Bay Chatter From Around The Docks . . .

Snag-a-Slip adds two new marinas to its Chesapeake Bay roster: The Wharf at Handy’s Point, in Worton Creek, Worton, Md., and Cape Charles Yacht Center, in Cape Charles, Va. Snag-A-Slip is an online boat slip rental system that allows boaters to explore marinas by region and search for boat slip availability. Once boaters find a slip, they can book it with ease and confidence. For boaters who have headed south, check out for updates on marinas and facilities affected by Hurricane Matthew.


Volvo Penta comes up with a winner (again)! Its brand-new patent-pending Easy Drain recently took home a 2016 IBEX Innovation Award. The Easy Drain essentially allows boaters to drain the raw water from a gasoline sterndrive engine with the turn of a single knob, whether the boat is in or out of the water. It effectively extends the boating season by eliminating the need to winterize when cold weather comes. The Easy Drain is part of Volvo Penta’s ongoing Easy Boating initiative, which is working to simplify boat operation and maintenance. Volvo Penta, with 3,500 dealers in more than 130 countries, including a national headquarters in Chesapeake, Va., is a global manufacturer of engines for leisure boats and commercial vessels. The IBEX Innovation Awards showcase outstanding marine product development to the recreational boating industry and beyond. The program is one of the marine industry’s most prestigious honors recognizing manufacturers and suppliers who bring new, innovative products to market.


The American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has recently launched even more online learning opportunities for those interested in acquiring technician certification or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in various marine trades professions. The new Online Learning platform hosts a variety of courses ranging from demonstrations to informational webinars. By doing online coursework students work at their own pace and save travel expenses. For more info, go to, click on Education and scroll down to Online Learning.


Port Supply, West Marine’s supply line to marine businesses since 1978, has taken on a new name: West Marine Pro. The company hopes the name change will better align the commercial and retail branches. It’s all about the branding. The service won’t change.


The Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons, Md., has confirmed Sherrod Sturrock as its new director. Sturrock brings a unique breadth of experience, having worked for over 40 years in non-profits, government, the educational sector, and private business. She has served as the museum’s deputy director since 2001.

The museum serves over 80,000 visitors annually, provides dynamic educational programming for thousands of students, offers quality entertainment through the summer concert series, and serves the community through ongoing events, programs and exhibits. Sturrock plans to focus on long rangeplanning, fundraising, building coalitions and partnerships with other institutions, and supporting Calvert County Government’s goals for heritage tourism.


The Classic Yacht Restoration Guild (CYRG) that rebuilt the classic sailing yacht Elf (circa 1888) under the unflinching direction of President Rick Carrion (above) recently presented Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum (CBMM) Kristen Greenaway with a $1,500 donation. The funds represent proceeds from the 2016 Elf Classic Yacht Race, which took place in May from Annapolis’s Eastport Yacht Club to the museum campus in St. Michaels. The donation will benefit the children and adults served by CBMM’s education, boat restoration and exhibition programs.

The CYRG was founded in 1982 to foster the traditions of maritime culture and boatbuilding, particularly those associated with the northeast United States and the Chesapeake Bay. The 30-foot Elf is thought to be the oldest sailing yacht in America, built by George F. Lawley & Sons in Boston, Mass. For more information, visit


Chesapeake Bay native James Maitland is the new national sales director for OceanmaxInternational, worldwide distributors of Propspeed, a coating system designed to prevent marine growth from bonding to metal surfaces below the waterline (check it out at Maitland will be supporting key distributors, increasing brand awareness and growing target markets. Born and raised in Annapolis, the son of a USNA graduate, Maitland grew up boating on the Bay.

Talk of the BayBeth Walsh