##No boat, no problem. Chartering provides the opportunity to escape if even for the weekend with friends.
##Bring on the smiles… chartering on the Bay. Photo courtesy of Norton Yacht Sales
feet. With seven people, it’s kind of squeezed in at times, but the biggest issue isn’t the people; it’s all the stuff that so many people bring. Mike continues, “I consider anchoring out to be an ideal experience, especially in a large cove such as the entrance to the Great Wicomico River, which is very convenient when traveling north and south, or the Honga River in the Hooper’s Island, MD, area, which is beautiful and secluded. Sometimes we’ll stay the night at a marina. When we do, we take advantage of restaurants, museums, the marina swimming pool, and local grocery stores. For a nice compromise, we like the ‘dock and dine’ scenario— we find a restaurant that has a pier, and then go anchor out. A good example is Courtney’s, which has excellent food, on Smith Creek, MD. “In 2012 and 2013 we enjoyed visiting Calvert Marine Museum at Solomons, MD, Piney Point Light House Museum on the Potomac, Onancock, VA, and Tangier Island, VA. This year we plan to charter nine days in June and four days August,” concludes Mike. 70 April 2014 SpinSheet
Why Buy When I Can Charter?
Joe Mihalick started sailing the Chesapeake Bay in his teens, but when work took him to the San Francisco Bay area, he got hooked into the sailing and racing scenes, plus logged about 5000 bluewater miles along the West Coast. Mihalick says, “Right now I am boatless, which is to say I have two kids in college. But why buy when I can charter? “Last fall a couple of friends asked me to take them out for a long weekend on the Bay. One friend had sailed in the past and the other, a powerboater, had never been on a sailboat. My nephew, with whom I have sailed quite a lot, was also aboard. “We took off out of Norton Yachts in Deltaville about noon and made our approach into Onancock, VA, at sundown. We walked up to Mallards At The Wharf. It was pretty empty, but the bartender and waitress were just great. They even offered to stay open late, just for us, so we could watch the World Series. “The next day we headed up to Crisfield, MD, and pulled into Somers Cove Marina,” recalls Mihalick. “Although it was buttoned up for the off season, we were
met and greeted by a wonderful woman who helped us settle in, gave us keys to the showers and directions to a great restaurant full of seafood and cold beer. “As we were checking out on day three, we mentioned that our next intended stop was Tangier. Knowing that we wanted to see the World Series and drink a beer, the marina staff warned us Tangier was mostly closed for the season, so we decided that Kilmarnock and the Chesapeake Boat Basin (CBB) would be our next stop. When we arrived, Clay met us at the dock and made us feel at home. Although CBB had a van to lend guests, its battery was dead, but to our amazement, Clay lent us his personal vehicle; we were blown away with that level of kindness and customer service. “The next morning we had to head back to turn in the boat, which had been flawless— clean, well appointed, and everything functioning perfectly. The good news is that my powerboater friend absolutely loved sailing and was grinning ear-to-ear most of the trip. We all had a great time, and now we’re planning a trip with our wives.” spinsheet.com
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