July 2008

The Solomons Solution »Determined not to be a bitter snowbird wannabe last fall, managing editor Ann Levelle sets sail for Solomons, Md.--the first stop on an imaginary cruise to warmer climes. There she rubs elbows with plenty of real snowbirds and warms to the idea that a cruise to Solomons is a whole lot better than no cruise at all. 
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Small Boat Heaven »The Severn Sailing Association in Annapolis has been training world-class and week-night sailors for half a century. Nancy Taylor Robson delves into this extraordinary sailing institution to see how it started, how it grew and who's sailing there now.

Cruising to Quality Calories »Writer David Bowes and his wife throw weight-gain worries out the window to make an amphibious assault on Fells Point's formidable army of eateries. With its scores of restaurants, this Baltimore neighborhood is able to keep the author and his spouse knee deep in bivalves and deli sandwiches all weekend long.

From the Editor
Change on the Fly--Learn why redesigning a magazine is like trying to change your socks while riding a bike. This and answers to other questions you never thought to ask. Read this article »

Nautical Know-How
Do-It-Yourself Hull Restoration--At a fraction of the cost of paying a boatyard, Gary Caputi redid the gelcoat on his Mako 23. And, he says, you can do it too if you have a little patience and time.

Marina Hopping
The Upside of Waterside-- Paul Clancy pays a visit to Norfolk's venerable Waterside Marina, which is 25 years old and still growing.

Cruise of the Month
Then Came the Fireworks--Pat Meneely finds a great anchorage at the mouth of Back River, and as a surprise bonus, gets to enjoy the fantastic Middle River fireworks extravaganza. 
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Reader Rendezvous
Sea King of the Universe!--He never thought that fixing up his father's old 14-foot aluminum Sea King could be so much fun. But for Wesley Gunther and his family, it was just the adventure they needed to get on the path to boating.

Angler's Almanac
Wade a Minute--Getting in the water with the fish can be a great way to learn about their behaviors and environment. So put on your boots and waders and do a little muck-walking. By John Page Williams.

Meneely Under Way
Bubba Be Good--Bubba the erratic Atomic Four is at it again. But this time the little devil shows its owner Jane Meneely who's boss by being good when she least expects it.  

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