Got Your Back
Writer George Trennig spends a weekend exploring Maryland's Back River and learns that, for all but the deep-keeled, it's a place to go to, as well as from.
The Wreck of the Levin J. Marvel
When Hurricane Connie blew up the Bay in August 1955, she ended the life of the ram schooner Levin J. Marvel-and 14 of her passengers. The tragedy set the stage for stricter Coast Guard regulations governing passenger vessels. Tim Zimmermann recounts what happened on the Marvel's final voyage. Thomas F. Norton interviews Marvelsurvivor John Ferguson.
A Cake for all Seasons
From their busy Crisfield kitchen, partner bakers Toni Tawes and Carolyn Evans of Delmarvalous Cakes whip up a Chesapeake original: the Smith Island ten-layer cake. We think it's the most delicious vehicle for icing yet devised. By Constance Bond
Can't make it to Crisfield to pick yours up? We've got the basic recipe right here.
Bay Faces: King of the Hill
Peter Rice could easily be called the Pied Piper of Echo Hill Camp. Children and staff alike will follow him anywhere-even, as Nancy Taylor Robson learned, into the deepest, darkest and muckiest of Chesapeake swamps.
New Boat News
Fishin' & Family Boats
In the Galley
Boat Club News
Jarrett Bay 38 Express
Pilots Point 42
Know Your CO-Carbon monoxide is deadly, no two ways about it. Tom Dove tells us how to recognize the symptoms of CO poisoning and how to prevent it on our boats.
Time Tested: A Guide to Good Old Boats
Amazing Grace-As practical as it is pretty, the Alberg 37 still turns heads in any harbor. By Tom Dove
Bringing the Net Onboard-In this first of a new bi-monthly column on marine electronics, Tom Dove checks out the Furuno NavNet. It ain't cheap, but it sure makes life easy.
A Solitude Fix-;Paul Clancy heads into Mobjack Bay and discovers Severn River Marina a stone's throw from history and loaded with amenities.
A Dock Confidential
Four Strong Winds-;A Martin guitar is just the trick for getting a crowd to gather on the docks, says George Trennig.
Cruise of the Month
Ship of (Crab-loving) Fools-When Tim Zimmermann set out on his annual cruise with the Losty sisters, he headed for Mill Creek and Cantler's Riverside Inn, not far from Annapolis.
Making a Run for It-
George Carrigan thought he could beat the storm to the dock. Turns out he couldn't.
Dealing with the Dog Days-While he needn't have reminded us that August tends to be on the toasty side,
John Page Williams does give us some fish-finding tips that just might reel in dinner.
Wasser ist Leben - Most of us Bay folks know that Water is Life, but
wonders if we know how truly lucky we are to live on or near it.
On the cover:
The Lady Patty sails out of Tilghman Island.
Photograph by Tim Tadder