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.