May 2002

 





Out of This World  Writer Paul Clancy explores Poquoson, Va., from Bennett Creek to Messick Point. Despite the proximity of the Tidewater sprawl, small-town hearts beat in the quiet fishing wharves and marinas that line the Poquoson and Back rivers.





Catting Around Catboats may have originated in the blustery waters off the New England coast, but the feisty craft have a devoted following here on the Bay. Writer Mike Brown follows the Chesapeake Catboat Association fleet on some of its prowls.


The Osprey's Tale   For a while it looked as if ospreys were heading for extinction on the Chesapeake and elsewhere. Editor-at-large Marty LeGrand tells of the bird's remarkable comeback and how the Chesapeake became the osprey adoption agency of the East Coast.





Summer Guide 2002  Start making your boating plans with this handy guide to what's happening around the Bay during the upcoming season, from North East to Norfolk and all points between.




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2002 Fishing Guide

Tech Support  Connected Cruising-Plugging your cell phone into your laptop for onboard e-mail is no big deal. Writers Gene and Katie Hamilton tell you how to do it.

Time Tested Tried and True-The Albin 36 marks a comfortable halfway point between the luxury trawlers and the budget models. By Jack Hornor

Marina Hopping Eye of the Storm-Katherine Brown cruised into Baltimore harbor when the world was on high alert and found a friendly refuge at the HarborView Marina.

A-Dock Confidential Fire When Ready, Gridley-Writer Jerry Renninger and the other guy in that tight little anchorage couldn't believe the audacity of the fellow with the blaring stereo. Together, they came up with a plan.

Cruise of the Month Still Tops-Cruising to Mount Vernon on the Potomac River is a great way to take in history along with the view. Writer Amy Smith made arrangements to tie up for a tour of Washington's home.

Reader Rendezvous Slipping Away-Bob Rexroad bit the bullet, pulled up stakes and moved his boat to a new marina. It wasn't nearly as catastrophic as he imagined.

Trading Places Sail Master- Annapolitan Larry Leonard Jr. wants to make boats fly. Now with a string of impressive victories behind him, Quantum's master sailmaker is edging toward the top of the sailmaking game. By Nancy Taylor Robson

Angler's Almanac Trust Your Mate-If you want to learn something from the experts, keep an eye on their mates, says John Page Williams. Often they are the ones who have tricks to spare.

Stern Lines What We Do-Liveaboard Diana Prentice didn't think her brother would appreciate her laid-back lifestyle. Sisters can sure get it wrong.

On the cover:
Catboats on the prowl. Photograph by John Bildahl.