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.

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.
May 25, 2019
It’s that time of year again—time to send in your submissions 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.
March 1, 2019
Choosing the right marina for you and your family can be a very personal decision. Marinas can be so much more than a parking space for your boat. For many boaters, marinas become weekend or full-…
February 13, 2019
In Part I of our Safety Series, we discussed what happens if you go overboard. This month in Part II, we discuss briefing new crew on safety.
January 28, 2019
The trials of living aboard are not more demanding than the difficulties people who live in houses face in winter; they are just different. The adventure and joy of living on a boat are well worth…
January 11, 2019
No one expects to go overboard, but what if you did? Would you have the right gear on to survive it? We look into that question in Part I of our three part Safety Series.
January 7, 2019
In our Ask the Expert column, we regularly ask Terry Slattery, a graduate engineer and bluewater cruiser wh