , and is visitable by boat. Photo by David Samuel

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Alexandria & Washington, DC (NOAA Charts 12288 and 12289)

up where you’ll find Hope Springs Marina and a good fuel stop if your boat is thirsty. Moving yet farther upriver, look for Mallows Bay (on the east side of the river) at red nun buoy “40,” just past Liverpool Point. Here you may see the hulks of more than 230 ships that were sunk there over the years; it is a popular spot for folks with canoes and kayaks and another spot to score an elusive snakehead or largemouth bass, if you are so inclined. North past Quantico, don’t be alarmed when you see the 70-foot-high overhead cables that cross from Moss Point to the Virginia side of the river. Slightly upriver is Mattawoman Creek, which has a state park with limited facilities, but a nice, secluded anchorage near Grinders Wharf. Cockpit Point is on the Virginia side, and here you’ll find Tim’s Rivershore Restaurant and Crabhouse, where you can make a

pit stop for food, drink, and music. Occoquan Bay and Belmont Bay are your next watermarks on the Virginia side and are great places to explore before heading to Alexandria or Washington, D.C. Transient slips can be a little difficult to find, but there are plenty of marinas with all manner of facilities, most with fuel. Flashing red “2” is the unofficial greeting point for Occoquan Bay and marks the start of a relatively straight channel up to Belmont Bay, which starts at Sandy Point and flashing red “6.” Belmont Bay harbor has limited transient slips available just south of flashing red “12,” or you can continue upstream past the set of bridges to Prince William Marine. If you’ve got a canoe, kayak, or dinghy, this is a great place to explore, bird-watch, fish, or just take in the scenery as you recharge for the trip upriver to Alexandria or Washington, D.C.



Alexandria and Washington, DC, are the proverbial pot full of gold at the end of your five-day rainbow, and some people might even allow two days out of five to better explore both cities in depth. Once you’ve left your last stop in the Middle Potomac area, the river takes on a “taller/ narrower” look much like the Hudson River in New York, and while there is generally plenty of depth outside the channel, it’s a safer bet to heed the marks. About 12 miles upriver from Occoquan Bay, Mount Vernon (President George Washington’s plantation) is open 365 days a year, and if you plan properly there is a small dock that can be reserved by visiting boaters (although most folks anchor in the river and dinghy ashore). Make sure you toll a bell in Washington’s honor before you come ashore, or as you pass by heading upriver: it’s a tradition that dates back to the night of his death. Up and across river at flashing red “2P” is Piscataway Creek and Fort Washington Marina, where you can grab a bite to eat or have repairs facilitated if you need them. Past Mount Vernon and Piscataway Creek, the river twists and turns a bit before opening up as the Woodrow Wilson Bridge appears on the horizon, carrying traffic back and forth on Interstate 495 between Maryland and Virginia. To starboard before the bridge on the Maryland side heading north is Smoots Cove and the sprawling National Harbor complex. Once the site of the cement

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factory that supplied the Woodrow Wilson Bridge project, today the area is dominated by an impressive mixed-use site with hotels, restaurants, shopping centers, and, yes, a resort marina that happily accepts transient guests. To port just past the Woodrow Wilson Bridge (76-foot vertical clearance through the primary span) is Alexandria, where you can spend a day (or many more) exploring shops, restaurants, pubs, and numerous historic sights. Alexandria City Marina has space for transients, and the location is central to many of the Old Town Alexandria attractions you’ll want to explore (including the Torpedo Factory Art Center, Chart House restaurant with a great view of the action, and the King Street corridor) during your visit. As you transit the area, you may notice a constant flow of air traffic flying low overhead. The river is on the approach path to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, which is situated about three miles to the north. You could certainly wrap an entire vacation around visiting Washington, D.C., alone, but it also make a nice one- or two-day stop at the end of your trip as well. Almost all of the marinas in Washington are situated

##The Woodrow Wilson Bridge as shot from National Harbor at dusk. Photo courtesy of the Virginia Department of Transportation

on the Washington Channel or Anacostia beyond Hains Point at the bottom of East Potomac Park (green can buoy “1” and red nun buoy “2”). Just east of Greenleaf Point on the Anacostia is James Creek Marina, which has transient slips, gas and diesel fuel, and a ship’s store. North of Greenleaf Point you’ll find Washington Channel and several more marinas that take transient guests including The Capital Yacht Club, Washington Marina Company, and Columbia Island Marina. All of the marinas are within walking distance of the monuments,

restaurants, and other attractions, but walking the area at night is not recommended; take a cab instead. Congratulations, if you made it this far, you’ve explored more of the Potomac than most Bay boaters ever do in a lifetime, and you could certainly spend many more weeks poking around without seeing it all. If you’ve got enough time on your 100-mile return down the river to poke around the Potomac’s twists and curves, we encourage it. Maybe you’ll find some of that Patawomeke history around a corner or two.


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Prepping for Successful Summer Cruising

by Carrie Gentile


ast July we motored to Solomons Island from Annapolis for a long weekend. It was so hot that the weatherman had predicted certain incineration for anyone dumb enough to spend time outside. In the 102-degree assaulting heat, I turned to mush. My hair, cheeks,

and eyes melted under my perspiration. The familiar Chesapeake midsummer haze denied me any delineation between Bay and sky. Perhaps you know the feeling—that moment when the unrelenting sun and oppressive humidity steals your upbeat

spirits. But it’s summer and you’re on vacation. Yikes! Fortunately, there are ways to cope and keep cool. I’ve gathered advice and simple tips from fellow Bay boaters on where to go and how to stay as comfortable as possible on those impossibly humid days and sticky nights.

##If you plan on anchoring out to beat the heat, make sure you secure a spot early, because anchoring holes fill up quickly during the summer. Photo by Jim Christie

Keep Your Cool

If you have air conditioning aboard, thank your lucky stars. Air conditioning works well if you don’t mind being tethered to shore power or using a generator on the hook. But make sure it will run the duration of your summer cruise. Most of us don’t pay attention to our air conditioners until they stop cooling, but a bit of simple maintenance can stave off malfunctions. Most units exchange heat by circulating seawater, so clean the seawater strainer before you go, and inspect it often. Check the condenser coils for dirt, debris, pet hair, etc., that can gradually block the passages. You can buy coil cleaner if they are particularly dirty. Shore power cords have it tough. They are pulled on, stepped on, dropped in the water, overloaded, and spend months out in bad weather. Despite this, they are expected to carry loads of current for many things, including air conditioning. Most power cord failures occur when the connectors have not been maintained on both the cord and the boat connectors. Before you leave your dock, check your cord for brown discoloration at the 34 June 2013 PropTalk

blades (a sign of excessive heat) and for a worn nickel coating or pitting. Check the cord itself for any cuts in the insulation or for any crushed areas. If the cord itself is bad or worn (especially if water has gotten inside), you generally need to replace it. If an end has gone bad, you can usually find a replacement at your local boating hardware shop and replace it.

On the Hook

If you lack air conditioning, no worries. The upshot is finding a wide-open and secure anchorage with at least a whisper of a breeze where you can overnight. From here you can swim off the boat and grill or cook outside to keep the cabin as cool as possible. If you don’t need shore power, gunkholing is usually preferable over tying up at a transient slip in a marina where buildings or trees can block any slight breeze. Your bow will naturally head into the wind, maximizing airflow through open hatches and windows. And it means being lulled to sleep by the sound of lapping waves on the hull instead of the low grumble of a genset.

Wind scoops and the more befitting halyard-free version, breeze boosters, help by funneling any trace of breeze into your cabin via hatches. Breeze boosters are well suited for powerboats since they are equipped with fiberglass rods and a tensioning cord, allowing them to support themselves over hatches. They do only catch wind in one direction, so you may have to reposition them from time to time. You can also purchase screens that fit with the boosters to keep bugs outside where they belong. If you think you have enough 12-volt fans on board, go buy a few more. They are the key component to comfortable sleeping on the hook. I have a few in the saloon, one in the head, two in the V-berth and two in the aft cabin. They move significant amounts of air without any significant drain on your batteries, and they’re relatively quiet. On the unbearably hot nights, I have a fan strategically positioned about three feet from my nearly naked body to ensure a good night’s sleep.

Keeping it Under Wraps

Keeping the cabin as cool as possible during the searing summer heat is vital to your cruising comfort. While biminis and awnings are great for hanging out topside, installing solar shades over windows will keep the sun from cooking the cabin like a Thanksgiving turkey. These coverings have the added benefit of giving you privacy while your boat is moored; even though you can see through the shading mesh just fine from the inside, people on the outside cannot see in. According to manufacturers, the mesh blocks up to 90 percent of the sun’s heat and ultraviolet rays. Also consider switching from conventional halogen or incandescent bulbs to LED lights in the cabin to keep temperatures down. LEDs consume a fragment of the energy of their incandescent counterparts and using LEDs will also reduce running the engine to charge batteries, which also means less heat.

##Summer cruisng need not be a stifling experience if the right steps are taken to ensure your comfort. Photo courtesy of Carrie Gentile

of your trip in the cabin. Choosing an appropriate Chesapeake Bay summer destination can mean securing an anchoring hole with a breeze (even in August), or perhaps a town or marina with plenty of air conditioned attractions. There are plenty of locales to choose from, but the following are places fellow boaters recommended to me: Located on the Eastern Shore above Rock Hall, MD, is Fairlee Creek.

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##Hanging outside away from the heat of the cabin is one way to stay cool and enjoy the scenery. Photo by Jim Christie

Shaw Bay on the Eastern Shore’s Wye River can offer ample breeze in the summer, but be prepared for crowds. This popular anchorage offers a broad expanse of water for catching a breeze on a hot day, with good anchor holding. There are lots of raft-ups midsummer, so get there early. Over 100 years ago, a wealthy financier and railroad man envisioned a lavish destination on the Chesapeake to rival New York’s Coney Island—replete with waterfront hotels, casinos, and a boardwalk. Chesapeake Beach, MD, grew to be a resort town in the 1900s, but the Great Depression, outlawing of gambling in Maryland, and the completion of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge diverted most vacationers to other places. What remain intact are a nice beach, full-service marinas, a boardwalk, and most importantly, a water park. The Chesapeake Beach Water Park has eight waterslides, a lagoon, and a kiddie pool—perfect for a family boating destination in stifling weather. Just don’t forget the sunscreen.

Baltimore’s boisterous Inner Harbor can offer a medley of indoor air-conditioned diversions. As you motor into the Patapsco River, inching toward the Inner Harbor, industry gives way to recreation in the form of marinas, restaurants, museums, and other touristy bits. Visit the National Aquarium, the Port Discovery Children’s Museum, and the Maryland Science Center, where you can watch an IMAX film. Eat at one of the many comfortable air-conditioned eateries like the Rusty Scupper or Phillips Seafood that dot the convivial Inner Harbor. You may want to consider stopping by one of the more resort-type marinas scattered around the Bay. These places offer the usual amenities (pump-out, fuel, showers) plus more. Why not retire at a day’s end on the water at a pleasant marina to dine on crab cakes and a cocktail prepared by someone else? I’m thinking a frozen margarita, a long, cool, spacious shower, and a dip in an Olympic-sized pool. Treat yourself. After all, you are on vacation. O

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Classic Engines

New Life for Old Engines

by Gary Reich


aving an old, classic, wooden powerboat from the dumpster is a complex operation. First you have to actually save and restore the boat itself, making sure she’s safe to use on the water and protected from further rot and damage. If you’re interested in the process behind making that happen, turn to page 54 for the scoop. But what’s the drill when you have an old, rusted

block of metal that looks more like a relic from Fred Sanford’s junk yard than an eye-popping, horsepower-producing machine? Since Jerry LeCompte of Dockside Boat Works in Easton, MD, loves old engines, we asked him. For gear heads, there aren’t many other sights that cause salivation more readily than a shiny, restored engine that looks as if it just came from

the factory. And depending on your level of anal-retentiveness, you can shoot for that original glory benchmark—warning stickers, bright copper tubing work, and all—or just preserve it and get it running and safe again. As usual when dealing with boats, though, the thickness of your wallet and overall budget will be your best guides. LeCompte says, “Lots of owners feel comfortable working

on the restoration aspects of their boats but come to me when they want engine work done. We do everything from just getting an engine running to restoring it back to original condition.” When you talk about old inboard boat engines, you’ll hear names such as ChrisCraft, Graymarine, Interceptor, and Chrysler. “There aren’t very many old engines that were

For gear heads, there aren’t many other sights that cause salivation more readily than a shiny, restored engine...

##An old Chris-Craft six-banger. Photo by Mark Talbott

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##A completely rebuilt and restored ChrisCraft, Type LM, six-cylinder engine. Valves from a Detroit Diesel were machined and used to make her run like new again. Photo by Gary Reich

purpose-built as boat engines,” LeCompte says, adding, “Graymarine used Continental and some American Motors blocks, ChrisCraft made its engines from Hercules parts, Interceptor used Ford blocks, and all sorts of companies used General Motors blocks. Chrysler did have some purpose-built boat engines in the older models, but most of their stuff was marinized from automobile engines just like the others. Packards came from Rolls-Royce Merlin blocks. Not that it

makes much difference, but since some of these engines have automobile DNA, that helps in finding parts sometimes, especially with the General Motors blocks.” So what are some of the challenges you might encounter when taking on an engine restoration? According to LeCompte, finding parts is near the top of the challenge list. He says, “I can get a generator or alternator rebuilt at a number of local places, and there are all sorts of machine shops and other outfits that I can use for other parts, but if I can’t find a set of valves for a rare engine, things get challenging.” LeCompte went on to tell me about a recent rebuild he completed that had three bad valves. When he couldn’t find a parts engine to get them from, he had to get creative. “I

started calling around and finally got hold of a guy in Florida who knew just about everything when it comes to Chris-Craft engines. He told me that the valves were almost impossible to get, but that if I could find the valves from one particular model of Detroit Diesel, I could have them machined to fit that old Chris-Craft power plant. Those are the sorts of things we have to do sometimes.” Parts acquisition aside, LeCompte explains that restoring an old engine generally requires pulling it apart, servicing and cleaning all of its components such as carburetors, generators, water pumps, distributor, heads, and manifolds; and then cleaning, rebuilding, and refinishing everything. He says, “Smaller parts can be bead or material blasted here in the shop to remove corrosion or old finishes. If we have a larger engine component such as block or heads that need stripping, we can send it to get a soak in a hot bath, which removes just about everything. We can sleeve cylinder walls that are worn, and we make sure all of the inner parts such as crankshaft, rods, pistons, rings, and valve train components are rebuilt or replaced before we put the whole engine back together. Then we paint the engine, attach all of the

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rebuilt and refinished components, and fit it inside the boat. Last, we work on getting all the old controls, fuel lines, electrical components, shaft, and exhaust hooked up and working.” Smaller components such as carburetors, generators or alternators, water pumps, and transmissions can be serviced individually by shops that specialize in those parts, but LeCompte says that much of that work can be done in-house. He says, “I usually send out generators and alternators to be rebuilt by a local company. I don’t have the gear here to do it, and it’s not ridiculously expensive to get that done outside. I have machine shops do lots of fabrication work for me, especially cooling and exhaust components, and I have loads of other shops that specialize in various bits and pieces to get the small details finished. There’s even a guy I use who can replicate some of the old warning stickers found on these engines.” When I asked him if there’s anything that can’t be done to get an old engine running or restored, LeCompte seems to think it’s only a matter of how deep your pockets are, saying, “We can have new pistons made, crankshafts manufactured… there’s not many things we can’t have made for a price. I suppose if a block was cracked

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beyond repair and it was the last one on the planet then we might have trouble, but again, there’s little that we can’t do.” LeCompte says, “An engine doesn’t have to be completely torn down and put together again to be functional and usable, but those are usually the type of engine jobs I do. The folks I deal with are usually trying to get the boat back to its original condition, and the details are important if they want to enter the boat for judging at classic boat shows.” And the cost? Well, that depends, of course, and a rebuild

or restoration can run anywhere from a couple of thousand dollars upwards to tens of thousands depending on what needs to be done. Realistic restorers go into a rebuild knowing that there likely will be expensive surprises at some point during the process—it’s part of the game. So why do it? LeCompte says, “Because it’s part of bringing back a piece of history, and that’s satisfying.”

##Before. A Graymarine 45-horsepower, four-cylinder engine awaits rebuilding and restoration. Photo by Gary Reich

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39° 19.1N 076° 25.3W

Chesapeake Inn

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Cheshire Crab

39° 07.6N 076° 28.4W

Deep Creek

39° 02.6N 076° 27.4W

Rock Hall Harbor (410) 639-9996

Harbor Shack

39° 08.1N 076° 14.9W

37° 42.7N 075° 45.3W

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39° 15.0N 076° 29.3W

One Fish Two Fish

36° 54.4N 076° 04.3W

Browns Creek (410) 687-9799

Island View Café

39° 16.1N 076° 23.8W

River’s Inn

37° 15.2N 076° 28.5W

Fairlee Creek (410) 778-5007

Jellyfish Joel's

39° 15.5N 076° 10.5W

Rudee’s Marina & Restaurant

36° 49.8N 075° 58.6W

Stony Creek (410) 437-3737

Nabbs Creek Dock Bar

39° 09.8N 076° 32.7W

Smithfield Station

36° 58.5N 076° 37.2W

Northeast River (410) 287-7880

Nauti-Goose Saloon

39° 35.4N 076° 56.4W

Sunset Grill

37° 07.1N 075° 58.7W

Middle Branch (410) 347-4123

Nick's Fish House

39° 15.4N 076° 36.4W

Surf Rider Blue Water

37° 00.5N 076° 20.4W

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39° 18.4N 076° 25.5W

Surf Rider Marina Shores

36° 54.2N 076° 03.5W

Baltimore Harbor (410) 727-3678

Rusty Scupper

39° 16.5N 076° 36.3W

Surf Rider Taylors Landing

36° 55.2N 076° 11.3W

Shanty Beach Bar Tolchester Marina (410)

39° 12.4N 076° 14.3W

Water's Edge Bar & Grill

37° 03.1N 076° 17.6W

Sue Creek, off Middle River (410) 574-0009

Sue Island Grill and Crab House

39° 17.1N 076° 23.9W


37° 50.3N 076° 15.1W

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The Pointe Crabhouse & Grill

39° 4.1N 076° 30.7W

Waterman's Crab House

39° 7.9N 076° 14.W

Aqua at Bay Creek Resort

37° 15.4N 075° 58.7W

Baltimore Harbor (410) 522-3377

Chicks Oyster Bar

36° 54.2N 076° 05.6W

Dark Head Creek (410) 238-0080

Cutty Sark Marina Little Creek

36° 55.27N 076°11.12W

C&D Canal Mooring Basin (410) 885-2040

Dockside Inn

36° 54.2N 076° 05.1W

Bodkin Creek (410) 360-2220

Thirty 7 North

36° 54.2N 076° 04.1W

Deep Creek (410) 974-1408

Lead Bellys Restaurant

37 49.9N 076° 17.19N

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MIDDLE BAY Abner’s Seaside

38° 41.2N 076° 32.1W

Potomac River (301) 769-2500

Kent Narrows (410) 827-7103

Annie’s Paramount

38° 57.2N 076° 12.4W

West River, MD (410) 867-2300

Bay Bridge Marina Grill/Tiki Bar Kent Island at Bay Bridge (410) 643-3162

38° 58.8N 076° 19.9W

Ego Alley (410) 626-0004

Bay Hundred

38° 43.8N 076° 19.5W

Chesapeake Beach (410) 257-3689

Knapps Narrows (410) 886-2126

Big Mary’s Dock Bar

West River, MD (410) 867-2300

Blue Heron Pub

Potomac River (804) 224-8726

Calypso Bay

Tracy's Creek, Deale MD (410) 867-9787

Cantler's Riverside Inn

Mill Creek, MD (410) 757-1311

Clarke's Landing

CuckoldCreek, Hollywood, MD (301) 373-8468

Coconut Joe's

South River (443) 837-6057

38° 50.6N 076° 32.3W 38° 13.5N 076° 57.4W 38° 46.3N 076° 34.8W 39° 00.2N 076° 27.3W 38° 20.6N 076°34.2W 38° 56.937N 076° 33.268W

Morris Point

38° 15.2N 076° 43.9W

Pirate’s Cove

38° 50.6N 076° 32.3W

Pusser’s Landing

38° 58.6N 076° 29.2W

Red Eye's Dock Bar

38° 57.2N 076° 12.4W

Sam’s Waterfront Café

39° 02.1N 076° 24.4W

Schooners on the Creek

38° 41.3N 076° 10.1W

Skipper’s Pier

38° 46.2N 076° 33.3W


38° 34.2N 076° 04.2W

Solomon’s Pier

38° 19.2N 076° 27.3W


37° 30.2N 077° 36.3W

St. Michaels Crab House

38° 47.4N 076° 13.1W

Stoney’s Kingfisher

38° 19.3N 076° 27.4W

Suicide Bridge

38° 37.2N 075° 56.4W

The Captain’s Table

38° 19.5N 076° 27.5W

The Jetty

38° 58.3N 076° 14.2W

The Masthead

38° 40.5N 076° 10.1W

Thursday’s Steak and Crabhouse

38° 50.5N 076° 32.4W

Tiki Bar

38° 19.1N 076° 27.2W

Tim’s II

38° 19.4N 077° 14.5W

Tim’s River Shore

38° 34.1N 077° 15.5W

Vera’s White Sands

38° 25.3N 076° 27.5W

Kent Narrows (410) 827-3937 Chesapeake Harbor (410) 263-3600 Town Creek, off Tred Avon (410) 226-0160 Rockhold Creek, Deale, MD (410) 867-7110 Cambridge Creek (410) 228-0112 Patuxent River, Solomons (410) 326-2424 Smith Creek, Point Lookout (301) 872-5020

Crab Claw

38° 47.5N 076° 13.2W


38° 19.2N 076° 27.3W

Miles River (410) 745-3737

Fisherman’s Inn

38° 58.1N 076° 14.4W

Solomons (410) 394-0236

Four Winds Café

38° 19.5N 076° 27.1W

Choptank River, MD (410) 943-4689

Foxy’s Dock Bar

38° 47.2N 076° 13.2W

Solomons (410) 326-2772

Harris Crab House

38° 57.2N 076° 12.4W

Kent Narrows, MD (410) 827-4959

Indigo Landing

38° 49.5N 077° 02.3W

Tred Avon (410) 226-5171


38° 54.5N 076° 21.4W

Lowes Wharf Marina Inn

38° 45.9N 076° 19.7W

Back Creek, Solomons (410) 326-4075

Madigan’s Waterfront

38° 40.5N 077° 15.3W

Potomac River, VA (540) 775-7500

Mango’s Bar & Grill

38° 43.2N 076° 32.3W

Potomac River (703) 441-1375


38° 57.1N 076° 34.3W

Patuxent River, MD (410) 586-1182

Miles River (410) 745-2900 Back Creek, Solomons (410) 394-6400 Kent Narrows (410) 827-6666 Solomons, MD (410) 394-6373 Miles River (410) 745-4340 Kent Narrows (410) 827-9500 Potomac River (703) 548-0001 Kent Island at Bay Bridge (410) 643-2263 Ferry Cove, MD (410) 745-6684 Occoquan River (703) 494-6373 Herring Bay (410) 257-0095 South River (410) 956-2784

West River (410) 867-7200

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Dock Bars The Way My Life Should Be


or as much as we love our boat, we have one major problem: there’s never enough time to use it. Taking the boat out has become such a process. Packing the picnic, the kids’ toys, and all the essentials can make a six-hour tour look like we’re leaving the country for

two weeks. A week of planning goes into a day’s cruise. This summer we’re trying a different approach. We figure we have this boat, so why not use it more often? So to that end we’re instituting weeknight cruises to some of the best dock bars around the Chesapeake.

Hemingway’s Restaurant on Kent Island

Rudee’s on the Inlet Virginia Beach, VA

The thing that we love the most about Hemingway’s is that you can leave Annapolis at 5:30 and be having your cocktail on their patio by 6:15. Located at the foot of the Bay Bridge and nestled next to the Bay Bridge Marina, this is one of our favorite places to watch the sun set. And we can’t get enough of the Rockfish Imperial.

Thirty years ago it was a bait and tackle shop, but today it’s one of the most popular dock bars in the lower Chesapeake. You can sit on the outdoor patio and cool off with the summer breeze just off the water, and the key lime pie is a sweet end to any day. The glider booths are a hit with kids, too. Transients are welcome at the Inlet Station Marina, and bring your beach towel to check out Virginia Beach before heading back home.

Pusser’s Caribbean Grille in Annapolis It’s easy to fall in love with Pusser’s for their painkillers alone. The rum drink, that is. But Pusser’s is as good of a dock bar as it is a nice place for Sunday brunch. You can bring in the whole family to look out on the water, or you can saddle up to the bar solo for some quiet time out of the sun. It can get crowded during the weekend, so try it out during happy hour between 4 and 7 on weekdays.


Harbor Shack Rock Hall, MD

Oh, the Crab Cake Stacker Sandwich, how we love you. But there’s a lot more to love about this downhome Shore Thing crab house. The glasses of wine are big, the beer is cold, and it’s so relaxing to have a seat on the deck and watch the water. They frequently have live music, which makes a great evening even better. Smithfield Station Smithfield, VA

##The infamous Tiki Barge in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor. Photo by Gary Reich

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You have to appreciate an upscale dock bar and restaurant created by two boaters themselves. Ron and Tina Pack were cruising the Bay with friends when they decided to plant roots in Smithfield, opening up a restaurant that serves some of the most delicious crab, flounder, and rockfishes dishes on the Bay, as well as some of the best views around.

Getting out on the boat doesn’t have to be about spending the entire day on the water: it can simply be about taking the boat across the Bay for a nice dinner. We want to catch some sunsets, and some sundowners. This is going to be a summer to remember. Bridges Restaurant and Dock at Kent Narrows/Grasonville With 16 complimentary slips at this Kent Narrows hub, you can enjoy a delicious Chesapeake-inspired menu and a fantastic wine and beer list, all at reasonable prices. If you do end up staying overnight, slip fees are only $50, which gives you enough time to explore the area on foot. Paradise Ocean Club in Hampton, VA While we love any restaurant that advertises a tiki lounge, this one also come with a large outdoor swimming pool (there’s a baby pool for those who are just learning, too). After your swim, grab a quick shower and order your snacks. Sandwiches and entrees are not only tasty, they’re also very affordable (a pulled pork sandwich is $8, crabcake sandwiches are only $12). There’s something for the whole family at Paradise Ocean Club, so bring the whole brood. Pirates Cove on the West River, Galesville Pirate’s Cove is a great place to hit on Wednesdays, when you can watch sailboat racing with a beer and a pile of steamed shrimp in front of you. Bring your boat over and have free slip fees as long as you have dinner at either the Cove or Big Mary’s Dock Bar, open Wednesdays through Sundays in the spring and summer. If you do spend the night, slips are only $40 for water, power, and showers. And did we mention the steamed shrimp? So good.

Thames St. Oyster House in Baltimore Fells Point has some of our favorite restaurants around, that’s for sure. Thames Street Oyster House is relative newcomer that is becoming our favorite old standby. It’s always busy, so be ready to wait a bit for a table, but you won’t find better oysters in Baltimore. You can’t go wrong with the rest of the menu, for those of us who shun raw bivalves. We love the Grilled North Atlantic Albacore Tuna Sandwich and lobster roll, and usually find a reason to wander through the other pubs and gellaterias of Fells Point. Cantler’s Riverside Inn in Annapolis Cantler’s is a bit of an establishment in Annapolis. Their deck overlooking Mill Creek has been serving up some of the best crabs on the Chesapeake for almost forty years. Taking the boat over to Cantler’s is much more fun than driving, and the restaurant’s dock accommodates up to 10 boats with an addition beach for you to pull your tender, jet ski, or kayak up onto. The seafood is fresh daily, so we recommend calling ahead of time to hear what crabs they’re serving up. If your party has 10 or more in it, they’ll happily take a reservation.

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Nick’s Fish House and Grill Baltimore, MD If you’re in Baltimore and want to avoid the hustle and bustle of the Inner Harbor, head around Fort McHenry and Ferry Bar Park to Nick’s Fish House and Grill. The waterfront restaurant has plenty of outdoor seating and a menu that will please everyone. Their blue crabs are some of the best in town, but there is also sushi, Chesapeake stand-bys like fried oysters, crab dip, and deck fries, and crab pretzels, and tasty burgers to enjoy after your time on the water. During the summer there is often a band on the deck to keep everyone entertained.

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Harris Crab House North Grasonville, MD

Calling around to crab houses, looking for the best prices per bushel will often lead you to Harris Crab House. But we really love them because of the care they take in preparing their seafood. All clams, oysters, fish, and shrimp are hand breaded and fried, and much of the seafood is caught directly from their docks. Owner Karen Oertal comes from a long line of watermen, so you can trust her with your seafood. And while the restaurant is just four minutes from the Bay Bridge, it’s much nicer to ride over in your boat.

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Foxy’s Harbor Grille St. Michaels, MD


We love the fact that this St. Michaels dock bar is known for its martinis. But besides that, Foxy’s has great food with an Island flavor (think jerk chicken, mango chutney, and fish tacos) along with a great selection of beers on tap. The restaurant is located on the dock of St. Michaels Marina, who generally have plenty of temporary slips available. But don’t say we didn’t warn you: have more than one martini and you might find it’s best to stay the night. Not a bad option, either. The Cheshire Crab at Pleasure Cove Marina, Pasadena, MD The Cheshire Crab is a hidden gem, and we mean that literally. To reach it from the Bay, you have to head up Bodkin Creek and deep into Main Creek to Pleasure Cove Marina. The seafood is some of the best in Pasadena, but their burger is also memorable for non-seafoodies. Grab a bucket of beers (just $10) and head out to their deck to see one of the best views around. Thursday’s Steak and Crabhouse in Galesville, MD Although the name of this place is Thursday, we mainly go there early in the week for their all you can eat fried chicken, mussels, and steamed shrimp for less than $15. With 27 slips available for diners and a happy hour that lasts until 7 p.m., this is the place to be on gorgeous nights when you feel like getting out. Need More Dock Bar Action?

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Charley Quimby’s

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##Charley Quimby, self-described picker and wooden boat enthusiast.

“I’m not really a boater, you know. Oh, I like riding around in them and enjoy fishing and crabbing, but what I really like about boats is working on them. I’m a machinist and I love fixing, repairing, restoring, and building them—especially wooden boats.”


ith those words Charley opened the door to his tidy shop and ushered me into a nautical time capsule. Set on a gentle hill overlooking Flag Harbor in Southern Maryland’s Leonardtown, Charley’s orderly painted and white-trimmed house with three-bay garage offers no clue to the casual observer about the wonders waiting inside.

The first thing you see as you enter the shop is a gleaming red-and-white, 26foot runabout in the final stages of construction. “I built this boat from plans,” Charley explains. “She’s named Miss A.P.B.A. That stands for the American Power Boat Association.” He pointed to the drawings and tables of offsets spread out on a work table, saying, “They’re copies from an article in a 1922 issue of Motor Boating magazine. The gold cup boats were being restricted in length and engine displacement. Racers were finding out that millionaire Gar Wood was dropping larger and larger aircraft engines into his boats and winning all the races.

It was becoming ridiculous, so the association tried to trim it back a little bit to make racing more competitive.” Charley adds, “They dropped the horsepower and the cubic inches back and this boat was the result. She’s a John Hacker design described as a 26-foot gentleman’s racer. She can be either a two- or four-place boat. I put back seats in this one.” Upstairs in the original garage—now a machine shop—waits a shiny 458 Cadillac V-8 engine marinized by Charley and ready to install in Hacker’s 26-foot design. True to her heritage, all of the hardware on Miss A.P.B.A., from the step pads to the steering wheel hub, sports the Hacker logo. Charles H. Quimby, Jr. (Charley) grew up in the Washington, DC, area. He remembers falling in love with powerboats and the Chesapeake Bay during family vacations in the West River area. He eventually came to Leonardtown to work as a machinist at Baltimore Gas and Electric’s Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant, retiring in 1994. In his spare time, Charley started Bay Machine

##An overview of the 26-foot Hacker-designed runabout Miss APBA that Charley Quimby is completing in his garage.

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Company, which specialized in engine repairs, marinizing, and power train overhaul. Bay Machine, which he still describes as a “one man band,” has grown to a full -fledged machine shop and helps to fund his first love, restoring wooden powerboats. “My first old boat was in the early ’70s,” Charley says, adding, “I found her up in Silver Spring, MD. She was a 17-foot, home-made wooden boat with

a little Ford ‘Y’ block engine. I fixed up and sold that one. Then a friend of mine who lives up at Deep Creek Lake found a really nice, surviving 1948 Century Sea Maid. They are hard to find now. She was a 17-1/2-footer and a nice find. She had been outside for a while, but her engine was in good shape—a Gray Marine Fireball 140 with twin updraft carbs. She unfortunately had been damaged by a forklift and had a couple of topside planks stabbed, so I brought her down here and did a full restoration. That was the first real complete rebuild I did.” “In 1982 or thereabouts,” Charley recalls, “I came across this boat sitting up where Central Avenue and Route 2 cross. She turned out to be one of the largest run-

abouts I ever worked on. That’s the boat right there.” Charley pointed to the middle of three boats in the shop, adding, “That boat was an excellent find, because I had a complete history with her. I had all the paperwork and building contracts; all of that came with it. She was built in 1932, and all the parts were there except a couple of pieces of hardware. I got that boat and started working on her in a two-car garage. That’s a 24-foot boat, so do the math. It didn’t fit! So I did what I could and then built a three-bay shop, moved the boat into it and finished the restoration about 2000.” I commented on the graceful design and fine lines of the boat and her similarity to Miss A.P.B.A. Charley nodded, saying, “This boat is a one of a kind, but it is also a John Hacker design. Hacker designed a lot of boats, and a lot of people lifted his designs and built boats under their own names. I call this boat a Brooks-Hacker, because when this boat

##In the foreground is a 1932, 26-foot Brooks-Hacker runabout with Miss Miami V in the background. Charley saved both boats from the dumpster.

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##“Charley’s Mermaid” is actually a bow ornament from a Dodge Watercar. This nickel sculpture was created by sculptor Russell M. Crook, and copies adorned the cutwaters of all Watercars built from 1930 until production ceased in 1936.



was constructed, she was built on white oak frames supplied by Brooks Boat Company of Saginaw, MI. Brooks Boat Company made what they called ‘knockdowns.’ They would supply you with the frames; cut everything to spec, halfway fit it, and then knock it down and send all the pieces to you.” Charley continues, “The frames were sent to the Chesapeake Shipbuilding Company, which was also known as Sinclair and Son, in Oxford, MD. Sinclair provided the half-inch mahogany planks for the decking and the hull and assembled it. This is not a homemade boat. This was built professionally for a dentist who used to live in Stevensville, MD. His name was John Denton. I have the complete original paperwork on this boat from the original bill of sale for the frames to the engine and upholstery, it’s all here. I even have the original documentation papers issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce. It is very unusual that you find a boat like this with such a complete and well-documented history, as this one has.” In the far corner of the shop sits a jewel-like small runabout named Miss Miami V. “Around 1990 or so a friend told me about an old raceboat up in Prince Frederick, MD,” Charley says with a smile, adding, “I kept looking and looking for it, but couldn’t find it. One of my neighbors came by and said he saw an old wooden boat at a place called Linden up in Prince Frederick. It’s a historic house. The boat was outside in a tobacco barn behind the mansion. The mansion was going to be restored, and the boat was going to be destroyed. I contacted the owner, and he said he planned to fix it up and wouldn’t sell it.” After patiently waiting and watching for several years, Charley finally convinced the owner to sell the boat to him. “When I got the boat down here I discovered that she had a racing history and had been raced all up and down the East Coast. I worked on her off and on and finished her around 2006.” “I guess you could call me a picker,” Charley says with a laugh. “I used to like to ride the back roads, go to old marinas, talk to people and track down gray boats. We call them that because the weathered






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wood turns gray. I think this area is pretty much picked over, though. It is getting harder and harder to find boats that are good for restoration,” Charley says. Finding original hardware for his restoration projects is not as difficult as one might imagine. Charley explains, “If people don’t know about boats, they often don’t know what they have when they clean out an attic or a garage. You’d be amazed at what you can find at yard sales, estate sales, auctions, and the like. That’s where I found all that stuff.” Charley pointed to the wall over his workbench. Suspended from the ceiling were hundreds of running lights, cleats, step pads, throttle quadrants, steering wheels, cowl vents, and many other pieces of antique hardware. As I focused my camera, Charley quipped, “Don’t miss my mermaid.” He was referring to an eighteen-inch-tall chrome sculpture of a winged mermaid which once graced the bow of a Chrysler Dodge Watercar model called a Sea Nymph.

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As we went out the door to reluctantly re-enter the 21st century, I asked Charley why he did such demanding and long-term projects. He answered, “I’ve done about eight or 10 boats over the years, and some cars and pickups. I didn’t do this as a steady business, because I had a day job with Baltimore Gas and Electric. I like to stick with the

boats. I like to do the woodwork. I enjoy seeing something that was really a signature of American craftsmanship being brought back. I really enjoy being part of it and that’s why I work on the wooden boats, almost exclusively. I’ve worked on a few jet boats and plastic stuff like that but I always come back to the wooden ones.” #

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he Albin Owners Group Seventh Annual Chesapeake Rendezvous is on the schedule! June 28-30, anyone who owns or has an interest in owning an Albin boat can come down to Herrington Harbor South for the annual Chesapeake Bay gathering. There’s an informal cocktail hour planned for Friday evening, along with guest speakers and potluck cookouts on Saturday. Expect 15-20 boats to attend this fun gathering from the Albin Owners Group, which boasts more than 2000 worldwide members.



atapsco River Power Squadron is hosting a Commander’s Cookout on June 15 at the squadron home in Pasadena at 4 p.m. This is the place to head for a good time and a great group of folks! For more information, contact Guy Thompson at (301) 498-6653.

##(L-R) Thomas J. Kennedy, Jeff McKinney & Donald Gorman

Celebrating the Golden Anniversary


##Commodore John Duffy and First Lady Lynne. Photo by Debbe Milstead

ortheast River Power Squadron held their 58th Change of Watch ceremony on March 10, with Commanders Donald Gorman and Jeff McKinney presenting several milestone awards to members of the Squadron. Edward C. Hermann was presented with Governing Board Member Emeritus of Power Squadron status along with a Life Member pin for having earned 50 merit marks—a feat since only one merit mark can be earned each year for providing a significant service to the squadron. Mr. Hermann has been a member since 1962 and is a past commander. Thomas J. Kennedy also received a Life Member Award at the ceremony for having earned 25 merit marks. He has been a member since 1984. Dorothy W. Gloyd, Daniel Gorman, and Susan Kennedy all received awards for attaining 25-year membership as well.

Dinner and Dancing, Anyone?


ith its rich history of tradition and fun, Chesapeake Yacht Club (CYC) celebrated its 66th Commodore’s Ball at the end of April. After enjoying a five-course dinner, members and guests danced to music performed by Three Penny Opera. A great time was had by all. For more information about CYC, check out our Facebook page or on the Web at Follow us!

##Edward C. Hermann (Right) and son Doug Hermann

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##The new Colonial Sail and Power Squadron Bridge (pictured left to right) includes Don Tillar, Admin Officer, Frank Hudson, Treasurer, Mike Stiglitz, Commander, Robert Beltz, Education Officer, Carol Mistler, Secretary, Lee Dexter, Executive Officer and Doug Mistler, Flag Officer.

Boating and Poker: A Match Made in Heaven


olonial Sail and Power Squadron (CSPS) held its annual Change of Watch April 6 at Queens Lake Clubhouse, Williamsburg, VA, and Commander Connie Beltz turned over the helm to Mike Stiglitz. On June 15, we’ll be holding our Fourth Annual Biggest Little Poker Run Ever at Dare Marina in Yorktown, VA, benefitting the Virginia Institute of Marine Science. Bring your personal watercraft down to Yorktown for a great day on the water. For more information on how you can get involved, email

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Volunteer for a Good Cause… Have Fun


hesapeake Bay Power Boat Association (CBPBA) needs volunteers for the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim 2013. Sixty boats of all types are needed for CBPBA’s biggest event of the year, so bring your center-console, cruiser yacht, even jet skis (four-stroke only) down for a good time. Free membership is offered to volunteers, as well as great food, door prizes, and giveaways. So join this first-rate group of people who share a love for boating and enjoying the Chesapeake Bay. For more information on getting involved, contact Gary Miller at

##Rich Hughes provides piloting advice to Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron members. Photo by Linda Sweeting

Cruise to the City of Brotherly Love


he Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron and Dundalk Sail and Power Squadron are holding a joint Commander’s Cruise to Philadelphia to celebrate District Five’s Centennial Anniversary! All boaters are welcome to join in the fun for all of part of the nine-day cruise starting in Annapolis June14. Cruise details and reservation information is in the Anchor Watch newsletter on our website at If your boat isn’t ready for cruising, sign up for free vessel safety check! Certified vessel examiners from the Annapolis Sail and Power Squadron will come to your boat! Reserve your free Vessel Safety check by contacting Homer Sandridge at


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truthfully didn’t know much about outboard drag racing (aside from the spectacular crash videos I’ve seen of them on television) until Steve Hammett of the Virginia Outlaw Drag Boat Association got in touch with us in late April. While I haven’t got the full scoop to report here yet (stay tuned next month), Steve tells me that his organization will be holding races on June 22 at Rainbow Acres Campgrounds on the Mattaponi River. The campground’s address is 514 James Road, King and Queen Courtouse, VA 23085. Think lightweight hydroplanes with over-endowed, over-tuned outboard engines, and then block off some time on your calendar.

The American Power Boat Association’s (APBA) Region Four 2013 racing schedule is set to go (see table below), so be sure to look for Team PropTalk at the Kent Narrows, MD, Cambridge, MD, and Hampton, VA, races where we’ll be on scene snapping race photos and chatting up race goers. As you start penciling in your summer schedule start with June 1-2 when the Carolina Cup Regatta will kick off the season’s racing on the Pasquotank River and Elizabeth City, NC. Three weeks later, block off June 22-23, when the Bay’s quintessential racing event—Thunder on the Narrows—returns to Kent Island.

Hambrooks Bay in Cambridge will again be the site of the Cambridge Classic July 27-28, and the Hampton Cup Regatta in Hampton will balance out the remainder of the season August 10-11. Cocktail Class racing will fire back up this summer with at least five regattas in the works all around the Bay. The Urbanna Cup is expected to kick off Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association (CCWBRA) action in Urbanna, VA, May 18, followed by the Kent Island Yacht Club Regatta July 20. PropTalk plans to have its Cocktail Class entry Molotov fast and ready for the July 20 Kent Island event.

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C l a s s i c B o at s

Wooden Classics

Considering the Not So Obvious


ooden boat owners: people often use words like “crazy,” “insane,” “eccentric,” or even go so far as to pull out the “stupid” card to describe them. But let’s remember that fiberglass boats aren’t without their problems: blisters, delaminating hulls, water-soaked cored decks, and rudders included. We might poke fun at the wooden boat crowd, but few of us are immune

by Gary Reich

to the beauty of a restored classic. Upon the mere sight of the varnished glossiness of one, most boat-minded folks enter a trance-like state where they pore over every detail of the subject boat and use adjectives like “beautiful,” “gorgeous,” and “unbelievable.” But let’s say (for the sake of conversation) you are actually considering buying and restoring a wooden classic boat. Or

maybe you already own one that is in need of repair. Unless you are versed in what to look for, you can get yourself into deep trouble fairly quickly. So PropTalk decided to hunt down an expert and find out the potential pitfalls and possible pleasures of purchasing and restoring a wooden classic. That search led us to George Hazzard of Wooden Boat Restoration in Millington, MD.

Never Let Your Emotions Override Common Sense

Poke Around, Then Poke Around Some More

I met Hazzard in the back of his shop, and he immediately started out by telling me a story about one client who was looking to buy a wooden classic and said he already had his eye on one. “This guy had a boat he wanted to buy and asked me if he should buy it or not. I told him that I’d be happy to look at it with him, but by the time I talked to him next, he’d already bought the boat. The next week I went down to launch it with him, and as we rolled the boat back into the creek, water started seeping in from the transom. Then we tried to start the engine, and it wouldn’t.” The buyer’s impulse purchase ended up costing him about $20,000 by the time the boat was made right again. Unless you’re willing to invest a lot of money, it’s never a good idea to let the apparent beauty (or your vision of what the boat will become) cloud your vision. If you do find a boat you are interested in, it’s time to do some Sherlock Holmesstyle digging.

Wooden boat buyers often fail to know where to look for telltale signs of damage, but with a little poking around, one can stave off potential headache. “If the seller won’t let you lift up the floorboards and have a look around, walk away,” Hazzard says. He then led me over to an old 30-foot Chris-Craft Constellation that was upside down in his shop without any bottom planking. Hazzard then reached his hand through the boat’s exposed frames and pointed at the engine stringers, which looked fine to me. “See those?” Hazzard then proceeded to push his finger almost straight through a section of one of the engine stringers and pulled out a small handful of material that resembled garden mulch. “You really have to look around and try to find rot; it doesn’t just pop out at you.” For another example, Hazzard walked me outside to a beautiful skiff that was sitting on a trailer. Hazzard started pointing around and showing me the bad news. The stem was mush, there was rot all around the

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##It might look bad, but you can rebuild most anything with a solid frame. Photo by Gary Reich

rubrail into the plywood topsides, pieces of end-grain mahogany had been patched into the corners, and a brace job on the transom didn’t even physically connect with it. Hazzard offered me a long list of suggestions: “If the boat has been on a trailer for a long time, look for damage caused by the trailer’s rollers, as the weight of the boat often causes the rollers to leave dents or damage to the hull and frames. Pull up all the floorboards and have a look around the stringers, frames, planking, and transom. Push your finger into the stringers, frames, stems, and support pieces to check for rot. Look for bubbled up paint or varnish; this usually means there is water damage or rot underneath. And if you can, get an expert involved.”

Be Realistic About the Costs

##A new transom makes this old Chris shine. Photo by Gary Reich

A big mistake that people sometimes make when getting involved in a wooden boat project is underestimating the costs. It can easily cost a couple thousand dollars a week in labor, material, and storage costs to carry out a full-on restoration. The saying in the boat business is: “make an estimate and multiply times two.”

Some shops will allow you to work with a monthly budget, where you can specify the dollar amount of work you want to occur each month, but don’t expect this as the norm; some won’t even pull your project into the shop without a full-on monetary commitment from the start. Lastly, sometimes it makes more financial sense to buy a boat that is already

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##Dave Hannam with Classic Watercraft Restoration in Annapolis works on frame replacements for a 1954, 20-foot, ChrisCraft Holiday. Photo courtesy of Classic Watercraft Restoration

Hazzard tells me that some clients expect to make money on a restoration, but explains that this almost never happens. “Lots of people buy a classic wood boat at a super deal and then expect to have a real beauty that they can sell at a profit,” Hazzard says. “It just doesn’t work that way, no matter how good a deal the buyer gets.” “There’s a reason they’re called pleasure craft. And remember that boat is a four-letter word,” Hazzard explains with a grin. “You have to do it because you love the boat and the process. Look at this one (he points to an old powerboat)—it’s a family heirloom, so they’re restoring it to save a piece of their family history. These folks over here have had this boat since it was new, so they love it. That’s the right approach,” says Hazzard. Hazzard’s last piece of advice: “Don’t expect to get rich buying and selling classic boats.”

Get an Expert Involved

Does all of this sound confusing and scary? The best thing you can do is to get an expert involved in the purchase process. Have a look at PropTalk’s Boatshop Reports section each month, and you’ll find several Bay-area shops and builders who specialize in wooden boat restoration. “I’m always happy to help prospective buyers by looking at the boats they are thinking about getting involved with,” says Hazzard. “It’s an excellent way to remove some of the anxiety of trying to spot everything yourself.” So why would anyone ever be crazy enough to get mixed up in something like this? There are usually lots of reasons, some sane and some of them off-the-wall, but it’s usually for the love it, of course. There’s really no other reason to get involved in a wood classic project unless the entire process appeals to you—from acquisition, to restoration, and on to launch where you’ll parade proudly down the creek to the envy of standers by. Don’t say we didn’t call you crazy and brilliant for doing it.

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Fiberglass, Composites, and Wood by Gary Reich

##A fiberglass mold at Judge Yachts in Denton, MD. Photo by Mark Talbott


o trace back the history of boatbuilding, you’d first have to build a time machine and travel back some 8000 years. Once there (according to the earliest recovered archaeological evidence), you’d likely find boats made from hollowed out logs used to cross rivers and travel short distances. Things have obviously changed drastically over the

Cold Molding

Cold molding utilizes two or more wood “veneers” that are attached to a prefabricated jig to create the shape of a hull. The veneers themselves are generally glued together using epoxy resin, and the outside of the formed veneer hull often is reinforced with layers of epoxy resin and fiberglass on both the inside and outside for strength and protection. Almost all custom Carolina-style sportfishing yachts are built using this method as different jigs can be constructed for each unique build, eliminating the need for expensive fiberglass tooling (molds) that is difficult to modify. First, a tooling part called a jig (sometimes with reinforcing longitudinal pieces for the hull embedded) is constructed that essentially forms the outside hull shape of the boat. Next, two or more layers of wood veneers are attached to the hull in opposite directions using screws with epoxy resin in between. Once the epoxy has cured, fiberglass can be added and the shape is faired and sanded. The hull is then flipped and much of the jig removed and discarded so fiberglass or structural reinforcements can be fitted to the hull interior, and interior construction can begin. The deck and cabin are built in much the same way. Some premier cold molding builders include Weaver Boatworks, F&S Boatworks, Spencer, and Jarrett Bay. Follow us!

by Gary Reich millennia, and today boats most typically are constructed out of wood, fiber reinforced plastic, composites, or a combination of all three. So while there are plenty of other ways to build a boat using aluminum, steel, wood planks, and even cement, we’ll cover the basics of fiberglass and wood and composite building methods for your reading pleasure.


Fiberglass is actually short for “fiber reinforced plastic,” referring to the various weaves of glass fiber cloth that are laid down in alternating layers with any number of resins such as polyester, vinylester, or epoxy. Fiberglass boat construction became popular in the 1960s and today is perhaps the most common way production boats are built. Upsides to this method include relatively low maintenance, high strength, ease of repair, and generally low cost when compared to other boatbuilding materials. Primary downsides are osmotic blistering

in some hulls and sometimes heavy weight (unless used with composite materials). Most fiberglass boats are built from a female mold that accepts multiple layers of fiberglass cloth or matt and resin that eventually cure together to form a hull shape. First, the mold is cleaned and prepped with a mold release wax that allows what will become the fiberglass hull to be pulled from the mold without sticking. Next, a thick layer of high-quality resin called gelcoat is sprayed into the mold. This is the tough, glossy, exterior finish that protects the fiberglass from

##A cold-molded boat. Notice the alternating layers of wood veneers attached to the jig. Photo courtesy of John Pinchney

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ultraviolet rays, salty spray, fish guts, beer, and abrasion. Before the gelcoat cures, a layer of catalyzed resin (polyester resin is catalyzed using methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, while epoxy resins are usu-

ally a 50/50 mix of two parts) is applied, and then alternating layers of fiberglass cloth and catalyzed resin are laid down to build up a laminate. The resin by itself isn’t especially strong in a physical sense, but it does bond incredibly well to itself

and when multiple layers of fiberglass are added you get a very strong structure. Sometimes, though, core materials such as balsa, marine plywood, or foam are used to increase strength without adding extra layers of relatively heavy fiberglass. You’ll typically see this method used in areas like the transom, topsides, or deck. Some boats use composites in throughout in both the hull and deck. Even with solid fiberglass hulls, stringers and bulkheads are used to provide a strengthening gird that keeps the fiberglass laminate from flexing too much.


##Composite construction. An example of a jig used to form the shape of a composite 27-footer at Bandy Boats in Riva, MD. Cold-molded boatbuidling employs a similar jig method. Photo by Gary Reich

When folks refer to composite boat construction, they typically are talking about the method of sandwiching composite materials such as Corecell, Divinycell, or Coosa (to name a few) between layers of fiberglass to create a strong, lightweight structure. Pros for this type of construction are its immense strength but lightweight qualities, which mean a boat that typically weighs 20,000 pounds can be constructed to weigh 12,000 pounds. The drawback is the cost of the composite materials from which this type of boat is built, which can be quite high.

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##Stitch and glue construction. In this photograph the PropTalk team works on its stitchand-glue, outboardpowered racer. Photo by Gary Reich

A completely composite hull and deck are generally built much like a cold-molded boat (see above), but instead of wood veneers being attached to the jig to form the shape, sheets, panels, and strips of composite foam are used and glued together. Once the shaped of the hull has been achieved, multiple layers of fiberglass and epoxy are applied. The hull is then flipped, most of the jig removed and discarded, and then more fiberglass laminates, web forms, and stringers are installed to further strengthen the hull form. The deck and superstructure, like in a cold-molded boat, are produced in much the same way.

Stitch and Glue

This method, popularized mainstream by the easy-to-build kits produced by Chesapeake Light Craft, is how PropTalk’s Cocktail Class Racer Molotov was built. Pieces of marine-grade plywood are cut into precise pieces that form frames, decks, cockpit, and hull, all held together with fiberglass and epoxy, though initially held together with copper ties or “stitches.” A stitch-and-glue boat is somewhat like a cold-molded boat in that veneers—in this case, marine-grade plywood—are attached

to a jig that forms the hull shape. But unlike a cold molded boat, the jig also serves as the boat’s structural framing and remains part of the boat. The outside panels, which form the hull and deck shape, are temporarily “stitched” together and to the structural pieces before beads of thickened epoxy called

“fillets” are applied to the joints. Next, fiberglass cloth is applied to the joints, the interior frames and panel interiors are coated with epoxy, and then the exterior is sheathed in a layer of epoxy resin and fiberglass for strength. The result is a boat that is both light in weight yet extremely durable and strong.


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and an 18-foot skiff that Ruark Boatworks built many years ago is in the shop for a spruce-up paint job.


en Spring with Small Open Boats in Port Republic, MD, says, “Our shop is a busy place now with many small jobs added into our ongoing major projects. We have taken on a bulkhead repair and handrail project on a Carver cabin cruiser, gelcoat repairs on a kayak, and are fabricating new bulkheads and frames for a daysailer. Our major projects are going well. We have ordered the windows for Emma G, a 42-foot Lippincott hull that needed most of her cabin replaced. She is also getting

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“There is nothing as nice as a beautiful wooden boat. Wood’s got soul—it’s a living, breathing thing. I can tell the sound of a wooden boat when I hear it coming, because of the acoustics of the hull resonating through the water. It’s like a guitar going down the river.” ~George Hazzard

he Calvert Marine Museum’s Patuxent Small Craft Guild in Solomons, MD, is planning an early summer launch of the Love Boat, which is the first of a planned fleet of three. David Lane, owner of Patuxent Adventure Center in Solomons is planning to rent the boats for weddings and other celebrations. The source of propulsion for these 18-foot vessels will be poles and a strong arm to push them. The length along with their five-foot beam will accommodate six people. Made out of exterior-grade MDO plywood, Love Boat weighs 425 pounds. Also underway at the museum is a new raceboat build that is modeled after two William D. Jackson designs—the Mustang and Meteor—as part of the museum’s upcoming “Thrills and Spills” exhibit, which showcases powerboat racing on the Patuxent River between 1930 and 1960. The modified design features oak 60 June 2013 PropTalk

frames that were recycled from the flooring at the old Lohr Oyster House, poplar seats, oak transom, and plywood hull and decks. Look for a detailed article on this project in the July issue of PropTalk.


he volunteer crew at Ruark Boatworks in Cambridge, MD, is getting closer to the finish line in building a 20-foot skiff that is available for sale. Her design is straight out of Hooper Island shipwright Mac McGlaughlin’s mind. She is framed in white oak and has Atlantic white cedar planking sheathed in fiberglass. When finished, she will have an open deck plan with cedar planks, cedar deck, forward under-deck storage, and will be perfect for a 90-horsepower outboard. If you are interested in this Mac McGlaughlin original, contact Dan Cada for details at (410) 221-1871. Wildcat, the old Pacific One Design hydroplane has been moved to the Richardson Maritime Museum

This 20-foot skiff, a Mac McGlaughlin original, is for sale at Ruark Boatworks in Cambridge, MD. Photo by Gary Reich

a ‘nose job’ to improve performance. Since her original fiberglass hull is a very heavy fiberglass layup and her stem is four and one half inches wide at the entry point, her bow pushes a wave ahead that breaks back and sprays the pilot window when she is running at cruising speed. To solve this, we have ground the stem flat over a length of eight feet and will add a tapered false stem. Her false stem will be made of Coosa board covered with biaxial cloth that is faired into the bottom. Hopefully, this will serve as a cutwater and improve the entry. We are also busy working on the restoration of a 1962, 18-foot Lyman inboard/outboard that we began last fall. Her structural hull repairs are finally complete and we even have some paint on the topsides. The decks and gunwale caps will be removed soon and she should start to look smart.”


eg Roney with Mathews Brother Boats in Denton, MD, says, “We have signed a contract and will soon start building a new 29-foot Patriot with a few custom modifications and updates. She is expected to be ready in time to show off at the U.S. Powerboat Show in Annapolis this October. In the shop, an 18-foot wood classic is getting final touches after being completely refitted with a new sole, engine, deck, and a complete strip and varnish job. A 36-foot Tiara has been repaired from damage sustained in Superstorm Sandy. Repairs included gelcoat repairs, new Awlgrip hull paint, underwater hardware, and windshield.

sanding, prior to applying the last coat of varnish. Next, her General Motors 350 V-8 engine will be delivered from Norfolk, VA, for the mechanical phase of her restoration.” Hannam adds that he plans to display this boat at the Antique and Classic Boat Festival in St. Michaels, MD, June 14-16.


oat Yard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn with the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) in St. Michaels, MD, reports progress is moving along on the 15-foot, nine-inch deadrise sailing skiff being built by Apprentice for a Day (AFAD) public boatbuilding participants. The skiff will be a replica of the circa 1916 bateau skiff,

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Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, MD, is building this William D. Jackson-designed racer for its Thrills and Spills exhibit, which opens in June. Photo by Gary Reich

A 33-foot Sea Ray (also damaged in Sandy) is here for fiberglass and gelcoat repairs, new Awlgrip hull paint, and underwater hardware replacement. We are fitting a bowthruster and headliner in a Dyer 29, were wrapping up an air conditioning and genset project on a Mathews-built Robbins 40, and a 22-foot Bay Cruiser is getting new opening windshields and a fresh Awlgrip hull paint treatment. We’ve had a very busy spring as is usual in the boat business.”


ave Hannam with Classic Watercraft Restoration in Annapolis, MD, reports “We are finally seeing the end to all of the varnish work that went into a 1958, 19-foot Chris-Craft Capri. It’s been nine coatings in nine days to the deck and topsides. After beading out all the seams on the deck with 5200, we’ve got some shine and contrast to this classic woody. The boat will undergo one more round of Follow us!

keep ahead of new construction demand. There are three Judge 36s under construction and in various states of completion including one close to going out the door, another with all the parts out of the mold and ready for assembly, and yet another in layup. A new Judge 27 for a commercial fisherman on Long Island, NY, is about to go out the door, and a Judge 22 was recently delivered to a Kent Island, MD, customer. The latest Judge 27 centerconsole is out of the mold, adding to the several other 27s being fitted out.


artin Hardy with Composite Yacht in Trappe, MD, has a full docket of boatbuilding and repair projects underway at his Eastern

Thi 15-foot, nine-inch bateau is taking shape at Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, MD. Photo courtesy of CBMM

Ghost, which is part of CBMM’s collection of historic Chesapeake boats. With the top side and bottom planking installed then fared, it was time for the molds of the bateaux to be popped off. This allowed participants to flip the vessel over to continue the construction of her interior. Shipwrights, volunteers, and AFAD participants added the remaining white oak stub frames, installed the cypress centerboard trunk, constructed the rudder, and designated the cut-out for the mast step. With the interior sealed and the mast partner in place, the sassafras decking and white oak rub rails are next to be installed, while work begins on shaping her 25-foot mast. The public boatbuilding program continues on weekends through May, with drop-in participation for one day or more welcome.


ill Judge with Judge Yachts in Denton, reports he has set out on a rigorous schedule to try to

This 55-foot pirate ship will work the Potomac River in Washington, D.C., when she is finished. Photo by Mark Talbott

Shore shop. Two new builds—Composite Yacht 23 and Composite Yacht 26 center-consoles—are both now sporting Awlgrip’s Fighting Lady Yellow paint and should be in the water by the time you are reading this. A new, 40-foot “Gentleman’s Workboat” is out of the mold and tucked away inside the shop with a new 800-horsepower Cummins diesel powerplant. A 48-foot Ocean sportfish with Composite Yacht’s custom “AMG Silver” Awlgrip color is now out of the paint shed and has been replaced by a few smaller projects, including a notoriously difficult black Awlgrip job on a fiberglass “lapstrake” hull.


ampbell’s Custom Yachts in Oxford, MD, proves that the “devil is in the details” as interior work and finishing continue on the Spencer Lincoln-designed 39-foot Duffy that has been underway at the Eastern Shore facility since last year. Inside her cabin is

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a mix of Downeast colors, including bright white and deeply varnished wood trim. The stately cruiser has a stateroom forward with dinette aft in the lower level with an enclosed head and shower. In the main saloon is a fully equipped galley (to port) with an expansive helm station situated off to starboard and large seating area aft. The smart-looking Downeaster has a 600-horsepower Cummins diesel and is set head to the

builder’s Bachelor’s Point facility for final paintwork soon. Jerry LeCompte with Dockside Boat Works in Easton, MD, continues to keep busy with a number of restorations to classic craft. A 1951, 15.5-foot Correct Craft Junior that was restored in Virginia Tech colors for an alumna is coming along nicely with the recent install of a rebuilt 45-horsepower Graymarine four-

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A 45-horsepower Graymarine four-cylinder engine looks like new at Dockside Boat Works in Easton, MD. Photo by Mark Talbott

cylinder engine. This was most likely the original engine for this Correct Craft Junior, according to available documentation. New cooling tubes and fittings were added to the engine and a new water pump from a larger 75-horsepower Graymarine was added when parts for the original couldn’t be sourced. The sharp-looking engine was stripped bare; all of her parts cleaned, internals rebuilt, and today

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The Beat of the Big, Black Drum I

at Stone Rock

t’s a large, grayish-black fish that didn’t get much attention in the looks department that lures out anglers around the Bay from late April to mid-June every year. And while the black drum is perhaps not the prettiest fish in the Bay, its behemoth dimensions and the challenge of luring one onto a hook more than make up for the funky appearance. There are plenty of good places to catch black drum on the Bay every year, but one Middle Bay hot spot is Stone Rock, just off the southern tip of Tilghman Island. Stone Rock gets its name from the old ships that dumped the traditional ballast of big stones and rocks in the area many years ago. The rocky structure attracts aquatic life that black drum consider tasty such as clams, crabs, and mussels. To catch black drum, you first need to find them. If you’re using a fishfinder, a school of black drum are very easy to spot—one Chesapeake Beach captain says they look like Volkswagen Beetles driving around on the bottom. And as silly as that sounds, when you see a black drum on your fishfinder for the first time, that description will ring back with you. Most times I’d rather

not wait to see marks before I drop bait down. To me it makes more sense to keep my bait in the water and cover ground in a long drift. Then when I see marks or get a bite, I punch waypoints in my depth finder to make a trail. I use the same tackle for black drum that I employ when trolling for trophy stripers—a Penn 309 reel spooled with 65- to 80-pound test braid mounted on a Penn boat rod. But most any rod and reel combo is fine as long as it’s stout. For bait, black drum like soft crabs just as many humans like filet mignon, making them the preferred bait. While some anglers use half a crab, I like a quarter. To rig your crab up, tie a 36-inch monofilament leader from 50- or 60-pound test line and attach a #5/0 or #6/0 hook. Use a swivel to connect the leader, slide on a fishfinder rig or an egg sinker above the swivel and you’re in business.

by Tim Campbell

Three to five ounces of weight is good depending on the current. Black drum are not leader shy so no need for a long leader, but the take can be very soft, making them very challenging to catch, especially if you’re using a circle hook. It’s not unusual for black drum in the Bay to exceed 80 pounds, and they are the biggest fish that swim as far up the Chesapeake as they do. Last May I caught my personal best black drum at Stone Rock, which weighed 80 pounds and measured 48 inches in length. The Maryland state record is a specimen that weighed over 100 pounds, caught in 1973. I prefer to release the drum after a quick photo or two. Some people like to eat them, although many of the larger ones carry parasitic worms that must be removed from the flesh prior to cooking and eating. I like the smaller ones if keeping one for the table. The minimum keeper size for black drum is 16 inches. The Maryland season is open year-round with a limit of one per person, or six per boat. Good luck.

##Eighty pounds of black drum weighs down the author last year near Stone Rock in the Chesapeake Bay. Photo courtesy of Tim Campbell

64 June 2013 PropTalk

Living in the Limelight Scoring Fish at Night by Kendall Osborne


round the end of the 20th Century in Norfolk, VA, anyone who entered Malcolm Pine’s tackle shop was told there was one way to catch striped bass. Malcolm had photos, and sometimes fish in a cooler to prove it. This seasoned angler’s advice? Go out at night and get under a lighted bridge.

##Art Greason with a feisty striper he caught in the lights below the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. Photo by Kendall Osborne

If you take Malcolm’s advice, look down into the water from a lighted bridge and you’ll see a distinct lighted line on the water. In many places, a supper line of striped bass will queue up along the dark side of this “light line,” waiting to ambush whatever fish is foolish enough to cross the light. The technique is to drop a small artificial lure or fly in front of the fish you want, and then hold on. This is how you fish for stripers on hot summer nights. There are, of course, many more ways to fish for striped bass, both during day and night. But to Malcolm, nighttime was the right time. There was no other way. His technique works any place there are striped bass, darkness, artificial ##Hickory shad even show up for the feast of bait that love lighted structures. Photo by Kendall Osborne

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lights, and at least a little current. At night, bridge and dock lights attract small bait. Predators such as striped bass know this, so they come to the lights for a meal. In general, you’ll find larger numbers of smaller fish under inland bridges, while larger fish are more common at places like the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT). You can fish a lighted bridge several ways. Malcolm literally poled his boat under and around small bridges like the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel (MMBT) in Hampton Roads, VA. He used a closet dowel to push off pilings and overhead beams to quietly move his boat around under the bridge. Due to safety and security reasons, it is best these days to avoid contact with any bridge. If the fish are not too spooky, you can motor

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Living in the Limelight


around to maneuver under the bridge and approach the fish from behind. Trolling motors work especially well. (Norfolk’s Richard Keatley caught his fly rod world record 51-pound, fiveounce striper working the CBBT light line with a trolling motor. Kayaks also

are an excellent (and quiet) choice, though conventional boaters have an advantage in visibility since they can stand higher above the water. Some nights the stripers stay deep under the light line where you can’t see them. On these nights, it is

usually better to fish from outside the bridge. Other species often join the stripers lower in the water column. Bluefish, gray trout, croakers, and even red drum and shad can be caught fishing a little deeper. Letting your offering go to the bottom in shallow water can produce flounder. Motor from piling to piling, making casts until you locate some fish. Try casting your offerings parallel to the bridge, then let the current sweep your lure or fly back toward the shadows as it sinks. If you find a good concentration of fish, you can use your motor or anchor to hold your position. And don’t forget private docks. In developed areas, many waterfront homeowners have docks with lights. If there is a light on the dock that generally burns every night, you will probably find fish there feeding just ##This illustration shows the “line” cast by street lights under a bridge. Photo by Kendall Osborne

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as the bridge fish do. Simply cast to every dock as if you were working a bridge from the outside, making sure your offering lands or drifts into or close to the shadow line. Since much of the bait that is attracted to lights is small, lures and flies should match what’s there. The biggest mistake many folks make is using a lure that is too large. If you can see bait jumping, match its size. If not, start by using something one to three inches long. While Malcolm often fly-fished at night, he often would tie on Clouser minnow flies to spinning rods for his fishing friends who didn’t fly fish. They could not cast them too far, but they didn’t need to. The small jigging fly action perfectly mimics bait in the light line. It is generally held that dark colors work in dark conditions and lighter colors when it is bright, but I’ve never noticed a magic color that always works in a light line. At night we’ve caught fish on “daytime” col-

ors like chartreuse over white and with night colors like black over purple. Any bait with contrast is always a good idea, so a darker top over a lighter bottom is wise. Size is likely more important than color. Summer through fall is the best time to try your hand at nighttime light line fishing in Bay Country. While it is beyond the scope of this article, remember that boating at night can be dangerous. Fish familiar turf and make sure all of your navigation lights and safety gear are in working order. Don’t take chances on the weather. Do follow Malcolm’s advice and enjoy an after-hours fishing adventure, though. We’ll see you out there. O

##Andy Kallgren and a nice fly-caught striped bass. Photo by Kendall Osborne

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Chesapeake Bay Tide Tables

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


01:32 AM SAt 08:10 AM 01:36 PM 08:26 PM

1.6 0.5 1.5 0.3



12:47 AM Sun 06:59 AM 12:30 PM 07:13 PM

1.5 0.7 1.5 0.3



12:19 AM SAt 06:15 AM 12:11 PM 06:37 PM

1.4 0.5 1.3 0.2



02:35 AM Sun 09:24 AM 02:32 PM 09:11 PM

1.7 0.6 1.4 0.3



01:39 AM Mon 08:14 AM 01:22 PM 07:54 PM

1.6 0.7 1.4 0.3



01:23 AM Sun 07:25 AM 01:07 PM 07:26 PM

1.5 0.6 1.2 0.2



03:35 AM Mon 10:33 AM 03:28 PM 09:54 PM

1.8 0.6 1.3 0.3



02:32 AM tue 09:31 AM 02:18 PM 08:38 PM

1.7 0.7 1.3 0.3



02:23 AM Mon 08:32 AM 02:01 PM 08:14 PM

1.5 0.6 1.1 0.2



04:30 AM tue 11:35 AM 04:21 PM 10:34 PM

1.8 0.5 1.2 0.3



03:25 AM Wed 10:41 AM 03:17 PM 09:26 PM

1.9 0.7 1.2 0.2



03:15 AM tue 09:33 AM 02:53 PM 08:59 PM

1.6 0.6 1.1 0.2



05:20 AM 12:30 PM 05:12 PM 11:12 PM

1.9 0.5 1.2 0.3



04:19 AM 11:45 AM 04:18 PM 10:18 PM

2 0.6 1.2 0.2



04:03 AM 10:27 AM 03:42 PM 09:43 PM

1.7 0.6 1 0.2


06:05 AM tHu 01:19 PM 06:01 PM 11:49 PM

1.9 0.5 1.1 0.3



05:13 AM 12:42 PM 05:19 PM 11:13 PM

2.1 0.5 1.2 0.2



04:45 AM tHu 11:14 AM 04:27 PM 10:25 PM

1.7 0.5 1 0.2


06:45 AM 1.9 H 02:03 PM 0.5 L 06:47 PM 1.1 H


06:06 AM 2.2 H SAt 01:34 PM 0.4 L 06:19 PM 1.2 H


05:25 AM 11:55 AM 05:10 PM 11:07 PM

1.7 0.5 1 0.2



06:02 AM 12:34 PM 05:52 PM 11:48 PM

1.7 0.5 1 0.3


June 2013 Tides


6 7







12:27 AM SAt 07:23 AM 02:42 PM 07:32 PM

0.4 1.9 0.5 1.2



12:11 AM Sun 06:59 AM 02:23 PM 07:17 PM

0.2 2.2 0.4 1.3



01:06 AM Sun 07:58 AM 03:17 PM 08:16 PM

0.4 1.9 0.5 1.2



01:11 AM Mon 07:51 AM 03:10 PM 08:15 PM

0.2 2.2 0.3 1.4



01:47 AM Mon 08:32 AM 03:50 PM 08:58 PM

0.4 1.8 0.5 1.2



02:12 AM tue 08:43 AM 03:57 PM 09:12 PM

0.2 2.1 0.3 1.4



12:29 AM Mon 07:14 AM 01:49 PM 07:16 PM

0.3 1.7 0.5 1.1



02:29 AM tue 09:07 AM 04:21 PM 09:41 PM

0.5 1.8 0.5 1.3



03:15 AM Wed 09:35 AM 04:43 PM 10:10 PM

0.3 2 0.3 1.5



01:10 AM tue 07:49 AM 02:26 PM 08:00 PM

0.3 1.6 0.4 1.1



03:13 AM Wed 09:42 AM 04:53 PM 10:25 PM

0.5 1.8 0.5 1.3



0.4 1.9 0.3 1.6



01:53 AM Wed 08:24 AM 03:04 PM 08:46 PM

0.4 1.6 0.4 1.1



04:00 AM tHu 10:20 AM 05:26 PM 11:10 PM

0.6 1.7 0.4 1.3



05:28 AM 0.5 L 11:17 AM 1.7 H 06:13 PM 0.3 L


02:37 AM tHu 08:59 AM 03:42 PM 09:35 PM

0.5 1.5 0.4 1.2



0.6 1.6 0.4 1.4



03:26 AM 09:36 AM 04:22 PM 10:27 PM

0.5 1.5 0.3 1.2


04:20 AM SAt 10:14 AM 05:02 PM 11:22 PM

0.6 1.4 0.3 1.3



04:52 AM 10:59 AM 06:00 PM 11:57 PM


05:51 AM 0.7 L SAt 11:43 AM 1.6 H 06:36 PM 0.4 L

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

High –3:47 +3:11 –0:06 –2:14

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04:20 AM tHu 10:26 AM 05:28 PM 11:09 PM Fri


12:09 AM SAt 06:40 AM 12:08 PM 06:58 PM

1.6 0.6 1.6 0.3



1.7 0.7 1.4 0.3


01:11 AM Sun 07:55 AM 12:59 PM 07:42 PM

Low –3:50 +3:30 –0:10 –1:58

H. Ht *1.18 *1.59 *0.82 *1.08

ChesApeAke BAy Bridge-Tunnel


L. Ht *1.17 *1.59 *0.83 *1.08

Spring Range 1.5 1.9 1.1 1.4



06:38 AM 1.7 H Sun 01:12 PM 0.5 L 06:34 PM 1 H




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


05:21 AM 0.6 L Sun 10:55 AM 1.3 H 05:44 PM 0.3 L

1 03:02 AM SAt 09:19 AM 03:46 PM 10:03 PM

2.6 0 2.7 0.2



01:45 AM Sun 08:03 AM 02:25 PM 08:41 PM

2.4 0.2 2.5 0.4


2 04:06 AM Sun 10:15 AM 04:48 PM 11:06 PM

2.4 0.1 2.8 0.2



02:37 AM Mon 08:55 AM 03:19 PM 09:42 PM

2.3 0.2 2.7 0.3


3 05:08 AM 2.3 H Mon 11:07 AM 0.1 L 05:43 PM 2.8 H


03:35 AM tue 09:50 AM 04:17 PM 10:44 PM

2.3 0.1 2.8 0.2



2.3 0 3 0.1



12:19 AM Mon 06:25 AM 11:41 AM 06:28 PM

1.4 0.7 1.2 0.2



01:16 AM tue 07:31 AM 12:34 PM 07:16 PM

1.5 0.7 1.2 0.2



02:13 AM Wed 08:36 AM 01:32 PM 08:06 PM

1.6 0.7 1.1 0.1


4 12:02 AM tue 06:05 AM 11:56 AM 06:32 PM

0.2 2.3 0.1 2.9



03:09 AM tHu 09:38 AM 02:34 PM 08:59 PM

1.7 0.6 1.1 0.1


5 12:52 AM Wed 06:55 AM 12:42 PM 07:16 PM

0.2 2.3 0.1 2.9



04:03 AM 10:36 AM 03:36 PM 09:53 PM

1.8 0.6 1.1 0.1


6 01:37 AM tHu 07:39 AM 01:24 PM 07:56 PM

0.1 2.3 0.1 2.9




04:56 AM SAt 11:31 AM 04:38 PM 10:48 PM

1.9 0.5 1.1 0.1




02:18 AM 08:19 AM 02:04 PM 08:34 PM

0.1 2.3 0.2 2.9



1.9 0.4 1.1 0.1


8 02:55 AM SAt 08:57 AM 02:43 PM 09:11 PM

0.1 2.3 0.2 2.9

06:38 AM 1.9 H Mon 01:12 PM 0.4 L 06:41 PM 1.2 H

9 03:31 AM Sun 09:34 AM 03:21 PM 09:47 PM


05:47 AM Sun 12:22 PM 05:39 PM 11:45 PM



01:39 AM SAt 07:42 AM 01:39 PM 08:11 PM

-0.3 L 2.6 H -0.4 L 3.5 H



02:33 AM Sun 08:39 AM 02:36 PM 09:06 PM

-0.4 L 2.7 H -0.4 L 3.5 H

0.1 2.4 0.2 2.9



03:26 AM Mon 09:35 AM 03:32 PM 10:00 PM

-0.4 L 2.8 H -0.4 L 3.5 H


04:06 AM Mon 10:11 AM 04:00 PM 10:23 PM

0.1 2.4 0.2 2.8



04:19 AM tue 10:30 AM 04:29 PM 10:52 PM

-0.5 L 2.9 H -0.4 L 3.3 H


04:40 AM tue 10:48 AM 04:39 PM 11:00 PM

0.2 2.4 0.3 2.7



-0.4 L 2.9 H -0.3 L 3.1 H


0.2 2.4 0.3 2.6



0.1 1.8 0.3 1.2



01:40 AM Wed 08:16 AM 02:49 PM 08:45 PM

0.2 1.7 0.3 1.3



02:40 AM tHu 09:04 AM 03:37 PM 09:48 PM

0.3 1.6 0.3 1.3



03:42 AM 09:53 AM 04:25 PM 10:52 PM

0.4 1.5 0.2 1.4


04:46 AM SAt 10:42 AM 05:13 PM 11:57 PM

0.5 1.4 0.2 1.5



05:53 AM 0.6 L Sun 11:33 AM 1.3 H 06:02 PM 0.2 L



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

05:40 AM 2.4 H tHu 11:44 AM -0.1 L 06:17 PM 3.2 H -0.1 L 2.5 H -0.3 L 3.4 H

12:42 AM tue 07:27 AM 02:01 PM 07:42 PM



12:43 AM 06:42 AM 12:42 PM 07:15 PM



04:37 AM Wed 10:47 AM 05:17 PM 11:44 PM

05:16 AM Wed 11:26 AM 05:19 PM 11:37 PM


05:53 AM 0.2 L tHu 12:06 PM 2.4 H 06:03 PM 0.4 L


05:11 AM Wed 11:25 AM 05:27 PM 11:45 PM

06:04 AM -0.3 L tHu 12:20 PM 2.9 H 06:27 PM -0.1 L

28 Fri

12:38 AM 06:57 AM 01:17 PM 07:29 PM

2.9 H -0.2 L 2.9 H 0.1 L

12:16 AM 06:33 AM 12:48 PM 06:50 PM

2.5 0.2 2.4 0.4



01:33 AM SAt 07:50 AM 02:15 PM 08:33 PM

2.7 H -0.1 L 2.8 H 0.2 L

12:58 AM SAt 07:16 AM 01:34 PM 07:43 PM

2.4 0.2 2.4 0.4



2.4 0 2.8 0.3


diFFerenCes Onancock Creek Stingray Point Hooper Strait Light Lynnhaven Inlet

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

02:30 AM Sun 08:44 AM 03:14 PM 09:37 PM

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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Tidal Current Tables

Baltimore Harbor Approach (Off Sandy Point) 1

Slack Water Maximum Current


0320 0913 1455 2129


Sun 0423 1032 1552 2216



0520 1147 1650 2302


tue 0613 1254 1747 2347 Wed







0702 1352 1842 0031 0746 1444 1935 0113 0828 1530 2026 0154 0908 1613 2115


Sun 0235 0946 1653 2203


Mon 0316 1023 1731 2251


0130 0739 1425 2045

-0.5 +1.0 -1.0 +0.6


0216 0821 1504 2128 0306 0906 1544 2212 0359 0953 1625 2257 0457 1046 1707 2343 0557 1142 1751

-0.5 +0.9 -1.0 +0.6 -0.4 +0.8 -0.9 +0.6 -0.4 +0.7 -0.9 +0.7 -0.5 +0.6 -0.8 +0.8 -0.5 +0.5 -0.7

0030 0659 1242 1837

+0.8 -0.6 +0.4 -0.7

0118 0758 1343 1925

+0.9 -0.7 +0.3 -0.7

0206 0854 1443 2014

+1.0 -0.8 +0.3 -0.7

0254 0946 1539 2105

+1.2 -0.9 +0.4 -0.7

tue 0359 1100 1808 2341

0053 0720 1313 1912

+1.0 -0.7 +0.5 -0.8

0148 0824 1417 2006

+1.0 -0.8 +0.5 -0.8

0240 0922 1518 2057

+1.1 -0.9 +0.5 -0.7

0329 1014 1614 2146 0415 1102 1705 2233 0458 1146 1752 2318 0539 1228 1837

+1.1 -1.0 +0.5 -0.7 +1.2 -1.0 +0.5 -0.6 +1.2 -1.0 +0.5 -0.6 +1.1 -1.1 +0.5

0002 0619 1308 1921

-0.6 +1.1 -1.1 +0.5


0046 0659 1347 2003

-0.5 +1.0 -1.0 +0.5


Wed 0445 1138 1844 13 0031 tHu 0536 1217 1919 14 0124 0634 Fri 1257 1954 15 0218 SAt 0740 1339 2028 16 0312 Sun 0854 1423 2104


Mon 0405 1011 1510 2141


tue 0456 1126 1601 2221 Wed 0546 1234 1655 2304 tHu 0633 1332 1752 2350

Chesapeake Bay Entrance

Slack Water Maximum Current

21 Fri

22 SAt

23 Sun



25 tue

0720 1422 1850 0040 0806 1507 1949 0132 0851 1550 2047 0226 0936 1631 2146 0322 1021 1712 2246


Wed 0421 1106 1753 2348


tHu 0524 1152 1836 28 0050 Fri 0630 1239 1920 29 0153 SAt 0742 1328 2005 30 0256 Sun 0858 1419 2052

0342 1035 1633 2158 0430 1122 1724 2251 0519 1208 1814 2345 0608 1253 1903

+1.2 -1.0 +0.4 -0.7 +1.3 -1.1 +0.5 -0.7 +1.3 -1.2 +0.6 -0.7 +1.3 -1.2 +0.7

0040 0658 1339 1953

-0.7 +1.2 -1.2 +0.8

0138 0749 1425 2044

-0.7 +1.1 -1.2 +0.8

0237 0843 1512 2137 0339 0938 1600 2231 0443 1037 1651 2326 0550 1140 1743

-0.7 +1.0 -1.1 +0.9 -0.7 +0.8 -1.0 +1.0 -0.7 +0.7 -0.9 +1.0 -0.7 +0.6 -0.8

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

Slack Water Maximum Current

Slack Water Maximum Current

0020 0607 1304 1911

0244 0946 1541 2231

+0.8 -1.3 +0.7 -1.1


0132 Sun 0702 1400 2017

0353 1048 1705 2339

+0.6 -1.3 +0.8 -1.1



0243 Mon 0753 1453 2117



0157 0856 1326 2014

0517 1058 1654 2302

-1.1 +0.5 -1.1 +0.9

0232 Wed 0938 1410 2055

0555 1142 1737 2341

-1.1 +0.5 -1.0 +0.8

0508 +0.6 1144 -1.2 1758 +0.9


0305 tHu 1020 1456 2138

0637 -1.1 1229 +0.4 1828 -0.9

0037 0600 1232 1836

-1.2 +0.5 -1.2 +0.9


0023 0721 1316 1922

+0.7 -1.1 +0.4 -0.9


0130 0642 1316 1911

-1.2 +0.5 -1.2 +0.9


0107 0802 1400 2015

+0.7 -1.1 +0.5 -0.8


0219 0723 1356 1947

-1.2 +0.5 -1.2 +1.0


0152 0845 1445 2109


0303 0806 1434 2028

-1.2 +0.5 -1.2 +1.0


0021 Mon 0530 1303 1905




tue 0348 0840 1540 2209 Wed 0440 0924 1622 2254 tHu 0526 1004 1701 2333 Fri 0607 1042 1738


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Pooles Island, 4 miles Southwest







Smith Point Light, 6.7 n.mi. East







Turkey Point, 1.2 n.mi. Southwest







Point No Point, 4.3 n.mi. East







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Bay Crab Levels Drop


uch can change in a year, and as mentioned in the Dock Talk section of this issue (see page 10), it has for the Bay’s blue crab population. The numbers of blue crabs, particularly juveniles, has dropped significantly, according to the annual winter crab dredge survey results. That sobering news; however, is tempered somewhat by a 52-percent increase in spawning-age female crabs. Surveying 1500 randomly selected sites in Virginia and Maryland, Bay scientists found the Chesapeake Bay’s crab population at its lowest level in five years. Biologists counted 300 million crabs, a reduction of more than 60 percent from a year ago. Fisheries managers cited weather conditions, an increase in predators and cannibalism as main factors in the decline this year.

Overharvesting by sport crabbers and watermen was not viewed as a major problem by fishery managers. Last year’s predicted abundant crab harvest never materialized; an estimated 56 million pounds of crab were caught Bay-wide last year compared to 67 million pounds in 2011. As a precaution, officials in the two Bay states and the Potomac River are expected to cut back the female catch by 10 percent this year in response to the poor spawn and steep drop in juvenile crabs. “It is important to keep these results in perspective: Five years ago this fishery was declared a federal disaster. That is no longer the case: overfishing is no longer occurring, a good fisheries management framework is in place, the stock is healthy and spawning-age females are doing well,” said Jack Travelstead of the Virginia Marine Resources Commissioner in a press release.

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undreds of anxious anglers took to the water April 20 to participate in the ever-popular Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Rockfish Tournament. The tournament, now in its 12th year, judges entries based on photos of fish placed against a certified tournament ruler, encouraging the catch and release of fish entered. Hefty winds and cool temperatures greeted tournament participants, who spread out all across the Bay at first light to try their chance at a $5000 gift certificate from Anglers Sport Center in Annapolis. Mike Adams took first

place this year with a 42-1/2-incher that he fooled on a yellow tandem. Second place was a 41-inch tie that was broken by the fish that was checked in earliest, meaning Allen Fritsch scored second, while John Stadter placed third. The Coastal Conservation Association Maryland (CCA MD) prize went to James Brown and his 40-inch fish. Proceeds from the event benefit the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, CCA MD, and Annapolis Police Youth Fishing Camp. PropTalk is a proud sponsor of the event.

##Boatyard Bar & Grill Opening Day Rockfish Tournament judges get serious while a tournament participant looks on. Photo by Gary Reich

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The Flounder Bowl, a popular two-day flounder fishing tournament-slash-party hosted by the Peninsula Salt Water Sport Fisherman’s Association (PSWSFA), is slated for June 29. Organizers are guaranteeing a first place award of $5000. Door prizes and food and drink are all part of the fun, yet competitive tournament. Fishermen can fish from any port but must return to Dare Marina, the host facility, to weigh in their flounder. Entry fee per team is $125 for a boat with up to four anglers.

Additional anglers will cost $25 each. Winners will be determined by the combined weight of the team’s top three fish. There is also a youth division and a prize for the heaviest flounder weighed in by a member of the PSWSFA. The 2012 Flounder Bowl had a total cash payout of $17,350 plus sponsor-donated merchandise prizes, and organizers expect the purse to be even bigger this year. Visit The Flounder Bowl on Facebook or click for more details.



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fter what proved for me, at least, to be a non-existent Susky Flats season—bad timing on my fishable days with weather and then, lack of rockfish—I can’t express how happy I am for May and June fishing. Trips to speckled trout grounds on Maryland’s Eastern Shore are already on the books, and between now and then I hope to come tight to at least a handful of American shad. By the time you read this, you may still have a shot at a trophy rockfish heading back to the ocean. And as of this writing, the year’s first bragging-worthy red drum (catch and release only, of course) have been caught on Virginia’s seaside shoals. Mid-May through the first half of June also is when summer’s fishy guests begin to show in Virginia and Maryland, and the sport fishing offerings during the next month should be considerable. If you don’t want to take my word for it, how about that of these expert fishermen? Here’s what PropTalk’s fishing Jedi have on tap for the next month:


aptain Monty Hawkins on the Morning Star is looking forward to the opening of the sea bass season on May 19, as promised by federal fishery managers. “From mid-May until early June we’ll focus on black sea bass—that’s if the National Marine Fisheries Service approves the regulations,” Captain Monty says, adding, “Then sometime in later June I anticipate a shift to a flounder/sea bass mix.” Capt. Monty fishes the coastal reefs, both natural and artificial, off Ocean City, MD. As usual, he’s paying close attention to the goings on in fishery management; particularly the Omnibus Amendment for Recreational Accountability Measures that he says will allow managers to better estimate the recreational catch. Currently it’s a mess. Capt. Monty sails daily from the Ocean City Fishing Center as weather permits.

##Susquehanna Flats striper fishing was hit and miss this year, but Dave Shaver managed to fool this fat one in April with Capt. Kevin Josenhans. Photo courtesy of Capt. Kevin Josenhans


aptain Sonney Forrest of Reel Relief Charters in Solomons, MD, is tan, rested, and relaxed, fresh from wintering in Florida and ready to catch fish on the Chesapeake. “By mid-May, the run of trophy stripers will have spawned and will be heading out of the Bay. This could be a great time to get that last shot at a trophy fish until fall,” Capt. Sonney says, adding, “Trolling will allow you to cover more area and present more lures to the fish. But hanging in to one of those 35-pounders on light tackle is a real thrill.” He says sometimes, in the early mornings, you may be able to find big fish near shore, feeding on smaller bait after a quiet night. They are there for a brief hour or so; he recommends fishing early and hard. Capt. Sonney says, “You will be surprised at what you will find in three feet of water. Be quiet and move slowly, so you can surprise those experienced animals. As June arrives we will be catching rockfish near shore at daybreak and then move to deeper haunts to cast or jig them up. Using Little Jimmys jigged off the bottom we’ll catch stripers, flounder, and croakers—some of which are a foot long.” In June Capt. Sonney expects to see the redfish arrive, which he says also can give you a fight worth getting up early for. “On a Beetle Spin, you’ll have your hands full,” he says.

##Guy Moyer reeled in this 50-inch, 56-pound citation striper near the Navy Station off Solomons. Photo courtesy of Capt. Randy Hollins

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aptain Harry Nield aboard the charter boat Kingfish II has been rockin’ and rollin’ for the first two weeks of Maryland’s striped bass trophy season, which runs through May 15. If the fish stick around a little longer, he’ll continue with business as usual: trolling tandem buck tail rigs in the deep and up on the channel edges, from the “HI” buoy to points south. When all of the migrant ocean-run rockfish are gone, Capt. Harry will switch gears and start to chum and chunk for resident stripers. He’ll also run trips for red and black drum, all the while keeping an ear out for when the croakers to school up in enough numbers to make a hardhead trip worth the time. The Kingfish II runs out of Deal Island, MD.

##Ric Burnley shows off a fine red drum he pulled from the angry ocean surf from his boat. Photo courtesy of Capt. C.D. Dollar

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ropTalk contributor Ric Burnley always has his finger on the pulse of what’s biting in Virginia’s Lower Chesapeake. “May is one of the best times to fish Virginia Beach. Big red drum are stampeding the shoals and sloughs off Virginia’s Eastern Shore. Anglers anchored on the edge of a drop fishing whole blue crab on a fishfinder rig with an 8/0 hook have a shot at double-digit red drum,” Burnley writes, adding that black drum will be on the deeper sloughs and shoals in 15 to 25 feet of water. “Look for the fish to show up on the fishfinder, then dump fishfinder rigs baited with sea clam,” Burnley says. For other summer visitors, Ric expects the first cobia to show up soon off Hampton Roads and on the shoals in the Lower Bay, and the tautog fishing to remain good until competitors like spadefish, triggerfish, sheepshead, and sea bass squeeze them out. “These fish will take a fiddler crab or piece of clam baited on a single dropper rig with a 3/0 baitholder hook,” Burnley suggests, adding, “Also in May we can expect the flounder fishing to really heat up. Look for flatties to hang around the rocks and pilings of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel. You can fool a doormat flounder with a live spot on a three-way rig or a two-ounce jig and five-inch fluke.” And if you want to catch fish in the creeks, the puppy drum and speckled trout should be there in droves. Burnley and other light-tackle, skinny water anglers prefer to cast a 1/8-ounce jig and four-inch curly tail anywhere current and structure meet to fool these fish.

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aptain Kevin Josenhans of Josenhans Fly Fishing will be back on his home turf in Tangier Sound fishing for speckled trout, which he thinks should be the headliner in May and June while fishing out of Crisfield, MD. Capt. Kevin says, “I expect very good speck fishing once the shallows stabilize at 62 degrees.” He recommends casting soft plastics such as Bass Assassin Sea Shads and Storm Wildeye Shads. Capt. Kevin adds that puppy drum should also begin to appear while it remains to be seen if the resident rockfish will return to the shallows after last season’s poor showing.


aptain Walt of Light Tackle Charters will chase speckled trout and rockfish in the shallows of both Tangier and Pocomoke sounds after a sluggish Susky Flats season. “We’ll employ light-tackle (12- to 15-pound spinning gear and fly gear) to fish the grass flats, points, jetties, and islands in the sounds,” Capt. Walt says, adding, “We’ll look for hard-running water being pushed or pulled by strong tides where both the rock and specks can be found waiting to ambush their prey. And we’ll be casting our presentations right into the action.”

C ##Flounder fishing is the name of the game in May and June. In this photo, Terry Tubman shows off a fine 24-inch doormat. Photo courtesy of Capt. Kevin Josenhans

aptain Jeff Popp of the charter boat Vista Lady will lighten up his trolling spread, targeting stragglers—the last of the spawning rockfish and larger resident males. At the same time he’ll closely monitor his fishfinder to locate schoolie rockfish that his clients can jig on. For much of May Capt. Jeff will run from Buzz’s Marina in St. Jerome’s Creek, fishing Point No Point to Middle Grounds. Later, he’ll move the boat north to Solomons where he’ll hit Cedar and Cove points, the Gas Docks and other hotspots in search of breaking stripers. He also will fish for black drum in mid- to late-May and expects the year’s first croakers sometime in June.

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o doubt Virginia’s annual black drum run typically produces larger fish, but for several weeks in late spring Maryland anglers have a good shot at wrestling one of these brutes to the gunwale. Whether by tradition or accident, the week before and after the Memorial Day holiday has long been considered the peak of the black drum run for Marylanders. Black drum can be caught swimming the shoals between the Choptank River and Poplar Island. Without a doubt the Stone Rock-Sharps Island complex draws most of the boats looking to hook up, but every year big blacks are landed around the Bay Bridges, as well as in the Chester and Choptank rivers and Eastern Bay. Most of the blacks we land in Maryland are in the 30- to 60-pound range, though enough beasts pushing 70 pounds or heavier are also landed. I fish a Shimano Trevala rod/Torium reel loaded with 40-pound braid. Conventional outfits in the 50- to 60-pound class will also handle black drum. To the running line, using a high-quality swivel, I make a fish-

finder rig using a 30-inch shot of 60-pound monofilament with enough weight (two to eight ounces) to hold bottom in the current. For a hook I prefer an octopus or circle hook (6/0- to 10/0-range). Fresh soft crab is arguably the best bait, but I have an aversion to using such a delicacy as fish food. Peeler crabs are a workable substitute. Quarter the crab, and secure it to the hook using a small number 32 rubber band. Soft plastic lures, especially scented ones, on jigheads can occasionally get a hook-up, but you have to hit the drum on the snout. Knowing what drum look like on your fish finder (something like Volkswagen Beetles) is very useful. Once found, set up your drift up tide and check your baits after every hit. Don’t be scared to spoke out from the hordes on Stone Rock as drum are notorious roamers. And lastly, a drum bite can shut down as fast as it cranks up. Waiting out the tedium while others have moved off the Rock can pay off.

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ne of the most difficult ways to learn how to fish the Chesapeake Bay and Atlantic Ocean is trial and error. Then there’s the boat issue; we don’t all have one. Luckily, the Bay region is chock-full of knowledgeable guides and charter captains to show you the ropes and head boats, on which you can take a day’s journey with a bunch of likeminded piscatorial enthusiasts to find out where the hot spots are. Sweet! To the right you will find a directory of pro guides, charter boats, and head boats to get you started on your quest. Whether you like to fly fish, troll, or bottom fish, there’s likely a Bay expert who can lend a hand. Check back often, as we’ll be adding more listings every month. Follow us!

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45’ x 15’ Outside Slip 2901 Boston St., Baltimore, $2800/year. sonny@, 410-615-2263. Indoor Boatel Storage $50 per foot for season. Sunset Harbor 410-687-7290 Rare Covered Lift Slip 36’ x 16’ in Kent Narrows,  15,000 lbs Magnum lift. Gated, A/C bath house, pool & clubhouse. Pics at Craigs List Baltimore:Boats $99,500 (410) 5308776, Up to 50’ on Magothy River Up to 50’ slips on Magothy River. 5 Minutes to Chesapeake Bay. Slips starting at $1500/year. Parking, showers, protected cove. 410-255-3982

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Chaparral 215SSi ‘04 Volvo 5.7L GXi 360 hrs, 270-hp, Load-Rite 5-Star trailer, bimini, cockpit cover, CLEAN BOAT $18,500 Jackson Marine Sales, North East, MD. 410-287-9400-214 Bob 22’ Bayliner Ciera ‘05 Cuddy cabin w/ trailer, spare tire. Excellent cond., 250hp Alpha Merc, low hrs, new prop. Fully equipped and ready to go. Call Bob at 410-245-1127. $19,000 OBO.     

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

22’ Shamrock 220 Walkaround ’99 Sea Maxx 5.7L F.I. gas 300-hp inboard, 635 hrs. Stable, versatile Bay boat. White, hydraulic trim tabs & steering, GPS, porta-potty, bait well, fish box, rod holders, cabin cushions, swim platform w/ ladder, 98 gallon fuel capacity - 2 tanks, full CG Package, dock lines, boat hook, mechanical spares, etc. Bottom is painted black. New manifolds, risers, exhaust (2012). Exc Cond, well maintained. $17,900 or best offer! (443) 223-7864. Further details & photos @

24’ Sea Ray Sundancer’ 07 FRESH WATER BOAT, Pewter Hull, Camper Canvas, Upgraded Engine, Perfect Shape, $39,500 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,,

Celebrity 240 ‘00 Merc 7.4L Bravo-I drive, 300 hrs, 06 Venture roller trl w/ Mag rims & spare, bimini, cockpit cover, storage cover. $17,500 Jackson Marine Sales, North East MD. 410-287 9400-214 Bob

26' Regal 2665 Commodore ‘02 Single Volvo 350/320 HP w/ 191 hrs, trailer, AC, windlass, GPS, full enclosure, one owner. Please contact Jason Whitson at Jackson Marine Sales 410-287-9400 x215 or 484-994-4244 24.5’ Bayliner 245 Ciera ‘04 UNDER 100 HRS! This beautiful vessel named “Taran” (freedom/floating) has it all! Cabin sleeps two in comfort, full galley, shower/head combo, stereo. GPS, trim tabs, Bimini/ Camper top. 202-255-2384

24’ Crownline Cruisers 242 ’01/ Mercruiser 5.7L Fully equipped and ready for your day and weekend cruises. $22,000 Contact Mike Hiesener at 410-604-4300 or     

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26’ Classic Chris Craft 1955 Sagamore - vintage wooden sedan cruiser; real head-turner. Sleeps four; airy salon. Double-planked hull. KL Hercules 105HP, electronic upgrades. Head, swimdeck. $20,000. Color PDF brochure, contact 410-268-4242

26’ Composite Center Console starting at $78,000, is a well priced fishing machine. Call now for our extensive option list & pricing CC, Cuddy & Express models also available. 410-476-4414 Pursuit 2650 ‘89 Hard top-rigged to fish-cabin cruiser-225 hrs on Mercruiser I/O- $9,000. Call Lad Mills, Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum Boat Donation Program at 410-745-4942.

26’ Sea Ray 260BR Signature ‘97 bimini top & camper top, cockpit cover, GPS, porta potti, stereo, 1997 Tandem axle trailer. Jackson Marine Sales Please call Stephen K. Parker 443-553-2518 24' 2007 Bayliner 246 Discovery Factory Air, Brovo III drive, Merc 350 Mag, Shows like new! Our trade. Priced for quick sale at $29,950. This won't last! 410-827-5230

26’ Back Cove 26 ‘05 Sea Bear Beautiful Downeast cruiser, gently used-never slept on, lift kept, All the right stuff: A/C heat, Garmin plotter. In Annapolis. Fun creek cruiser. Call Chris 443-926-1278

27' 2012 Ranger Tug Single 180HP Yanmar Diesel. Genset, Air/Heat, Garmin electronics package. Dinghy and outboard convey. Seller moving up. A solid value at $169,000! 410-827-5230 27’ Sea Ray 270 Sundeck ’07 / Mercruiser 496 Mag Horizon Bravo III - luxury with speed only 252 hrs, lift kept and includes trailer, she’s a must see. $54,900 Contact Gregg Dyson at 410-867-9550 or     28’ Bayliner 285 ‘07 Popular 2 strm, air conditioned cruiser. Walk-thru windshield plus aft deck enclosure. Mercruiser w/Bravo III outdrive. Everything you need for family fun on the water. $45,900. Sassafras Harbor Marina YS (888) 221-5022.    

28' Bayliner 2859 ‘96 FRESH WATER boat w/ hard top, AC w/ heat, Garmin GPS, VHF, depth finder, swim platform, stereo, $20,900. Jackson Marine Sales. Please call Stephen K. Parker 443-553-2518

28' Boston Whaler Outrage '11 Twin 300 Verados with 50 hours and warranties, E140 touchscreen w/Radar, loaded. Our trade, lift kept. $149,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,

27' Cobalt Bow Rider '06 Rare 272 in Navy w/ white trim. Volvo 8.1Gi 375Hp engine and duoprop outdrive. All the options you want, $65,000. Call David Malkin 410-280-2038 Ext. 15 or

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29’ Dyer ’99 Grace” Lots of accessories and well maintained. Ideal yacht for afternoon cruise or overnight. Price Reduced and just commissioned. Asking $119,900 reasonable offers will be considered. Call David Cox 410-310-3476 or

29’ Ocean Yacht Super Sport ’90 2 x 200 hp Volvo inboards. New teak and holly floor, salon ceiling, chartplotter and more. $50,000. Call Bob Oberg at 410-267-8181 or

29’ 2004 Tiara Open 6.0 crusaders, factory livewell, fishbox, custom radar arch w/ 14 rodholders, flat screen TV with HD antenna, Radar, fishfinder, chartplotter AC, full galley. Very clean boat. Call Joe@alliance Marine 410-490-0584

29' Regal Commodore 2665 '05 320-hp Mercruiser I/O engine w/ 375 hrs. Marine Air heat/AC. Beautiful cond. and ready to be enjoyed! $45,000. Call Ian Dimka at 410-267-8181 or 29’ Sea Ray 290 Amberjack ’03 Twin Mercruiser Inboards w/ V Drives, Gen Air/Heat, Raymarine C80 - Exceptionally clean! $59,500 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email:, see photos & full specs at    

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1990 Ocean Super Sport Twin Volvo diesels, lower helm, upgraded in 2009; new bottom, cushions, teak and holly sole, headliner, refrigerator, and electronics. $50K obo. (410) 279-6445

30' Chris Craft 1976 Tournament Sport Fisherman Ray Hunt Design Deep V Hull, Twin 454 Bluewaters, 700 hrs, Genset, A/C, Hard Top, large, walk-in head w/ sink, microwave, etc., sleeps 4, $18,800 Call: 703-507-5351

30’ Bruckmann 29.9 Blue Star (2001) aggressively priced at $135,000. Neat as a pin and comfortable below. Twin Diesels w/ low hours. Contact or call 410-310-3476 for details or make an offer.

30’ Grady-White 300 Marlin ’02 Yamaha Four Strokes, loaded to fish or cruise, lift kept, owner moving up. $82,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,

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31’ Camano Troll ’02 Small trawler in superb condition. Single Volvo 200 hp, bowthruster, flybridge, twin chartplotters, aircon, stereo, electric head w/ freshwater flush. Reduced to $99,000. Call Jonathan 804-776-7575 or email

31’ Contender Open ‘06 This fishing machine has twin 250HP Yamaha outboards, less than 350 hours and a trailer. $95,000 Patrick Hopkins 410-267-8181

31' Tiara Open '84 She is mechanically sound and cosmetically clean with lots of resent upgrades and replacements. Only 280 hours since both engines were fully rebuilt. She starts every time on fist click. This popular design is ideal for fishing and cruising fun. Offered at $33,900. Call David Malkin at our Annapolis North Point Office at 410-280-2038 Ext. 15 or

32’ Grand Banks Sedan ’88 Grand Banks quality in a small package. “Crawler” has Cummins 210 hp engine, bowthruster, flybridge, aircon, autopilot, inverter and more. Reduced $107,000. Call Jonathan 804-776-7575 or email 32’ Cruisers 320 Express ’04 /Volvo Penta 5.7 GXi Twins - Well maintained and cruise ready for spring $89,900 Contact Kim Ewing at 410-604-4300 or     

32’ Regulator ’05 The 32 FS includes the Fiberglass Grillage System™ which provides structural framework & stability to fish in any sea condition. Call for options. $94,000 410-476 4414

32’ Sea Ray Sundancer ’07 1 Owner, Perfect shape, loaded. 40” Salon TV w/ Surround Sound, Pewter Hull, 120 hours on Merc Horizons. $139,500 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,

32’ Sharps Island ‘90 Paxlita Single Cummins 250 w/ bow thruster, low hrs, 18 knot cruise. Very clean, looks far newer than her yrs. Good electronics package. In Annapolis Call Frank 410-703-4017 or details on 33’ Carver Mariner 330 ’95 Well maintained Sedan bridge with spacious, air conditioned interior. Galley equipped with full-size refrigerator. T-5.7 freshwater cooled Crusaders. $55,000 Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888 221-5022      34’ Wilbur FB Sedan ‘87 Major price reduction to $87,500 and will listen to all offers. She is on the hard and ready to be seen. She has good bones but needs some TLC. OBYS 410-226-0100     


34’ Beneteau Swift 34 ‘12 Seaworthy fast trawler design by Beneteau – Cummins 425-hp dsl – 55 hrs – Loaded with extras – Stored inside for winter. “As New Condition” $329,000 Dan Nardo at 410-267-8181 or

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CLASSIFIED AND BROKERAGE 34’ Defever Sedan Trwl ’76 Lovely vessel that has been in the same family since new. Yard maintained and stored on the hard every winter. Don’t pass this gem by! Asking $49,500. OBYS 410-226-0100    

34’ Mainship Fly Bridge Trawler ’06 This express trawler is in outstanding cond. New canvas in ’12. Only 280 hrs on the efficient Yanmar 370. You won’t find more usable room in a 34’ package. Offered at $198,000. Call David Malkin at our Annapolis North Point Office at 410-280-2038 Ext. 15 or

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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    

34' Mainship Hard Top Trawler '07 This single level express trawler, no fly bridge, sunroof, low hours on Yanmar, Genset, AC, and more. Offered at $175,000. Call David Malkin 410-280-2038 Ext. 15 or

35 Cabo 2000 Clean boat, new electronics and ready to cruise and fish - John McDevitt, Bluewater Yacht Sales with Three Maryland Locations 610-220-5619

34 Pursuit Express ’00 New canvas; Bristol condition; A/C; genset; many upgrades. New listing. Asking $118,000. Call Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

35' Chaparral Signature 350 ‘06 Twin Volvo 496s, drives replaced in 2010, low hrs, gen, GPS, radar, AC. Trades possible. Asking $119,000 Please contact Jason Whitson at Jackson Marine Sales 410-287-9400 x215 or 484-994-4244

34’ Wellcraft Gran Sport ’89 Twin 454s, gen, air, new canvas, free winter storage & spring launch - $16,500 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 5535046. email: tony@greatblueyachts. com, see photos & full specs at    

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35’ Marlago ’07 Twin 275 Verados with Warranties, Hard Top, Custom Paint, Raymarine E120, Loaded. $107,500 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,

35 Fountain 1998 Kept indoors and ready to run John McDevitt, Bluewater Yacht Sales with Three Maryland Locations 610-220-5619

35 Silverton 2001 New canvas and great accomodations - John McDevitt, Bluewater Yacht Sales with Three Maryland Locations 610-220-5619

2003 Four Winns Excalibur - $127,900

35’ Nauset FB Down East ’84 New Yanmar; two helms; large cockpit; A/C; New listing. Asking $129,000. Call Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or

35’ Regal Commodore ’05 215 hrs Twin 8.1 Volvo Penta, Kohler Generator, Heat and AC along with excellent styling, fit & finish. A must see. $129,000. Patrick 410-267-8181 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 at

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35 Carolina Classic 2005 Loaded with options and fresh water kept John McDevitt, Bluewater Yacht Sales with Three Maryland Locations 610-220-5619

36' 2001 Endeavour Power Cat T 125HP Yanmar Diesels. Genset Air/heat, Full electronic. New canvas 2012. One owner since new! Asking $174,000. 410-827-5230 36’ Hinckley Picnic Boat Classic ’98 BLUE SKIES isW a Hinckley maintained Classic Picnic Boat / many recent upgrades including Stars and Stripes Blue Awlgrip. She is very clean and ready to go. $210k Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 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 $159,900. Call Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or    

37 Egg Harbor 2005 New electronics and she catches fish - John McDevitt, Bluewater Yacht Sales with Three Maryland Locations 610-220-5619 37’ Egg Harbor Sport Yacht ’08 T-Cummins QSB 5.9, generator, Hardtop w/strata-glass enclosure, Outriggers, 2 strms, head w/stall shower. Demo, like new cond. $369,000. Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (410)-708-0579    

37 Formula like new with a hardtop and pod drives. John McDevitt Bluewater Yacht Sales 610-220-5619

37’ Judge “Oxford” 37 ‘10 True Love Coastal cruiser, classic profile, hard top / hard back, economical, quiet, single Cummins dsl. All options- Bow and stern thrusters easy to operate, reduced. Call Chris 443-926-1278,

37’ Rinker 342 Express Cruiser ’06 PRICE JUST REDUCED! Professionally maintained, beautiful boat that is loaded with generator, Airco, dinghy, TV and many other upgrades. Now Asking $95,000 Call Bob (410)-267-8181 or

38' Bertram 79' $59,000. Legendary hull, new dsl generator w/ 5 year transferable warranty, safe/comfortable ride, huge cockpit, large salon/galleyup, two strms/two heads, new electronics/carpeting, 410-353-9100

38’ Carver 360 Super Sport ‘03 Owned and cared for by life-long boaters. This 360 is the perfect boat for exploring the bay or relaxing dockside. $119,000 Patrick Hopkins 410-267-8181 38’ Carver 3807 MY ’89 T-Merc. 7.5 Onan generator. Well maintained aft cabin has new canvas & Eisenglass, carpet, curtains, and teak flooring. Ready to go! $59,000 Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888) 221-5022    

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CLASSIFIED AND BROKERAGE 40’ Little Harbor Express Cruiser ‘95 Very well maintained vessel, Hood design, T-320-hp Cummins dsls w/ Bravo-3 drives, lives on lift, AP, GPS, Radar, Genset, AC/HT, Davits, tender, and more! Asking $210,000 SOA 410267-1808     38’ Composite Yacht Calvin Beal Hull ’10 is built for comfort. Composite construction, 575-hp Caterpillar C-9 diesel engine fully equipped & ready to run 410-476-4414. Huge Price Reduction $295,000 38’ Egg Harbor ’87 Aft Cabin Twin Mercruisers, new canvas, new carpeting, low hrs. $55,000 Call Roslynne Ross (443) 254-8850.    

38 Fountain TE CC '08 107 hours on triple 300 Verados. 52mph cruise, 75 top. Fighting Lady Yellow hull, custom hard top, Garmin 7212 touchscreen. Custom Manning trailer. Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732, 38’ Little Harbor Whisperjet ’99 TRAVELLER is a fine example of a well-equipped Little Harbor 38. Lightly used & Hinckley maintained. Would make a great boat for day or overnight boating. Price reduced to $259,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 or      39’ Carver 396 ’02 Motor Yacht  Cummins 6bta twin dsls – Way above average cond., well maintained and cared for $199,000 Contact Paul Lash at 410-867-9550 or    

39' Marinette '86 Low hrs on reliable Volvo dsls w/amazing economy. Sleeps 6 in a spacious & comfortable interior with full galley, head w/shower, large salon & cockpit, HVAC, all electronics. Great for cruising, fishing or a Condo on the water or the Great Loop. $63,000 obo. Contact/more pictures email or 703-356-5665

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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. $399,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-9950732,,

42’ Beneteau Monte Carlo 42 ‘11 Twin Volvo 370 HP Diesels, less than 200 hours. 4 flat Screen TV’s, teak Decks, finished teak table. Must see! $475,000 Patrick Hopkins 410-267-8181

42’ Cruisers 385 ‘06 Cleanest of its kind, low hours, powered by Twin 8.1L Volvos. Truly a condo on the Water!! Asking $234,900 Patrick Hopkins 410-267-8181

40’ Riviera Offshore Express ’04 One owner, locally cruised boat in perfect condition. Low hours on reliable Volvo diesels. Custom windshield to hard top, spray rails, new stereo, great electronics. Just detailed. Owner moving up to a larger Riviera. $249,000 Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732 (mobile),

40’ Robbins This Robbins 40 is in pristine condition. Attention to maintenance & upgrades shows tremendously. 2010 Refit--500-hp Cummins (8.3L QSC-500) 1000 hrs, Asking $185,000 Contact 410-476 4414

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

42’ Jones ’00 well equipped dual purpose bay boat. 575-hp dsl eng, A/C w/reverse cycle heat, engine driven heater, gen, radar, & so much more!! Asking $165,000. Contact 410-476-4414 42’ Sabre Flybridge Sedan (3 available starting at $300,000) ’02 & ‘03; All are wonderful vessels that have been professionally maintained. Equipped for extended cruising and ready to go. 2 in Virginia 1 in Oxford, Md. OBYS 410-226-0100      42’ Sabre Hardtop Express ’07 Lumina is in beautiful cond. & lightly used. Fully loaded w/all the latest electronics by Furuno including 3D multi-function displays. Twin Yanmar 480s, 8kw genset & 3 zone A/C provide all season comfort. Reduced to $450,000 Paul Mikulski 410.961.5254 or     

42 Sealine 2003 A comfortable diesel cruiser with two helm positions - John McDevitt, Bluewater Yacht Sales with Three Maryland Locations 610-220-5619

42’ Uniessee ‘99 ARGO Twin Cummins 450s, 2 strm w/ fantastic accommodations inside & out. Truly an Academy Award Winner in all respects. You must see this boat in Annapolis. Call Frank 410-703 4017 or details at 43’ Carver Aft 430 Cockpit Motor Yacht ’96 Twin Cummings dsl, Gen, Air/ Heat, sundeck hardtop and enclosure many upgrades $106,900 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 553-5046. email:, see photos & full specs at     

43’ Island Pilot ‘08 w/ twin IPS Pod drives powered by 435 volvo common rail electronic dsls. Single strm model w/ great accommodations & equipment. Low hrs, great cond., Call Mark 410-980 5364 See full detail @

43’ Sabreline Trawler ‘96 3 cabins w/ wonderful accommodations & equipment. Large flybridge and cockpit. Twin Cat dsl power. Includes dinghy on lift at swim platform. Call Frank 410-703-4017. See full specs at 43’ Vista Sundeck MY ’87 Twin Cat dsls, 3 zone Heat / Air, Gen, Sundeck w/ Hardtop and enclosure $95,000 Call Tony Tumas day or evening (443) 5535046. email: tony@greatblueyachts. com, see photos & full specs at      44’ Hinckley Talaria Express ’01  SIRIUS has been lovingly maintained & constantly updated by her second owner w/no expense spared. She lives under a custom built, covered slip and has always been Hinckley maintained. Recent clean survey available! Price reduced to $595,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 or

44’ Hinckley Talaria Flybridge ’08 BLUE ANGEL represents a virtually new T-44 FB and is a head-turner wherever she goes. Outfitted w/the ultimate in entertainment systems & options; she leaves nothing to be desired. Recent clean survey available! Price reduced to $595,000. Offered by Hinckley Yachts, contact Peter Howard (410) 263-0095 or    

44' Riviera Sport Yacht '09 Volvo IPS600's w/ Joystick. Blue Awlgripped hull, hydraulic platform w/ Zodiac RIB, every option including teak cockpit. Amazing boat. Call Ned Dozier, 443995-0732, 44’ Sea Ray 440 ’89 Spacious salon w/galley down floor plan. Recently updated interior included new carpet. Re-powered Merc. ’09. Marquipt articulating Sea Stairs $69,500 Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888) 221-5022    

44’ Sea Ray 440 ’89 Aft cabin/Twin Mercruiser 7.4L Well-appointed bright and spacious home on the water. $59,900 Contact Kellie Moody at 410-604-4300 or      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,

44' Tiara Sovran '06 New listing! Like new condition. Only 400 hrs. on QSM-11 Cummins; bow & stern thrusters; inverter; 2 staterooms & heads; full Raymarine electronics; A must see. Rick Casali 410-279-5309 or 44’ Tollycraft Cockpit MY ’93 Captain owned and meticulously maintained since new. Very comfortable accommodations. Powered by T-3208 TA Cats. $198,800 Shed kept, must see! Sassafras Harbor Marina Yacht Sales (888) 221-5022    

47’ Riviera M470 Sports Cruiser ‘02 (AKA Wellcraft Excalibur) Turnkey Ready, This boat is in mint condition, as real must see! to many extra's to list current asking price is $185,000 interesting trades considered. (410) 320-2270.

45’ Sea Ray ’00 Express Bridge/ Cummins 450 Twin dsls $226,900 beautiful professionally maintained 3 strms, many recent upgrades w/ hydraulic platform, includes 16’ Novurania dinghy. Contact Mike Skreptack at 410-867-9550 or     

47’ Suwanee F/B Sedan ‘07 Defying Gravity - 2 strm. Beautiful hand crafted cherry interior. Galley up, upper & lower helms. Twin low hr Cummins dsls w/stern-drives. All new electronics. Mark Ferrier 410-9805364,

48’ Glass Boat Works Custom Chesapeake/Downeast Flybridge ’04 Twin Cummins, three helm stations, great layout, original owner, very custom, offered at a fraction of replacement. $349,000. Call Ned Dozier, 443-995-0732,,

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52’ Jefferson Monticello ’87 Really beautiful, elegant motor yacht suitable as a luxury live-aboard or weekend cruiser. Twin 320 HP Caterpillar Diesels in 2002. Loaded, clean! $199,900 Contact Keith at 410-267-8181 or

54' 2003 Meridian 540 Pilothouse This beautiful one owner yacht has all you'd expect and more! Beautifully appointed with a wide open layout. Must be seen! Asking $499,000. Only one on the east coast! 410-827-5230

56’ Aicon Sport Cruiser ‘06 3 strms, 3 head accommodations w/cherry high gloss interior, staircase to FB, Twin 3406 Cat electric dsl engs w/1000 hrs, service completed, Cruise @ 24 kts. Bow thruster, 15.5 Gen set. Call Bill 410-353 4712 See full spec at

42’ NORDIC TUG 2008 Cummins 540hp. "Hercules" is the perfect live-aboard cruiser and is impeccably maintained. Equipped with bow and stern thrusters and the latest navigational equipment, Achillies 10.2 dinghy with a 4 hp outboard. Engine hours 296. Located in Florida. $599,900 Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

37’ NORDIC TUG 2003 Cummins 330ph. "Linda B" enjoys a recently installed, fuel efficient 3 zone Webasto Diesel Furnace Hot Water Heating System designed for the coldest climes. Chart table with drawer and twin pilothouse seats, as well as direct access to the decks from both sides. Beautifully maintained. Mid-stateroom has Bunk Beds. Engine hours 1125. $339,900 Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944.

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42’ Nordic Tug 2002 Flybridge 450hp Cummins (2425hrs). Stern & Bow thrusters, washer/dryer combo, generator, inverter, full electronics included, 2008 Avon RIB 2008 4hp outboard. New upholstery, mattresses, custom flybridge and sundeck bimini and so many more extrasl Ready to cruise $379,900. Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

42’ Nordic Tug Flybridge 2008 Cummins 540ph. Trash compactor, large refrigerator/freezer, extra large bimini, steelhead davit crane, large 160 amp alternator, icemaker, washer/dryer vented, custom upholstery & day/night shades, 3 ac/heat units, windlass, AGM batteries, fuel polisher, back-up camera, $559,900. Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

37’ Nordic Tug 2001 330hp Cummins, new alwgrip (2009) Castle Tan, sunbrella interior, bow thruster, ac/2 units, propane stove – 3 burners, large double berth guest stateroom, windlass & anchor, cockpit shower, am/fm/cd stereo w/4 speakers. Reduced to $275,000. Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

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37’ Nordic Tug 2004 330hp Cummins. Bow thruster, 3 inverters, 3 ac/heat units, teak & holly sole pilot house, steps and salon, washer/dryer vented, generator 9kw sound shield, carpet upgrade, laptop interface, corian countertops in galley with an extra large ss sink and a Kahlenber Whistle. $354,000. Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

37’ Nordic Tug 2004 330 Cummins hp with only 520 hours. Bow and Stern thrusters, full Raymarine electronics, 2005 AB dinghy with 4ph Yamaha, manual crane ST. Croix 200 lb, davits, bose system, Sirius radio, ultraleather(sand) on settee and helm seat, and twin guest berths, $349,900 Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

32’ Nordic Tug 2001 w/220 hp Cummins, bow thruster genset, ac & heat, large v-berth, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, cooktop, Raymarine electronics, sundeck, low hours (563). Reduced $189,900 Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

32’ Nordic Tug 2002 220hp Cummins engine. Many new features - 4 solar panels on pilot house, 6 lifeline 6-volt AGM batteries, 200 watt inverter/charger, carpeting in salon, pilot house & forward cabin, This 32’ is so well equipped and a must see. $199,900 Wilde Yacht Sales, Essex, CT 888-447-6944

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

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The Chamberlin Hotel by Duffy Perkins

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pend any time on the water around Hampton, VA, and you can’t help but notice Fort Monroe at Old Point Comfort on the southern tip of the Virginia Peninsula. The Point’s history dates back to the time of the Jamestown settlers who first rowed ashore in 1607 and found a “channel which put them in good comfort,” beginning a long history of development on the peninsula. Following the War of 1812, President James Madison developed a network of coastal defenses along the Eastern Seaboard, including Fort Monroe. When construction was complete in 1834, the fort was referred to as the “Gibraltar of the Chesapeake Bay” and housed the most impressive artillery of the time, 32-pound guns with a range of over one mile. But it wasn’t all business: just nearby, the Hygeia Hotel was built in 1820, featuring 1000 rooms and boasting an epicurean menu of Chesapeake delights. Accessible by the Hampton and Old Point Chariot Lines, it cost only 15 cents to get to the Hygeia from Baltimore’s wharf. The hotel quickly became one of the biggest tourist attractions on the East Coast.

This would not have been overlooked by John F. Chamberlin, a professional riverboat gambler and restauranteur. Chamberlin ran an exclusive gambling club in New Jersey and was wealthy until the Panic of 1873, when he lost everything. He moved to Washington, DC and used gambling connections to open Chamberlin’s Restaurant, located at the House of Representatives, and became known for his welcoming, radiant personality. Chamberlin had long dreamed of building a grand hotel that would act as a legacy for the Chamberlin family, and through his personal and political connections worked to acquire the rights to construct a hotel on Old Point Comfort. When he did this in 1887, his first choice for the architecture of the hotel was John Smith Meyer, known for his design of the Library of Congress. California senator George Hearst, Pennsylvania Railroad president A.J. Cassat, and banking magnate J.P. Morgan backed him, and ground was broken in July of 1890. The original hotel was to feature the latest in amenities, including an ice

plant, laundry, billiard rooms, a bowling alley, and an electrical plant. Medicinal baths and a sea pool were said to be the finest in the country, with filtered sea water and radiant sunlight to keep one relaxed. The ballroom was 1000 square feet in size, and the dining room could accommodate a dinner orchestra as well as diners. The cuisine was advertised as “real Southern cooking: fish, crabs, and oysters right out of the water.” John Chamberlin hosted a luxurious banquet and gala at the April 1896 opening, celebrating the end of six years of construction, bankruptcy issues, contractor disputes, and threats that his grand hotel would never be realized. The opening was attended by notable political and military dignitaries from New York, Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania, as well as some of the country’s most prominent financial tycoons. Patrons described the hotel as “among the largest and most attractive of American watering place hostelries.” The hotel was a great success. John Chamberlin died just four months later of Bright’s Disease. Again, he was flat broke. The hotel burned in 1920, leaving only the edifice remaining.

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