December 2014

By the Time I Get to Phoebus...
Paul Clancy, his wife Barb and their cruising buddy Norris McClain sail over to Phoebus, once a rollicking destination for the rich and famous and now a quieter though still charming neighborhood of Hampton, Va. Old is the new hip here, where history’s tenacious hold digs deep.

Thar She Blows
Controversy rages over plans to open the mid-Atlantic coast to offshore oil exploration involving seismic surveys that could hurt migrating marine mammals. Marty LeGrand provides an in-depth look at the issue.

Adventure on the Half Shell
When Tim Evans and a college chum ran the ditch from Key West to the Chesapeake, they had one thing on their minds: oysters, fresh from the Bay. They found plenty to choose from, but it wasn’t as easy as you might think. Read this article

Mahogany Comeback
Boat doctor Ebby duPont raises old wooden runabouts from the dead and makes them good as new. His most recent effort, a 1928 Chris-Craft Cadet, would be a case in point, according to Ralph Naranjo, who visited Ebby recently at his Eastern Shore workshop.


Shoal Draft: A Paddler's Delight
Jug Bay, near the headwaters of the Patuxent River, offers a promising mix of scenery and adventure to those who launch into its placid waters, says paddling enthusiast Ralph Naranjo.

Tech Talk: Surviving the Savage Harbor
Winter is upon us, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t plenty of reasons to check on your boat this winter. By Tom Dove.

Marina Hopping: Celestial Thinking
While its architecture is reminiscent of an 18th-century plantation, Jody Argo Schroath finds that Osprey Point Marina in Rock Hall, Md., is all modern.

Cruise of the Month: Who’s King of the Mill Creeks Now?
Jody Argo Schroath ducks in (again) to Mill Creek, just off the mouth of the Great Wicomico River, seeking—and finding—respite from the bumpy Bay.

Angler's Almanac: Gearing Up
John Page Williams provides his annual roundup of stocking stuffers and other gifts that may or may not be easy to wrap.

Weather Eye: Women Drivers
Okay ladies, most of us won’t do any solo circumnavigating, says Wendy Mitman Clarke. But let’s make sure to celebrate the small victories when we can.

Cover Photo by: Bob Peterson