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Favorable winds and four days of cruising

The Bay Tripper had plenty of wind for his first cruise of the season.My first cruise of the season was like many others before it in one respect, the destination, but totally different in another because there was wind — and plenty of it. I set off May 25 from Annapolis under sail, bound for Oxford once again.



An amazing voyage, but let’s not forget about the boat

Matt Rutherford and his 27-foot Albin Vega both proved able circumnavigators during their non-stop voyage around the Americas.Matt Rutherford was already a tested trans-Atlantic single-hander before he became the first solo sailor to circumnavigate North America and South America non-stop via the Northwest Passage.



Fresh paint and a boat that’s ready to cruise

The Bay Tripper inspects the topside paint job he and son Eric gave Erewhon.Free at last, free at last! After four months of winter imprisonment in a DIY boatyard, my classic sailboat was unchained from a work bed of dirt and stone April 10 and returned to its natural element. As we motored away from Casa Rio Marina in Mayo, Md., I released a loud “Yee-hah!” and waved farewell to any who might be listening and watching.



My newfound interest in outboard engines

Chuck Holm gave the Bay Tripper's Tohatsu 4-stroke some TLC and showed him how to care for it.I must confess that I am one of those boaters who do not thoroughly read the operational manual that comes with a new outboard. I have paid a price through the decades for this negligence, even though I usually blame any malfunction on the engine, not on myself.



The scent of a boat shop: a lost treat for the senses

Boatbuilder Joe Reid has been doing maintenance and wooden boat repars for the last couple of years, but there has never been 'serious interest' in his Thomas Point 40.I was making clouds of paint dust while sanding the cabin and topsides of my 1962 Sailmaster this winter to prep for spring painting when I began to long for the fragrance of wood dust. Fortunately, Joe Reid’s Mast & Mallet Boatworks is in the Mayo/Edgewater neighborhood of Casa Rio Marina, where my boat is hauled, so I detoured there to have a look.



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