Issue: October 2001
Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride

A raffle gamble pays off for a Virginia couple now enjoying their first season on Miss Chesapeake.


     That sure is a pretty boat.” Those are always sweet words to the proud boatowner, but they’re pure icing on the cake for David and Elizabeth Smith of Ashburn, Va. The Smiths won their 46-foot Bay-built charter and fishing boat earlier this year at the Maryland Watermen’s Association annual raffle. They’ve enjoyed their first full season on Miss Chesapeake, cruising to fishing tournaments and acting as unofficial ambassadors for the association. And come February, they’ll be helping pull the name of the next lucky someone-who will be winning the boat’s 48-foot sister ship.

     Miss Chesapeake II, two feet longer than her younger sibling, was also built by Chesapeake Boats of Crisfield, Md. She has a 16-foot beam, draws three-and-a-half feet and cruises at 30 mph. Like Miss Chesapeake, the new boat is powered with twin 600-hp Caterpillar diesels. She comes with all the necessary amenities-GPS chartplotter, radar, VHF, compass, head with holding tank and a galley.

     The drawing will be Feb. 3, 2002, in Ocean City at the 28th annual Commercial Fishermen’s and Aquaculture Trade Expo. Pony up $200 per chance and take your best shot at hearing plenty of “That sure is a pretty boat.” For more information call the Maryland Watermen’s Association 410-268-7722.