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.

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.
August 1, 2018
Imagine a boat trip of less than 400 miles that includes five states and most every kind of water to be found on the U.S. East Coast: ocean, bay, river, creek, and canal, salt and fresh.
July 19, 2018
To help our readers breeze through the dog days of summer, we’ve compiled a Summertime Survival Guide for Bay boaters. Keep these tips in mind to stay safe and cool as you enjoy time on the water.
July 18, 2018
What’s the best way to clean your boat’s water tanks and freshwater system? We asked Terry Slattery, a graduate engineer and bluewater cruiser who has done all his own maintenance for years.
June 26, 2018
As I look back on my childhood, growing up on the Rideau Canal in Ottawa, Canada, those were the best summers ever.
June 20, 2018
I knew from day one that I wanted to get my boating license. I knew the basics but also knew there was still much to be learned.
June 6, 2018
One of the best parts of boating is the freedom to anchor anywhere and enjoy the peace and quiet of a secluded spot or the opportune access to a bustling waterfront area.