Issue: December 2000
Ticket to Fishing Paradise

Or, how to turn $200 into your own $300,000 Bay-built fishing boat.

 

    Ever had a hankering for a completely outfitted, 46-foot Bay-built fishing boat with twin 600-hp Caterpillar turbos and an AM/FM stereo system?

    Well, of course you have. But the real question of the moment is, do you feel lucky? Because the Maryland Watermen’s Association is raffling off just such a boat, with the drawing scheduled for Feb. 4, 2001, at the 27th East Coast Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Expo in Ocean City, Md. Each raffle ticket costs $200, and only 2,000 will be sold. Proceeds go to the MWA, a non-profit group dedicated to protecting the commercial interests of Maryland’s watermen.

     The boat, a solid hunk of cold-molded craftsmanship, was built by Chesapeake Boats Inc. of Crisfield, Md. The builders there are proud papas, indeed. And why not? Their baby is Coast Guard-certified to carry 46 passengers and comes with a complete electronics package that includes a fishfinder, radar, GPS plotter, VHF and-to capture those special moments out on the water-a color video camera. The boat also has a microwave oven, a comfy settee in the main cabin, a Lectra-San head (with a shower soon to be installed), a forward V-berth and tons of beautiful mahogany detailing inside.

    “I think she looks really nice,” says Raymond Pruitt, one of the men who worked on the boat. He’s clearly not afraid of putting his money where his mouth is. “I hope I win it,” he says. “Yep, I got a couple tickets on her.”

    For more information or to purchase a raffle ticket, call the MWA at 800-421-9176, or log on to www.marylandwatermen.com.