Since 1978 I have been fortunate to sail wooden boats. In 2006 I set out to find a Drascombe Longboat Cruiser for single-handed expedition sailing. This is the continuing story of how it came to be, our adventures, notes on the maritime world and other things I don't want to forget...

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Buyboat Reunion

I joined the northern leg of the 2016 Chesapeake Buyboat Reunion Tour. It was be my third time crewing on the F.D. Crockett out of Deltaville. She had worked her way up the Bay from Cape Charles and I jumped on at Solomons Island, Maryland for six days as we crossed over to St. Michaels. At the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons we opened the boat for walk-on tours along with other restored boats. Having been a curator at Calvert in the late 80's and early '90s it was fun to talk with old friends and see the changes in the museum's extensive exhibits.

The next morning we set out across the Bay to rendezvous with buyboats from the northern Chesapeake. We headed toward the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels, Maryland. There we docked with 12 other boats, gave tours, ate a steamed crab feast, and participated in the annual Waterman's Festival. Four days later we returned to Solomons and I jumped off to return to Richmond. Really enjoyed the time on the water, the comraderie and the chance to be a part of an incredible preservation activity!

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