The Best Boat Hire in Annapolis

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What to Know About Hiring a Boat in Annapolis

Annapolis is a big boating hub, with hundreds of stunning motor yachts, sailboats, and more. As the sailing capital of the United States, it stays true to its name with beautiful wooden schooners and sailboats cruising in and out of the many ports around Annapolis. A visit to this city isn’t complete without time spent on a boat, exploring the beauty of Chesapeake Bay. Historic cruises are available to enjoy around downtown, and you can see a lot from the water. The Chesapeake Bay is well known as a unique waterway for cruising on sailboats and motorboats of all sizes. Protected waters, beautiful anchorages, astounding scenery, scrumptious seafood, and historic villages make the Chesapeake an excellent choice for beginning or seasoned boaters.

When you charter a boat out of Annapolis, make plans to visit the docks of Edgewater, Tilghman Island, Ridge, Deale, Reedville, Chincoteague IslandNewport NewsNorfolkNew Hampton, and Fenwick Island.

Hire a motor yacht or powerboat while in Annapolis and spend hours cruising and touring. There is so much to discover on the water in Annapolis; you’d be missing out if you don’t hire or charter a boat during your stay. Soak up the sun from the deck of your boat, and explore on your own or let a captain take you to all the best places. A motor yacht will take you to all the great highlights, seeing the skyline from the perspective of the water.

If you don’t want to cruise around on a boat or are traveling on a budget in Annapolis, consider hiring a stand-up paddleboard or kayak during your trip. You’ll still have all the fun of being on the water, but you’ll power yourself and get a good workout during your trip. Hire the equipment on your own or take a guided tour or lesson to learn these paddle sports!

For anglers traveling to Annapolis, book a fishing charter to spend a day out reeling in great catches, like the state fish, the striped bass. There are lots of fishing boats and cruises available leaving from the port in Annapolis daily, so no matter when you visit, you’ll be able to book the perfect experience.

Boating Events in Annapolis

Due to its title as the sailing capital of the United States, there are lots of sailing and other boat shows that pop up in Annapolis throughout the year. There are also various sailboat races organized by local marinas, fun events for both sailors participating and spectators watching as white sails fill with wind and race around the Chesapeake Bay.

Other Things To Do

While on land in Annapolis, there is plenty to see and do to enjoy all the awesome things this city has to offer. Enjoy a walk to Sandy Point State Park and admire the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. If you want to dive more into the history - tour the Governor’s Mansion, Kunta Kinte-Alex Haley Memorial, and the Maryland State House or try a historic walking tour of Annapolis.

Be sure to check out the shops in downtown Annapolis if you’re looking for some retail therapy. There are also a lot of great restaurants in Annapolis, some of the best restaurants include the Boatyard Bar & Grill and O’Leary’s Seafood Restaurant.

Marinas in Annapolis

Boat slips at marinas in Annapolis are hot commodities, as this is a popular boating destination for people traveling the east coast. A few of the top marinas to check out include Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis Yacht Club, and Mears Marina Annapolis. Take a walk on the Annapolis City Dock, one of the top free things to do for visitors, and check out the various marinas. Watch spectacular boats cruise in and out of port, and see the sunset with the beautiful backdrop of the harbor.

About Annapolis

Annapolis is the thriving capital city of Maryland and is known for its historic charm and thriving boating culture. It considered the sailing capital of the United States, so if you’re a sailing enthusiast, this is the place to be. A lot of tourism comes in from the surrounding east coast cities like Washington D.C. and Baltimore, and there is a draw for visitors to the Naval Academy.

The best time of year to visit Annapolis is during the late summer and early autumn when the leaves start to change color, and the weather is warm but not stifling. The spring is also a beautiful time, especially if you can catch the flowers blooming. Winter in Annapolis is too cold to enjoy time on a boat.

To get to Annapolis, the easiest way is to catch a flight to the Baltimore International Airport, which is a 30-minute drive from Annapolis. You can also arrive by boat to the City Dock in Annapolis, or by bus on the MTA Maryland. Once in Annapolis, it’s easy to explore most of the city on foot, or you can catch a taxi.

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GetMyBoat customer reviews for boat rentals in Annapolis.

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    Danika
    Charter 44' Orana Cruising Catamaran In Deale, Maryland

    We had the best time! Everything was perfect! Rob communicated well! The boat looked exactly like the pictures. It was enough space for my 10 guest party! We sailed out for 7hrs and it still didn’t feel like enough time! I’m so glad I went with this boat and will be using it again in the future. Best birthday ever!!!

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    Jodi
    2016 Regal 31' CruiseThe Inner Harbor, Annapolis, Hart Miller Island, Jelly Fish Joel's Tiki

    Cursing on the River on a Thursday evening was everything! We surprised my daughter for her Birthday and it amazing! We had a dance party! We sang together! We embraced watching the sun go down changing colors and being so breathtaking, my goodness there is nothing like the light of the moon on the water. The sun set to the East and the moon showed up to the west, Aaa-ma-zing! Captain was a gracious host, dropped the anchor so we could chill and chat, this guy is great and I would recommend him 100 times over!!! My daughter LOVED her Birthday surprise on the River!

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    Francesca
    38' Hunter 376 Cruising Monohull in Annapolis, Maryland, USA

    What an amazing experience! We loved Captain Alberto and Grace. They let us take the wheel for a little bit, allowed us to play our own music, and talked to us about sailing and the Chesapeake Bay. Overall it was an incredible experience. They were so hospitable and wonderful. Highly recommend!

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    Bart
    Charter this 42ft Hunter Passage Sailboat in Edgewater, Maryland and sail on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay

    We had a wonderful 5 hr trip with captain Bill. Great scenery and a very nice boat. Bill and his crew are very knowledgeable and easy going. All you need to do is bring your good mood, and relax. We can't wait to do it again!

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    Allegra
    2016 Regal 31' CruiseThe Inner Harbor, Annapolis, Hart Miller Island, Jelly Fish Joel's Tiki

    Dushaune and Ada were both awesome during our trip! They provided a fun environment for my family and I and made us feel so comfortable on their boat! They also took us to a nice island to go swimming at! We had a great time with them and will definitely go back! 10/10!

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    Tatsiana
    Beneteau Oceanis 50 Cruising Yacht in Rock Hall, Maryland

    We can't wait to come back and experience new marine adventures with Captain Joe and his Sol Searcher again. According to my 13 y.o. kid, it was one of the best birthdays she has ever had. The sailboat is so beautiful, spacious, and comfortable. Captain Joe was very hospitable, friendly, and considerate. He told us a lot about sailing and made my daughter's dream come true - we saw a rare and hardly accessible caisson structure Baltimore Harbor Lighthouse. It was amazing! Upon return we had some delicious brownies baked by Joe's wife. Always appreciate a personal touch. We felt very welcome and had a great time! Highly recommend this captain and his gorgeous sailboat!