June 2003



The Town that Fish Built  Once upon a time Reedville, Va., cranked out more oil than OPEC-fish oil, that is, from menhaden, making it one of the richest towns in America. Nowadays, the town's Fishermen's Museum and a Main Street full of newly renovated homes is reeling in tourists-many of them, like contributing writer Paul Clancy, by water.


Traveling Show  Dolphin watching is one of the lower Bay's many summer pleasures. Writer Karen Jolly Davis gives us the inside skinny on bottlenose dolphins, and plenty of pointers for how and where to see them in action.


Best of the Bay  Once again our readers spill the beans on their favorite places to eat and play on the Bay. This year they even picked their favorite lighthouse, and told us where they think the Bay's worst trouble spots are.

Bay Faces: The Water Boy  Fritz Hasler is a water-skiing fool, no two ways about it. Contributing writer Marty LeGrand talks to the national gold medalist (and grandfather of three) about the ups and downs of this ever-popular water sport.




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Special Supplements
Insert: Dockside in Talbot County
Good Boatkeeping   Home Brews- If elbow grease won't do the trick, try one of Jerry Renninger's homemade elixirs to take off the grime without spending a small fortune on store-bought cleaners.

Time Tested The Wanderer-Simple as a song, the Nimble Wanderer is a versatile cruiser, designed to sail as well as it powers. It's a great trailer boat, to boot. By Tom Dove

Marina Hopping Big Doings on Sunset Creek-The newly opened
marina at the Bluewater Yachting Center gives the Hampton, Va. waterfront another jewel for its crown. By Paul Clancy

A-Dock Confidential Guarding the Guardian-There's always a certain someone who keeps an eye on the people and things within a community. And, as Jerry Renninger reminds us, someone has to keep an eye on her.

Cruise of the Month The River in G-Managing editor Jane Meneely takes in an evening concert on the Miles River-but not quite the way she expected.

Reader Rendezvous Hard Aground-Little did we know that even hauling a dinghy out of a garage can be fraught with danger. By Harry Farmer

Angler's Almanac Summer Treats-White perch and bluefish make a feisty catch and a tasty pair for any angler's table, says John Page Williams.

Trading Places Family History-Four generations of Cockrells have run their marine railway in Ophelia, Va., on the Little Wicomico River. By Wendy Mitman Clarke

Stern Lines On Living Water-Katherine Brown likes to sail away from it all sometimes, and surround herself with true peace and quiet.


On the cover:
A small powerboat heads down the South River. Photograph by Bob Grieser