Participating Ships & Boats

We will begin to display boats registering for Downrigging Weekend 2019 early in the New Year.   Until then, below is the listing of boats from Downrigging 2018.

Click here if you are interested in exhibiting your boat.


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Boat Name
Muddy Oyster
Year Built
2016
LOA (length over all)
17
Owner's Name
Capt. Rick Loheed
Designer Name
Rick Loheed
Builder
Rick Loheed
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

17 Ft Smith Island Crab Skiff, built from the 'Twisted Oyster' hull kit by Twisted Oyster Boatworks.

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Boat Name
Old Point
Year Built
1909
LOA (length over all)
52
Owner's Name
Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
Designer Name
Traditional
Builder
Unknown
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

Old Point was one of a fleet of crab dredging boats that operated out of Hampton, Virginia, at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay from the 1910s through the 1960s. From December through March, captains and crews lived on their boats so they could leave early every morning and dredge for crabs all day.

In the summer and fall, Old Point carried fish and oysters to packing houses or to market. Old Point’s hull was built the old-fashioned way, hewn from seven pine logs. At that time big logs were hard to get, but watermen still preferred a solid log boat if they could get one.

“[He] had transitions all during the year from fish, to oysters, to crabs. And at the beginning of every season, he would have a sick stomach and throw up for about a week or two.”
-William Carmine remembering his father-in-law, Captain Ernest Bradshaw, owner of Old Point, 2000

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Boat Name
Perri Lee
Year Built
1991
LOA (length over all)
32
Owner's Name
Lewis gayner
Designer Name
Gary Van Tassel/Larry Belkov
Builder
Larry Belkov
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

Perri Lee is a 32' wooden replica Drake Tail Skiff, one the types used for crabbing and oystering from about 1920 until the 50's. It was popular because for a given amount of horsepower it was faster than the more common Deadrise boats. It was more complex to build and after the 50's few were made. Probably less than 10 originals exist today. Perri Lee's lines were taken from Martha, one of the boats in the St Michaels Maritime Museum collection. It was built by Larry Belkov in Annapolis, MD, in 1991.

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Boat Name
Salt Shaker
Year Built
2018
LOA (length over all)
10
Owner's Name
Evan Gervais
Designer Name
John E. Swain
Builder
John E. Swain
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

Salt Shaker is a 10'6" traditional skiff designed by John E. Swain, builder of the schooner. Built by Swain, Dominic Dragotta, and Evan Gervais, Salt Shaker was launched in July 2018. The skiff is framed in Oak and Sassafras, and planked/decked in Cedar and plywood. She is powered by an 8hp outboard engine.

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Boat Name
Silver Heel
Year Built
1902
LOA (length over all)
44
Owner's Name
Silver Heel Foundation
Designer Name
Eugene Thompson
Builder
Eugene Thompson
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

Silver Heel is a Chesapeake Bay log sailing canoe, built in 1902 by Eugene Thompson of Kent Island. She is one of approximately 20-25 surviving traditional log canoes, which were the primary workboats of the Chesapeake for hundreds of years until eclipsed by larger craft in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Silver Heel spent her first decades working the oyster beds and fishing grounds of the Bay from her home port in Cliffs City, on Quaker Neck, Chestertown, which she still calls home today.

Boat Name
Slippery Eel
Year Built
2000
LOA (length over all)
20
Owner's Name
Paul Emely
Boat Type
Power
Vessel Description

Smith Island Crab Racing Skiff

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Boat Name
SULTANA
Year Built
2001
LOA (length over all)
97
Owner's Name
Sultana Education Foundation
Designer Name
Benjamin Hallowell (1767)
Builder
John E. Swain
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

SULTANA is a reproduction of 1768 namesake used by the British Royal
Navy to enforce the notorious tea taxes in the years preceding the
American Revolution. Built in Chestertown and launched in 2001, the new
SULTANA’s mission is to educate students of all ages about the history
and ecology of the Chesapeake Bay.

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Boat Name
Time
Year Built
2008
LOA (length over all)
23
Owner's Name
Bob and Lois Plank
Designer Name
Tom Gilmer
Builder
The Apprentice Shop, Rockland, Maine
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

Tom Gilmer design, built in 2008 at the Apprentice Shop in Rockland, Maine.

Time is a Blue Moon 23 foot yawl. Traditional plank-on-frame construction. Carvel cedar planking over steam bent oak frames. Laid teak decks, teak house sides and skylight. Black locust trim and transom. All bronze fastenings. Mahogany interior.

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Boat Name
VIRGINIA
Year Built
2005
LOA (length over all)
126
Owner's Name
Nauticus
Designer Name
Tri Coastal Marine
Builder
Tri-Coastal Marine
Boat Type
Sail
Vessel Description

VIRGINIA is a reproduction of the last all sail vessel built for the Virginia Pilot Association. The original ship sailed for the pilots from 1917-1926, training apprentice pilots in seamanship and navigation. The reproduction, built in Norfolk between 2002-2004, is also used as an educational platform. Her programs include courses in maritime history, marine science, maritime literature, and team-building for both students and adults. The ship has sailed as far south as Trinidad, east to Bermuda, north to Prince Edward Island, and all along the Atlantic Coast of the United States.

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