Chesapeake Bay Boats
Boat types unique to the Chesapeake Bay have developed over the years. Some of these boats are still in use today, others have mostly disappeared with changes in technology and use. Visit our Chesapeake Bay Boats page for photos and information on the Chesapeake's own boat designs.
Chesapeake Bay Marinas
The Chesapeake Bay region has LOTS of marinas at which you can keep you boat, whether you need long a long term place to dock or you are cruising and need a place to stay for a night or two. View BayDreaming.com's Chesapeake Bay Marina Directory.
Charter fishing boats operate throughout the Chesapeake Bay region. If you want to be assured of a good day of Chesapeake Bay fishing, taking a charter is a great option. Charter captains know where the fish are and how to catch them. BayDreaming.com's Chesapeake Bay Charter Fishing Boat Directory will point you to the websites for fishing charters in the Chesapeake Bay area.
Learn the basics of boating or advance your skills. Take a safe boating class ... learn to sail ... brush up on your navigational skills. View our list of boating schools and classes.
How to Read a Nautical Chart
How to Read a Nautical Chart, 2nd Edition: A Complete Guide to the Symbols, Abbreviations, and Data Displayed on Nautical Charts. By Nigel Calder. In 2000, the U.S. government ceased publication of Chart No. 1 , the invaluable little book that generations of mariners have consulted to make sense of the complex system of signs, symbols, and graphic elements used in nautical charts. Now Chart No. 1 is not just reborn but expanded and improved in How to Read a Nautical Chart. Arranged and edited by Nigel Calder, one of today's most respected boating authors, and containing four-color illustrations throughout, How to Read a Nautical Chart presents a number of original features that help readers make optimum use of the data found in Chart No. 1 , including a more intuitive format, crucial background information, international chart symbol equivalents, electronic chart symbology, and thorough explanations of the practical aspects of nautical chart reading. Click here for more information. Buy from Amazon.com.
Chesapeake Bay Chartbooks
Maryland Cruising Guide 2012-2013 Virginia Cruising Guide 2012-2013
Although these two books from the Williams & Heintz Map Corporation call themselves cruising guides, "chart books" would be a better description. There's one book each to cover the Maryland the Virginia portions of the Chesapeake Bay. Each contains navigation charts created from the most up-to-date NOAA information. New books are published every two years. They're nice large format books printed on wet strength paper that is nearly as strong wet as it is dry. The books come in a heavy vinyl sleeve with a velcro closure to protect them from spray when not in use.
The maps contain information on bouys, water depth, tidal currents, marina and ramp locations, and channels. Each book contains an index to marinas, with locations, phone numbers, and ameninties. The books also include tide charts, a planning chart, towboats list, and a distance table.
Atlantic Cruising Club's Guide to Chesapeake Bay Marinas: Cape May, New Jersey to Hampton, Virginia The Guide to Chesapeake Bay Marinas includes full page marina reports, over 2,900 photographs. 253 marinas are reviewed and rated. A searchable CD ROM is included.
Cruising the Chesapeake: A Gunkholer's Guide By William H. Shellenberger. "Were it only a navigational aid, the book would be worth owning, but its introductory chapters and sidebars lift it into the realm of good travel writing as well." - Mid-Atlantic Country.
Acclaimed as the ultimate guide to uncrowded anchorages, Cruising the Chesapeake is the reference of choice among sailors and powerboaters seeking to avoid the beaten path. This new Third Edition has been expanded to include coverage of the Atlantic coasts of New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, including Delaware Bay. Plus, readers get a cruise planner for short or long itineraries, an expansive catalog of GPS coordinates, and major updates to all piloting and shoreside facilities.
This new 4th edition was released in the fall of 2012 and includes updated guide descriptions, GPS data for anchorages and harbors, and a new listing of marinas.
Rudow's Guide to Fishing the Chesapeake
Rudow's Guide to Fishing the Chesapeake is the most comprehensive guide to angling on all of the Chesapeake's waters from main-stem Bay to tributaries and tidal creeks. Detailed charts show over 550 specific hotspots and 35 public shoreline fishing hotspots.
Click here for more info or to order Rudow's Guide to Fishing the Chesapeake
Clubs and Organizations
Many boaters find that joining a group of fellow boaters adds to their experiences on the water. Boating and yacht clubs organize outings, regattas, races, boating education courses, and social events. Follow this link for BayDreaming.com's listing of Chesapeake Bay yacht clubs and boating associations.
Racing on the Chesapeake
The Chesapeake Bay offers a wealth of sailing and motorboat racing opportunities. Many yacht clubs sponsor weekly racing series. The Chesapeake Bay Yacht Racing Association is an organization of over 75 member clubs that helps organize and manage races in more than 50 different classes of boats.
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The large amount of shoreline and miles of tributaries within the Chesapeake Bay watershed provides many places to put your boat in the water. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources has published an online guide to boat ramps in the Maryland portion of the Chesapeake Bay. The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries has an online public access guide that includes boat ramps in the Chesapeake Bay region. More information on our Boating Access page.
BayDreaming.com's Chesapeake Bay Weather and Tides page offers weather forecasts and information on current condition. Current conditions information includes wind strength and direction, valuable information for sailors.
Cruising boaters can select from many Chesapeake Bay boating destinations. From Annapolis to Urbanna, there is plenty to see and do.
Boating Courses and Schools
If you would like to learn how to operate a boat or want to increase your boat handling skills, there area plenty of good boating schools located in the Chesapeake Bay region. Courses are available to teach you basic boating skills, sailing, and navigation. Some schools specifically prepare you to handle a bareboat charter. Click here to see BayDreaming.com's listing of Chesapeake Bay boating schools.
Safe Boating Courses: A boating safety course is a great way to learn how to be safe in the water. Taking one of these courses is recommended for all boaters. They teach you about how to operate and maintain your boat, navigation, rules of the road, fire prevention, weather safety, and more. There are many courses offered around the Chesapeake Bay region and online course are being offered now, also. Follow the links below for more information.
Paddling around the Chesapeake Bay
The shallow, protected waters of the Chesapeake Bay and it's tributaries are excellent for canoeing and kayaking. These quite, shallow draft craft allow you to get up close to nature and explore areas inaccessible to larger boats. Paddling in these small boats has become an increasingly popular activity in the Chesapeake Bay region.
More Information on Chesapeake Bay Kayaking and Canoeing....
Additional Chesapeake Bay Boating Links
Chesapeake Bay Boating Schools.
Chesapeake Bay Navigation. Maps, Charts, and GPS.