Small craft rental program for 2018 at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum

. March 6, 2018

The Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum’s small craft rental program launches for the 2018 season on June 2, and will continue on select weekends through October. Sailing vessels, kayaks, and rowboats will be launched from CBMM’s floating docks along Fogg’s Cove and the Miles River. Participation is limited by the number of boats available, with drop-ins welcome, but reservations encouraged.

Built over the years in CBMM’s shipyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families.

The small craft boat rental program began in 2015 through the generous seed money support of donors to the Jim Greenaway Memorial Fund. The fund is named after CBMM President Kristen Greenaway’s late father, an avid sailor, furniture manufacturer and boat builder, who passed away in 2015.

The program will be operating Saturdays and Sundays, June 2-10, and will expand to include Fridays June 22 through August 26; September 7-30; and October 12-21. Rentals will be closed during CBMM festivals, which are listed at Hourly and daily rental reservations can be made from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with all boats returning to CBMM’s docks no later than 5:00 p.m.

Sailing vessel rates are $25 per hour for CBMM members or $30 per hour for non-members, with a daily rate of $125 for CBMM members, or $150 for non-members. Kayaks and rowboats are $15 per hour for CBMM members or $18 per hour for non-members, with a daily rate of $75 for CBMM members, or $90 for non-members.

“You can take one of our boats out for as little as one hour to an entire day,” said CBMM Shipyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “For our guests it’s a unique chance to play around on the Miles River in a handcrafted wooden vessel.”

Boat renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. All participants must be physically able to get in and out of a small boat without assistance. Life jackets will be provided. In the event of small craft warnings or inclement weather, the program will be canceled. Advanced reservations are encouraged by contacting Jennifer Kuhn at or 410-745-4980. To learn more, visit

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