Best of the Bay 2018: Boating

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