Chesapeake Bay Cruising

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

October 4, 2023
Finding the proper boat for one’s boating needs is paramount in determining whether boating will be a blissful and blithe
September 18, 2023
TrawlerFest Baltimore is THE show for cruising enthusiasts, with a wide selection of seminars and also an in-water boat show and social activities.
August 30, 2023
The Sea of Abaco forms the northernmost boundary of the Bahamas, and it’s a compact yachtie playground, perfect for a weeklong
August 25, 2023
The second event of the summer for the Southern Maryland Boat Club was held at the end of July and feature
August 24, 2023
When you live near and cruise the Chesapeake Bay, it is hard to imagine better cruising grounds. In fact, the Bay is a draw for cruisers around the world.
July 25, 2023
Now, you might be asking, what is an article about Wisconsin doing in a Chesapeake Bay publication?
July 24, 2023
In May, my son-in-law, with help from my grandsons, completed our second year participating in the Maryland
July 7, 2023
As I write this (late May) I am sitting on the boat in Norfolk’s Waterside Marina, waiting out weather to make my final 140 mile push up the Bay to Annapolis.
July 7, 2023
It's critical to practice safe boating practices this summer.
July 5, 2023
In the third part of our Captain's License series, Kelsey Bonham takes us inside a course at Annapolis School of Seamanship to show us what the process is actually like.
June 21, 2023
What does summer mean to you? For me, it starts long before June 21, when the spring peepers start their nightly song on the first warm night of the year in the woods near my home.
June 15, 2023
You know it’s summertime on the Chesapeake when friends want to meet by boat, tie up, and spend time together for family fun in the shallows, boat drinks or dinner raftups, fishing, and
June 5, 2023
When it comes to watersports towing safety, there are many factors to consider to have an enjoyable and safe day on the water.
May 25, 2023
Father’s Day: June 2020. The whole family—my husband, daughter, son, and I—went boat shopping. To me, it wasn’t really shopping.
May 23, 2023
“Captain, when the gates open, and you see the green light, enter the chamber and come to the starboard side.
May 17, 2023
If you missed part one in our three-part Captain’s License series in the May issue of PropTalk, you can catch up online at
May 12, 2023
It’s that time of year again—time to send in your submissions for PropTalk's August Cover Contest celebrating powerboating on the Chesapeake Bay.
May 8, 2023
You may have heard of the SpinSheet Century Club, in which boaters attempt to