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The itch to sail alone and an able mentor

Karen Ellison single-hands a Mariner 19 when she's not sailing with her husband aboard their 40-foot Pearson.In the mom-and-pop world of sailing, it’s the woman who often expresses little interest in her mate’s discovery of the sport. Sometimes, though, the reverse occurs: The mom takes the helm and becomes a better sailor than the pop.

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Stored but not forgotten, a family treasure is revived

I  am a boatyard prowler drawn to distant, weed-filled corners where neglected old boats on jack stands are left to wither and die. You don’t see many of these vessels nowadays because wise boatyard operators have become wary of overly ambitious projects heavy on dreams but light on finances and boatwork skills.
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With boats, if it’s not one thing, it’s another

As I have said many times, it’s “always something” when dealing with boats, and sometimes there’s also a “something else.”

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Farewell to a friend and other Annapolis tidbits

David 'Budweiser Dave' SellsThe infinitely small boating-related corner of my inconsequential nautical world in Annapolis survived several hits in 2012. But what little activity remains of my social life was greatly diminished by the death in September of a colorful Eastportian character nicknamed “Budweiser Dave,” who was only 59.

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Diver down! Erewhon gets a good scrub

'Pat the Diver' prepares to take the plunge.I stable my classic Sailmaster 22 off Spa Creek in a dead-end cove in Annapolis, where any tidal flushing is practically non-existent. Keeping the waterline clean has long been an unpleasant chore that forced me into the water fully clothed and wearing protective gloves to scrub away. I never did this when I had a skin abrasion for fear of an infection, and sinking ankle-deep into muckety yuck had sucked off an old pair of white tennies and turned me to wearing sea boots.

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Jack Sherwood, Writer-at-Large

Jack has been cruising Chesapeake Bay and writing about the region for more than 25 years. His critically acclaimed book, "Maryland's Vanishing Lives," was published by Baltimore's Johns Hopkins University Press and is now in its second printing. Before joining Soundings, Jack was a feature writer at the Washington (D.C.) Star for nearly 20 years and a senior editor at Chesapeake Bay magazine from 1995 to 1998. His monthly Bay Tripper column focuses on the Chesapeake.


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