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Rockfish, a Liberty ship and southbound sailors

It’s early November as I write, and the deep-water sailors who like the mouth of the Chesapeake as a departure point for the Caribbean are ready to go. The insurance companies that have latitude restrictions generally lift them Nov. 1, so there are usually some departures at this time, including the Carib 1500 and Salty Dog Caribbean rallies.

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Abandoned workboat watercolor by James Iams

James Iams has been painting the bays, backwaters, creeks and coves of Maryland’s Eastern Shore for more than 60 years. “Abandoned Workboat,” a 12-by-16-inch watercolor, blends the knowledge of a sailor and the eye of a painter in the subtle shades used to depict the wintry gray sky and the pale, decaying workboat beached on the brown marsh.

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Rocket Ride

A restored Owens has new life as a working photo boat.

When Bildahl saw the free boat, he immediatly fell in love with her lines - good thing because she was looking pretty rough.“Free Boat.” Many of us who are boat-obsessed have turned our heads to a classified ad such as this at one time or another. For most of us, reality sets in quickly, and we move on.

Not John Bildahl. The Annapolis, Maryland-based marine photographer was looking for a new photo boat, having finally sold Xposure, the 1970 Allmand 25-foot runabout that he had resurrected a decade earlier.

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Stormy Weather

Illustration by Jim Ewing

Don’t know why there’s no sun up in the sky, stormy weather.

Lena Horne was playing the Montauk Manor resort and singing the sultry 1933 song when New York yachtsman Philip LeBoutillier overheard the lyrics. It was inspiration. At last, he had the name for the yacht 25-year-old Olin Stephens was designing for him: Stormy Weather.

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Cozy living on a Florida barrier island

In 1996 Carl and Johanna Loth designed their house in New Smyrna Beach, Florida, with everything they wanted in a retirement home: a solar-heated indoor swimming pool, lots of space for family and friends, and easy access to boating waters and the Atlantic beach.

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