Builder Winslow Womack at the helm of Scoot.
(Calvert Maritime Museum, P-11709, )

I ran into Scoot when I attended the annual Solomons Maritime Festival at the Calvert Marine Museum in Solomons Island in May 2024.  She was on the hard next to, rather than inside, the small craft collection shed.  Scoot was covered but looking a little neglected.  No longer on exhibit, apparently.  The exhibit info panel was half hidden under her cover.

The info panel showed the photo of her builder at the helm, and it said this:

Scoot was built in 1989 by Winslow Womack of St. Michaels, Maryland. Her design is based on plans by Howard I. Chapelle for a 20-foot Chesapeake “sharpie,” a craft with a double-ended hull and a shallow, V-shaped bottom. The boat is similar to earlier Hooper Island sharpies, used for crabbing, gunning, and racing. The spars were formerly used in the racing log canoe Island Blossom, and have been modified to fit Scoot.  [Acq. No. 4898.  Gift: Winslow Womack]

I stood over Scoot and googled for more info: Winslow Womack and his wife, Helen, had been very active CBMM volunteers from the early 1980s and helped launch the Mid-Atlantic Small Craft Festival at St. Michaels. [Read CBMM’s tribute to Helen.]

Scoot was apparently still part of the CMM working fleet when photographed in the water in 2019:


I also learned that Scoot had been listed on FB Marketplace for a year like this:

2000 Chesapeake Bay Crab Skiff crab skiff, $800

Exterior color: White · Interior color: Grey

New lower price, or make offer. 18 ft. plywood crab skiff, in need of restoration. Built per Howard Chapelle plans. Good sails, spars and cover. No trailer. All proceeds to benefit the Calvert Marine Museum.

[I grabbed the FB photos to record permanently here. I’ve documented other Smith-Island double-ender crabbing skiffs here. ]

I got in touch with Brian Forsyth, who leads CMM’s Patuxent Small Craft Guild.  He said the deck and both stems need replacing,  But the rest of Scoot’s structure and components appear to sound. 

Brian told me in mid-May that CMM had potential buyer for Scoot.  But the FB ad is still up as I write this a month later