Chesapeake 20 Flikr

Posted in: Modern 20s
Click this link to be taken to the Chesapeake 20 Flikr gallery, courtesy of Eric Prag:

1989 Article on Keeping the C-20 Traditions

Posted in: 1980s, Modern 20s
An article in the Washington Post by Angus Phillips of April 9, 1989 on keeping the traditional fleet of Chesapeake 20s afloat.  It features Nelson Parks who has raced 20s since he was 15 including Aurora #47 which he bought for $400 from Capt. Dick Hartge.  The article describes using Endeavor as the mold for building the first fiberglass Chesapeake 20s towards revitalizing the Chesapeake 20 fleet.  New glass boats were sold for $10,000.  The article notes that 100 Chesapeake 20s were built since the late 1930s.  Pictures of Nova #200, the first fiberglass 20 and Nelson Parks are included.

Remaking Boating History - Sept. 30, 1988

Posted in: 1980s, Modern 20s
An article in the Capital, Sept. 30, 1988 about Nelson Parks with his new Chesapeake 20, Nova #200 in the background. Nelson Parks bought his first Chesapeake 20 when he was 16.  He began building new glass versions in 1988.  Nova was christened by Alice Hartge, daughter of Capt. Dick Hartge who was the original designer of the classic wooden 20.  He had orders for five glass boats at an expected cost of about $10,000 each.

Construction of Picardy #210

Posted in: Our Fleet, Modern 20s
During the spring of 2003, Peter Bell Jr. built Picardy #210 in the big shed at the Hartge Yacht Yard where most Chesapeake 20s have been built.  In the 1930s, 40s and 50s, Captain Dick Hartge built the classic wooden 20s.  In 1989, the first fiberglass 20s where built in the same shed as well as two additional glass 20s in the late 90s.  Picardy is the most recent Chesapeake 20.

Attached are photos of its construction.  The basic glass work was done over a long weekend with staff from Hartge's Yacht Yard.  Peter Bell was like a chef.  He had prepared all of the fiberglass cloth before hand, cutting it into proper shapes and prepared the hull and deck molds.  After the crew completed all of the glass work, Peter Bell spent most of his free time over several months finishing the boat out - fastening the hull and deck, attaching the centerboard well, putting on coaming, trim and floorboards as well as many other details.  He also attached all of the fittings and completed the standing and running rigging.

Chestertown River Race Tow Photo

Posted in: Modern 20s