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A Chesapeake treasure worth saving

I have managed to survive a midlife crisis or two, but falling into a demanding maritime midlife crisis can pose personal challenges for the most committed boatman. Men in their mid-30s and into their 40s can be especially vulnerable to such whimsical changes in lifestyle, especially when the object of affection is a traditional Chesapeake Bay watercraft.



MYOB: the gentleman’s code of sailing

sherwood_jackDaysailing alone out of Annapolis is a seasonal ritual for me, but I find myself watching other boaters and that creates a dilemma. Years ago, I developed a horrible habit of knocking sailors aloud for one infraction or another that bothered me. Of course, whatever the offending skipper was doing was absolutely none of my business, and my misdeeds eventually led me to regret my obnoxious behavior. So, mea culpa. I have since learned to follow the code of MYOB (mind your own business).

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Quest for better, simpler, easier never ends

sherwood_jackOne would think that after continually refurbishing and rehabbing an older boat for 26 years, there would be little left to do. That is never the case, however, if you have pride in the boat or yourself and want to make its performance more efficient.



Summer cruise was ‘one of those days’

sherwood_jackLast winter I acquired an inflatable kayak to car-top and paddle about the Florida Keys, but long spells of cold weather limited my on-water activities there. I brought it home on Amtrak's Auto Train to try it out this summer as a Bay cruising dinghy tagging along behind my Sailmaster 22.



A burned-out boat turned canal cruiser

Amanda and Andy Fegley plan to take their DeFever across the Atlantic to cruise the canals of Europe."The Four As of Annapolis" - Amanda and Andy Fegley, son Alexander and daughter Aurora - toured the canals of Europe for two years in 2000- 01 aboard a steel 53-footer converted from a 1947 fireboat. That experience was so satisfying that it has called for a longer repeat cruise.



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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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