Welcome Aboard Non Sea-Quitter !

About Non Sea QuitterNon Sea-Quitter is a classic 1980 Morgan 382 designed by noted naval architect Ted Brewer and built in Florida. Some of these Morgan 38’s have crossed oceans and many are still sailing all over the world. Non Sea-Quitter was berthed in Galesville for many years and in 2015 I began working to make her as safe, attractive and comfortable as possible for your sailing pleasure.

Why “Non Sea Quitter”?

I finally decided to name her Non Sea-Quitter after considering “Foer Sail” and “Captain’s Morgan” and many other fitting names. Non Sea-Quitter of course is taken from the Latin “non sequitur” which is something that does not follow or a logical fallacy (follow sea?). The little dinghy or boat we sometimes tow behind is named Sea-Quitter because of course she does follow and is used to “quit the sea.” There may be other boats named Non Sequitur but no other Non Sea Quitter…I hope.

About Captain Paul

It is my pleasure to share with you my home waters of the West and Rhode Rivers where I have enjoyed boating and sailing since I was born. My family were members of the National Masonic Fishing and Country Club and then the communal “Our Place” where we shared a home originally built in the 1860’s on the nearby Shady Side waterfront. I was instrumental in helping transform the historic, waterfront clubhouse into its present day Captain Salem Avery Museum.

My great uncle was a member of the club dating back to the 1920’s and my father often visited and fished there. He served as a non-commissioned officer in the US Navy “SeaBees” or Construction Batallions in Hawaii in 1944-1946. We enjoyed wooden Bay-built boats which is how I learned the “old school” ways of navigating with paper charts, a compass, depth sounder and binocular. We volunteered together in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and performed safety patrols and communication watches with the nearby Coast Guard Station Annapolis.

During and after graduating from Hampshire College, I worked as a mate, captain and sailing instructor and have since been a journalist, newspaper columnist, radio show host, environmental manager, public transit professional and freelance writer. I’ve sold jewelry, nursery/garden supplies and had a rare books and antique dealership. I received a masters degree in journalism from The University of Maryland with a specialty in environmental reporting.

I co-authored and published the award winning children’s book “My Annapolis Adventure-Passport to Discovery”, contributed to the book “For Fishing, Family and Fun: Seven Decades of Communal Living by the Chesapeake Bay” (about the museum in Shady Side) and wrote portions of a “Reporter’s Guide to Covering the Coasts.” I’ve given tours of Jewish history at the US Naval Academy and have been a guest speaker/trainer in 21 states and Washington, D.C. on topics such as boating, transportation and environmental issues. I am writing a book about the history of Jewish sailors and mariners. My work as a yacht captain, boating consultant and marine service provider has taken me on a wide variety of power and sail boats from Maine to Florida, from Texas and Louisiana to the Bahamas and the Sea of Cortez, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the St. Lawrence Seaway and Lake Ontario and of course many hundreds of days up and down and all around on the Chesapeake.

Welcome to Galesville and Southern Anne Arundel County–just east of Washington, D.C….and a world away

Pirates Cove Inn, MDWhen sailing on Non Sea Quitter, you might want to make historic and rural Galesville and Southern Anne Arundel County your destination for a day, a weekend or longer.

Visit https://www.facebook.com/southarundeltourism/  for more details, updates, calendar etc about Southern Anne Arundel County.

Galesville, an early center of Quaker settlement that was visited by William Penn,  is considered to be one of the oldest English settlements in America. Throughout colonial times the landing probably consisted of a wharf together with a warehouse or two and possibly a store or blacksmith shop. Until 1936, it was a regular port of call for the steamship Emma Giles that also called on Annapolis and Baltimore.

Visitors can stroll the waterfront with its two restaurants and Main Street with its antique shop and art gallery, or visit the two local museums.  There is also a playground and athletic fields on as you head in to town. Please see the many links we have provided and plan your special day–sailing and sightseeing.

Within Walking Distance of Non Sea Quitter:

Pirates Cove   – Just steps away, Pirates Cove is a waterfront restaurant with dock bar (live music) and five-room inn.

Thursdays Steak and Crabhouse – A short walk, dine in or out on the water 4851 Riverside Dr.,

Homeport – Convenience and Package Store (Soon to be followed by a deli and restaurant). Hours-7 days, 9-7.  Phone: 410 857 0600

Galesville History Museum –  Local history exhibits, Sun. or by app’t.

Capt’ Harvey’s Antiques and Collectibles  Owned and operated by a descendant of an old, local family; 670 Main St., Thursday-Sunday 11-5 (Find them on Facebook)

The River Gallery 1000 Main Street, Fri-Sun 11-5. Arts and crafts shop and owned operated by local artists.

Hartge Museum – Displaying and preserving history of local boatbuilding and sailing at Hartge Yacht Harbour. Open Sundays and by appointment.

This and That Treasures – Antiques and collectibles on the corner across from Highs Dairy Store as you turn down the road to Galesville…Thursday through Sunday

The below attractions and lodging are identified with their general direction and drive time from Galesville (eg. 15-w for fifteen minutes west)

Nearby Attractions or Public Sites:

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center SERC  Trails, boardwalk through marshes, nature center etc. (10-N)

Historic Londontown and GardensHistoric town at site of Colonial-era port of entry.   (15-N)

Captain Salem Avery Museum  – The historic building in which I enjoyed many days as a child and helped to make into a museum–open Sunday afternoons. (10-E)

Thanksgiving Farm – Vineyards and winery with weekend tasting room (15 SW)

P.A. Bowen FarmsteadFarm store, Sat. tours or by app’t., meat, poultry eggs, cheese      (40-SW)

Cabin Creek Heritage Farm – Farm store, Sat. tours or by app’t. meat, poultry, eggs (30-W)

Anne Arundel County Farmers MarketsSat., Sun and Tuesday (20-N)

Great Frogs Winery  – Near Annapolis, Tastings by reservation, FRI & SAT 1-5 PM (25-N)

The Vineyards at Dodon   Vineyard and winery; tours and tastings by app’t.  (10-w)

En-Tice-Ment Farm – Horseback riding and locally raised pork, beef, chicken, lamb available in their farm store – Tuesday Thru Friday 3pm -6pm, Saturday 8am -noon (15-W)

ALSO….. be sure to visit the nearby towns of Shady Side (10-E), Deale (10-S) as well as North Beach and Chesapeake Beach at the borders of Calvert and Anne Arundel Counties (30-S). Enjoy shopping, marinas, museums, waterfront restaurants etc.

Lodging (with driving time-general direction): 

In addition to the Inn at Pirates Cove (see above), there are other nearby Inns and B and B’s (and of course some Airbnb homes).

Laurel Grove Inn  – Comfy South River waterfront home with bedroom suites (20-N)

Anchored Inn at Hidden Harbour Marina – Brand new boutique hotel with marina, pool and bar (15-S)

Hartge Yacht Harbour Guest House  Located in historic marina in Galesville (5-nearby)

Pirates Cove   – Just steps away, Pirates Cove offers a five-room inn (above a dock bar…).

Beachfront Inn, Herrington Harbour – Bayfront and bayview guest rooms at a landscaped resort marina with pool and restaurant. (20 S)

Hollywood Bed and Breakfast and Stables — Victorian mansion with six guest bedrooms, pool and equestrian activities–gourmet breakfast!   443.336.5574  gennysimpson64@gmail.com  (10W)

Learn More:

Four Rivers Heritage Area  – A regional heritage tourism group

Discovery VillageMulti-use facility in Shady Side

Galesville Improvement Association – Local community association

West/Rhode RiverKeeper– Environmental protection group