There are four types of boats you encounter on the Bay. Power Boats, Sailboats, Fishing Boats and Commercial Craft. The last two are usually very different from the first two. The larger vessels on the Bay tend to be commercial craft. There are two harbors including Baltimore Harbor that the commercial craft frequent. Some stop at Annapolis Harbor, but it isn’t a deep water harbor, so they part nearer to Kent Island and shuttle their cargo ashore.
Baltimore is a deep water harbor. Most of the larger container ships head to Baltimore. Today, however, we are wandering the other boats. We don’t, near Annapolis, often see fishing or crabbing boats (the two are very different from each other). There are, a little further south, more crabbing boats. But near us, it is more sport fishing boats and sailboats. Lots of sailboats whose sails spread to catch the wind and dot the landscape of the Bay.
There is something majestic about a sailboat. As a power boater, we aren’t supposed to be close to sailboats. Powerboats have a lot more control than a sailboat under sail does. They are bound to the wind. It is fun however to watch them. First, they turn off their motor and then unfurl the sails that make them a Sailboat! I would just once like to be part of a crew doing that. Then I would raise the Jolly Roger and become the Dread Pirate Scott. Scrooge of the Chesapeake Bay and surrounding waters!