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.

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
December 12, 2018
As you read this, Scott and Teri Miller and and their Portuguese Water Dog, Charlie, will be headed south for the winter season aboard their comfortable 58-foot Kadey Krogen trawler Miller Time.
November 27, 2018
We regularly ask Terry Slattery, a graduate engineer and bluewater cruiser who does all his own boat maintenance, to suggest an unusual tool or gadget to aid you in maintaining or repairing your boat…
November 6, 2018
Members of the Back Creek Yacht Club (BCYC) recently celebrated the 90th birthday of founding member Wally Stone, a lifelong boater and sailor.
October 9, 2018
A family relishes in the British Virgin Islands' secluded harbors and untamed shores on a power catamaran charter with MarineMax Vacations.
October 8, 2018
What a novice boater has learned about being a good boat guest on someone else's boat.
September 19, 2018
It may not feel like it yet, but autumn is right around the corner. Put these five Chesapeake towns on your list to visit this fall. 
September 17, 2018
How a young couple decided to buy and take a lesson on how to handle their new 23-footer.
September 12, 2018
How to prepare for life at sea, what questions to ask, and things we learned during our first power catamaran charter through MarineMax Vacations.
September 4, 2018
For many boaters, completing the 6000-mile Great Loop is a once-in-a-lifetime accomplishment, but once wasn’t enough for Bill and Kellirae Adcock, who are halfway through their second trip around t
August 30, 2018
What’s that saying—Do what you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life? That phrase comes to mind when talking to Larry Polster, an active trawler cruiser and vice president at Kadey-Krogen…
August 23, 2018
The only kind of boat that is easily charter-able on the Trent Severn Waterway in Ontario, Canada, is a houseboat, with three companies offering a range of houseboats for vacationers.
August 14, 2018
As we move into September, many families will start thinking about taking those last-minute Chesapeake Bay weekend crui
August 1, 2018
From a boater’s perspective, the decision of where to stop often depends on whether there’s a good marina.