Bay Charters

Here are the ways you can sail for fun on the Chesapeake Bay with us:

For Fun With Friends and Family:

You'll relax out on the water, out in all the open space, moving along quietly in the breeze with the waves. Whether you want a peaceful get-away or change-of-pace party with your gang, we can provide a great "vehicle" for you. Our usual itinerary is a few hours' sail from near Annapolis out to the famous lighthouses nearby, both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places:

  • Thomas Point Tour - memorialized on many local pieces of art, everything from paintings and photos to coffee mugs and replica-shaped mailboxes. It used to be at the end of a penisula (we know an old man who remembers walking out to the light) but that narrow piece of land has eroded away, leaving the lighthouse on an island. Although the water looks pretty much the same, on the west side of the light, the water is mostly about 4 feet deep; on the east side, it's about 40. For a lot of boats and all ships, that's an important difference!  For details . . .
  • Bloody Point Bar Tour - near the south end of Kent Island (where the Bay Bridge "lands" in the east), this old lighthouse has saved many vessels from going aground, and you'll see why when you're there (don't worry; you'll be safe! But if you imagine you were there trying to make your way in a storm or in the dark . . .)   For details . . .
  • Combo Lighthouse Tour! (both lighthouses, all day on the water)  For details . . .
  • Once Under the Bridge - if just once you sail under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, then for the rest of your life, every time you drive across the bridge you'll probably say, "Hey, remember that sunny day instead of driving over we went sailing under this bridge?"   For details . . .
  • Fall Leaf Watching Tour  - we'll have to stay in water deep enough for the boat, of course, but we can do a "slow-motion slide" along the shore and truly enjoy the richness of the view.  Unlike when driving in a car in the mountains, from the boat you can smell the leaves, feel the sunshine, hold a glass of wine . . . For details . . .
  • Overnight For details . . .
  • Custom package - maybe a moonlight cruise for just you and your honey?  For details . . .

BONUS: It is quite likely that you'll see ospreys, and it's possible that you'll slowly cruise nearby (maybe 30 feet) an osprey sitting on its nest of sticks atop a navigation marker in the Rhode or West Rivers.  It depends on the time of year and whether or not the osprey is "home" on its nest or not, but we see them all the time.  We've passed by close enough to see chicks peering over the top of the nests.

Note: The maximum number of guests aboard is six (there's room for more, but our Coast Guard "six-pack" OUVP license says no more than six.)

Note: We provide ice and water but due to Food Business Licensing we cannot offer you food and beverages.  You can bring whatever you want.  By the way, you're welcome to bring and enjoy a few adult beverages, but please, remember that a moving boat is no place to have your coordination severely impaired. (Not only is the whole boat moving, parts of the boat move: there's a reason why the long, heavy horizontal pole on the bottom of the mainsail, about head-high, is called a "boom"!)

 

For Businesses:

We take businesspeople out for a sail for three main reasons:

  • To schmooze clients (especially to give memorable entertainment to visitors from out-of-town);
  • To reward a group of their employees with something they'd probably never initiate separately;
  • To build teamwork by having them learn to sail a boat together