December 2006

Hidden Treasure »Wendy Mitman Clarke travels to Onancock, Va., a small Eastern Shore town where an impressive and longstanding wharf is still the centerpiece of town, and where Rockwell himself would've felt right at home.

Luck Be a Lady »When next you step onboard a boat (after the captain, of course) make sure to bring a black cat, but leave your flowers and black suitcases at home. Jan Adkins examines the "sensible precautions" that surround maritime lore.

Veni, Vidi, Volvo »John Page Williams walks us through the second of Captain John Smith's 1608 explorations of the Bay. This journey sees the intrepid explorer encountering hostile Native American tribes, playing peacemaker between tribal leaders and even being given a wife or two.

From the Editor
SHOUT OUT » Every once in a while you have to stop and thank your peeps--especially when they're so gosh-darn good!

Nautical Know-How
GO WITH THE FLOW » Tom Dove does the math and figures out how much running with and against a current affects your fuel consumption.

Time Tested
LIKE A ROCK » From quiet trolling to serious offshore fishing, the Topaz 32 offers a steady ride on a truly versatile boat. By John Page Williams.

Tech Support
ALL ABOUT AIS » Gary P. Joyce examines new AIS (Automatic Identification System) technology and weighs its benefits for recreational boaters.

Marina Hopping
HARBOR OF FIRST RESORT » For almost 30 years, Herrington Harbour South has been catering to Bay boaters, offering everything a traveler or slipholder needs. By J.V. Reistrup.

Cruise of the Month
THE BEST LAID PLANS » En route to the C&D Canal, Karyn Rothstein and family planned for a peaceful night on the hook in Veazey Cove--plus found a helpful marina nearby when they needed an unplanned repair.

Reader Rendezvous
FACING ERNESTO » Danielle Marks relives a nail-biting day at the dock riding out the storm of the year.

Me and My Boat
OUR GREATEST PERFORMANCE EVER»One crew's triumph, in a race where everything seemed to go wrong. By Joe Howell.

Angler's Almanac
IF (GIFT) WISHES WERE FISHES » John Page Williams gives some good ideas to anyone shopping for an angler this holiday season.

Off the Charts
DEAR SANTA » Wendy Mitman Clarke asks the big guy for a little peace on the Bay.

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