Explore the Chesapeake and her 5,000 miles of navigable inshore coastline. Enjoy quaint historic towns, quite unspoiled anchorages, and the best of Baltimore harbor within 4-5 hours of sailing. The mild climate offers a long sailing season from late March through late November. Annapolis’ central location on the Atlantic coast of North America makes it the perfect hopping off point for Maine and New England, Florida and the Bahamas, and the Caribbean. The thriving, year-round marine industry of Annapolis offers the best outfitting and maintenance services for sailing yachts available in North America.
Advantages to Business Yacht Owners
- 5,000 miles of protected waterways.
- Central East Coast location, easily accessible from most of the United States.
- Beautiful anchorages and charming, historic ports of call.
- Best resources for yacht service and maintenance.
- Great hopping off point for New England, the Bahamas, and Caribbean.
- 5-9 weeks of charter revenue with minimal wear and tear
Prime Location in the Heart of Historic Annapolis
Our Cruise Annapolis charter base is located in the heart of historic Annapolis, within walking distance to the best restaurants in town, and all the best attractions, including the historic district, town dock, and the U.S. Naval Academy. From here, you are a 15 minutes underway to the Chesapeake Bay. Annapolis is easily accessible from several major airports in the Baltimore/Washington area, including BWI/Marshall (25 minutes), Reagan National (45 minutes), and Dulles International (90 minutes).
The Gold Standard for Maintenance and Service, Anywhere!
Cruise Annapolis yacht owners benefit from exceptional maintenance and service, with the entire service and commissioning team of Atlantic Cruising Yachts available to keep your boat in tip top shape and at the ready. Arrive at your boat with the air conditioning running, the fridge cold, and a team of helpful dock hands to help you off. Once underway, depending on the winds, you can head north to explore the quaint village of Rock Hall, the beautiful Chester River and historic Chestertown, Chesapeake City, and Baltimore’s beautiful Inner Harbor. You can head east to explore Eastern Bay, the Wye River, Saint Michaels, and Kent Island. Head south to explore the village and beautiful anchorage of Galesville, tranquility on the Rhode River, historic charm of Oxford and Cambridge, and the sleepy harbors of Deal, Herring Bay, and Solomons Island. A lifetime of exploration awaits.
Maximum Flexibility and Unlimited Owner Use
Many of our Cruise Annapolis yacht owners also enjoy their boats as summer homes, with the million dollar Annapolis view. An easy weekend or mid-week escape from Washington and Northern Virginia, or from Philadelphia and New York, and an easy flight from Florida to escape the summer doldrums. Some of our owners enjoy cruising in New England during July and August, the prime cruising season for that area. Two days passage (about 42 hours) delivers you to Block Island and Newport Rhode Island, your hopping off point for Martha’s Vineyard, Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Maine.
Mild Climate for a Long Sailing Season!
The Chesapeake charter season officially begins on April 1, although we have had charters leave the docks in March as spring can come very early here. The charter season officially ends on November 1, but we have had charters go out well into late November, as fall is the best sailing season on the Chesapeake with warm water and warm days lasting early to December in most years.
Offset 80% – 100% of Ownership Costs with Only 5-10 Weeks of Charter
Yacht owners can expect between 5 and 10 weeks of charter utilization per season. This revenue, combined with the normal small business tax deductions, can cover 80% to 100% of the costs of ownership, including local payments, for individuals with tax brackets of 30% or more. Owner use is unlimited, and yachts may be moved to other winter locations for the off season for additional charter weeks and enjoyment in winter. The soft bottom of the Chesapeake and the gentle climate are easy on boats, so maintenance is much less expensive here than in Florida or the Caribbean. Insurance also costs less here than down south for these reasons plus the Chesapeake’s protection from the hurricane belt.