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first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

I recently got the ASA104 certificate and would love to bring a group of friends with me for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore. Which charter company in Annapolis would you recommend?

I checked online and Annapolis Bay Charters seems a good option. Do you have any suggestions? Thanks!
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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

Here is a previous thread that might help:

Chesapeake Bay Charter Recommendation?

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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

Annapolis to Baltimore? That's more of a light day say not a weekend. I'm right in the middle on the Magothy river.
Type of boat, size etc. matters more than company - and for that you have to decide or provide more info.
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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

Annapolis Bay Charters has a pretty good fleet and their boats in pretty good condition. I am with Pentagon Sailing Club and we have been doing all of our Chesapeake Bay charters through them for over 10 years.

Like chucklesR mentioned Annapolis to Baltimore is a day sail unless you plan to night sail. As a matter of fact, last Friday I took an ABC boat (2013 Jenneau 379) to Baltimore and it was a 6 hour ride. Overnighted at East Harbor Marina (very nice marina) and came back next day.

Back to the charterers, don't have much experience with other ones in the area, but never had an issue with ABC that would entice me to look elsewhere. Also, I learned last week that they acquired another company so their fleet is getting bigger and you have a wider selection.

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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

Annapolis to Baltimore Inner Harbor, like said is about a 6-7 hour sail. In my opinion that's a decent weekend of sailing and still leaves time to enjoy the destination.

Saturday: Leave Annapolis around 10:00, arrive in Baltimore around 4:00/5:00. Take a slip somewhere. Now its 6:00 and dinner time. Enjoy some downtown entertainment or cocktail aboard after dinner. Sleep

Sunday: Leave Baltimore around 9:00, arrive in Annapolis around 3:00/4:00. Unload, clean up/shower and its dinner time again.

Sounds like a great weekend to me? Not sure I agree that Baltimore to Annapolis is just a short day sail? I assume you need to bring the boat back to the same place you left?

Also, you might consider St Michael s or Rockhall for your destination, depends on what your looking to do but they are about the same time (+/- an hour) and would provide a totally different experience.

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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

Thanks all for the very useful suggestions!!! I plan to rent a 39'-43' monohull and bring about 10-12 friends with me. Yes, we plan to leave Annapolis on Saturday morning and get back from Baltimore on Sunday afternoon before 5pm, just as T37Chef suggested. If possible, I would like to do a short night sail on Saturday night just to watch the moon on the water.

It seems that Chesapeake Bay Charters is a pretty good choice for me to get started. I will contact them soon and hopefully everything goes well. Thanks everyone!
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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

That's a lot of people.

How new are you to sailing? That's a lot of boat, too, along with the people for you to be responsible for if you are a novice.
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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

Wow 10-12 is a lot to sleep on even most 43 footers. Just remember the number of people a boat can sleep comfortably is often about half the number the brochure states. With that many people, staying in a marina will be a must, not that there are many good places to anchor in Baltimore anyway.

As for your itinerary, it's always neat to poke up into the Inner Harbor but I'd skip staying there and instead head to one of the marinas at Harbor East, Fells Point, or Canton where you'll find a lot better restaurant and nightlife options. Langermanns - one of the best restaurants in Baltimore - is directly across the street from Anchorage Marina and there are other options too numerous to name if you're based in those areas of town.

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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

I don't even think I have 10 - 12 friends I would want to have on any boat at the same time? Ummm
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Re: first bareboating for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore

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I recently got the ASA104 certificate and would love to bring a group of friends with me for a weekend sail from Annapolis to Baltimore. Which charter company in Annapolis would you recommend?
When you pick a charter company check with them well in advance to make sure that ASA 104 is adequate for them.

I completed ASA 103 through 106 on a Hunter 34 and a 340 this summer, and when I contacted a charter company about doing my first charter with them, on a Hunter 340, at first they wanted me to do an additional day of training with one of their teachers. After they contacted my teacher and she recommended me, then they said I was good to go.

Anyway, I thought you should know that just because you have the ASA sticker in your book doesn't mean they'll give you a boat.
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