Tops among the strictly fishing boats at the 37th annual Chesapeake Bay Boat Show that runs through Sunday at the Baltimore Convention Center and Festival Hall is a revised version of a 26 1/2 -foot Rock Hall workboat. There's no special name for this craft with 8-foot, 6-inch beam, model fashioned by Will and Diana Williams of Chestertown.
The basic hull was designed by Harry Wright of Kent County, and the above-deck amenities were added by the Williams couple. They have ended up with a boat with more than ample cockpit space for six to troll, and a dozen to bottom, drift-fish, or crab. This $36,500 model needs only 30 inches of water, and weighs just a bit over 2 tons.
The very first of the line, she's powered with a Ford 351 Marine Engine of 236 horses that will push her at 30 knots or more. She is also available in center console, or outboard power. Diesel power is available.
There's a V-berth of 83 inches at the bow, and plenty of headroom for 6-footers under the hardtop. An extra steering station near the stern is available for a skipper who also wants to troll. This boat also is suitable for family cruising -- if the family doesn't need a lot of extras.
We'll cover other fishing aspects of the boat show tomorrow. Show hours tonight and tomorrow are 5 to 10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Call 385-1800.
*Today: Close of Maryland hunting seasons for squirrels, ruffed grouse, rabbits and deer by bow.
* Tomorrow: Deadline for orders for the Irvine Natural Scienc Center winter birdseed sale on Saturday at St. Timothy's School, Greenspring Avenue. Call 484-2413.
* Saturday: Opening of 36th annual nine-day Eastern Outdoo Show, Farm Show Building, Harrisburg. Among the highlights: a fishing pond and casting pool, daily hunting and fishing seminars and instructions, BB Gun Championship competition daily, Decoy Head Carving Contest, Saturday, 5 p.m.; Northeast Deer Calling Championship, Saturday, 6 p.m.; Pennsylvania Turkey Calling and Owl Hooting Championships, Sunday, 2 p.m.; a new Elk Calling Championship, Tuesday, 5 p.m.
Also, Eastern U.S. Open Goose and Duck Callin Championships, Wednesday, 6 p.m.; Team Turkey Calling Championship, Friday, 4:30 p.m.; Pennsylvania Knife and Tomahawk Throwing Championships, Feb. 9, 7 p.m.; Archery and Archery Team Championships, Feb. 10, starting at 10 a.m. Overall show hours: Saturdays 10 to 10; this Sunday, 10 to 7; weekdays, 11 to 9:30, and the closing Sunday, 10 to 6. Admission is $9 for adults; $3 for children. Call 1-717-234-8091.
* Saturday: Wisp Cup Dual Slalom Race, Wisp, Deep Cree Lake. Call 1-301-387-4911.
* Saturday: Mountain Club of Maryland, Gunpowder Falls Stat Park. Call 377-5625.
* Sunday: Annual Trout Fishing Clinic of Potomac-Patuxen Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Wheaton High School, 12601 Dalewood Drive, Wheaton. Call Ruth Novick, 1-301-384-0424.
* Sunday: Another MCM hike, Great Falls area of Potomac. Cal 832-2982.
* Sunday: New Germany 8-K and Novice Cross Country Sk Race, 10 a.m., New Germany State Park, near Grantsville. Call 1-301-895-5453.
* Tuesday: Sailing Seminar, 7 p.m., Harborview Marina and Yach Club, Key Highway. A chance to sign on with Harborview Rags, which meets the first Tuesday of each month. Call Bill Eggert, 752-1122.
* Wednesday: Lefty Kreh slide show at public meeting of Fre State Fly Fishers, 7:30 p.m., Hillsmere Elementary School, Annapolis. Call 1-301-956-2704.
* Wednesday: First of two-part DNR Hunter Safety Course, p.m., Howard County Fairgrounds. Call Phil Wagenbrenner, 461-3007.
What's new ...
* Bud Kellerman and Rich Wilson have done it again -- they've produced two more outstanding fishing structure guides. One covers Conowingo Lake within Maryland and Pennsylvania, and the other one, under the guidance of guides Brad Beach and Ron Broadwater, targets Loch Raven.
Both large format guides (38 by 25 inches) feature aerial photo of the waters with drop-offs, landmarks and structures pinpointed. They're a must for serious fishermen. They also have 22 other guides, among them Liberty, Piney Run, Prettyboy, Little Seneca Lake and the upper and mid-Potomac. The two new guides are $5.50. Call Bass Chumps Publishing evenings at 239-7561 or 485-4237.
Names and places ...
* Baltimorean Bob Dobart, who promotes the annual BASS Expo at Timonium Fairgrounds, won $1,600 for a 31st-place finish in the $175,000 BASS Master Florida Invitational fished at Lake Okachobee. He caught 19 fish weighing 25 pounds, 3 ounces. The big winner was former Marylander Roland Martin whose 37 pounds, 5 ounces was worth $34,000 -- and also an unprecedented 17th tournament win. Martin, now fishing out of Clewiston, Fla., worked mostly a Charley's Worm with ribbon tail.