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Boating Destination Reviews for Travelers Along the Eastern Seaboard

Blue crabs, poached fish and powdered booze

Sitting at my perch as the last piles of snow on the docks melted, the vision of May in the Bay was a marvelous thing, indeed. If you are a regular reader of this column, perhaps you remember my prediction of a mild winter in the eastern United States. In reference to that prediction, I received the following email from an old friend in Maine:

Question: What do Peter Bass and the Farmer’s Almanac have in common?

Answer: Both forecasted a mild winter for 2014-2015.

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Boat shows and print magazines are my nirvana

Peter BassHere at the bottom of the Bay, April can be downright pleasant, with an average high of 68 degrees and only around 3.5 inches of rain. Nice cruising, with cool nights. One reason I moved here was to have a longer boating season. The hot midsummer months of July and August are nicely bracketed by New England-style summer weather in June and September. Not bad. Years ago my daughter and I moved my Wilbur 38 back north in April, with a couple of lovely days on the Bay. I waited another month, however, to take it from Annapolis to Maine.

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Cruise to Cuba? Maybe mañana

The boating ban remains unaffected by President Obama’s new travel policy, but changes are coming.

The Marina Darsena, in Varadero, Matanzas, is atypically modern for Cuba.Now that President Obama has moved to re-establish full diplomatic relations with Cuba and eased the embargo against visiting this long-forbidden Caribbean island, will Americans finally be able to cruise there legally in their own boats?

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Cold realities and a warm escape

Peter BassWinter had been noncommittal as I wrote this in early January. When I walked the docks at Tidewater Marina, the obligatory give-and-take about the weather was still typical of early cold-season banter — a lot of If it doesn’t get any colder than this, it’ll be a nice winter and As long as it doesn’t snow, I’m happy.

Stragglers were still heading down the Ditch.

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Annapolis Harbor, City Dock

Oil painting by Leonard Mizerek

Leonard Mizerek nurtured his artistic love of nature while growing up in Pennsylvania’s Brandywine Valley, made famous by the Wyeth family of artists. “I was exposed to works by the whole Wyeth family,” he says. “The one who greatly influenced me was N.C. Wyeth, the father of Andrew. He had a great ability to tell a story, and his strong use of light and dramatic color [made an impression].”

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