October 2008

Eastport Exposed » With its own maritime industry, dining scene, history, coat of arms, charity events and rabble rousers, Eastport is one quirky neighborhood, says Jeremy McGeary. But thanks to its sense of camaradarie and good fun, the whole of Annapolis is the better for it. Read this article »

Sight Makes Right » Hey, look over there! Seriously! Remembering to look up from your instruments to survey your surroundings is an important part of navigating. Even the best instruments in the world can't tell you where you are just by looking at the skyline. By Jeremy McGeary.

The State of Our Bay »In this year's installment of our annual report on the well being of the Chesapeake Bay, T. F. Sayles visits the Choptank Oyster Company, a commercial oyster-growing operation on the Choptank River that's keeping local restaurants stocked with fresh, healthy Bay oysters. Meanwhile, Karl Blankenship looks at the declining crab harvest and the effects that this year's new regulations are having on the industry.

From the Editor
Advanced Life Support » We all know what happened to the Bay's oysters. So with our cherished blue crab population headed in the same direction, shouldn't we get a head start on aquaculture? Maybe that way, the scientists can worry just about the crabs, and not the fate of the watermen too.  Read this article »

Nautical Know-How
What Color Is Your » Brightwork?--Oil, varnish, Cetol and going gray all have their merits, but which is right for you? Frank Lanier reviews the pros and cons of teak finishes.

Marina Hopping
Cruising in HD » Diana Prentice visits the newly updated St. Mary's Yachting Center and is delighted with its new vibrance.

Cruise of the Month
Birthday, Broadsides and a Buffet Dinner » Paul Clancy heads to Norfolk's Willoughby Bay for a wild raft-up with the Town Point Yacht Club--complete with salty Spanish toasts, deck gun salutes and banana rum.

Angler's Almanac
Plugging Away » Fall fishing in shallow water can be great fun, says John Page Williams--especially when using the wide array of spitters, spooks and suspenders that entice feeding rockfish and speckled trout. Read this article »

Horton at Large
Tales from the Edge » With a noted ornithologist as his play-by-play commentator, Tom Horton is amazed by a phenomenal act of nature.

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