Prior to the year 2000 I had the impression that boat charters were of two distinct varieties: 1. Crewed luxury megayachts that only the uber wealthy could afford, or 2. Single-hulled sailboats for experienced yachtsmen qualified to plot a course using only the stars and a compass and who crossed the Atlantic at least once. I qualified in neither category, but now after two charter trips to the British Virgin Islands (B.V.I.)—the first in 2000 onboard a crewed sailing catamaran with two other couples and the second in 2012 on a power cat courtesy of The Moorings—I’m convinced that just about anyone not only can, but should charter.
Downtown Annapolis’ City Dock becomes a boating enthusiast’s paradise from October 3-14 for the 42nd U.S. Powerboat Show, the 44th U.S. Sailboat Show, and—new this year—the 1st Annapolis Brokerage Show. The U.S. Powerboat Show—which has been moved up to the first weekend of October to alleviate past weather and other logistical issues—continues its long tradition of presenting the best new boats from major manufacturers around the world at City Dock and Harbor of Annapolis. The Brokerage Show will feature a large selection of pre- owned brokerage boats of all shapes and sizes on display in Mary’s Cove, just inside the bridge on Spa Creek. Both the U.S. Powerboat Show and the Brokerage Show may be accessed with a single price of admission.