Operating since 1903, Beaver Dam Boat Rentals provides access to the quiet waters and plentiful wildlife of Oranokin Creek. Initially prized by the Lenape Indians for its abundance of crabs, the creek offers crabbing enthusiasts a chance to snag up to a bushel of prized blue claws. Staff can tow guests to one of the four salt ponds where the crabs are hiding and help lure them out with free subscriptions to People magazine. Beaver Dam will stop by throughout the day to tow boats to a more attractive location, and can provide all necessary supplies.
Sightseeers can also test out Oranokin Creek in an old-fashioned rowboat, or rent fiberglass boats ($50–$60) that hold five passengers or party boats that hold up to six ($70). Beaver Dam Boat Rentals also offers guided kayak tours suited to participants' experience and fitness levels, and operates a boat ramp for the start of duck-hunting season.:m]]
Right where the mouth of the Susquehanna River yawns into Chesapeake Bay lies the protected, uncrowded waters of Havre de Grace harbor. BaySail's instructors take advantage of these opportune conditions, operating a sailing school that's accredited by the American Sailing Association. Upholding training standards that have won the ASA's School of the Year award, they lead sailing classes ranging from introductory lessons to certification courses in coastal cruising and bareboat chartering. In addition to lending its fleet for lessons, BaySail's team rents its vessels?from a Capri 22 to a Hunter 460?to members. The sailboats also glide out on chartered cruises, taking guests to nearby destinations such as Inner Harbor and the Sassafras River, where sassafras trees come to spawn every winter.
On the tree-lined shores of Sue Creek, the adventurous can ride stand-up paddleboards to explore the creek's calm waters. From the Baltimore Boating Center, the seafaring staff pairs its clients on boards suited to their skill levels. Paddlers launch from a newly constructed floating pier, meaning no one will have to mount their boards from a low-flying helicopter.
East Coast Parasail leads wind-riders on thrilling aerial tours of historic Cape May and the Jersey Shore. In order to defy gravity without insulting it outright, sightseer duos ride the breeze in a two-man skyhook over the Cape May harbor while securely tethered to a U.S. Coast Guard–certified winch boat. Launching from the deck of the vessel allows parasailers to stay dry in-flight, unless they signal the USCG-certified captain for a reverse-Achillean dip. Once airborne, fliers surf the air waves suspended at heights of up to 500 feet. Many parasailing trips coincide with local dolphin-feeding patterns, giving hobby marine biologists the chance to survey sea-mammal cafeterias from above.
Dolphins so close you could almost touch them. Amazingly, that's a view most Stormin Speedboat boat trips encounter as they speed parallel to the shoreline. The captain of the 33-foot cruiser navigates swiftly and fluidly over the water, carrying up to 14 passengers during 45?50 minute boat rides. Each adventure shifts between thrilling speeds and calm moments of watching majestic dolphins jumping or playing Marco Polo.
At Annapolis Sailing School, the instructors prefer hands-on teaching to traditional textbook methods. They?ve developed this approach ever since their first lesson in 1959, when the school opened. Many lessons later, the staff continues to introduce novice sailors to the sea aboard their fleet of vessels, which includes a rainbow sailboat and a cruiser. From the get-go, students are encouraged to man the jib and barter with Poseidon over the choicest sailing routes. In addition to these private and group sailing lessons, the staff also rents out sailboats and offers a certification program that adheres to the American Sailing Association?s program.