Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum to launch new boat rental program this summer

This summer, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum will bring more people out on the water with a unique boat rental program that launches June 10 and continues Wednesdays through Sundays until August 30.

launch new boat rental programBuilt over the years in CBMM’s boatyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats includes wooden kayaks, and traditional rowing and sailing small craft that are perfect for one to two people. For participants wishing to sail but without basic sailing experience, the Museum will also offer private sailing lessons.

“We’re a museum that brings people closer to the Chesapeake Bay, so getting people out on the water for a first-hand experience makes great sense,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Having this program means more of our members and guests can enjoy the Chesapeake’s waters for some great fun, while we add one more level of authenticity to our guest experience.”

The seed money for the new program has been funded through the generosity of donors to the Jim Greenaway Memorial Fund, named after CBMM President Kristen Greenaway’s late father, an avid sailor, furniture manufacturer and boat builder, who passed away this January. In his honor, boats in the program will be named after many of those that he built and sailed throughout his lifetime.

“I was very touched when the donors announced they had set up the fund,” said Greenaway. “My father instilled a love of the water in me and my siblings while we were growing up in New Zealand, so I know he’d be quite proud to see his legacy continuing here along the Chesapeake Bay through this generosity.”

Starting June 10, hourly rental reservations can be made from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with all boats returning to the museum’s docks no later than 5 p.m.

“You can take one of our boats out for as little as one hour to an entire day,” said CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “For our guests, it’s a great way to experience some of the nicest, handmade wooden boats in the world.”

Hourly rates are $30 for sailing vessels and $20 for rowing vessels for non-members, with a $10 hourly discount given to CBMM members. Sailing vessels can be rented for $160 per day, with rowing vessels at $100 per day. Day rentals are discounted for members at $100 per day for sailing vessels, and $50 per day for rowing vessels. Boat rental participants 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.

Sign-ups and payment will be taken at the museum’s welcome center, with walk-ins welcome. Boats will be launched from the museum’s floating docks, located near the Steamboat Building along the Fogg’s Cove side of campus. Participation is limited by the number of boats available, with pre-reservations also recommended.

Hourly and daily private sailing lessons will also be offered this summer, with CBMM instructors teaching everything from the basics to advanced sailing techniques. Vessels will be provided by CBMM’s boat rental program, with small wooden and fiberglass craft available. Families with children over the age of 8 are encouraged to participate in private sailing lessons. Life jackets will be provided for all participants.

Private sailing lessons include up to four participants per session and are available to each participant at $50 per hour, or $300 per person for a full-day lesson from 10-4 p.m. Five days advanced registration is required for sailing lessons.

For more information about the boat rental program or sailing lessons, contact Allison Speight at [email protected] or 410-745-4941. In the event of small craft warnings or inclement weather, the programs will be cancelled.