Rocking the Boat Makes Waves


Around the Chesapeake Bay, we’re proud of the efforts of the Maryland and Virginia marine tradesmen and women who take on children as apprentices and shipwrights. But this isn’t something that only matters to Bay countrymen: turns out an after-school program in the Bronx is teaching kids to build wooden boats by hand. Rocking the Boat is […]

State of the Crab at CBMM This September


The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Md. is presenting a “State of the Crab” program on three consecutive Sundays, beginning September 14 and continuing through September 28. The program focuses on the status of the crab fishery and its past, present and future significance to different bay communities, with public participation encouraged. Generously […]

Baltimore Sewage Overflow


On Friday, Baltimore officials announced that the downpour from a storm on August 12 dumped more than 12 million gallons of raw sewage into the streets around Baltimore. This corrected earlier reports that only about 3 million gallons had erupted from the 1700 block of East Chase St. not far from the Johns Hopkins medical […]

Design a Better Life Jacket, Win $10k


Attention all the tinkerers, engineers, and general fix-this-uppers: BoatUS is having a contest looking for folks to design a new life jacket. We have a good feeling that one inventive PropTalk reader can walk away with $10,000, and the world can be a better, safer place for boating. From BoatUS: Design a Better Life Jacket […]

Watersports Demo this Weekend


West Marine Annapolis is hosting a watersports demo this weekend in their parking lot on Hillsmere Drive. Go out and test out that SUP or kayak that you have had your eyes on! They also are having a sale and clearance items are an extra  25% off. If you stop by, tell them that PropTalk sent […]

Cannon Shoots Fish over Dams–Really


Hydroelectric dams block the migration of fish swimming the Columbia River, but one company thinks it has come up with a perfect, if slightly absurd, solution: a pneumatic tube that sucks fish out of the water and then launches them through the air. The company behind the idea even has a rather silly name: Whooshh Innovations. […]

Cocktail Class Racing: Nationals are Tomorrow!

Cocktail Class Racing: Nationals are Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the big day for the Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing Association’s Nationals, and you know PropTalk will be there! Only question is… will you? The Notice of Race is posted, and all the info is online here.  We’ll see you there!

Mayday Hoaxes: They’re No Joke


The Mayday call came over the VHF-FM marine radio at 4:20 p.m. on a bright, sunny day: an explosion aboard a large motor yacht identified as Blind Date had left her sinking rapidly 17.5 miles east of Sandy Hook, NJ. Three people were dead and nine injured, and half the 40 crewmembers and passengers already […]

Shark Tracker Finds Ocean City Surprise


Thinking of heading to the shore this weekend? Might want to check out some new technology before throwing the boogie board in the water. A large tiger shark made an appearance in Isle of Wight Bay in Ocean City, MD, on August 1. CBS News Local reports that the 12-foot, 1000-pound tiger shark slipped under […]