Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Talk of the Bay

C’mon, Old Man Winter, give us your best shot! We’re ready. We can take it. We can tough it out till April. You know why? Because we have Chesapeake Bay Magazine to get us through, and we have the internets, which means even more Chesapeake Bay Magazine. So there. . . . Okay, maybe we shouldn’t be trash-talking Old Man Winter, because, global climate change notwithstanding, he probably still has a few nasty haymakers in his repertoire of winter punches. Nothing to be gained by taunting. Suffice it to say we’re ready for winter, because the November issue of CBM is on its way and all’s right with the Chesapeake world.

Steve Earley, our Tidewater Virginia photo whiz, gives you a generous look at Onancock, Va., the cozy, welcoming waterfront town below Tangier Sound and up a winding creek on Virginia’s Eastern Shore. New harbormaster’s office, an embarrassment of restaurant riches, great cruising/anchoring grounds, kayak rentals, doughnuts made from scratch. Mmmm, what more could you want? Senior editor Jody Schroath takes us to Tolchester Marina on the upper Eastern Shore and, in Cruise of the Month, to her new favorite among the many Mill creeks scattered about the Bay. This Mill Creek is on the Patuxent River . . . no, the other Mill Creek off the Patuxent.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the feature section, we share the gorgeous and evocative aerial photography of a playful new book, Shoreline Shapes and Monsters of the Chesapeake, by Easter Shore photographer Hunter Harris. Can you see Pepe Le Pew in the swirls of pollen on the Tred Avon River? . . . And good ol’ Marty LeGrand, our award-winning How Stuff Works specialist, tells us about the latest reclamation project of the Maryland Environmental Service, the quasi-public agency that used dredge spoil to rebuild Hart-Miller and Poplar islands.

Whether you are winterizing your boat yourself or are planning to leave more ambitious projects to the experts, our Marine Services Guide will get you started. Our online service and maintenance checklist will get you rolling with the winterizing. And some of the best marine services facilities on the Bay can help with bigger projects, like custom carpentry, engine repowering, prop/shaft repairs, gelcoat and fiberglass repairs and lots more. Download checklist, find a marine services specialist here.

Calvert Marina on Back Creek in Solomons, Md., is offering a big transient discount for card-carrying BoatUS members. Only $1 per foot, per night, plus electric. 410-326-4251.

Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa, in Chesapeake Beach, Md., offers a stay and play package with overnight accommodations, $25 game play, 20% off spa services, and a $25 resort voucher. Advanced reservations suggested. Valid until 10/31/13. Restrictions apply. 866-312-5596;

Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md., offers free day-docking at their members-only marina for all family-level memberships and above. To join call 410-745-2916 or online at

The Mako 21 LTS features a stepped transom that helps the hull rise onto plane with minimum bow rise in shallow water. --review by John Page Williams

BoatUS Foundation’s FREE online boating safety course now meets Maryland’s safety course requirements

Virginia gets tough on oyster poachers, including banning violators from any type of commercial fishing

The Cambridge Schooner Rendezvous this upcoming weekend features historic Bay schooners as well as modern tall ships

Get out on the water with the Chesapeake Boating Club! Explore the Chesapeake in power and sailboats. Located in Annapolis and now at a second location in Baltimore. 410.280.8692

Cape Charles to become megayacht facility with 75-, 150- and 600-ton travelifts

Cruisers Exchange discovers some nifty apps with rules for lights, sounds and markers

Perrin River Pier improvements are part of an effort to preserve Gloucester’s working waterfront

“Chesapeake,” a film about a Bay Waterman starring Keith Carradine, will be shot in Virginia and the Bay in 2014

Want to report pollution in the Bay’s waterways? There’s an app for that!

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