Chesapeake Bay Cruising

Our Chesapeake Bay Cruising section features insights from liveaboards, tips and stories on cruising the Great Loop and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), along with expert tips about boat maintenance and safety. For charter vacation stories visit our powerboat chartering section.

July 5, 2023
In the third part of our Captain's License series, Kelsey Bonham takes us inside a course at Annapolis School of Seamanship to show us what the process is actually like.
June 21, 2023
What does summer mean to you? For me, it starts long before June 21, when the spring peepers start their nightly song on the first warm night of the year in the woods near my home.
June 15, 2023
You know it’s summertime on the Chesapeake when friends want to meet by boat, tie up, and spend time together for family fun in the shallows, boat drinks or dinner raftups, fishing, and
June 5, 2023
When it comes to watersports towing safety, there are many factors to consider to have an enjoyable and safe day on the water.
May 25, 2023
Father’s Day: June 2020. The whole family—my husband, daughter, son, and I—went boat shopping. To me, it wasn’t really shopping.
May 23, 2023
“Captain, when the gates open, and you see the green light, enter the chamber and come to the starboard side.
May 17, 2023
If you missed part one in our three-part Captain’s License series in the May issue of PropTalk, you can catch up online at
May 12, 2023
It’s that time of year again—time to send in your submissions for PropTalk's August Cover Contest celebrating powerboating on the Chesapeake Bay.
May 8, 2023
You may have heard of the SpinSheet Century Club, in which boaters attempt to
May 1, 2023
So, you want to be a Captain? Getting your captain's license is a worthy enough goal, but do you know why you want it? Most of those who want a license already know why they want or need it.
April 23, 2023
A bit over a decade ago, the Defever 44 Indian Summer came into our lives.
April 18, 2023
Some people are lucky enough to be impacted by people, places, and events at a young age that form childhood dreams and propel them to great achievements reaching for those dreams.
April 5, 2023
If you're a vintage race boat fan, the Southern Maryland Boat Club has been hard at work prepping for their highly anticipated two events in St. Mary's County, MD.
March 30, 2023
Getting your powerboat ready for spring commissioning and the summer season is always abou
March 27, 2023
Welcome to the good captain's annual springtime safe boating review guide.
March 13, 2023
The vernal equinox, March 20, may find many Chesapeake boaters with a scrub brush in hand on land and on the docks.
March 13, 2023
Choosing the right Chesapeake Bay marina for your needs and your boat is just as important as the decision to buy a boat.
March 12, 2023
Everyone has heard about the catastrophic event during a Monday night football game when Damar Hamlin, a 24-year-old professional football player, went into cardiac arrest following what appeared t