Posted by Schaefer's Canal House on 4/22/2015
Chesapeake Bay area marina and tourist destinations may soon see a boom in their business and a boost in the local and state economy. In recent news, it’s been confirmed that yachts will now be able to traverse Chesapeake Bay waters without licensed pilots.
Many yachters claim that they've avoided the Chesapeake Bay area in the past simply because they didn’t want to hire pilots. Previously, the law stated that water vessels larger than 79’ needed to be professionally piloted. Now that the legislation is allowing boats up to 200’ to navigate without a licensed pilot, the Chesapeake Bay area should expect a serious boost to the economy.
Marina operators and local tourism outfits in the area are thrilled of this new legislation, especially since boating season is just around the corner. According to the Baltimore Sun article published on April 15, 2015, these large boats can spend several thousands of dollars on fuel alone. People who own yachts spend money because they have it to spend. They’re out on the water because it’s what they love, and they have a taste for luxury.
Even those living on their yachts and larger vessels need to come onto dry land once in a while. They’ll need basic supplies such as food, drinkable water, and other water-faring gear. They’ll need sunbathing supplies such as lotions, suits, and towels. In the evenings, they’ll get dressed up to hit the town.
They’ll want to stretch their seafaring legs in the best duds and dresses, and sit down to a nice meal on a surface that doesn’t bob and weave. Perhaps they'll partake in the Chesapeake Virginia Wine Festival, take in a performance at the historic American Theatre, or hit Riddick's Folly House Museum.
It may be a tight fit to squeeze these big boats into smaller spaces, and the Chesapeake Bay area will be bursting at the seams, but the boost to the economy and to the area all around will be well worth it.