Best of the Bay 2018: Boating

  Port Annapolis Marina

Port Annapolis Marina

If you’re in the Chesapeake Bay area and you’re stuck on land, you’re missing out on a lot. We asked our readers for best places to keep, fix, and race their boats.

Best Sailmaker (MD)
Breese Sails, Rock Hall
Quantum, Annapolis
North Sails, Annapolis
Chesapeake Sailmakers, Annapolis
St. Michaels Sails, St. Michaels

Best Sailmaker (VA) 
Ullman Sails, Deltaville and Hampton
Hayes Custom Sails & Canvas, Hayes
Doyle Sails, Hampton
Signature Canvasmakers, Hampton

Best Learn-to-Sail Program (MD)
North East River Yacht Club, North East
The Sailing Academy, Tracys Landing
Rock Hall Yacht Club Sailing School, Rock Hall
Havre de Grace Youth Sailing Program, Havre de Grace
Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis

Best Learn-to-Sail Program (VA)
Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Deltaville
Sail Nauticus, Norfolk
Norton Sailing School, Deltaville
Premier Sailing School, Irvington
Ware River Yacht Club, Ware

Best Advanced Sailing School (MD) 
The Sailing Academy, Tracys Landing
JWorld Annapolis, Annapolis
Severn Sailing Association, Annapolis
Annapolis Sailing School, Annapolis
Bay Sail, Havre de Grace

Best Advanced SailingSchool (VA)
Norton Sailing School, Deltaville
Fishing Bay Yacht Club, Deltaville

Best Boat Rental (MD) 
Haven Charters, Rock Hall
Freedom Boat Club (multiple locations)
SailTime, Annapolis & Havre de Grace
The Sailing Academy, Tracys Landing

Best Boat Rental (VA) 
Norton Yacht Charters

Best SUP Shop (MD) 
East of Maui, Annapolis
Capital SUP, Annapolis and Washington, DC
Patuxent Adventure Center, Solomons
Ultimate Watersports, Baltimore

Best Kayak Shop (MD)
Annapolis Canoe & Kayak, Annapolis
Patuxent Adventure Center, Solomons
Backyard Boats, Annapolis
Shore Pedal and Paddle, St. Michaels

Best Tackle Shop (MD)
Anglers Sport Center, Annapolis
Tochterman’s Fishing Tackle, Baltimore
Herbs Tackle Shop, North East
Tyler’s Tackle Shop, Chesapeake Beach
Hook Line-N-Sinker, Rock Hall

Best Tackle Shop (VA) 
The Tackle Shop at J & W Seafood, Deltaville
Bishop’s Fishing Supply, Yorktown
Green Top, Glen Allen
RW Sport Shop, Callao
Oceans East Bait and Tackle, Virginia Beach

Best Party Boat Fishing Charter (MD)
Fish Fear Us, Rock Hall
Lucky Duck at Herrington Harbor South, North Beach
Rock Hall Fishing Charter, Rock Hall
Tuna the Tide Charter Service, Grasonville
Fin Finder Charters, Solomons Island

Best Party Boat Fishing Charter (VA)
Midnight Sun Charters, Reedville
G&G Charters (Karen Lynn), Deltaville
Rob Ann Jay, Deltaville
SeaDuction Charters, Hampton

Best Light Tackle/ Fly Fishing Charter (MD)
Josenhans Fly Fishing, Crisfield
Lew’s Fly Angler, Churchville
Fish Hawk Guide Service, Centreville

Best Bluewater Fishing Charter (VA) 
SeaDuction Charters, Hampton
Virginia Beach Fishing Center, Virginia Beach
Capt. Billy’s Charters, Reedville and Virginia Beach

Best Regatta (MD) 
Screwpile Lighthouse Challenge, Solomons Island
Olivia Constants Team Race Regatta, Annapolis
Oxford Regatta, Tred Avon Yacht Club, Oxford
Leukemia Cup Regatta, Annapolis
Governor’s Cup, St. Mary’s

Best Regatta (VA)
Leo Wardrup Memorial Cape Charles Cup, Norfolk
Southern Chesapeake Leukemia Cup, Deltaville
Cape Charles Cup Regatta, Cape Charles
Turkey Shoot Hospice Regatta, Irvington
Hampton Cup Regatta, Hampton 

Best Resort Marina (MD) 
Herrington Harbour South Marina, North Beach
Haven Harbour Marina, Rock Hall
Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis
Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, Cambridge
Osprey Point, Rock Hall

Best Resort Marina (VA) 
Stingray Point Marina, Deltaville
Salt Ponds Marina Resort, Hampton
The Tides Inn, Irvington
Smithfield Station, Smithfield
Oyster Farm Marina, Cape Charles

Best Dog-friendly Marina (MD)
Haven Harbour Marina, Rock Hall
Herrington Harbour North Marina, Tracy’s Landing
Herrington Harbour South Marina, North Beach
Zahniser’s Yachting Center, Solomons
Sassafras Harbor Marina, Georgetown

Best Dog-friendly Marina (VA)
Stingray Point Marina, Deltaville
Salt Ponds Marina Resort, Hampton
Mobjack Bay Marina, North
Deltaville Yachting Center, Deltaville
Smithfield Station, Smithfield

Best Clean Marina (MD) 
Port Annapolis Marina
Haven Harbour Marina, Rock Hall
Herrington Harbour South, North Beach
Herrington Harbour North, Tracys Landing
Spring Cove Marina, Solomons

Best Clean Marina (VA) 
Stingray Point Marina, Deltaville
Salt Ponds Marina Resort, Hampton
Deltaville Yachting Center, Deltaville
Smithfield Station, Smithfield
Dozier’s Regatta Point, Deltaville

Best Dockmaster (MD) 
Jeff Andrews, Tidewater Marina, Havre de Grace
Greta Somers, Haven Harbour Marina, Rock Hall
Matt Pruet, Herrington Harbour South, North Beach
Scott Berman, Shipwright Harbor, Deale
Terry Walters, Zahniser’s Yachting Center, Solomons Island

Best Dockmaster (VA)
Lisa Morrow, Stingray Point Marina, Deltaville
Cindy Hawkins, Salt Ponds Marina Resort, Hampton
Brian Pack, Smithfield Station, Smithfield
George Jackson, Chesapeake Boat Basin, Kilmarnock
Capt. James Scruggs, Riverwalk Landing Piers, Yorktown 

Best Marine Mechanic (MD)
Zimmerman Marine, Herrington Harbour North Marina, Tracys Landing
Bay Shore Marine, Annapolis
Hank Middleton, Haven Harbour Marina, Rock Hall
Mike Conner, Rhode River Marina, Edgewater
Jeff Hagan, Hagan Marine Service, Deale
 

Best Marine Mechanic (VA)
Zimmerman Marine, Deltaville
Brown’s Marine, Deltaville
Dandy Haven Marina, Hampton
Mobjack Bay Marina, North
Norton’s Marina, Deltaville

Best Fuel Dock (MD) 
Annapolis City Marina, Annapolis
Herrington Harbour South, North Beach
Haven Harbor, Rock Hall
Knapps Narrows Marina, Tilghman
Spring Cove Marina, Solomons

Best Fuel Dock (VA)
Salt Ponds Marina, Hampton
Norview Marina, Deltaville
Blue Water Yachting Center, Hampton
Fishing Bay Harbor Marina, Deltaville
Norton Yachts, Deltaville

Best Boatyard (MD) 
Campbell’s Boatyard, Oxford
Herrington Harbour North Marina, Tracey’s Landing
Worton Creek Marina, Chestertown
Gratitude Marina, Rock Hall
Zahniser’s Yachting Center, Solomons

Best Boatyard (VA)
Zimmerman Marine, Matthews
Deltaville Yacht Center, Deltaville
Stingray Point Boat Works, Deltaville
Norton Yachts, Deltaville
Cobb’s Marina, Norfolk

Best Marine Electrician (MD) 
Campbell’s Boatyard, Oxford
Yacht Electronic Systems, Annapolis
Zimmerman Marine, Tracys Landing
Haven Harbour Yacht Services, Rock Hall
Port Annapolis Marina, Annapolis

  Herrington Harbour South

Herrington Harbour South

Best Marine Electrician (VA) 
Zimmerman Marine, Matthews
Tiffany Yachts, Burgess
Norton Yachts, Deltaville
Deltaville Yachting Center, Deltaville
Chesapeake Cove Marina, Deltaville

Best Canvas Shop (MD)
Canvas Connection, Tracys Landing
Annapolis Custom Yacht Canvas, Annapolis
Canvas by Victoria, Worton
Canvas Plus, North East
Carriage House Canvas, Betterton

Best Canvas Shop (VA)
Signature Canvasmakers, Hampton
Ship’s Tailor, Deltaville
Phase 2 Marine Canvas, Wake
Ullman Sails, Deltaville & Hampton
Hayes Custom Sails & Canvas, Hayes

 

Mike Ogar