September 2015

Quick Tripping
Veteran cruiser Karen Soule takes us on three quick trips out of Deltaville, Va. They are places she has visited over and over and over again, with kids, friends and as an empty nester. Some Bay destinations never get old.

The Swedish Connection
The Monitor motored into history there in Hampton Roads, the brainchild of Swedish engineer John Ericsson. Now Volvo Penta plies the waters off Chesapeake, Va., with even more innovations from this Swedish-based company. Our head techie Tom Hale stopped in for a visit.

Getting Back to Basics
Taking a few practice runs aboard your boat is always a good idea, says editor Janie Meneely, especially if taking the wheel isn’t something you do out of habit. She and managing editor Ann Levelle escaped the office to hone their driving skills. Read this feature

Traveling on Fandango Time
After a few months of cruising around D.C. and Alexandria, Paul Bollinger, Jr. had had enough of security helicopters whirlybirding overhead. Little did he expect to have one more chopper encounter when he moved his boat to new digs.


Tech Talk: Phoning it In
Handheld depthsounders have reached new heights with Vexilar’s SonarPhone. Coupled with the Navionics chartplotter app, we can all contribute to the never ending project of charting the shoaling Bay. Tom Hale shows us how it works.

Jody’s Log: Derailed!
Exploring the town of Port Deposit, Md., on the Susquehanna River was pleasant enough, says cruising editor Jody Argo Schroath, but instead of counting sheep as she drifted off to sleep, she found herself counting trains.

Weather Eye: Rx for Wx
Some people listen to the morning news, but Wendy Mitman Clarke tunes into the NOAA weather channel when she drinks her morning coffee.

Cover Photo by: John Bildahl