Shipyard Program: Small Craft Rentals
Each summer, the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum launches a small craft rental program so that more people will have the opportunity to get out on the water. The program launches annually on Memorial Day weekend, and continues weekends and select weekdays through August. Boats are launched from the museum’s floating docks, located near the Steamboat Building on CBMM’s 18-acre waterfront campus. Participation is limited by the number of boats available, with reservations required.

Built over the years in CBMM’s boatyard through the Apprentice for a Day program, the fleet of boats includes small wooden sailing skiffs, single and tandem kayaks, and rowboats that are perfect for singles, couples, or families. For participants wishing to sail but without basic sailing experience, CBMM is also offering private sailing lessons.

“We’re a museum that brings people closer to the Chesapeake Bay, so getting people out on the water for a first-hand experience is absolutely central to our mission,” said CBMM President Kristen Greenaway. “Come join us this summer and you too can mess about in boats that you’ll find nowhere else.”

The small craft boat rental program began in 2015 through the generous seed money support of donors to the Jim Greenaway Memorial Fund. The fund is named after CBMM President Kristen Greenaway's late father, an avid sailor, furniture manufacturer and boat builder, who passed away in January 2015.

“You can take one of our boats out for as little as one hour to an entire day,” said CBMM Boatyard Program Manager Jennifer Kuhn. “For our guests it's a unique chance to play around on the Miles River in a handcrafted wooden vessel.”


Boat renters must be 16 years of age or older, with minors accompanied by an adult, unless a boater safety certificate is presented. All participants must be physically able to get in and out of a small boat without assistance. Life jackets will be provided. In the event of small craft warnings or inclement weather, the programs will be cancelled. Daily and hourly rates vary per vessel, with discounts to CBMM members; advanced reservations are required by contacting Allison Speight at aspeight@cbmm.org or 410-745-4941.
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