Annapolis will take to water in autumn for boat shows

Neighbors

August 30, 1999|By Jeff Holland | Jeff Holland,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

KIDS HEADING back to school today can take solace in that summer isn't officially over until the pools all close. So there is at least one more weekend of summer, and then a couple of more weeks after that before fall really checks in at the autumnal equinox.

Autumn in Annapolis means boatyards and dealers are getting ready for the October boat shows.

The United States Sailboat Show will celebrate its 30th year as the oldest and largest sailboat show in the country.

One of the more recent traditions that sailors, in particular, look forward to is the 11-year-old Boat Accessory Market (BAM).

It features mountains of used boating equipment at bargain prices -- a concept that stirs the heart of every true sailor.

BAM will be at the old Trumpy boat building at 222 Severn Ave. in Eastport from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 1 through Oct. 11.

BAM's founders, Lucas and Jill Kornman, recently sold the event to a brother-sister team from Lancaster, Pa., Craig and Cheryl Peck.

The Kornmans have moved to Long Island, N.Y., where they're busy managing family-owned properties.

The new owners are avid boaters who spend their weekends sailing in Annapolis. They plan to keep the laid-back, garage-sale atmosphere that fans have come to enjoy.

It's fun to poke through racks of hardware and rigging, stacks of dinghies and inflatables, and packs of sails, cordage and other accessories you need to outfit a boat, big or small.

Nautical gear for consignment or sale can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. between Sept. 24 and Sept. 29. Information: www.bam-usa.com or 888-4BAMUSA.

History on Half Shell

The Chesapeake oyster buy boat, Half Shell, docked at the Annapolis City Slip near the Market House, will feature a series of lecture cruises on the environmental and maritime history of the bay, Eastport and Annapolis.

On Sept. 23, naturalist Stephanie Linebaugh will talk on the "Environmental Condition of the Bay: Past, Present and Future."

On Sept. 30, Eastport historian Mike Miron will present "Eastport Maritime History," and on Oct. 7, Greg Stiverson, executive director of Historic London Town House and Gardens, will deliver a history of Annapolis.

The cruises are $20; they leave at 6: 30 p.m. and return at 8 p.m.

Cruises

The boat's operators offer Thomas Point Lighthouse Cruises with a talk on ecology from noon to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, also at $20. Information: www.halfshellcharters.com or 410-216-9787.

Built in 1928, Half Shell is the oldest charter boat in operation in Annapolis Harbor.

The newest, Catherine Marie, arrived a couple of weeks ago. About 95 feet long, Catherine Marie is also the biggest charter boat operating out of Annapolis. She's the new queen of the Chesapeake Marine Tours and Charters fleet, providing catered cruises for as many as 250 passengers.

The $1.7 million mega-yacht comes from Freeport, on the Gulf Coast of Florida, where her sister ship, the 67-foot-long Cabaret II, was built.

The tour company's founder, Ed Hartman, headed up the delivery crew, guiding the boat through the St. Lucie Canal across Florida and up the Atlantic Coast to Annapolis.

The yacht can accommodate a formal sit-down dinner for 100 on the main deck, and the upper deck has a 120-square-foot dance floor.

Pub Date: 8/30/99

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