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Why is Baltimore not on your itinerary?

  • Sailing is to get away from the rat race, not closer to it.

    Votes: 5 20.8%
  • Too much risk of crime or theft.

    Votes: 4 16.7%
  • The entertainment and/or dining options don’t interest me.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Transient dockage is too expensive.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Shoreside transportation is too difficult or expensive.

    Votes: 2 8.3%
  • Too few places to anchor and/or securely land a dinghy.

    Votes: 4 16.7%
  • The seawater pollution is unappealing.

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • Too much commercial vessel traffic.

    Votes: 1 4.2%
  • Too much recreational vessel traffic.

    Votes: 0 0.0%
  • Other – mention in comments.

    Votes: 7 29.2%

Poll: Baltimore as a Destination

10566 Views 113 Replies 29 Participants Last post by  Group9
Despite having a lot of shoreside diversions and almost certainly the best concentration of excellent dining options within a quarter mile of the water anywhere on the Chesapeake, Baltimore’s harbor seems to consistently punch below its weight as a cruising destination.

For people who bypass Baltimore, I’m curious what keeps you away and would appreciate if you could respond to the poll with the reason that best aligns with your own feelings. While I don’t have anything personally to gain by seeing Baltimore become more “yachtie,” IMHO there’s no inherent reason why it couldn’t or shouldn’t be on par with Annapolis as a sailing town.
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For a long time, I never gave Baltimore a thought as a destination.
Busy, loud, dirty and expensive.
As a Navy reservist, I drilled at Ft. McHenry for years, so I figured I'd seen enough of Baltimore.

Then, I helped someone deliver a boat to Henderson's Wharf. The water side of Baltimore is fascinating and a lot of fun. There's great food and entertainments, all walking distance from the marinas. I find that the city noise doesn't quite make it down to the marinas, so I still get a good night's sleep. It's true that there isn't a lot of free anchorage, and the commercial traffic can be intimidating at times, but it's a total change of scene from the bay's typical, tranquil gunkholes.

I rate Baltimore as a destination that merits a visit once or twice per season to change pace from the uninhabited creeks along the bay.

All that being said, I would like to see the city/county/state work at cleaning up Baltimore harbor, offering more services to boating visitors, and being more friendly in general.
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Where the hell did you find these accounts?

When I stayed in Balto, I was at Henderson's Wharf. They have a gate with a cipher lock before you get to the docks. There's also a car gate that you have to swipe a card at, before you can get your car into the parking lot.
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Ah, ok.
Well, I never said I wanted to live or liveaboard in Baltimore, only that it's cool to visit once or twice per year as a change of pace.

I'm a country mouse...well, maybe a suburb mouse.
Such a shame, Baltimore was making progress. Especially this year with the Sailabration at Fort McHenry and all the events surrounding it... and now a huge set back for the city. It will be years before the city recovers.
Exactly. People don't seem to realize what they've done. They think these services will be quickly rebuilt, and they won't be.

What insurance company will underwrite policies for commercial ventures in a ghetto de-militarized zone?

What businesses will be willing to invest in an area that they suspect will *cost* them money in terms of theft, rioting, vandalism or excessive insurance claims? Concerns about bad publicity from employees not feeling safe in their place of employment?

I never thought very highly of Baltimore, but I could see that it was improving and was slowly changing my perception of the city for the better.
You can thank these animals for reinforcing the 40-year old stereotype that "Charm City" is anything but.
I hate to say it, but it's very easy to get tired of Annapolis.
How many frigging eateries and tourist shops can you visit in a weekend?
Cheap crap, made in China. The same inventory in most of the shops.
Annapolis isn't "bad", it's just limited.

Chestertown is larger, and has retained more of its authenticity.
Oxford is small, quiet, clean and quaint, yet not uncivilized. It's fascinating from a historical perspective.
You're a real ray of sunshine, Gary.
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I'm not defending Baltimore, but rural areas are dealing with a hard core drug problem right now. Meth and heroin, specifically.

People are preying on bored and disaffected youth. The youth become addicted, and violent. This problem transcends race, as plenty of white and black kids have been drawn into this.

Dumbing down the solution to a simple "don't live in cities" is pure BS.
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Sorry Donna, it's not that I'm not taking you seriously. I just like how you did that. :laugher

No, I don't think it's the "same". All I'm saying, is that the rural areas are not the bucolic paradise that some are making it out to be.

Also, it's disingenuous to just say that "cities have more crime". Of course they do... "per capita". With the lower population density, there will be less crime, but as a ratio or a percentage, it might not be as low as you think.

I live in Edgewater/Mayo. It's a quiet little suburb that seems quite peaceful on the surface. There are a lot of good people here. Unfortunately, we also have a big weed and heroin problem, bubbling under the surface, among the younger set.

Frankly, I'm sick and tired of hearing how kids resort to drugs because they are "bored" and there aren't enough community programs or resources to keep them out of trouble.
I grew up in rural Florida where there were no such programs. Both of my parents worked, and I was a latch-key kid. I have NEVER tried drugs or smoked a cigarette. My buddies and I played in the swamps and swam in the canals (or pools and beaches when we could get to them). We rode our bikes all over town. The worst vandalism we ever got into was toilet paper.

"Boredom" is not an adequate excuse for the crap that kids are into today.
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Because compared to those other cities, it's just not that big for the amount of crime that it has.
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