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Old 03-06-2020, 09:27   #1
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Chesapeake Bay Water Taxi

Good afternoon.

Was looking into doing a Chesapeake Bay week-long charter starting from Rock Hall and noticed the charter company doesn't provide dingies? In this area do most people use water taxis? Stay at slips instead of on the hook / moorings?

We definitely want to have a mix of quiet anchorages and small towns to do long stuff, but seems a bit excessive to have to take a water taxi several times a day to transfer from land to the boat if anchored or on a mooring.

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I've always just taken a marina slip in the bigger towns, and dealt with not having a dinghy elsewhere. Marinas in places like St. Michaels, Oxford, etc.
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I've always just taken a marina slip in the bigger towns, and dealt with not having a dinghy elsewhere. Marinas in places like St. Michaels, Oxford, etc.
Gotcha. So at St. Michale's, Oxford you would just grab a transient slip and in more secluded anchorages just stay with the boat. Thanks.
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Re: Chesapeake Bay Water Taxi

St. Michaels and Annapolis both (usually) have water taxis for folks who anchor or get in the mooring field (latter).

Don't know how/if that's been affected by virus stuff.

It would be reasonable to take a slip at Kent Narrows, Oxford, Cambridge, Deale, Galesville, etc. if you wanted to do shore stuff there.

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I think Baltimore had a water taxi as well.
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Don't know how/if that's been affected by virus stuff.
For Annapolis main mooring field service only. https://watermarkjourney.com/public-...xi/water-taxi/
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Couldn't you just buy a cheap Walmart inflatable and row to shore? Prolly cost you way less than a weeks worth of water taxis, with the added benefits of exercise and less exposure to COVID. Just an alternative to consider.
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For Annapolis main mooring field service only. https://watermarkjourney.com/public-...xi/water-taxi/

Are you sure? We've been picked up in the anchorage area as well - as of last fall, anyway.
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. . . as of last fall, anyway.
Different world. Different times.
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Does that mean you know it to be a fact? They’re only serving the moorings?
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Does that mean you know it to be a fact? They’re only serving the moorings?
No. It means these days I always check websites for the most up-to-date posted info, then call to make sure there hasn't been a change. Watermark has a good website, but things change quickly in COVIDWorld, MD.
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No. It means these days I always check websites for the most up-to-date posted info, then call to make sure there hasn't been a change. Watermark has a good website, but things change quickly in COVIDWorld, MD.
Oh, I thought you were the owner and had changed your mind. In that case, you may still drop the hook past the mooring ball area (for example in the anchorage area near the academy) and call for a taxi. That was as of yesterday. If you have a question about it, call them at 410-263-0033. Very nice people!
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Are you sure? We've been picked up in the anchorage area as well - as of last fall, anyway.
CDR Smith is correct. The world is a different place than last Fall. The Watermark website for taxi service, to which I linked above, has a big COVID-19 overlay with current service. Main mooring field and the regular stops below the bridge on Spa Creek only. No service to Back Creek or Weems Creek or upper Spa Creek. They don't mention the South Anchorage out in the Severn River but given how explicit they are about where they are going I suspect not.
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I just spoke with them; my information is correct. They’ll be more than happy to pick folks up where I described.
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Oh, I thought you were the owner and had changed your mind. In that case, you may still drop the hook past the mooring ball area (for example in the anchorage area near the academy) and call for a taxi. That was as of yesterday. If you have a question about it, call them at 410-263-0033. Very nice people!
The water taxi will serve the Naval Academy Anchorage but you aren't supposed to anchor there without permission from the Superintendent of the Naval Academy. The last time I called the Superintendent's office didn't know how to give permission. *sigh* I can't imagine that has gotten easier. See 33 CFR § 110.159(4).

In the normal course of events the requirement for the Academy Anchorage is not enforced except that the Harbormaster will not provide pump-out service (as of my latest discussion with the Harbormaster last year). If the security level is raised Coast Guard and DHS (who have their own boats now - big black armed ribs) are likely to come visit. Historically, during boat show the local, state, and Federal officials patrol but don't enforce that particular nicety.
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