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August 2010

Exhausted learning to fly, this young fish hawk needed many helping hands

At 7:45am on Tuesday, July 21, my phone rang. Rosemary Roberts, who lives down the road in Chesapeake Beach, announced she’d found an osprey in the middle of the road. “It can’t fly. It needs help,” she screeched. Roberts had read my book, Oscar and Olive Osprey (www.oscarandolive.com) so she was sure “the osprey lady” would know what to do. I didn’t, but I knew who would.

That’s when the fisherwomen bring home the fish

As we entered the Atlantic and the big ocean swells effortlessly lifted our 85-foot head boat, Thelma Dale IV, I recalled the words of one of my favorite authors, Tom McGuane: “I fish all the time when I’m at home, so when I go on vacation, I make sure to get in plenty of fishing.” That has always been my guiding philosophy.

Goodness gracious!

In the deepening twilight, Venus, Saturn and Mars blink into view above the west horizon. Thursday the waxing crescent moon joins the fray, with none farther than seven degrees from any other. The planets set around 10pm at week’s end, and while Mars and Venus remain just a few degrees apart through most of the month, Saturn drops from sight over the next few days. The moon reaches first-quarter Monday, and only then does its light last past midnight, leaving clear skies for this year’s Perseid meteor shower.

Coranado 25' Sloop

Coranado 25' Sloop – Excellent sail-away condition. 9.9 Johnson. New batteries, VHF, stereo, depth, all new cushions. $4,500 obo. 703-922-7076; 703-623-4294.

Pilothouse Live-Aboard

Pilothouse Live-Aboard – Spacious Beneteau 37' ketch. 2 Private staterooms. 2 Heads. Sleeps 6. Fully equipped, 2-zone A/C. Diesel generator. Live well, own! $49,500. 443-418-6719.
Rare '67 Kaiser Evening Star – Draft 3'-8", 25'-4" LOA 5000#, 10' cockpit, fiberglass hull, mahogany cabin, bronze fittings, 9.9 evenrude, transom lazarette, main & jib, 4 berths, extras, boat needs TLC $2,000 obo 410-268-5999.
Long-Block Engine 0 454 cubic inches, completely rebuilt, ready for re-power. $3,000. Call 410-586-3295.

’88 Wellcraft Elite

’88 Wellcraft Elite w/cabin – Tandem-axle Cox trailer, 165hp Mercruiser, excellent condition. Was asking $10,000, reduced to $6,900 obo. 301-943-8804.
69 46' Chris Craft Aquahome – Good condition. Sleeps 4, AC, heat, 1 head, insulated. $20,000 obo. 301-261-7583; 240-375-3017.
1988 20' Bayliner Capri Cuddy – Turn-key operation Excellent condition, trailer included. Ready for fishing, cruising & fun! $5,000 obo. 240-350-9599.