The Chesapeake is the largest saltwater estuary in the world and equally interesting and beautiful. The bay was, and is home for the many farming and fishing communities that date back to when our country was born. You can still see remnants of this in places like Tangier Island, Chestertown, and Stevensville. During the seasons you will see boats heading out to oyster, crab, and fish.
If you plan to charter, Stevensville and Annapolis are a perfect place to start and end your trip. Your sight seeing should start in Annapolis. Check out Main Street and venture over to Maryland Ave. and the Navel Academy. Because so much of the bay is shallow, a great choice of boats would be a catamaran. The Lagoon 420 has the largest volume in its class. With a LOA of 42′ and a 25′ beam, it only draws 4′, allowing you to venture into more areas then a conventional monohull.
The bay is over 200 miles long with thousands of miles of shoreline to explore. You will find many protected anchorages near quaint towns and villages.
The Chesapeake Bay got it’s name from the Indian word, Chesepioc, which means Great Shellfish Bay. Vincente Gonzalez, was the first European Explorer to visit the area in 1561. The French ended up founding a settlement called Port Royal which is now Annapolis. Captain John Smith was the first European to map the Chesapeake Bay and wrote: ” heaven and earth have agreed better to frame a place for man’s habitation.” What better way to explore this great area then on a catamaran named Heaven!
During the colonial period, both the eastern and western shores proliferated, and Annapolis became the capital. The British invaded the United States, by sailing up the Chesapeake, but were stopped at Fort McHenry in Baltimore.
Some of the best ports to see include, St. Michael’s, Tilghman Island, Solomons Island, Galesville, Oxford, Chestertown, Baltimore Harbor, the Sassafras River, and Rock Hall.
The first day of Spring has come and gone, and it’s still miserably cold out. To add insult to injury, there is also a nasty wind blowing from the North. Not enough wind to go kitesurfing, but just enough to make it nasty out. If this keeps up, I may have to join a gym. On a positive note, Heaven is getting new cushions this week along with a good bottom cleaning. The diver will also be installing new propellers and zinks.
With the snow finally gone, and a few nice days allowed me to install new solar panels on the bimini. There is now approx. 1000 watts supplied on sunny days and a 3000 watt inverter to help use it all up.
Well, Thanksgiving and Christmas have come and gone, with New Years day left to go. I am very fortunate to have had all the wonderful guests on my catamaran this past summer. It was a big success, for such a young start up company. Looking ahead to an exciting 2015!
Santa was kind enough to supply a new Simrad NSS 12 chart plotter that can be seen in direct sun! Here are some more of the improvements coming to Heaven.
The first charter, for the Annapolis Sailboat Show, was a real nail biter, as I could not find a mooring and was forced to drop the hook in the South Anchorage. After my dragging incident in Shaw Bay, I was quite nervous about the holding. The weather fx called for 20 knot winds, but the anchor held. I was excited, not to hear from the guests. The Annapolis Boat Shows, create a high demand for hotel rooms and private rentals.
I was much more lucky during the powerboat show. I managed to snag the last mooring, right in the Annapolis Harbor. And yes, once again, heavy wind was in the forecast. This time it was much easier to sleep at night. On the last day, when it came time to pick up the boat, I made the poor decision to do it solo. It was windy, and pulling off the mooring ball was quite a challenge.
The bareboat charter on the Chesapeake bay is cruising right along. Who would have thought there would be a demand for charter in the bay? My crew and I work really hard to provide a boat that is clean and up to date with the latest amenities and electronics. We also have someone on call, the entire time the catamaran is out. Last week we had a charter and here is an email we received from another happy charter.
Kim and I both feel grateful that Heaven is in charter, and our friends and family (one or two of whom had not ever been on a sailboat) were ecstatic over their brief time aboard.
I know you have the various legs in the chart plotter but here’s a breakdown of our trip:
Base to Annapolis – 2 hours sailing/motor sailing
Annapolis back to Base – 2 hours sailing
Base to St. Michaels – 3hrs20mins motor sailing with no widn
St. Michaels to Magothy (behind Gibson Island) – 5 hours motoring (1/2 hour from mouth of Magothy to the anchorage)
Magothy to Baltimore Inner Harbor – 3hrs30mins motoring with no wind
Baltimore Inner Harbor East Marina to Base – 4hrs15mins motoring with the wind
Hope these numbers are helpful, and we’ll be in touch if something happens for end of October, otherwise please let us know if she’ll be in charter again next year.
Todd and Kim
Again, it was truly our pleasure to be aboard Heaven. She preformed so nicely and we could tell she is cared for with tender loving care.
Well, it was only the 2nd time Kat and I had spent the night on Heaven, since my trip back from Martinique. Shaw Bay and the Eastport Oyster Boys seemed like a good mix. Never mind that there were thunderstorms and high wind in the FX. I was determined to get her out on the boat, in my never ending attempts to get her to like the boat.
As I had hoped, it was a blast. The EOB’s played great music from a large boat, that was surrounded by dinghies. Beautiful mild weather, mixed with rum/tonics and a steak on the grill. I was in Heaven. …….until the wind came.
Just after dark, the wind picked up, joined with lightning, thunder and rain. Within minutes, it was apparent we were dragging anchor. The bad news was, that there was boat behind us and the one in front was dragging too. Long story short, and a lot of crying, from Kat, we were able to lock in for the night.
The next morning all was forgiven and we had a beautiful sail home. And yes, normally we make a beeline home, but not today. We stopped about 2 miles short, dropped anchor and found a really nice secluded sandy beach. Even after several hours, it was hard to get going. Neither one of us wanted the day to end.
Lots and lots of dinghies crowded around the band, bunched up like little kids.
Not sure what kind of boat, but real nice. Morgan?
Kat doing some fishing the next day.
Perfect wind for the ride home.
It was a very happy day. Father Carl officiating the ceremony. It was a christening that was long over due.
I hoped that FC would christen Heaven in Martinique, to insure a safe passage home. Unfortunately, the christening didn’t happened, even though he was ready to make the journey. It was hot on the boat and I became extremely busy, trying to complete the paperwork and repairs, necessary to bring the boat home. I should have let him come, as the passage home was hell!
Let the celebration begin!
Beth and Russ
FC became seasick and took a French Dramamine, against my wishes. It knocked him out for 4 hours, and sadly he missed most of the party. He did get a nice nap though.
Dr. Lon performing a perfect swan dive.
Mark and Christy performing a perfect swan jump.
My buddy, Chef G
Even though we lucked out with the weather, we didn’t with the tide. It was so low, that we couldn’t get back to the marina on Heaven, and had to use the dink.
This was a fun group that chartered in Annapolis. None of them knew how to sail and they didn’t have to. Earlier in the day, I sailed the catamaran from her slip at Silver Swan Bayside in Stevensville. I picked up a mooring ball and notified Brittany that they could come aboard. The water taxi in Annapolis runs on demand and they were all on the boat within minutes. Once everyone was on, there was a 30 minute safety, and get to know the boat briefing. That evening they went “Out on the town” and didn’t have to worry about who was going to drive. The next day, I took everyone for a complimentary ride around the harbor and into the bay. Even though they are all out of school, they still find time to stay in touch with each other. This is something that a lot of us don’t do.
I think they had a good time.
Recommended for: Age 55+, Adventure Seekers, Girls Getaway, Tourists without a Car, Sightseeing, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children, Romantic Getaway”