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available from 50 to 70 hp. The first boat launched in late July, with a second hull hitting the water at press time. Both boats will be available for viewing at the Annapolis Power Boat Show in October.”


ob Hardy of Composite Yacht in Trappe, MD, reports that well into summer, the shop is still very busy. “Numerous paint jobs have been completed, as well as the usual gamut of collision repairs, and fiberglass, and metal work. The 1972 Cigarette 25 we just finished restoring left the St Michaels Vin-

propulsion. The idea came together when the guild met with Annapolis Hybrid Marine to talk about its line of Thoosa inboard DC electric propulsion systems. The craft chosen is to be a Smith Island Crab Scrape of about 20 foot length, a unique representative of the shallow scrapes favored by Smith Island watermen. The joint venture is to begin in October as a winter project which is to be ready for the spring 2016 opening of boating season. The work will be managed by George Surgent and involve the volunteers

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The 1959 24-foot Chris Craft Sportsman Classy Lassy undergoing renovation at Lowery’s Boat shop in Tighlman, MD.

tage Boat Show with several trophies! We have three 26s on the floor in various stages of completion, and two more being laid up. Our most recent delivery was our 26 in an Express with a single 300. We’re also in the design stage of our 32, which will be a big sister to the 26, and available as a Center Console, an Express, or a Pilot House. We anticipate beginning to shape the hull in the next couple of weeks.”


he ever busy Butch Garren of the Calvert Marine Museum (CMM) in Solomons, MD, sends us this report of an interesting project. “Always on the lookout for a new project, the Patuxent Small Craft Guild (PSCG) of CMM has chosen a unique marriage of old-style Chesapeake watercraft and modern Follow us!

only the top skin of the original hardtop. We then applied fairing compound, primed, and painted and reinstalled a hardtop on a 2006 55-foot Altima pilothouse motoryacht. We are currently working on a brand new 2016 62-foot Viking stock boat, installing teak cockpit and mezzanine. The boat was outfitted with an extensive electronics package and Lumishore underwater lights. Slated for completion by the time of the Ocean City White Marlin Open (August 3-7), she will be ready for a new owner.”

Dean’s Yacht Service employees Bailey Leconte and Javier Peret prepare a runabout to go back in the water at Jabin’s Yacht Yard in Annapolis. Photo by Rick Franke

from the Guild. Alan Suydam has begun the planning with a scale model, and Bill Wright and others have begun discussions with Hybrid Marine on sizing the entire propulsion train that may include solar panels. Visitors are welcome to visit and see the PSCG volunteers work on projects such as this on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 3 p.m.”


inda Destefano of Bluewater Yacht Yard’s service department in Hampton, VA, reports a busy and steady summer in the service yard. “We also just finished a complete re-fabrication on a hardtop. Removing all failed coring, we fabricated a custom jig to keep the original shape and completely rebuilt with core cell foam saving

Four of the five boats currently in production at Composite Yacht in Trappe, MD.


ammy Eaton of Judge Yachts in Denton, MD, sends us the following upbeat report. “We are happy to report that we went into this year with great optimism, but frankly, the response we are seeing this summer is even better than our expectations, especially with regards to the Chesapeake 27 and Chesapeake 36. We recently delivered a Chesapeake 27 and currently have several boats in various stages of completion including three 27s, a sleek looking center console 24, a couple of 22s and, of course, the Chesapeake 36 with triple Suzuki 300 outboards that Bill and the crew are excited to be putting the finishing touches on. We expect the 36-footer to hit the water within the next 30 days.” September 2015 59

PropTalk Magazine September 2015  

Chesapeake Bay Boating

PropTalk Magazine September 2015  

Chesapeake Bay Boating