VOLUME 34 - NUMBER 2 - JUNE 2004

Magothy in the Middle  On the Magothy River, wedged between the Severn and the Patapsco on the Western Shore, editor-at-large Joel McCord found plenty of amenities for boaters: quiet marinas, scenic anchorages and weekend party spots. More than that, he found a dignified sense of history and a group of river residents who want to keep their waterfront special.

A War Fought Here  As World War II raged in Europe and the Pacific, the U.S. readied its troops on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay, and citizens from Baltimore to Norfolk rolled up their sleeves and pitched in to help. Writer Jim Duffy tracked down some of the veterans who went to war and the shore-side support personnel who trained them, fed them or simply made room for them in cramped quarters. His is a story of sacrifice, courage and torpedoes going astray on the Patuxent River.

Best of the Bay  Yes, now’s the time when
our readers tell us their favorite haunts here
on the Bay. From crabcakes to gunkholes . . .
well, they never really come clean about the gunkholes.
Some things are sacred, after all.


Weather Eye
• Mail Call
• Channel 9
• New Boat News
• Gear & Gadgets
Cruiser’s Calendar
• Galleys Ashore
• Boat Club News
• Bay Business
• Tide Tables

Advertising Sections

Boat Reviews
Beneteau Antares 9.80
Windsor Craft 240
Advertisers’ Index
insert: Dockside, Talbot County!

Nautical Know-How 
In the Dark—Good night vision is critical to safe nighttime cruising. David G. Brown passes on some tricks of the trade when night maneuvers are called for.

Time Tested 
Toot Sweet—Nordic Tugs produces a line of salty looking cruising tugs that remain highly popular with the trawler set. By Susan Canfield

Marina Hopping 
The Strong Silent Type—Gene and Katie Hamilton cruised up the Chester River to Long Cove Marina on Langford Creek, a do-it-yourself kind of place.

A-Dock Confidential 
The Social Swimmer—Giving swimming lessons is not Jerry Renninger’s forte. But you can count on the Dragon Lady for almost anything.

Cruise of the Month 
Rhythm ’n Blues—Karen Jolly Davis and her family cruise to the Blue Crab Music Festival in Cape Charles, Va.

Reader Rendezvous 
Father’s Day—Drew Jones was in a quandary, trying to figure out a safe way to take his handicapped son sailing with the rest of the family.

Angler’s Almanac 
On the Fly—No longer a boutique sport, fly-fishing has come into its own on the Chesapeake Bay as more and more folks take up the sport for the pure pleasure of it, says John Page Williams.

Stern Lines 
Follow That Bird—Katherine Brown and her family tried to make it all the way up the Elk River to Elkton. With the help of a friendly egret, they almost made it.

On the cover: Looks like a winner: A small power cruiser takes on the Bay.
Photograph by Scott Sullivan