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charter - chesapeake - april?
April tends to be in the Cool to cold range. (I usually keep anti freeze in the raw water side of my engine until early to mid April). It is a very changeable time of year. It can be cold and rainy or warm and gorgeous. The Bay water is too cold to swim and it is still cold enough very dangerous if you end up going over the side by accident. Still this can be a good time of year to start the cruising season. The Bay is comparatively free of traffic and you can tuck into all kinds of neat places and have access to the facilities.
That time of year I would probably charter out of Annapolis or Galesville. I would head over to Eastern Bay, up the Miles River and spend a night in the Wye River and then either hop over to St. Michaels of the weather looks to be really threatening. Or, if you have a great weather window and a fast boat, I would hop down to the Choptank and go to Oxford and perhaps Trippe Creek. If the weather is OK but not great or you charter a slow boat, you might head north into the Chester river through Kent Narrows from the Miles River and cruise the Chester. Greys Inn Creek has always been a favorite quite spot for us on the Chester and Langford Creek Marina is a good place to duck in for supplies. Coming Back from the Chester River you can poke into the Magothy River if you are getting hammered and want short hops back to Annapolis but the Chester to Annapolis is only a 4 to 5 hour hop in a brisk northerly in a fast boat.
Of course in April, you might also duck into Mill Creek and into Martin''s Cove and tie up at our dock at the house if you just want to visit and say ''hi''. (The dock should be done by then but the house will still be under construction.)