February 2002
 


The Lost City Maryland's first colonial settlement, St. Mary's City, literally vanished into the rolling farmland along the banks of the St. Marys River. Recent archaeological efforts to unearth the town sparked writer Jim Duffy's curiosity, but when he discovered the personal histories of some of the area's early residents, the town really came into focus.

Poker, Anyone?Not wanting to pass up the opportunity to go flying around the Bay at breakneck speed, CBM's adventurous editor
T. F. Sayles tagged along on the first annual Jackson Marine Sales Donzi Poker Run and went whipping across the water ahead of his own noise-or so it seemed. He's had a glazed look in his eyes ever since.

Bay Window: The Genuine Article The Lewisetta General Store, on the Coan River near the mouth of the Potomac River, remains the hub of this small waterfront town, where executive editor Wendy Mitman Clarke found cold drinks, hot history and a porch to die for. The view? No charge.





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Nautical Know-How Rough Stuff-Everyone knows the Bay has its bumpy spots, but it isn't an evil spirit wreaking havoc. Tom Dove gives us a perfectly logical explanation for all that roil and spume. It's wind, current and the shape of the Bay bottom, he says.


Time Tested/Sail A Safe Sailing Bet-Folks say the Tartan 3500 is a good family boat. Tom Dove takes one for an afternoon sail and finds out why.


Marina Hopping Cambridge Tie-up-Diana Prentice cruises down the Choptank River to Cambridge, Md., and finds the town's sheltered creek full of amenities.

A-Dock Confidential Play Myst for Me-Nothing takes out cabin fever like a trip to Tortola, says George Trennig, unless it's a good computer game.

Cruise of the Month Way up the Wye-Tom Dove wanders up the Back Wye to Skipton Creek, where the crabs are enormous and there's peace and quiet aplenty.

Reader Rendezvous
 
Sailing with a Dangerous Man
-Who knew the quiet man in the
cubicle down the hall was a
hard-driving, tough-love
sailing instructor?
Andrew Jones found out
the hard way, and is a
better sailor for it.


Angler's Almanac Cold Comfort-Staying warm and dry is half the battle when it comes to cold weather on the water. John Page Williams gives us some tips on how to venture safely into the lair of old man winter.

Me & My Boat Lust in Action-ailor Paul Masson at long last found a boat to call his own, Bagatelle. But the hunt for her was anything but a trifle.

Stern Lines The Sum of Parts-Keeping spare parts aboard is the best way to keep the working parts working, says Diana Prentice. But it also guarantees that something else will break.

On the cover: Trumpy craftsmanship gleams in the sun. Photograph by Bill Kepner.