Monday, January 22, 2018

Sailing on top of the water....

I always thought if you have to have winter have a real one...Here on the Eastern shore we rarely get the chance to ice sail, this is one of those rare years.  Swan Creek froze across and allowed for a couple of days of great freeskating right outside our office at Haven Harbour Marina here in Rock Hall before the snow ruined the surface. Not much snow on the coast so we also got in a day up near Point Pleasant sailing off of Shore Acres Yacht Club.  Good times!
When winter gives you ice just sail on top!-Tom

Tuesday, June 27, 2017


Looking at my site I realized its been a couple years since I updated this blog...A lot has happened since I last posted here.  The world has become slightly more complicated...  Politics, business and technology seem to have adopted a winner take all mentality.  Without getting political I have seen a shift in my personal concerns, wants, needs and desires...We now have three very grand grandsons to help keep things in perspective.  We have gone from a Kadey Krogen 42 to a Legacy 28 to our current escape vehicle this sweet little Eastward Ho 24 "lender"  named "Meander"
The cantankerous  outboard powered inflatables have been replaced with a 7' hard dinghy guided by a remarkably reliable pair of oars.
The big diesels replaced with dacron and aluminum, the marina slip replaced with a simple mooring ball.  "Meander" is a classic Eldridge McGinnis designed motorsailer with essentially no complicated systems...Perfect for a quick afternoon sail, overnight-er with the grandboys or a friendly "lend"...A "lender" is a boat so simple that you can lend it to a family member or friend and not have to worry about anything getting broken or them not making it back.  A boat who's refrigeration, air conditioning, running water, electric toilet, radar, chart plotter will never they simply don't exist.  It feels right at this time in my life to have a "lender" to simplify, to go against the bigger is better trend...Possibly in the future a boat more substantial, more complicated...a boat that would be impossible to "lend" will steal my heart.
Until that happens anyone want to go sailing?

Friday, February 27, 2015

Long Winter...

The winter of  2014/15 will be one for the record books!
Here on the Chesapeake most boating activity has been limited to skating across not plowing through the water!  Spring is coming, the snow and ice will melt, we will float again....  In the mean time we put on our snow pants, rigged up some sailing gear and got our ice on! out this video of some freeskate ice sailing at Rock Hall Yacht Club.  

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Will this winter ever end?

Congratulations to David and David Dabney, this father & son team out lasted old man winter (barely) and sailed south in their new to them Caliber 40 LRC!  Their survey and sea-trial had been postponed many times this winter due to weather, but no one expected a foot of snow March 20th the day they arrived for survey!  We where able to dig them out and get them on their way by weeks end.

  Here is their broker, SALTS own Charlie Kneller seeing them off...last report they where holed up at Hospital Point in Norfolk waiting for the beer to thaw and wind to lay down! ...brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Changes in the Salty air...

Lots going on here in the world of boat selling....Salt Yacht Brokerage welcomes Connie to the sales team.   If you missed it in the Wall Street Journal, NY Times or Kent County News  here is the official press release....

For Immediate Release
July 28th, 2013

Contact: Tom Lippincott


    Salt Yacht Brokerage Announces Addition of Connie Ranney to Sales Team 
Salt Yacht Brokerage, a full-service sail and power brokerage in Rock Hall, is pleased to announce the addition of Connie Ranney to their team. Ranney, who started sailing out of Rock Hall 20 years ago, brings with her a love of sailing and an in-depth knowledge of boating.

“We’re thrilled to have Connie on board,” says Tom Lippincott, owner of Salt Yachts. “She has the passion and know-how to help our clients find their perfect boat.”

Ranney started sailing when she was ten years old on the South Jersey shore.  She enjoys many on-water activities, including sailing, waterskiing, fishing, cruising and working on boats.

 After 25 years as a Systems Engineer for Lockheed Martin Corporation, she now resides on Harrington Creek in Rock Hall with her husband and daughters.  For the past few years, Ranney has served as the Director of the RHYC Sailing School and ran numerous regattas at the Rock Hall Yacht Club.  Joining the Salt Yachts team brings a new dimension to Connie's water-oriented passion.

Salt Yacht Brokerage is located at 20838 Rock Hall Ave in Rock Hall. For more information, please visit or call 888-356-3186

        ....Welcome Connie!

In other less exciting news... boat sales continue!  This year has seen Salt Yacht Brokerage busier then ever.  Our powerboat sales have exploded having sold  Hinckley Picnic's in Rhode Island....Legacy 40's in West Palm Beach and all 3 of our Grand Banks 42's and a load of trawlers right here in  Rock Hall!  Our sales have already surpassed last years!  

If we can be of service to you please contact us at 410 639-9380 or online at  As we expand and grow we will be kicking off a new logo and look for the company,  perhaps something like this.
                          ...stay tuned for the final draft and new logo kickoff party dates!

                                                                GO SAIL SOMETHING!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Building a Bolger Diablo (or two)

Click below to see how we have been killing brain cells lately....

Wednesday, February 8, 2012