October 2003

 

 


Not Just Another Pretty Place  
With its centuries-old homes, tree-lined streets and the Chester River on its doorstep, Chestertown, Md., is one of the Bay's prettiest and most historic places. It's also, says executive editor Wendy Mitman Clarke, home to a vibrant community of artists and scholars who give this rural Eastern Shore town a distinctly international flavor.

History Unvarnished  It's all well and good to have someone in a tricorn hat interpret the Bay's history for you. But Nancy Allison had a hankering for the unreconstructed past, and she found plenty of it in the old buildings and deep woods of Virginia's Surry County, on the quiet side of the James River.

Wheels of Fortune  Few things on a boat lend themselves to artistic expression like its wheel. Photographer Bob Grieser has captured wheels in all their stylistic nuances, from art deco to avant-garde.

Gone Viking  Not everyone dives into their heritage like Marty LeGrand, but then again, not all of us are as comfortable as she is sailing a Viking-style longship with a guy named Atli who tries to barter sheep for bikini-clad women.

In the Zone  Would no-discharge zones help clean up the Bay, or do they unfairly
target boaters while letting bigger polluters off the hook? Michael Brown gives us the lowdown on the debate that has come to the Chesapeake, where Herring Bay on the Western Shore has been designated a no-discharge zone.

Run Silent, Run Smart  Inboard gas and diesel technology is swiftly catching up to outboards when it comes to clean, efficient operation. John Page Williams explains the changes and what to look for in these new-generation engines.



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Good Boatkeeping  All Secure- Frank Lanier explains how to protect your boat from thieves, using everything from common sense to high-tech security systems.

Time Tested/Power  Maine Squeeze-The Wilbur 34 can trace its roots straight to Maine workboats, and that, says John Page Williams, is a very fine thing.

Time Tested/Sail  The Manta Mantra-If your idea of cruising calls for a quick boat with plenty of room and comfort, Tom Dove says the Manta 42 may be just right.

Tech Support  Radar Ready-Gene Hamilton tells us about radar-training simulators for PCs.

Marina Hopping  On the Fair Sassafras -On a trip to Skipjack Cove Yachting Resort to visit her folks, Katherine Brown sees why they keep their boat here year after year.

A-Dock Confidential  Water World-There's nothing like a good soaking rain to see what people are made of, says Jerry Renninger. And some folks, he finds, aren't made of much.

Cruise of the Month Bringing 'Em Up Right-Jim Stalnaker takes his twin granddaughters onboard Elixir to visit Warner Hall on the Mobjack's Severn River.

Me & My Boat Following the Swan Road-Though he's had many boats since, Ron Swan says his fondest memories are of the boat that taught him the nautical ropes.

Trading Places  Twofer at Harryhogan-The Boatyard at Harryhogan and Krentz Marine Railway offer boaters two very different marine facilities. By Jody Argo Schroath

Angler's Almanac  Cures for the Common Cold-John Page Williams offers pointers on how to prepare for winter fishing on Chesapeake waters.

Stern Lines  The Battle of Oak Creek-When a pair of eagles gang up on a duck, managing editor Jane Meneely and her dog Duffer have other ideas.


On the cover:
A Fountain sportboat's wheel of power. Photograph by Bob Grieser