The governor has tested out his yacht and decided it is fit for duty.
Parris N. Glendening, first lady Frances Hughes Glendening, their son, Raymond, and an invited friend took a two-hour cruise lTC on the Chesapeake Bay aboard the Maryland Independence Sunday afternoon, a spokeswoman confirmed yesterday.
Dianna D. Rosborough, the governor's press secretary, said the Glendenings cruised from Annapolis to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge and back as part of an inspection tour. Mr. Glendening decided he wants to use the yacht to promote Maryland to business leaders, she said.
"This was the governor's first ride in the boat, but he does want to use it for economic development and to help sell the state of Maryland," Ms. Rosborough said.
She said Mr. Glendening is "sensitive to the concerns of some" about the propriety of having a state yacht that costs about $180,000 a year to maintain.