Chesapeake Bay Cruising

Our Chesapeake Bay Cruising section features insights from liveaboards, charter vacation stories, tips and stories on cruising the Great Loop and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), along with expert tips about boat maintenance and safety.

August 19, 2019
As most of us were preparing for the cold dark days of winter last November, Annapolitans Sandy Nuwar and Jeannie Hillock were snorkeling with their friends and families in the clear blue waters of
August 2, 2019
One night last fall on a boat delivery south to Norfolk from Rhode Island, the mate noticed that there didn’t seem to be any red and green reflections from the running lights up on the bow, just af
July 19, 2019
With boating season in full swing many of us will enjoy opportunities to welcome friends and family on our own boats, and we’ll also get the pleasure of being
July 11, 2019
Lake Vienna is a serene man-made lake along Route 50 near Cambridge, MD, designed exclusively for waterskiing activities.
June 26, 2019
Tami and Terry Gaido had been searching for the perfect boat for years. Recently retired, they live on Smith Creek, close to the mouth of the St. Mary’s River in Southern Maryland.
June 5, 2019
When we do anything for the first time in our lives, it somehow seems to imprint on our memories so well that we are always able to relive that experience in our minds, even if it is years later.
June 4, 2019
Seventy-one-year-old Washington College math professor Gene Hamilton has been waterskiing in one form or another since 1957, when he started at the age of nine.
June 4, 2019
For Tracey and John Garcia, weekend cruising, whether solo or in a convoy, is a passion. Here are some of their cruising tips for the Chesapeake Bay.
June 1, 2019
We want to thank everyone for submitting such awesome photos for our Dog Days of Summer August Cover Contest.
May 5, 2019
After seeing jetskis on display at the Baltimore Boat Show, and after owning one years before, the author was ready to add a new PWC to his fleet.
April 30, 2019
When purchasing a boat, you have one chance to identify as many faults in the vessel as possible. This is where a marine surveyor comes in.
April 10, 2019
In our Ask the Expert column, we regularly ask Terry Slattery, a graduate engineer
April 3, 2019
We had been cranking the little Westerbeke diesel engine for 10 minutes, on and off,
April 2, 2019
Julie Heikes of Easton, MD, began waterskiing at the age of 11. Like many young children of the day, she learned to ski thanks to her dad.
March 13, 2019
Getting any vessel ready to splash after months of sitting idle is no small task. Keep this spring commissioning tips in mind.
March 13, 2019
An onboard medical kit probably falls into the category of "hope we never have to use it," but you should always be prepared just in case.
March 13, 2019
Marinas have needs too. The marina slip-holder relationship flows both ways, so follow these steps to become a top slipholder.
March 13, 2019
Each year, electric shock drowning or ESD events occur, and each year a call goes out within the marine industry to educate boat owners and marinas.