A few years back, several of us Alberg 30 sailors
took an opportunity to dredge oysters on a skipjack. We'd met Wade
Murphy, captain and owner of the Rebecca T. Ruark at
Chesapeake Appreciation Days and Windjammers
of the Chesapeake. He's an eloquent man when he starts telling tales.
One thing that that is abundantly clear when he speaks is how much he
loves that boat and the way of life that he inherited from his father.
Where many skippers have let their skipjacks languish to rot when the
oysters harvest was decimated by disease, pollution and perhaps
overharvesting, Wade has put more money into his boat; perhaps more
than it ever can repay in oysters.
Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide
My favorite Chesapeake Bay guidebook. While it mentions marinas, it
concentrates on anchorages—the kind of places I prefer to spend
my time. And in addition to listing shore facilities, it rates each
location for Beauty/Interest and Protection. This is the guide you need
to really cruise the Chesapeake Bay—a smorgasbord of small creeks