30 minutes, 2009
Sid Dixon plans to sail out of historic St. Michael’s with his boat piled high with watermelons. He’ll point the bow north into the calm shallows of the Miles River, pray for a stiff breeze, and hope it will push him up the Chesapeake and into Fells Point.
Dixon, a colorful Eastern Shore entrepreneur and self-proclaimed Renaissance man, is eager to set sail for the port of Baltimore in the latest hand-crafted boat to emerge from his well-worn work shed.
It’s a Bugeye, the Chesapeake Bay’s water-borne workhorse that plied this region’s waters for more than a century. As the precursor to the Skipjack, Maryland Public Television followed the story of Dixon and his Bugeye, visiting his St. Michael’s boatworks shed regularly to capture the tradition of hand-built boatmaking first-hand. The finished product is Bugeye: A Chesapeake Legacy, a fun-loving look at Dixon’s labor of love from keel-laying to launch to time under sail on the open Chesapeake Bay.
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