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##Museum Shipwright George Surgent (center) and volunteers Al Suydam (left) and Bill Wright reviewing the scale model of the proposed electric-powered crab scrape at the Calvert Marine Museum boatshop in Solomons, MD. Photo by Butch Garren

has been busy with several boats in the museum’s floating fleet. The 1955 skipjack Rosie Parks was fully rigged and sailed with a media crew and staff in early June. The Jackson Skiff—or Pot Pie skiff—got her summer makeover with fresh paint, caulk, and zincs. Spar construction began for the newest log canoe in the sailing fleet, Bufflehead, which



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Ships are the nearest thing to dreams that hands have ever made. ~Robert N. Rose


ate summer, to my mind the prettiest season of all, has arrived on the Chesapeake. As the days get shorter and the nights get cooler, Labor Day weekend and the fall boat shows are waiting just over the horizon. Local shops are reporting a continuation of the surge in demand following our wet and reluctant spring.


oug Lowery of Lowery Boat Shop in Tilghman, MD, and Craig Brittingham are starting restoration of a 1959 24-foot Chris Craft Sportsman Classy Lassy. According to Craig, “She was used by the director and crew in the making of the movie ‘On Golden Pond.’ Restoration is scheduled to be completed mid-fall. The boat will be for sale upon completion.” Craig’s reference to the movie intrigued me, so I did a little research. Classy Lassy was indeed a movie star. In one of the 1981 movie’s more dramatic sequences

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the Lassy is run on the rocks, and the wreck throws Henry Fonda and his grandson into the water. The Chris Craft’s double-planked mahogany bottom refused to cooperate, simply bouncing off the rocks. After several unsuccessful takes, the special effects crew attached a false bottom which cracked and crunched satisfactorily! We always knew they were tough boats.


hesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s (CBMM) Vessel Maintenance Assistant Joe Connor reports, “The boatyard

An outboard powered CY26 from Composite Yacht in Trappe, MD, undergoing sea trials on the Choptank River.

was constructed at CBMM and launched in April 2015. Once the rig is measured, her sailmaking should commence. The 1909 seven-log bottom crab dredger Old Point, which was built in 1909 in Poquoson, VA, is next up on the marine railway, with a new boom and gaff to complete her dredging rig courtesy of Brooke Ricketts.”


ason Corsini of Quiet Waters Boatworks in Riva, MD, brings us up to date. “Cerny Yacht Design and Quiet Waters Boatworks are excited to be collaborating on a new series of powerboats. The smallest of the Estivo line, the 16-foot runabout, is available in Classic or Sport models, making the boat suitable for any on-water activities. Various custom options are offered, with engines

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