Rather than skipping all sweets or vowing to go to the gym every day, why not make some New Year’s boating resolutions that are fun to keep? Here are seven PropTalk-approved suggestions:

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Photo courtesy of Watermark

1. Start the year on a boat.

Watermark Cruises boats depart on New Year’s Eve from Annapolis or Baltimore at 10 p.m., and Spirit Cruises hosts one out of Norfolk, departing at 9 p.m. Odyssey Cruises in Washington, DC, offers New Year’s Eve and Day cruises. Missed the boat? These companies host cruises throughout the year!

2. Take a powercat charter vacation.

Do palm trees, Caribbean blue waters, and white-sand beaches sound amazing right now? This could be your year to take a charter vacation with your family. 

3. Check out a racing event.

As well as big powerboat racing events hosted by APBA and OPA, there are many smaller events right here on the Chesapeake, such as Cocktail Class Wooden Boat Racing events and Smith Island Crab Skiff races. Keep your eyes on the PropTalk racing section for the schedules this spring and put a few of them on your 2020 agenda. 

4. Go by boat to see the O’s.

The Baltimore Orioles have posted the 2020 schedule, so why not pen in a game or two to attend by boat this year? 

5. Try something new on the water.

If you’ve been itching to try a new watersport, such as standup paddleboarding or wake surfing, find a friend who’s happy to show you the ropes this spring.

6. Sign up for a charity fishing tournament.

PropTalk readers know how fond we are of the Fish For a Cure Tournament in November, yet there are other charity events to fish in during the year for which we’d encourage you to sign up. Peruse our monthly fishing news and calendar for upcoming events.

7. Plan a trip to a new destination on the Chesapeake.

Do you ever get tired of the same ole, same ole anchorage? Neither do we, but it is great to discover a new boating destination. Check out your chart now and start dreaming of a pretty place to visit on the Bay in the New Year. Our See the Bay section is another great place to get ideas on new destinations.