My frequent sailing activities on Chesapeake Bay sometimes fit into a category of bits and pieces of this and that taking place here and there, now and then.
Here are a few vignettes:
“Hartge” has long been a boating name to reckon with in the land of pleasant living called the Chesapeake.
Through the decades, this working clan of watermen, farmers, boatbuilders, designers, restorers, painters, riggers, carpenters, engineers, mechanics, barnacle scrapers, sailors and powerboaters has looked upon Galesville, Md., as home port.
Visions of crab cakes dance in my head
This was going to be a column about my first cruise of the season, which was delayed many weeks by frequent outbursts of rain that began in April and went through May. I had intended to cruise to the Eastern Shore, but strong southerly headwinds on Memorial Day weekend caused me to sail north to Gibson Island, at the mouth of the Magothy River on the Bay’s upper Western Shore.
Dear patient reader, when I left you in the June issue you may recall I had reported on refinishing the interior of my classic sailboat — with which, no doubt, you should be much familiar by now.
So welcome to Part II of the continuing Erewhon chronicles.
Early last November I again began removing anything easily removable from my small sailboat to my home workshop for my annual refinishing ritual. But as the cabin emptied, the open spaces revealed a desperate need for the first interior painting in 20 years. Thankfully, it will be the last interior painting with me on the end of a roller and brush.
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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.