Charter this 42ft Hunter Passage Sailboat in Edgewater, Maryland and sail on the beautiful Chesapeake Bay
Do you want to learn to sail or improve your sailing abilities? Have you sailed a small boat but now want to move up to a larger vessel? If your answer is yes, we can provide you with these opportunities as well as what we provide via charter services. Check with us for instruction courses and rates. Enjoy the Chesapeake Bay by boat! Charter this 42ft Hunter Passage for up to 6 people. Rates as low as $100 per hour (4 hours minimum). Rates: Private Tour • Thomas Point (4 hours): $100 per hour per boatload (maximum of 6 guests aboard) • Bloody Point Bar (4 hours): $100 per hour per boatload (maximum of 6 guests aboard) • Combo Lighthouse (6 hours): $100 per hour per boatload (maximum of 6 guests aboard) • Once Under the Bridge: $100 per hour per boatload (maximum of 6 guests aboard) • Fall Leaf Watching Tour: $100 per hour per boatload (maximum of 6 guests aboard) Sailing Instruction - Course Fee • Introduction to Sailing: $200.00 per person (maximum of 6 persons) • Basic Sailing: $500.00 per person (2 days, approximately 19 hours) • Beginner to Better: $995 per person • Boating Safety, Docking, and Anchoring: $200.00 per person • Basic Coastal Cruising - 2 days/18 hours: $475 Per Person • Coastal Navigation - One Day Course (4 Person Maximum): $425.00 Per Person • Coastal Navigation - 2 Day Course (4 Person Maximum): $550.00 Per Person • Team Building: $500 per person, minimum of 4 people, maximum of 6 Discounts available for groups. What You Can Expect: Here are the ways you can sail for fun on the Chesapeake Bay with us. For Fun With Friends and Family You'll relax out on the water, out in all the open space, moving along quietly in the breeze with the waves. Whether you want a peaceful get-away or change-of-pace party with your gang, we can provide a great "vehicle" for you. Our usual itinerary is a few hours' sail from near Annapolis out to the famous lighthouses nearby, both of which are on the National Register of Historic Places: • Thomas Point Tour - memorialized on many local pieces of art, everything from paintings and photos to coffee mugs and replica-shaped mailboxes. It used to be at the end of a peninsula (we know an old man who remembers walking out to the light) but that narrow piece of land has eroded away, leaving the lighthouse on an island. Although the water looks pretty much the same, on the west side of the light, the water is mostly about 4 feet deep; on the east side, it's about 40. For a lot of boats and all ships, that's an important difference! Available from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 hour tour, 12-4. • Bloody Point Bar Tour - near the south end of Kent Island (where the Bay Bridge "lands" in the east), this old lighthouse has saved many vessels from going aground, and you'll see why when you're there (don't worry; you'll be safe! But if you imagine you were there trying to make your way in a storm or in the dark . . .) Available from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 hour tour, 12-4. • Combo Lighthouse Tour! (both lighthouses, all day on the water) Once Under the Bridge - if just once you sail under the Chesapeake Bay Bridge, then for the rest of your life, every time you drive across the bridge you'll probably say, "Hey, remember that sunny day instead of driving over we went sailing under this bridge?" Available from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays, 6 hour tour, 12-4. • Fall Leaf Watching Tour - we'll have to stay in water deep enough for the boat, of course, but we can do a "slow-motion slide" along the shore and truly enjoy the richness of the view. Unlike when driving in a car in the mountains, from the boat you can smell the leaves, feel the sunshine, hold a glass of wine. Available from May through October, Saturdays and Sundays, 4 hour tour, 12-4. • Overnight - Contact us for more details. • Custom package - maybe a moonlight cruise for just you and your honey? For details . . . Bonus: It is quite likely in the Spring, that you'll see ospreys in flight, or sitting on its nest of sticks atop a navigation marker in the Rhode or West Rivers. It depends on the time of year and whether or not the Osprey is "home" on its nest or not, but we see them all the time. We've passed by close enough to see chicks peering over the top of the nests. Note: The maximum number of guests aboard is six (there's room for more, but our Coast Guard "six-pack" OUVP license says no more than six.) Note: We provide ice and water but due to Food Business Licensing we cannot offer you food and beverages. You can bring whatever you want. By the way, you're welcome to bring and enjoy a few adult beverages, but please, remember that a moving boat is no place to have your coordination severely impaired. (Not only is the whole boat moving, parts of the boat move: there's a reason why the long, heavy horizontal pole on the bottom of the mainsail, about head-high, is called a "boom"!) For Businesses We take businesspeople out for a sail for three main reasons: • To schmooze clients (especially to give memorable entertainment to visitors from out-of-town); • To reward a group of their employees with something they'd probably never initiate separately; • To build teamwork by having them learn to sail a boat together Sailing Instruction The overall objective of all our courses is to increase your self-confidence as a sailor. With greater self confidence you can be more relaxed and have more fun enjoying the feel of the wind and the knowledge that YOU are controlling a vessel moving through the water under sail and without mechanical power (at least till you need to dock or tie up to a mooring when you may need that mechanical advantage). Enjoy - go sailing!! Introduction to Sailing (If you want to have a day on the water to see if handling a sailboat is for you...) • Basic sailing - points of sail, tacking, jibing, etc. • You take the helm and feel the boat respond to your touch • Perfect for family outings or quality time with friends • Makes a great gift, too! • One day, 6 hour class • Saturdays or Sundays throughout the season • Course Fee: $200.00 per person ( Maximum of 6 persons) Discounts for groups • Group of 3 = $25 discount ($525 for the group) • Group of 4 = $25 discount ($700 for the group) • Group of 5 = $100 discount ($900 for the group) • Group of 6 = $200 discount (1000 for the group) Discount of $100 on the next course you take from us. Basic Sailing (If you want hands-on training...) • Preparation of the boat • Rigging, hoisting and setting sails • Rules of the Road • Points of Sail. • Open water sailing • Docking • 7 hours on the water over two weekend days • Course Fee: $500.00 per person (2 days, approximately 19 hours) Discounts for groups • Group of 2 = $50 discount ($850 for group) • Group of 3 = $105 discount ($1,245 for group) • Group of 4 = $200 discount ($1,600 for group) • Group of 5 = $250 discount ($2,000 for group) • Group of 6 = $300 discount ($2,400 for group) Basic Sailing price is inclusive of certification, course materials, logbooks. Beginner to Better (If you want a stepped approach to learning how to sail and handle a boat safely...) • Basic sailing - how to position and trim the sails, how to handle the halyards and sheets • Boating Safety - it's easy to have fun on a boat, and it's easy to forget you're on a boat. There's more to it than meets the eye. • Docking - on a boat, you don't realize how fast you're going until you pass a stationary object (like a pier piling!) and you don't realize how much momentum a couple of tons of boat has until you hit something (like a pier piling!) Add wind, current, neighboring boats that are way too expensive to hit, and so on - it is NOT the same as parking a car. • Anchoring • Daytime Navigation (Intro) • Coastal Piloting (Intro) • 32 hours over 4 days (two weekends) • Course Fee: $995 per person Discounts for groups • Group of 2 = $100 discount ($1,890 for the group) • Group of 3 = $300 discount ($2,685 for the group) • Group of 4 = $800 discount ($3,180 for the group) • Group of 5 = $1000 discount ($3,975 for the group) • Group of 6 = $1200 discount ($4,770 for the group) Boating Safety, Docking, and Anchoring (If you want practical, hands-on instruction on boat-handling...) • Maneuvering in and out of marina slips and along docks • General boating safety requirements and much more • Individual attention (maximum of four students enrollment) • Course length is 6 hours, one day from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. • Course Fee: $200.00 per person Basic Coastal Cruising - 2 days/18 hours - Weekends and weekdays are available (If you want to learn to safely charter a boat...) • Course Completion Certification enabling you to “cruise safely in local and regional waters as both skipper and crew on an auxiliary sailboat in moderate winds and sea conditions.” • Our practical hands-on instruction will show you over the course what you'll learn: - VHF Radio operation and standard procedures (ask for more details) • The option of living aboard during this course. • Course Fee: $475 Per Person Discounts for groups • Group of 2 = $50 discount ($850 for the group) • Group of 3 = $75 discount ($1,200 for the group) • Group of 4 = $75 discount ($1,600 for the group) • Group of 5 = $75 discount ($2,000 for the group) • Group of 6 = $75 discount ($2,400 for the group) Coastal Navigation - One Day Course (4 Person Maximum) (Basic Navigation and Piloting Skills...) • Magnetic Compass - variation, deviation, etc. • Latitude and Longitude • Chart reading • ATONS (Aids to Navigation) • Plotting location and course, while at anchor and underway • Part classroom instruction and part on-the-water practice of piloting and navigation skills. • Rates include "Day Navigation and Piloting" textbook, and course completion certification. • Plotting tools: parallel rule and dividers will be provided in the course, but students are encouraged to purchase their own instruments prior to the course. (If requested, MainSail Charters would be happy to purchase these tools for you prior to the course. The cost of the instruments will be given to the student prior to the purchase. Reimbursement to MainSail Charters will be required prior to or on the day of the course). • Note: This course does NOT cover celestial navigation and the use of a sextant, nor does it cover • GPS operation. • Please call for course schedule. • Course Fee: $425.00 Per Person Coastal Navigation - 2 Day Course (4 Person Maximum) (Enhanced Navigation and Piloting Skills. This course covers those items in the one day course with greater emphasis on each skill. This course includes a take-home assignment following the first day of instruction requiring students to plot a course around Chesapeake Bay to include determining a point of departure and an estimated time of the trip...) • Magnetic Compass - variation, deviation, etc. • Latitude and Longitude • Chart reading • ATONS (Aids to Navigation) • Plotting location and course, while at anchor and underway • Part classroom instruction and part on-the-water practice of piloting and navigation skills. • Rates include "Day Navigation and Piloting" textbook, and course completion certification. • Plotting tools: parallel rule and dividers will be provided in the course, but students are encouraged to purchase their own instruments prior to the course. (If requested, MainSail Charters would be happy to purchase these tools for you prior to the course. The cost of the instruments will be given to the student prior to the purchase. Reimbursement to MainSail Charters will be required prior to or on the day of the course). • Note: This course does NOT cover celestial navigation and the use of a sextant, nor does it cover GPS operation. • Please call for course schedule. • Course Fee: $550.00 Per Person Team Building Ever watch video of professional sailboat racing crews? They're like SEAL or SWAT teams on yachts, aren't they? As they try so boldly to harness the big wind with their magic sails they may be grinning like dogs, but they are not messing around! The boat's movements let everyone know immediately how well each crew member is doing individual jobs: it's nearly instant feedback you can feel under your feet. DreamCatcher is not a racing yacht, but that's okay because your office team is not a racing crew. With safer, slower, but similar thrills, DreamCatcher can give your office team practice working together as a crew. And not only will they have fun doing it, they will remember why they were there. • Knowledge of sailing not required • Effective communication is emphasized • Practical demonstrations of Interdependence and Reliance • Two days out on the bay • Course Fee: $500 per person, minimum of 4 people, maximum of 6 • Discounts for groups What To Expect Onboard: Our boat is a Hunter Passage 42. You'll be comfortable aboard, as you can see from this diagram of her layout and photos of her interior. You may wonder about learning how to sail on what many people consider a big boat, but there is an advantage to beginning with a (relatively) big boat. Although she will react to your touch on the wheel and sail control lines (called "sheets"), she will have enough momentum to react smoothly. She'll give you a chance to "adjust your adjustments" and absorb knowledge about boat handling. In contrast, when learning on a small dinghy, small adjustments can bring big changes, often too quickly - for beginners - to feel what's going on before the boat tosses them into the water! What to Bring With You: • Sunscreen and a hat • Appropriate clothing - Shoes (Tennis shoes, boat shoes or similar footwear, Crocs are acceptable). Do NOT wear shoes with BLACK soles. You will NOT be allowed to wear them on the boat. - In the heat of summer, light, loose-fitting is best. - In the chill of spring and fall, wear layers so you can adjust to changing conditions (it feels different out on the water in the wind than it does on your front porch, guaranteed). It's not a bad idea to wear a nylon windbreaker as an outer shell. - If there's a possibility of rain, rain gear, or at least something water repellent, will help you enjoy yourself. Note: except for the absolute worst of weather conditions, expect to go sailing. - Gloves, maybe. If you're an office worker with no calluses on your hands, even cheap, light cotton "working" or "gardening" gloves will protect your hands when hauling halyards or anchor rodes. • Food and Beverages (Bring your lunch! - Bring your lunch! - Alcoholic beverages For sailing course students, during instruction time, NO alcohol is allowed. Afterward, however, with the boat tied up safely in her slip, you may want to "toast your adventures." For chartering guests, if sailing conditions are mild in the opinion of the Captain, a drink or two is okay. For all people aboard our boat, while the boat is at the slip or for those who choose to overnight at anchor, moderate alcohol consumption, at the discretion of the Captain, will be allowed. If the Captain determines that alcoholic consumption has exceeded safe margins, the consumers will be asked to stop. Failure on the part of the consumer to do so will result in an expulsion from charter/courses with no refund of fees. - Drugs (of the recreational variety): uh, no. To be clear, NO. None. Nada. Nyet. Non-prescription drugs might be your idea of fun, and that's your business, but drugs on board will make us lose our license, and that truly IS our business. Bringing non-prescription drugs will result in an expulsion from the charter / course with no refund of fees. The student should bring his or her own lunch for the first day. Water and ice will be provided by the Instructor. NO Alcoholic beverages will be allowed during the duration of the course. For those who choose to stay over, while the boat is at the slip, moderate alcohol consumption, at/to the discretion of the instructor, will be allowed. If during this time, the Captain determines that alcoholic consumption has exceeded safe margins, the consumers will be asked to stop. Failure on the part of the consumer in question, to stop will result in an expulsion from the course with no refund of fees.
- Captain is included.
- A captain is provided by the listing owner to host and operate the trip.
- 4 guests
- Cruising Monohull
USCG Merchant Mariner License (OUPV - "6-Pack") Mariner Reference 2756950 17 years Owner: MainSail Charters Research, LLC Sailing Charters, Instructions and Information Research Charter Boat CaptainOperator 12 years Sailing Instructor 22 years.
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Great time! Thanks for the lovey time Bill. Excellent value and fun boat.
Bill was terrific at helping me learn more about handling a 42' sailboat. I'm trying to get more experience in preparation for taking a bareboat charter, and Bill's experience and mentorship was terrific. I look forward to booking with Bill again in the future.
Captain Bill offers the best value boat charter in the annapolis area, in my opinion. My wife and I chartered captain bills boat (through getmyboat.com) to celebrate her birthday and we had a wonderful time. You can participate as much or as little in the actual sailing as you prefer. There are several comfortable areas on the deck to lounge and catch some cosmic rays, and a salon below deck if you need to beat the heat. BYOB, BYO-snacks, bill provides the ice, water, coozies, and jokes. Very fun charter, would recommend to a friend
Features & Details
- Life jackets/required safety gear
- Galley Stove & Oven
- Wheel steering
- Inboard Engine
- CD Player
- Chart Plotter
- Single Engine
- Fuel type: Diesel
- Furling Headsail
- Furling Mainsail
You’ll get directions for the exact departure location when you make a booking inquiry.
90% refund up to 5 days prior.
Additional Terms & Information
Cancellations from our end We will cancel in the event of violent/severe weather or issuance of small craft warnings by the National Weather Service. Rescheduling from our end We may reschedule in the event of inclement weather. Sailboats can go through hurricanes, but it isn't fun. • Complete reschedule - we may have to move the entire charter or course to another weekend • Partial reschedule - we may be have to move just 1 day of a 2 day course to another weekend day • Note: the instructor may halt a course in the middle of a day if the weather worsens drastically. The instructor reserves the right to cancel the course at any time when winds exceed 20 knots. • Note: Students are advised to watch the weather forecasts and, if inclement weather is approaching, to call an hour and a half before scheduled class time. Payments and Refunds • A deposit of 50% of the fee is due at the time of signing up for a course / charter.